Last year when this series debuted, I wanted to help shed light on one of my favorite tricks in Fantasy Football, Waiver Wire Sniping. The strategy is simple. Without compromising your roster (of course), look to see if you have an available roster spot or a player that you were holding as a possible fill-in for a week that is no longer needed. Then look a week or two ahead and see if any of your current starters are on a bye or have a matchup you want to avoid. By picking up a streaming option or high-end stash before the weekend action, you can “snipe” that player for free and before that player is featured on podcasts (such as the Fantasy Football Fellas podcast – shameless plug) and waiver articles across the fantasy football world.
“Sniping” allows you to eliminate the grueling wait on Wednesday or Thursday morning, hoping your Waiver Wire pick-up isn’t grabbed by another team with a lower waiver priority or more FAAB dollars. If the chips fall your way, you may have a very valuable piece for the low-low price of NOTHING.
Each week I’ll be giving you potential steaming options for the week ahead, some stash candidates that are widely available in redraft leagues, and highlighting the tough matchups and teams on bye in the coming week.
Here are some guys that you might not necessarily need for this week, but might be high Waiver Wire pickups for week 2.
Week 2 Streaming Options
Case Keenum vs. OAK (25%) – I think Keenum is going to get off to a nice start this season. With a week one matchup first a Seahawks defense that is a shell of what it once was, Keenum and the Broncos will be on peoples radar as a play in week two at home against the Raiders.
Tyrod Taylor @ NO (12%) – The Saints defense is not the pushover it once was. But I’ll still take a QB trying to keep up with that Saints offense. Taylor is a solid fantasy option when he’s the starter, and I don’t think that changes in week 2.
Jordan Wilkins @ WAS (34%) – Wilkins has been on the radar of avid fantasy football owners for a few months now. If you’re somehow in one of the 66% percent of leagues he’s currently available, get him now.
Jeremy Hill @ JAX (4%) – The Patriots always seem to provide us with a solid fantasy option at RB. The struggle is just deciphering who it will be. With a banged up Sony Michel, and Rex Burkhead yet to prove he can hold up for an entire season, Hill is someone to target.
Tyrell Williams @ BUF (18%) – I get it, Mike Williams was a first-round pick. But until he shows us he’s the #2 option for the Chargers I’m looking to roster Tyrell Williams. Great matchup next week against the Bills.
Benjamin Watson vs. CLE (39%) – Watson has some week one streaming appeal, so if he hits, he’ll be the hot pick up in week two against the Browns in a home matchup. Get him now if he’s available.
Vernon Davis vs. IND (7%) – Davis will be a top 12 TE at some point this season. It’s all based on the health Jordan Reed, but when (not if) he goes down with an injury, Davis will have nice low-end TE-1 value. If Reed can’t make it to week two healthy, I love Davis against the Colts next week.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. BAL (11%) – Week 2 is not a great week for streaming defenses, and we’re all still trying to learn who might have turned it around in 2018. However, the Bengals matchup against the Ravens on a short week isn’t a horrible The last time these teams faced off. The Bengals DST was able to put up nine fantasy points.
The Stashes – Other players to monitor that might be available in your league.
QB: Jameis Winston (14%) – One week closer to reinstatement.
Shallow League Options: Marlon Mack (52%), Nick Chubb (49%)
Deeper League Options: Mike Gillislee (4%), Rob Kelley (2%)
Shallow League Options: Keelan Cole (56%), D.J. Moore (46%), Rishard Matthews (46%), Chris Godwin (30%), Danny Amendola – PPR (30%)
Deeper League Options: Dede Westbrook (17%), Geronimo Allison (11%), Quincy Enunwa (5%), Chester Rodgers (0%)
Week 2 Potential Matchups to Avoid: ARI @ LAR, NE @ JAX, TEN vs. HOU
Team on Bye next week: None – Bye weeks begin in week 4.
*All ownership percentages are direct from Yahoo.