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Through The Wire - Week 2
9/10/18; Updated: 9/11/18 Users...
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Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs and win the elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster, the waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players who can help your squad and may still be available in your league.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzmagic will certainly be a popular waiver add for Week 2 but how long can he keep the job?


Patrick Mahomes, KC – I didn’t include Mahomes in my original column because I didn’t even consider he’d go undrafted in some leagues, but he was available in almost 25 percent of ESPN leagues heading into Week 1. The strong-armed Chiefs starting QB is now likely to be seen as a fantasy starter in 14-team leagues and even some 12-team formats, especially with some of the underwhelming outings of the veterans around his tier. Mahomes threw for 256-4-0 with no turnovers and 21 rushing yards, and he’ll bring that upside most weeks this season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB – Fitzpatrick (1-5 percent owned) had a career day Sunday, throwing for 417-4-0 and rushing for 36 yards and a TD. Some had predicted a shootout in the Saints-Bucs game, but the journeyman QB ended up upsetting a New Orleans team that was a huge favorite heading into Week 1. He turned 36 in November, but there’s a good shot he holds onto the starting gig for a while – even when Winston is available to play. He needs to be rostered in 12-team leagues.

Mitchell Trubisky, CHI – Trubisky looked sharp in the early going before he had to protect a lead, but there were plenty of good things to take away from what turned out to be a tough loss to the Packers. The numbers weren’t great (23-35, 171-0-0; 7-32-1) and he still needs to grasp Matt Nagy’s new offense, but we could see QB2 status if he continues to improve.

Sam Darnold, NYJ – UPDATE: Darnold completed 16-of-21 passes after opening the game with a pick-six, settling into a 198-2-1 day in a rout of Detroit. He was smart, athletic, and showed off a strong and accurate arm on his throws, keeping counsel with Josh McCown throughout the game. There’s a good chance Darnold is a viable backup and bye week fill-in this season, so I recommend adding him in 12-team leagues over the likes of Ryan Tannehill, Dak Prescott and Sam Bradford, to name a few.

Other QBs to consider: Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Tannehill, Josh Rosen


Alex Smith, WAS – Passing for 255-2-0 without a turnover, Alex Smith looked like he’s found a solid home and a good fit in Washington – a team that could definitely use his calming presence. Smith will be on the radar as a QB2 each week and could be worth some spot starts, DFS and/or bye week fill-in work.

Andy Dalton, CIN – Dalton took a while wot get hot, but his big second half allowed him to finish with 243-2-1 in the win over Indy. He’ll have a tougher time facing the Ravens in Week 2, but he’s worth a roster spot in 12-team leagues.

Dak Prescott, DAL – After seeing Dak underperform against a relatively beatable defense in Week 1, I’d be selling or dropping him in favor of Fitzpatrick and Trubisky.

Case Keenum, DEN – Keenum was his usual gun-slinging self Sunday, throwing for 329-3-3 in the win over Seattle. The offense looks a lot more potent with Keenum under center and the veteran QB is worth owning as backup in 12-team leagues for his upside. He’s going to turn the ball over, but there’s a lot to like about this offense.

Derek Carr, OAK – UPDATE: Carr completed 29-of-40 passes for 303-0-3 in the Raiders' Week 1 loss to the Rams. He had a solid first half and then the Rams just bulldozed Jon Gruden’s squad. He relied heavily on Jared Cook and only targeted Amari Cooper three times the entire game. It’s going to be tough to trust Carr after a poor 2017 in an offense where he isn’t asked to make a lot of downfield throws.

Running Backs

Austin Ekeler, SD – Ekeler looked just as good as Melvin Gordon in his role as the secondary back Sunday, rushing for 39 yards on five carries and hauling in 5-87-1 on his five targets. Gordon was solid too, rushing for 64 yards and recording 9-102-0 through the air on 13 targets. This could be closer to a 60-40 split if Ekeler (10-15 percent owned) keeps this up.

Phillip Lindsay, DEN – UPDATE:With the Broncos backfield looking more like a committee than a lopsided split, Lindsay appears to be headed for a viable fantasy workload in 2018. One game isn’t enough to see the entire picture, but this could develop into a hot hand approach or simply a “stay out of the doghouse” scenario for these relatively inexperienced backs. Lindsay rushed 15 times for 71 yards and hauled in 2-of-3 targets for 31 yards and a TD, so more than anything this effectively closes the book on Devontae Booker’s relevance until an injury happens to Royce Freeman or Lindsay.

T.J. Yeldon, JAC – Yeldon filled in for an injured Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and rushed for 51 yards on 14 carries, adding 3-18-1 in an eked-out win for the Jags. He’s worth adding as a flex option if he starts, and remains a necessary handcuff for Fournette owners even if and when the starting RB gets back on the field.

UPDATE: Leonard Fournette’s hamstring strain is apparently mild, and he could be active as early as this week against the Patriots. Still, this is a situation to monitor closely as workload concerns and Fournette’s oft-injured ankles could present more opportunities for Yeldon this season.

Darren Sproles, PHI – Sproles looked excellent as the passing down back in his first regular season game action since Week 3 of last season. He’s a fringe RB4 in PPR leagues.

Other RBs to consider: Phillip Lindsay, Frank Gore, Jordan Wilkins, Mike Gillislee, Javorius Allen


Matt Breida, SF – Breida rushed the ball 11 times for 46 and caught 1-5-0 on two targets Sunday. Touches were split equally among Breida and Alfred Morris, with Morris favored moving forward in positive game scripts and Breida getting more looks when the 49ers are trailing.

Adrian Peterson, WAS – Peterson finished with 96 rushing yards and a TD on 26 carries, handling a monster workload and adding 2-70-0 receiving on three targets. He’s looking like an RB2 after his big Week 1 and should be a fine play facing the Colts in Week 2.

Latavius Murray, MIN – Murray was limited to 42 yards on 11 carries and wasn’t involved in the passing game. Dalvin Cook looked okay and should continue as the workhorse back in the Vikings offense.

Corey Clement, PHI – Clement never really got into the game flow on Thursday night despite playing more snaps than Jay Ajayi, showing some burst on a couple decent runs. He finished with 26 yards on five carries and didn’t get a target while Sproles handled much of the passing down work.

Theo Riddick, DET – UPDATE: Riddick had four carries for 20 yards and caught 5-15-0 on seven targets. He was on the field a lot as the Lions played second-half catch-up and has a clear lock on the pass-catching duties in this backfield. He’s a must-own in 12-team PPR leagues, but mostly avoidable in standard scoring.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

DeSean Jackson, TB – Wow. Jackson (50 percent owned) and Fitzpatrick turned back the clock and would have elevated the wide receivers’ fantasy status to “must-own” after just one week and a 5-146-2 receiving line – if it were not for the concussion that forced him from action. He’ll be a top add heading into Week 2, even with the injury designation as he gets ready to facing his old team – the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles. He’s definitely worth an ad regardless of the injury – just make sure he’s active before starting him at FLEX.

TE Jared Cook, OAK – UPDATE: Cook (owned in just 25-30 percent of fantasy leagues) caught 9-of-12 targets for 180 yards in Monday's Week 1 loss to the Raiders, and seems to be Carr’s most promising target moving forward. The veteran TE was used as an in-line receiver, even lining up in the slot, and could easily return TE1 value if he can keep this up. He should be owned in all formats.

Quincy Enunwa, NYJ – UPDATE: If you’re a frequent reader of this column, you know I’m a big fan of Enunwa and believe he’s an excellent, big-bodied WR who shines when he’s given the opportunity. Darnold seems like a great fit for him, and despite his current low ownership (7-10 percent) and the prospect of fewer targets once Jermaine Kearse returns from injury, I’m treating him as a must-own in 12-team PPR leagues. He could exceed the value of plenty of big names this season, and the Jets don’t appear to have any reservations about involving him in the game plan.

TE Will Dissly, SEA – Dissly (0.1 percent owned) broke out with 3-105-1 on five targets in Week 1, so he’s got my attention. It’s unlikely he’ll produce like that every week, but he should be on everyone’s radar.

Phillip Dorsett, NE – Dorsett surprised with an impressive 7-66-1, catching everything thrown his way by Tom Brady in the Week 1 win. He’ll be a popular target early on this season with Julian Edelman suspended, and his ownership (about 25-30 percent) will double after this week.

Mike Williams, LAC – Williams (65-85 percent owned) had a nice game with 5-81-0 on six targets, and he’ll likely be a reliable WR3/4 or flex in deeper formats.

Brandon Marshall, SEA – Doug Baldwin left the game early with a knee injury (MCL sprain), and Marshall stepped in to record 3-46-1 on six targets from Russell Wilson. Baldwin, who is currently expected to be week-to-week, could miss extended time, which forces Marshall into a more prominent role and WR3 status.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: TE Jonnu Smith, TE Antonio Gates, Chris Godwin, Cole Beasley, Ted Ginn Jr.


Tyler Lockett, SEA – Lockett’s 3-59-1 was a nice opener, and the injury to Doug Baldwin means more targets for Lockett are on the way.

UPDATE: Baldwin has an MCL tear and won’t be back for several weeks. Giddyup, Tyler.

John Brown, BAL – In a different game flow, Brown could have continued getting looks and catches, but he finished with just 3-44-1 (after an early TD) with the game out of hand by halftime. He and Lockett have similar ownership levels (60-70 percent) and that should increase by about 10 points once waivers are finished. He’s a solid WR3 play next week facing the Bengals.

Keelan Cole & Dede Westbrook, JAC – The injury to Fournette could mean more throws for Bortles, and targets for these two. Both were steady in Week 1 (Cole: 3-54-0; Westbrook: 5-51-0) but didn’t find paydirt. Next week, they should be more active against the Patriots.

Ryan Grant, IND – As expected, Grant started and saw plenty of targets (9), hauling in 8-59-0. He’s already a favorite of Andrew Luck and should be busy this season as long as he stays healthy.

Anthony Miller, CHI – Miller was quiet in Week 1 (2-14-0 on three targets) during his NFL debut, but there’s plenty of upside in the rookie. Stay the path if you rostered him unless there’s an obvious upgrade in the free agent/waiver pool, or you’re in a keeper/dynasty league, where he holds more latent value.

TE Charles Clay, BUF – Zero catches on two targets. Perhaps he’ll do better with Josh Allen under center for the full game, but the Bills outlook is bleak.

TEs O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, TB – Brate went without a catch, but Howard caught 2-54-0 on two targets. This is going to be a tough offense to figure out, even with the obvious upside.

TE Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI – Seals-Jones had just 3-19-0 despite six targets from Sam Bradford, who looked awful in his Cards debut. Stay tuned.

Dez Bryant, FA – Bryant has reportedly gotten some interest in the past couple weeks, and he’s one step closer to getting picked up. Unless you’re stacked at WR, he’s worth an add in deeper (12+ team) formats.