Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 2: Niles Paul breaks out!

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Week 2 is over! But the work is never done for fantasy football dynasty owners. There is no off season! In this article each week we will discuss the top 3 players you should add to your dynasty rosters, along with 3 to be left on the waiver wire for your competition to burn a roster spot on. Washington’s Niles Paul headlines the list of legit additions.

Legit: Players who had a great week and will be hot additions to your dynasty teams.

1. Niles Paul WR WAS – Paul looked great once he got into the game on Sunday against the Jaguars. He was targeted 11 times and hauled in 8 catches for 99 yds and a touchdown. He showed great rapport with Kirk Cousins who will be starting for the indefinite future with RG III’s dislocated ankle. Logan Paulson won’t compete with Paul for receptions, and Jordan Reed can’t seem to stay healthy. The talent has always been there for Paul, but now the opportunity seems to be as well. At worst, you can flip Paul for a pick or a young dynasty asset.

 

2. Silas Redd RB – WAS – I swear I’m not a Washington homer! Redd benefited from a blowout and garbage time carries. Yet he flashed the quickness and power he displayed at Penn State and USC last season. He fits Jay Gruden’s offensive scheme, and has better hands than Alfred Morris. I don’t see Redd stealing away carries in the near future, but should be added in all leagues. Helu is a free agent after this year, and Redd could end up with the 3rd down / change of pace role.

 

3. Mychal Rivera TE – OAK – Rivera has only scored 12 ppr points so far this year, but at least he has been consistent. We are all searching for the next Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, or Jordan Cameron. While I don’t think the Oakland TE is anywhere near as talented as any of those tight ends, we as smart dynasty owners know that sometimes opportunity and volume can play a big role in fantasy relevance too. Sure his week 2 targets mostly came on the games final drive, but the competition behind him is obsolete. I’ll roll the dice on a 6’3″, twenty-four year old TE with a young QB in desperate need of a security blanket. Oakland will be playing from behind a ton this year. Grab Rivera before your competitors get a chance.

 

Quit – Players who may seem like decent additions to your dynasty based on weekly production, but that you should avoid.

1. Darrel Young RB WAS – Young has scored touchdowns in back to back weeks, and may seem like an appealing option in Jay Gruden’s up-tempo offense. However, it was Silas Redd who benefited late in the game from garbage time carries. I do not expect Young’s TD production to continue. He is a 27-year-old back with little to add to your dynasty squad. Best to leave him on the waiver wire.

 

2. Jonathan Dwyer RB AZ – A career backup whose production is also heavily reliant on TD’s is best left for other dynasty owners. Andre Ellington appears to be capable of playing through his foot injury. At this point, I would not advise adding Dwyer unless you are an Ellington owner and having Dwyer will help you sleep better at night.

3. Austin Davis QB STL – Davis looked good this week against Tampa Bay while leading STL to a late game winning drive. However at this time head coach Jeff Fisher has made it clear that veteran Shaun Hill will start next week and going forward if healthy. Davis may not play again this year and there are a handful of young backup QB’s with much more upside I would advocate snagging ahead of Davis.

 

Thanks for reading, and as always, feel free to contact me on Twitter @realABC for additional questions. I would love to hear from you!

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