Waiver Wire Week 2
Maybe it was just me, but my mood this week was the best it has been in months. Does that have anything to do with NFL Football returning? You bet it does! We are officially back and with Week One in the books, it’s time to look at this week’s waiver wire adds.
*All rostered percentages are from Sleeper and all players must be less than 50% rostered to qualify.
Quarterback 48% rostered
Jameis Winston dominated in his first start for the New Orleans Saints, throwing for 148 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Winston even added 37 yards on the ground as a nice bonus. While the yards are concerning, the efficiency is promising, especially coming from a guy who is well known to be irresponsible with the ball. Winston looks like he will be an acceptable match-up based Quarterback moving forward, with room for more if he can string together a few nice games. Don’t forget he gets All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas back in a few weeks.
Quarterback 14% rostered
Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t have the upside of Jameis Winston, but he does have a very favorable upcoming schedule for him with the Jaguars and Jets in Weeks two and three. Bridgewater was safe and efficient as usual but did lose one of his top weapons in Jerry Jeudy for a few weeks. Lucky for him, he still has Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and company to handle the pass-catching duties. Bridgewater’s day could have been a lot bigger if KJ Hamler didn’t drop a wide-open touchdown that was perfectly thrown by Bridgewater.
Running Back 5% rostered
Raheem Mostert is set to miss at least the next 8 weeks, meaning that Mitchell and Sermon should carry the load during that span. The reason Mitchell exploded on Sunday is that Trey Sermon was a healthy scratch, something I don’t expect to be repeated moving forward now with the Mostert injury. While I do expect Sermon to be the 1A in this rotation, Mitchell will have his role and who knows, Shanahan could allow him to run away with it, but I don’t think we will have that answer by Wednesday. With JaMycal Hasty being primarily used in the passing game and the likely return of Sermon, I wouldn’t go crazy with FAAB on Mitchell, but someone most likely will, meaning I probably won’t get a share. But if you are a believer, the upside is most definitely there.
Running Back 40% rostered
With Mac Jones at the helm, PPR asset James White is BACK baby. White saw a healthy seven targets, catching six of them for 49 yards receiving along with 12 yards on the ground. White saw a 25% target share in Week 1, which led to him tying WR1 Jakobi Meyers for the team lead in catches. Both Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson had two lost fumbles, so maybe Bill gives White a little more run on the ground in Week 2 on top of his already healthy involvement in the receiving game, making him a nice flex for those of you in PPR leagues.
Running Back 11% rostered
Yes, I know…they played the Jaguars, but you still have to be surprised how good the Texan’s offense looked without Deshaun Watson. All three of Houston’s top-backs scored touchdowns but it was Ingram who led the way with 26 carries. 26! That’s more than three times the amount of the next back, Phillip Lindsay, who had only 8. David Johnson was primarily used as a pass-catching option so he does not worry me much. A stronger option in standard leagues as opposed to PPR leagues, sheer volume moving forward should keep Ingram afloat for as long as his body allows, especially once bye weeks start rolling in.
Running Back 31% rostered
Well, it is safe to say that Gainwell is here to stay in the Eagle’s offense. Not only did he de-throne Boston Scott, who had zero offensive snaps, but he had plenty of involvement in the red zone as well. I loved Gainwell coming out of college, he is an able runner and an even better receiver. For a coach who had Nyhiem Hines in Indianapolis last year, Gainwell’s arrow is only pointing up if Sirriani envisions him in a similar light. He could turn out to be a useful piece of your roster if you happen to be in slightly larger leagues.
Wide Receiver 3% rostered
Tim Patrick is set to replace Jerry Jeudy for as long as he needs to recover from his high ankle sprain, which is notorious for lingering around. Patrick made the most of the opportunity this week with a 4-39-1 line and should only build on that as a full-time starter moving forward. As I highlighted above with Bridgewater, the Bronco’s next two games are fantastic with the Jaguars and Jets on deck over the next two weeks.
Wide Receiver 40% rostered
I named Shepard as one of my sleepers this week and he delivered with nine targets, catching seven of them for 113 yards and a touchdown. With Evan Engram out and Kenny Golladay and Saquon Barkley shaking off the rust from dealing with injuries, Shepard was the go-to man for Daniel Jones. Shepard has always been a quiet PPR contributor when healthy. When healthy, is the most important part of that sentence as he has missed nine games in the last two years, but has averaged 13.8 points per game in the ones he has played over that same span. Shepard is consistent as they come and well-deserving of a spot on your roster.
Wide Receiver 44% rostered
Nelson Agholor continued his mid-career breakout with a strong first game on the Patriots. Agholor grabbed five passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. The news of Mac Jones immediately elevated Agholor’s prospects and Jones looked good against a formidable Miami defense. The two will only get more comfortable as the season progresses and the lowly Jets are next on the schedule for Agholor and the gang.
Wide Receiver 19% rostered
Wide Receiver 48% rostered
The corpse of AJ Green saw 55 snaps on offense along with six targets but only turned them into two catches for 25 yards. Meanwhile, Kirk and Moore played fewer snaps and saw fewer targets but significantly outplayed Green and it is only a matter of time before Green takes a permanent back seat. Moore’s explosiveness has him as the higher priority for me, but he may already be on a team in your league. If he isn’t, I would snatch him and get a piece of this highly explosive offense. Kirk on the other hand has always been rather boom or bust, so he has a higher chance of disappearing here and there, but should still be useful come bye weeks if his role in the offense grows.
Tight End 5% rostered
The former Wide Receiver turned Tight End made more of his opportunities on Sunday than fellow Tight End Adam Trautman did. Trautman saw 6 targets, only catching three of them for 18 yards. Johnson only saw three targets but caught all of them for 21 yards and two touchdowns. I believe Johnson will transition into the preferred option in the receiving game whereas Trautman takes the more traditional role of the blocking tight end. With Winston performing how he did in Week one, it would be smart to get a piece of this offense, especially at a position as barren as Tight End.
- Taylor Heinicke is now the starting quarterback for the Washington Football team. He inherits some solid weapons in Terry McLaurin, Logan Thomas, and Antonio Gibson. He played well against the Buccaneers in last year’s playoff game and has sneaky rushing upside.
- Carlos Hyde had more touches than James Robinson in Week 1. I think that has more to do with Urban Meyer being clueless than it does anything else, but worth noting.
- If someone drops Trey Sermon for some reason, run, don’t walk to the waivers to grab him.
- Cordarrelle Patterson led the Falcons in rushing this week. That won’t happen every week but he will be involved. Worth a look in super deep leagues.
- Gabriel Davis, Anthony Miller, and KJ Osborn are worth a look if available.
- David Njoku seems to be challenging Austin Hooper for that starting spot. I would pick him up if you’re in a pinch at tight end (Who isn’t?).
Brandon aka @Doublehfantasy1 has been playing fantasy football (and winning championships) since 2002. He has a special place in his heart for larger leagues and lives by the motto, “If you’re in a 10 team league, first thing you should do as commissioner is add more people”. Brandon is dedicated to providing deeper analysis on players after years of seeing useless vanilla takes all over the mainstream fantasy world for years. Brandon is a life long South Jersey resident but the only thing he loves more than a good beer is the Buccaneers. Go Bucs!