Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 2

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Did you have a rough Week 1? Need to patch a hole in your team left by Keenan Allen? The Fantasy Footballers have you covered.  As they will do each Tuesday all season, they have scoured the waiver wires to provide you with a list of guys you can add to your team.  We will take a look at the list here, but you can check out Tuesday’s show for the full discussion, complete with news and notes.

Wide Receivers

Will Fuller vs KC (ESPN 58.1%, Yahoo 51%) *Mike and Jason’s Add of the Week
5 receptions, 107 receiving yards, TD, 11 targets
The rookie showed why the Texans drafted him so high in the draft.  He possesses game-breaking speed, though his hands could use some work.

Tajae Sharpe @ DET (ESPN 41.8%, Yahoo 46%) *Andy’s Add of the Week
7 receptions, 76 receiving yards, 11 targets
As Mariota’s favorite target the rookie from UMass, Sharpe impressed in Week 1 carrying over the success he enjoyed in the preseason.

sanusrMohamed Sanu Sr. @ OAK (ESPN 58%, Yahoo 46%)
5 receptions, 80 receiving yards, TD, 8 targets
It looks like the Atlanta Falcons have found a reliable compliment to Julio Jones.  Sanu will continue to see opportunities in this offense as defenses key in on Jones.

Cole Beasley @ WAS (ESPN 3%, Yahoo 3%)
8 receptions, 65 receiving yards, 12 targets
More of a value in PPR leagues, Beasley leaves much to be desired in standard formats.  He will continue to serve as a check down target for the developing Dak Prescott.

Chris Hogan vs. MIA (ESPN 40%, Yahoo 31%)
3 receptions, 60 receiving yards, TD, 4 targets
Chris Hogan made the most of his limited targets in the Patriots opener.  He is more of a speculative add as owners are excited to see what he can do once Tom Brady returns.

Robert Woods vs. NYJ (ESPN 3%, Yahoo 2%)
4 receptions, 20 receiving yards, 5 targets
Robert Woods has been unable to take the next step at the NFL level, but with Watkins experiencing “severe pain” in his surgically repaired foot, Woods may once again be thrust into the spotlight of Buffalo’s offense.  Tough matchup this week against the Jets.

San Diego Wide Receivers vs. JAX

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Tyrell Williams (ESPN 0.9%, Yahoo 3%)
2 receptions, 71 receiving yards, 5 targets

Dontrelle Inman (ESPN 0.1%, Yahoo 0%)
1 receptions, 6 receiving yards, 3 targets

Travis Benjamin (ESPN 67.3%, Yahoo 75%)
7 receptions, 32 receiving yards, 8 targets

San Diego is naturally where owners needing to replace Keenan Allen will look.  Unfortunately, the pass catcher situation isn’t clear.  Inman led the team in snaps and routes run, but Benjamin had the most targets and presents the most upside.  If available, Benjamin is the WR you want to own.  Keep an eye on the rookie Williams, he’s a size-speed freak who will be part of the game plan going forward. Perhaps the biggest beneficiaries will be Woodhead and Gates.

Running Backs

Tevin Coleman @ OAK (ESPN 51.7%, Yahoo 43%) *Mike’s Add of the Week
8 carries, 22 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 95 receiving yards
Tevin Coleman shined in the passing game and out-performed starter, Devonta Freeman in Week 1.  Should anything happen to Freeman, Coleman could be a monster.  He should be rostered in all leagues.

theoridTheo Riddick vs. TEN (ESPN 69.3%, Yahoo 36%) *Andy’s Add of the Week
7 carries, 45 rushing yards, TD, 5 receptions, 63 receiving yards, TD
Theo’s Yahoo ownership is criminally low.  Especially in PPR leagues, Riddick is a strong value.

Justin Forsett @ CLE (ESPN 62.3%, Yahoo 60%)
10 carries, 41 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 15 receiving yards

Kenneth Dixon @ CLE (ESPN 15.2%, Yahoo 8%)

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The Ravens have a plus matchup with week against the Browns, so if you need a spot start at RB, Justin Forsett is a worthy add.  If, however, you are looking to lock up the long-term option for the Ravens, the rookie Dixon is your guy.  He should return from his knee injury around week 5.

Shane Vereen vs. NO (ESPN 31.6%, Yahoo 13%)
6 carries, 38 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 23 receiving yards
With the release of Andre Williams and with Paul Perkins being inactive for the Week 1 game, Vereen’s role in the Giants’ offense is secure.  He has added value in PPR leagues.

James White vs. MIA (ESPN 38.9%, Yahoo 46%)
1 carry, 4 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 40 receiving yards
If you are comfortable gambling on one of Belichick’s RBs, James White is the guy you want, I guess.

Jay Ajayi @ NE (ESPN 60.2%, Yahoo 34%)
Inactive Week 1, Ajayi does not have any immediate value in fantasy leagues, but if/when Arian Foster gets injured, Ajayi should assume the starting role in this offense.

Tight Ends

eebronEric Ebron vs. TEN (ESPN 46.2%, Yahoo 61%)
5 receptions, 46 receiving yards, TD, 5 targets
Back from the preseason Achilles scare, Ebron looks to be a strong option for Stafford in this passing game.

Dwayne Allen @ DEN (ESPN 38%, Yahoo 83%)
4 receptions, 53 receiving yards, TD, 6 targets
Easily the largest physical target in the Colts starting offense, Allen is a threat to score every week.

Jason Witten @ WAS (ESPN 83.4%, Yahoo 86%)
9 receptions, 66 receiving yards, 14 targets
A young QBs best friend is their TE, there was no better example of this relationship than Jason Witten and Dak Prescott in Week 1.  The veteran TE should continue to be heavily targeted going forward.


Jameis Winston @ AZ (ESPN 59.9%, Yahoo 83%)
281 passing yards, 4 TDs, INT

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Matt Ryan @ OAK (ESPN 48.8%, Yahoo 66%)
334 passing yards, 2 TDs

Eli Manning vs. NO (ESPN 94.5%, Yahoo 97%)
207 passing yards, 3 TDs, INT

Andy Dalton @ PIT (ESPN 64.4%, Yahoo 84%)
366 passing yards, TD, INT

Marcus Mariota @ DET (ESPN 56.1%, Yahoo 72%)
271 passing yards, 2 TDs, INT, 4 carries, 19 rushing yards

Joe Flacco @ CLE
(ESPN 14.9%, Yahoo 18%)
258 passing yards, TD

This goes to show the viability of streaming the QB position.  There are quality starting QBs available in most leagues.   If you had Tony Romo or were disappointed by the performance of your starter, grab one of these guys and make sure to check out the Fantasy Footballers Stream of the Week.

Defense/Special Teams

Jets @ BUF

Ravens @ CLE

Jaguars @ SD

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Eagles @ CHI

On the season, fantasy defenses can be difficult to predict, but on a weekly basis, the best way to guarantee success is to play the matchups and pick on weak offenses.  Generally, a home team will have an advantage as well, but these 4 road matchups are too good to pass up. There’s more on the Week 1 and Week 2 Defenses and their matchups in the Week 1 Team Defense Recap.

Be sure to check out all of Episode# 263: Waivers, Streams of the Week, Injury News

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