After the first week of Fantasy Football, owners are prone to panicking due to an injury or an owned player losing a position battle. There’s no need to worry, as So Called Fantasy Experts presents the Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups. This week, we consider a few Week 1 performances, injury effects and depth chart toss-ups.
In St. Louis, the Rams started Benjamin Cunningham because Todd Gurley and Tre Mason’s injuries kept them off the field. The NFC West saw another RB situation take a blow when Andre Ellington got carted off the field. Right now, it sounds like Ellington will miss at least one week. For more injury information, read the week 1 NFL game recaps.
In the Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears game, we saw what Aaron Rodgers might favor, at least in the red zone, James Jones. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals tore up the Oakland Radiers’ defense, and have the chance to do damage against another ordinary defense.
Perhaps most importantly, Week 2 is still early enough to capitalize on players’ obscurity or another Fantasy Football owner’s lethargy. Use the waiver wire to your advantage while being tactical and planned. If you don’t have room for any of these guys in Week 2, that’s great! But if you have a need at a certain position, then these waiver wire target lists are applicable.
Remember, all of these ownership percentages are based on ESPN’s Fantasy Football data. Always keep in mind your waiver wire add/drop limits, and plan your free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) for the year.
Week 2 Waiver Wire Targets
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (19 percent owned)
Sure, there aren’t any byes in Week 2, and it’s one of the most Twitter-hated QBs, but you might have an inferior QB with an inferior matchup this week in a single-QB, points-per-reception (PPR) league. Granted, Dalton’s value is inflated because of the Bengals’ skill set at RB, WR and TE. If he plays up to their level, does that matter? Three Bengals had five or more receptions to help Dalton pass for 269 yards (25-of-34) and two touchdowns. Expect Dalton to near repeat his Week 1 performance against the San Diego Chargers in Week 2.
The only thing that could kill NFL popularity is game fixing, let’s be honest. That and Andy Dalton.
— Andy Carlson (@AndyCarlsonShow) September 8, 2015
Benjamin Cunningham, St. Louis Rams (15 percent owned)
With Todd Gurley’s knee and Tre Mason’s hamstring injuries, Cunningham seized the opportunity. He rushed for 45 yards on 16 carries and had four receptions (seven targets) for 77 yards, but no touchdowns. The status of Gurley and Mason isn’t certain for Week 2, so Cunningham could get another start against an underwhelming Redskins defense.
Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals (11 percent owned)
The Cardinals top RB, Andre Ellington, injured his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his knee. The injury gave way to Chris Johnson and rookie David Johnson. Chris rushed 10 times for 37 yards, and David had one carry for 55 yards and a TD. The Cardinals trust Chris and will give him the ball more than David this week against the Chicago Bears.
James Jones, Green Bay Packers (30 percent owned)
Even with a difficult opponent in the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2, Jones is still a smart waiver wire addition. His two TDs in Week 1 were icing on the cake for this WR3, but TDs might be Jones’ strong point. From 2010 to 2013, Jones caught at least three TDs in the red zone, including 11 in 2012. Rodgers loves Jones inside the 20. Pick him up, especially where TDs are highly valued.
Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (20 percent owned)
He made the Fantasy Football Week 1 waiver wire list, and he’s still under 30 percent owned. In his first season in the NFL, Lockett four passes (four targets) for 34 yards, returned a kick 35 yards and returned a punt 57 yards for a TD. In leagues with return yards, he’s an outstanding addition.
Brandon Coleman, New Orleans Saints (17 percent owned)
Drew Brees connected with Coleman for a touchdown to go along with Coleman’s four receptions for 41 yards. At 6’6″, Coleman relies on his athleticism and size to get down the field. In Week 2, the Saints face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who allowed the eighth most receiving yards (2,765) and the fifth most TDs (20) to WRs in 2014.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24 percent owned)
Until WR Mike Evans returns to the gridiron, Seferian-Jenkins’ opportunities are on the rise. However, Jameis Winston looked anything but comfortable in Week 1, so don’t expect the Bucs’ tight end to repeat his performance in Week 2: five receptions for 110 yards and two 2 TDs. The Bucs play the New Orleans Saints, who allowed more than 350 yards in the air in Week 1 and surrendered three TDs.
Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (14 percent owned)
The Lions will have to fully incorporate Ebron into the offense for him to be a weekly threat, but his four receptions for 53 yards and a TD in Week 1 inspire confidence. At the same time, I need to see repeated red zone usage to be convinced of adding Ebron in standard leagues. In two-TE or deep formats, Ebron is a decent streaming option against the Vikings this week.
Kansas City Chiefs (20 percent owned)
New Orleans Saints (1 percent owned)
Now is a great time to add those RBs and WRs who have upside and opportunities to secure playing time. Once their teams give them a bulk of the carries or receptions, their ownership rates will sky rocket. At the same time, be smart with your FAAB and prepare for the whole season. Keep in mind you’ll be making waiver wire moves for the next 16 weeks!
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