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Week 2: Waiver Wire

The waiver wire is at its utmost importance during the early stages of the NFL season. Breakouts emerge, offenses reveal their preferences and inevitably some of our offseason crushes bust. Below, I’ve compiled a list of some of the most attractive Week 2 waiver wire adds who currently have less than 30% ownership in Yahoo leagues.

Quarterback

Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars – 26%

Minshew delivered in a big way on Sunday finishing tied for QB10 with 20.82 fantasy points. In that game, Minshew completed 95% of his passes (19/20) for 173 yards, 3 TDs and added 19 yards on the ground. While his road matchup with Tennessee is less favorable than last week, he gets the Dolphins, Bengals, Texans and Lions immediately afterward. If you’re hurting at QB or like to stream, Minshew is a solid option who won’t be around for long. 

Running Back

Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams –  29%

While Sean McVay might make this a frustrating backfield going forward, Brown played great on Sunday night. The recipient of a whopping 21 touches (18 carries, 4 targets, 3 receptions) , Brown parlayed that into 110 yards and 2 TDs on 60% of snaps. Regardless of how this backfield shakes out over the course of the season, Brown will carry the hot hand into next week as the overwhelming favorite for touches on a good offense.

Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts – 22%

Like Brown, Hines is sure to garner a ton of attention on waivers this week following Marlon Mack’s torn achilles. Those who watched the Colts game will know that Hines was plenty involved prior to the injury and played clearly ahead of Jonathan Taylor. Not only that, but Hines looked very good on his 15 touches (7 carries, 8 targets, 8 receptions) , taking them for 73 yards and 2 TDs. His pass catching ability and involvement should offer him a solid floor in PPR formats going forward.

Benny Snell Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers – 19%

I talked about Snell in last week’s waiver article, and it ended up taking shorter than expected for Conner to get hurt. Prior to his exit, Conner stunk it up to the tune of 8 touches for 17 yards while Snell fared considerably better going for 113 yards on 19 carries. If Conner is healthy next week which is a big if, Snell has played his way into a timeshare at the least and has a legitimate chance at the starting job. It would appear as if the offseason hype that Snell received this year was well-justified.

Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers – 13%

The fourth round rookie out of UCLA had an excellent NFL debut on Sunday and now finds himself locked in as Austin Ekeler’s direct backup. Kelley produced a 12/60/1 rushing line on just 27% of snaps. On his touches, Kelley looked very capable averaging 4.3 yards after contact and receiving goal-line work. He’s a nice stash who could continue to carve out a larger role as the season goes on.

Frank Gore, New York Jets – 4%

Following Bell’s placement on 3-game IR, 37 year-old Gore is the next man up for the dumpster fire Jets. Josh Adams will also be involved so don’t expect much production against the 49ers but somehow Frank Gore is fantasy relevant in 2020. 

Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins – 2%

A consideration for deeper leagues, Gaskin played 63% of snaps on Sunday while leading the Dolphins in rushing with a 9/44 line. Additionally, Gaskin caught all 4 of his targets for 26 yards. With neither Howard nor Breida separating themselves, Gaskin has a shot to claim the lead role in what will likely be a committee over the following weeks. 

Wide Receiver

Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts – 22%

One of the bigger fantasy question marks entering this year, Parris Campbell showed extremely well in the season opener and looks poised to carry that momentum forward. In that game Campbell led the Colts in receiving with a 6/71 receiving line on 9 targets (19.6% share) and accounted for 36.69% of the team’s air yards. Additionally, Campbell took the lone carry he received for 9 yards. Campbell is entrenched as one of the Colts starting wideouts and should be added wherever available this week.

Laviska Shenault Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars – 12%

Much of what I said about Shenault last week came to fruition and it was great to see him find the end zone in his NFL debut. Getting the start, Shenault posted a 3/37/1 receiving line on 4 targets (20% target share) and took his 2 carries for a total of 10 yards. While the Jags attempted only 20 passes on Sunday, I’ll take a guess and say that’s on the lower end of their average for the season. Shenault should continue to improve as the season progresses.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers – 9%

Aaron Rodgers had a statement game on Sunday, and MVS was one of the clear benefactors posting a 4-96-1 receiving line. Sadly, he could have had a much bigger day if he didn’t manage to log a couple patented MVS drops including a potential TD. He saw the second most targets (6, 13.6% share) among all Packers and should continue to be a big-play threat moving forward.

Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 6%

Baby Edelman? In a game where Mike Evans was less than 100%, Scotty Miller saw the second most targets among Bucs receivers with 6 and turned that into a 5/73 receiving line. His play earned some post-game praise from Brady and also brought some truth to Brady’s offseason comments that he’s earned a role in their offense. While Evans’ return to full health should siphon some of Miller’s targets away, he’s well worth a stash and would be a fantasy contributor if anything were to happen to Godwin or Evans.

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans – 4%

I can’t believe I’m writing this. Perennial “this is his year” candidate Corey Davis exploded on Monday night posting a 7/101 line on 8 targets against the Broncos. To top it off, Davis accounted for 37.24% of the Titans air yards and actually looked good. Take the performance with a grain of salt as all logic points to it being an anomaly. Having said that, Davis is in a contract year and definitely worthy of stashing in deeper leagues to see if he keeps this going against the Jaguars porous secondary in Week 2.

Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons – 2%

Admittedly, I faded the Russell Gage hype this offseason and as a result it appears I’ll be snacking on crows for the next week. In Sunday’s blowout loss Gage hauled in 9 passes for 113 yards on 12 targets (22.2% share). Those 12 targets were tied with both Jones and Ridley for the team lead in a game where Ryan attempted a whopping 54 passes. With a matchup against the Cowboys this Sunday, Gage has some FLEX appeal and is worth monitoring going forward.

Tight End

Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team – 2%

Another training camp darling, Thomas lived up to the hype in Sunday’s upset over the Eagles. In that game, Thomas turned 8 targets into a 4/37/1 receiving line while also sucking up a 25.8% target share and accounting for 31.7% of Washington’s air yards. It’s important to note this was also a game where Washington wasn’t forced to throw the entire fourth quarter because they’re chasing points. When that happens, we could see Thomas emerge as a Top-12 option at TE.

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