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Week 2 Waiver Wire
Week 2 Waiver Wire

By Luke Blascovich

Published: 9/11/2018

QBs

Top QB: Sam Darnold (NYJ)

Sam Darnold is legit people. Yeah the Lions aren’t the best unit defensively, however Darnold has been lighting it up since the first time he stepped on the field. Rookie QBs have shown capable of making an impact before (see Deshaun Watson) and Darnold could easily be the next one. The Jets look like a gunslinging team with their new QB at the helm and they get to take on a division rival this week. Not to mention his schedule is money the rest of the way with the only difficult tasks being Cleveland, Jacksonville, Minnesota, and Chicago. If he plays the way he did last night he will be a top-12 QB come years end. However, don’t spend a waiver priority on him as the first 2 of his 4 matchups come back to back in weeks 3 and 4. He’ll probably be dropped around then giving you the perfect opportunity to snag him.

Alex Smith (WAS)

The Redskins absolutely manhandled the Cardinals last week with their ball-control offense. Oh and that was despite going on a cross-country roadtrip to get there. Now they get a home game against the Colts who just gave a whopping 33 points to another middle-of-the-pack offense. Smith is a high-end QB1 next week.

Case Keenum (DEN)

Case Keenum: He may be turning the ball over far more than last year but Keenum should still be serviceable thanks to the dynamic duo of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Oakland’s butter-soft defense comes to town next week and he should be locked and loaded for another solid outing. 20+ points are well within range.

Mitch Trubisky (CHI)

Good first half performance v. the Packers. Could rebound against Seattle defense next week who are a shadow of their former Legion of Boom selves.

RBs

Top RB: Austin Ekeler (LAC)

Dating back to last year Ekeler has been a change-of-pace dynamo in the Charger’s offense. Considering they have no home field advantage anymore (due to the outrageous move to LA which belongs to the Rams) and the Chargers defense is already suffering from injuries, many shootouts are due. Also, it seems like the Chargers are using their RBs to counter the loss of Hunter Henry so there should be more than enough room for both Ekeler and Melvin Gordon to succeed in this passing game.

Phillip Lindsay (DEN)

Remember last year when small, pass catching sensation Tarik Cohen went off week 1 and everyone scrambled to get him only for him to fizzle out down the stretch? That’s exactly what this is. He’s going to be a significant part of Denver’s offense, just not necessarily your fantasy team’s offense. He is in a 3-headed backfield that features another promising rookie in Royce Freeman and will likely only be good for 10-12 touches/game. The only way for him to be productive in that case is for others in the committee to get hurt or for him to be uber-productive with his limited opportunities. Either way, I’m not too big on his long-term outlook. And that’s coming from a Denver fan. Due to the shortage of RBs available however, his upside makes him too hard to pass as the second best RB on most waivers this week.

T.J. Yeldon (JAX)

Could be a high-end RB2 just off sheer volume alone if Fournette is out. However, it’ll only be for a game or two so don’t worry about it too much unless you’re dying for a RB.

Nyheim Hynes (IND)

Wilkins was horribly inefficient week 1 and has been throughout the preseason. Hynes looked good in the passing game and could dig himself a niche in this offense.

WRs

Top WR: Quincy Enunwa (NYJ)

There was once a time where Darnold was hailed as the next Andrew Luck. A rough period last year had people skeptical and he fell to the Jets. Well I’ll tell ya, it might just be one game but he sure looked like the next Andrew Luck. And everyone was willing to take the risk on Luck’s #1 option, T.Y. Hilton, in the 3rd/4th round this year. Enunwa is Darnold’s Hilton. He garned an insane 47.6% target share and looked great doing so. He’s a WR2 who’s likely on your league’s waivers considering he’s only owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues. Be sure to fix that and make him a priority pick-up.

Tyler Lockett/Brandon Marshall (SEA)

This one’s simple. Already injured Doug Baldwin just suffered a grade 2 MCL tear. Per the University of California San Francisco’s website, such an injury will probably keep him out anywhere from 2 weeks - a month. Until then, potential MVP Russell Wilson needs someone to throw to. In his absence I expect Lockett to lead the team in yards and receptions while Brandon Marshall takes over the TD department. If I’m choosing one over the other I’ll take Lockett since he has the closest skill set to Baldwin and is the best bet to give ‘replacement’ production. Just be sure to get one of these two guys if they’re available.

Phillip Dorsett (NE)

Every year the Pats turn around the career of an unwanted player. Dorsett is that guy this year. He has been drawing rave reviews all camp and followed it up with a solid week 1 performance where he accumulated 66 yards 1 TD on 7 receptions. His skill set compares favorably to ex-Pat Brandin Cooks and might just be taking his role. With Hogan underwhelming and Edelman still suspended he’s certainly worth a shot.

Geronimo Allsion (GB)

Talked up by Rodgers all offseason, currently the third option in the Packer’s offense with potential to be the second. Not worth a waiver claim but if he goes unclaimed I’d snag him in a heartbeat.

Bruce Ellington (HOU)

If Fuller is out again Ellington could be a value play as the Texans WR2 role is a productive one.

Dede Westbrook (JAX)

Had more targets that community favorite Keelan Cole. Showed flashes of talent last year and won the Biletnikoff award in college. The talent is there, if the targets can stay consistent then look out.

TEs

Top TE: Ricky Seals-Jones (ARI)

But Luke, he did nothing week 1. Why should he be the #1 tight end option? Well for starters he played 49 of 53 possible snaps. He probably would have had a big day if the Cardinals were on the field longer. To give you an idea of how bad it was, the Cardinals only had two drives before half. Both were 3 and outs… Rarely do TEs get to stay on the field as much as RSJ and I expect a rebound coming soon. He paced all TEs in yards per route last year. The upside and opportunity are there, week 1 was just a fluke.

Eric Ebron (IND)

Jack Doyle lost the Colt’s their week 1 game with a horrible fumble on what was likely going to be a go-ahead drive. Said fumble instead got returned for a touchdown. Despite leading Colt’s tight ends in snaps I expect him to see the field less next week as a result. Andrew Luck loves this position and Ebron will be the benefactor of Doyle’s loss. Already accumulating 54 yards and a TD in 1 contest, Ebron could be a double digit scorer week 2.

Jonnu Smith (TEN)

Delanie Walker’s season ending injury opens up a huge role in the Titan’s offense. 2017 3rd round draft pick Jonnu Smith now has his chance to shine. An electric athlete and excellent YAC weapon, Jonnu could post low-end TE1 numbers in Walker’s absence.

Will Dissly (SEA)

Formerly seen as just a blocking TE in college, Dissly led the Seahawks in receiving week 1 with 103 yards and a TD. However, he did so mainly off a giant YAC play and likely benefited from Denver’s tough corners forcing Wilson to throw elsewhere. Don’t expect this kind of performance weekly however he could easily prove me wrong given the giant hole Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin have left in Seattle.

Week 2 Waiver Wire

By Luke Blascovich

Published: 9/11/2018

QBs

Top QB: Sam Darnold (NYJ)

Sam Darnold is legit people. Yeah the Lions aren’t the best unit defensively, however Darnold has been lighting it up since the first time he stepped on the field. Rookie QBs have shown capable of making an impact before (see Deshaun Watson) and Darnold could easily be the next one. The Jets look like a gunslinging team with their new QB at the helm and they get to take on a division rival this week. Not to mention his schedule is money the rest of the way with the only difficult tasks being Cleveland, Jacksonville, Minnesota, and Chicago. If he plays the way he did last night he will be a top-12 QB come years end. However, don’t spend a waiver priority on him as the first 2 of his 4 matchups come back to back in weeks 3 and 4. He’ll probably be dropped around then giving you the perfect opportunity to snag him.

Alex Smith (WAS)

The Redskins absolutely manhandled the Cardinals last week with their ball-control offense. Oh and that was despite going on a cross-country roadtrip to get there. Now they get a home game against the Colts who just gave a whopping 33 points to another middle-of-the-pack offense. Smith is a high-end QB1 next week.

Case Keenum (DEN)

Case Keenum: He may be turning the ball over far more than last year but Keenum should still be serviceable thanks to the dynamic duo of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Oakland’s butter-soft defense comes to town next week and he should be locked and loaded for another solid outing. 20+ points are well within range.

Mitch Trubisky (CHI)

Good first half performance v. the Packers. Could rebound against Seattle defense next week who are a shadow of their former Legion of Boom selves.

RBs

Top RB: Austin Ekeler (LAC)

Dating back to last year Ekeler has been a change-of-pace dynamo in the Charger’s offense. Considering they have no home field advantage anymore (due to the outrageous move to LA which belongs to the Rams) and the Chargers defense is already suffering from injuries, many shootouts are due. Also, it seems like the Chargers are using their RBs to counter the loss of Hunter Henry so there should be more than enough room for both Ekeler and Melvin Gordon to succeed in this passing game.

Phillip Lindsay (DEN)

Remember last year when small, pass catching sensation Tarik Cohen went off week 1 and everyone scrambled to get him only for him to fizzle out down the stretch? That’s exactly what this is. He’s going to be a significant part of Denver’s offense, just not necessarily your fantasy team’s offense. He is in a 3-headed backfield that features another promising rookie in Royce Freeman and will likely only be good for 10-12 touches/game. The only way for him to be productive in that case is for others in the committee to get hurt or for him to be uber-productive with his limited opportunities. Either way, I’m not too big on his long-term outlook. And that’s coming from a Denver fan. Due to the shortage of RBs available however, his upside makes him too hard to pass as the second best RB on most waivers this week.

T.J. Yeldon (JAX)

Could be a high-end RB2 just off sheer volume alone if Fournette is out. However, it’ll only be for a game or two so don’t worry about it too much unless you’re dying for a RB.

Nyheim Hynes (IND)

Wilkins was horribly inefficient week 1 and has been throughout the preseason. Hynes looked good in the passing game and could dig himself a niche in this offense.

WRs

Top WR: Quincy Enunwa (NYJ)

There was once a time where Darnold was hailed as the next Andrew Luck. A rough period last year had people skeptical and he fell to the Jets. Well I’ll tell ya, it might just be one game but he sure looked like the next Andrew Luck. And everyone was willing to take the risk on Luck’s #1 option, T.Y. Hilton, in the 3rd/4th round this year. Enunwa is Darnold’s Hilton. He garned an insane 47.6% target share and looked great doing so. He’s a WR2 who’s likely on your league’s waivers considering he’s only owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues. Be sure to fix that and make him a priority pick-up.

Tyler Lockett/Brandon Marshall (SEA)

This one’s simple. Already injured Doug Baldwin just suffered a grade 2 MCL tear. Per the University of California San Francisco’s website, such an injury will probably keep him out anywhere from 2 weeks - a month. Until then, potential MVP Russell Wilson needs someone to throw to. In his absence I expect Lockett to lead the team in yards and receptions while Brandon Marshall takes over the TD department. If I’m choosing one over the other I’ll take Lockett since he has the closest skill set to Baldwin and is the best bet to give ‘replacement’ production. Just be sure to get one of these two guys if they’re available.

Phillip Dorsett (NE)

Every year the Pats turn around the career of an unwanted player. Dorsett is that guy this year. He has been drawing rave reviews all camp and followed it up with a solid week 1 performance where he accumulated 66 yards 1 TD on 7 receptions. His skill set compares favorably to ex-Pat Brandin Cooks and might just be taking his role. With Hogan underwhelming and Edelman still suspended he’s certainly worth a shot.

Geronimo Allsion (GB)

Talked up by Rodgers all offseason, currently the third option in the Packer’s offense with potential to be the second. Not worth a waiver claim but if he goes unclaimed I’d snag him in a heartbeat.

Bruce Ellington (HOU)

If Fuller is out again Ellington could be a value play as the Texans WR2 role is a productive one.

Dede Westbrook (JAX)

Had more targets that community favorite Keelan Cole. Showed flashes of talent last year and won the Biletnikoff award in college. The talent is there, if the targets can stay consistent then look out.

TEs

Top TE: Ricky Seals-Jones (ARI)

But Luke, he did nothing week 1. Why should he be the #1 tight end option? Well for starters he played 49 of 53 possible snaps. He probably would have had a big day if the Cardinals were on the field longer. To give you an idea of how bad it was, the Cardinals only had two drives before half. Both were 3 and outs… Rarely do TEs get to stay on the field as much as RSJ and I expect a rebound coming soon. He paced all TEs in yards per route last year. The upside and opportunity are there, week 1 was just a fluke.

Eric Ebron (IND)

Jack Doyle lost the Colt’s their week 1 game with a horrible fumble on what was likely going to be a go-ahead drive. Said fumble instead got returned for a touchdown. Despite leading Colt’s tight ends in snaps I expect him to see the field less next week as a result. Andrew Luck loves this position and Ebron will be the benefactor of Doyle’s loss. Already accumulating 54 yards and a TD in 1 contest, Ebron could be a double digit scorer week 2.

Jonnu Smith (TEN)

Delanie Walker’s season ending injury opens up a huge role in the Titan’s offense. 2017 3rd round draft pick Jonnu Smith now has his chance to shine. An electric athlete and excellent YAC weapon, Jonnu could post low-end TE1 numbers in Walker’s absence.

Will Dissly (SEA)

Formerly seen as just a blocking TE in college, Dissly led the Seahawks in receiving week 1 with 103 yards and a TD. However, he did so mainly off a giant YAC play and likely benefited from Denver’s tough corners forcing Wilson to throw elsewhere. Don’t expect this kind of performance weekly however he could easily prove me wrong given the giant hole Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin have left in Seattle.