Chances are, by around 2 p.m. You felt like you didn’t know anything about fantasy football Sunday. You feel like you know all there is to it. We all know that we are closer to the latter than the former, but the season never ends. Most fantasy owners, even those who have won their matchups, are no doubt frustrated with at least a few players on their team, but ours Top Week 2 Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups and Free Agent Adds can help you scratch that itchy finger and point you in the right direction. As usual, the waiver period of the opening week is characterized by injuries (Raheem Mostert, Jerry Jeudy) and surprising outbreaks (Elijah Mitchell, Mark Ingram, Christian Kirk, Juwan Johnson, James Winston). Although Winston, Ingram, and Kirk are familiar with fantasy squads, few people expected them to be this successful.
Our full list of free agents is loaded with more names. After all, everyone who has a TD (Nelson Agholor, Jalen Reagor, Albert Okwuegbunam, Gabriel Davis, Phillip Lindsay, Tim Patrick, Sterling Shepard) or had a bunch of touches / targets in week 1, is on fantasy radar. Chances are it’s just a random good game (when people look at you, Zach Pascal), but you never know when a trend will begin that will last most of the season. While it’s understandable to not want to cut any late draft sleepers, even if they’ve done nothing, someone will likely snap up these players so don’t miss your chance. This is not necessarily a bad thing. They might be back on the waiverwire by week 3. But if there’s a spot on your squad to play with (dude you might get an IR on, flyer I don’t really matter about), don’t waste it. And if you’re already into the streaming game, we have QBs, TEs, and D / STs for Week 2 that you can check out on the End of this list.
Buy-low and sell-high Depending upon your RB situation Mitchell or Ingram could be worth top waiver claims.| FAAB budget planner | Buy-low, sell-high
Depending on your RB situation, Mitchell and Ingram may be worth top waiver claims. Ingram won’t be around for the entire season but he could provide some value in the short-term. Mitchell would be a better option as the top choice if Mostert is out for several weeks. However, Trey Sermon could activate to steal many carries even if Mostert’s out. Update: Mostert will miss about eight weeks. This will give Mitchell an even greater boost in the future. Other than these two, there aren’t many obvious men who merit top claims.
It is both a blessing (or a curse) to get a top waiver claim early in the season. It is easy to wait for the “sure thing” (e.g. While it’s tempting to wait for a “surething” (e.g., a beginning RB tearing a cruciate ligament and their handcuffs become a long-term starter), sometimes you should wait until week 7. Then you can watch valuable players get picked up and be satisfied with having free agent scraps each week. It’s likely that you won’t need to wait long to use a top claim. Be bold in claiming your claim.
WEEK 2 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Run back | Wide-angle receiver | Narrow end | D / ST | Kicker
Top Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2
Unless otherwise stated, only players in less than 50 percent of the Yahoo Leagues considered will be considered.
Elijah Mitchell, RB, 49er. Raheem MOSTERT (knee), wasn’t able to hold it out halfway. Trey Sermon was also a healthy scratch for some unknown reason. Mitchell was San Francisco’s primary defender in Detroit. On 19 carries, he rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown. After Mostert left, he took over every RB carry. The exception was a JaMychal Havey three-yard TD run. Although it is not clear if Mostert and Sermon will play next week, Mitchell has proven that he is worth the effort. He is liked by the 49ers coaching staff and has the explosive ability to play on Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Mitchell will be a real flex in Philadelphia next weekend, as we await news on San Francisco’s other backs.
TO UPDATE: Mostert is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season with cartilage damage in his knee.
WEEK 2 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Run back | Wide-angle receiver | Narrow end | D / ST | Kicker
Mark Ingram, RB, Texan. While we knew we didn’t know much about the Texans RBs, we can’t say who the best will be as the season progresses. After a week, Ingram was clearly the “guy” who led the team by a wide margin in Rushing Yards (85) and Carry (26) respectively. We can’t predict Ingram staying in the lead long-term, but we do know that Ingram scored a touchdown on Phillip Lindsay’s five yard run. Although we wouldn’t recommend Ingram being in Cleveland next week, as not all opponents are as friendly as the Jags, it’s a good option.
MORE WEEK TWO: Top Waiver Pickups – FAAB budget planner | FAAB budget planner | Buy-low, sell-high
Christian Kirk, WR, Cardinals. Kirk has been a popular fantasy sleeping figure in the past. However, with the additions of Rondale Moore and AJ Green, Kirk almost became an addendum to the designs. He made fantasy owners pay when he caught all five targets that were thrown at him for 70 yards and two touchdowns. While he will have great days on Arizona’s high-profile offensive and not all matches in Tennessee will be as expensive, he will still enjoy big days like these. Kirk will however be in the WR3 bubble because of Minnesota’s solid next week.
Jameis Winston, QB, Saints. Winston showed strength on Sean Payton’s offense and will likely be a viable starter for most matchups. Although he only passed for less than 200 yards, Winston was very efficient and ended the day with five touchdowns. If the Saints aren’t surprising people, we can expect Winston’s mileage to increase. We also like Winston’s chances next week in Carolina. Winston is worth having, regardless of whether you are streaming or stashing.
WEEK 2 DFS LINEUPS: DraftKings | FanDuell | Yahoo
Juwan Johnson, TE, Saint. The fantasy owners are always looking for breakout TEs and there is usually at least one every year. Johnson, a former WR, is feeling that breakthrough vibe after he caught two TDs in Week 1 against the Packers. Johnson was only able to catch three touchdowns and 27 yards, while Adam Trautman had six. But even though Johnson is primarily the red zone TE, it will be a significant asset. Johnson is well worth considering if you were one of the last players to be granted a TE in your league and plan on streaming the game.
For more disclaimer / free agent suggestions, including additional RB and RB breakouts and potential streamers, check out ours full list of week 2.
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