Fantasy options to target on the waiver wire for Week 2

Jeff Ratcliffe has a long list of potential player adds going forward. What do you need?

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Fantasy options to target on the waiver wire for Week 2


One week down. If you’re into percentages, 5.9 percent of the NFL regular season (and 7.7 percent of the fantasy football regular season) is behind us now, which means we have real, tangible data to go off of when making our roster decisions.

Of course, the flip side of this is that we have 7.7 percent of our data. Ask Kevin Ogletree; the first game of the season can tell us a lot, but it can also lie to us. Still, we have waiver-wire decisions to make. Below are some ideas for the waiver in your league, no matter how deep or shallow your league is. The percentages after each name are the amount of your free-agent budget I’d recommend spending to acquire them.

Shallow leagues (10 teams or fewer)

They’re likely to be owned in most leagues, but some of these players could be on waiver wires in shallow leagues.

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions (20%): Picked right up where he left off in 2015 with a big Week 1 performance with 340 yards and three scores. The Lions have a strong matchup this week against Tennessee.

Jamies Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20%): Poised to take a big step forward in Year 2, Winston throw for four scores in the opener. He has a tough matchup this week, but is worth a roster spot for the long haul.

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (15%): Dalton was a QB1 before getting injured last season, and showed the potential of being a top 12 asset again this season with 366 yards passing and a score in Week 1.

Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (25%): Ware dominated a weak Chargers defense in Week 1, finishing second among running backs in fantasy scoring. His role will decrease as Jamaal Charles is eased back in, but Ware still has short-term value. He’s also arguably the league’s top handcuff when Charles is back.

LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots (20%): With Dion Lewis sidelined, the Patriots fed Blount 21 carries in Week 1. He only averaged 3.2 yards per attempt, but did find the end zone. Blount doesn’t have a massive ceiling, but volume is in his favor.

Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons (20%): He was supposed to be Devonta Freeman’s complementary back, but Coleman saw nearly equal playing time and actually out-targeted Freeman. He displayed explosive playmaking ability and offers a lot of upside.

Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions (15%): Both Riddick and Ameer Abdullah looked strong for the Lions in Week 1. Riddick only carried the ball seven times, but he did manage to score on one of those carries. He really excelled as a receiver with five catches for 63 yards and another score.

Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12%): The Bucs used Doug Martin more than expected in the passing game, but Sims still was an asset with three catches for 32 yards and a score. He’s more of a PPR option, but Sims will continue to get work in the Tampa offense.

Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans (25%): It initially looked like Fuller might enter the season behind Jaelen Strong on the depth chart, but the rookie out of Notre Dame actually led Houston in Week 1 targets and finished as a top-10 fantasy option. While he isn’t likely to out-target DeAndre Hopkins most weeks, Fuller is now squarely on the WR3 radar.

Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans (20%): Another rookie cemented in the starting lineup, Sharpe led the Titans in targets this past week and looks every bit their No. 1 receiver. While he lacks Fuller’s upside, Sharpe figures to see heavy volume and makes for a sneaky WR3 going forward, especially in PPR.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons (20%): He’s dealing with an ankle injury, but Sanu went out and posted a strong Week 1 performance, catching 5-of-8 balls for 80 yards and a score. If healthy, Sanu will continue to see a lot of targets opposite Julio Jones.

Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions (15%): It was a rough week at tight end, but Ebron managed to post a solid line, catching 5-of-5 for 46 yards and a score. A popular preseason breakout candidate, Ebron should be considered a viable back-end TE1 option going forward.

Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts (15%): While he wasn’t the highest-scoring tight end on his team, Allen is the clear top fantasy option at the position for the Colts. He caught 4-of-6 targets for 53 yards and a score, finishing as a top-5 fantasy option at the position.

Regular leagues (12 teams)

Prioritize any of the above players in leagues of this size. If they’re all owned, move on to this list.

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Jeff Ratcliffe is the Director of Fantasy at Pro Football Focus. He produces all of our projections and is one of the most accurate rankers in the fantasy industry. Jeff also is the host of our show on SiriusXM fantasy sports radio and is one of the main hosts of our Fantasy Slant podcast.

  • Luke

    Who has better ROS value at TE in a 0.5PPR league?

    Dennis Pitta
    Virgil Green
    Jesse James
    Zach Miller
    Jacob Tamme
    Clive Walford

  • Natascot

    I think there may be a potential free agent or two you guys missed. Seriously, though… 31 players listed for the “regular leagues”? How about actually providing an opinion backed up by analysis. This was a waste of my time.

    • Jeff Ratcliffe

      That’s correct. We cast a wide net in this column. Each player has a reason why they’re waiver-worthy and they’re listed in order of preference by position. Thanks for reading!

      • Corinthians1910

        “31 players listed for the “regular leagues”?”, something I could use, becuase I’m in a 14-man, 3WR Flex, PPR league… but I can’t see this list. Did you guys delete it? please post it again.

        • ebrian

          Are you hitting the paywall? There’s 3 lists, 10-team, 12-team and 14-team.

          • Corinthians1910

            yikes! Apparently, my PFF grades subscription doesn’t pay for the articles… shitty grades mind you, since the legit ones are under exclusive contact. WTH

      • Kevin

        If you really cast a wide net you would have included Dennis Pitta who saw 56 snaps. Major fail guys. Try harder, do better.

  • Kevin

    How the hell you forget Pitta
    FAIL

    • Jeff Ratcliffe

      Didn’t forget him …

      • Shoutout to all the guest

        yup hes garbage

  • Dane

    Both Fuller and Snead are available and i need to replace Keenan Allen. Who would you recommend guys?

  • Anthony Thomas

    Waiver advice please……Tyler boyd and devin funchess are on my bench….who would u drop and who would you pick up out of Nelson agohlor or tyrell williams or eli Roger’s or cole Beasley or

    • Medications

      Drop boyd and funchess for williams and rogers

  • ebrian

    I’m surprised there are no defenses listed here. Kickers I understand are fairly hard to predict, but are a lot of people participating in leagues that don’t play a defense/special team?

    • Jeff Ratcliffe

      We have a separate column for team defense streamers. It’s a great resource.

  • Pi Cam

    Was offered Allen Robinson and Sims for Stewart, Deangelo, and Alshon. With alshon being injury prone, and deangelo benched in 2 weeks i think its a good chance to get robinson for this year and keep him as an 8th round pick for next.. what do you guys think? My Starting Rb’s are L.Murray, S. Ware, Rawls, and C, michaels

    • Jo Nathan

      Hell no. Having Williams these for two more weeks is key. Alshon is a better WR than Robinson. His health is something to monitor. Find a better trade proposal than this if you want to get rid of Alshon. Jonathan Stewart will take off as the season goes on. Sims doesn’t have more value than Stewart. And you never know with Bell. Might get hurt or suspended again

      • Shane

        Alshon is not better than Robinson. ARob is a big play and TD machine and Bortles will take a step forward this year. He lead receivers in targets week 1. Robinson is at worse the #6 receiver after Brown, Julio, Odell, Green and Hopkins.

        • DEV00100000

          “Big play TD machine” kinda sounds like Alshon. I don’t think it’s that big of a gap, but Robinson seems to be on the better offense at this point and that’s really it.