Week 1 is in the books, and we begin the game within the game of making the right moves to put yourself in position to win now and in the long-term. Each week, I’ll give you one player from each position to pick up for your squads and some bonus players if you need multiple options. This week was a good measuring stick for how some of the timeshares will work out, and some just got murkier. Here are my top waiver adds for Week 2.
DT – Margus Hunt, Indianapolis Colts
I guess I’m secretly in love with the Colts, this makes the third Colts’ player I’ve recommended you add and this article series is only two weeks in. Hunt had a very nice Week 1 playing 42 snaps and collecting two sacks and three tackles. His week was only topped by the man-beast DeForest Buckner. I would not expect two sacks from Hunt every week, but at defensive tackle, you’re hoping for a few tackles and some sacks. The Colts have the Redskins up next, and they could look to pound the ball like they did against the Cardinals. Margus Hunt is owned in basically no leagues across My Fantasy League, ESPN, or Yahoo. Some other notables to add would be Larry Ogunjobi, CLE; Robert Nkemdiche, ARI; or Lawrence Guy, NE.
DE – Wes Horton, Carolina Panthers
Horton hears a who, as I’ve nicknamed him, collected a sack and a half against Dak on Sunday and played 43 snaps. Like a lot of defensive linemen, Horton will rotate in with Mario Addison and Julius Peppers but could see more time if he produces as he did in Week 1. This is a good start for Horton who will look to make a play for a starting role in 2019. Carolina has an early bye week so you could delay this pick up until Week 5, but if he produces again next week, he more than likely will be gone. Horton is barely owned in any format as well. Some other notable players that may be available on your waiver wire are Chris Long, PHI; Vinny Curry, TB; or Mario Edwards, NYG.
LB – Fred Warner, San Francisco 49ers
Warner will be the hot waiver add in IDP but temper your expectations. When Reuben Foster returns to the lineup, some of the production will be shifting to Foster. However, considering Warner played just his first NFL game and produced the tackle numbers and the forced fumble, his ceiling just got a little higher. It should be fun to watch Foster and Warner, and Malcolm Smith may never get a chance to win back his job. In dynasty leagues, Warner was a popular rookie pick in rounds 4-6, so his availability on MFL is less than your typical redraft league but is only owned in 3.28% of leagues, 1.8% of ESPN leagues, and 3% of Yahoo leagues. Some other waiver options are Shaq Thompson, CAR (yes him again); Genard Avery, CLE; and Dee Ford, KC.
CB – Mike Hughes, Minnesota Vikings
As I stated last week, I look for guys across from shutdown corners. With Trae Waynes possibly missing some time, the opportunity across from Xavier Rhodes just opened up for Mike Hughes. He was a favorite of mine coming out of college and played well in Week 1. A pick-six, three tackles and three passes defended is an excellent start to his career. Did I mention he’s a returner too? So maybe he’s not Adoree Jackson yet, but Adoree Lite would look great in your lineups. Mike Hughes is barely owned in MFL leagues, owned in 3.2% of ESPN leagues, and virtually no Yahoo leagues. Some other CBs to stream or add include Denzel Ward, CLE; Tre Flowers, SEA; or Quinton Dunbar, WAS.
S – Ron Parker, Kansas City Chiefs
Whether Eric Berry returns next week or not, it seems like the Chiefs have fallen back in love with Parker. He got the start when Berry was ruled out and could start even in Berry rejoins the starting lineup as well. Parker played 82 snaps and took advantage of his playing time. Hard to believe the Chiefs released him earlier this summer. Parker is barely owned in MFL leagues, owned in less than one percent of ESPN leagues, and virtually no Yahoo leagues. Some additional options include Tre Boston, ARI; Damarious Randall, CLE; and Kentrell Brice, GB. No, I’m not drinking the Clayton Fejedelem Kool-Aid.
These are my top waiver options for Week 2 of the NFL season. Come back next Tuesday for more waiver gems! You can follow me @seahawksdan8 and catch me on the IDP Edge Crushers every week for some IDP goodness!