Fantasy Football: Week 2 Waiver Wire

After a wild Week 1 of NFL season headlined by the bookend games on Thursday and Monday, its already time to focus on the week ahead. The Week 2 waiver wire is stocked with potential targets at running back, wide receiver and tight end.

Target the names below to upgrade your fantasy football team this week!

All Rostership data comes from ESPN. Each site may vary slightly.

Wide Receivers

KJ Hamler – Rostered in 1.8% of leagues

KJ Hamler is a player I have been excited about for some time. A crowded WR room seemingly made it challenging for Hamler to see any kind of consistent workload. 

However with Jerry Juedy’s awful injury, the potential for Hamler to vault in this offense is absolutely there. Juedy left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury that is expected to sideline him until 4-6 weeks at a minimum. 

If Week 1 Hamler was tied for 3rd on the team in targets with 4. He caught 3 of them for 41 yards and honestly he should have caught all 4. He had a ball hit him in the hands while falling in the endzone. 

Had he caught that pass the box score aficionados would be all over Hamler this week. There is some concern with Hamler, mostly with Tim Patrick competing for targets. For me, Patrick is a better one for one replacement for Courltand Sutton. 

This is not to say that I don’t expect Patrick to see some work, but my expectations have Hamler stepping into the majority of Jeudy’s vacated targets.  He is my top option at WR.

Sterling Shepard – Rostered in 25.3% of leagues

Sterling Shepard looked fantastic in Week 1. He saw a team high 9 targets, catching 7 for 113 yards and a TD.  These numbers are even more impressive when you consider the Broncos were PFF’s #1 ranked secondary entering the season.

Per @MattHarmon_BYB on Twitter, Sterling Shepard led the Giants in the following categories:

  • Routes run 40
  • Snaps 56
  • Slot snaps 37
  • Targets 9
  • YAC/rec 5.6

It can be scary to rely on a Daniel Jones led passing attack but I think the risk is worth the potential reward. While Jones has his issues, he should be able to facilitate fantasy relevant pass catchers. 

The addition of Kenny Golladay should garner a ton of focus from opposing defenses leaving Shepard with more single coverage. Once Saquon Barkley is back to his typical production this offense should have the opportunity to step forward.

When you consider these factors and add in the fact the Giants will likely be in a lot of negative game scripts, this pass attack should have plenty of volume to support 2-3 fantasy relevant pass catchers.

Christian Kirk – Rostered in 3.6 of leagues

Christian Kirk was impressive on Sunday catching all 5 of his targets for 70 yards and 2 TDs. 

While DeAndre Hopkins is the clear alpha in this offense, there should be enough volume in an offense that should be incredibly productive for Kirk to be fantasy relevant this season. He has the big play ability to make him valuable any given week. Add in consistent volume

Other names to consider: Jalen Reagor, Zach Pascal, Nelson Agholor

Running Backs

Elijah Mitchell

In perhaps one of the weirdest situations of Week 1, the San Francisco 49ers running back room seemingly got flipped on its head. Raheem Mostert was injured early in the game against Detroit. Getting the call to carry the rock was Elijah Mitchell not Trey Sermon who was a surprise inactive for this contest.

At this point there is a ton of speculation of why Sermon was inactive but nothing seems to make sense. The one that I buy into most is both he and Brandon Aiyuk missing curfew. Kyle Shanahan has said everything from a hamstring issue to a lack of effectiveness is practice being the reason Aiyuk didn’t see a single target on Sunday.

No matter the reason for Sermon’s absence, Elijah Mitchell looked every bit the part on Sunday. He carried the ball 19 times for 104 yards and a TD. 

San Francisco has proven year over year under Shanahan that the RB in this offense is absolutely worth a roster spot on your fantasy team. Now that Mostert is dealing with chipped cartilage in his knee and will be out 8 weeks there is a void.

While I’m not releasing Sermon on any team, adding Mitchell this week is definitely the move. At worst he should be in some sort of timeshare with the potential of being “The Guy” for SF, at least at this point. Prioritize him this week especially if you are thin at RB.

Mark Ingram – Rostered in 11% of leagues

It is really gross to think about, but Mark Ingram is absolutely worth a look this week. He saw 26 of the 41 carries for the Texans in Week 1. He is clearly Houston’s favorite option and at RB volume is everything.

The idea of the Texans dominating from start to finish against most teams is not something anyone expects. But, they can absolutely be a somewhat competent offense that is able to produce drives as long as they are healthy.

If you are scrambling for options to use in the short term Ingram makes a ton of sense. If you are set at RB adding backs with more upside is the move.

Carlos Hyde – Rostered in 14.5% of leagues

Speaking of gross options well past their prime, can I interest you in Carlos Hyde? While he is far from the prospect I thought he could be coming out of Ohio State, Urban Meyer is clearly enamored with the veteran. 

Hyde had 9 carries to just 5 for James Robinson. He also saw 2 targets in the passing game with Robinson becoming the passing down back, seeing 6 targets.

While Week 1 was not the start Jacksonville wanted, things did start to improve throughout the game. If this team can play in more neutral game script contests, Hyde could see 15 plus touches and cobble together to make him fantasy relevant. 

There is a world where Hyde is what everyone wanted James Robinson to be.

Cuff em up

Larry Rountree

While everyone ran to the wire to add Justin Jackson, at least for a week it looks as if Rountree could be the next man up. He saw 8 touches to just 2 for Jackson. While his 3.4 YPC wasn’t stellar, if you are looking for a handcuff I would add Rountree this week.

Kenneth Gainwell

Kenneth Gainwell is a dynamic player who can flash both on the ground and via the pass. In Week 1 he had 9 carries for 37 plus 2 catches for 6 yards. He also found the end zone. He showed in spurts what his ultimate potential may be. At this point he is more of a stash than anything but if Miles Sanders goes down, Gainwell has league winning upside.

Tight End

Jared Cook – Rostered in 22.6

Despite a lack of interest from the masses in Jared Cook, he remains someone that can help fantasy teams. He saw 8 targets in Week 1, trailing only Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. He caught 5 of those targets for 56.

Cook should be a reliable option this season with the opportunity to pop depending on the week. Obviously Cook will never be the primary focus of the offense but there should be enough volume in an offense that has the ability to take strides under a new coaching staff.

Gerald Everett – Rostered in 10.5% of leagues

For me, this add is more about the potential of what could be. Against the Colts, he caught both of his targets for 20 yards and a TD. The biggest thing holding back Everett from being a guy you can trust each week is Will Dissly who had 3 targets. This could be another Higbee/Everett situation like with the Rams. Howerver this a sitaution that could gain clarity sooner than later either because Everett is just better or if Dissly misses time due to injury. Either he has short term opportunity with sizable upside if everything hits.

Good luck with your claims and in Week 2!

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