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.
Note: This column
will be updated tomorrow at the conclusion of Week 2.
SF – Garoppolo (20-40 percent owned) has the Niners at 2-0 and
he came through with a solid Week 2 performance (297-3-1) that
silenced many of his critics after a lackluster season opener.
The biggest concern is his lack of weapons, but there’s a smattering
of deep threats (Marquise Goodwin and a stud TE in George Kittle
to help keep him in the Top 20 fantasy QBs.
Josh Allen, BUF – Allen (25-45 percent owned) is really
developing into a complete QB. He completed 19-of-30 passes for
253-1-0 in the Bills’ 28-14 win over the Giants in Week
2, adding seven rushes for 21 yards and a TD on the ground. He’s
poised for a potential ceiling-reaching spot in Week 3 against
the Bengals, and then takes on the challenge of the Patriots in
Andy Dalton, CIN – We can’t disregard the fact that
Bengals are missing A.J Green, but this isn’t a great offense
right now. They looked bad during the first half against the 49ers
but Dalton (10-30 percent owned) eventually finished with 311-2-1
on Sunday. He’s a high-floor, low-upside QB2 for Week 3
against Buffalo but should be owned in most 12-team leagues and
all 14-team leagues.
NO – Bridgewater (17-of-30 passes for 165-0-0 on Sunday) inherits
a potent offense and vaults into high-end QB2 this week and beyond,
as Drew Brees is out six weeks with a torn ligament in his thumb.
He’ll face Seattle in Week 3 and makes for a fine addition off
the waiver wire if you’re a Brees owner.
PIT – Rudolph takes over as the Steelers signal caller with Ben
Roethlisberger (elbow) out for the year, and Week 3 against the
49ers is a contest that could turn into a shootout. Rudolph took
over after halftime on Sunday and completed 12-of-19 passes for
112 yards, two TDs, and one INT in the loss to the Seahawks. He’s
available in all formats and makes for a high-risk QB2 going forward.
Matthew Stafford, DET – Stafford completed 22-of-30 passes
for 245-2-2 in the Lions’ Week 2 victory over the Chargers.
He’s a high-end QB2 with occasional QB1 upside going forward.
Gardner Minshew, JAX – Minshew (5-10 percent owned) got
off to a bad start Sunday against a tougher defensive opponent,
eventually settling down in the second half and almost pulling
off a victory. He completed 23-of-33 passes for 213-1-0 in the
loss to the Texans, adding 56 rushing yards. He appears to have
some weekly streaming value in DFS and should be owned in larger
formats, but he’s safe to fade in a tough Week 3 matchup
against the Titans.
Mariota, TEN – Mariota is famous for dinking and
dunking his way to pedestrian fantasy totals, and Week 2 was no
different. He completed 19-of-28 passes for 154-1-0, adding 32
rushing yards on five carries in the Titans’ Week 2 loss to the
Colts. He’s not a great option in Week 3 facing the Jags.
UPDATE: Mariota did have a quad
issue on Sunday and didn’t practice Monday – but should
be fine for Thursday’s game at Jacksonville.
Hyde, HOU – Hyde (45-60 percent owned) finished with
90 rushing yards on 20 carries Sunday, establishing himself as
the lead back in the Texans offense. Duke Johnson is still the
more valuable back in PPR leagues, but Hyde is a solid runner
with some RB3/flex appeal going forward. He was on the field for
just 37% of the Texans’ snaps in the opener, but he’ll always
benefit from a positive game script and more rushing plays.
UPDATE: As FFToday.com staff writer
Kevin Scott explains in his Usage
Notes for Week 2 (I LOVE this column, by the way – it’s
a must-read every week), “Hyde played on 61% of the Texans
snaps, and garnered 20 carries to Duke Johnson’s 6. Hyde
is the lead back in Houston.”
SF – Mostert (10-20 percent owned) has showed flashes of talent
since last season and rushed 13 times for 83 yards (3-68-1 receiving)
in Week 2 against the Bengals. His role has been expanded with
Tevin Coleman sidelined and he ended up leading the SF backfield
in carries after Matt Breida was spelled in the blowout win. Mostert
is a viable option in 12-team PPR leagues as a FLEX option and
stands to benefit from injury/ineffectiveness in the other Niners
BUF – Gore (15-40 percent owned) continues to stay relevant.
He carried the ball 19 times for 68 yards and a TD in the Bills’
Week 2 win over the Giants, adding 2-15-0 receiving. If the hamstring
injury to rookie RB Devin Singletary is serious, he’ll be a must-add
in all formats.
UPDATE: Singletary (hamstring) is currently considered day-to-day,
so Gore and T.J. Yeldon will be the timeshare to watch in Week
3 if the rookie misses time.
PIT –UPDATE: With James Conner questionable for Week 3
after leaving the game early with a knee issue, Samuels (20-40
percent owned) is a priority add who’s filled in before
and done quite well. The Steelers’ 2019 4th round pick Benny
Snell might see a few carries but if Conner is forced to miss
time, Samuels has immediate value on a team that will be running
the ball more and utilizing its backs extensively in the passing
KC –UPDATE: He’s a rookie without a clear shot to
major touches unless one of LeSean McCoy (ankle) or Damien Williams
(knee, groin) misses time. But that time might be now, as we’ve
received no update on Williams and McCoy “has a shot to
play.” Thompson might be worth a speculative add even if
we don’t get a Williams update in the next couple days.
Malcolm Brown, LAR – Brown didn’t get a huge workload
Sunday, rushing six times for 37 yards in the Rams’ Week
2 win over the Saints. He’s the handcuff to have for Todd
Gurley owners and will continue to get some work and vulture some
TDs – but he’s not a priority unless we see Gurley
start to falter.
Bernard, CIN – Joe Mixon ended up being active Sunday
and Bernard assumed his secondary RB role, rushing six times for
6 yards and hauling in 1-of-3 targets for 7 yards in Week 2. He’s
still a must-own in PPR formats and as a handcuff to Mixon.
UPDATE: Mixon looks to be fine moving forward, so Bernard can
be stashed without deployment until further notice.
NE – Burkhead finished with just 21 yards on five carries and
added 2-47-0 on his two targets. It’ll be difficult to deploy
him in most formats without some type of injury to Sony Michel
or James White.
Justin Jackson, LAC – Jackson rushed for 59 yards on just
seven carries in the Week 2 loss to Detroit, and he’ll continue
to get 5-10 carries on traditional rushing downs and short yardage
Wide Receivers / Tight Ends
Robinson, KC – Robinson (1-10 percent owned) caught all six
of the targets from Patrick Mahomes, blowing up for 6-172-2 in
the Chiefs' Week 2 win over the Raiders. Heading into Week 1,
Robinson was slated to assume the Chris Conley role in the offense,
but the Tyreek Hill injury forced him into a larger role this
week. He responded with the best fantasy WR performance of Week
2 (so far). He should be added in all formats and will have WR2/3
value against the Ravens.
Mecole Hardman, KC – The speedy rookie (and second-round
draft pick) took advantage of the absence of Hill, hauling in
4-of-6 targets for 61 yards and a TD on Sunday. Hardman (30-50
percent owned) looked right at home in the Chiefs’ offense,
regularly getting behind the Raiders’ secondary and flashing
major upside. His 42-yard touchdown came on 3rd-and-20, while
a 72-yard bomb on 3rd-and-14 was negated by a holding penalty.
I was concerned that he and Robinson would eat into each other’s
targets, but they’re both huge components in offense with
plenty of looks to go around.
Goodwin, SF – Goodwin (5-10 percent owned) started
opposite Deebo Samuel in two-wide sets and caught 3-77-1 in the
Week 2 against the Bengals. He’s a big-play guy with plenty of
speed and remains a week-to-week play with some upside – and a
very low floor. He’s a boom-or-bust option facing the Steelers
SF –UPDATE: I didn’t include Deebo in my initial
column because I have a feeling this will be a Goodwin/Kittle
week, but he did have 5-87-1 in Week 2, and he’s an explosive
receiver with upside that surpasses Dante Pettis at this point.
He makes sense as a WR4/flex in 12-team leagues with a decent
floor in PPR.
Agholor, PHI – Agholor (5-10 percent owned) had a
monster game Sunday night in the loss to Atlanta with 8-107-1.
He had a couple drops but showed excellent rapport with Carson
Wentz after DeSean Jackson (groin) and Alshon Jeffrey (calf) left
early with injuries. He’s got WR4/flex value if either Jackson
or Jeffrey are forced to miss additional time.
UPDATE: Jeffery is dealing with a strained calf and his status
is in doubt for Week 3, and Jackson is bothered by a groin issue.
Agholor, JJ Arcega-Whiteside (who saw 93 percent of the Eagles’
snaps in Week 2) and Mack Hollins (85 percent of the snaps) could
also be relevant this week.
TE Will Dissly,
SEA – A large target for Russell Wilson in the red zone, Dissly
has been active in both games and caught all five of his targets
for 50 yards and two TDs in the Seahawks’ Week 2 win over the
Steelers. He may not have huge games every week, but there’s enough
value here to add him in 12-team leagues as high-end TE2.
BAL – “Hollywood” Brown (now about 70-80 percent owned) caught
8-86-0 in the Ravens’ Week 2 win against the Cardinals and is
developing excellent rapport with second-year QB Lamar Jackson.
He should be owned in all formats.
D.K. Metcalf, SEA – The big-bodied Metcalf caught 3-61-1
on seven targets in the Seahawks’ Week 2 win over the Steelers,
making a gorgeous 16-yard TD reception on an off-target throw
on the Seahawks’ first play from scrimmage and adding an
athletic 28-yard TD later in the game. A monster target and physical
receiver with upside, Metcalf makes for a fine WR3/flex play against
the Saints in Week 3.
JAX – The sophomore standout caught 7-55-1 on a team-high
seven targets in the Jaguars’ Week 2 loss to the Texans. He’s
a must-own in all formats despite being rostered in just 20-40
percent of leagues heading into Week 3.
UPDATE: Chark has a minor ankle injury but is tentatively expected
to play Thursday night against the Titans. He was on the field
for 82 percent of snaps in Week 2 (thanks again, Kevin!) and could
be looking at a foundational role in this Jaguars offense.
John Brown, BUF – Brown (50-70 percent owned) still has
his share of haters, but he’s shedding them with his new
team. The veteran WR caught 7-of-8 targets for 72 yards in the
Bills’ Week 2 win over the Giants and is getting regular
looks from Allen in this underrated offense.
John Ross, CIN – Ross followed up a huge Week 1 with another
solid game. He finished with 4-112-1 on eight targets against
the 49ers, though a negative game script helped him bolster those
numbers in the second half, as he didn’t do much before
a 66-yard TD on the Bengals' final drive. He’s a good trade
chip if you don’t trust he can keep posting these numbers,
and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest a big regression
in the coming weeks and months.
WAS – McLaurin (35-50 percent owned) squared off with Cowboys
CB Byron Jones and still managed 5-62-1 on nine targets in Washington's
Week 2 loss to the Cowboys. He’s a major part of this offense
and should continue to get 8-10 targets per week going forward.
The Round 3 draft pick is a must-own in all formats, especially
DET – Targeted once, zero catches in Week 2. He and rookie TE
T.J. Hockenson combined for just four targets (and one catch)
a week after combining for 13-235-2 receiving in the opener. Weird
– because they both looked like huge parts of the Detroit game
plan. Stay tuned.
Waller, OAK – I don’t think Waller was on the field
for every snap in Week 2, but he had another impressive game,
finishing with 6-63-0 on seven targets in the Raiders’ Week
2 loss to the Chiefs. He’s an athletic TE with WR ball skills
and should be an acceptable low-end TE1 with a decent floor moving
UPDATE: Not every snap, but 95 percent of them in Week 2. Waller
is must-own in all formats and is still available in about 10-25
percent of leagues.