Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups: Fuller and Sharpe Must Grabs
Not only is Week 1 of the Fantasy Football season in the books, we already have mass panic.
Keenan Allen is out for the season, Jack Doyle is ticking off Dwayne Allen owners and Robert Griffin is on the IR for at least six weeks. Hey, while not many people owned RG3 outside of two-QB leagues, there was some fun into hoping he became a weekly start-worthy option. Maybe you couldn't care less (it's "couldn't" folks, not "could"… get it right!) but I had RG3 in a league and am a bit sad. Alas, there are options out there for every Fantasy Football position.
As a reminder, these waiver wire players aim for the 50 percent or less ownership on average across the major sites. They're also good for DFS too, as they will often have a lower cost and present values.
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Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups QBs
Marcus Mariota, TEN – Good news for any other RG3 owners, a version of him that's just as fun (and honestly better) is available in many leagues. Mariota had an "off" game against the Vikings and still had 15 Fantasy points with 271 yards and two touchdowns. Mariota started last year with eight touchdowns in three games and Fantasy owners were tripping over each other running to the waiver wire. Don't let that happen this year. The Titans head to Detroit in Week 2, and sure, while it was Andrew Luck in Week 1, the Lions defense did little to make you think they can stop anyone.
Matthew Stafford, DET – Speaking of the Lions, Jim Bob Cooter has been a revelation for the Lions and Stafford. In fact, since Cooter took over, Stafford has been a Top 5 Fantasy Football quarterback. As with Luck, the level of defensive competition was lacking, but you can't ignore Stafford's 340 yards and three touchdowns. The Titans kept the Vikings out of the end zone passing wise, but that was more due to Shaun Hill playing game manager than being a defense you should fret. Either way, Stafford might even be a great play against the Seahawks with the transformation he's seen under Jim Bob.
Deep Leagues/Watch List: Matt Ryan, Carson Wentz, Trevor Siemian
Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups RBs
Tevin Coleman, ATL – All offseason we cautioned those drafting Devonta Freeman, as the Falcons liked Coleman to start last season (prior to his injury) and wanted to get him involved again this season. Owners of Freeman have to be concerned after Week 1, as Coleman had 13 touches while Freeman had 15. The worse news? Coleman had 117 yards to Freeman's 40. Coleman (and Freeman) will frustrate with consistency as any shared backfield will, but if Freeman were ever to get injured, Coleman's value would skyrocket.
Justin Forsett, BAL – If I'm picking one Ravens running back, it's still Kenneth Dixon. But… if I had to pick one for now, I'll take Forsett. Terrance West had two more carries than Forsett and is the preferred goal line option, but Forsett showed no ill effects of his injury and outperformed West in yards per carry (4.1 to 2.0) and per catch (5.0 to 3.0). At game's end, Forsett had 56 yards to West's 38, and the Ravens' Week 2 matchup is more forgiving as they head to Cleveland.
Shane Vereen, NYG – Sometimes an improvement coming from a coaching change isn’t as evident as the one we saw with Jim Bob Cooter in Detroit.
Late last year when Rashad Jennings regained the workhorse role, Vereen saw an uptick in use too. That could have been Ben McAdoo taking more control from Tom Coughlin, knowing the change was coming and looking to plan for this season. While that's a bit speculative, it makes sense and that usage repeated itself in Week 1. Vereen had six carries for 38 yards and three catches for 23 yards on five targets. No other running back behind Jennings saw work. Vereen is worthy of a Flex play in most PPR leagues.
Darren Sproles, PHI – Purely a PPR option, Sproles flashed the big-play ability we fell in love with when in New Orleans. Granted, that came on a punt return, but Sproles added two catches for 24 yards to his five carries for 12 yards. Kenjon Barner looked better running the ball, but in games where the Eagles might find themselves down versus having the lead, Sproles could walk into 5-6 catches and a nice day.
James White, NE – Yes, I'd rather take a flier on Sproles than White. At least I can trust Sproles' usage and his coaching staff. White did have five catches for 40 yards, and I won't call you crazy to pick him up first, but how often do we have to be frustrated with Belitricks to finally learn our lesson? Well, I should say "you" because I've been long done with trying to roster Patriots running backs outside of LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis.
Deep Leagues/Watch List: Chris Thompson, Alfred Morris, Barner, Dixon, Travaris Cadet
Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups WRs
Will Fuller, HOU – His hands are still a problem, evidenced in his five catches on 11 targets, but the upside is undeniable, as is his role as the No. 2 option in Houston. Fuller's ability was clear on many of his catches, and when you have that kind of speed to get behind defenders on any given play, you're going to have Fantasy potential. As with receivers such as Mike Wallace, there will be frustrating weeks and inconsistency, but the big weeks can be matchup winners.
Tajae Sharpe, TEN – With Rishard Matthews' snap count nearly the same as Harry Douglas and Andre Johnson, it's clear that the Titans prefer Sharpe as their top option. Being a team's No. 1 option automatically has a receiver's Fantasy arrow pointing up, and Sharpe's sure-handedness and ability to find space is already having an impact for the Titans. Sharpe is already in the WR3 discussion for PPR leagues, and he could find himself in the same discussion for standard scoring or possibly having even higher value.
Eli Rogers, PIT – This is one of those situations where the preseason talk and hype were real. Hopefully, you took note when Ben Roethlisberger was talking about how much he liked Rogers. If it wasn't clear from the talk, it's certainly clear after Rogers' six catches, 59 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. Even when Markus Wheaton returns, Rogers will have value as the slot option. With how Wheaton has struggled being the No. 2 option, it's not a stretch that Rogers could be the second best receiver in Pittsburgh this season.
Mohamed Sanu, ATL – After an entire offseason of being overlooked by Fantasy owners, Sanu is demanding your attention now. Showing great chemistry with Matt Ryan, Sanu had five catches for 80 yards and a score. Don't look now, but Sanu could have Roddy White like value from 2014, which puts him in the high-end WR3 conversation. Don't let someone grab him first and cause Fantasy death by Snu Snu!
Tyrell Williams, SD – The loss of Keenan Allen for the second straight year is devastating for the Chargers and his Fantasy owners. Obviously, if Travis Benjamin is available, he's the top option at receiver, even above anyone mentioned already. Assuming your league is deeper and stocked with smart owners, next up is Williams. Dontrelle Inman is in the mix too, and he might even get the first crack at starting. However, Inman hasn't proven himself capable of being a team's top option. Williams flashed in the preseason, showing he has the higher ceiling. That's what you want in Fantasy, and it's why you should grab him.
Mike Wallace, BAL – Wallace is only one season removed from posting 862 yards and 10 touchdowns in Miami. His downfield ability was lost in Minnesota, and Joe Flacco is one of the best deep ball throwers in the game. With 91 yards and a touchdown on just three catches, it's clear that Wallace has the potential to bounce back to his 2014 numbers. As with some of the running back options and Fuller, you will experience a few weeks of frustration when Wallace comes up empty. However, you simply can't ignore a receiver with this kind of upside in any league type.
Chris Hogan, NE – While Malcolm Mitchell saw one more target than Hogan, it was Hogan who was more effective and even found the end zone. Hogan looks to be the current No. 2 for the Patriots with three catches for 60 yards and that score. Once Tom Brady returns, we can talk about Mitchell being worthy of starting in deeper leagues, but with Jimmy Garopollo at quarterback, it's a two-receiver team for now, and Hogan is one of them.
Victor Cruz, NYG – It was great to see the salsa again, as not only did Cruz play a regular season game, but he also found the end zone with 34 yards on four targets of which he caught all. While Sterling Shepard appears to be the No. 2 option for the Giants, they ran 30 passing play and both Shepard and Cruz were on the field for all 30. Ben McAdoo loves three-wide sets, and in this offense, there might not be much difference between the No. 2 and 3 roles at receiver. If nothing else, it would be fun to be part of a feel-good story.
Deep Leagues/Watch List: Davante Adams, Brandon LaFell, Phillip Dorsett, Cole Beasley, Nelson Agholor, Jermaine Kearse, Mitchell
Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups TEs
Eric Ebron, DET – Ebron has hands?! Say whaaaa?!
The only thing Ebron was lacking in taking that step to Fantasy Football breakout tight end was a consistent set of hands. Ebron not only finished with five catches for 46 yards and a touchdown, he caught all five targets and made two tough catches. If Ebron can have any consistency with his catches, he's well on his way to having that awaited breakout campaign.
Kyle Rudolph, MIN – Rudolph has been a consistent if yet low-ceiling tight end for years. While he never took the step up to the Fantasy elite at the position, Rudolph is the second best receiving option in Minnesota. Charles Johnson is the current No. 2 receiver, but that's only until Laquon Treadwell takes over. Johnson was nearly non-existent in Week 1, and Treadwell was completely left out of the mix. Sam Bradford could start this week for the Vikings, and he has more touchdown potential than Teddy Bridgewater does, giving Coby Fleener owners a backup plan for now.
Deep Leagues/Watch List: Jesse James, Jacob Tamme, Clive Walford, Dennis Pitta
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