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It’s time for another week of Waiver Rankings and boy do we need it. I feel like we entered a time-warp after so many injuries to the running back position. Last season was known as RB-apocalypse. After two weeks, it looks like we are stuck in this Walking Dead world. Injuries to Adrian Peterson, Danny Woodhead, Jonathan Stewart, Ameer Abdullah, Doug Martin, and Thomas Rawls make waiver wire play integral this week.

With all these injuries, fantasy owners will be running to the waiver wire to ease some of the pain. If you’re new here, I rank waivers at each position so you know who to target. I could easily list off the top five or six players like every site. That just wouldn’t fit my style and would only help the folks with a top 5 or 6 waiver priority. So let’s dig a bit deeper and unearth some hidden gems.

Quarterbacks:

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  1. Joe Flacco
  2. Ryan Tannehill
  3. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  4. Alex Smith
  5. Carson Wentz

Joe Flacco – Flacco made the most of his juicy matchup against a below-average Browns secondary. He completed 25 of 45 passes, for 302 yards, and two touchdowns. Up next for the Ravens is a Jaguars defense that was just torched at the hands of the Chargers. The Jaguars have allowed the fifth-most points to opposing QBs. Joe Flacco makes for a borderline QB1 next week. Though he was a great streaming option last week, Flacco is still only owned in 29% of Yahoo and 26.3% of ESPN fantasy leagues.

Ryan Tannehill – Last week against the Patriots, it was a tale of two halves. The Dolphins were heading toward an absolute beatdown until Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a shoulder injury. From that point on, the Dolphins gave the Patriots a run for their money. Tannehill finished with 389 yards, two touchdowns and two INTs which was good for 29FP. This week the Dolphins will look to secure their first W against a leaky Browns defense. Over the first two weeks of the season, the Browns have allowed 22.7 FP per week. Tannehill makes for another high-upside QB1 play and is only owned in 29% of Yahoo and 20.3% of ESPN fantasy leagues.

Ryan Fitzpatrick – After a sluggish Week 1, Fitzpatrick got himself back on track with a strong showing against the Buffalo Bills. Fitzpatrick completed 27 of 34 passes for 374 yards and a touchdown. The Jets will try to make it two in a row when they head to Kansas City to take on a Chiefs secondary that has allowed the 8th fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs.

 

Running Backs:

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  1. Jerick McKinnon
  2. Jay Ajayi
  3. Christine Michael
  4. Dwayne Washington
  5. Matt Asiata
  6. Fozzy Whittaker
  7. Shane Vereen
  8. DeAndre Washington
  9. Chris Thompson
  10. Terrance West
  11. James White
  12. Cameron Artis-Payne
  13. Devontae Booker
  14. Travaris Cadet
  15. Darren Sproles
  16. Bilal Powell
  17. Kenyan Drake
  18. Jordan Howard
  19. Charcandrick West
  20. C.J. Prosise
  21. Alfred Morris
  22. Jalen Richard
  23. Josh Ferguson
  24. Chris Johnson
  25. Kenneth Farrow
  26. Tim Hightower
  27. Kenjon Barner
  28. Paul Perkins
  29. Zach Zenner
  30. Andre Ellington

Jerick McKinnon/Matt Asiata – Two years ago we sat in this same spot. At the time, McKinnon was a rookie and played behind Asiata. Fast-forward and here we sit faced with the same decision. Adrian Peterson is out for the foreseeable future with a torn meniscus, and fantasy owners are left to wonder what to do. Jerick McKinnon has loads of talent and will likely see the lion share of the touches with Asiata filling in as the goal-line and between-the-tackles-grinder. McKinnon is the guy I will be targeting because of his RB1 upside. Asiata is a player I would feel better about in standard leagues because of his touchdown potential.

Jay Ajayi – With so many owners looking for running back help, Jay Ajayi makes for a decent add. He figures to get the start for the injured Arian Foster (groin). Once Foster went down, Ajayi rushed five times for 14 yards and hauled in four passes for 31 yards. It ended up being a pretty uninspiring performance although it should be mentioned that the Dolphins got down early causing them to abandon the run. Ajayi makes for a low-end RB2 this week against a Browns run defense that has allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Dwayne Washington – No, I didn’t misspell DeAndre. Dwayne Washington enters a situation that’s ripe for the taking. Ameer Abdullah and his foot are currently a thing of mystery as we have no timetable for his return. He’s supposed to meet with a foot specialist today, so hopefully we get a clearer picture prior to waivers being processed.

For now, Dwayne Washington should see a major boost in touches in the absence of Abdullah. If you’re unfamiliar with the 6’1, 221-pound runner, he was thought to be more of a practice squad candidate, but outplayed Zach Zenner and cemented himself on the 53 man roster. Washington figures to be the between-tackles-grinder and goal line back. He’s more of a standard league target because of Theo Riddick amd his usage in the passing game. Most will look at this situation and feel like Riddick will see the largest workload, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Washington received the early down work and Riddick continued his third down/change of pace work. Owned in only .3% of ESPN and 1% of yahoo fantasy leagues, he may be an under-the-radar add for those with a lower waiver claim.

Fozzy Whittaker – Once Jonathan Stewart left the game with an injury, Fozzy Whittaker filled in and carried the ball 16 times for 100 yards and also hauled in three passes for 31 yards. With Stewart out at least a few weeks, Whittaker should see a healthy workload, while second-year running back Cameron Artis-Payne figures to see a handful of touches. Whittaker makes for one of the top adds this week. Artis-Payne is purely an upside play.

Shane Vereen – With Rashad Jennings apparently dealing with a hand injury, Shane Vereen out-touched Jennings 17-15 in week 2. Despite the heavier workload for Vereen, he wasn’t all that productive. He finished with 14 totes for 42 yards and caught three passes for 24 yards. I wouldn’t expect this kind of workload again next week when the Giants take on the Redskins. His value is largely unchanged but is still a roster-able RB3 in PPR formats.

DeAndre Washington – After rushing six times for 46 yards and hauling in his only target for six yards, DeAndre makes this week’s list. He’s a hold if you own him and if you’re looking for a bench stash he’s certainly someone to target. Widely available in both Yahoo (15% owned) and ESPN (19.9% owned) fantasy leagues, Washington owners could capitalize later in the season from this stash. Remember, waiver wire play is all about snagging a player before he becomes widely sought after.

Chris Thompson – If the Redskins offense ever gets on track, then Chris Thompson should see a boost in value.He remains as the team’s pass-catching running back and could become a real asset in PPR formats.

Wide Receivers:

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Eric Decker #87 of the New York Jets celebrates a touchdown with Quincy Enunwa #81 of the New York Jets against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at New Era Field on September 15, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

  1. Quincy Enunwa
  2. Tyrell Williams
  3. Victor Cruz
  4. Phillip Dorsett
  5. Nelson Agholor
  6. Cole Beasley
  7. Jamison Crowder
  8. Michael Thomas
  9. Josh Doctson
  10. Chris Hogan
  11. Davante Adams
  12. Eddie Royal
  13. Jermaine Kearse
  14. Devin Funchess
  15. Steve Smith Sr.
  16. Markus Wheaton
  17. Andre Johnson
  18. Jeremy Kerley
  19. Tyler Boyd
  20. Anquan Boldin
  21. Pierre Garcon
  22. Kamar Aiken
  23. Paul Richardson

Quincy Enunwa – If you thought last week was a fluke for Quincy Enunwa, then Week 2 proved that you should be buying Enunwa everywhere. Over his first two games, he received 14 targets. He turned those targets into 13 receptions, 146 yards, and a touchdown. If you’re looking for a WR this week, then look no further than this talented third-year wide receiver. Despite the presence of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, Enunwa should continue to see a sizeable target share (seeing 19% of overall target share over two games) making him a viable WR4.

Tyrell Williams – Tyrell Williams continues to prove why he should be on your roster. Last week against the Jaguars, he hauled in three of six targets for 61 yards and a touchdown. If he is still somehow available and you need a WR, then look no further than Tyrell Williams. He could be one of the real breakout stars of 2016 and is only owned in 49% of Yahoo and 43.5% of ESPN leagues.

Victor Cruz – Victor Cruz built upon his solid Week 1 showing with another strong performance against the Saints. He finished with 91 yards on four receptions. He also could have had a touchdown had he not coughed it up at the end of the play. Cruz continues to prove all of the doubters wrong. He’s still available in over 50% of leagues, and with his high usage, he’s worth a look as a matchup WR4.

Phillip Dorsett – Last week was a brutal matchup against the rugged Broncos defense. Things should improve for the offense this week with a matchup against the San Diego Chargers. Also, it’s worth mentioning that Donte Moncrief left with a shoulder injury (initially thought a concussion, but later revealed was a shoulder issue). If he’s forced to miss time, then Dorsett makes for a strong WR3.

Nelson Agholor – What a difference from a year ago. Or perhaps, just getting out of Chip Kelly’s offense was enough. Agholor has put together quality performances and has 8 receptions for 99 yards and a TD over two games. He’s currently more of a PPR option than standard, but he’s worth a flier in 12 team leagues.

Cole Beasley – Beasley continues to receive the largest portion of the overall target share (26%) and, no, you didn’t read that wrong, he received more targets than Dez Bryant. Beasley hauled in 13 of 18 receptions (72% catch rate) over the first two weeks of this season. He represents a WR4 in PPR formats against a Bears secondary that has been decimated by injuries.

 

Tight End:

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  1. Dennis Pitta
  2. Kyle Rudolph
  3. Jesse James
  4. Jacob Tamme
  5. Vance McDonald
  6. Charles Clay
  7. Austin Hooper
  8. Clive Walford
  9. Virgil Green
  10. Zach Miller
  11. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
  12. Jordan Cameron

Dennis Pitta – Here we have the feel good story of Dennis Pitta. After battling his way back from hip injuries, Pitta showed that the chemistry remains with Joe Flacco. Over the weekend he hauled in 9 of 12 targets for 102 yards.

Kyle Rudolph – With the loss of Adrian Peterson, Kyle Rudolph figured to see a bit more looks inside the red zone. He’s brought in three of eight targets, 31 yards, and a touchdown. I would likely avoid him this week against a solid Panthers defense, but they did give up a TD to Vance McDonald (49ers TE) in week 2. Rudolph is currently the #9 overall fantasy TE and received the 4th most targets amongst TEs after two weeks.

Vance Mcdonald – He continues to make the most out of his opportunities. He’s only received three targets on the season, but two of them went for touchdowns. With a matchup against the Seahawks on the horizon, I would look elsewhere for a TE this week.

Jacob Tamme – For the second week in a row, Tamme was targeted eight times. He turned that into 75 yards and a touchdown. As long as he gets the targets (6th most among TEs), he makes for a borderline TE1 on a weekly basis. This week the Falcons square off against a Saints defense that struggled, but haven’t given up many points to opposing TEs.

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Hello, my name is Kevin Steele. I enjoy long walks on the beach and cuddling up with a good glass of scotch and The Fantasy Life book by Matthew Berry.

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