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Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 2

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 2

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 2

I hope you all had a great start to the fantasy season. I know that for Sam Bradford, Mike Tolbert, Danny Amendola, Cooper Kupp, and Charles Clay owners, you were all very pleased. Those were just some of the players featured in last week’s Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 1 article, and I hope to repeat on my success in week two. I will try not to repeat players from last week’s waiver wire piece but encourage you to check it out.

Key Tips: 

  • At the bottom of each position group, I have listed the order in which you should prioritize each player. This will include some of the players from last week’s article.
  • Remember fantasy leagues are often won on the waiver wire, so be smart and do not spend all of your FAAB too early!

Without further ado, here are your waiver wire targets for Week 2!


Alex Smith


  • ESPN: Less than 28% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 23% owned

Who would have thought that of all the quarterbacks in week one, Alex Smith would have had the best fantasy football performance? Very crazy, but it seems that when the Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes in the first round, Smith knew it was time to get to work. He did just that, shredding the Patriots’ defense for 368 yards and four scores.

In Week 2, the Chiefs will host the Philadelphia Eagles who just lost starting cornerback Ronald Darby. You could do much worse than starting Alex Smith at home against the Eagles.

Carson Wentz


  • ESPN: Less than 42% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 63% owned

The other quarterback in the Chiefs-Eagles game, Carson Wentz looked like a much more polished player in Week 1 of the 2017 season. He also made an incredible play escaping pressure in the pocket and then chucking it down the field to Nelson Agholor for a 58-yard touchdown. It seems that the Eagles are not afraid to let Wentz throw either; he had 39 pass attempts on Sunday despite the Eagles leading for almost the entire game. The matchup in Kansas City could be worrisome, but Eric Berry is out with an Achilles injury. Wentz had a great day feeding tight end Zach Ertz and Agholor over the middle, so look for a repeat performance against the Chiefs.

Deshone Kizer


  • ESPN: Less than 7% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 11% owned

In DeShone Kizer’s debut performance in the NFL, he scored just over 18 fantasy points. A solid day for a quarterback, a big chunk of Kizer’s production came from his touchdown run. If Kizer continues to be a dual-threat quarterback as the season progresses, he could be a useful fantasy asset. With a tough matchup in Week 2 in Baltimore, he is best left on your bench. However, Weeks 3-5 Kizer will face Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and the New York Jets in some very quarterback favorable matchups.

*QB Priority* Bradford, Smith, Wentz, Hoyer, Kizer

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Running Backs

Tarik Cohen

Chicago Bears|CHI

  • ESPN: Less than 1% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 14% owned
Do whatever you can to grab Tarik Cohen. No other running back scored more fantasy points than Tarik Cohen did on Sunday. And he is not even the starting running back on his own team! Cohen has shown so much talent that the Bears do not have a choice, but to play him. They are so deprived of skill players and have almost no wide receivers. Joking aside, it would not surprise me one bit if Cohen led the Bears in receptions by the end of the season. He had 12 targets to lead the team on Sunday, and there is no reason why that will decrease in the future. He had twice as many targets as the Zach Miller.

Not to mention the Bears had him playing on first, second, and third down all different points throughout the game. And we all know that if Cohen had been thrown that pass that Jordan Howard ended up dropping, the Bears would have won the game. Five rushes for 66 yards? Sign me up.

Javorius Allen

Running Back | BAL

  • ESPN: Less than 1% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 2% owned

Buck Allen, not Terrance West, lead the Baltimore Ravens in carries (21) on Sunday against the Bengals. With Danny Woodhead on the shelf for the foreseeable future and the Ravens trying to protect their quarterback, expect Allen to fill the pass-catching running back role. In 2015, before Kenneth Dixon was on the Ravens, Allen had 45 receptions on the season. He has thrived in the role before, and it looks like it is his for the taking.

Andre Ellington

Running Back | ARI

  • ESPN: Less than 2% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 8% owned
With the injury to David Johnson, it appears that Kerwynn Williams will be thrust into the starting role on the first and second down. Williams scored a touchdown on Sunday and was the only other Cardinal with rushing attempts, so his role is solidified with Johnson out. However, Williams does not have much experience catching passes so look for Andre Ellington to fill that role on third down and other passing situations. I feel this make Ellington a better asset because if Williams is limited to just between the tackles workload, then it will be tough for him to score points consistently. Whereas with Ellington it just seems more probable to see him getting more consistent fantasy production based on his pass catching abilities.

It is also worth noting that Elijhaa Penny was kept on the roster over veteran Chris Johnson. The Cardinals like the way that he rushes and his physical frame of 6-2 and 234 lbs could put him in a role as a goal line running back. For now, most owners will most likely target Williams, but grab Ellington instead; especially in PPR formats. None of these guys are David Johnson, and the Cardinals offensive line has been struggling and been dealing with injuries. Not a great a combination for rushing production.

Marlon Mack

Running Back | IND

  • ESPN: Less than 3% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 9% owned

Marlon Mack and Frank Gore both rushed ten times for the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Now, the Colts were probably resting Gore in the blowout, but it was still promising to see Mack used in the early downs and in the passing game. Mack definitely seems to have overtaken Robert Turbin has the number two running back. Mack should have also scored twice in Sunday’s game, but Chuck Pagano failed to challenge the play he was called out of bounds on. With Jacoby Brissett possibly making the start for the Colts, they will most certainly try to run the ball as much as possible with their new quarterback. Hopefully, that translates to plenty of dump-off passes to Mack.

Do not forget about Chris Carson and Mike Tolbert!

I know I said I would not repeat any running backs, but I want to be clear on this. Carson will be the starter in Seattle soon enough. Lacy has looked really bad, and in a matchup against the 49ers, this could be the game Carson breaks out. Grab him before it happens. With Tolbert he is the most valuable handcuff you can own. If you are a McCoy owner grab him and even if you are not grab him anyway. The guy had 12 carries on Sunday. The same as DeMarco Murray and Devonta Freeman. He is going to score touchdowns. Embrace the 5-9, 250 pound running back!

*RB Priority* Cohen, Allen, Carson, Tolbert, Ellington, Williams, Mack

Wide Receivers

Kenny Golladay

Wide Receiver | DET

  • ESPN: Less than 6% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 19% owned

Kenny Golladay made a huge impact on Sunday catching four passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Even as the number three wide receiver behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, Golladay seems to have found his niche in the offense. Anquan Boldin a year ago was able to put up eight touchdowns, and 67 catches on 95 targets as the number three receiver. That could be a realistic projection of Golladay’s 2017 season. Golladay is not a volume player but seems to have a knack for finding the end zone. With Matthew Stafford playing at high level, Golladay is a player you want on your roster.

Nelson Agholor

Wide Receiver | PHI

  • ESPN: Less than 3% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 14% owned

It seems that the move for Agholor into the slot worked for him and the Eagles. With Alshon Jeffery drawing number one corner coverage on the outside, things opened up for Agholor in the middle of the field. He has heavily used in the slot on three wide receiver sets and was the most targeted wide receiver (8) on the Eagles. With Marcus Peters most likely locking up with Alshon Jeffery in the matchup against the Chiefs, Agholor is an interesting play in Week 2.

Marqise Lee & Allen Hurns

Wide Receiver | JAX

Marqise Lee

  • ESPN: Less than 20% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 16% owned

Allen Hurns

  • ESPN: Less than 2% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 9% owned

Allen Robinson tore his ACL, and it seems that it is between either Allen Hurns or Marqise Lee that will be competing to be the number one receiver. Both have had very productive seasons in the past. In 2015, Hurns compiled 1,031 yards and ten touchdowns on 64 receptions. In 2016, Lee compiled 851 yards and three touchdowns on 63 receptions. Hurns has been exclusively playing in the slot, while Lee will most likely be slotted as the number one outside wide receiver. In a run first offense, and with Blake Bortles as quarterback, neither of these guys necessarily excites me, but there is an opportunity for at least one of them. I would target Hurns first and then Lee. With Hurns playing the slot, he will be safer than Lee on the outside. It can be tough to trust Bortles to make those throws over ten yards.

*WR Priority* Kupp, Hurns, Golladay, Agholor, Lee

Tight Ends

Jesse James

Tight End|PIT

  • ESPN: Less than 2% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 7% owned

I was all on the Steelers’ tight end train this week, but of course, I matched the wrong tight end. It was Jesse James that had the productive game and not Vance McDonald. Either way, it appears that James may hold on to the starting tight end position after all. With six catches on eight targets on Sunday, Big Ben was looking James’ way frequently. This game may just be re-confirming that you should always start your tight ends against the Browns, but at the end of the day, James is a tight end that plays in a high-powered offense. There is upside in that alone.

Austin Hooper

Tight End|ATL

  • ESPN: Less than 37% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 56% owned

Similar to what was said about James, Hooper is in another similar situation. Hooper plays in a good offense and thus has that upside of having a productive day. The guy only had two catches on Sunday which is why I would not prioritize him, but that upside it always there.

Ben Watson

Tight End|BAL

  • ESPN: Less than .5% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 0% owned

Yeah, this is a real deep look right here. In a matchup against the Browns who always seem to give huge games up to tight ends, there is a good chance that a Ravens’ tight end has a productive outing. I will go with Ben Watson, as my guy to do it. Watson missed all of 2016, but in 2015 at the age 34, he had a career high in receiving yards (825). All three tight ends on the Raven had one target in Week 1, so it is anyone’s guess on who could emerge as the top tight end target for Flacco.

*TE Priority* Clay, Fleener, James, Hooper, Watson 

Defense/Special Teams

Baltimore Ravens

Defense/Special Teams

  • ESPN: Less than 18% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 48% owned

We all saw what they did to Andy Dalton on the road. Now they get the Browns rookie quarterback in Baltimore. Yikes! Great play this week!

Miami Dolphins

Defense/Special Teams

  • ESPN: Less than 3% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 3% owned

The Dolphins defense is available in many leagues as they dropped do to their early bye week. In Week 2, they will be playing the Chargers which is not a great matchup, but then in Week 3 they have the Jets in a favorable matchup.


Giorgio Tavecchio


  • ESPN: Less than 3% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 2% owned

Replacing the injured Sebastian Janikowski, Tavecchio did not disappoint. He became the first kicker in NFL history with two 50+ yards field goals in first career game. That is what I want to see out of my kicker! Playing on an offense like the Raiders that will have plenty of opportunities to score, he is a kicker worth getting off the waiver wire.

– Andrew Erickson is a fantasy writer for Gridiron Experts. Follow me and vote in my twitter poll!

Andrew Erickson

Andrew is a Roger Williams University graduate where he majored in Marketing. While there he interned at a sports marketing agency where he had the opportunity to work with many professional athletes like Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.

After college, Andrew started to write his own fantasy blogs via to show his friends why he calls himself the Fantasy Football Master. He calls himself this because back in '07 in his first ever fantasy football league he drafted the Bears defense in the 1st round. He then proceeded to win the entire league. #DefenseWinsChampionships

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