NFL Waiver Wire: Week 2 Pickups

We lastly have Week 1 within the books and now there are literally reputable pickups on the waiver wire in most leagues to think about. Let’s not waste anymore time and check out who’s on the market.

If I missed somebody — Tyler Boyd for instance — he is gone in additional than 50 p.c of leagues on Yahoo. Please be at liberty to hit up the feedback part if in case you have somebody particularly to ask about that I may need missed.

This column is geared towards “normal” 12-team leagues and based mostly on a $100 free-agent finances. Please modify to your league based mostly on each the variety of groups (I’m in a 24-team league, for instance) and remaining finances.

QUARTERBACK

SECONDARY TARGETS

Cooper RushDAL – The hand damage to Dak Prescott coupled with a Week 1 loss possible means the Cowboys’ season is over and Rush must be below heart the subsequent 6-8 weeks. At this level there are a number of superflex/two-quarterback leagues on the market firmly placing Rush on the fantasy radar. His weapons are restricted previous CeeDee Lamb and Dalton Schultz, however bye weeks begin Week 6, which is able to improve his fantasy worth. Remember, you are most likely bidding in opposition to Dak’s proprietor, who will possible be very aggressive. FAAB: $4-$8

Marcus MariotaATL – It’s doable Atlanta has tweaked its offense to play to Mariota’s strengths, and perhaps he’ll be a constant fantasy contributor this season. The key’s his speeding capability as he scored 19.80 fantasy factors

We lastly have Week 1 within the books and now there are literally reputable pickups on the waiver wire in most leagues to think about. Let’s not waste anymore time and check out who’s on the market.

If I missed somebody — Tyler Boyd for instance — he is gone in additional than 50 p.c of leagues on Yahoo. Please be at liberty to hit up the feedback part if in case you have somebody particularly to ask about that I may need missed.

This column is geared towards “normal” 12-team leagues and based mostly on a $100 free-agent finances. Please modify to your league based mostly on each the variety of groups (I’m in a 24-team league, for instance) and remaining finances.

QUARTERBACK

SECONDARY TARGETS

Cooper RushDAL – The hand damage to Dak Prescott coupled with a Week 1 loss possible means the Cowboys’ season is over and Rush must be below heart the subsequent 6-8 weeks. At this level there are a number of superflex/two-quarterback leagues on the market firmly placing Rush on the fantasy radar. His weapons are restricted previous CeeDee Lamb and Dalton Schultz, however bye weeks begin Week 6, which is able to improve his fantasy worth. Remember, you are most likely bidding in opposition to Dak’s proprietor, who will possible be very aggressive. FAAB: $4-$8

Marcus MariotaATL – It’s doable Atlanta has tweaked its offense to play to Mariota’s strengths, and perhaps he’ll be a constant fantasy contributor this season. The key’s his speeding capability as he scored 19.80 fantasy factors in most codecs Sunday largely on the heels of his operating (12-72-1). While he will not clearly rating a speeding landing each sport, he is all the time a speeding risk, giving him a better ceiling than less-mobile quarterbacks. FAAB: $3-$6

Carson WentzWAS – This is only concerning the matchup this week if you happen to’re a Dak Prescott proprietor or if in case you have a matchup that does not search for your common quarterback. The Lions simply gave up 38 factors and an enormous sport to Jalen Hurts whereas Wentz is coming off a four-touchdown efficiency. The over/below opened at 48.5 with the Lions a slight favourite (-2), suggesting the Commanders will rating about 24 factors. I would not rely on utilizing Wentz on a weekly foundation (he did throw two interceptions Sunday), however he’ll be ranked greater than traditional this week. FAAB: $2-$4

RUNNING BACKS

PRIMARY TARGETS

Jeff WilsonSF – Here’s the highest goal on the place on condition that Elijah Mitchell is slated to overlook the subsequent two months with an MCL sprain. The large winner is perhaps Deebo Samuel, who ought to see extra time as a operating again, though Wilson is ready for about 15 touches a sport. Kyle Shanahan’s offense relies on operating the ball, and having a scrambling quarterback like Trey Lance will assist open extra holes for whoever is within the backfield. Wilson received 11 touches after Mitchell left Sunday. Adding Mitchell’s six speeding makes an attempt, it offers you an concept what kind of workload you may anticipate from Wilson. There’s additionally the chance for Wilson to take the job and run with it, rendering Mitchell ineffective for fantasy functions when he returns. Unless you are in a league with IR spots, really feel secure dropping Mitchell instantly. Like Cooper Rush/Dak Prescott, Mitchell’s proprietor will bid aggressively on Wilson so be ready to spend if you happen to actually need him. If you wish to take a flyer on the subsequent man up, bid a buck or two on Jordan Mason. He’s an undrafted rookie out of Georgia Tech who completed with 2,349 speeding yards and at present performs on particular groups for the 49ers. FAAB: $25-$40

Rex BurkheadHOU – OK, I may need fully misinterpret the backfield for the Texans. Burkhead had 19 touches (together with eight targets) and outpaced Dameon Pierce by seven touches. It’s value noting Burkhead wasn’t extraordinarily environment friendly with these touches, averaging solely 2.9 yards per carry and 6 yards per catch. However, he may need the higher hand on this committee and the quantity is actually there. I’m not in love with him however I can not deny he is value contemplating as a flex, a minimum of for now. FAAB: $8-$16

Jamaal WilliamsDET – Williams is gone in 47 p.c of Yahoo leagues, so he barely makes the 50 p.c threshold this week. It’s clear he is thought of the goal-line again, and his 12 touches Sunday looks like an inexpensive quantity of touches to anticipate. He’ll want to seek out the tip zone to be fantasy related in most leagues, and D’Andre Swift is the principle ball service between the 20s. However, Williams has his position in his offense as being the short-yardage/goal-line again. FAAB: $5-$10

SECONDARY TARGETS

Khalil HerbertCHI, Dontrell HilliardTEN – I’m lumping these gamers collectively as a result of they’re backups who will nonetheless get touches. Herbert completed with 9 carries for 45 yards and a landing whereas Hilliard completed with three catches for 61 yards and two touchdowns. Hilliard is the extra desired add in PPR codecs, particularly given Derrick Henry’s limitations catching the ball whereas Herbert is extra able to stepping in as an early down again ought to something occur to David Montgomery. FAAB: Both – $4-$8

Jaylen WarrenPIT – It’s not crystal clear as to the supply of Najee Harris this week, though the final report urged he may very well be simply high quality for Sunday’s sport. It’s not a foul concept (as I’ve urged on this house earlier than) to have Warren stashed in your bench as one of many greater upside backups on the place. It’s telling he was named the backup over Benny Snell, and the Steelers sometimes roll with just one most important again versus a committee. Even if Harris is ok and performs this week there’s an opportunity he aggravates the foot damage and it is immediately Warren’s backfield. FAAB: $3-$6

WIDE RECEIVERS

SECONDARY TARGETS

Jahan Dotson, Curtis SamuelWAS – The two touchdowns are the apparent stat, however solely getting 5 targets is a bit worrisome so far as Dotson goes. Samuel gave the impression to be one thing of a focus of the offense when he was on the sphere with a team-high 11 targets, which he changed into eight catches for 55 yards and a rating. The Commanders will face harder defenses (though this Week 2 is an exception) and each want to seek out the tip zone to have an enormous sport. It’s robust to see each having this fantasy relevance once more in the identical sport, and the reality is it will be robust to foretell who could have the larger sport week in and week out. That stated, each are on the fantasy radar this week; simply understand it will be harder to learn the tea leaves after this sport in Detroit. FAAB: Both $4-$8

Joshua PalmerLAC – Palmer was a classy late-round choose in most drafts and the damage to Keenan Allen might reward those that had religion in him. (*2*) sport at Kansas City must be a shootout, and with Allen not training Monday it is laborious to see him be able to go well with up in opposition to the Chiefs. DeAndre Carter is value a buck or two and had the higher fantasy sport Sunday, however Palmer’s upside is significantly better than his. The second-year professional out of Tennessee confirmed flashes of potential within the latter a part of 2021, ending with 245 receiving yards and three touchdowns within the remaining 5 video games of the common season. His worth will take a success as soon as Keenan returns, however for Thursday/Week 2 he is a viable choice. FAAB: $3-$6

Greg DortchARI – While many (myself included) eyed Andy Isabella or AJ Green as soon as Rondale Moore was dominated out, Dortch ended up being the receiver everybody ought to have thought of. He had a team-high 9 targets and completed with a 7-63 receiving line. Moore is not assured again anytime quickly and DeAndre Hopkins will not return from his suspension till Week 7. However, Dortch undoubtedly has a task whereas the workforce is with out the companies of these two gamers. FAAB: $3-$6

Devin DuvernayBAL – The Baltimore receiving corps is predicted to be Rashod Bateman and Mark Andrews, however there could also be sufficient targets to go round for Duvernay. He caught two landing passes Sunday in addition to all 4 of his targets, ending with a 4-4-54-2 line. Would I really feel assured in beginning him on a weekly foundation? Probably not. This may very well be the beginning of a Year 3 breakout and he’ll possible proceed to face single protection. It helps that the Ravens haven’t got a operating assault till JK Dobbins returns. FAAB: $3-$6

HAIL MARY

By Ben SkowronSAT – Skowronek seems able to fill the void left by Van Jefferson because the Rams’ No. 3 huge receiver and whereas his first sport numbers did not bounce off the web page (6-4-25) he is in a great place. He’ll entice extraordinarily comfortable protection enjoying with Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson and is a sneaky add in deeper leagues. The Rams offense must be high quality now that they do not must play my Buffalo Bills once more. FAAB: $2-$4

TIGHT ENDS

HAIL MARY

OJ HowardHOU – Here’s a basic case of overreaction as many will spend pointless cash on Howard this week after his two-touchdown efficiency. First, he was minimize by the Bills and Brevin Jordan and Pharaoh Brown had been each lively and operating routes for the Texans. If somebody foolishly drops Cole Kmet to get Howard, please race to the subsequent spherical of waivers to seize Kmet as a substitute. There’s little doubt Kmet would be the finest fantasy participant by the tip of the season. FAAB: $1-$2

DEFENSE

HAIL MARY

Cleveland Browns D/ST – The Browns appear to be in a great place this week of their residence opener in opposition to Joe “Checkdown” Flacco and the Jets. The Browns got here up with 4 sacks and an interception Sunday, and getting six fantasy factors looks like a ground this week in opposition to New York. FAAB: $1-$2

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