Week 2 Waiver Wire: Here are the best players to add in your fantasy league

Here's who you should add to your fantasy roster in Week 2

James Rapien
September 10, 2019 - 1:33 am
September 9, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tyrell Williams (16) celebrates after making a catch against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND, OH — Week 1 of the NFL season is over. There were plenty of injuries and breakout performances. There’s still plenty of time to recover if your team got off to a bad start. And if you won, you’ll want to look at the waiver wire to see if there are any upgrades you can make to your roster.

Here are the players to target this week:


Dak Prescott (83%) – Prescott had the best game of his career on Sunday, posting a perfect 158.3 passer rating. He looked comfortable in offensive coordinator Kellen Moore’s offense, throwing for 405 yards and four touchdowns. The Giants defense is far from a juggernaut, but Prescott has a chance to be a legitimate QB1 this season. He averaged 20 fantasy points per game from Weeks 10-17 last season, making him the fifth best fantasy quarterback over that span.

Derek Carr (29%) – Carr had a nice start to the 2019 season on Monday night, completing 22-of-26 passes for 259 yards and one touchdown. Even with Antonio Brown’s departure, the Raiders’ offense looked the part, which makes Carr a streaming option and puts him on the QB2 radar.

Matthew Stafford (26%) – Stafford threw for 385 yards, which is already better than his season high last year (347). He also tossed three touchdowns. The Lions’ offense appeared to have plenty of options in the passing game, which means he could emerge as a legitimate QB1 option this season. He’s worth stashing on the bench.

Andy Dalton (10%) – Dalton completed a career-high 35 passes for 418 yards and two touchdowns against Seattle. His fantasy value appeared the crater with the A.J. Green injury, but John Ross emerged as a legitimate threat. Dalton is a QB2 and could have some big fantasy weeks in Zac Taylor’s offense. 

Running Backs

Malcolm Brown (13%) – Brown scored two touchdowns and had 11 carries for 53 yards in Week 1. He’s one of the top fantasy handcuffs at running back. The Rams insist Todd Gurley is fine, but he only had three more carries (14) than Brown.

Rex Burkhead (5%) – Burkhead was in for 42 percent of the Patriots’ snaps on Sunday. He finished with five receptions and 85 total yards. It’s hard to predict how Bill Belichick is going to deploy his running backs, but Burkhead should absolutely be owned in more than five percent of leagues. He’s a legitimate flex option in PPR leagues.

Chris Thompson (13%) – Thompson was targeted 10 times on Sunday, finishing with seven receptions for 68 yards. His role should continue to expand with Derrius Guice out (knee). Thompson is a RB3 with upside in PPR leagues and a flex option in standard formats.

Ronald Jones II (29%) – Jones rushed for 75 yards on 13 carries and showed the explosion the Buccaneers were hoping to see on Sunday. He finished with 93 total yards and is worth adding in 12-team leagues. He won’t be anything more than a flex option, unless his pass blocking improves.

Giovani Bernard (14%) – Joe Mixon suffered an ankle injury, which makes Bernard a legitimate fantasy option. Bernard had 62 total yards in Week 1. He’ll likely build on that in Week 2 if Mixon is out. Bernard has RB2 potential if he gets the start against the 49ers.

Adrian Peterson (38%) – Peterson was a healthy scratch in Week 1. Pro Football Talk reported that Redskins players were upset with the decision. The former pro bowler should return to action in Week 2 with Guice out with a knee injury. If Washington commits to a run-first attack, then Peterson could have some big games. He’s a flex option in standard leagues moving forward.

Wide Receivers

John Ross (11%) – Ross had the best game of his career on Sunday, finishing with seven receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Bengals head coach Zac Taylor used him in all sorts of ways and he was a big part of their offense for the first time. Ross is very much a boom-or-bust option, but he’s worth adding to see if this production continues.

DeSean Jackson (66%) – Jackson’s return to the Eagles got off to a great start. The veteran finished with eight receptions (10 targets) for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Carson Wentz has a huge arm and opposing defenses will be focused on stopping Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery, which means Jackson’s success is sustainable. He’s a WR3 with plenty of upside moving forward.

Marquise Brown (32%) – Brown caught four of his five targets, finishing with 147 yards and two touchdowns. The Ravens drafted him because he was capable of taking any reception to the end zone and he did exactly that in his debut. Brown should be owned in most leagues.

John Brown (50%) – Brown had a big game in his Bills’ debut, finishing with seven receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown. He has WR2 potential in Buffalo, as the top option in the passing game. Josh Allen has a huge arm, which bodes well for the speedster.  

Tyrell Williams (63%) – Williams was a huge part of the Raiders’ offense on Monday night and could be one of the steals in fantasy drafts with Antonio Brown in New England. Williams finished with six receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. He looked like a legitimate WR1 against the Denver secondary. He’s worth a top waiver claim in all formats.

A.J. Brown (3%) – Brown looked the part in his debut for the Titans, finishing with three receptions for 100 yards. He only played 25 snaps, but his usage should continue to go up. Brown is worth a bench stash in 12-team leagues.

DK Metcalf (38%) – The rookie had a nice debut for the Seahawks, flashing his big play ability. He overwhelmed the Bengals cornerbacks with his size, making multiple contested catches. Metcalf finished with four receptions for 89 yards. He’ll be a big part of the Seahawks’ offense and is worth stashing on your bench.

Mecole Hardman (15%) – Hardman didn’t have a catch in his debut, but the rookie speedster has value with Tyreek Hill out with a shoulder injury. Hardman had six receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns in three preseason games. He isn’t Hill, but he won’t have to be in the explosive Chiefs offense. He’s worth taking a flier on, especially if you’re desperate at wide receiver. 

Danny Amendola (6%) – Amendola was Stafford’s safety net on Sunday, finished with seven receptions (13 targets) for 104 yards and a touchdown. He’s only owned in six percent of leagues, but is capable of posting WR3 numbers, especially in PPR leagues. He’s worth a look, especially if you’re hurting at wide receiver.

Tight Ends

T.J. Hockenson (53%) – Hockenson had six receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. The eighth overall pick looked the part, which bodes well for his confidence and fantasy value. He’s worth adding, especially with tight end being such a shallow position. Hockenson could post TE1 numbers on a weekly basis.

Jimmy Graham (48%) – Aaron Rodgers showed plenty of confidence in Graham, targeting him downfield multiple times. He finished with three receptions for 30 yards and a touchdown. Graham may not be the player he once was, but he’s worth adding as a streaming option.

Tyler Eifert (9%) – Eifert didn’t have a big Week 1 performance, but the Bengals’ offense looked much better than most expected. He finished with five receptions for 27 yards. It was his first game since Week 5 of last season. Eifert is a special talent, who can explode at a moments notice. If you need help at tight end, you can do worse than the former pro bowler.

Darren Waller (44%) – Waller finished with seven receptions (eight targets) and 70 yards. He led the Raiders in both receptions and targets. He is poised to have a big season and could post TE1 numbers.

Ownership percentages from Yahoo Fantasy