Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups – Week 2
With Week 1 in the rearview, it’s time to look forward to what’s around the corner for Week 2. This week we will add a few drops to the list as some players had very underwhelming performances and will not be factors moving forward. Let’s review last week’s picks (based on PPR scoring) before getting into the Week 2 Slate:
Tyrod Taylor: 20.12
James Robinson: 10.73
Boston Scott: 13.10
Bryan Edwards: 1.90 (long term hold)
Parris Campbell: 14.00
Jonnu Smith: 13.60
Eagles Defense: 7.00
Not a bad week one selections. Bryan Edwards is a long-term hold, as he will pan out throughout the season, but other than that, those aren’t half bad numbers for guys you scooped off the waiver wire.
RULES: These picks will be for players that are UNDER 40% rostered (ESPN Rankings) in standard leagues. These selections will not only be starting caliber players but will also provide bench depth for the coming’s weeks. Reminder, these players will not always be for the respective week, we plan to look ahead a bit to beat the mass pickup as the player gains notoriety or favorable matchup.
Quarterback: Gardner Minshew-
Jacksonville Jaguars (14.9% Rostered)
There is no other way to say it; Minshew was a STUD in Week 1 as the underdog Jaguars took down the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Minshew went 19/20 for 173 yds. and threw 3 touchdowns, and while that might not be extremely overwhelming, you’ll want to pick him up now with the upcoming slate of games he will be facing. While this coming week may be difficult vs. the Titans, he faces Miami, Cincinnati, Houston and Detroit in the weeks after that. Minshew has the ability to run under pressure, and while you didn’t see much of that during his week 1 matchup, (5 for 19yds.), he will be able to use his wheels in coming games when the D-Line isn’t as strong as the Colts. Stash him on your bench for Week 3 and beyond before his ownership percentage starts to skyrocket.
Running Back: Nyheim Hines-
Indianapolis Colts (34.2% Rostered)
While writing this article, Hines sits at 34.2% roster ownership; there is no guarantee what it will be at once this article comes out, I am expecting it to be very high in the coming days. With the very unfortunate addition of Marlon Mack to season ending IR (Torn Achilles), Hines is going to see an influx of touches especially in the passing game. Jonathan Taylor will also see an increase in relevancy, but with Hines being more of a receiving back, he will be a PPR machine throughout the remainder of the season. Philip Rivers is a huge factor in Hines positive increase, as Rivers has targeted the RB 26.2% of his passing attempts throughout his career. Although the running game will be heavily featuring the rookie Jonathan Taylor, do not expect Hines to fall into the abyss, he will still be a solid receiving option as well as change of pace back.
Running Back DROP: Kerryon Johnson-
Detroit Lions (85.3% Rostered)
Kerryon has been in the league for three years now, and it has been the same story every year, starts the season strong, gets injured, and disappears into the depth chart (or IR). This year is different though because he is not injured but will not be seeing the field much. The writing was on the wall during the 2020 draft when the Lions selected D’Andre Swift with pick 2.35 and signed Adrian Peterson early in training camp. With Peterson seeing 14 touches for 93 yards, and Swift slowly working his way into the offense, Kerryon has seen little to no work, and seems to be a tertiary option in the Lions backfield. Swift will be the back of the future for this team and learning behind the first ballot Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson, it doesn’t seem like this year will be much of an option for Johnson. Free up some bench space and also consider grabbing Adrian Peterson since he only has 21.3% ownership…
Wide Receiver: Scotty Miller- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Going into the 2020 season, the rumor was that TB12 LOVED Scotty Miller, but there wasn’t much belief in it since the second year WR from Bowling Green only had 13 receptions in 2019. With a roster full of decent pass catching options (Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski, OJ Howard, & Cameron Brate), Scotty Miller was essentially out of the running for any meaningful snaps, but Brady changed the script with ease. Having trained together throughout the offseason, Brady knew what Miller was capable of, and wanted to execute week 1 vs. the Saints. Miller saw 61% of the offensive snaps, 6 targets for 5 receptions and 73 yards vs. a strong Saints secondary. Miller has a solid Week 2 matchup vs. the Carolina Panthers who allowed 34 points, 372 offensive yards, for a whopping -3.00 fantasy points last week against Las Vegas… TB12 should have a field day and we should expect Miller to have his fair share of targets.
Wide Receiver DROP: Christian Kirk-
Arizona Cardinals (78.1% Rostered)
This was a tough call because the third-year wide receiver has all the talent in the world, but he is playing in a WR corps that is just too packed at this time. With the addition of DeAndre Hopkins in the offseason, the Arizona Cardinals added a stud to a pass catching core that already included Larry Fitzgerald and Kenyan Drake. While Kirk saw 77% of the offensive snaps, he only received 5 looks for 1 reception of 0 yards… With Kyler Murray being a mobile QB, and Kenyan Drake being a formidable runner out of the backfield, the offensive game plan does not have much room for Kirk to shine. While this is not saying he will never be a solid fantasy option (especially post Fitzgerald), I am saying that there are too many inconsistencies to plan on him even reeling in a few points from a flex position.
Tight End: Dallas Goedert- Philadelphia Eagles
The Tight End situation in Philadelphia is all up in the air at this point in time. After reports surfaced last week that Ertz had a “very heated” discussion with the front office, there is a lot of uncertainty as to what his future holds in Philadelphia. With no new contract in place, it is tough to say what this means for Ertz, and I think he is playing cautiously until he puts pen to paper. Dallas Goedert came into Week 1 like a freight train and ended the day with 8 receptions on 9 targets for 101 yards and a touchdown (20.1 fantasy points based on your leagues scoring). With uncertainty at the wide receiver position with some young guys trying to make their way into relevancy, and Alshon Jeffrey inured (again), Wentz will look to spread the ball out, and Goedert should see heavy volume in multiple weeks to come.
Streaming Defense of the Week: Cleveland Browns
(3.1% Rostered) vs. Cincinnati Browns
Hear me out before you assume that I’m crazy on this one. Cleveland allowed 38 points, and 377 yards in Week 1, and while we are all unanimously shaking our heads, there is some bright spots moving forward. Cleveland takes on the Cincinnati Bengals and rookie Joe Burrow under center. Burrow took 3 sacks last week behind his turnstile O-Line, and threw one interception, while finishing the game with 198 passing yards and no touchdowns. While I think Burrow and the Bengals offense will progressively get better throughout the duration of the season, I do not expect their bounce back game to be against Myles Garrett, Sheldon Richardson, Denzel Ward, and the rest of the Browns defense. Expect the DLine to be spending lots of time with Burrow in the turf and at least one interception thrown by the rookie play caller. While I love Burrow’s upside this season and expect him to have a long and talented career, he has some learning to do, and the Browns will stifle any progress that he may try to make.
Let me know your thoughts! Reach out on twitter at @AJAudet80 for discussion on this week’s selections. Any questions on your fantasy lineups, trades, or additional waivers pickups, hit me on twitter for advice! I look forward to hearing from you.