Week 1 finished up with the conclusion of the Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos playing the second game of Monday Night Football, it’s time to start thinking about week 2 of fantasy football with Waiver Wire Must Adds, QB streamers, and juicy rookie adds.
Week 1 certainly provided evidence that the NFL is.. wait for it: fast. With rookie wide receivers stealing the show this week, it proves that this isn’t your father’s NFL any longer. But will the trend last? I have a hard time trusting rookies in general, let alone wide receivers but this past weekend has shown I may need to reconsider. I’ll highlight that later when we get to must add wide receivers.
Carr looked… surprisingly, good against first-time head coach Vic Fangio’s Denver defense. Carr finished the game with a line of 22/26 for 259 yards and 1 touchdown. Carr will face the Kansas City Chiefs week 2 who rank 23rd against opposing QBs. Rostered in about 30% of leagues, he’s available.
Josh Allen was my favorite late-round QB to draft, mainly for the purpose that you could wait until your last pick to select him. But he has shown to be productive. Allen was 24/37 passing in week 1 for 254 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INTs, as a passer. As a rusher, which is the upside in drafting Allen, 10 carries for 38 yards, 1 TD, but 2 fumbles lost. Allen faces the New York Giants who finished second to last in week 1 against opposing QBs. Allen is rostered in 20% of leagues, I’d take a look.
Lamar Jackson – This one is obvious, but he’s owned in 80% leagues so not available, most likely.
Jameis Winston – Winston will most likely be dropped by a lot of teams this week. The match-up this week doesn’t work for me, but Famous Jameis was one of my later round QB targets this past draft season, and the season is still young.
Jacoby Brissett – Another tough match-up this week, but unLuck a lot of people, I believe in the Colts offense.
1 of Washington’s Backs
With Guice looking to be out for the week, and possibly the season, the Washington Redskins backfield appears open, again. Adrian Peterson seems to be the obvious one to receive a majority if not all of the rushing work with Chris Thompson getting the passing work. Both options have proven to be able to handle their designated workload, but can they co-exist? I’m adding Chris Thompson. Even if Guice should make it back after week 2, the passing work is game script proof and should prevail. AP surprised last season with the backfield to himself, if you like him better, go for it.
Handful of Handcuffs?
Clearly the waiver wire is currently pretty bleak at the running back position. It may not be too early to pick up handcuffs such as Malcolm Brown, Alexander Mattison, and Dare Ogunbowale. Brown got the most work this past week, but that comes as no surprise as we all know of the Todd Gurley drama.
I like Mattison. He saw limited action Sunday but looked explosive averaging 5.9 yards per carry on just nine carries.
Dalvin Cook was the Minnesota offensive attack, but it’s hard to not think about when not if the season-ending injury will occur. Ogunbowale is an interesting addition to me. Caught four passes week 1, but I’ve been hearing good things about him since training camp. He may not be used that much currently, but by mid-season, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him be the lead back.
With Tyreek Hill out for the next few weeks, he probably should be your #1 waiver claim. But should he? We haven’t seen that much of him, but we are going by opportunity alone. It’s a great opportunity, rightfully so. I’m making Hardman my top claim in my 12 team league where I own Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, Antonio Brown, and T.Y. Hilton. I hope to be able to leave him on my bench, and then be able to trade him before Hill returns. If not, oh well.
Playing 93% of snaps played week 1, McLaurin is probably the top receiver to add for season-long production. Averaging 25 yards per reception is outrageous. I’d expect that number to come down some, especially with Case Keenum at QB.
Hollywood Brown – Played 12 snaps, with four receptions on five targets, with two touchdowns, that’s efficient, but I’m waiting another week to see if the Lamar Jackson passing extravaganza continues or if the Miami Dolphins are just that bad. Besides, he’s owned in all the leagues I play in, already.
The Tight End position is rough. I’m adding T.J. Hockenson and Mark Andrews (who you should already own). After those two, I’m keeping an eye to see if Delanie Walker or Darren Waller are available. IF you can’t get your hands on one of those four, you probably don’t need to drop your current TE.
For the rest of the season most likely, my answer will be whoever is playing the Dolphins. This week it’s New England. They shouldn’t be rostered, but they probably are, it’s New England.
Take your pick here. I like to grab the kicker with the best offense or one that will be the most electric. It’s a dumb position in fantasy football, and it can cost your team a win in the playoffs. See last season.
My Most Important Add
Week 1 is never easy but always remember to take a look at the players that other teams dropped, these can be some of the best adds. Especially this early into the season. A lot of players will tilt, you just have to remain calm and grind through the season.