Greatest fantasy soccer waiver wire pickups for Week 2

Oh, how we have missed the waiver wire. Many leagues have gamers go on waivers after their draft is full, but it surely’s not the identical as the primary true waivers of the season that run after Week 1. That is the place the primary actual breakout gamers, damage fill-ins, and, sadly, one-week wonders, present themselves. They’re totally different yearly. Generally Week 1 reveals huge issues to come back, prefer it did for Terry McLaurin and Marquise Brown final season, however then there was additionally T.J. Hockenson a 12 months in the past, who failed  to come back near his Week 1 output. Proceed with warning, however do not be shy about in search of the perfect waiver wire pickups and free agent provides heading into Week 2.

Who had Nyheim Hines scoring the primary landing of Week 1 Sunday in 2020? Even when you did, you would not have wager on speeding. However he did, after which Marlon Mack (Achilles’) bought harm and Hines added one other TD by means of the air.  Dallas Goedert additionally broke out in an enormous method, each Packers vying for WR2 duties had huge days (Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling). We additionally noticed accidents to Le’Veon Bell, DeVante Parker, and Boston Scott, creating alternatives for his or her respective backups.

Let’s not neglect in regards to the quarterbacks or tight ends, although. A few Florida-based groups have quarterbacks that could possibly be good for streaming functions or roster stashes, and a few relocated quarterbacks in Indianapolis and Tampa Bay have created potential streaming TEs to select up in case you want some depth at that place.

There have been additionally some RB handcuffs who appear like they’re prepared for extra motion (Joshua Kelley, Jerick McKinnon) and WRs who might make the most of accidents (Scotty Miller, Danny Amendola).

Yeah, we missed this, too. Let’s get to the highest waiver pickups for Week 2, and pay attention to the potential D/ST streamers on the finish of the checklist. 


Nyheim Hines, RB, Colts

With Marlon Mack (Achilles’) anticipated to overlook the remainder of the season, everybody on the Colts RB depth chart bumps up a spot. Meaning Jonathan Taylor figures to be the first ball provider, however Hines proved in Week 1 he’ll be closely concerned, too. Even earlier than Mack left the sport towards Jacksonville, Hines was stealing touches. He completed with 73 complete yards and two TDs and on 15 touches (eight receptions). Not all matchups are going to be as favorable as this one, however Hines ought to proceed to get 12-plus touches per recreation going ahead, making him precious in customary leagues in addition to a borderline every-week play in PPR codecs.- Matt Lutovsky


Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles

A lot has been made from the Eagles’ WR damage woes, however even Jalen Reagor again and DeSean Jackson wholesome, it was Goedert who led the staff in receptions (eight), targets (9), and yards (101). He additionally caught one among Carson Wentz’s two TD tosses. Fellow TE Zach Ertz caught the opposite, but it surely’s value noting that Ertz had simply three catches and 18 yards on seven targets. Goedert is not all of the sudden “higher than Ertz,” however he is clearly going to be an essential receiver within the Eagles’ system.- ML


James Robinson, RB, Jaguars

Okay, so Robinson is over the 50-percent possession threshold on Yahoo (56), however he nonetheless may be out there in a variety of shallower leagues. The Jaguars’ new lead-back was the one RB to log a stick with it Sunday, totaling 16 rushes for 62 yards. He additionally had a 28-yard catch on his solely goal. Robinson seems to be the undisputed backfield chief, and even when he performs for a staff with low expectations, he ought to have an opportunity to work his method into RB2 territory in good matchups and could be performed as a high-volume flex choice in different weeks. Ryquell Armstead (COVID) and Devine Ozigbo (hamstring) each determine to be a minimum of two weeks away from returning. –Jacob Camenker


Joshua Kelley, RB, Chargers

Austin Ekeler remains to be the “lead again” in Los Angeles, which was proven by his 19 carries in Week 1, however Kelley is clearly his prime backup– and he might easiliy have flex worth most weeks no matter Ekeler’s well being. Kelley ran 12 occasions for 60 yars and a rating in his debut, getting a number of goal-line touches and customarily wanting spectacular in any respect factors on the sector. The 5-11, 212-pound bruiser out of UCLA has a variety of upside with 10-plus touches per recreation, and it is attainable he even takes over as the first runner if the Chargers want to make the most of Ekeler in additional of a receiving-back function. Both method, Kelley is a must have handcuff for Ekeler house owners, and he is value grabbing even when you do not personal Ekeler.


Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs

Some individuals anticipated Mecole Hardman to take over because the second-best WR to personal within the Kansas Metropolis offense, however a minimum of within the season opener, that reply was nonetheless Watkins. He really obtained a team-high 9 targets, catching seven for 82 yards and a landing. Watkins is injury-prone and this offense has a variety of weapons, however there is no motive he must be in your waiver wire. –Billy Heyen


Preston Williams, WR, Dolphins

Williams ought to merely be owned in additional leagues. He is tremendous gifted and was focused 60 occasions in simply eight video games a 12 months in the past. Ryan Fitzpatrick likes to throw to him, and after DeVante Parker (hamstring) bought banged up a bit in Week 1, Williams may be Miami’s No. 1 goal for his or her residence opener subsequent week. The matchup with Tre’Davious White will probably be robust if Parker would not come again, however the quantity should still be there. Williams had seven targets towards the Patriots in Week 1.- JC


Peyton Barber, RB, Washington

Somebody needed to get the carries for Washington, and Barber took the majority of them in Week 1. He ran 17 occasions (eight greater than Antonio Gibson) and scored twice on goal-line carries. His 29 yards leaves so much to be desired and doubtless tells us extra about his long-term prospects than two random TDs, however all “lead backs” have potential worth (particularly in the event that they get goal-line touches), and proper now, Barber appears just like the lead man in Washington. That would change in a rush — particularly if they are not taking part in with a second-half lead — however on the very least, Barber is value grabbing as a free agent.- ML


Scotty Miller, WR, Buccaneers

With Mike Evans (hamstring) banged up, Miller emerged as one among Tom Brady’s favourite targets. He ended up grabbing 5 passes for 73 yards on six targets, each marks adequate for second on the staff. Brady has at all times preferred focusing on slot-type receivers over the center, however Miller is a little bit of an inside/exterior velocity menace, too. It is also value noting that Chris Godwin suffered a late head damage towards the Saints, so if he misses time, Miller might emerge because the staff’s No. 2 receiver.- JC


Corey Clement, RB, Eagles

Even earlier than Boston Scott went to the locker room, Clement was getting some work for the Eagles. Clement’s worth will largely depend upon whether or not Miles Sanders (hamstring) is again in Week 2, but it surely’s value contemplating Clement on the wire, particularly when you personal Sanders or Scott. — BH


Robby Anderson, WR, Panthers

Anderson seems to have rapport with Teddy Bridgewater. He obtained the second-most targets (eight) amongst Carolina receivers behind solely D.J. Moore (9). Anderson additionally turned a catch right into a 75-yard TD and generated over 100 yards on the day. He is a big-play menace greater than the rest, however he is actually WR3 and flex choice relying on the matchup. — JC


Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Packers

Aaron Rodgers hit Valdes-Scantling for a 45-yard landing down the fitting sideline Sunday, then they nearly related on a second lengthy TD earlier than Valdes-Scantling was tackled by his ankles from behind. MVS has at all times teased fantasy house owners together with his deep velocity, resulting in hopes of a DeSean Jackson-like impression. Rodgers talked up MVS late in coaching camp, and possibly that is the 12 months. He solely wants one huge play every week to be value flex worth. A matchup with Detroit’s shaky protection might result in one other lengthy TD in Week 2. — BH


Allen Lazard, WR, Packers

Lazard is owned in simply 43 % of Yahoo leagues, which is way too few given his upside. He confirmed what he is able to in Week 1, catching all 4 of his targets for 63 yards and a rating. He additionally added a 19-yard run. Regardless that he was outproduced by Marquez Valdes–Scantling, Lazard might simply as simply emerge as Inexperienced Bay’s No. 2 extensive receiver going ahead and is value having in your bench. –ML

Ah, good ol’ dependable Frank Gore! The 37-year-old prime backup for the Jets could also be pressured into a much bigger function in New York’s backfield within the wake of Le’Veon Bell’s hamstring damage. Gore really outgained Bell within the recreation 24-14 on six carries, although Bell was capable of do extra by means of the air. If Bell misses time, Gore might have the quantity to be a (very) low-end RB2 relying on the matchup and on the very least will probably be a possible flex play in customary leagues. Josh Adams and rookie La’Mical Perine, who missed this week due to an ankle damage, are additionally value watching if Bell misses a number of weeks. — JC


Jerick McKinnon, RB, 49ers

McKinnon seemed just like the clear-cut RB2 behind Raheem Mostert and he had a TD reception late within the recreation towards the Cardinals. Tevin Coleman labored into the rotation, as nicely, however McKinnon largely operated forward of him. It is attainable that was due, partly, to the poor air high quality in San Francisco, however we all know McKinnon is the popular choice on passing downs, which was proven by his 5 targets, one among which went for a TD. Kyle Shanahan is thought for messing round together with his RB rotation, however McKinnon looks like an awesome handcuff and potential PPR flex play in sure matchups.- JC


Myles Gaskin, RB, Dolphins

Who wants Jordan Howard and Matt Breida when you could have Gaskin? In contrast to Patrick Laird, Gaskin really had vivid moments down the stretch of final season, and Miami relied on him as a rusher and receiver Sunday. He led the staff in carries (9), speeding yards (40), and caught all 4 targets for one more 26 yards. This backfield is simply too crowded to essentially depend on Gaskin each week, however he is value including for anybody in search of RB depth. –BH


Russell Gage, WR, Falcons

The Falcons noticed three receivers get 12 targets and 9 catches every in Week 1, with Gage being, maybe, the suprise No. three. The previous LSU product totaled 114 yards on his 9 catches. Whereas Gage could not generate that sort of manufacturing every week — Atlanta was trailing for a majority of the sport towards the Seahawks, prompting Matt Ryan to throw 54 occasions — Gage nonetheless ought to see his fair proportion of targets because the Falcons like to make use of three-WR units. Seize him and stash him as a possible matchup-based PPR flex who might enter WR3 territory is both Julio Jones or Calvin Ridley has to overlook time.– JC


O.J. Howard, TE, Buccaneers

Tom Brady loves throwing to his tight ends, and evidently Howard has emerged as his favourite goal on the place over Rob Gronkowski. Howard noticed six targets from Brady and caught 4 of them for 36 yards and a TD. He might proceed to see extra targets than Gronk, and if he does that, he might work his method into TE1 territory as a part of a high-flying offense. It is also value noting that Chris Godwin suffered a late head damage, so if he misses time, there will probably be some further targets out there for Howard.- JC


Chris Herndon, TE, Jets

Evidently Herndon has emerged as Sam Darnold’s second-favorite receiver. Herndon was focused seven occasions by Darnold, second-most on the staff behind Jamison Crowder (13). Herndon has nice athletic upside and in matchups which can be simpler than taking part in towards the Payments, among the finest defenses towards TEs, he might work his method into the TE1 dialog. He is value taking a flier on when you need assistance on the tight finish place. — JC


Gardner Minshew, QB, Jaguars

Minshew is one among our favourite sleepers for his skill to move precisely and make performs together with his legs. He is nonetheless younger, inconsistent, and doubtlessly mistake-prone, however when it goes nicely, he can contribute to your fantasy staff. Tennessee is not a brilliant simple matchup in Week 2, but when Laviska Shenault Jr. is a legit second goal for Minshew, he’ll have good choices on the perimeter with Shenault and DJ Chark.– BH


Parris Campbell, WR, Colts

A preseason sleeper in 2019 as a rookie, Campbell battled accidents and disenchanted. It would not appear like that’ll be the case in ’20, although. He is the Colts’ beginning slot receiver and a well-liked goal of Philip Rivers in Week 1 (eight). Mix that with blazing velocity that may flip quick completions into lengthy features, and you will need to decide Campbell up, particularly in PPR leagues after his six-catch, 71-yard recreation towards the Jaguars. –BH


Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Jaguars

The rookie from Colorado doubtless would’ve been a better draft decide if he got here out in 2018, however he struggled in ’19 and have become a draft day steal for the Jaguars. Not solely did he line up everywhere in the subject (4 targets, two carries), in Week 1, but in addition caught a landing. He could possibly be “this 12 months’s Deebo Samuel” if issues break proper. — BH


Danny Amendola, WR, Lions

With Kenny Golladay (hamstring) out, Amendola was the main receiver for the Lions, racking up 81 yards. He noticed fewer targets that Quintez Cephus (10) and Marvin Jones (eight), however Amendola must be a constant menace out of the slot. Amendola is value a roster spot and will garner weekly consideration as a WR3/flex choice in PPR leagues so long as Golladay is out.- JC


N’Keal Harry, WR, Patriots

The Patriots solely threw the ball 19 occasions towards the Dolphins as a part of their run-heavy recreation plan, however Harry was clearly the No. 2 goal for the Patriots. He noticed six targets, second solely to Julian Edelman, and caught 5 passes for 39 yards. Harry did have a key fumble within the red-zone however had an opportunity to attain a TD. If the Patriots determine to throw extra shifting ahead, he’ll take in fairly just a few targets and will have an opportunity to rack up some TDs due to his 6-Four body. — JC


Quintez Cephus, WR, Lions

Cephus obtained raves all through coaching camp for his skill to play all the WR spots within the Lions’ offense. The rookie from Wisconsin can due to this fact profit from to any Lions WR, notably Kenny Golladay (hamstring), as we noticed in Week 1. Cephus was Matthew Stafford’s high-volume goal on Sunday (10 complete) and could possibly be value a glance in deeper PPR leagues or in keeper/dynasty leagues if he isn’t already owned. –BH


DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles

Jackson did not do a lot towards Washington, as he logged simply two catches for 46 yards. Nevertheless, he noticed seven targets, which put him in a three-way tie for second most on the staff with Greg Ward Jr. and Zach Ertz. Jackson solely wants to tear off one chunk play to hold fantasy worth, and if he is logging that many targets, he is value grabbing on the waiver wire.- JC


Logan Thomas, TE, Washington

Thomas really led Washington in targets on Sunday, seeing eight from Dwayne Haskins. Thomas turned these targets into 4 catches for 37 yards and a TD. The red-zone goal was notable contemplating that at 6-6, he represents the biggest receiving choice on the Washington offense. As a possible TD menace, he will probably be a precious TE streamer, particularly subsequent week towards an Arizona staff that was worst within the NFL towards TEs final 12 months.- JC


Jimmy Graham, TE, Bears

Graham will not be the participant he as soon as was, however he seems to have reference to Mitchell Trubisky. Graham noticed seven targets, good for second most on the Bears behind Allen Robinson (9), and caught three passes for 25 yards and a TD. He almost ended up with two scores however got here up simply wanting the tip zone after a assessment on the second. So long as Graham retains getting red-zone targets, he’ll issue into the tight finish dialog as a possible streaming choice.– JC


Greg Olsen, TE, Seahawks

Olsen is a dependable veteran TE who caught all 4 of his passes for 24 yards and a TD in his Seahawks debut. Russell Wilson likes to unfold the ball round, however the staff might use a real No. three receiving choice to pair with DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. He is most likely not a TE1 at this stage in his profession, however his TD upside will make him a strong TE2 and potential streamer shifting ahead. — JC


Jack Doyle, TE, Colts

The Colts falling to the Jaguars was stunning; Doyle proving to be a dependable goal was not. Philip Rivers focused Doyle simply 4 occasions, however he nonetheless managed to report three catches for 49 yards. That is respectable manufacturing for a TE particularly in PPR codecs, so he could be trusted subsequent week in a matchup with a Vikings protection that simply bought shredded by the Packers in Week 1. — JC


Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Dolphins

Sunday’s recreation towards the Patriots was distinctly missing FitzMagic from Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw for simply 191 yards with three picks. If Fitzpatrick cannot get again on observe quickly, Miami might flip to rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa to steer it into the longer term. Should you’re in a two-QB or Superflex league, it is sensible to scoop up Tua now since there are some good receiving weapons within the Miami offense.- JC


Tennessee Titans D/ST

The Titans ought to have Jadeveon Clowney totally up to the mark for Week 2. That’ll be good timing to satisfy up with fumble-prone Gardner Minshew and the doubtless inconsistentJaguars. The Jags might flip into one of many prime groups to stream towards all 12 months, and the Titans have an underrated defensive unit, anyway. It doesn’t matter what the Broncos do to the Titans on Monday evening, this D/ST is value a declare on Tuesday. — BH


Cleveland Browns D/ST

The Browns have always tried to improve their protection to go along with what must be a high-powered offense. In Week 2’s Thursday evening recreation, we’ll see simply how upgraded the unit is. You possibly can depend on the Cleveland move rush inflicting Joe Burrow some points, so if they will power just a few rookie errors on quick relaxation, an enormous fantasy day could possibly be on faucet. — BH


Arizona Cardinals D/ST

There’s nothing to jot down residence about talent-wise on the Arizona protection, however fortunately that most likely will not matter a lot in Week 2 when the Cardinals host the Washington Soccer Workforce. Dwayne Haskins will stay among the finest QBs to stream towards all season, and it will take some time till Washington really figures out its operating recreation sufficient to trigger different groups issues.– BH

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