During week one, there were a lot of surprise break out players. Just like every fantasy football season, after week one, we are desperate to jump to the waiver wire to strengthen our team. Truly, dominating the waiver wire wins leagues. You can win your draft, but if you don’t make good signings during the waivers, your team is stagnating. These players listed below are worth signing, or at the very least, keeping your eye on.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals – 4.2% Rostered
Andy Dalton quietly posted his career high in passing yards against a Seattle defense that is supposed to be very solid this season. Week two, Dalton goes up against a San Francisco defense who may have shut down Jameis Winston, but only had two interceptions all of last season.
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills – 20.5%
Josh Allen turned over the ball four times this past weekend. Even though he turned it over that many times, he still finished with 16 points against a solid New York Jets defense. He plays the other New York team next week who just allowed Dak Prescott to have a perfect quarterback rating.
Others: Case Keenum, Washington Redskins; Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans.
Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 40.6%
Ronald Jones finally looked like the runningback fans have been waiting for. Jones ran the ball 13 times for 75 yards in a loss to the 49ers. Jones looked much better than his counterpart Peyton Barber. He’s definitely worth a look in the waiver wire.
Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams – 6.5%
The Rams seemed to give Todd Gurley owners a scare this past weekend. Brown received 11 carries for 53 yards and two touchdowns. Gurley had more yards, but Brown took the goal line carries early on giving him more fantasy value. Gurley picked it up near the end, but that still makes Brown valuable in one of the top offenses in the NFL.
Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins – 18.9%
With the recent new of the injury to Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson’s value skyrockets. He already caught more passes than anyone on his team, and now with the exit of Guice, those targets will go up. This waiver wire add will be especially effective in PPR formats.
Others: Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens; Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots; Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles.
John Ross III, Cincinnati Bengals – 4.8%
Ross may have been the biggest surprise yesterday. Until yesterday, he has basically been irrelevant and a bust as a former 10th pick of the draft. Yesterday, Ross turned seven catches into 158 yards and two touchdowns. Zac Taylor seems to be using him to his ability making him a very desirable add in waivers.
Chris Conley, Jacksonville Jaguars – 8.8%
Everybody is going to jump to D.J. Chark, but that is fine. Chris Conley received more catches and seemed to be the go to guy for rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew. Chris Conley converted six catches into 97 yards and a touchdown. Dede Westbrook was the best guess to be the go to guy, but with Foles now injured, Conley seems to be Minshew’s guy.
Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens – 28.2%
Brown was on the field for 12 snaps. In those 12 snaps, he had four catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Obviously the Ravens aren’t going to blowout every team like they blew out Miami, but he still will get catches. He could be a Tyreek Hill or Tyler Lockette type of player for this Balitmore Ravens’ offense.
Others: Jamison Crowder, New York Jets; D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars; Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins.
T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions – 30%
Hockenson is only a rookie, but he erupted for 131 yards and a touchdown in his first game. Him and Matt Stafford looked extremely good since the running game was basically non-existent. He won’t always do this well, but with tight ends being scarce as usual, Hockenson is worth an add from the waivers.
Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins – 0.6%
In the absence of Jordan Reed, Davis caught four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. He may be the backup, but Jordan Reed can never stay healthy regardless. With the uncertainty of Reed’s health for next week as well, Vernon Davis could be a very good tight end to stream, plus did you see that hurdle?
Others: Blake Jarwin, Dallas Cowboys; C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals.
Tennessee Titans – 40.1%
The Titans just shut down Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham, Jr. They really stopped the hype train. They looked very good defensively with the three interceptions and one of them being returned for six points. Next they play an offense that is questionable in the Indianapolis Colts.
Carolina Panthers – 10.8%
They struggled against a top three offense in the Rams, but now they have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who may turn the ball over more than they will score again, especially with Jameis Winston at the helm.
Others: New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs.
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