Week 1 is in the books and the fantasy landscape has drastically changed. There were a multitude of injuries to key players and there were a decent amount of surprise contributors. There will be lot’s of over corrections this week and it’s important to not get caught up in the noise. Without further ado let’s take a look at the best additions on the Week 2 waiver wire.
Gardner Minshew (Yahoo 26%, ESPN 15%)
Someone should tell Gardner Minshew the Jags are Tanking for Trevor. I’m not sure he got the memo as he opened the year 19/20 passing for three TD’s.
He dazzled on Sunday, continuously extending plays and delivering in clutch moments. With Leonard Fournette out of town this will be a pass first offense and Minshew has no shortage of weapons. If he keeps this up he could work his way into every week starter territory. Set aside 4% of your budget and consider him a high-end QB2 for now.
James Robinson (Yahoo 56%, ESPN 29%)
James Robinson’s stat line wasn’t the most impressive, but the coaching staff showed confidence in the UDFA and should be added in all formats and league sizes. He was the only Jaguar running back to receive carries on Sunday with 16 for 62 yards and flashed the potential the coaches have been raving about all preseason. He also saw the second most snaps on the offense behind #1 receiver DJ Chark. There were lots of injuries on Sunday and running back volume/consistency is at a premium. Budget up to 20% of your savings as he should be the number one Week 2 waiver wire pickup.
Benny Snell Jr. (Yahoo 16%, ESPN 14.6%)
Surprise surprise, James Conner left tonight’s game with an injury. Benny Snell Jr. stepped in admirably for 113 yards on 19 carries. Tomlin mentioned after the game that they are hoping for a quick turn around for Conner, but we have seen injuries linger with him. Monitor this situation as the severity of Conner’s injury determines how much FAAB will be needed to roster him. Budget at least 5% of your budget to get him regardless of what happens, and consider up to 15% if Conner will be out more than a couple of weeks.
Chase Edmonds (Yahoo 41%, ESPN 32%)
As a consensus late first round pick, Kenyan Drake was expected to be the workhorse of the Cardinals and be used heavily as a receiving threat. However, he looked less than impressive on Sunday with 60 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and two catches for five yards. Despite seeing less than half the snaps, Chase Edmonds was tied for second on the team with five targets and produced 45 total yards and a touchdown. He has a role in this offense and has the potential to gain the majority of the workload. More of a stash at this point but his upside is worth the risk. He won’t be a priority add this week and can be had for cheap. Budget no more than 5%.
Nyheim Hines (Yahoo 21%, ESPN 34%)
Even before Mack tore his Achilles, Hines was on the field early and often, scoring a 12 yard rushing TD on the first drive and another one through the air in the second quarter. He ended the day with seven carries and eight catches for 73 yards. Mack’s season ending injury all but guarantees Hines will see a significant share of the snaps. Phillip Rivers confirmed he still loves throwing to running backs on Sunday as 17 of his 36 completions went to the position. He is a must add in PPR leagues and is worth 15% of your budget. There aren’t many better options on the Week two waiver wire.
Malcolm Brown (Yahoo 27%, ESPN 7%)
Although Malcolm Brown had only four more carries than Cam Akers, he significantly outproduced him with 79 yards and two touchdowns. He also was on the field nearly twice as much as Akers on Sunday (44 snaps – 24). Akers is still expected to take over the backfield at some point but Brown looks to be the back to own for now. He has a difficult next few weeks so don’t go overboard trying to get him. Budget 7% at most as he is not a priority add over the other players listed above.
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Preston Williams (Yahoo 38%, ESPN 68%)
Devante Parker returned to his old ways on Sunday – leaving the game with an injury. Making Preston Williams the #1 option in the passing game until he returns. He led the Dolphins in targets with seven and was on the field for 90% of the teams snaps. He also has had seven targets in each of his last seven games and will be a key part of this offense going forward. 10% of your FAAB should get the job done.
Steven Sims Jr. (Yahoo 7%, ESPN 13%)
The final line wasn’t gaudy by any means but Sims flashed his elite efficiency catching all three of his targets for 50 yards and barely missing out on a touchdown. He is cemented as the #2 receiver in this offense with 83% of the teams snaps and should face some more favorable game scripts in the weeks ahead.
He still needs to show more volume before he can be trusted as a starter so only budget 3%.
Jalen Reagor (Yahoo 38%, ESPN 28%)
Reagor wasn’t supposed to play in Week 1 as late as Thursday and turned his four targets into a single catch for 55 yards. Most importantly he had the 6th most air yards in the league at 144. As Josh Hermsmeyer (a must follow for any fantasy player) explained beautifully here, air yards are one of the best predictors for future fantasy success as they help identify who the coaches want to have the ball. Reagor may not be the primary option with Ertz and Goedert, but is shaping up to be the top receiver in Philly. Budget 5% of your FAAB.
Russell Gage (Yahoo 2%, ESPN 4%)
Despite the presence of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley there will be plenty of targets to go around in this high powered offense. Gage’s 12 targets equaled both Jones and Ridley as he ended the day with 9 catches for 112 yards. Mohammed Sanu played a similar role to Gage from 2016-2018 averaging 64 catches, 731 receiving yards and four TD’s per season. Gage also saw 5+ targets in six of his last nine games of 2019.
Don’t go overboard as he won’t be this good every week. Budget 3% of FAAB if your team is in need of receiver help.
Scotty Miller (Yahoo 6%, ESPN 5%)
As soon as Brady mentioned how good of a camp Miller had we should have taken notice. He tied for second on the team with six targets, catching five for 73 yards. With defenses focusing on Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Gronk, and O.J. Howard, Miller should have plenty of room to run free in the slot. He’s speedy, runs crisp routes, and has reliable hands. In other words, a prototypical Brady receiver. His upside is limited so don’t bid more than 5%.
Logan Thomas (Yahoo 2%, ESPN .5%)
It’s 2020, so naturally Logan Thomas is going to be a thing this year. After rave camp reviews Thomas led Washington in targets on Sunday with eight, catching four for 37 yards and a score. The coaching staff seems to believe in him as they actively schemed plays to get him the ball. He played 75% of the team’s snaps and was third amongst TE’s in air yards with 72. Limit FAAB to 3% as consistency may be an issue.
Seahawks D/ST (Yahoo 30%, ESPN 24%)
Unfortunately, the Week two waiver wire is fairly light on defenses, with the Seahawks being the best of the bunch. While they allowed almost 500 yards to the Falcons, they forced two turnovers and held them to 25 points. The Patriots come to town after putting up 22 points and 357 yards against the Dolphins. The Seahawks defense is infinitely better and should give them fits all day. Budget no more than 2% of your FAAB.