The Waiver Wire Week 2
Week 1 is officially in the books and boy was it great to sit my butt down all Sunday and most of Monday Night and just watch football! We did, however not come out of the week completely healthy and we lost some big names to major injuries.
Can we all bow our heads and take a moment of silence in remembrance of what could have been for Keenan Allen this season………Thank you. The biggest injury to strike in week 1 was the loss of Keenan Allen to a torn ACL. With 2 shares of Allen across my 6 fantasy leagues, I felt the effects and so didn’t the entire fantasy community. The number of tweets I received in the following 24 hours related to confirmation of the ACL tear was enormous. We have some big shoes to fill in this week’s waiver wire, here’s to hoping you drafted a deep bench who you can easily plug in. Sammy Watkins surgically repaired toe is bothering him. How serious it is we don’t know but owners are afraid they will lose Watkins for a lengthy amount of time. Zach Ertz went down with what is being called a significant rib injury that could sideline him for an extended period of time. Also in not so surprising news we lost Robert Griffen III to a shoulder injury. This injury could be season ending or could be 8 to 10 weeks, no one knows for sure but it looks like RGIII’s time in the NFL is quickly coming to an end.
Outside of the on the field injuries, owners across the fantasy landscape are still dealing with nagging injuries to Rob Gronkowski, Jamaal Charles, Chris Ivory (hospitalized) and Thomas Rawls which has their availability up in the air as we head into the first Tuesday of the NFL season. Plenty of reasons to look long and hard at The Waiver Wire this week.
Like always I will give you 3 choices at each standard position (plus bonus’s from time to time). This is ranked in order of who I would target first to third. At the end of the day you control your waiver rankings, so go get the guy you want! So without further hesitation let’s dive right into week 2 of The Waiver Wire.
- Jameis Winston ESPN 60% Yahoo 83% – A higher owned QB in Yahoo! then in ESPN Winston looked impressive in the Bucs week 1 win over Atalanta. Winston has been a heavy favorite or ours here and we really think he is primed for a breakout sophomore season. Grab Winston if you can, he might be your week in and week out starting quarterback before long.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick ESPN 34% Yahoo 42% – Grizzly Adam’s is back in NY and the Jets high-powered offense was put on ice by the Bengals a bit in week 1. I am not too concerned with the week 1 performance and I think this nucleus of offensive weapons is better than last years. A year that saw Fitzy have a career fantasy season. If you are in need of a long term QB and Winston is gone, Fitz is your guy.
- Alex Smith ESPN 26% Yahoo 21% – Umm was anyone else shocked to see Smith’s stat line after the come from behind win at home vs San Diego? 34/363/2 is this a typo? Smith was a throwing machine on Sunday putting the ball in the air a whopping 48 times. A game manager he still might be but maybe Smith is going to finally start opening up the Chiefs offense with some passes deeper down the field.
*Bonus: Josh McCown ESPN .2% Yahoo! 1% / Jimmy Garoppolo ESPN 7% Yahoo 7% / Carson Wentz ESPN 11% Yahoo 7% – All 3 of these quarterbacks should be available in your league and I leave it up to you to decide who you want to target. McCown and Wentz are the clear starters for the forcible future but Jimmy G has the better offensive weapons, coaching staff, and defense. It’s truly a toss-up and will come down to your personal taste for each player.
- Tevin Coleman ESPN 52% Yahoo 43% – Head coach Dan Quinn came out today and said that they will continue to use a RBBC in Atlanta further catapulting Coleman’s value and making every Freeman owner go insane. We have been saying it all year, don’t draft Freeman they love Coleman in Atlanta and now it is all playing out for the world to see. Coleman had 8 attempts for 22 yards on the ground and added another 5 catches for 95 yards. Coleman split work evenly with Freeman and he has a legit shot of being the starter. Ownership is going to skyrocket Wednesday!
- Theo Riddick ESPN 69% Yahoo 35% – If you are in a PPR league you should have drafted him. If you play in a PPR league (or standard) you need to get him on your roster. Riddick is more than just a PPR must own, his game under the new offensive system in Detroit translates to all formats of fantasy. He split carries and targets with Ameer Abdullah all game and the only reason his numbers were not higher is because he left the game with a possible concussion, to only come back and score on a 13-yard pitch and catch. Riddick is a weapon in that offense and he should see enough of a consistent workload to be startable and a must play in cupcake situations.
- Charles Sims ESPN 68% Yahoo 52% – Everything I said above applies to Sims. Perfect fit in the Bucs system and with the maturation of Winston, Sims is going to be a weekly play in all formats but a must own in PPR. Sims is only one bad hit on Martin away from being a must-own in fantasy. We love Sims here in the Gurus office.
*Bonus: Jalen Richard ESPN 1% Yahoo 1% – An undrafted rookie that no one had ever heard off until he broke that ridiculous run against the Saints. I still think Murray is the man in Oakland but if you have deeper benches or play dynasty he is not a bad target to stash away and see what happens.
- Will Fuller ESPN 58% Yahoo 50% – I spoke so highly on Fuller during our draft recap video, knowing he was more than just a deep threat and boy did he deliver on Sunday. Fuller started opposite Hopkins in the revamp Houston offensive and had 5/107/1 on 11 targets….11!! Look at that percentage of ownership and then at that target number..one of these things doesn’t look like the other. Fuller plays opposite one of the best WR’s in the game, he should be able to feast every game as he will always get the lesser of the two CB’s unless they play a zone-oriented team like Seattle that leaves Sherman on the left side of the field. Fuller is a steal on the waiver wire and is my #1 overall target for this week!
- Tajae Sharpe ESPN 42% Yahoo 47% – Sharpe like Fuller was impressive in his first NFL game and saw #1 sized targets. Sharpe was the clear number one guy on Sunday going for 7/76 on 11 targets. The only thing missing from his performance was getting into the end zone. Sharpe is a must target for all teams who lost Allen this week and should be the number 2 target behind only Fuller.
- Eli Rodgers ESPN 12% Yahoo 6% – Rodgers looked like great in his first game as the slot receiver and he made life easy for Big Ben and took pressure off Antonio Brown all night. Rodgers should consistently see the same level of targets as teams look to take Brown out of the game (best they can). Rodgers is a sneaky fantasy plug and play option who might see enough looks to deserve a start each week.
*Bonus: Travis Benjamin ESPN 67% Yahoo 75% / Tyrell Williams ESPN 1% Yahoo 3% / Dontrelle Inman ESPN 0% Yahoo 0% – With the loss of Allen the offensive is going to have to lean on Benjamin, Inman, and Williams to pick up the slack. The Chargers are not a bad team and the targets are here for the taking and if we know anything, the more targets, the more opportunities to score and put up fantasy points. Inman produced last year when his number was called, Williams is the taller RZ & deep ball threat and Benjamin takes over the #1 duties and is the speedy veteran talent. I am all about upside and love the size / speed combo Williams brings to the table.
- Eric Ebron ESPN 46% Yahoo 60% – A hotly debated player this week in my office, Ebron proved that the new offense fits his style of play perfectly. 5 /46 / 1 is not a bad stat line going into week 2 to face a Titans team who had trouble guarding Kyle Rudolph. Ebron’s yardage numbers should increase as the season moves on.
- Dwayne Allen ESPN 38% Yahoo 83% – Ok I will say it, I might be wrong about Dwayne Allen. Allen routinely made the Detroit linebackers look silly with some beautiful double moves. Allen wasn’t the redzone threat his partner in crime was but he was a consistent playmaker all game long. Allen’s value is tremendous and you should take a long look at him if you own Ertz, Gronk (might not play in wk2), or Eifert.
- Jesse James ESPN 10% Yahoo 21% – Another Steeler who made his season debut in the starting lineup yesterday and didn’t disappoint. The Steelers love to throw the ball and James showed off his great hands by making countless catches in traffic. Small stat line but with Green sidelined until mid-season, James should be a consistent fill in TE for bye weeks or injury.
- Philadelphia ESPN 30% Yahoo 48% – Philly looked great on defense, completely shutting down the Browns offense. Monday Night Football awaits vs a bad Chicago offense.
- New York Jets ESPN 58% Yahoo 36% – The Jets sacked Andy Dalton 7 times in their Sunday afternoon loss. The Jets are on the road the next two weeks but could be used in a streaming fashion week 2.
- Miami ESPN 2% Yahoo 4% – The Dolphins defense came to play Sunday and held an explosive Seattle offensive to only 12 points while sacking Wilson three times, forcing one fumble and one interception. Up next NE and an unproven Jimmy G, anything can happen.
- Roberto Aguayo ESPN 49% Yahoo 11% – FSU’s most accurate kicker got his misses out of the way during the preseason and made his 1 FG a 43 yarder and all his extra points (4). The offense can move the ball so should have plenty of FG opportunities.
- Matt Prater ESPN 49% Yahoo 17% – Prater also made his 1 FG attempt but did miss one extra point. The Lions offense is legit and could produce a lot of big kicking games from Prater. We all know how strong his leg is and that could mean a few 5 pointers along the way.
- Mike Nugent ESPN 5% Yahoo 9% – Nuugs made all 3 of his FG attempts and made me once again believe that the AFC North has the best kickers in fantasy. Their coaches always like to kick them!!
Well there you have it, week 2 of The Waiver Wire is in the books. I will see you all next Tuesday for another edition of The Waiver Wire! If you ever have any fantasy questions hit us up via our email: Insider@tffgurus.com or on Twitter @or our friends at @dafantasyfather & @