Week 1 of the NFL season was a pretty good one. Fantasy owners got to see the fruits of their draft day labor. Of course, your league is not decided during the draft. It’s your dedication and knowledge on the midweek waiver wire pickups available that will take your team a long way.
Let’s give you a look at some good waiver wire pickups going into Week 2 of the NFL season. (Note: waiver wire pickups listed should be owned in less than half of your leagues)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Flacco isn’t what you call a big fantasy commodity, but he’s a good option if you are looking for QB help. Flacco went 23/34 for 258 yards and 1 TD against the Buffalo Bills. Not too exciting you might think. But Flacco has a favorable schedule in the weeks ahead, starting with the Cleveland Browns this week, followed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders. The Ravens run game is mess all the different backs they are juggling around for touches. So, Flacco should be called upon to throw the ball more this season. One thing we know about Flacco is that he can throw the deep ball (See Flacco’s 66 yard bomb to Mike Wallace in Week 1). Flacco is good pickup especially in two quarterback leagues.
Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans
Osweiler’s first game as a Houston Texan was a solid one. He was 22/35 for 231 yards and 2 TDs against the Chicago Bears. The Texans have a good balance on their offense with Lamar Miller running the ball and Osweiler passing to DeAndre Hopkins and the exciting newcomer, Will Fuller. Osweiler is a good option if you are looking for a replacement for Robert Griffin III or insurance to have with Russell Wilson’s ankle injury.
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
Wentz’s NFL debut for the Philadelphia Eagles went well against the Cleveland Browns. He went 22/37 for 278 yards and 2 TDs (19 fantasy points). Yes, it is the Browns defense and they are nothing special. But Wentz will keep getting the benefit of an easy early season schedule. Next for Wentz and the Eagles is the Chicago Bears on the road. The Bears have a bad defense that is susceptible to the pass. The upcoming schedule after the Bears is the Steelers, Lions, and Redskins.
Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens
West did not have the fantasy production you’d like to see. But West’s workload that he’s been given is something to recognize. West figures to get more touches than Justin Forsett which makes him a player to stash on your team. West will be a viable flex option for certain matchups. The next matchup is the Cleveland Browns. Very nice.
Jalen Richard, Oakland Raiders
Richard is barely owned in leagues. He was given five total touches against the Saints and reeled off a 75 yard touchdown run. Richard is in line to be the #2 RB behind Latavius Murray. Richard is a deep league consideration if you are in need a running back. If Richard starts getting 10+ touches a game, then he’ll be a matchup dependent flex option.
Alfred Morris, Dallas Cowboys
If I told you that Alfred Morris ran the ball better than Ezekiel Elliott against the Giants, would you say I’m crazy? Elliott ran the ball 20 times for 51 yards which is 2.5 yards a carry. Alfred Morris got 7 carries for 35 yards equaling 5 yards a carry. Just from the eye test, Morris looked to be the better running back. The Cowboys next opponent is the Washington Redskins. Alfred Morris will be begging to get the ball in his hands and score against his former team.
Tajae Sharpe, Tennessee Titans
Sharpe had an impressive debut with the Titans hauling in seven catches for 76 yards. Sharpe is a long, lanky receiver with good speed. Marcus Mariota struggled against the Vikings but should have better days ahead of him. Sharpe is the #1 receiver for the Titans and will get a good amount of targets. If you see him on the waiver wire, put in a claim.
Eli Rogers, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers passing offense is going to great this year. Rogers is the designated slot receiver for the Steelers and got 6 catches for 59 yards and a tocuhdown on 7 targets last week. You can find Rogers available in a ton of leagues. Big Ben will keep throwing it around to all of his weapons. Markus Wheaton is still hurt which will give Rogers an opportunity to produce. Go get Rogers.
Tyrell Williams, San Diego Chargers
The Chargers lost Keenan Allen for the year after an ACL tear against the Chiefs. Tyrell Williams got some targets when Allen went out. Someone has to fill the void that Allen has left. I expect Williams to be one of the receivers to benefit from it. He got 2 catches for 71 yards on 5 targets last week. I expect his targets to jump with Allen’s absence and his overall ability as a tall receiver that Phillip Rivers can throw deep to.
Mike Wallace, Baltimore Ravens
Mike Wallace hasn’t had any fantasy relevance for quite a while. Except for last week against the Buffalo Bills. Wallace finished with 3 catches for 91 yards and 1 touchdown on 6 targets. A change of scenery and a quarterback who can throw the ball deep can certainly resurrect your career. The Ravens will be leaning on Flacco to throw the ball most of season. Breshard Perriman has been struggling with injuries and Steve Smith is older and coming off an Achilles injury. If you are in deeper leagues, take a look at Wallace.
Jeremy Kerley, San Francisco 49ers
Kerley is not on a great offense with Blaine Gabbert as quarterback. But he still saw a lot of volume last week against the Rams with 7 catches for 61 yds on 11 targets. No one knows where Torrey Smith has gone. Kerley looks to be Blaine Gabbert’s go-to guy. Kerley would be a great pickup if you are in a PPR format league.
Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys
Beasley had an up and down game against the Giants last week with a few drops but also hauling 8 catches for 65 yards on 12 targets. Dak Presscott looks to be conservative with the offense mostly relying with his run game and then with the short passing game. Beasley is definitely on of the beneficiaries of Presscott’s short passing game. Beasley won’t be a good option for standard leagues. If you have a PPR league, go get him.
Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts will pass, pass, pass. The Colts don’t have much of a run game with Frank Gore which should allow Luck to toss around to a lot of targets. Dwayne Allen had a great day at the office with 4 catches for 53 yards, 1 TD and a 2-point conversion. Allen saw 6 targets on the day. If you still have Tyler Eifert or Rob Gronkowski stashed on your bench until they return from injury, then Dwayne Allen is a good streaming option.
Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions
Another high-volume passing offense is the Detroit Lions. Ebron has been a steadily progressing year after year in fantasy production. Ebron is a great red zone threat with his size and Stafford knows that very well. He hauled in 5 catches for 53 yards and 1 TD last week against the Colts. Ebron should continue to get good amount of targets, especially in the red zone.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
Rudolph had a steady game against the Titans with 4 catches for 65 yards on 8 targets. With Sam Bradford now the starter for Vikings, look for Bradford to find Rudolph as his blanket in the passing game. Rudolph is the #2 receiving option for the Vikings after Stefon Diggs. If you need a streaming option, Rudolph is a good one to consider.