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Week 2 Waiver Wire: Top Picks Include T.J. Yeldon and Austin Ekeler

Joe Flacco, Ravens, Week 2 Waiver Wire Picks
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For the SCFE Week 2 waiver wire report, we’re looking at moves that will add depth to your team and help you win your league.

If a player didn’t work in Week 1 or got injured, it’s not the end of the world.

You just need to be proactive.

Hoping LeVeon Bell returns in Week 2 isn’t a winning strategy. Neither is waiting for Rashaad Penny or Ronald Jones to gain an increased workload. You see, even if you had a great draft, your work is never done when building a championship team.

Each week, you should constantly be looking for ways to improve your team.

And because it’s so early in the season, this is the best time to pounce on waivers.

The ownership for all of these players is under 20% on ESPN, so most of them should be sitting on your waiver wire right now.

Week 2 Waiver Wire Quarterbacks to Target

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

ESPN Ownership: 1.5%

 

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The New Orleans Saints were expected to dominate the Buccaneers, but “Fitzmagic” was in the building for Week 1. In fact, he performed so well that he landed on our Week 2 waiver wire report. He completed 21 of his 28 passes, threw for 417 yards, AND recorded four touchdown passes. The veteran quarterback totaled an astonishing 42.3 Fantasy points in Week 1.

Now, it’s true he has a tough test in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles. But if you’re trying to find a replacement for Carson Wentz or Marcus Mariota, Fitzpatrick has shown he can be explosive and help you win your matchup.

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

ESPN Ownership: 4.2%

 

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Sometimes, receivers can make a quarterback better but might not offer weekly consistency in scoring their own Fantasy points. From what I saw in Week 1, that’s what we have with Flacco and the Ravens.

Individually, Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead, and John Brown did not break 50 receiving yards. But together, they combined for 131 yards and three touchdown receptions. Tight ends Nick Boyle and Maxx Williams also combined for six receptions and 72 receiving yards.

He got some rest after destroying the Buffalo Bills, which should help with a quick turnaround against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday.

I like stashing Flacco to use as a streamer down the road.

 

Week 2 Waiver Wire Running Backs to Target

Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers

ESPN Ownership: 11%

 

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Ekeler should have been handcuffed by Melvin Gordon owners, but he’s available in almost 90% of ESPN leagues.

We still don’t know how this offense will function with the loss of tight end Hunter Henry. Mike Williams, Virgil Green, Antonio Gates, Tryell Williams, and Travis Benjamin all combined for 12 receptions. But Ekeler was still able to finish the game with 10 touches, making the most of what he was given.

He averaged 7.8 yards per carry (YPC), and he posted a 5-87-1 stat line as a receiver. He’s a good depth add and could be worth starting if you’re in a pinch.

Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos

ESPN Ownership: 1.9%

I have to admit that I missed out on this one. I was paying more attention to the battle between Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker than I was to the one between Freeman and Lindsay.

Lindsay and Freeman each split 15 carries and each totaled 71 rushing yards. However, Lindsay hauled in two passes and caught a touchdown, while Freeman did not record a catch.

I’m still high on Freeman and his upside, but if you own him, you also need Lindsay.

T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars

ESPN Ownership: 8%

 

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When Marqise Lee needed season-ending knee surgery, I told Fantasy players to focus on Yeldon.

This offense is centered around its rushing attack, and when Blake Bortles needs to pass, he could utilize the pass-catching abilities of Yeldon.

Now, Fournette owners are wishing they would have drafted him… Fournette is dealing with a hamstring injury, and his status is uncertain for Week 2.

For Week 1, Yeldon led Jacksonville with (7) passing targets, and he turned 14 carries into 51 rushing yards. Even if Fournette’s injury isn’t serious, Yeldon could receive enough work each week to start in the flex spot.

 

Week 2 Waiver Wire Wide Receivers to Target

Phillip Dorsett, New England Patriots

ESPN Ownership: 4.7%

 

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The Patriots could completely change their game plan for next week and not even feature Dorsett. But at least until Julian Edelman returns, Dorsett could have a few solid performances.

Out of 39 of Tom Brady’s passes against the Houston Texans, Dorsett was targeted on 17% of them. He finished Week 1 with a 7-66-1 stat line, posting 19.6 Fantasy points.

Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys

ESPN Ownership: 12.5%

 

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Over the summer, there were reports Beasley was Dak Prescott’s favorite target. If Week 1 was any indication, those turned out to be true.

Prescott had a hard time getting on the same page with veteran Allen Hurns, who was only able to haul in one of his three targets. Rookie Michael Gallup was only targeted once. But Beasley hauled in seven of his eight targets for 73 yards.

Prescott only threw 22 touchdowns last season and only averaged 207 passing yards per game, so don’t expect Beasley to post Antonio Brown-like numbers each week. However, when Prescott does throw the ball in 2018, it will probably go to Beasley. That makes him a great add for Week 2 in PPR formats.

Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers

ESPN Ownership: 9.2%

I was surprised to see Allison’s ownership this low, considering Randall Cobb was injured during the offseason and there were talks of the Packers trading him.

Allison is still a WR3, but with Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback, that means he could be Fantasy relevant each week. Even with Cobb and Davante Adams combining for 230 yards and two touchdown receptions, Allison hauled in five passes for 69 receiving yards and a touchdown.

If anything were to happen to Cobb or Adams, expect a huge uptick in his workload.

 

Week 2 Waiver Wire Tight Ends to Target

Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks

ESPN Ownership: 0.1%

It was just one game and it could be the only time Dissly is Fantasy relevant for his entire career. But what a way to start!

The fourth-round pick from the 2018 NFL Draft caught three of five targets for 105 yards and a touchdown. He also racked up 19.5 Fantasy points.

Again, don’t get too excited. We have no idea if he can put up these types of numbers each week. But if you own Delanie Walker or were disappointed with Jimmy Graham, it’s worth adding Dissly to find out what he can do.

Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts

ESPN Ownership: 16.5%

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Yes, Jack Doyle also has a role in this offense, and it’s going to limit Ebron’s upside. But keep in mind that in 2014, Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener each hauled in eight touchdowns, so he deserves to be on our Week 2 waiver wire report.

And the tight end position looks like a bit of wasteland right now… Between the Thursday Night Football matchup and the games on Sunday, only five tight ends caught touchdowns.

If Ebron catches just four passes for 50 yards each week, he could finish in the Top 12 for Fantasy points at the tight end position in PPR leagues.

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Jack Delaney

Jack's love of craft beer and gangster rap is only surpassed by his love of pass-catching running backs. He was a top-40 finisher and $1,500 prize winner for the 2014 RotoBowl, a top-50 finisher in the 2015 Mock Draft Online Championships, finished first in draft accuracy for quarterback rankings in 2015 on Fantasy Pros, and was a contributor to the 2015 and 2016 The Fantasy Football Guide.
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