Week Two is a wrap. This week we do not have the same volume as last week, but we do have a lot of quality adds to be on the lookout for.
Week Three Waiver Wire Pickups
But first, it should be noted that we aren’t even done with Week Two, and here are the injuries we are tracking:
- Joe Mixon (knee) new
- Jay Ajayi (back) new
- Danny Amendola (concussion) new
- Lesean McCoy (ribs) new
- Devonta Freeman (knee) continued
- Leonard Fournette (hamstring) continued
- Greg Olsen (foot) continued
- Doug Baldwin (knee) continued
- Marquise Goodwin (quad) continued
These injuries are why being active with your Waiver Wire is so important.
This article was developed to provide actionable advice for rosters and leagues of all sizes. At the conclusion of each section, there will be a “Next Player Up” that includes quick hitters on deeper league/dynasty league targets.
Quarterback Waiver Targets
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
I was wrong. I just wanted to say it one final time before Mahomes was removed from this column forever. The Chiefs have a creative “instant death” offense which can score from anywhere and at any time. It really helps Mahomes to have a creative play caller as Head Coach and for him to allow Mahomes to pass so frequently in the red zone.
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
The passing attack for the Jaguars was on fire throughout their Week 2 matchup against the Patriots. Bortles and company were moving the sticks at will and were more creative without Leonard Fournette in the lineup. Other weapons were allowed to make plays and it really helps have Bortles’ rushing upside.
Next Player Up
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
People will look at the fourth down Hail Mary and think “Tyrod deserves another shot”. I am here to say he doesn’t. Tyrod missed a lot of easy throws against the Saints and was late making multiple reads (held the ball too long). The Browns need to put their rookie quarterback in soon.
Running Back Waiver Targets
Gio Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
The loss of Joe Mixon to the Cincinnati offense cannot be understated. When Mixon is on the field he is the engine making the Bengals offense move forward and when he is off the field the Bengals often slide into neutral. This injury for Mixon could cause him to miss 2-4 weeks and would move Gio to high upside RB2 category. TOP WAIVER PRIORITY OF THE WEEK.
James White/ Sony Michel, New England Patriots
Insert some snarky comment about the Patriots backfield being a jumbled up unpredictable mess HERE. We don’t know what to expect. What we can evaluate is what the Patriots have already put on the field through two weeks of action. It is obvious the Patriots prefer one pass-catching running back (James White) and another between the tackles back (Michel or Burkhead). White is unlikely unavailable off the waiver wire after Burkhead’s concussion scare, but Michel may have been dropped by an impatient owner.
Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles
Paying attention to the NFL’s injury reports adds a significant amount of context to why this is important. Darren Sproles was ruled out for Week 2 and we could logically expect Clement to step into his role. Also, during the game, Jay Ajayi left for a stretch of time and Clement was the workhorse running back for this offense. Don’t forget Clement was a high volume running back during college and has experience handling high touch weeks. Clement should be a priority add if dumped after his Week 1 goose egg.
Aaron Jones/ Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers
Unfortunately, Jamaal Williams hasn’t done anything to separate himself from the pack (get it?) early this season. Williams has taken two starts and netted 34 touches, 118 yards, 3.42 YPC, 0 TDs 0 missed tackles forced. Ty Montgomery has already shown how versatile he can make the Packers offense when he is subbed in and often creates versatility just by being on the field. Aaron Jones is the unknown variable in this equation. He is electric in space and, while his 2017 stats did not bear this result, is good in the receiving game. The question with Jones is pass protection and if he can hold up.
Javorius “Buck” Allen, Baltimore Ravens
It is true Alex Collins was involved in the receiving game more this week (see I can say something nice about him), BUT the running back in on the Ravens’ goal line carry was Buck Allen and if you want a high floor player than Allen should be your preference. No matter the game script Buck Allen will have opportunities on the field.
Next Player Up
Corey Grant, Jacksonville Jaguars
Yeldon has a spotty injury history and Grant could be a deeper roster stash.
Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
There won’t be much to see in the box score with Chubb until there is an injury to Hyde or Chubb. Be ready.
Stevan Ridley, Pittsburgh Steelers
This may go unnoticed, but James Conner was injured and out of the lineup for part of this Week 2 game. While Conner was out Stevan Ridley stepped in as a one for one replacement AND actually was involved in the receiving game. While Bell is out Ridley is the necessary handcuff.
Ito Smith, Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta traditionally involves two running backs in their game plan. If Freeman misses time, Smith could be a sneaky add.
Wide Receiver Waiver Targets
Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars
There are real mixed feelings about making this recommendation. I am essentially telling you to add a wide receiver tethered to Blake Bortles, was an undrafted free agent and is in a crowded wide receiver room. BUT I LOVED THE FILM. Cole made an OBJ like catch in the first quarter of his game against the Patriots (catch of the year material) and he did not disappoint the rest of the game. I am recommending not only trying to add Cole off the Waiver Wire, but also trying to trade for him wherever possible. Be aggressive.
John Brown, Baltimore Ravens
Brown dropped an end zone target and Joe Flacco still went back to John Brown for another touchdown opportunity. Brown’s speed is opening things up for the Ravens offense and Brown obviously has Flacco’s eye, even when throwing into triple coverage.
Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions
Accumulating 213 Air Yards in Week 2 which translated to 108 receiving yards against the 49ers. The only other WRs with more Air Yards were DeAndre Hopkins (249) and John Brown (222). There should be concerns with expecting this type of output every week, but the Lions REFUSE to commit to the running game and would rather have Matthew Stafford throw the ball 50+ times per game.
Next Player Up
Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
Keenan Allen’s production has slowed down in 2018 and it has a lot to do with Mike Williams.
Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Showing good integration in the offense even with so many other quality weapons surrounding him.
Antonio Callaway, Cleveland Browns
The Browns went from one of the deepest wide receiver rooms to one of the thinnest in a matter of two months. Callaway drew his first start on Sunday and should be in line to start the rest of the season.
Tight End Waiver Targets
Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts
For a second straight week, Andrew Luck finds Eric Ebron for a touchdown. Through two weeks Eric Ebron is the TE6 while Jack Doyle is TE17 and has compiled 7 catches for 77 yards, despite playing just 54 snaps (37.8%). I have to think Lions fans have to be fuming and Cowboys fans asking why they didn’t go after him.
Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
Week 1 the Falcons had serious red zone questions and Week 2 the Falcons go 4 for 4 in the red zone. Using weapons outside of Julio Jones and the running backs opened things up for the Falcons and Hooper was a primary beneficiary.
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