10 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets Heading Into Week 2
It's finally here. We waited through a lengthy offseason, and boy did Week 1 live up to the hype. There were ups and downs, injuries and surprise snap counts, and that all matters as we tally our results from Week 1.
It's probably a bit early to overhaul your entire roster, but you may need to consider some changes. Waiver wire adds can turn a lost season around or solidify that championship-bound team. We have adds for every sort of roster this week, no matter your situation.
With that out of the way, here are 10 players to consider adding to your fantasy roster heading into Week 2.
Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Yahoo Ownership: 31%
It's clear that this season, it's Lamar Jackson's world, and we're all just living in it.
As part of a 59-point explosion against the putrid Miami Dolphins, not only did Jackson fire 5 touchdown passes and rack up 324 passing yards, he racked up one of the most efficient performances the numberFire database has ever seen. He averaged 1.41 Passing Net Expected Points (NEP) per drop back over his 20 drop backs, and he hooked up with rookie Marquise Brown twice early on for long touchdown passes.
He may have only received five targets, but he grabbed four of those balls for 147 receiving yards and a pair of scores. While Jackson was much maligned as a passer a year ago, his performance Sunday was certainly an eye opener, and Hollywood Brown is a piece we want to own in future weeks.
TJ Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions
Yahoo Ownership: 51%
In one of the wilder Week 1 contests, T.J. Hockenson absolutely balled out, despite his team choking away a massive fourth quarter lead.
Lions TE T.J. Hockenson has 124 receiving yards, the most by any tight end in his debut game in NFL history. Baller.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 8, 2019
While the tight end from the University of Iowa may be a bit blue in the face after that disappointing tie, Hockenson has nothing to be ashamed of. He was tied for second on the team in targets (9), good for a 20% target market share.
Tight end is always a bit of a tricky position to roster, but this rookie is certainly one we want to consider as a strong add.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Yahoo Ownership: 64%
It's a bit baffling that DeSean Jackson was this low owned prior to the opening week, but it's unlikely to stay that way anymore.
#Eagles take a 21-20 lead after the 2nd DeSean Jackson touchdown of the day, this one a 53-yarder.pic.twitter.com/zb1Afk4Rlo
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 8, 2019
The 8 catches, 154 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns are obviously a boss move, and among Carson Wentz's 39 drop backs, Jackson registered 10 targets -- tops on the team.
If you're looking for some help at the wideout slot, consider Jackson.
Malcolm Brown, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Yahoo Ownership: 11%
If there is one thing that we learned from the opening stanza, it's that the Los Angeles Rams weren't bluffing -- they definitely plan to limit the workload of Todd Gurley, who struggled with a knee injury down the stretch of the 2018 season.
Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson both grabbed the majority of the goal line work, and it was Brown who cashed in with two short touchdown runs (one and five yards, respectively). Brown finished with 11 carries for 53 yards, while Gurley led the way with 14 carries for 97 rushing yards.
From an efficiency perspective, it's no contest -- Brown outpaced Gurley both in terms of Rushing NEP per carry (0.48 to 0.25, respectively), and in terms of Rushing Success Rate (63.64% to 57.14%).
The Rams square off with New Orleans next week, which boasted a stout rushing defense that ranked fourth by numberFire's metrics a season ago, but as long as Brown continues to see a consistent workload, he's worth an add.
Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills
Yahoo Ownership: 32%
If you were watching the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets game, no one would blame you if you flipped the channel early following one of Josh Allen's four turnovers (two interceptions, two fumbles). It was not his best effort, both from a fantasy or real-life perspective.
But the quarterback rebounded in a big way in the fourth quarter, and he finished with nearly 17 fantasy points despite being loose with the football.
Allen continued to show not only his passing prowess (254 yards), but he added a solid 38 rushing yards to raise his floor -- and next he gets a New York Giants team that ranked eighth-worst against the pass in 2018 and was toasted by Dak Prescott for 405 passing yards and 4 scores this week.
Expect Allen to brush off that shaky performance and deliver a big encore this week.
Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets
Yahoo Ownership: 46%
With incumbent slot receiver Jermaine Kearse moving out of town, Crowder manned the position for quarterback Sam Darnold, and he posted an impressive 14 catches for 99 receiving yards on 17 targets -- or a 41.4% target market share of Darnold's drop backs.
It's unlikely that Crowder is going to post large receiving days without the help of a high volume effort -- his average depth of target was only 3.0 yards -- but he seems to have developed a rapport with his new team. If you're in a pinch, peep Crowder.
Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Yahoo Ownership: <1%
He may have been virtually available in every league, but Gardner Minshew won't be anonymous for too much longer. Minshew likely steps into the fold for quite a bit of time after free agent signee Nick Foles broke his collarbone while throwing a touchdown in the first quarter.
Even though Minshew has garnered a starting role, that alone doesn't necessarily make him fantasy worthy -- but it's how he performed that makes this even more outstanding. He completed 22 of 25 passes for 275 passing yards and 2 touchdowns, which isn't too bad for a rookie forced into an emergency role right off the bat.
Things could be a bit tougher against the Houston Texans in Week 2, but in any type of superflex or two-QB format, he definitely is worthy of being owned.
John Ross III, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Yahoo Ownership: 8%
John Ross had other plans.
Currently ranked as fantasy's WR3, Ross roasted the 'Hawks for 7 catches, 158 yards and 2 scores in a narrow 21-20 loss. With stud wideout A.J. Green still uncertain as he works back from an ankle injury, Brown and company take aim at a San Francisco 49ers pass defense that was numberFire's fourth-worst in 2018.
Keep an eye on Green's status, but Ross should be locked and loaded for a big Week 2 effort.
Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Yahoo Ownership: 1%
As discussed with teammate DeSean Jackson, the Eagles played a bit of a catch-up, so perhaps that was part of the reason veteran Darren Sproles garnered so much work. But whatever the case may be, it certainly is worth monitoring moving forward.
While Philadelphia traded for Jordan Howard this offseason, and drafted Miles Sanders, Sproles actually equaled Sanders with 12 touches, and Howard slid a bit back with only eight handles of the rock.
In terms of efficiency, Sproles was far more effective than Sanders -- he carried the ball 9 times for 47 yards versus Sanders' 11 rushes for 25 yards -- while still demonstrating his pass-catching ability with three grabs.
This is likely an ugly timeshare in Philadelphia -- as evidenced by the above distribution -- but if you need some help at the running back position, it seems as though Sproles has carved out a role for himself in this Philadelphia offensive attack.
Tennessee Titans, Defense
Yahoo Ownership: 8%
And as impressive as this lopsided game was -- and a 30-point victory certainly is a one-sided game -- it was Tennessee's defense that led the way, harassing Baker Mayfield and the Browns' offense with five sacks and three interceptions.
Sunday's performance was about as physically dominant as a game can be, and Tennessee's performance was certainly an eye-opener. Next week, they get to return home against the Indianapolis Colts, who are still sorting their way through things with Andrew Luck retiring. They should be a solid defensive streamer in Week 2.