The Waiver Wire Roundup
Week Two of the NFL season just wrapped up, and if you're a Fantasy Football player that means you're scanning the waiver wire for players to help take your team to the next level. Fortunately, I've already done that for you. Each week I will be listing players owned in less than 50% of Fantasy Football leagues that can help turn your team into a Championship contender.
Ryan Tannehill (46% rostered)
It looks like Ryan Tannehill's season last year may not have been a fluke at all. the QB has averaged over 20 FPPG in each of the past two weeks, and it looks like the Titans offense has gotten more creative for him offensively. Facing a susceptible Vikings defense in Week 3, Tannehill has steaming appeal going forward.
Dion Lewis (6% rostered)
Lewis is the waiver add for the week. With Saquon Barkley tearing his ACL and being ruled out for the remainder of the season, Lewis is expected to take over his duties for the remainder of the year. Normally a change-of-pace back, Lewis will have unlimited potential in PPR leagues. Given how inept the Giants' offensive line has been, dump-offs to the RB may be more common with each passing week.
Mike Davis (7% rostered)
The Panthers signed Davis to a lucrative deal in FA as an insurance policy in case RB Christian McCaffrey ever went down with an injury. It turns out that was the right decision. McCaffrey is expected to miss at least 4 weeks with a high ankle injury, and Davis will have every opportunity to excel until his return. In Week 2, despite only having 1 rushing attempt, Davis managed to catch all 8 of his passes accounting for 74 yards. This type of production can only increase for him and is a must-add in all formats.
Jerick McKinnon (25% rostered)
With the injury bug hitting a plethora of teams, the 49ers were no exception. With RB's Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman potentially missing Week 3, McKinnon should see an increased role in the next coming weeks. Jerick has already shown an ability to be a decent FLEX play this season, having scored a TD in each of the first two games. He may not have permanent upside, but is worth an add in 12 and 14-team leagues.
Russell Gage (23% rostered)
While many thought that newly acquired TE Hayden Hurst would be the benefactor with Austin Hooper leaving, it was actually Slot WR Russell Gage. Gage has consistently produced in the first two weeks of the season, and has been targeted over 20 times already. The Falcons defense won't be doing the team many favors, so it's expected to see this team play from behind more often than not. Not many teams can support 3 WRs, but the Falcons seem to be one of the few who can.
N'Keal Harry (27% rostered)
After talking the 2nd-Year WR up last week Cam Newton showed that it wasn't all talk, targeting Harry at a team-high 12 times. The QB is showing that he trusts the young WR going forward, which can be huge on a team with a lack of talent at the position otherwise. While Julian Edelman and Cam Newton are the players to own in New England, don't be shocked to see Harry develop a niche in this offense going forward.
Corey Davis (42% rostered)
Some players take time to develop, and others seem to break out when they're in a contract year. Corey Davis could be a mix of both, but whatever the case may be he needs to be owned in your fantasy league. While he didn't put up the yardage you necessarily want in Week 2, he ended up in the Endzone, and that's what matters most. With a lot of signs pointing towards a 'down' year for AJ Brown, Davis may be the one to thrive in this offense for the season.
Tre'Quan Smith (15% rostered)
With Michael Thomas expected to be out (though for how long, who knows), it was Smith who stepped up and not Emmanuel Sanders. Smith looked to have a quick burst and excellent hands, coming up just short of the EZ on MNF. With the Saints not playing exceptionally well and going into what may be a shootout with Green Bay, Smith provides a decent Flex/WR3 option on 12 and 14-team leagues.
Keelan Cole (4% rostered)
Surprisingly, Cole has out-targeted DJ Chark in back-to-back weeks; and reached the EZ in both games. With the Jaguars having a surprisingly successful offense (and Minshew's ability to distribute to multiple WRs), Cole has plenty of Fantasy upside this year. While Shenault and Chark are the players who will draw the defenses in, it opens up the door for Cole to quietly have a great year.
Drew Sample (1% rostered)
With TE C.J. Uzomah tearing his ACL, the door is wide open for Sample to put his stamp at the position. Rookie QBs tend to check down more often than not, and judging by his 9 targets last Thursday, Sample has the potential to be the safety valve QB Joe Burrow needs on a stumbling Bengals offense.
* Players to keep an eye on going forward: Devonta Freeman, Braxton Berrios, Mo Alie-Cox, Jordan Atkins, Golden Tate, Mecole Hardman, Myles Gaskin, KJ Hamler, Michael Pittman Jr, Quintez Cephus, James Washington. *
Each week I'll be here to give you the who's who for waiver wire pickups to help lead your Fantasy team to the ultimate goal: To bring home a championship. Hopefully some of the names on this list find their way onto your team, and may the odds forever be in your favor.