Top 10 Week 2 Waiver Wire Targets
There are two schools of thought when it comes to waiver wire pick ups: gap fillers for bye weeks and short term injuries, and guys that can contribute for the remainder of the season. While the majority of these picks put an emphasis on sustainable fantasy success, some of them are simply week two filler players. We only consider players with ownership % under 30% for our waiver wire targets.
1. John Brown
Owned in 21% of leagues.
When he is healthy John Brown is one of the more productive receivers in the NFL. He is lethal in both the short and deep passing attack, and is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses because he is a man beater that can play outside or in the slot. I don’t think he can hold up for an entire season, but is a guy that you can play as a #2 receiver in the right matchup, or in the flex in just about any matchup. He put up 13.4 fantasy points on just 4 targets, without catching a deep ball in week one and in a game that was out of reach by halftime. We expect the targets and production to trend upwards as the season moves on.
2. T.J. Yeldon
Owned in 12% of leagues.
Despite getting the majority of passing down work for the Jags, Yeldon isn’t a guy you can play when Fournette is healthy. He certainly isn’t RB2 worthy, and I think you can always find a receiver with higher upside for your flex spot. That being said, we know hamstrings can be an ongoing concern once they pop up, and if Fournette is out Yeldon will be a top 10-12 back most weeks.
3. Phillip Lindsay
Owned in 4% of leagues.
Lindsay made our preseason/post draft waiver wire targets exactly because of what we saw pan out on Sunday. We don’t know how the Broncos are going to manage their backs, but we know they see Royce Freeman as the early down guy and really, really liked Lindsay. I think Lindsay is a mainstay in the game plan, and has likely locked up a third down role. Game flow somewhat dictated his workload on Sunday, and we don’t expect him to match Freeman’s carries moving forward, but he certainly will have a role.
4. Geronimo Allison
Owned in 11% of leagues.
Allison has been a roller coaster for us. We were high on him early in the offseason, clearly he represents big time upside given who his QB is. Then our interest dipped as the Packers never really committed to him as the #3 receiver, and seemed to be begging their group of new players to take the job. After seeing his 71% week one snap count, I think he has to be owned in every format. Adams and Cobb have managed full seasons in only 4 out of their combined 11 seasons.
5. Ryan Grant
Owned in 6% of leagues.
It was encouraging to see Grant get 8 targets in a game plan and flow that was so tight end dependent in week one. Hilton will get better matchups moving forward and will return to the focal point of the passing game, but Grant should see solid PPR production most weeks. This is a high volume passing offense that will likely be coming from behind more often than not this season, and Luck will only continue to improve as he knocks the rust off.
6. Jonnu Smith
Owned in 1% of leagues.
Assuming Kittle was drafted in your leagu (he was in most) Jonnu is our top TE waiver wire add of the week. He’s an extremely talented pass catching tight end that assumes a role in this Titans offense that has had proven production over the past few seasons. We are throwing out everyone’s tape from the Titans/Dolphins week one game, those weather delays were brutal. Mariota will play better moving forward in this new system.
7. Brandon Marshall
Owned in 7% of leagues.
I think this Seahawks season is trending towards a busy one for the Seattle passing attack. The defense has loads of issues, the schedule is brutal, and the line is going to lose most weeks. Even if just a volume play while Baldwin is out, Marshall is worth a look moving forward if you need to add receiver depth or need an option at flex.
8. Cole Beasley
Owned in 10% of leagues.
It was somewhat predictable that Beasley would see a considerable bump in targets with Witten gone. The Cowboy just don’t have a TE on this roster that can move the sticks and serve as that safety valve for Dak. Combine that with new faces on the outside and I think Dak will be checking down to Beasley early and often this season. He isn’t much of a red zone threat, but is flex-worthy in PPR leagues.
9. Dante Pettis
Owned in 1% of leagues.
I’m not sure how the 49ers can keep Pettis off the field. I know Goodwin produced last season and is a track star, but Pettis is the better football player. He can run the entire route tree, and is elite with the ball in his hands. He turned five targets against the Vikings into 2/61/1, he’s worth a look this week if Goodwin is out (currently listed as day-to-day).
10. Mitchell Trubisky
Owned in 21% of leagues.
Of the quarterbacks with 30% or lower ownership, I think Trubisky is the guy I would pick up and potentially roster moving forward. I think you are better off playing matchups in a 10 or even 12 man league, but if waivers are thin and you want to add a guy you can keep for the remainder of the season, Trubisky is that guy. I think better games are ahead for him and the Bears offense. The game got away from Nagy as a play caller in the second half, but we did see flashes of the potential that has Bears fans excited. He should be good for 25-45 yards rushing most weeks as well.
11. Tyrod Taylor
Owned in 25% of leagues.
If you are looking for a QB with a favorable week 2 matchup, it has to be Taylor. The Saints secondary was atrocious in their week one matchup with the Bucs, and the play of the D-line didn’t help. They were solid against the run, as they were last season, so I think the game flow could result in a big week for Tyrod. In DFS formats, a Taylor/Landry or Taylor/Flash stack looks awfully appealing here.
12. Will Dissly
Owned in 1% of leagues.
By now we should know better than to own Seahawks tight ends, but Dissly looked great in week one. Combine that with the Baldwin injury, and there is definitely a fantasy-relevant role for him in this offense. Outside of Marshall, Dissly could be the Seahawks only reliable option in the red zone.
Off the Radar Week 2 Waiver Wire Targets
If you are in a 14+ team league, chances are you have to dig even deeper. Here are five deep waiver wire picks for week 2 that represent decent upside.
- Alfred Morris – Don’t hesitate to add Morris if someone gives up on him after week one, better matchups than the Vikings are on the horizon and Breida can’t hold up.
- Neal Sterling – He looks good and clearly is the top pass catching TE in Bates’s offense. The Jets will likely have to throw more moving forward than they did in a really fluky week one matchup.
- Nyheim Hines – We thought Hines would be fantasy-relevant in deeper leagues, and he looked so in week one. Hines is a lot like Lindsay in that he is a playmaker third down back.
- Cam Meredith – No offense to Ginn, Carr and Smith, but Brees needs Meredith to be ready now. If he’s available grab him and stash him until he works his way into the lineup.
- DJ Chark – How much deeper can you get than a guy that didn’t have a catch, on arguably the worst passing offense in the NFL. Talent-wise, Chark is the only #1 WR on this roster. We will see if he can earn some snaps.