Waiver Wire Pickups, Week 2: These fantasy players are ones to consider adding if they’re available in your league.
Week 1 is in the books and now our attention turns to the waiver wire. Whether you experienced the spoils of victory or sorrow of defeat we can still look to the waivers to improve our team.
As always the best is to not overreact to Week 1 performances, either good or bad, but we can still look to claim a solid contributor for our team. Overall it seemed like several wide receivers stole the show this week, but there are other players at different positions who could possibly help your team to rebound or strengthen it even more.
I was able to identify a few players at different positions that are definitely worth a waiver wire add this week. I’ve separated it out into players that have higher ownership percentages and then worked my way down to guys who might not be on a team at all.
Ownership percentage may vary from format to format, but these guys are ones to definitely look to see if they’re available. Let’s take a look:
Waiver Wire Pickups, Week 2
Probably owned, but worth a look
DeSean Jackson (WR, PHI)
DeSean Jackson might be owned in your league, but it’s worth double-checking. Jackson hauled in 8 receptions (on 10 targets) for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns. He can be a volatile start due to his boom/bust potential, but with the Eagles finally waking up in the second half we can’t ignore 10 targets. Definitely check to see if he’s available.
Jamison Crowder (WR, NYJ)
Crowder had a 41.4% target share in the Jets’ first game and hauled in 14 receptions (17 targets) for 99 yards and 1 rushing attempt for 4 yards. Crowder seemed to be the go-to guy for Sam Darnold in Week 1. Even if his targets drop in week 2 he’s definitely worth an add if he is available. Especially if you are in PPR formats.
Mark Andrews (TE, BAL)
Andrews garnered significant hype this offseason from many and appeared to live up to that this week. He tallied 8 receptions (8 targets) for 108 yards and 1 touchdown. Now, they were going up against Miami, who couldn’t stop anything the Ravens did, but Andrews still would be worth an add at a tight end position that can be quite volatile in itself.
Less than 50% ownership
Malcolm Brown (RB, LAR)
At least in Week 1, the concerns about Todd Gurley’s usage were warranted. Brown had 11 rushing attempts for 53 yards and two touchdowns while Gurley had 14 carries (97 yards). Brown also got several goal-line looks. If Week 1 is any indicator, we’ve got an RBBC developing in LA. If it continues, Brown should have stand-alone value as a flex option, especially with the goal-line looks. If Gurley should miss time, Brown becomes quite the asset as well.
Raheem Mostert (RB, SF)
What was once a very crowded backfield has begun to thin out in San Francisco. Tevin Coleman left the game and Mostert managed 9 rushing attempts for 40 yards. It wasn’t anything that was game-winning this week but should Coleman miss extended time, Mostert gets the second back duties behind Matt Breida. He’s worth an add.
Giovani Bernard (RB, CIN)
Giovani Bernard had 7 rushing attempts for 21 yards and 2 receptions for 42 yards. What’s key here is once Joe Mixon went down, Bernard got all the work. Bernard has shown to be serviceable in the past when he has stepped up into lead back duties. If Mixon ends up missing time, Bernard could be an immediate contributor to your team.
Chris Thompson (RB, WAS)
With Adrian Peterson being a healthy scratch, Darrius Guice got the early-down work. However, Thompson stepped in as his prototypical threat in the passing game. He had 7 receptions (10 targets) for 68 receiving yards. He only had 3 rush attempts for 10 yards, though. Although they did flash this past week, I expect the Redskins to be behind in a lot of games this year. Thompson could provide some value as a flex option if needed while Washington takes to the air.
Marquise Brown (WR, BAL)
Marquise Brown had quite the impressive rookie debut. He pulled in 4 receptions (5 targets) for 147 yards and two touchdowns (130 of those yards came on 2 receptions alone). He was in only 12 snaps, though, and was up against a real bad Miami secondary. But after this showing, you would have to think his snap count would increase. Brown could continue to flash and is definitely worth an add, but with the Ravens most likely being a run-first team there could be some volatility if Jackson doesn’t connect on those deep balls.
John Ross (WR, CIN)
John Ross had an incredible first week with 7 receptions (12 targets) for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He got open deep several times and the speed that has been talked about appeared to show up. Ross could have had a much bigger day too, but had a few drops. Ross is one who could also have some volatility and once A.J. Green is back he may go back to third receiver duties. But 12 targets are difficult to ignore and he is definitely worth an add.
Terry Mclaurin (WR, WAS)
Terry Mclaurin was another rookie who shined in Week 1. He managed 5 receptions (7 targets) for 125 yards and one touchdown. Mclaurin also tied for the team lead in targets as the Redskins looked a lot better than many had thought. Washington may end up being behind in most games, but it’s always tough to count on a rookie receiver to have consistency. However, I feel like he’s worth an add with a Redskins receiving core that is wide open.
D.K. Metcalf (WR, SEA)
Many felt like Tyler Lockett was going to step in and see a dramatic increase in touches this year, but he managed only one reception (though it went for a touchdown). Metcalf, however, led the team in receptions and had four more targets than Lockett, finishing with 4 receptions (6 targets) for 89 yards. It’s possible Metcalf and his big frame continues to draw attention from Russell Wilson. However, the Seahawks will most likely remain a run-first team, which brings some volatility to Metcalf in the passing game.
T.J. Hockenson (TE, DET)
T.J. Hockenson had quite the debut as well as he caught 6 catches (9 targets) for 131 yards and one touchdown. The Cardinals defense did not look like anything special though and he eventually will draw tougher matchups. Hockenson was also out-snapped by Jesse James this week, but James had one target to Hockenson’s nine. If Hockenson continues to show this type of playmaking ability it is almost certain that the snaps continue to rise. He is definitely worth an add at tight end.