Ready for the week 2 waiver wire pickups? After a bloody Sunday most owners will probably be looking for the must have guys off their leagues waivers, so lets jump right in! If you’re looking for assistance with your particular week 2 waiver wire issue, post a question in our forums and I’ll get to it.
Suggested FAAB bids appear in green. Players listed are owned in 50% or fewer of Yahoo leagues.
Week 2 Waiver Wire | Must Adds
Tarik Cohen – RB – Chicago Bears (9% owned) | 21% FAAB
There were a number of standout rookie performances this past Sunday (Hunt, Fournette, Kupp), but Cohen is the most readily available at just 9% owned. For those who missed his performance Cohen carried the ball 5 times for 66 yards while tacking on 8 receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown. Most importantly Cohen was targeted a whopping 12 times by Bears QB Mike Glennon.
Tarik won’t be in must start territory heading in to week 2, however its likely that this will be your only chance to grab him in 10+ team leagues off waivers as his ownership will likely jump to 45% or higher following his standout performance. UPDATE: Bears WR Kevin White fractured his collarbone and is being placed on IR. Chicago will rely on Cohen’s receiving skills even more now going forward.
Week 2 Waiver Wire | Suggested Adds
Cooper Kupp – WR – Los Angeles Rams (24% owned) | 6-11% FAAB
One of the biggest surprises from this past Sunday (at least for me) had to be the explosiveness of the Rams offense. Jared Goff went over 300 yards while delivering 6 of his 29 targets to Cooper Kupp. Cooper converted those targets into 4 receptions for 76 yards and a TD. So why is Kupp my top overall WR target? He displayed terrific athleticism on multiple plays, soft hands, and if this game hadn’t been such a blowout he likely would’ve continued to rack up stats. He looks like the PPR receiver to own this year, and as the telecast stated in game he looks like a receiver who should clear 90 receptions this year.
While Kupp didn’t play in the SEC, its still worth taking a look at his impressive college stats while playing at Eastern Washington:
Corey Davis – WR – Tennessee Titans (46% owned) | 5% FAAB
As rookie wide receiver debuts go, it couldn’t have been much better for Corey Davis as he saw steady usage all over the field against the Oakland Raiders finishing with 10 targets, 6 receptions, and 69 yards. Some may wonder if those targets are sustainable, and while double digits may be a bit much to expect, its worth noting that Decker (8), Walker (9) and Matthews (9) all saw similar targets, meaning Davis didn’t benefit from an increase in looks at another receivers expense. Week 2 will go a long way in showing just how sustainable this production is at Davis and the Titans will take on a solid Jaguars secondary but the time to grab Davis is now if he’s still available off the waiver wire.
Chris Johnson – RB – Arizona Cardinals (0% owned) | 4% FAAB
Cardinals intend to sign Chris Johnson with today's MRI confirmed wrist surgery and IR (possibly to return) for D. Johnson as ESPN reported
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 12, 2017
Major news, at least for us waiver wire addicts, as the Arizona Cardinals are expected to sign RB Chris Johnson. David Johnson has been ruled out for 2-3 months, which means Arizona is looking for an early down back, and apparently didn’t trust Kerwynn Williams to fill the David Johnson sized hole in their offense. Will CJ2k be the new David Johnson? Absolutely not. However, he could be a viable RB2/Flex option in 12+ team leagues once he gets up to speed in their offense. Grab him now at a discount as a decent RB based on early down and goal line volume alone.
Marqise Lee (15%) / Allen Hurns (8% owned) – WR – Jacksonville Jaguars | 3% FAAB
Sources: #Jaguars star WR Allen Robinson is feared to have torn his ACL, based on initial tests. He'll have an MRI tomorrow.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 10, 2017
Allen Robinson was quickly declared out after departing with a non-contact injury against the Texans which left Marqise Lee as the WR1 and Allen Hurns as the WR2 of the Jaguars. With the news that ARob’s knee injury is “significant” there are now plenty of targets to go around in the Jacksonville offense. Upon initial inspection the 4 targets that Lee and Hurns both saw against the Texans doesn’t warrant much interest, however the game wasn’t ever truly in doubt and the Jags only completed 11 passes all game! Make Lee your first target off waivers, but if he is gone Hurns should see a similar amount of targets as Jacksonville lacks reliable receiving options.
Nelson Agholor – WR – Philadelphia Eagles (12% owned) | 2% FAAB
Agholor was one of the more pleasant surprises this past Sunday as he tied for the team lead with 8 targets against the Redskins finishing with 6 receptions, 86 yards and a TD. Nelson lined up both outside and in the slot catching passes all over the field for the Eagles, and the 8 targets are a solid indicator that he has the trust of Carson Wentz. Given Alshon’s injury history Agholor could conceivably see WR1 snaps at points this season for the Eagles, making him an intriguing waiver wire addition heading into week 2.
Jermaine Kearse – WR – New York Jets (2% owned) | 1% FAAB
I mentioned last week that I expected Kearse to eventually take over as the WR1 for the Jets, and it happened in week 1 as he racked up 9 targets, 7 receptions and 59 yards against the Buffalo Bills compared to 8 targets, 4 receptions and just 22 yards for Robby Anderson. Expect Kearse to continue to produce decent WR3/Flex numbers this season as the most heavily targeted receiver for a poor Jets offense.
Kenny Golladay – WR – Detroit Lions (14% owned) | 1% FAAB
I’m sure there will be a LOT of Golladay supporters following his 7 target 4 reception 69 yard 2 touchdown performance. I don’t blame you, as Kenny did put on a show, however I’m cautious to buy in as Detroit’s WR2 Marvin Jones Jr. was shut down by Patrick Peterson and drew just 2 targets while Eric Ebron was targeted just 3 times. Going forward we can realistically expect Golladay to draw 4-5 targets per game and I hesitate to put my trust in the rookie finding the end zone each week.
Javorius Allen – RB – Baltimore Ravens (0% owned) | 3% FAAB
Danny Woodhead was carted off in the first quarter with a hamstring injury and the Ravens wasted no time turning to a two headed monster attack using Terrance West (19 carries for 80 yards) and Javorius Buck Allen (21 carries for 71 yards). You read that right, between the two RB’s they amassed 40 carries as the Ravens shutout the Bengals 20-0. Woodhead dealt with a hamstring injury for most the preseason, so this does look like a recurring injury for him giving Buck Allen some interesting value as the new RB2 in Baltimore.
Charles Clay – TE – Buffalo Bills (10% owned) | 1% FAAB
For owners who don’t follow the targets Charles Clay’s 4 / 53 / 1 line may look like it was only fantasy relevant thanks to the TD, but upon closer inspection we find he was actually targeted 9 times! Rookie Zay Jones didn’t see nearly as much involvement as expected (4 targets, 1 reception) and Jordan Matthews saw even less action with just 3 targets. As the targets even out Clay will likely settle in to the 5-7 targets per game range, but the take away here is that Tyrod trusts his starting TE especially in the all important red zone, and at just 10% ownership Clay is worth a look depending on how much space you have available on your bench.
Jesse James – TE – Pittsburgh Steelers (5% owned) | 1% FAAB
Jesse James surely surprised fantasy players around the world as he caught 2 touchdowns for the Steelers, especially given the recent addition of Vance McDonald which figured to cut into James’ playing time significantly. That wasn’t the case against the Browns as Jesse was targeted 8 times, finishing with 6 receptions for 41 yards and 2 scores. Le’Veon Bell barely got off the team plane for this one with just 32 rush yards and 3 receptions for 15 yards and Martavis Bryant was equally ineffective with just 2 receptions for 14 yards (on 6 targets). While James does appear to have talent he remains the 4th option (at best) on offense for Pittsburgh making him a risky start in 12+ team leagues.
Kendall Wright – WR – Chicago Bears (15% owned) | 1% FAAB
Kendall Wright didn’t see a target until Kevin White was hurt, which was rather surprising as many (included myself) expected him to compete for the most targets in the Bears passing offense. After White departed Wright did get involved racking up 4 targets for 3 receptions and 34 yards. The only reason Wright remains a suggested waiver wire pickup is the other options at WR now in Chicago are Josh Bellamy and Deonte Thompson. You have to figure Wright’s veteran experience allows him to run as the new WR1 for the Bears.
Alvin Kamara – RB – New Orleans Saints (14% owned) | 1% FAAB
In a game where the Saints were down relatively quickly, Alvin Kamara came in and played 31 of 62 snaps for the Saints. Thanks to gameflow his snaps were certainly higher than we’d expect most weeks, however Kamara does look like a nice pickup in PPR leagues as he fills the “Darren Sproles role” in the Saints passing offense. He finished Monday night against the Vikings with 7 carries for 18 yards, and 4 receptions for 20 yards on 6 targets. The yardage may not be inspiring, however the 6 targets are a good indicator that Alvin should see steady looks in the passing game all season long.
Chris Carson – RB – Seattle Seahawks (14% owned) | 1% FAAB
The Seahawks O-line was just as bad as advertised this season, allowing multiple defenders into the backfield on play after play against the Packers. Thomas Rawls was ruled out before kickoff leaving Eddie Lacy and Chris Carson as the early down backs with CJ Prosise as the passing option. Carson looked like the far more electric option (6 carries for 39 yards compared to Lacy’s 5 carries for 3 yards), but as long as Rawls and/or Lacy are expected to play each week Carson doesn’t look like he will be able to return much value. You can grab him as an upside stash but it doesn’t look like he will be startable anytime soon.
Week 2 Waiver Wire | Deep League Pickups
- Paul Richardson – WR – Seattle Seahawks (15% owned)
- 7 targets, 4 receptions, 59 yards
- Andre Ellington – RB – Arizona Cardinals (0% owned)
- Could be the sneaky addition as all eyes will be on Kerwynn. Had just 1 reception for 24 yards
- Jared Goff – QB – Los Angeles Rams (6% owned)
- 21/29, 306 yards, 1 TD
- Deshaun Watson – QB – Houston Texans (11% owned)
- 12 for 23, 102 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
- J.J. Nelson – WR – Arizona Cardinals (7% owned)
- 6 targets, 5 receptions, 43 yards, 1 TD
- Josh Bellamy – WR – Chicago Bears (0% owned)
- 4 targets, 3 receptions, 27 yards
- Ryan Grant – WR – Washington Redskins (0% owned)
- 6 targets, 4 receptions, 61 yards
- George Kittle – TE – San Francisco 49ers (1% owned)
- 6 targets, 5 receptions, 27 yards
Monday Night Special
Branden Oliver – RB – San Diego Chargers
Yahoo allows you to drop bench players who have already played, and pick up a player from the Monday Night games. Use this to your advantage! If you’re going to drop a player when waivers open anyway, take a stab on Branden Oliver of the San Diego Chargers. While he’s not a guy I would plan on keeping for any amount of time, IF something were to happen to Melvin Gordon then Oliver would step into the lead RB role for the Chargers and you can avoid the waiver wire feeding frenzy by grabbing him today.