• Darryl White

Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups.


Elijah Mitchell running the football.
Credit: Duane Burleson/Associated Press

Prepare for week two of your fantasy football schedule by picking up some of the breakout players from last week.


Given the deep rosters associated with Dynasty Fantasy Football, some of these players are probably not available. We have highlighted a few players with low ownership rates according to FantasyPros and big Week 1 performances that might be available on your waiver wire.


QB


Jared Goff 6.3 % Owned - You can imagine a world where Goff is still available in one quarterback league. Amazingly Detroit threw 57 times, but of course, they had to get back in the game. You can reasonably expect the Lions to be down in every game. Jared Goff showed just enough to roster him.


Tyrod Taylor 4% Owned - The Texans looked better than most thought, but it was against the Jaguars. Tyrod Taylor has always had rushing upside and was the number two rusher for the Texans Sunday. The type of game you saw from Taylor is probably exactly what you should expect each week. If you are comfortable with that production, pick him up if he’s on the waiver wire.


RB


Mark Ingram 16% Owned - After last year in Baltimore, you expected Mark Ingrahm to be done, but Houston may have revived him. Ingram had the bulk of the carries Sunday and one of two touchdowns. This still feels like a backfield where you don’t know who to start week to week, but you should pick him up if Mark Ingram is available.


Kenneth Gainwell 6.3 % Owned - This isn’t the first time we have talked about Kenneth Gainwell. Coming into the Eagles backfield said more about Miles Sanders than it did about Gainwell. Sanders is still the lead back, but if he were to miss any time, which is likely, Gainwell is a must-have running back.


Elijah Mitchell 6% Owned - If you had listened to our rookie profiles during the offseason, you might remember our comment that Elijah Mitchell was the better athlete between him and Trey Sermon. Clearly, the 49ers believe that, too, as Sermon didn’t even suit up for the game in week 1. The Raheem Mostert injury means there is plenty of work ahead for both Mitchell and Sermon. After rushing for 104 yards and a touchdown in his rookie debut, you should prioritize Elijah Mitchell. After the news that Mostert is out for the season, Mitchell should be the #1 waiver target in almost all formats.


WR


Christian Kirk 8.8% Owned - There is so much upside with Kyler Murray and the Cardinals offense it has not to have hope for any of their wide receivers on any given week. You can bet that all the other Cardinal wideouts are already taken, but Kirk might be available. Kirk can be very hit or miss with touchdowns. The last touchdown he scored was in week nine last year, and that was his best year so far, and the year he missed the least amount of time—exercise caution when starting Christian Kirk.


Zach Pascal 1.7% Owned - Not counting the running backs, Zach Pascal led the Colts in every meaningful receiving stat. Indianapolis spread around pretty well, but Pascal did the most with his opportunities. We didn’t get to see Wentz during the offseason, so it was merely speculation which wideout would benefit the most. It looks like Pascal could be the guy to have in Indianapolis.


Van Jefferson 1.8 % Owned - Week 1 was supposed to be DeSean Jackson’s one good week, but it looks like it was meant for Van Jefferson. Cooper Kupp got all the attention, but Matthew Stafford is likely to keep pushing the ball down the field. Jefferson has already tied his touchdown production from last year and almost half of his yardage total in just one game. The Rams figure to be a pass-heavy team, and the number three wide receiver job looks too wide open.


Deonte Harris 2.6 % Owned - If you play the best ball format, Deonte Harris could be worth a stash. With only two targets and two catches, it might be hard to rely on him a week to week, but if you don’t have to decide when to start him, you will be better off. A 50-yard catch and a touchdown, and over 13 fantasy points are always welcomed.


TE


Juwan Johnson 6.2% Owned - Juan Johnson caught all three of his targets, two of which went for touchdowns. Juwan is probably going to be one of the most added players this week. You can’t expect him to sustain this high conversation rate, and Adam Trautman had double the targets. The Packers did not show up, and this is only the second time Winston has ever thrown for five or more touchdowns in a game; the last time was in 2015. Johnson is worth an add as the trend may continue, and it is not hard to break into the top 10 at tight end.


James O’Shaughnessy .2% Owned - Manhertz is probably the TE most people will add from the Jaguars, but there could be an argument for James O'Shaughnessy. He was the 6th most targeted tight end this week and finished 5th in catches. Manhertz’s only catch went for a touchdown. If James had been on the receiving end of the touchdown, he would have finished around tight end five.



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