Waiver Wire Pickups – Week 2

Author: Cheyenne Hollis

Overreacting to week one is an easy thing to do. But we still don’t know a whole lot. The Dolphins are bad and the Patriots are good, but apart from that, it’s a crapshoot. Just look at the hot waiver wire pickups after week one last season. There were a few gems like George Kittle, Tyler Lockett and Phillip Lindsay.  There were also plenty of duds like Ted Ginn Jr., T.J. Yeldon and Jordan Wilkins.

If you need to replace Tyreek Hill or Tevin Coleman, there is certainly some value to be found out there on the waiver wire. But there is also nothing wrong in standing pat until waivers are cleared. Let’s take a look at some of the players worth picking up.

T.J. Hockenson (Owned in 52% of Yahoo leagues)

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If he is available in your league and you don’t have a top TE, get your claim in on Hockenson now. Even if Danny Amendola performance is a target hog, and is something to be skeptical of, it is still hard to see how the Iowa rookie looks doesn’t get at least seven targets a game.

Malcolm Brown (Owned in 12% of Yahoo leagues)

So much for Darrell Henderson being Chris Thompson 2.0 (more on him in a minute). However, it is safe to say no one saw Brown being the Rams’ goalline back this year. Gurley looked good against the Panthers, but Brown seems like the guy who is going to punch it in from inside the five. And if he is getting 10+ carries a game in the Los Angeles offense, he might turn out to be a decent flex play.  

Mecole Hardman (Owned in 15% of Yahoo leagues)

Everyone is going to go “Hollywood” and try to snag Marquise Brown. But it is easy to forget that the Chiefs’ drafted Hardman to fill in for Tyreek Hill during what looked to be a looming suspension. The Georgia product outsnapped Demarcus Robinson 52-46 on Sunday and his lack of production was most likely due to Sammy Watkins having the game of a lifetime. Of course, if Watkins is available in your league scoop him up. If not, Hardman is a fine consolation prize who at worst can be used as trade bait for the team that is trying to replace Hill.

John Ross III (Owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues)

 
 

Remember when Ross was a rookie and finished the season with negative fantasy points. Well, he won’t have to worry about that happening again in 2019 after busting out against Seattle. He posted an AJ Green-like 7 catch/12 target performance in what was a fairly scrappy game. If he gets anywhere near that kind of volume moving forward Ross could be primed for a big year. 

Raheem Mostert (Owned in 0% of Yahoo leagues)

Tevin Coleman is out with a high ankle sprain so Mostert is now a guy. He did look like the best back on the San Francisco roster against Tampa Bay and was good in limited work for the 49ers last season. He had two 80-yard games along with a four catch performance. It’s highly unlikely Kyle Shanahan commits to a one-back approach, so Mostert will have good value.   

Adrian Peterson (Owned in 38% of Yahoo leagues) & Carlos Hyde (Owned in 32% of Yahoo leagues)

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Neither of these running backs are particularly exciting, but both will score some points. Through five weeks last season, Hyde was a TD-dependent RB2. He’s going to be super inefficient, but Bill O’Brien seems like the type of coach who will give him carries regardless. AP becomes a must add with Derrius Guice looking to miss time. 

Chris Thompson (Owned in 12% of Yahoo leagues) & Trey Quinn (Owned in 1% of Yahoo leagues)

If we know one thing about Case Keenum, it is that he doesn’t like to throw the ball very far in the air. There is a lot of buzz around Terry McLaurin, but its doubtful Keenum is throwing multiple 40+ yard touchdown passes in a game again this season. This is why both Thompson and Quinn are worthy adds. Just look at what Keenum accomplished with Emmanuel Sanders and then DaeSean Hamilton last season and then compare it to vertical threat Courtland Sutton. It’s easy to see that be replicated with one, if not both, of these two. 

C.J. Anderson (Owned in 13% of Yahoo leagues)

So much for that Kerryon Johnson hype. Anderson had 11 carries to Johnson’s 16 and looks like he is going to get work similar to LeGarrette Blount. It is hard to get excited about Anderson, but he looks like a decent TD-or-bust play this season.

Ignore All QBs

Matthew Stafford, Marcus Mariota and Case Keenum all had nice games, but there is no reason to burn a waiver on them. Even if you’re holding Jameis Winston, Ben Roethlisberger or Cam Newton, it makes more sense to roll with them one more week to see if they can turn it around before giving one of these passers the nod. Remember this was Mariota’s first three-touchdown game since 2016 and Stafford did not have consecutive 300+ passing performances in 2018.   

Sunday and Monday night lotto

If your league doesn’t lock waivers until kickoff of each game, you might want to try your luck at the Sunday and Monday night lotto. Basically, your handcuff or end of roster flotsam has no value after playing during the day, you can drop them for a handcuff guy in one of the night games. 

The Eagles play the Falcons to wrap up Sunday. Ito Smith probably has the most value here since no one really knows what the plan for the Philadelphia backfield is just yet. Dallas Goedert isn’t a bad hold in case something happens to Zach Ertz.  

Monday night sees the Cleveland Browns play the New York Jets. From the Jets’ side, Ty Montgomery didn't do much in week one but would see a ton of volume should Le’Veon Bell go down. The best lotto ticket on the Browns just might be Rashard Higgins who showed some nice moves against the Titans and could get a lot more targets if Odell Beckham Jr. went down.

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