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.