Week 2 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire
After week 1 of the fantasy season, it’s natural to want to re-evaluate your team. It’s possible that your opener went poorly and you’re staring down the prospect of a losing season. Maybe you realize you made a mistake with your 10th round pick and you need someone to replace him. What if one of your most important players suffered a significant injury? It’s important that you have the ability to work the waiver wire. Cover The Spread 365 has some suggestions about who you might want to sign. These are players who are available in most fantasy leagues, so you probably have the chance to pick these guys up.
Case Keenum, QB, Denver Broncos
Keenum opened up a new season with his new team going 25 for 39, 324 yards, and 3 touchdowns. He also threw 3 interceptions, but those are the growing pains that come with learning a new offense and new personnel. Denver is excited to finally have a quarterback and they want to show him off by allowing him to the throw the football.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Cleveland Browns
Tyrod’s top line passing numbers look unimpressive. He threw for 15 completions on 40 attempts, 197 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. However, Taylor contributed mightily in the running game as he rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown in 8 carries. He totaled 23.6 fantasy points in week 1. His numbers should improve as Cleveland incorporates Josh Gordon more fully into the offense.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The surprise fantasy player of the week was Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick totaled 21 completions on 28 attempts, 417 yards, 4 touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also ran for 36 yards and a touchdown on 12 rushes. No one suspected that Fitzpatrick would amass 42 fantasy points filling in for Jameis Winston. We have to wonder if this game was about Ryan Fitzpatrick’s great play or a poor Saints defense.
Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Even with Melvin Gordon in the backfield, the Los Angeles Chargers have made a commitment to giving Austin Ekeler his fair share of touches. He rushed for 39 yards on 5 carries as well as 87 receiving yards and a touchdown on 5 receptions. Ekeler is a guy you’re going to want on your team because of how versatile he is and how much yardage he accumulates per touch.
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Yeldon is going to benefit from Leonard Fournette’s questionable health in week 2. Fournette hasn’t been practicing because of his injured hamstring. Even if Fournette does end up playing, Jaguars are going to want to take some of the rushing burden off of him. In week 1, Yeldon ran for 51 yards on 14 carries. He also contributed 3 receptions, 18 yards and a touchdown in the passing game. Yeldon totaled 14 fantasy points against the New York Giants.
Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos
Lindsay wasn’t on a ton of radar screens before the season started. After his performance against Seattle, it’s impossible not to look at him if you need running back help. He ran for 71 yards on 15 carries and also caught 2 catches for 31 yards and a touchdown. He has surpassed Devontae Booker in playing time and he’s splitting equal time with the starter Royce Freeman.
Ted Ginn Jr., WR, New Orleans Saints
If New Orleans continues to play the way they did against Tampa Bay, the Saints are going to be playing in a bunch of shootouts. That means Drew Brees will have a heavy workload. Ted Ginn, Jr. will have opportunities to put up big numbers. Last week, he was 3rd on the team in targets with 6. He made 5 receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown. Ginn is New Orleans’ #1 deep threat and he’s matched up with a quarterback who threw for 9.8 yards per pass in week 1.
Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers
This, much like everything that revolves around the Packers offense, is dependent on Aaron Rodgers being healthy and upright. Allison had a big night versus the Chicago Bears making 5 catches for 69 yards and a touchdown. He finished the evening tied for 2nd on the team in targets with 8. Expect Aaron Rodgers to look for Allison often as he adjusts to life without Jordy Nelson.
Ryan Grant, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck’s return means his weapons become more attractive plays in fantasy football. One of the big beneficiaries of a healthy Andrew Luck is Ryan Grant. He was targeted 9 times against the Cincinnati Bengals. He made 8 catches for 59 yards, so he’s especially valuable in a PPR league. Luck is going to look for tight ends and possession receivers early on in the season as he gets more acclimated to being back in the game.
Eric Ebron, TE, Indianapolis Colts
Speaking of Indianapolis Colts tight ends, Ebron is a player you may want to give a chance. Luck is going to look for his tight ends to make short, secure, and safe catches. However, Eric Ebron is talented enough to take those short throws and make something big happen. He’s also a big body who will be valuable in the red zone. He caught 4 passes for 51 yards and a touchdown on 5 targets. His career has been somewhat disappointing, but he will be difficult to ignore in this Colts offense.
Will Dissly, TE, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson is going to need someone to take the spot of departed tight end Jimmy Graham. Many believed that it would be Ed Dickson who would fill in the tight end spot, but it appears Dissly will have to be the man. Ed Dickson was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list with a quadriceps injury so he will miss the first 6 games of the season. Dissly caught 3 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown in his debut. He racked up 16.5 fantasy points and we can expect more as he gets more comfortable with playing in the pros.
Brandon McManus, K, Denver Broncos
McManus is a solid option if you’re in the market for available kickers. Denver’s offense should be good, but not great, leading to many field goal opportunities. In week 1, he accounted for 3 PATs and 2 50+ yard field goals. The altitude at Mile High never hurt the prospects for a Denver Broncos kicker, either.
Cody Parkey, K, Chicago Bears
Parkey is in a similar situation as McManus. He’s the kicker for a team with an offense that is improving but not elite. Chicago has a strong defense which will help the offense in terms of field position. He totaled 3 field goals and 2 PATs for 11 fantasy points. Expect the Bears to get in the 20-35 yard line range before being forced to send in their kicker on 4th downs.
Cleveland Browns Defense
In the Browns preseason week 3 dress rehearsal, they forced Philadelphia into 5 turnovers. I didn’t think too much of it because preseason results will deceive you. After watching the Browns play against the Steelers in a meaningful football, I’m thinking that this may be more trend than fluke. They accounted for 4 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 3 fumble recoveries for 16 fantasy points. They have a young talented defense with a defensive coordinator in Gregg Williams who is legendary for his desire to wreak havoc and force turnovers.
Washington Redskins Defense
The Redskins defense surprised me with how thoroughly they shut down the Arizona Cardinals. Cardinals RB David Johnson had only a minimal impact. Washington registered 2 sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery. They only allowed Arizona to score 6 points. It was a performance that scored the Redskins defense 13 fantasy points. It’ll be worth a shot to see if this is how the defense for the Washington Redskins will play going forward or if they are just a one game wonder.