Fantasy Waiver Wire: FAAB Report for Week 2 pickups, free agents



It took a while to get here, but the opening week is in the books. And as is tradition, “Overreaction Monday” was in full swing yesterday with some truly nervous fantasy football owners wondering how to fix their teams. We’ll try to weather what is concerning and what isn’t, but if you had a rough first week or had some bad injury luck, just stay calm. You don’t need to make a drastic drop or spend all of your FAAB budget on waiver wire pickups or free agents this week. Of course, that’s not to say you shouldn’t make any moves, and that’s why we’re here.

As we’ll do every week this season, we’ll break down the top pickups and project how much of your FAAB budget you should bid on them. 

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Week 2 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: Waiver wire QB pickups

Gardner Minshew, Jaguars. Let’s go back to the well with Minshew this week. He was in last week’s piece, and he makes it again after pulling off the upset over the Colts. Where I was wrong in my prediction for Minshew what that he threw a lot less than I anticipated. He completed 19-of-20 passes for three touchdowns. The touchdown rate will go down, but the overall pass attempts will go up. The schedule going forward for Jacksonville is pretty tempting as well: at Tennessee, vs. Miami, at Cincinnati, at Houston, and vs. Detroit before their bye week. If the Jaguars are competitive, Minshew will be very useful in fantasy. Projected FAAB Bid: 6% of total budget

Joe Burrow, Bengals. The overall fantasy production wasn’t there for Burrow, but he had a decent day overall. He completed 64 percent of his passes for 193 yards, but he did have an interception. He salvaged the day with 46 rushing yards and a touchdown with his legs. Fantasy Alarm’s Sean Mitchell had some interesting points on Burrow that seemed validated on Sunday. He’s very composed and has a high football IQ. He didn’t seem to panic and led the Bengals on an impressive drive in the fourth quarter to set the team up for a field-goal attempt to send the game to overtime. The field goal missed, but do keep an eye on him. He just looks like a natural NFL quarterback. He has potential for a solid game Thursday night against the Browns in prime time. Proj. FAAB Bid: 2%

WEEK 2 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endD/ST | Kicker

Week 2 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: Waiver wire RB pickups

Nyheim Hines, Colts. With the injury to Marlon Mack (Achilles’), Hines becomes an immediate add. Prior to Mack’s ankle injury it was looking like Mack and Hines were the early one-two punch. In total, Hines finished with 15 total touches for 73 yards and two scores. He caught all eight of his targets, and we know Philip Rivers likes to get his running backs involved in the passing game. The injury to Mack is also great news for Jonathan Taylor. Taylor also saw 15 touches, most of which came after the Mack injury, and he caught all six of his targets. It’s unlikely Indy commits to a rookie as a workhorse running back, so Hines is a really good target on waivers. However, it’s worth remembering what happened in 2019 because we do need to keep expectations in check. We’ve seen Hines have these big games in previous years only to become a wallflower the next few weeks. When Mack went down, Taylor saw 10 carries and six targets to Hines’ three carries and seven targets. The move is still to acquire Jonathan Taylor if you can, but Hines should be added if you can’t get Taylor. Proj. FAAB Bid: 20-24%

James Robinson, Jaguars. With the release of Leonard Fournette  and the injury designations to Ryquell Armstead (COVID) and Devine Ozigbo (hamstring), Robinson entered Week 1 atop Jacksonville’s running back depth chart. His ownership shot up to around 55-60 percent ahead of Week 1, but if he’s available in your league, he should be owned. The results weren’t outstanding on Sunday, but he did get 16 carries. Any running back that could potentially get 15-plus touches needs to be rostered no matter what the results are each week. Proj. FAAB Bid: 15-18%

Benny Snell Jr., Steelers. The FAAB bid may increase or decrease depending on the severity of James Conner’s ankle injury. Snell’s going to be a popular add, but we’ll need clarification on if Conner’s seriously hurt or not. Snell has upside — he flashed it last year every time he was presented with an opportunity. He received a majority of carries in the Pittsburgh backfield on Monday night, as Conner was seen on the sidelines stretching at the beginning of the third quarter and never reported back in. It was announced midway through the fourth quarter that he was dealing with an ankle injury and would sit the rest of the night. It may have been a precaution, but we’ll have to wait until Tuesday or Wednesday for more news. It was Snell’s show, and he was productive with over 100 rushing yards. The coaching staff obviously won’t like the fumble he had in the third quarter, but fortunately JuJu Smith-Schuster recovered it. Proj. FAAB Bid: 15-18%

Malcolm Brown, Rams. People will be enamored over what Brown did Sunday night, but I’m going to hit on some points as to why you should be cautious with you FAAB budget. Brown was on the field for 60 percent of the Rams’ offensive snaps with 21 total touches and a pair of touchdowns. Yes, he looked awesome and was the clear lead running back on Sunday night, but a year ago we saw a two-touchdown performance from Brown in Week 1 and then he only managed double-digit carries just one other game. The circumstances are a bit different this year with Todd Gurley gone, but the Rams still gave Cam Akers 14 carries. It’s the biggest week for overreactions, and while Brown is worth adding, we need to understand that the touch distribution could change on a weekly basis. Proj. FAAB Bid: 12%

Chase Edmonds, Cardinals. Last week I mentioned that if anything were to happen to Kenyan Drake, Edmonds could be a league winner. And while Drake is still healthy, Edmonds played second fiddle yet still found the end zone in the first half against San Francisco. If the Cardinals use him more in the passing game, he’ll have a solid role, but he will need an injury to Drake to have more fantasy value. On Sunday he only had nine touches, but he did manage five targets out of the backfield. He’s well worth stashing if you can afford the bench spot. Proj. FAAB Bid: 8-10%

Joshua Kelley, Chargers. We don’t want to overreact to Week 1, however, Kelley had a defined role in the offense on Sunday. Austin Ekeler got a little banged up and Kelley was the guy the Chargers gave it to in the fourth quarter. Ekeler did return and was on the field when the Chargers took the lead midway through the final quarter, but Kelley still had double-digit touches and looked great running the bal.. The Chargers gave Ekeler a big extension in the offseason, so his touches aren’t in jeopardy, but Kelley is a natural runner and  is absolutely worth stashing on rosters now. This could be bad news for Justin Jackson truthers. Proj. FAAB Bid: 8-10%

Adrian Peterson, Lions. Only the Lions would use high draft capital in two of the past three years on running backs (Kerryon Johnson and D’Andre Swift) only to sign Peterson on short notice and give him over 15 total touches in Week 1. Peterson looked good on Sunday, but the role for Swift will grow as the weeks go by. Swift was actually on the field more than Peterson despite the veteran getting more action. AP’s old and we’ve seen him have strong debuts with new teams in the past, so I still have no interest in acquiring him, but RB depth is everything and he might make sense for some teams. Proj. FAAB Bid: 5-8%

Jerick McKinnon, 49ers. Remember this guy? San Francisco signed him to a pretty respectable contract, but he couldn’t make it on to the field due to injuries the last couple seasons. Well he’s finally healthy and found the end zone against the Cardinals. As far as touch distribution goes, Raheem Mostert led the way by a mile in the San Francisco backfield, but McKinnon slowly worked his way into the flow and had involvement in the passing game. In total, he touched the ball just six times, but he had five targets and he managed to find the end zone. At this point he’s mostly a deep-league PPR addition, but there’s substance here. Proj. FAAB Bid: 4-5%

Peyton Barber, Washignton. Barber gets an acknowledgement based solely off the workload. He had 17 carries on Sunday against Philadelphia and yielded just 29 yards, but he found the end zone twice. Antonio Gibson will see a larger role as the season progresses. I know Gibson didn’t look fantastic at times, but he did break off a 20-yard run. He’ll gradually be eased into a larger role. Remember, he’s transitioning from being a wide receiver in college. Barber can be grabbed in deeper leagues if you’re desperate. Proj. FAAB Bid: 2-3%

WEEK 2 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Week 2 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: Waiver wire WR pickups

Sammy Watkins, Chiefs. We saw this narrative last year in Kansas City’s first game. In that contest, Tyreek Hill got hurt, but Watkins stepped up to the tune of nine catches for almost 200 yards and three touchdowns. On Thursday, he led the team in receptions, targets, and receiving yards. We do need to remember that he’s the third pass-catching option in this offense (and possibly the fourth when the Chiefs decide to get Clyde Edwards-Helaire more involved), but this is still an offense that can cater to multiple players because the volume is so abundant. Thursday night was Watkins’ night, and while that won’t always be the case, he will be involved if he’s healthy. Proj. FAAB Bid: 10-12%

Laviska Shenault Jr., Jaguars. Shenault was mentioned in last week’s article, and he’s a guy I tried to draft in most of my leagues. Was he started in any of my leagues? No, but he was still pretty impressive in his debut with Jacksonville. Dede Westbrook was ruled out prior to Sunday’s game, and this opened the door for Shenault. He was targeted just four times, but he caught three passes for 37 yards and a touchdown. It’s modest work, but he wasn’t going to explode right away. In time, I honestly believe he can be the WR2 in that offense that will be throwing quite a bit. Gardner Minshew only attempted 20 passes, but that number will increase. Proj. FAAB Bid: 8-10%

Russell Gage, Falcons. If the Falcons are going to throw as much as they did on Sunday, then that’s great news for Gage. It’s wildly unlikely that happens, as Atlanta won’t be trailing big in every contest, but the Falcons are a team that will likely throw over 600 times this season. Gage tied Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones on Sunday with a dozen targets and a 23-percent target share. He didn’t disappoint, as he turned that into nine receptions for 114 yards. Normally that would light up the stat sheet, but he actually finished third in receiving yards for the Falcons on Sunday. Proj. FAAB Bid: 8-10%

Mike Williams, Chargers. Williams is that guy who is great at making athletic catches only to be ruled out-of-bounds. That was the case on Sunday where he made a great diving catch but was declared out, but amid all the negatives, this is a guy who was wildly efficient last season, as he put together 1,000 receiving yards on just 49 receptions. It was a little surprising to see he was active on Sunday, and he actually led the team in targets. Williams, Keenan Allen, and Hunter Henry made up for about 85 percent of the team’s target share. Don’t expect that on a weekly basis, but it was a telling sign that Williams received nine targets. Tyrod Taylor clearly likes him and looked for him in the end zone on one play. In total, Williams finished with four catches for 69 yards. That’s a nice day, but not great. He has great size and still has that first-round draft pick pedigree. Proj. FAAB Bid: 7-8%

Scotty Miller, Buccaneers. Miller is listed as the fourth wide receiver on Tampa’s depth chart, but that certainly was not the case in Week 1. Miller had a bigger role on Sunday than Mike Evans, but we’ll give the latter a pass because he was dealing with a hamstring injury heading into the game. Miller finished with five receptions for 73 yards on six targets. We know Brady likes to have a wideout in the slot that he can quickly dump the ball off to. We saw it in New England with Julian Edelman, Wes Welker, and James White (to an extent), and it looks like Miller could fill that void in Brady’s life. Proj. FAAB Bid: 5-6%

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Week 2 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: Waiver wire TE pickups

Dallas Goedert, Eagles. Initially, I didn’t want to overreact to Goedert’s Week 1. After all, Zach Ertz also found the end zone but was largely useless the rest of the game. Goedert is really good. I needed an extra day to try and keep expectations in check, but the Eagles obviously like him and Ertz is in a weird contract dispute that isn’t really a huge story (but it’s kind of a story). With the money that Travis Kelce and George Kittle got, Ertz is underpaid in comparison by a wide margin. Philly isn’t going to erase Ertz, but we might just be seeing a bigger role for Goedert this year. Proj. FAAB Bid: 13-15%

O.J. Howard, Buccaneers. I understand Rob Gronkowski was on the field for 77 percent of Tampa’s offensive snaps, but he looked like he was running in quicksand. He’s never been fast, but he was struggling to move around on Sunday. The lack of preseason clearly impacted him, and he’s nowhere near the player he was years ago. Howard  looked pretty solid, though. He’s been a part of trade rumors or maybe you’ve heard the whispers that the Bucs wanted to cut him in years’ past, but he caught four-of-six passes for 37 yards and a score on Sunday. That’s not great, but if you’re streaming the tight end position, that’s the kind of production you’re hoping for. Proj. FAAB Bid: 5-6%

Jordan Akins, Texans. Akins was on the field for over 80 percent of Houston’s offensive snaps on Thursday. That’s over double the snaps of Darren Fells. Akins only saw two targets, but he brought in both, one of which was a touchdown. Will Fuller  was the only player on Houston who really dominated the target share, but Akins is an athletic freak who might just see more work, as the tape was very much in his favor from last week. Houston has a difficult matchup against Baltimore coming up in Week 2, but this is a guy you should want to monitor. Proj. FAAB Bid: 4-5%

Greg Olsen, Seahawks. It wasn’t the sexiest performance of Olsen’s career, but he caught all four of his targets and found the end zone Sunday. Tight end can be pretty tough to fill, but Olsen’s worth a grab in deeper leagues. He obviously won’t get the targets that DK Metcalf or Tyler Lockett garner, but when Seattle gets in the red zone, this is a guy Russell Wilson can look to. Next week’s matchup is a little tough against New England in prime time, but the Seahawks are competent and will be prepared for this defense. Proj. FAAB Bid: 3%

Week 2 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: Waiver wire D/ST pickups

Kansas City Chiefs. A lot of people who drafted the Chiefs might dump them after an underwhelming performance last Thursday, but next week they have a much better matchup against the Chargers, who didn’t look all that explosive in a win over the Bengals in Week 1. The offensive line was without Mike Pouncey and Trai Turner, and Bryan Bulaga was questionable heading into the game. The running game was the bread and butter for Los Angeles, and Kansas City will scheme appropriately to shut down Austin Ekeler and force Tyrod Taylor to possibly beat them through the air. After all ,he was only 16-for-30 on pass attempts last week. If the Los Angeles offensive line is still hurting then I expect the Chiefs to have another four-sack performance at minimum in Week 2. Proj. FAAB Bid: <1%

Washington Football Team. The Washington defense isn’t expected to be fantastic. However, their defensive front is one of the best. Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne, Montez Sweat, and Chase Young are all first-round picks from the last four NFL drafts. And don’t forget about Ryan Kerrigan, another former first-round pick, who recorded a pair of sacks on Sunday against Philadelphia. The Eagles’ offensive line, while once great, has been decimated by injuries. The Washington pass rush took advantage, racking up eight sacks on Carson Wentz. Next week they’ll travel to Arizona, another team with a beatable offensive line. I don’t foresee another eight-sack day for Washington because Kyler Murray can escape the pocket more than Wentz, but this team does make for an interesting streamer. Proj. FAAB Bid: <1%





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