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Week 2 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Express

ALL ABOAARDDDDD!!!! the Waiver Wire Express is leaving the station. Next Stop: Week 2. This weekly column will tell you all about players I am adding off the waiver wire as well as suggested FAAB amounts and if I would use a top waiver claim on them (the 1st waiver claim spot is like a rare diamond that should be cherished and treated with gentle care). You need to take care of it by sacrificing sleep on Wednesday mornings by waking up early to dig through the waiver wire scraps. I will also tell you which players I feel comfortable dropping at each position. Please keep in mind that with only 1 game in the books, it’s easy to over-react and drop players prematurely. Pay close attention to your league settings. If you have an injured player and have an IR slot – you’re much better off stashing them on IR as opposed to just dropping them. I try to include clips of each player's highlights from the previous week so I can put the proof right in this waiver wire pudding.

In general, recommended players will be 50% owned or less in Yahoo leagues (some players may be just over).

Top Adds for Week 2:

Quarterbacks: 1. Case Keenum 2. Tyrod Taylor 3. Ryan Fitzpatrick

Running Backs 1. Phillip Lindsay 2. Austin Ekeler 3. TJ Yeldon 4. James White

Wide Receivers 1. Kenny Golladay 2. Quincy Enunwa 3. Geronimo Allison 4. Tyler Lockett 5. Ted Ginn Jr. 6. Brandon Marshall

Tight Ends 1. Jared Cook 2. Ben Watson 3. Eric Ebron

Defenses 1. New York Jets 2. Chicago Bears

Kickers 1. Brandon McManus 2. Adam Vinatieri 3. Robbie Gould


- Matt Ryan – ATL (89% owned): The only thing worse than the play-calling in Atlanta is the execution by Matt Ryan. He looked absolutely lost against the Eagles completing just 48.4% of his passes with 0 TD and 1 INT. Matt Ryan couldn’t throw his way out of a wet paper bag (or something like that). I will concede the Week 3 matchup vs. the Saints is enticing. But make other plans for Week 2 and the season in general.

- Dak Prescott – DAL (64% owned): He just has no help outside of Ezekial Elliott. This offense is going to struggle to put up points this season as they just have no playmakers at WR or TE. Dez Bryant and Jason Witten will be sorely missed this season.


1. Case Keenum – DEN (25% owned): Well Keenum has certainly made a Case for himself (get it?) to be added by QB-needy teams. Keenum off-set his 3 INT’s on Sunday by throwing 3 TD’s and going 25/39 with 329 yards. He has a relatively safe-floor throwing to Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas and the run game appears to be strong this season with Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay each carrying the ball effectively in week 1.

Upcoming Schedule: OAK, @BAL, KC

FAAB Bid: $4-6

2. Tyrod Taylor – CLE (13% owned): He’s playing a New Orleans defense that was just picked apart by Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bucs. He presumably gets Josh Gordon back in full capacity, or atleast an increased role. Tyrod is a dual-threat QB too as he rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown in addition to his passing output. Roll the dice if you don't have anyone better.

Upcoming Schedule: @NO, NYJ, @OAK

FAAB Bid: $1-2

3. Ryan Fitzpatrick – TB (3% owned): Fitzpatrick was amazing on Sunday throwing for 417 yards and scoring a combined 5 touchdowns. But we’ve played this game before. Fool me once: Shame on you. Fool me twice: Shame on me. Fool me three times: Shame on Ryan Fitzpatrick. Everytime we turn to Fitzpatrick he breaks our hearts. This is his 14th season in the league and we know what he is at this point. Some days he’s completing everything and throwing four touchdowns. Other days he's dropping turds in the punch bowl with 6 INTS (yes this happened against the Chiefs in 2016). I've drank too many of these cups of punch to trust this man. Play Fitzpatrick if you must, but Sunday is the ceiling and that’s a long ways away from his floor. Also, whose to say Jameis Winston doesn’t take back over in Week 4? Tread carefully here.

Upcoming schedule: PHI, PIT, @CHI (Jameis is back)

FAAB Bid: $0-1


- Nick Chubb – CLE (47% owned): Chubb had 3 carries and no targets compared to Hyde’s 22 carries. Hyde is the lead back. Duke Johnson has the RB pass catching role in this offense. Chubb is nothing more than a handcuff at this point. If you need the spot, drop away.

- Ronald Jones – TB (45% owned): Jones was Inactive (and rightfully so) on Sunday and is 4th in line for carries behind Peyton Barber, Jacquizz Rodgers and Shaun Wilson. Pull the plug.

- Gio Bernard – CIN (29% owned): Mixon is being treated like an every down, every situation full on bellcow in Cincy. After Bernard had 1 carry and 1 target on Sunday, I’m cutting bait. If he has no role in the Cincy offense he has no role on your fantasy team. As the 'One Man Thrillride' would say "Cya Dink!"


1. Phillip Lindsay – DEN (5% owned): In a close game with the Seahawks, Lindsay got just as many carries as starter Royce Freeman (15) and has already supplanted Devontae Booker as the 2nd option out of the backfield. He also caught 2 passes for 31 yards and a touchdown. He is a must own for Freeman owners and a good add for anyone looking for depth at RB. If Freeman were to go down, it's WHEEELS UPPP for this running back with two first names.

Upcoming Schedule: OAK, @BAL, KC

FAAB Bid: $14-16 (Freeman owners $18-20)

2. Austin Ekeler – LAC (17% owned): Ekeler clearly has a role in this offense, as he did at points last year. He had 5 carries for 39 yards and 5 receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. Melvin Gordon is the bellcow here, but Philip Rivers thinks it takes two to tango. Not only is Ekeler the handcuff here to Melvin Gordon, but he appears to have carved out standalone value as a pass catcher out of the backfield. He’s worth an add if you have a spot available. Look for him to be involved against Buffalo again as the Chargers should be able to put points on the board with regularity. Congrats on the Flex.

Upcoming Schedule: @BUF, @LAR, SF

FAAB Bid: $8-10 (Gordon owners $10-12)

3. TJ Yeldon – JAC (15% owned): Yeldon played well in the absence of Leonard Fournette on Sunday. He had 14 carries for 51 yards and 3 catches for 18 yards and a TD. Fournette’s hamstring injury has been labeled as minor, but it’s just another in a long line of durability concerns in Fournette’s young career. Yeldon does not have much standalone value, but Fournette owners need to add him and Yeldon would certainly be usable in lineups if Fournette cannot suit up on Sunday.

Upcoming Schedule: NE, TEN, NYJ

FAAB Bid: $4-6 (Fournette owners $8-10)

4. James White – NE (49% owned): White already had a role in this offense before the Patriots lost Jeremy Hill for the season to a torn ACL. White catches the passes around these parts and he did just that on Sunday catching 4 passes (on a hefty 9 targets) for 38 yards and a TD. If Sony Michel comes back it remains to be seen what role he will have in the offense. And James White may also struggle to put up flex-worthy numbers when he doesn’t reach the end-zone. But he’s definitely a guy to add if you’re in a deep league and need RB help.

Upcoming Schedule: @JAC, @DET, MIA

FAAB Bid: $2-4


- Rishard Matthews – TEN (45% owned): Uninvolved all pre-season and 0 targets Sunday

- Josh Doctson – WAS (41% owned ): 1 catch on 3 targets. Alex Smith continues to not lean on WR’s.

- DeVante Parker – MIA (40% owned): Parker sat out on Sunday with a finger injury. It’s just never going to happen. We’re on year 4 and it’s just not going to happen for this guy, at least not in Miami. Stills and Amendola are better. Kenyan Drake needs to be featured. And Tannehill isn’t good enough.

- Allen Hurns – DAL (35% owned): 1 catch on 3 targets in Dallas’ stagnant offense

- Michael Gallup – DAL(33% owned): 1 catch on 1 target. Rookie WR in Dallas offense. Drop. Add him back if he starts playing well.

- Calvin Ridley – ATL (30% owned): 0 catches on 2 targets. You can wait and see here too. Drop now. Add him if he starts doing something. Matt Ryan cannot bring out the best in him and Mohammed Sanu is still involved in this offense.

- Cameron Meredith – NO (24% owned): What happened here? He can’t score you points if he’s Inactive.


1. Kenny Golladay – DET (54% owned): Hollaback Golladay! 7 catches on 12 targets for 114 yards against the Jets. He appears to be emerging as a favorite target for Matt Stafford. And you can see why as he got the ball back for the Lions after a bad INT. He should probably be starting on defense too the way he hits.

Upcoming Schedule: @SF, NE, @DAL

FAAB Bid: $18-20

2. Quincy Enunwa – NYJ (7% owned): Darnold’s favorite target in his first game. 6 catches on 10 targets, 63 yards and 1 TD. No other receiver had more than 3 targets. Enunwa has flashed in the past and if he's healthy he could be in line for a real good year.

Upcoming Schedule: MIA, @CLE, @JAX

FAAB Bid: $16-18

3. Geronimo Allison – GB (13% owned): 5 catches for 59 yards and 1 TD. The Packers often go with 3 WR sets and Allison is locked in as the 3rd guy here. Rodgers loves to spread the ball around (except to tight ends) so if Allison can catch what’s thrown his way he figures to produce WR3 numbers with some big games mixed in. The Packers have often been able to support production from 2-3 WR’s in each game when Rodgers plays. Make the Add here if you need help at WR.

Upcoming Schedule: MIN, @WAS, BUF

FAAB Bid: $14-16

4. Tyler Lockett – SEA (52% owned): The favorite for targets in Seattle while Doug Baldwin nurses his knee injury. Had 3 catches for 59 yards and 1 TD on Sunday. Wilson will lean on him and Marshall while Baldwin is out. The clip below is grainier than the Zapruder film, but we'll use it.

Upcoming Schedule: @CHI, DAL, @ARI

FAAB Bid: $8-10

5. Ted Ginn Jr – NO (17% owned): He has surpassed Tre’Quan Smith and Cameron Meredith in the New Orleans passing attack and is the current favorite for targets and production opposite Michael Thomas. Not a bad place to be in fantasy. He's still got the great speed and ability to separate.

Upcoming Schedule: CLE, @ATL, @NYG

FAAB Bid: $6-8

6. Brandon Marshall – SEA (8% owned): Caught 3 passes for 46 yards and 1 TD on Sunday. He will have a starting role opposite Lockett and should produce with Wilson at QB. Wilson is a special player and will get the most out of Marshall unlike Eli and the Giants last season.

Upcoming Schedule: @CHI, DAL, @ARI

FAAB Bid: $4-6


- Delanie Walker – TEN (90% owned) : Out for the season. May he rest peacefully on your waiver wire for the remainder of the season.

- Greg Olsen – CAR (98% owned): If he is out for the season or going to miss a substantial amount of time (6+ games), you need to drop him. Use the IR slot if you have one.


1. Jared Cook – OAK (50% owned): 9 catches on 12 targets for 190 yards and was bowling over Rams defenders. Gruden may have just un-locked his potential. He certainly appears to be heavily in the game-plan and looked to often by Derek Carr.

Upcoming Schedule: @DEN, @MIA, CLE

FAAB Bid: $12-14

2. Ben Watson – NO (39% owned): 4 catches for 44 yards and has had good rapport with Brees in the past. Big Ben keeps on ticking. I guess 4 catches for 44 yards isn't enough for the employees at Youtube to make a highlight clip for this guy. Bastards.

Upcoming Schedule: CLE, @ATL, @NYG

FAAB Bid: $2-4

3. Eric Ebron- IND (34% owned): 4 catches, 51 yards and a TD. Luck leans on TE’s, but Jack Doyle is in his way of elite TE production. Still you'll take 4 catches for 51 yards from the Tight End Wasteland. And if Ebron can channel his inner 'Salt Bae' and sprinkle in a few TD's this season then you're going to come out smelling like a rose.

Upcoming Schedule: @WAS, @PHI, HOU

FAAB Bid: $2-4


1. New York Jets (2% owned): The Jets put a clinic on my boy Matt Stafford and the Lions offense with 5 INT, a punt return TD and INT return for TD. Now they get Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins at home. Tannehill has toes for thumbs. Most people forget that. I lie awake at night trying to forget.

Upcoming schedule: MIA, @CLE, @JAX

FAAB Bid: $0-1

2. Chicago Bears (49% owned): They looked great early on against Green Bay and Kahlil Mack is an absolute monster on defense. They had 4 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 INT that they returned for a touchdown. Now they’re heading home after a tough loss to play the Doug Baldwinless Seahawks

Upcoming schedule: SEA, @ARI, TB

FAAB Bid: $0-1


1. Brandon McManus – DEN (15% owned): Made two 50+ yard field goals against Seattle.

Upcoming Schedule: OAK, @BAL, KC

FAAB Bid: $0-1

2. Adam Vinatieri – IND (22% owned): Made FG’s from 21, 38 and 51 yards. Not done yet.

Upcoming Schedule: @WAS, @PHI, HOU

FAAB Bid: $0-1

3. Robbie Gould – SF (51% owned): Made FG’s from 22, 33 and 42 yards on Sunday. #3 Kicker last season.

Upcoming Schedule: DET, @KC, @LAC

FAAB Bid: $0-1

Recommended for Deep Leagues: QB Mitchell Trubisky ($0-1) RB Darren Sproles ($1-2), WR DeSean Jackson ($4-6; he got a concussion on Sunday and he’s such a boom or bust player you can't rely on him weekly), WR Cole Beasley ($2-4), WR Phillip Dorsett ($2-4; he really only has significant value for weeks 2-4. I don’t see him having a huge role when Edelman returns), WR Dante Pettis ($1-2; keep an eye on if he supplants Garcon or Goodwin), TE Jonnu Smith ($0-1; replacing Delanie Walker), TE Will Dissly ($1-2; he has never been known for his receiving prowess and is more of a blocking tight end – however he is worth monitoring especially after his breakout on Sunday).

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