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Week 2 Waiver Wire Rankings

Week 2 Waiver Rankings

The first NFL week is finished and we are fully underway in our fantasy seasons. Whether it was a fast or slow start for your teams in Week 1, the grind never stops so let’s dive right into waiver wire or free agents you should be interested in this upcoming week! We hope you enjoy Week 2 Waiver Wire Rankings!

FYI: Side notes = Notable observations from Week 1 waiver suggestions

Color Coding:

Green = Top Waiver Option

Red = Must Add but on PUP list or injured.

Gold = Streaming target

Blue = Bench stash

Purple = Deep league stash


Week 2 Waiver Rankings

  1. Mitchell Trubisky
  2. Case Keenum
  3. Tyrod Taylor
  4. Ryan Tannehill
  5. Eli Manning
  6. Nick Foles
  7. Sam Darnold
  8. Andy Dalton
  9. Joe Flacco
  10. Ryan Fitzpatrick

Mitchell Trubisky – Trubisky completed 25-of-35 passes for 171 yards while also showing off his ability to move the ball on the ground with seven carries for 32 yards and a touchdown. While it wasn’t the performance many of us had hoped, he did show enough to believe that he is a worthy streaming option. Over the next three weeks, he will see plus matchups against the Seahawks, Cardinals, and Buccaneers.

Case Keenum – With the Raiders pitiful defense coming to Denver, Keenum should have a field day against a pass rush that only registered two total quarterback hits in their first game.

With the fifth highest projected team total and a close spread at five, Vegas gives us an early indication the Broncos offense is not only in a good spot but should be involved in a game script that should promote Denver to be aggressive the entire game.  At only 26% and 13% ownership respectively in Yahoo and ESPN leagues, Keenum is a great available target for Week 2.

Tyrod Taylor – Taylor is in his best overall fantasy situation of his career with two stud wide receivers, a solid offensive line, an athletic tight end, and a very capable running game with Cleveland. In his first game with his new team, the Browns signal caller showed promising potential by producing 23.58 standard points including 13.6 points via rushing despite terrible weather conditions.

The Brown-Saints projected game total is at 50, ranking as the second highest of the week. In an environment that always promotes offense, Taylor should produce a lot of fantasy points in order to keep pace with Drew Brees and New Orleans’ juggernaut offense.

Ryan Tannehill – While it wasn’t a pretty game, Tannehill made some nice plays in a game that was delayed multiple times due to lightning in the area. He threw for 230 yards, two touchdowns, and two INTs against the Titans on Sunday. Picking up Tannehill feels a little gross, but in deeper leagues, he’s certainly a viable add and has flashed at times to be an above average QB. Then factor in that he faces the Jets, Raiders, and the Patriots the next three weeks, you have a QB that should be added in all deeper formats or super flex leagues.

Side Notes: Alex Smith looked sharp in his new offense with a 118.1 passer rating including two passing touchdowns. His schedule continues to look very favorable with cupcake matchups against the Colts and Packers in Weeks 2-3, however, he owned in 64% of Yahoo leagues and 73% of ESPN leagues.

Running Back

  1. T.J. Yeldon
  2. James White
  3. Austin Ekeler
  4. Phillip Lindsay
  5. Aaron Jones
  6. Matt Breida
  7. Bilal Powell
  8. Javorius Allen
  9. Latavius Murray
  10. Nyheim Hines
  11. Rod Smith
  12. Jordan Wilkins
  13. Corey Clement
  14. Jalen Richard
  15. Darren Sproles
  16. Frank Gore
  17. Chase Edmonds
  18. Spencer Ware
  19. Nick Chubb
  20. Corey Grant
  21. Alfred Blue
  22. Doug Martin
  23. Chris Ivory
  24. Jonathan Williams
  25. Kalen Ballage
  26. Wayne Gallman
  27. Devontae Booker
  28. Tyler Ervin
  29. Roc Thomas
  30. Darren Williams

T.J. Yeldon – Yeldon is still Mr. Reliable with his versatility and ability to contribute in the receiving game. Rumored to be overtaken by Corey Grant as the top backup running back in preseason, Doug Marrone showed a heavy preference to Yeldon after Fournette went down by playing him in 39-of-45 snaps and feeding the fourth year player 17-of -18 running back touches.

Fournette was recently diagnosed with a minor hamstring but these type of injuries are often easily aggravated. Pick up Yeldon even if the Jaguars say their starting running back is good to go.

Phillip Lindsay –Lindsay not only saw a surprising amount of playing time but also impressive usage when he was on the field. Used at a week high 69% of his snaps, the Denver coaching staff backed up their talk of riding the hot hand in their three back committee by feeding Lindsay.

We can’t expect bell cow usage from this rookie running back in this backfield but at 7% and 2.4% ownership in Yahoo and ESPN leagues respectively, Lindsay is worth an investment.

Side Notes: Alfred Morris played 51% of snaps but also saw all five carries inside the ten. He is the second most dropped running back in Yahoo leagues but this type of red zone opportunity is too valuable to give up this early.

Austin Ekeler – was super efficient with his ten touches producing 126 total yards and one receiving touchdown but only played on 27% of snaps. Continue to treat him as a handcuff for Melvin Gordon who still is the workhorse of the offense (saw a whopping 12 targets in addition to 15 rushing attempts).

Wide Receiver

  1. Quincy Enunwa
  2. Geronimo Allison
  3. Kenny Golladay
  4. Chris Godwin
  5. Phillip Dorsett
  6. Tyler Lockett
  7. John Brown
  8. Ryan Grant
  9. Brandon Marshall
  10. Ted Ginn Jr
  11. Danny Amendola
  12. Dante Pettis
  13. DJ Moore
  14. Martavis Bryant
  15. Anthony Miller
  16. John Ross
  17. DeVante Parker
  18. Mike Williams
  19. Dede Westbrook
  20. Mohamed Sanu
  21. Jaron Brown
  22. Corey Coleman
  23. Cole Beasley
  24. Albert Wilson
  25. DeAndre Carter
  26. Tajae Sharpe
  27. Chris Conley
  28. Bruce Ellington
  29. DJ Chark
  30. Zay Jones
  31. Trent Taylor
  32. Christian Kirk

Brandon Marshall  – With Doug Baldwin now dealing with major injuries on both knees, Marshall will be needed to replace his production. After only playing in 65% of offensive snaps against the Broncos, the veteran wide receiver saw the most targets among Seahawks and produced with three catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.

With Seattle likely will be involved in more high scoring games with a leaky defense this season, Marshall should have plenty of opportunities to be productive as the second option for Russell Wilson.

Phillip Dorsett  – Playing with Tom Brady is a legitimate fantasy boost for any receiver, further supported by Dorsett’s production in Week 1. Operating as the second receiver, the Miami Hurricane alumni saw seven targets, played 76% of snaps,  and caught his first touchdown as a Patriot.

This week’s matchup against the Jaguars will be tough but the New England passing game should thrive in Weeks 3-4 against the Lions and Dolphins. Stay ahead of your competition and pick up Dorsett now as he is only owned in 5% of Yahoo and ESPN leagues.

Ted Ginn Jr.

The New Orleans wide receiver was rumored to be losing time to newcomers Tre’Quan Smith and Cam Meredith but the speedster still played in 71% of snaps this Sunday, ranking second among Saints’ wideouts in playing time.

With Meredith recently an inactive on game day, we can confidently project Ginn as the second wide receiver behind stud Michael Thomas for the short to medium term. The Browns are a mouth-watering matchup for the big play receiver as Cleveland surrendered three 20+ yard completions to Pittsburgh’s starting receivers in Week 1.

Side Notes: Eagles’ Mike Wallace produced a goose egg and only saw three targets but was on the field for 92% of snaps.  It is too early to give up on him with his next three opponents fielding weak pass defenses in Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, and Tennessee.

DeDe Westbrook looks to be an ideal fit for the PPR formats as he led the team in catches and was second in receiving yards. Donte Moncrief cannot be forgotten as the fifth year receiver saw the second most snaps behind Keenan Cole.

Tight End

  1. Jonnu Smith
  2. Jared Cook
  3. Eric Ebron
  4. Ben Watson
  5. Ricky Seal-Jones
  6. Ian Thomas
  7. Will Dissly
  8. Vance McDonald
  9. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
  10. Nick Boyle
  11. Ryan Griffin
  12. Mike Gesicki

Jonnu Smith – Smith will be counted on to replace Delanie Walker after the Pro Bowler went down for the season this past Sunday. The former 2017 third round pick has some experience producing in the NFL, hauling in 18 receptions for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns in 16 games last season but will need to step up big in his second year.

When analyzing past usage of the tight end position with the Titans,  the starting tight end saw an average of 115.33 targets per season the past three years with quarterback Marcus Mariota. If Smith can establish a rapport with the Titans franchise cornerstone, the ceiling for this second-year player is certainly TE1 worthy production.

Will Dissly – Expected to back up starter Nick Vannett, Dissly logged surprising playing time by playing in 58% of snaps and took full advantage by producing three receptions on five targets for 105 yards and a touchdown. Don’t jump right away for this tight end as he was profiled as a blocker in college but definitely keep on an eye on his snap counts in the short term future to see if he will grab the starting job.

Ben Watson- Watson is a great play with a premier matchup against the Cleveland Browns as they ranked fifth worst in fantasy points allowed to the tight end in 2017. With positive passing regression likely to occur for the Saints offense, the veteran tight end should play a part in the average increase of 5.6 passing touchdowns teams with split rushing passing ratios (like the 2017 Saints) experienced the following season.

Side notes: Ricky Seal-Jones looks to be trusted as the full-time starter after logging 91% of snaps and was on the field for 37 of 38 passing plays.

Chargers’ Antonio Gates didn’t look too rusty, playing in 40% of snaps and will be facing a Buffalo team that was gashed by Baltimore tight ends for a combined 19.3 fantasy points in Point Per Reception formats.

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