Week 2: Waiver Wire

TYLER ORGINSKI @FFTYLERO


You made it; week 1 is in the books. Whether you won or lost, this is the time to either bolster that winning roster or look ahead to getting the W in week 2. Every year, the week two waiver wire is filled with some potential stars and league winners. You are likely tasked with the difficult decision on not only who to pick-up but how much to bid. If your league is not using FAAB, consider the order in which the players are listed, by position, to determine their order. Players available in 33% of Yahoo leagues will be featured in this week 2 waiver wire article. 

Quarterback

Josh Allen: Buffalo Bills – (3% FAAB)

If you watched the game, you would be happy to see Allen walk away with 16 fantasy points. This is likely Josh Allen’s floor going forward. The ceiling, however, is sky-high for the next two weeks. In week 2, we see the Bills play the Giants where Dak Prescott just lit the Giants up for 400+ yards. A 30+ point fantasy week against the Giants is more than doable for Allen in Week 2. Following the Giants, they get the Bengals who are hardly a defensive threat.

Matthew Stafford: Detroit Lions – (1%)

Stafford’s fantasy value has undoubtedly taken a hit as of recent, and rightfully so. However, he did look very crisp in his 385 yards 3 TD affair against the Cardinals in week 1. While the Lions have held no secrets about their plans to run the football, they might not have that option as they take on the Chargers, Eagles, and Chiefs over the next three weeks.

While he is more of a floor or Superflex play in week two against the Chargers, he will likely flirt with top 12 upside in favorable matchups against the Eagles and Chiefs in weeks 3 and 4. Case Keenum just went for a 380/3 line vs. the Eagles and Foles + rookie Gardner Minshew (yes that’s his real name) combined for a 350/3/1 line against the Chiefs. Stafford can easily replicate those numbers in weeks 3 and 4. 

 

Runningback

Malcolm Brown: LA Rams – (12% FAAB)

After week 1, there is some serious concern that Todd Gurley will be part of a timeshare, unsurprisingly. Draft experts pegged rookie Darrell Henderson for this role during the off-season. However, when the dust settled it was Brown, not Henderson who spelled Gurley in week 1. While Brown only saw 27% of the snaps, he did see 11 touches for 53 yards and 2 TDs. While we can’t expect that TD rate to continue, 10-12 touches in the Rams offense is worth owning. Assuming he continues this usage, Brown could be a mediocre flex play while doubling as a top tier fantasy handcuff. 

Chris Thompson: Washington Redskins – (8-10%)

With the news that Guice will be out for a few weeks and an inactive AP in week 1, Chris Thompson appears to have carved out a valuable role in the short term. While he can expect AP to be active next week, Chris Thompson will own the passing downs, and considering the state of the Redskins offense, there should be a lot of them. Thompson saw 64% of the snaps in week one while seeing ten targets for a 7/68 line. He’s a solid pass-catching back who should continue to be a top passing option on the Redskins moving forward. He can flirt with RB2 value in PPR leagues. 

Giovani Bernard: Cincinnati Bengals – (6-8%)

Joe Mixon enters week 2 with an ankle sprain and is questionable. If Mixon were to miss, Bernard has demonstrated that he is a locked and loaded RB2. Regardless, I would expect to see Gio is some type of role going forward as just received a favorable extension from the Bengals last week. If you are a Mixon owner, I would bid closer to 10%. 

Ronald Jones: Tampa Bay Bucs (5-7%)

If you watched the game, Jones was easily the best RB on the Tampa Bay side of things. He rushed 13 times for 75 yards and caught his only target for 18 yards. His ceiling is limited due to Dare Ogunbowle’s involvement in the passing game, but Ronald Jones could easily play himself into a role where he sees 15-16 touches a game. 

Carlos Hyde: Houston Texans (4-5%)

I can’t believe I am typing this, but Carlos Hyde actually looked solid in his MNF debut with the Texans. He saw 37% of the snaps and took ten carries for 83 yards. Duke Johnson is the guy in the passing game, limiting Hyde’s upside. However, if he is going to see ten touches a week on this offense, he is worth owning. 

The 1%ers (guys I would spend only 1% on):

Mike Davis – Rex Burkhead – Dare Ogunbwale – Darren Sproles – Raheem Mostert 

 

Wide Receiver

If Jamison Crowder, DK Metcalf or John Brown are available, go get them first.

Marquise Brown: Baltimore Ravens – (15-18%)

Brown was limited to 12 snaps in his debut but took full advantage of them grabbing four of his five targets for 147 yards and two TDs. There are serious concerns with his usage, but the man proved to have an elite ceiling. That low snap count likely had a lot to do with easing him in from an offseason injury and the game being an absolute blow-out. You don’t need to be an analyst to see this guy is special. He will likely have some disappointing floor weeks but has week winning upside. The Ravens get the Patrick Peterson-less Cardinals next week, and I would love to have this guy in my flex spot. 

Terry McLaurin: Washington Redskins (12-14%)

Terry McLaurin is the clear starting outside receiver on the Redskins. He saw a 93% snap rate and produced a 5/125/1 line on seven targets. McLaurin looked fast and always seemed to have a step on the Eagles secondary. As noted, the Redskins should also see themselves in a lot of passing situations this year. The one thing holding back McLaurin from stardom is his QB, Case Keenum. That 5/125/1 should have easily been 6/195/2 if not for an egregious overthrow. It is now clear why Doctson was cut. 

John Ross: Cincinnati Bengals (8-10%)

John Ross is finally 100% healthy, and it showed. He roasted the Seahawks for 7/158/2 through the air on 12 targets. Ross was on the field for 82% of the team’s snaps. While the Seahawks days of the Legion of Boom are gone, new offensive-minded coach, Zac Taylor clearly knows what he’s doing in the passing game. Ross’s value will likely take a hit when AJ Green returns, but he’s clearly a top-two option and should be a boom or bust flex option in the short term. 

Mecole Hardman: Kansas City Chiefs (6-8%)

This one is simple, the Chiefs are a top tier offense, and Tyreek Hill will miss multiple weeks with a collarbone injury. Hardman was clearly drafted to fill that Tyreek role if Tyreek saw a suspension. Hardman is in the discussion as a deep league flex play. 

Deebo Samuel: San Francisco 49ers (5-7%)

An 88% snap rate is a huge reason why we see Deebo so high on this list. There were little questions about his talent, but with a snap rate this high, it’s clear he is the top WR to own, for now. He is worth a pick-up but is a risky start in week two against the Bengals. 

Danny Amendola: Detroit Lions (3-4%)

Matt Stafford seems to love him some Danny Amendola. Amendola posted a 7/104/1 line on a whopping 13 targets. Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay had 13 targets combined. While I do not expect this trend to continue, it’s clear he has a role in the passing game. As outlined above and much to Matt Patricia’s chagrin, the Lions are likely going to be in some passing situations going forward. Amendola could quickly return high floor flex value in PPR leagues going forward. 

The 1%ers:

AJ Brown – Randall Cobb – Keesean Johnson – DJ Chark – Chris Conley- Parris Campbell – Kenny Stills

 

Tight End

If TJ Hockenson or Darren Waller are available, go get them first. 

Vernon Davis: Washington Redskins (1% FAAB)

There is honestly not much out there in terms of Tight Ends. If Jordan Reed is out again, Davis is a viable streaming option in week two against the Bengals. He posted an 82% snap rate and a 4/59/1 line on seven targets. Most of that came on a 48 yards catch and run, but it is clear the 35-year-old still has it. 

 

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