It seems as if the injury bug is content after week one where we saw fantasy stars David Johnson and Allen Robinson both get lost for an extended amount of time. Week 2 was a week where Michael Crabtree ended as the highest scoring player, C.J. Anderson finished as RB1 and Jason Witten finished as TE1, among other surprises.
Revisiting last week’s waiver wire gems, Tarik Cohen garnered the most buzz and logged 12.8 fantasy points this past week as he made a splash in the passing game. Although, a fumble cost him a couple points. Kerwynn Williams was just as billed, generating only 22 yards on nine carries. We expected another breakout performance from Kenny Golladay on Monday Night Football, but he dropped a dud. Meanwhile, I expected a huge game from Paul Richardson, although he did score a TD.
I have a fresh slate of waiver wire gems for you this week, which includes a handful of players from this past week who helped their fantasy stock. Comment below with any fantasy football questions or hit me up on Twitter @JonValencia_WiB.
Who is your top target on the waiver wire today?
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QB, Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos (11.6%)
Through two weeks, Trevor Siemian sits as your QB4. Siemian dissected the Dallas defense on primetime which is sure to garner more adds this week. While I don’t expect him to throw for 4 TDs again this season, he has looked improved this year and is a solid option if you need a backup or spot starter.
QB, Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (46.2%)
With Siemian at QB4, Carson Wentz sits right behind him as QB5 thus far. Wentz has started the season with over 300 passing yards and a pair of TDs in both games. With one of the worst running games in the league, you know he’s going to be throwing the ball 30+ times per game. Wentz will produce this season with added weapons at receiver and holds top 12 QB potential most weeks.
RB, Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens (8.2%)
The primary beneficiary of the week 1 Danny Woodhead injury has clearly been Javorius Allen. In the season opener he came on to lead the team in rushes. Then again this past week he led the team with 14 carries for 66 yards, but added 5 catches and a score as a receiver. Meanwhile, Terrance West had only 10 touches.
After two weeks, I think it’s safe to say that Allen is “the guy” in that backfield. He holds weekly FLEX potential and provides PPR value as well. Let’s remember he had 45 catches as a rookie in 2015. If you need an RB, Allen should be high on your watch list.
RB, Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks (8.6%)
Just when I thought we were going to see Thomas Rawls reclaim that backfield, Chris Carson has himself a great game. Carson carried the ball 20 times for 93 yards while Rawls had five for a measly four yards. Meanwhile, C.J. Prosise managed just three catches and no handoffs.
The 7th round pick out of Oklahoma State is clearly the feature back in this offense, which should make him the top claimed running back this week. While I still expected Rawls to emerge with a sturdy role during the season, Carson will be the lead guy and take on a valuable 15+ carries per game.
RB, Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints (14.5%)
While he carried the ball just once this past week, rookie Alvin Kamara flashed with a nice 31 yard catch downfield. Kamara finished the day with only four touches, but he is setting himself up to obtain a crucial role in the Saints offense: the pass catching back.
The 3rd round pick out of Tennessee is clearly the best receiving back on the roster. If he continues to flash like he did in week 2, he’ll continue to see more snaps, particularly on 3rd down. It may take a couple of weeks for him to really produce, but he’s definitely worth a stash in PPR leagues if you can be patient.
WR, Chris Conley, Kansas City Chiefs (0.7%)
This one is probably more geared towards those in deeper leagues. Chris Conley may be worth a stash in 16+ team leagues. He currently leads the Chiefs in yards per catch at 16.3 and has hauled in six of eight targets to start the season.
Conley flashed this past week with a nice over the shoulder grab at the sideline for 35 yards. Now in his third year, he could hit that famous “3rd year WR breakout”. He’s certainly worth a stash in deep dynasty leagues.
WR, Will Fuller, Houston Texans (0.8%)
The Texans just recently cut Jaelen Strong and Will Fuller has returned to practice after breaking his collarbone back in early August. He is now considered week-to-week and has a chance to play Sunday “if everything goes well with Fuller in practice”, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Beat your league mates to the punch and add Will Fuller before his status becomes more widespread. The former 1st round pick out of Notre Dame turned in a solid rookie campaign, and holds value when he returns from injury.
WR, Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns (0.3%)
With the long-term injury to Corey Coleman, Rashard Higgins is set to secure a large role in Cleveland’s offense. Higgins came on for the injured Coleman and went to lead the team in targets (11), catches (7) and receiving yards (95).
“Hollywood Higgins” is set to be the hottest WR add of the week. With Coleman’s absence and Kenny Britt’s ineffectiveness to start his tenure in Cleveland, Higgins could become the premier WR in this offense. He’s a must-own in all formats. I was quick to put in a claim in one of my dynasty league.
WR, Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars (5.9%)
When Allen Robinson went down with a torn ACL in week one, we weren’t sure whether Marqise Lee or Allen Hurns was the guy to own in that WR corps. After one week, it looks like Hurns is the stronger add.
This past week Hurns led the team with 82 receiving yards and hauled in Blake Bortles’ lone passing TD on the day. Hurns was ultra productive back in 2015, and proved to be a waiver wire gem; can he do the same this season? I think it’s fair to say Hurns had a down 2016. This year he should rebound and hold a large chunk of the team’s TD share while being top 2 in targets every week.
WR, Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (33.6%)
After a breakout week 1, Cooper Kupp came back down to earth a bit this past week as he hauled in just three catches for 33 yards – his fantasy production nearly cut by 2/3.
Still, I really like Kupp this year as he should play a pivotal role in LA’s passing game. He’s a good depth guy to keep on your bench with FLEX potential depending on matchups. In the next two weeks he faced poor pass defenses in San Francisco and Dallas. Watch him go off those games then sell high before he faces tough secondaries such as Seattle, Jacksonville and Arizona in consecutive weeks.
WR, Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars (30.6%)
When Robinson was lost for the year, many were quick to flock towards Marqise Lee. In the first game without A-Rob, Lee led the team with 7 catches and was 2nd with 76 receiving yards.
While I like Hurns a tad more, Lee should see more catches off quick passes which makes him a better PPR play, but he won’t always find the end zone. Lee should snatch 5 catches per game and see a high target share.
WR, Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets (5.9%)
After a 2 TD performance, Jermaine Kearse appears on the list again this week. Despite arriving in New York just a week before the season, that hasn’t stopped Kearse from producing in the Jets’ horrid offense.
Currently Kearse sits at WR24 a.k.a. a WR2. Kearse is clearly the #1 WR in New York’s offense and should continue to put up solid numbers with Josh McCown throwing the rock. Kearse is worth an add if you need an instant, consistent producer in your FLEX slot.
WR, J.J. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals (18.1%)
Another guy to appear on the list in consecutive weeks, J.J. Nelson is ascending in a huge way. He just always managed to find the end zone. After scoring this past week, Nelson has now scored TDs in six of his last seven games.
An end zone magnet, Nelson also contributed with 120 receiving yards while logging two catches of 45 yards. Bottom line, Nelson is a playmaker and has secured a big role in that passing game. Currently WR16, Nelson should be the top WR add this week.
TE, Gerald Everett, Los Angeles (0.2%)
If you fell victim to Greg Olsen or Tyler Eifert injuries, Gerald Everett is worth an add if you’re looking for a high upside, backup TE. Everett flashed what he’s capable of this past week on a 69 yard catch down the sideline. He also caught a TD and finished the day with 95 receiving yards.
Everett is likely to see scattered production during his rookie year, but holds a lot of upside as the Rams drafted him high and want to maximize his athleticism and skill in their offense. He could see a few more big weeks this season.
TE, Ben Watson, Baltimore Ravens (0.5%)
While Gerald Everett is the high upside TE, Ben Watson is the consistent, high floor guy. Watson hauled in all of his team-leading eight targets on the day for 91 yards. If you need a plug and play at TE after an Olsen of Eifert injury, Watson is your guy.
Throughout his 13 year career, Watson has consistently posted production. In an offense that loves to pass and target the TE, he is a sneaky TE1.