2017 Fantasy Football: Week 2 Waiver Wire Rankings

2017 Fantasy Football: Week 2 Waiver Wire Rankings

Pat Mayo, Chirag Hira, and Alex Jankowski debate Mayo’s Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickup Rankings and recap Week 1 of the NFL season.

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Week 2 Waiver Wire Notes
  • All players must be less than 60-percent owned
  • Will Be Updated For Breaking Injuries & After Monday Nighter
  • Bye Weeks: None
Week 2 Waiver Wire: Running Back Rankings

1. Tarik Cohen
2. Buck Allen
3. Kerwynn Williams
4. Alvin Kamara
5. Chris Carson
6. Jamaal Williams
7. Matt Breida
8. Marlon Mack
9. James Connor
10. Mike Tolbert
11. Shane Vereen
12. Chris Thompson
13. Andre Ellington
14. Jerick McKinnon
15. Charles Sims
16. CJ Prosise
17. Charcandrick West
18. Alfred Morris
19. Chris Ivory
20. Joe Banyard

The top pick up of the week, at any position, is directly tied to David Johnson. And, we’re not going to know the extent of fantasy’s No. 1 player until the results of his MRI are returned Monday. There’s already rumors swirling around how much time he’s going to miss, ranging from no time to half a season because of his wrist injury. Don’t believe all this FAKE NEWS, just wait for the MRI results before freaking out. That said, should DJ miss time, Kerwynn Williams immediately becomes the add in the Cards’ backfield. If you rewatch the game tape and see a ton of Andre Ellington on the field over Williams at the end of the game, don’t fret over that. Unlike DJ, who assumes all the rushing and receiving duties, there appears to be a pretty definitive spilt between Williams and The Juke of Ellington. Williams will handle the majority of the workload between the tackles and near the goal line; Ellington will be spliced in on third down and when Arizona needs to play catch up. Ellington has value in games where the Cardinals are underdogs (Like Week 3 against the Cowboys), but Williams is the superior addition. I mean, he gets the Colts next week (and the 49ers Week 4), which project as very positive rushing game scripts. Unless, you know, Scott Tolzien somehow sneaks his way on the field and tosses so many pick 6s the Cardinals offense never has to take the field… UPDATE: Although he’ll seek a second opinion, it appears David Johnson will miss multiple weeks, at minimum, with a chance of being placed on injured reserve. That’s bad. Not Frogurt with toppings containing potassium benzoate bad, but not great. Cardinals beat writer Mike Jurecki anticipates a committee approach with Williams working between the tackles, Ellington in the passing game, and Elijhaa Penny potentially stealing the goal line work. Arizona also signed DJ Foster off the Patriots practice squad and there are rumors 98-year-old Chris Johnson could be brought in as well. So, this isn’t looking as cut and dry as it may have late Sunday evening. Since very few teams employ a true three-headed rushing attack, I’m going to lean on Williams seeing the majority of snaps (red zone included) if the Cardinals are up in games, with Ellington handling receiving duties. Still, there’s enough uncertainty with this situation to bump Williams below Allen in the Week 2 Waiver Wire rankings. He remains the top add of the ARZ RBs, though; only snatch up Elllington in deeper PPR formats… Tarik Cohen looked electric against the Falcons, piling up 113 combined yards on 13 touches. Don’t let Cohen’s breakout sour you on Jordan Howard however. Howard still touched the ball 16 times and handled all the value touches near the end zone. I can’t say I’m super confident Howard is still a top-five RB for the season, but I’ve been hearing chatter that he’s basically going to be replaced by next week. Stop that. He’ll be fine. Since there’s so much negativity surrounding him at the moment, you may want to fire off a couple buy low offers to the Howard owner in your league. Against Atlanta, Howard outsnapped Cohen 38:28, and although Howard ended up with three receptions, he alligator-armed the game winning score, leading me to believe Cohen may be used as an essential cog in the Bears’ passing game. Unless we find out David Johnson is done for six or more weeks, Cohen is my top add in PPR formats. With Kevin White succumbing to a dreaded collar bone injury, Cohen may be leaned upon to be key part of the passing attack. Is it reasonable to expect double-digit targets every week? Of course not. However, if he can average 6-9 targets a week, and pick up 5-10 carries, he’ll generate low RB2 numbers, with upside baked in… Poor Danny Woodhead. IT HAPPENED AGAIN!!!!! He went down Week 1 for the second straight season and was carted off the field with a hamstring injury. There’s no definitive report on how much time he’ll miss, but it looks like a bunch. In his absence, Buck Allen actually out snapped Terrance West (31:29) and lead the Ravens in carries. Since he doesn’t get the goal line work (yet), Allen is a tier below the top RB adds, but is the leader on the next level below. Expect the snap gap between Allen and West to widen once Baltimore is forced to pass in a game too. Allen is a superior pass catcher to West… Darren McFadden was a healthy scratch with Alfred Morris working as the primary back up to Ezekiel Elliott. Maybe the Cowboys are trying to make certain DMC is healthy in case Zeke ends up suspended after all, but it doesn’t look that way. Still, I want to hear more about the situation before cutting ties with McFadden right now… Thomas Rawls sat with a bum ankle, and it was Chris Carson who impressed the most out of the Seattle backfield. He won’t have any immediate value, espaiclly with Rawls due back Week 2, but Carson’s a nice stash if you have the bench room. You know who isn’t? Eddie Lacy.

Week 2 Waiver Wire: Wide Receiver Rankings

1. Cooper Kupp
2. Marquise Lee
3. Kenny Golladay
4. JJ Nelson
5. Kendall Wright
6. Nelson Agholor
7. Paul Richardson
8. Sterling Shepard
9. Jermaine Kearse
10. Tyler Lockett
11. Taylor Gabriel
12. Marcus Wheaton
13. Allen Hurns
14. Russell Shepard
15. Marquise Goodwin

Cooper Kupp has the eye of Jared Goff, no doubt. And, since he runs easier routes than Sammy Watkins, he could be targeted even more in coming weeks when Goff has to deal with an actual NFL defense… Allen Robinson is finished for the season with an ACL tear, and with Dede Westbrook on IR, that leaves Allen Hurns and Marquise Lee as the primary weapons for Blake Bortles in the Jags’ receiving game. Now, Jacksonville is committed to running the ball, but there’s going to come a week, maybe next, where they don’t look like prohibitive Super Bowl favorites and actually be forced into the air. I feel like that benefits the low aDot Lee, who runs short, high percentage routes that will lead to fewer Bortles mistakes. Lee is a must add in PPR formats and, with his ability to produce after the catch, could morph into a lower tax bracket Golden Tate. Hurns? Meh… Corey Davis and his double digit targets in his career debut was encouraging, but unless you think the Titans will be playing catch up a lot (I don’t), expect less consistency from the rook…Kevin White’s injury (Collar Bone), opens up more targets for Kendall Wright. He’s a complete stay away in standard leagues, but provides a consistent floor in PPR formats. Also, Markus Wheaton may return from his finger injury soon too. He’s not great, but he’s the only size the Bears will have on the outside…  Kenny Golladay CATCHES TDS!!!!!!!! But if he doesn’t do that every week, is he going to be playable? I think the upside is high enough to find out… Investing in the Jets offense is probably a fool’s errand (especially with Jeremy Kerley injecting himself into the mix soon), but newly acquired Jermaine Kearse finished with nine targets, leading to seven receptions. Deeper PPR players should take notice. I still prefer Robby Anderson long term, though…

Week 2 Waiver Wire: Tight End Rankings

1. Charles Clay
2. Zach Miller
3. Austin Hooper
4. Jermaine Gresham
5. Evan Engram
6. Jesse James
7. George Kittle
8. David Njoku

Not must adds; streaming options only.

Week 2 Waiver Wire: Quarterback Rankings

1. Carson Wentz at KC
2. Eli Manning vs DET
3. Joe Flacco vs CLE
4. DeShaun Watson at CIN

Not must adds; streaming options only.

Week 2 Waiver Wire: DST Rankings

1. BAL vs CLE
2. LAC vs MIA
3. LAR vs WSH
4. OAK vs NYJ
5. CIN vs HOU
6. TB vs CHI
7. TEN at JAX

Not must adds; streaming options only.

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