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Through The Wire - Week 2

By Mike Krueger | Updated: 9/15/22

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 for that elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp.

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 that might be available in 12-team PPR leagues. I’ll also provide a brief update on the players I covered the previous week.

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

Carson Wentz


Carson Wentz, WAS – Cracking the top 5 in QB scoring in Week 1, Wentz (313-4-2) has a talented in receiving corps to work with including rookie Jahan Dotson and the upcoming schedule looks favorable - @DET, PHI, @DAL, TEN. He’ll throw some picks, so be mindful of your leagues’ scoring system.

Marcus Mariota, ATL – The Falcons made use of Mariota’s legs against the Saints (12-72-1) and that kind of rushing ability isn’t easy to come by on the waiver wire. However, the upcoming schedule (@LAR, @SEA, CLE, @TB) doesn’t look promising outside of a Week 3 matchup against the Seahawks.

Matt Ryan, IND – Prescott owners may want to take a look at Ryan if the Indy QB went undrafted in your league. The schedule is friendly enough (@JAX, KC, TEN, @DEN, JAX, @TEN) including potential shootouts / garbage time against the Chiefs and Broncos.

Cooper Rush, DAL – Dallas is going to get a good look at Rush with Dak Prescott (thumb) on the shelf for the next 6-8 weeks. The Cowboys have a bye in Week 9. If the team was loaded with weapons, Rush might be a QB2 priority, but with only CeeDee Lamb as a viable threat on the outside, plus a host of offensive line issues, Rush is only a consideration in 2QB leagues.

Other QBs to consider (Week 2 opponents in parentheses): Tua Tagovailoa, MIA (@BAL); Jared Goff, DET (WAS)

Running Backs

Priority if available: Darrell Henderson (LAR), Michael Carter (NYJ), Jamaal Williams (DET)

Jeff Wilson, SF – After missing most of training camp with a hamstring injury, starting 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell injured his knee in Week 1. The 49ers seem content on using Deebo Samuel in a similar manner as last season, so Wilson won’t have this backfield all to himself. He’ll be more of a Flex option as long as Mitchell is out. Rookie Tyrion Davis-Price was inactive in Week 1.

Rex Burkhead, HOU – Largely overlooked this pre-season as the hype train ran out of control on rookie Dameon Pierce, Burkhead (14-14-0; 5-30) was working as the lead back for the Texans on Sunday playing on 71% of the offensive snaps and receiving 8 targets. I’d expect Pierce to be more involved in the offense as the season moves on, but Burkhead is definitely someone to take a look at, especially in PPR leagues.

Kenyan Drake, BAL – Drake (11-31-0; 1-15-0) was working as the lead back for the Ravens in Week 1 ahead of Justice Hill and Mike Davis. Drake will be a viable Flex option with a limited ceiling as long as J.K Dobbins (knee) is out - which may not be long. The Ravens host the Dolphins in Week 2.

Khalil Herbert, CHI – Between David Montgomery, Justin Fields and Herbert, the Bears ran the ball 37 times in the slop against the 49ers on Sunday. Herbert (9-45-1; 1 catch, -2 yds) saw a 29% snap share which isn’t exciting but he’s likely carved out a role and worth a roster spot at the back-end of your bench.

Dontrell Hilliard, TEN – Hilliard (2-8-0; 3-61-2) is the clear backup to Derrick Henry but is also involved in the passing game and has some low-end PPR Flex value in games that project Tennessee to have a negative game script… like @BUF in Week 2.

Other RBs to consider (Week 2 opponents in parentheses): Zack Moss, BUF (TEN); Eno Benjamin, ARI (LV); Jerick McKinnon, KC (LAC); Isiah Pacheco, KC (LAC); Rachaad White, TB (@NO); Jaylen Warren, PIT (NE)

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Curtis Samuel, WAS – Seemingly over his groin injury that plagued him all of last season, Samuel (8-55-1) led the Commanders in targets (11) yesterday and is clearly the main underneath option for Wentz. Once again, the schedule is favorable - @DET, PHI, @DAL, TEN and he would fill in nicely as WR3 or Flex in PPR leagues.

Jahan Dotson, WAS – Nothing will grab the attention of casual fantasy football owners like touchdowns and Dotson (3-40-1) scored yesterday against the Jags. If he happens to be available (rostered in only 23% of Yahoo! leagues), grab the rookie.

Josh Palmer, LAC – Keenan Allen is likely to miss Week 2 with a hamstring injury leaving the door open for Palmer (3-5; 1-4) and DeAndre Carter (3-64-1) in a potential shootout with the Chiefs. I’d prefer Palmer but Carter is certainly worth a look as well in this scenario.

Sterling Shepard, NYG – We heard whispers over the preseason that Kadarius Toney is still a work in progress and he might not be in-line for a big role early in the season. Que Week 1 where Shepard (2-71-1), Richie James (5-59) and Davis Sills (2-17) all saw more playing time than Toney. The Giants’ passing game isn’t something to attack but if you must, Shepard is likely the best option with Carolina up next on the schedule.

Donovan Peoples-Jones 11 targets in Week 1 for DPJ (6-60) which confirms he’s a fixture in the Browns starting lineup. If you feel Amari Cooper is past his prime then DPJ is the next best option. QB play is concern but the Jets are next up on the schedule.

TE Gerald Everett, LAC – Everett’s coming off a nice game against the Raiders (3-54-1) and makes for a great streaming option against the high-powered KC offense in Week 2.

TE Taysom Hill, NO – For leagues that allow Hill in the tight end slot, his swiss-army-knife role is still a thing as we saw in Week 1 against the Falcons (4-81-1 rush; 1-2-0 rec). He’s not going to rush for 80 yards every week but he is used around the goaline and that alone makes him an option as your TE2.

Devin Duvernay, BAL – Remember what I said about touchdowns up above? Duvernay scored two of them on 4 targets yesterday so he’ll definitely garner attention on your waiver wire. But he played on roughly half the snaps and he’ll be incredibly inconsistent as a deep threat in the Ravens offense.

Other WRs/TEs to consider (Week 2 opponents in parentheses): Robbie Anderson, CAR (@NYG) DeAndre Carter, LAC (@KC); Corey Davis, NYJ (@CLE); TE Hayden Hurst, CIN (@DAL); Zay Jones, JAC (IND) Greg Dortch, ARI (@LV); Kyle Philips, TEN (@BUF)

D/ST streamers for Week 2

  • Cleveland vs. NYJ
  • Pittsburgh vs. NE
  • Cincinnati @ DAL
  • Las Vegas vs. ARI
  • Indianapolis @ JAX