Tajae Sharpe and the Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups
As we delve in to the week 2 waiver wire pickups headlined by Will Fuller and Tajae Sharpe, I’d like to remind everyone of the #1 rule at this juncture of the season. Don’t freak out! Don’t rush to drop your WR1 because he had a bad first week, don’t overreact to the guys who put up crazy numbers. Its just one week, and putting together a solid fantasy football season is a marathon, not a sprint. While Tajae Sharpe is a guy who must be added, he isn’t a must start yet as we wait to see if he can reproduce his results.
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Suggested FAAB bids will appear in green. This article will be updated regularly through Monday night
All players listed in my weekly waiver wire article are owned in 50% or fewer of Yahoo leagues
Must Adds | Week 2 Waiver Wire | Tajae Sharpe section
Will Fuller – WR | Texans (48% owned) | 6% FAAB
Will Fuller headlines this week’s list of waiver wire pickups following a monster 11 target game against the Chicago Bears which saw him haul in 5 passes for 107 yards and a TD. A prime indicator of fantasy production is the target numbers, and while Fuller may not hit double digits every week, it is reasonable to expect him to consistently see 7-8 targets per contest opposite DeAndre Hopkins. If you need WR help, and Fuller is on the wire, he should be your guy to grab.
If you’re wondering whether or not you should use a high waiver priority on him, it will depend on your WR situation, but most likely you are better off letting all the players on this week’s list go, and moving up the waiver priority rankings until a workhorse back becomes available later in the season.
Tajae Sharpe – WR | Titans (46% owned) | 4-5% FAAB
Another rookie WR who made headlines throughout training camp and the preseason, Tajae Sharpe had a solid debut as well. The new starting WR Tajae Sharpe for the Titans caught 7 of 11 passes for 76 yards, while failing to find the end zone, but for a WR3/Flex option those were more than serviceable numbers. Given the offense that he plays in, Tajae Sharpe will likely remain a WR3 play throughout the year, but as the most targeted receiver this week, he should be added in all formats.
Keep in mind that last year’s top man in terms of targets for the Titans, Delanie Walker, only had 3 receptions for 42 yards, so some Tajae Sharpe’s targets can be expected to regress to the 6-7 per game mark that was initially expected.
Mike Wallace – WR | Ravens (34% owned) | 5% FAAB
Hopefully you read last week’s waiver wire article and jumped on the Mike Wallace train before it took off, as he and Flacco got the scoring started early with a beautiful 66 yard catch and run against the Bills on Sunday. Wallace finished with just 3 receptions (on 6 targets) for 91 yards, but as a big play receiver fantasy owners shouldn’t be expecting heavy volume. Wallace has finally landed in a situation with a QB who can deliver the deep ball (unlike MIA / MIN), and it isn’t out of the question that Mike will be back to his double digit TD ways. If Mike Wallace is available on your waiver wire, be sure to snag him now as a solid WR3 for your fantasy squad.
Tevin Coleman – RB | Falcons (42% owned) | 5% FAAB
Devonta Freeman owners will be in full on panic mode following week 1, as Tevin Coleman finished with 13 touches, just 2 fewer than Devonta’s 15. Falcons’ OC Kyle Shanahan already said they would ride the hot hand at RB, meaning this looks like a full blown RBBC going forward. Prospective owners will be quick to point out that Coleman had 117 total yards compared to Freeman’s 40, however with the workload remaining evenly split we could see those yardage numbers change from week to week depending on who breaks out for a big play.
Mohamed Sanu – WR | Falcons (44% owned) | 4-5% FAAB
Sticking with the Falcons here, new WR2 for Atlanta Mohamed Sanu had a strong week 1 showing against a poor Tampa Bay defense, bringing in 5 receptions for 80 yards and a TD. WR1 Julio Jones had an identical number of targets (8), while sustaining an ankle injury, which could actually help to solidify Sanu’s role while Julio attempts to recover (and most likely attempts to play through the injury).
If you are a Sanu owner, or if you manage to get him off waivers, my recommendation is to play him weeks 2 and 3 and then TRADE! If you can sell high after the Saints game, you should be able to get solid value. Check out his upcoming schedule.
- Week 2 – @ OAK
- Week 3 – @ NO
- Week 4 – vs CAR
- Week 5 – @ DEN
- Week 6 – @ SEA
Suggested Adds | Week 2 Waiver Wire | For those who don’t land Tajae Sharpe
Jeremy Kerley – WR | 49ers (1% owned) | 2-3% FAAB
I was pretty soundly mocked last week for suggesting that Jeremy Kerley could have some sleeper appeal operating as the slot receiver for the 49ers this season, but following his 7 reception, 61 yard performance (11 targets) on Monday Night Football I think more people might be willing to consider him heading in to week 2. With Chip Kelly at the helm the 49ers will run more plays, and the slot receiver should continue be a favorite target for Blaine Gabbert, so don’t consider this a one week blip on the radar for Kerley. If you are in PPR, Jeremy should be towards the top of your list, while in standard he is more of a low end flex play.
Theo Riddick – RB | Lions (34% owned) | 2-3% FAAB
If you are in a PPR league, Riddick is a must add off the week 2 waiver wire as an integral part of the Detroit Lions passing attack. In standard he’s a riskier add, as he will likely see around 10 touches per game between his carries and receptions, so this will depend heavily on your settings and current depth at RB. Thanks to his team’s high scoring affair in week 1 Riddick finished with a combined 109 yards and 2 TDs which will surely make him a favorite off waivers this week, but unless you’re in PPR you’ll want to make sure you don’t overspend as he will be no better than a flex option in standard.
Carson Wentz – QB | Eagles (6% owned) | 2-3% FAAB
Carson Wentz’ debut against the Browns couldn’t have gone much better as he completed 22 of 37 passes for 278 yards and 2 TDs, and given the Eagles schedule he could actually flirt with top 15 QB production this season. Why is Wentz such a commodity over other low end QB2’s? Lets take a look at his upcoming schedule through week 10 this season
Eagles Schedule (Weeks 2 – 10)
- Week 2 – @ CHI
- Week 3 – vs PIT
- Week 4 – BYE
- Week 5 – @ DET
- Week 6 – @ WAS
- Week 7 – vs MIN
- Week 8 – @ DAL
- Week 9 – @ NYG
- Week 10 – vs ATL
Nearly every one of those defenses should be in the bottom 3rd in pass defense this year, meaning the rookie Wentz is in a prime position to actually put up solid numbers as a rookie. If you need a decent QB2 off waivers, Wentz would be the man to target.
If you are in a 2 QB league, Wentz should already be long gone off the waiver wire, otherwise leave a comment below the article if you’d like to know if you really need to land him this week.
Chris Hogan – WR | Patriots (31% owned) | 2-3% FAAB
Another one of my favorites from last week’s waiver wire article, Chris Hogan had a solid showing on Sunday Night Football as he scored the first TD of the Patriots season against a solid Cardinals secondary before finishing with a line of 3 receptions for 60 yards and the score. Given Danny Amendola’s inability to stay healthy, I expect Hogan to finish the season as the WR2 for the Patriots meaning he should be rostered in all 12 team leagues or deeper, and some 10 team leagues depending on the depth of your bench. Jimmy Garropolo looks like he will be an adequate backup, and once Tom Brady returns, Hogan’s stats should take a step forward.
Phillip Dorsett – WR | Colts (39% owned) | 2-3% FAAB
There was plenty of offensive production between the Colts and Lions in week 1, so it is to be expected that there were a number of quality fantasy performances, including Phillip Dorsett’s 4 receptions on 6 targets for 94 yards. As Rotoworld points out, Luck targeted 5 different players 6 or more times, which presents a bit of a conundrum for fantasy owners. At best, Dorsett could be considered 3rd in the pecking order for targets, which will leave him as a weekly boom or bust flex option, and tough to rely upon as Luck spreads the ball around.
Tyrell Williams – WR | Chargers (1% owned) | 2-3% FAAB
Keenan Allen went down to a non-contact leg injury in week 1 against the Chiefs (potentially a season ending ACL), meaning Travis Benjamin becomes the new de facto WR1, and Tyrell Williams moves up the depth chart to WR2 for the Chargers.
Williams is a 2nd year player out of Western Oregon who only appeared in 7 games for San Diego last year, bringing in a grand total of 2 receptions for 90 yards, but with the Keenan Allen news Tyrell figures to play a much more prominent role in the passing game. His large frame (6’4″ / 205 lbs) should work in his favor in the red zone, while also seeing 5-6 targets per game from a solid QB in Philip Rivers.
If you play in a 12 team league or deeper, and the WR options listed above are all cleared out, make a speculative add in Tyrell Williams off the week 2 waiver wire. He can hold down a spot on your bench, or fill in at the flex in a pinch while we wait to see his production the next few weeks sans Allen.
Eli Rogers – WR | Steelers (8% owned) | 1% FAAB
Yet another player who appeared in my week 1 waiver wire pickups article, rookie WR Eli Rogers had himself a debut Monday night against the Redskins as he caught 6 passes for 59 yards and one of the craziest TDs you’ll ever see (see below). Before you rush out to pick up Eli in all leagues, keep in mind that WR2 Markus Wheaton was out this game (expected to return week 2), and the TD pass he caught certainly wasn’t intended for Eli. While he should be a fine PPR value manning the slot for the Steelers, don’t expect Rogers to be a reliable WR option in standard leagues just yet.
Terrance West – RB | Ravens (30% owned) | 1% FAAB
Javorious “Buck” Allen was a surprise scratch in week 1, meaning the Ravens went in to the game with just 2 healthy running backs in Justin Forsett and Terrance West. West turned in one of his typicaly pedestrian performances with just 32 yards on 12 carries (2.66 YPC), and while this may appear to be a waiver wire situation to avoid, West is worth mentioning as he has apparently gained the trust of his coaching staff, and actually outcarried Forsett 12-10 against the Bills. If you need RB depth, and West is sitting out there, feel free to stash him and see what develops in Baltimore.
Vance McDonald – TE | 49ers (24% owned) | 1% FAAB
Since the 49ers have the Monday night game, I’ll have to update this section after the game has been played, but for now Vance looks like a solid TE week 2 waiver wire add (especially considering all the disappointing performances at the position in week 1). San Francisco is short on receiving options, especially over the middle, and Vance should have the opportunity to see 6+ targets per game.
If you’re not sure whether Vance is better than your current TE, feel free to leave a comment under the article and I’ll be happy to help you out.
Victor Cruz – WR | Giants (18% owned) | 1% FAAB
As Rotoworld reported, it has been 700 days since Victor Cruz last played a snap in the NFL, just long enough for everyone to forget his salsa dancing / end zone finding ways, but he was able to turn back the clock against the Cowboys on Sunday, finding the end zone on a 3 yard pass from Eli Manning for the go-ahead score which put the Giants ahead 20-19 in Dallas. While owners will obviously need to see a lot more out of Victor before declaring him 100% back to form, its not out of the question that Cruz could have WR3 value in a pass heavy attack with both OBJ and Shepard drawing coverage on the outside, leaving the slot for Victor to operate with lethal efficiency.
Terrelle Pryor – WR | Browns (16% owned) | 1% FAAB
Pryor is now in his 2nd year attempting to convert to WR for the Browns, and he had a pretty solid week 1 debut with 3 receptions on 7 targets for 68 yards. If this was any other team, Pryor would probably be worth more than a dollar off waivers, but with a major question mark in RG3 at QB, and the impending return of Josh Gordon, Terrelle just doesn’t figure to have that much rest of season value.
Jacob Tamme – TE | Falcons (2% owned) | 1% FAAB
We have now reached the speculative “is there a fantasy worthy TE” section of the article. The desolate wasteland that was the tight end position in week 1 will undoubtedly leave many owners scratching their heads as to whether or not they should stick with a guy like Jared Cook, or turn to the week 2 waiver wire and grab a guy like Jacob Tamme. Ultimately the choice will be up to you, but as I mentioned with Sanu I believe the next 2 weeks will see solid fantasy production for the Falcons as they face OAK and the Saints, meaning Tamme is a viable streamer in my book until week 4.
Keep in mind Tamme tied Sanu and Julio in targets at 8, while finishing with 6 receptions for 51 yards. If you’re in PPR feel free to stream Jacob Tamme the next 2 weeks before turning to another option.
Virgil Green – TE | Broncos (27% owned) | 1% FAAB
I still feel like the only person who hasn’t boarded this hype train, as everyone keeps expecting Virgil Green to breakout, but I’m still not seeing it. He received a decent 5 targets against the Panthers in week 1, finishing with 4 receptions, but that was for just 28 yards, which I believe will be the biggest downfall for Green in fantasy, the lack of yards after the catch. While he may be a checkdown / rollout favorite in Kubiak’s offense, I don’t see Virgil averaging over 10 YPC this season, and anything over 6 TDs would be pretty astonishing, which leaves the Broncos starting TE as a bottom of the barrel TE2 in my book.
Deep League Waiver Wire | Tajae Sharpe is long gone section
Thanks for reading! This week’s writeup is so long, I put together a separate article for the deep league waiver wire pickups. Good luck landing Tajae Sharpe this week!