The Waiver Wire: Week 2

With week 1 in the books, to the shock of absolutely no one, we had a few significant injuries that will impact the fantasy landscape for the remainder of the season. This week and every week going forward we’ll bring you several recommendations for players you should look to add to your fantasy squad. We’ll mainly be targeting lower-owned guys who should be available in all but the deepest leagues and new for this year, we’re also going to give you some IDP suggestions as well. Although we’ll be primarily focusing on guys who can help you this week and the rest of this season, as primarily a dynasty site, on occasion we will mention guys that you should consider stashing as long term dynasty options as well.

Good luck on your waiver claims and good luck the rest of the season. Hopefully, some of these players can not only lead you to a win this week but a championship and the end of the season! Be sure to check out all of our in season content right here.

John D. Recommends:

Javious Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens

After Danny Woodhead was unsurprisingly lost to injury yet again who do you think led the Ravens in snaps and touches last week? Terrance West? Wrong. Out of nowhere, it was Buck Allen who led the team. He’s less than 1% owned in ESPN leagues and in my opinion way under the radar. It’s only one week into the season, but it looks like the volume will be there.

Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

I am no Agholor fan. Never been, probably never will be. But the Eagles talked him up all off season, and in his first game action this year, he delivered. He’s 5% owned in ESPN leagues and is worth a speculative add at this point. I want to see another week of production before I jump on him, but I’m risking missing out entirely by doing that too.

Allen HurnsAllen Hurns and/or Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

With #1 option Allen Robinson out for the year, someone has to step up in this passing game which has proven to be productive in the past. Marqise Lee is 20% owned, but Hurns is only 1% owned and is the one I’m targeting. Lee is more explosive but has injury concerns himself whereas Hurns is coming off a down 2016 after signing a new contract. I look for Hurns to step into the Robinson role immediately.

Kenny Golladay and Paul Richardson, WR, Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks, respectively

Not much to say here. I’ve been all over both of them since May and drafted one, or both, of them on every one of my nearly 20 teams. Golladay is 8% owned, and that number should skyrocket after this week. Richardson is only 3% owned, and after Seattle’s abysmal showing this week, people might have forgotten all about him.

Shane recommends:

Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills

Who knew that with Jordan Matthews and Zay Jones that Clay would be the target monster in the Post-Sammy era? Don’t expect these numbers every week; the Jets are terrible vs. TE’s, but Clay is still a streaming option.

Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears

Kevin White is over. Zach Miller is healthy for now. The remaining WRs are not good. Miller saw 6 targets  Sunday, 2nd most behind Tarik Cohen, hauling in 4 for 39 yards. Miller gives Mike Glennon a giant red-zone target standing 6’5”. As long as he can remain healthy, I’d expect him to be Glennon’s favorite receiving target.

Tanner Gentry/ Markus Wheaton , WR, Chicago Bears

Wheaton should be returning shortly from a broken finger that cost him most of the preseason. Though Wheaton never shined in Pittsburgh when given the chance perhaps he can do so in a new environment. With Kevin White on the IR I hope the Bears give Tanner Gentry a shot over the retread street free agents. Gentry had an excellent College Dominator Rating(89th percentile) and put up 18.4 yards per reception while in college(88th percentile).

Matt Dayes, RB, Cleveland Browns:

Dayes saw 3 rushing attempts and 2 receptions in his professional debut on Sunday. Duke Johnson is now the slot receiver, getting no rushing attempts this weekend. Head Coach Hue Jackson raved about Dayes 3-down potential in the preseason and Dayes is now the handcuff to Isaiah Crowell. Dayes would take over Crowell’s workload should anything happen to Crow.  

Team Defense: The Arizona Cardinals get to play the Colts next week. Oakland gets the Jets. At home. Either of these defenses could be game winners for you this week.

KJ recommends:

Kerwynn Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Pending the results of David Johnson’s MRI, Williams is your #1 WW pick up for week 2 IF you are a David Johnson owner. Sure, the Arizona offense looked sluggish but, getting a potential starter off the wire this early in the season is paramount.

Note: Andre Ellington, Elijhaa Penny & Chris Johnson (could be re-signed) may be a part of the mix. Nothing is guaranteed for any of the above RBs, but KW should have the initial crack as the 3-down back.

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks 

Carson gained 49 total yds vs. the Packers (39 rushing, 10 on 1 catch) in week 1. The stats are not eye-popping but considering he handled the lions share of the backfield snaps in Rawls absence and Lacy’s incompetence; it’s something to monitor closely. Carson could take over the main RB role in SEA in due time. The SEA O-Line gives me great pause, but, their next three games are juicy (SF, TEN, IND). Carson is my long-term #1 pickup this week.

Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams

I’ve been on the Kupp train all off season, and his week 1 performance 4/76/1 was not a surprise as much as it was an affirmation that he and Goff have a nice connection. I believe he will lead the Rams in recs for 2017 and a very nice dynasty snag. Get him cheap while you can!

Kendall Wright, WR, Chicago Bears

I can’t believe I have 2 Bears players in a WW article but, alas, someone has to catch the ball in Chicago after Kevin “Glass Doll” White broke his collar bone to end his season! A vet who has had prior success, I was encouraging drafters to take a flier in their last round of drafts. I guess that fell on deaf ears looking at this ownership. Remember, fantasy is about opportunity and Wright now has the #1 WR opportunity in Chicago.

Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets

Kearse had little time to work with McCown (technically 8 days) since coming over to the Jets in a trade but was able to lead the team in targets, catches, AND yards. Kearse is not a sexy WR choice, but his volume in this ragtag offense could pay dividends as a WR3/4.

Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons

I was not on the Hooper train this year. I did believe he’d take a step forward but not a large enough step to warrant a roster spot. I may have been wrong if week 1 is any indication of how Matty Ice is going to use him. Keep in mind, the ATL offense was not clicking in week 1 and he only saw 2 targets, but, Hooper made the best of those targets with 128 yards and 1 loooong TD (and a nasty stiff arm at the 28 yr line).

BONUS: SPECULATION ADD

Anquan Boldin, WR, FA

With the rash of injuries and what seemed to be an out of sync offense in week 1, the NE Patriots could very well pull Boldin out of retirement. Who wouldn’t come off the couch to potentially win a ring? Boldin scored 8 TDs on 67 Recs in 2016 and is one of the most sure-handed and toughest WRs in the NFL and would be a boost for NE in the RZ and the slot. AGAIN, this is pure speculation, add with great caution.

Jake recommends:

Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears

“The Human Joystick” was my selection last week as a must have waiver wire pickup. In week 1, he didn’t disappoint. Carving out a nice role in the Chicago offense posting 5 rushes for 66 yards, 8 receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown. With the news of the Kevin White injury, Cohen could potentially receive the most targets in the Bears offense at years end. Cohen is a guy you go out and spend 50+% of your FAAB on. I’d even try to see what you could get for him in a trade if you do land him or already have him on your roster.

We know that recency bias is strong in fantasy circle and this might be a good time to sell high and get a guy that will be a more consistent producer in your lineups. If no one is overpaying for him, you hold him. If nothing else, you own a great Flex play with a high ceiling, albeit one with a possible low floor.

Seth DeValve, TE, Cleveland Browns

DeValve finished second on the team in both receptions and receiving yards with 4 receptions for 42 yards. I’ve personally stated that although David Njoku is a freakish athlete, he has ways to go before he’s a consistent fantasy producer. DeValve seems to be the more trusted TE for the Browns in week 1 and could be a nice TE3 on your roster for at least the first half of the season. We know rookie QB’s best friend is a reliable TE and although DeValve has a very limited ceiling he could be a nice bye week fill in, or a bench stash if you’re desperate at the TE position. After a week where we saw most of the high-end TE’s not produce, owners will be looking to hedge their bets and DeValve could be that kind of guy in PPR/TE Premium leagues.

IDP Waiver Wire Adds John O. recommends:

Ramon HumberLB, Buffalo Bills 

After watching the Bills game, I came away impressed with his role in this defense. Against a Jets team that could not move the ball on the ground, he managed 12 tackles and an assist. With a Panthers team coming up next, more opportunities will be waiting. He is on waivers in a majority of leagues and should be picked up. It’s a wait and see move as it would be good to see him stay on the field as he did against the Jets in week one.

Tre’Daviois White, CB, Buffalo Bills

Going with another Bills player. I have mentioned White a few times this past week. In CB required leagues he is a startable option. In leagues that start more than two, he is looking even better. Quick to get to his spot in zone he can keep his head up and make some plays. Athletic and with good instincts he can make plays on the ball often. Dropping a would be INT last week showed that he can play the position like a WR. Good tackler as well. Good things will continue for him and your fantasy rosters. Add this guy!

Tyrunn Walker, DE, Los Angeles Rams

Looking ahead I need some help at my DE position. This guy was available. If you need help, he should keep you from a zero at your position. Getting a sack along with two tackles AND the two tackles for a loss would have helped a few teams last week and will do so this coming week.

Josh Martin, LB, New York Jets

This kid is a gamer. I was very impressed watching him. Could be a nice long term option for the Jets defense. Rushing the QB got him a nice ½ sack. I always get pumped up on the tackles for a loss! Big points! Had 3 of them. Ended the game with 5 tackles. What’s not to like?  Around the ball and making plays. This kid should be on someone’s roster.

Nick Kwiatkoski, LB, Chicago Bears

Jerrell Freeman sustained a concussion, and that is not a quick rush back to the field injury. Now, Nick will not jump in and just take over the stats but, he will be the next man up in Chicago. If you’re a Freeman owner or looking to add some help at the back end of your lineup, this is an add for you.

Deep Dynasty Stashes:

Elijhaa Penny, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Did you know that Penny was the 5th leading rusher in the preseason this year? I touched a bit on the David Johnson injury here, but nobody- and I mean NOBODY- is even mentioning Penny. He was good enough to send CJ2K to the unemployment line. Now he only has an injury prone Andre Ellington and unproven Kerwynn Williams ahead of him. He might be worth a stash in deeper leagues if you have the room.

Corey Grant, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville was rumored to be going run heavy in 2017 and through 1 game, they gave it a try. They also lost their #1 receiver and their rookie running back has injury concerns dating back to college, and he’s backed up by a 2 currently injured players in Chris Ivory and TJ Yeldon. Grant looked decent in the preseason and might be the under-the-radar handcuff to own for Fournette owners.

Emba Etta-Tawo, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

How deep do you like to get? The undrafted free agent landed on the Jags practice squad, but if Hurns or Lee go down with an injury, they’re going to need all hands on deck just to fill out the roster. He was fairly meh in college at Maryland before he exploded as a graduate transfer at Clemson. I’m typically wary of 1-year wonders (see White, Kevin)  but if you’re looking for a purely speculative add in the deepest of leagues, this is Marianas Trench deep.

Thanks for reading and make sure you check back with us everyday of the week for all of your fantasy football needs.

 

 

jdibari

Chicagoan living in Las Vegas. Fantasy Football writer & Director of In-Season Analysis for Dynasty Football Factory, blogger for USFantasy and contributor to TheFakeHockey. Member FSWA.

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