Waiver Wire Targets 2018 Week 2
Week 2: Waiver Wire Targets
By: Armando Marsal
Hopefully you survived this wild Week 1. There were certainly some big surprises this week, to go along with some disappointments. In addition to that, we had some key injuries that could affect certain teams and create opportunities for players. This is one of the more important weeks when it comes to the waiver wire as you will get your best bang for your buck. As we look into next week, I will provide you with a list of some players you should be looking to add off of waivers.
Sam Darnold – Jets:
Darnold started out his NFL career throwing a pick six on his first pass attempt, joining Jameis Winston and Brett Farve as the only other quarterbacks to do the same. However, rather than imploding, the young quarterback showed a leveled head and poise, finishing the game strong with 198 passing yards and two touchdowns, getting the Jets their first win of the season. The Jets have a couple of good matchups in the upcoming weeks, so if you are streaming the quarterback position, Darnold could be considered.
Others to consider:
Joe Flacco - Ravens
T.J. Yeldon – Jaguars:
Yeldon was someone I was targeting in leagues I drafted Leonard Fournette in because he is one of few backups who would be able to take over the full workload should the starting back get hurt. Well here we are and Fournette is dealing with a hamstring injury. Although he is expected to be fine, these types of injuries could linger throughout the season. Yeldon is just 8.3 percent owned in ESPN leagues and that should not be the case. He combined for 69 yard and a touchdown in Sunday’s game against the Giants, touching the ball 17 times, as he filled in for Fournette. He should be a top priority in this week’s waiver wire.
Austin Ekeler– Chargers:
I targeted Ekeler in the late rounds of basically all of my fantasy drafts this season because I felt like he would have a role in this offense and was the next man up should Melvin Gordon go down with injury. The good news for fantasy owners is that Gordon is still healthy. That said, Ekeler was still involved in Week 1, rushing five times for 39 yards and adding five receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown. His week-to-week production may be inconsistent, but in PPR formats when there is a potential positive game script, he could be useful to fantasy owners.
Others to consider:
Chris Godwin – Buccaneers:
Godwin is a very talented young receiver who I think will have a good NFL career. He did not erupt in Week 1, but he did play the second most snaps of all Bucs receivers and caught three passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. DeSean Jackson suffered a concussion in the season opener and if he is forced to miss any time, Godwin could see a bump in usage. He is a must add in all formats for me and one of the top priorities on the waiver this week.
Tyler Lockett – Seahawks:
Lockett did not receive a ton of targets Week 1, but that could change with the Doug Baldwin injury. Despite the lack of targets, Lockett finished the day with three catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. He should be locked in for a solid role this season with or without Baldwin, but even more so with Baldwin on the shelf.
Geronimo Allison – Packers:
Allison was peppered with eight targets on Sunday night and grabbed a 39-yard touchdown pass, starting the fourth quarter comeback win. He finished the night with five grabs for 69 yards and a touchdown. He played in 41 snaps Week 1, the third most amongst the Packers receivers. That said, he was efficient and clearly on the same page as Aaron Rodgers.
Others to consider:
Jared Cook – Raiders:
His Week 1 performance was absolutely ridiculous, Cook looked like a possessed man. That said, considering the matchup it made a lot of sense for the Raiders to utilize him as much as they did. While I don’t expect this type of volume consistently, I do think that the Raiders will use him more this season. Cook caught 9-of-12 targets for 180 yards, finishing with 27 fantasy points in PPR formats. He has some nice matchups in the next couple of weeks, which helps his fantasy value.