Week 2 Waiver Wire: It’s Chris Carson Time!!!

Seahawks Chris Carson

Week 2 of the NFL season is already over and it’s time yet again to attack the waiver wire. Some of these options may look familiar and some are new. I’m always trying to be ahead of the crowd and looking to avoid blowing FAAB when you don’t have to. These options can help you in Week 3 and beyond!


Chris Carson | RB | Seattle Seahawks
38% Owned on Yahoo!

I told you on Twitter that Chris Carson would be a pick up after Week 2. While I was hoping for a bit more, but 20 carries for 93 yards is a nice day. He is the clear lead back for the Seattle Seahawks with Thomas Rawls limited to 4 yards on 5 carries and Eddie Lacy was a healthy scratch. When this offense finds its stride, Carson should be a monster!

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Chris Thompson | RB | Washington Redskins
28% Owned on Yahoo!

Chris Thompson was a legit factor on Sunday for the Redskins. He had 77 rushing yards on only 3 carries finding the endzone twice. He also caught 3 balls for 29 yards. Thompson is a passing down RB that has a chance to find the end zone via the pass and the ground. While going forward I wouldn’t expect a massive day on the ground, the opportunity will be there especially with Rob Kelley likely missing time. Kelley left this game with a rib injury. Samaje Perine will be the lead RB going forward but Thompson should get plenty of work. If you missed out on Tarik Cohen, Thompson can fill a similar role for your squad.

Samaje Perine | RB | Washington Redskins
23% Owned on Yahoo!

As I mentioned above, Rob Kelley left Sunday’s game with an injury and could miss some time. Perine got 21 carries after Kelley left the game. He will be the first/second banger with 3rd down and goal line work. The Redskin’s offense is starting to take shape with all of the new additions. Perine has the opportunity to feast in Week 3 against the Raiders and potentially steal the show beyond the Week 5 bye.

Javorius Allen | RB | Baltimore Ravens
55% Owned on Yahoo!

I told you a week ago to add Javorius Allen. He rewarded those owners that added and played him. He had 14 carries for 66 yards and added 5 catches for 35 yards. He also found the endzone via the pass. Allen had 43 of the 68 snaps for the offense. He looks to be taking the lead back role with Terrance West only seeing 16 snaps. Allen is an add in all formats. The Ravens defense is awesome and he should continue to be a fantasy asset.

Chris Johnson | RB | Arizona Cardinals
12% Owned on Yahoo!

While the Cardinals backfield is a full blown RBBC, Chris Johnson was the best option on Sunday. He had 11 carries for 44 yards and got more work as the game rolled along. He even prompted HC Bruce Arians to say Johnson is moving up the depth chart. The Cardinals offense has had its bumps and bruises but in deeper leagues I don’t hate adding Johnson if you need RB help.

Cardinals JJ Nelson

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JJ Nelson | WR | Arizona Cardinals
18% Owned on Yahoo!

Speaking of the Arizona Cardinals, a team looking for playmakers, JJ Nelson filled that void in Week 2 catching 5 passes for 120 yards and a TD. WR John Brown was also out for this game which helped open up targets for Nelson. This performance is on the heels of another 5 catch game in Week 1, where he also found the endzone. With games coming against the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, Nelson could continue to be a good option for WR needy teams.

Tyler Lockett | WR | Seattle Seahawks
40% Owned on Yahoo!

The Seahawks Tyler Lockett regained old form on Sunday catching 6 of his 9 targets for 64 yards. While Seattle’s offense wasn’t the high octane machine some of us were expecting, they should get there. With games coming against the Titans, Colts, and Rams in coming weeks, the opportunity will be there. Even if you don’t play Lockett this week, he is worth adding and should be a legit factor with bye weeks on the horizons.

Jermaine Kearse | WR | New York Jets
6% Owned on Yahoo!

I know, it feels gross to rely on a New York Jets WR, but Jermaine Kearse is worthy of a look. He has been targeted 11 times over the first two weeks. In Week 2, he caught 4 balls for 64 yards and 2 touchdowns. In PPR leagues, Kearse should provide a relatively safe floor and makes a solid option deep leagues.

Rashard Higgins | WR | Cleveland Browns
0% Owned on Yahoo!

This is likely for the deepest of deep leagues but worth pay attention to. Corey Coleman left Sunday’s game with Ravens with a broken hand and will be out awhile. The coaching staff seems annoyed with Kenny Britt already. He had 1 catch for 2 yards on Sunday. That opens up Rashard Higgins as the potential WR1 in the offense. Matt Harmon wrote up Higgins in a Reception Perception article out of college. Higgins did very well in Matt’s model.

On Sunday, he caught 7 of his 11 targets for 95 yards. If he is going to see that kind of volume, expect Higgins to be a weapon that helps PPR owners and those in deep leagues.

Geronimo Allison | WR | Green Bay Packers
0% Owned on Yahoo!

This is a deepest of deep league target and is very dependent. Both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb left the Sunday night game against the Atlanta Falcons with injuries. If one or both are out, Allison could see a increased role. There is also the possibilty that TY Montgomery gets more snaps at WR and Jamaal Williams gets more looks. Allison is worth a dart throw if you need WR help this week.

Will Fuller | WR | Houston Texans
3% Owned on Yahoo!

If you have flexibility on the back of your roster and some patience, the Texans Will Fuller could be worth a look. He broke his collarbone during the preseason but is already back practicing. Fuller was a player that flashed in his rookie season and has talent. Houston recently cut Jaelen Strong, which could indicate Fuller may be very close to returning. Even if you don’t add him this week, keep him on your watch list.

Are you looking for TE options to target this week because you lost Greg Olsen or are frustrated with your current TE? Check out my article breaking down five TEs that can help you this week and going forward.


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