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Week 2 Waiver Wire Rankings

Week 2 Waiver Rankings

Week 1 is in the books! Which means Week 2 Waiver Wire Rankings are here! I know you have been counting down the days to read this piece. I do it for you guys anyway.

This week there is some solid waiver adds, however, I don’t think any of the running backs have league winning upside.

Below is as big of a list you will find for players to pick up. The goal is to illuminate players that fantasy owners can pick up outside of the most obvious targets. We don’t all play in small leagues, so upping the ante and shedding light on some players who would otherwise be ignored is optimal. I have included a color code highlighting what type of add priority they possess.

Be on the lookout for the TFA Transaction Tuesday Podcast that will air every Tuesday morning to help you navigate your way through waiver wire Tuesday. It will be a short 15-20 min show that’s all about the top waiver adds and streaming options.

Color Coding

Green = Top Waiver Option

Red = Players to who are currently out/injured

Gold = Streaming Target

Blue = Bench Stash

Purple = Deep League Stash

Week 2 Waiver Wire Rankings



Week 2 Waiver Rankings

  1. Carson Wentz
  2. Sam Bradford
  3. Eli Manning
  4. Carson Palmer
  5. Alex Smith
  6. Joe Flacco
  7. Jared Goff
  8. Deshone Kizer
  9. Deshaun Watson

Carson Wentz – This was the type of performance that we all were hoping for from the second year quarterback. He completed 26-of-39 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles figure to throw the ball a ton if they can’t figure out their rushing attack. Things will get a bit tougher when the Eagles travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Chiefs. But the Chiefs secondary certainly has some exploitable pieces, which makes Wentz an intriguing high-end QB2.

Sam Bradford – Damn. Dude just balled out last night against a terrible Sants secondary. He finished with 346 yards and three touchdowns. I don’t think he could have played any better and the easy Saints matchup doesn’t deserve all the credit. He was the perfect fill-in for Jameis Winston owners this week, scoring 31 fantasy points. In Week 2, the Vikings will get a real test against the Steelers. Things should ease up after that with matchups against the Bucs, Lions, and Bears. Bradford and the Vikings appear to be heading in the right direction in 2017 and look to be one of the most improved offenses in football.

Running Backs

Week 2 Waiver Rankings

  1. Javorius Allen
  2. Tarik Cohen
  3. Kerwynn Williams
  4. Andre Ellington
  5. Chris Carson
  6. Marlon Mack
  7. DeAndre Washington
  8. Wendall Smallwood
  9. Charles Sims
  10. Chris Thompson
  11. Alvin Kamara
  12. Jamaal Charles
  13. Shane Vereen
  14. Charcandrick West
  15. James Connor
  16. D’onta Foreman
  17. Jamaal Williams
  18. Matt Breida
  19. Samaje Perine
  20. Brandon Oliver
  21. TJ Yeldon
  22. Dion Lewis
  23. Chris Ivory
  24. Aaron Jones
  25. Jalen Richard
  26. Robert Turbin
  27. Jerick McKinnon
  28. Kenyan Drake
  29. Alfred Morris
  30. Wayne Gallman
  31. Malcolm Brown

Javorius Allen – With Danny Woodhead out indefinitely with a hamstring injury, Buck Allen becomes the No. 2 back behind Terrance West and should soak up all of the pass-catching duties. He played 33-of-66 snaps and received 21 carries for 71 yards. I have Allen as my top waiver add this week because of his role in the offense and because he could easily take over as the workhorse back.

Tarik Cohen –  He rushed five times for 66 yards and hauled in 8-of-12 targets for 47 yards and a score. What a performance for the lightning rod out of North Carolina A&T. He will never be the every-down RB, but he is making a strong case for a heavy workload as the pass-catching back. Jordan Howard will continue his role as the early down grinder, but Cohen could lead the team in targets this season. He’s one of the top waiver adds in PPR formats and I wouldn’t argue with you if you used your number one waiver priority on him.

Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington – As of writing this, we still have no firm timetable on how long David Johnson will be out. It could be as short as two weeks or as bad as a trip to the injured reserve. What we know for sure is we won’t see Johnson this week against the Colts. For Week 2, it’s starting to sound like it will be a full-on RBBC situation which makes deciding between these two backs a troublesome situation. For me, I would go with Kerwynn Williams in standard formats and Andre Ellington in PPR formats. I also wouldn’t rule out the possibility of the team bringing in Chris Johnson after cutting him in preseason.

Chris Carson – The darling of preseason led the Seattle running backs in snaps with 26 and made the most of his limited opportunities rushing for 39 yards on six totes. Carson continues to prove worthy of extended playing time, even with Thomas Rawls likely to return this week. If he continues to make the most of his opportunities he very well could take over as the team’s workhorse back. If you don’t have a high waiver priority this week then I would strongly consider adding Carson as bench depth that could pay off later in the season.

Marlon Mack – It was sort of a ho-hum NFL debut for Marlon Mack, who rushed 10 times for 21 yards and hauled in one pass for 21 yards. He also found paydirt with a garbage time score, although he should have had a second touchdown had Chuck Pagano challenged another call. Overall, it wasn’t a great outing and he will need to learn to secure the football. Until Andrew Luck returns, the Colts figure to be playing in plenty of negative game scripts. which should lead to more playing time for the rookie back.

Charles Sims, Chris Thompson, and Shane Vereen – All three are worthy candidates for a roster spot in PPR leagues only. Chris Thompson had a highlight reel touchdown reception and figures to receive 50-60 targets this season. All three backs are secure in their role as the teams main pass-catching back and (if healthy) should be locks to finish the season in the top 10 in targets for running backs.


Wide Receivers

Week 2 Waiver Rankings

  1. Kenny Golladay
  2. Cooper Kupp
  3. Marqise Lee
  4. Kendall Wright
  5. Nelson Agholor
  6. J.J. Nelon
  7. Paul Richardson
  8. Sterling Shepard
  9. Jermaine Kearse
  10. Allen Hurns
  11. Tyler Lockett
  12. Taylor Gabriel
  13. Marquise Goodwin
  14. Mohamed Sanu
  15. Kenny Stills
  16. Chris Conley
  17. Brandon LaFell
  18. Devin Funchess
  19. Brandon Coleman
  20. Brice Butler
  21. Markus Wheaton
  22. Torrey Smith
  23. DeDe Westbrook
  24. Russell Shepard
  25. Deonte Thompson
  26. Josh Gordon

Kenny Golladay – I’ve been hyping up Kenny Golladay all offseason and even called him this year’s Michael Thomas. In his NFL debut, he hauled in 4-of-7 target for 69 yards and two touchdowns. One of them was a thing of beauty as he laid out to haul in a 45-yard touchdown. If he continues to play like this it won’t be long before he starts breathing down Marvin Jones’ neck. In terms of talent, Golladay has it in spades and deserves to be one of the top waiver adds this week, especially for Allen Robinson owners looking to replace his WR3 production.

Cooper Kupp – I don’t think there was a wide receiver who received more hate this offseason from fantasy analysts than Cooper Kupp did. Well, he’s making them eat crow. Kupp had a strong preseason and an impressive debut, albeit against a porous Colts defense. He secured four of his six targets for 76 yards and a touchdown. With only Sammy Watkins to threaten him in the passing game, it’s time to start taking him seriously.

Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, DeDe Westbrook – With Allen Robinson out for the season with a torn ACL, the door is wide open for a wide receiver to step up and assume the alpha role in the offense. Marqise Lee failed to haul in any of his four targets against the Texans on Sunday while Hurns faired better hauling in three-of-four targets for 42 yards. Moving forward, Lee figures to be the more consistent option playing out of the slot and Hurns will likely have some big weeks but will be far more hit-and miss. The real wildcard here is DeDe Westbrook who is currently on IR but can return after eight weeks. Westbrook is an explosive athlete who recorded 288 receiving yards during the preseason. Obviously not an option now, but certainly a player to keep on your radar down the line. As things stand, I would add Lee in PPR formats and would consider Hurns in deeper leagues.

Nelson Agholor – Welcome back to relevance Nelson Agholor! After being drafted in the first round (20th overall) by the Eagles in 2015, we have been waiting for Agholor to put it all together. He finished Sunday with six receptions (on eight targets) for 86 yards and a touchdown, good for 21 PPR points. He led the team in targets and was one of the key cogs in the Eagles beating the Redskins on the road. Now, we should temper our expectations, but if he can finally put it all together, he could find himself in WR3 territory.

Kendall Wright – Although I don’t love Kendall Wright, it’s hard to deny his opportunity with oft-injured Kevin White done for the season. He’s likely to see the most volume on a week-to-week basis, which will translate to points despite playing with Mike Glennon. He should be a high-volume slot wide receiver and should be viewed as a weekly flex option in PPR formats.

J.J. Nelson – Another beneficiary of the David Johnson injury will likely come from the wide receivers with more targets to spread around. J.J. Nelson appeared to be a safety valve for Carson Palmer, bringing in five-of-six targets for 43 yards and a touchdown. Despite a lackluster performance against the Lions, the Cardinals should have no problem getting back on track against a Colts defense that was just shredded by the Rams. Nelson will continue to see plenty of playing time and should see enough targets to make him a worthy flex play in 12 team leagues.

Paul Richardson – While it wasn’t a stellar performance, we did get some answers. Paul Richardson played 41-of-49 snaps (83%) and caught 4-of-7 targets for 59 yards. It certainly wasn’t anything to write home about, but it’s encouraging to see the volume he received. The Seahawks will look to get their offense back on track Week 2 against the 49ers at home. Richardson should be viewed as a flex option and could eventually reach bonafide WR3 status.

Tight Ends

Week 2 Waiver Rankings

  1. Coby Fleener
  2. Austin Hooper
  3. Charles Clay
  4. Zack Miller
  5. Jesse James
  6. Julius Thomas
  7. Austin Sefarian-Jenkins
  8. Cameron Brate
  9. Evan Engram
  10. David Njoku
  11. Demetrius Harris
  12. George Kittle
  13. Gerald Everett

Coby Fleener – He was clearly the most effective weapon Drew Brees had at his disposal on Monday night against the Vikings. He finished with 54 yards and also scored a garbage-time touchdown. With a matchup against the Patriots on Sunday, Fleener should be a borderline top five option at TE this week against a defense that was embarrassed by risk-adverse Alex Smith.

Austin Hooper – He had one of the most lopsided stat-lines with two receptions (on two targets) for 128 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown was a broken coverage 88-yard run in which he bullied two defenders on the way to the end zone. I was in love with Hooper over the preseason as a late-round TE that could pay off as a security blanket for Matt Ryan and company. The Falcons will take on the Packers on Sunday Night Football in the Falcons brand new stadium.

Charles Clay – It wasn’t an efficient performance, as Clay hauled in only four of his eight targets, but he did find the end zone. Let’s be honest, the Bills have one of the worst wide receiver groups in the league. Clay should continue to be near the top of the pecking order for targets and should be heavily involved in the red zone. They take on the Panthers this week, which is an obvious step up in talent from the Jets last week.


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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