Most of these players are 60% rostered or lower. Just a note on this week, most people will likely overspend Week 1. This is not an amazing week for waivers, and you might want to hold onto some of that FAAB.
Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman- Demarcus Robinson was the primary beneficiary of Tyreek Hill getting hurt in Week 1. Keep in mind that both him and Mecole Hardman got 6 targets each, and Hardman would’ve had 2 long TDs as well if LeSean McCoy didn’t get called for a hold on the second one (70 yarder). Sammy Watkin still led the team with 13 targets, and he’s still the guy there with Hill out, but these two will get their opportunities at the high upside Patrick Mahomes brings to his pass catchers. Know that these two can totally bomb next week, and you’re only playing them to chase the upside this offense presents. Also, keep in mind that they are short-term options with Hill coming back in a month or so. Hardman should’ve been picked up last week, but he’s still available in about 60% of leagues.
Terry McLaurin – McLaurin is still available in about 50% of leagues, and he needs to be fully rostered. McLaurin is leading the Redskins in every category required to be labeled as a true #1 WR for his team. He has a rapport with Case Keenum, and we know he has a rapport with his college QB Dwayne Haskins if that change were to ever take place. McLaurin is very talented, had a second straight good week, with his volume going up from 7 to 9 targets. He scored in both weeks as well. His target share is safe going forward, with not much competition for targets behind him; it’s basically him and Chris Thompson for the Skins.
Carlos Hyde – Hyde had 20 carries for 90 yards last week, and has leap-frogged Duke Johnson as the primary RB in Houston’s backfield. Duke got only 6 carries, and was targeted only once. Hyde also out-snapped Duke 60.3% to 39.7%. He had two scoreless weeks, but has been relatively efficient, totaling 83 rushing yards on 10 carries in Week 1. He’ll be TD dependent since he’s not involved in the pass game, but Houston is a good offense to get 20 carries for.
Raheem Mostert – The only reason Mostert isn’t a must-add is because the 49ers have a relatively tough matchup this week against the Steelers, and he has bye in Week 4. He’s still a pickup though, since Tevin Coleman can still miss a game or two after the bye. Mostert led the 49ers backfield in touches, mostly because they were blowing the Bengals out, but he’s the 1b in that successful run game to Matt Breida. 13 for 83 and catching 3 of 4 for 68 is the type of volume we would welcome into our flexes. Hope you added him last week.
Chris Thompson – The best PPR add, since you can potentially use him all year long. He caught 5 of 8 targets for 48 yards in Week 2 after catching 7 of 10 for 68 yards in Week 1. That’s great usage for a PPR back, and he’ll be somewhat reliable in PPR leagues to give you 10-15 points. That’s a solid floor, and we know Thompson has had big games in the past, so the ceiling is there with any touch. Thompson once again led the Washington backfield in snaps.
Jaylen Samuels – James Conner hurt his knee in Week 2, but the Steelers are being hush-hush about it. We don’t know the severity of the injury now, and we probably won’t until we start getting some practice reports. Samuels played almost every snap in Conner’s 4th quarter absence last week. We’re probably not going to know Conner’s status for Week 2, so pick up Samuels if you want some great upside at RB next week, but knowing that Conner can potentially play.
Darwin Thompson – Both Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy got banged up in Week 2; Williams with an apparent knee contusion (bruise, probably not serious) and McCoy with an ankle injury that they deemed as not serious. If either were to miss time, Thompson will get some opportunity, and with opportunity he’ll have a shot to change Andy Reid’s mind as far as who should be on the field with the starters. Thompson has flashed in a huge way in preseason, and has league-winning ability if given that opportunity. He’s a stash right now, but might be flex-worthy if either Williams or McCoy miss Week 3.
Rashaad Penny – Chris Carson had 18 touches in this game, was looking to have a big day, but he lost two fumbles in this game, his third lost fumble in two games, and he was basically benched for Rashaad Penny until they needed him for a late 4th and short to win the game. Who knows how the backfield will look next week, I have a feeling Carson will be back in his role, but we’ll see. Snap count ended up being 54% to 33% in Carson’s favor. It’s totally possible this is cause for Penny to be more involved going forward, especially with him taking advantage of his opportunity with some good plays in Week 2. Available in about 40% of leagues.
Frank Gore – Gore got volume last week, and no, he wasn’t efficient, but if you badly need a RB, he’s a potential pickup with Devin Singletary going down with a hamstring injury. Singletary’s listed as day-to-day, but playing next week doesn’t seem likely. He’s a deeper league desperate option, but he has a great matchup this week against Cincinnati; the 49ers three RBs combined for 238 rushing yards against them last week.
Peyton Barber – Even with Ronald Jones out-playing Barber in Week 1, he hardly got a chance in Week 2. Instead, Barber got a whopping 23 carries and totaled 82 yards with a TD. That type of volume seems like Bruce Arians wants to ride him to keep Jameis Winston’s attempts as low as possible. Barber has a decent matchup against the Giants this week, so if you’re desperate at RB, Barber has a shot to get volume once again.
John Brown – He’s likely not available in your league, but you should check; he’s available in around 30% of Yahoo leagues. He’s the true #1 in Buffalo, and he’s a great player. He’s catching balls all over the field – short, intermediate, deep. He has a slightly tough matchup this week, but he has great season-long value. He’s currently an every week WR3.
James Washington – Washington has two things going for him. One is that his college QB Mason Rudolph who he killed it with is now the starter, the same guy who continued killed it with him in the preseason. The other thing that’s going for him is Donte Moncrief sucking. Moncrief was benched last week after dropping a pass which ended up as an intereception. Washington’s playing time will likely increase, and Rudolph should look his way as much as possible. Keep in mind that Juju wasn’t on the field with these guys in the preseason, so the volume might not be there, but the big play ability is hard to ignore. There’s a lot of upside here, so Washington would be a preferred pickup this week.
DJ Chark – Chark led the Jaguars in targets last week in Gardner Minshew’s first start. He saw only 4 targets in Week 1, but did a lot with it, catching all 4 of them for 146 yards and a TD. In Week 2, he caught 7 of 9 for 55 yards and a TD. With Chris Conley and Dede Westbrook both seeing 5 targets last week, Chark can continue to see the majority of the Minshew’s looks. He’s not a priority add, but Chark also has big ability, so he has a ceiling on top of any volume he does get.
Nelson Agholor – Both DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery were hurt early in their game on Sunday, so Agholor stepped in as the defacto #1 and performed with catching 8 of 11 for 107 yards and a TD. No word on how serious their injuries are, but if you’re in need of a WR, there’s a good chance neither of these guys will be ready for Week 3. The only concern this week is him potentially being shadowed by Darius Slay, and surprisingly, Slay also shadowed Keenan Allen into the slot last week. I’m not sure Agholor deserves shadow treatment, but if he’s the #1 option, it’s possible.
Deebo Samuel – Deebo Samuel led the 49ers in receiving in Week 2. His 7 targets was a team high, and he caught 5 for 87 and a TD. Pettis didn’t have any touches, even though he played more snaps. Keep in mind that Samuel saw the most WR snaps in Week 1, but they decided to play Pettis more this week, resulting in less snaps for Deebo. Deebo still way out-performed him. Pettis wasn’t even targeted, he was just involved in a trick play. Samuel has a bright future; he might not be consistent enough since no WR here is playing a full complement of snaps, but he’s the best 49ers WR pickup right now. There’s an opportunity to become the #1 with Kyle Shanahan still trying to figure out his WR corp.
DK Metcalf – Metcalf had more targets in Week 2 than Week 1, even with Tyler Lockett going from 2 to 12 targets. Metcalf caught 3 of his 7 targets for 61 yards and a TD. The volume isn’t high, but Metcalf has a chance to score on any play with Russell Wilson as his QB.
Devin Smith and Randall Cobb – Saying that Smith can replace and produce in Michael Gallup’s role would be downplaying how good Gallup is. However, with Gallup out 2-4 weeks with a meniscus tear, Smith will play more, and Kellen Moore’s offense gives a lot of promise; it can even elevate Smith to a startable fantasy option. He’s a desperate option for Week 3 in a great matchup against Miami, especially with Xavien Howard most likely shadowing Amari Cooper; Howard shadowed Josh Gordon on almost every route last week. Cobb is probably the safer option since he’ll likely get more targets than Smith with Gallup out.
Greg Olsen – If you’re in need of a TE, Olsen has been getting volume. He had 9 targets in each of the first two games, and turned that volume into 110 yards in Week 2. He’s around 61% rostered in Yahoo leagues.
Vernon Davis/Jordan Reed – Both guys will be targeted and are involved enough in the passing game if you’re searching desperately for an option. Let’s see if Reed is healthy enough for Week 3.
Jason Witten – A TD dependent option is actually what we’re looking for when we’re digging this deep into the barrel. Dak is targeting his TEs heavy in the red zone right now, and Witten has 2 TDs in 2 weeks. Just pray for another in Week 3.
Chris Herndon – Herndon is back from suspension in Week 6, and he’s the best long term option available in almost every league. He was very much part of the game plan last year, and Sam Darnold has a good connection with him. For a rookie TE, he had a great year last season, and he should be targeted if you’re in need of a reliable TE. Just know you’ll have to hold him for a little while.
Cameron Brate – Jameis Winston loves him some Cameron Brate, even with OJ Howard on the field. This is the definition of praying for a TD. He did have two TDs called back by penalty in Week 1, so Jameis is looking his way in the end zone.
Matt Stafford – The Eagles gave up an average of 350 passing yards and 3 TDs over the first two weeks of the season to Case Keenum and Matt Ryan. Stafford has 5 TDs through two weeks, and with the amount of weapons he has, he should have no problem taking care of you for fantasy purposes in Week 3. He also has a great matchup/shootout in Week 4 against Kansas City before his Week 5 bye.
Josh Allen – Allen went over 250 yards passing in each of the last two weeks. Even though he didn’t rush a ton, he still gives you that threat – 38 yards in Week 1 and 21 in Week 2, while giving you a rushing TD in each game. It’s a good matchup for him this week against Cincinnati, and he might be forced to run a ton against New England with the CBs that they have.
Kirk Cousins – There’s a good chance this is another Dalvin Cook game against Oakland. They did a great job against KC RBs last week, but Cook and the Vikings run game is a different story. Cousins threw two terrible picks last week, but he does have a good matchup through the air, and still has Thielen and Diggs. If you’re down to him as an option, I wouldn’t dig too far without considering Kirk.
Jimmy Garoppolo – Pittsburgh gave up 3 passing TDs in each of the last two weeks to a couple of great QBs in Tom Brady and Russell Wilson, but Brady doesn’t pass for 341 yards that often; he only went over 300 5 times last season. The Steelers are good against the run, so Jimmy might be forced to throw it more often that they would like him to. More opportunity can lead to more fantasy points.
Jacoby Brissett – Brissett threw 3 TDs against Tennessee last week, and 2 TDs in Week 1. Atlanta didn’t give up a ton over the past two weeks, but Kirk Cousins didn’t need to with only 10 attempts in Week 1, and then Wentz was short his top options in Week 2. At home, Brissett has a relatively high floor and some upside if the Falcons end up putting points on them.
Mason Rudolph – Rudolph has weapons, he’s in a good system, and likes to throw the ball downfield. He has upside; if James Washington steps up to become a full-time player, him and Juju can make Rudolph a decent fantasy QB.
Daniel Jones – Cam Newton threw for 333 yards against the Bucs while being terribly inaccurate on some throws in Week 2. Jones looked great this preseason, and this is a good matchup for him against the Bucs. Hopefully he gets Sterling Shepard back this week. This is a desperate play, but Jones does have some upside, even on the road.
Dallas vs Miami (if available)
Buffalo vs Cincy
Green Bay vs Denver
Tennessee @ Jacksonville
Arizona vs Carolina (if Cam doesn’t play)
Tampa Bay vs NYG