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2018 Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire: Taylor Made


Take yourself back to a simpler time before Week 1. You just drafted your team and were bragging to your league mates about how you were going to crush them without a second thought.

Now bring yourself back to reality? How did your week one go? If you owned Tyreek Hill, you’re probably looking at your team like this and you’re happy as a clam. If you own pretty much anyone else you’re looking at your team and wondering how you’re going to put together the pieces of your broken dreams.

Fantasy Football comes at you quickly and owners need to react to every event to get the waiver wire edge. If your last round sleeper saw one target last week, it might be best to make the swap with another high upside flier.

Throughout the season, I will talk about players who are owned in less than 35% of Yahoo leagues that owners should consider adding for the upcoming week.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire

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Case Keenum, Denver Broncos (25% Owned)

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Keenum had a heck of a debut with his new team. In what was projected to be one of the lowest scoring games of the week, Keenum came through in a big way for his few owners. Against the new-look Seahawks defense, Keenum completed 25-of-39 passes 329 yards and three touchdowns.

Keenum threw three interceptions as well, but I doubt anyone is complaining. Keenum showed clear chemistry with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders and should only improve as the season proceeds. With a solid run game behind him, the gunslinger won’t have to worry about a defense focusing too hard on his receivers.

Keenum is a prime streaming candidate in good matchups, and it just so happens he has an amazing one next week. In Week 2, the Broncos will take on the Khalil Mack-less Raiders. With Mack, the Oakland defense was only okay, but without Mack, I’m expecting them to be downright awful.

Any owners down on Jimmy Garoppolo or worried about Aaron Rodgers should look into adding Keenum for next week. He likely won’t be a consistent week-to-week option but will be a firm QB1 next week.

Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland Browns (12% Owned)

If you watched the Browns-Steelers game you’d think I was crazy for suggesting Taylor. His completion rate (37.5%) was abysmal and he only averaged 4.9 yards per attempt. However, he did run the ball eight times for 77 yards and a touchdown. Despite the weird numbers, he ended up as the sixth highest scoring QB after Sunday’s games.

Week 2 will bring a much easier matchup for Taylor and the Browns. Saying the Saints defense was bad in Week 1 would be an understatement. They allowed 529 total yards and 48 points in a shocking loss to the Buccaneers. They couldn’t hold down Ryan Fitzpatrick, who shredded them for 417 yards and five passing touchdowns.

Taylor should be much improved this week, especially since he won’t be playing in the middle of heavy rain and 25 MPH winds. Another week of practice with Josh Gordon should also help Taylor use his best weapon more effectively. Provided Hue Jackson remembers to start him. 

Running Backs

T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars (15% Owned)

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With Leonard Fournette‘s injury history, Yeldon was touted as one of the best handcuffs throughout the pre-season. Lo and behold it took less than one half for Fournette to get hurt. The former first-round pick left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and did not return.

In his absence, Yeldon filled in admirably, rushing for 51 yards and catching three passes for 18 yards and a touchdown. He was targeted seven times and his heavy usage in the passing game will give him a decent floor when he plays.

The Jaguars have said that Fournette’s injury is “minor” and have not committed to his status for Week 2. Soft Tissue injuries tend to linger and Jacksonville may act cautiously with their oft-injured star. Fournette’s status will be determined later in the week, possibly in a game-time decision.

If Fournette doesn’t play, Yeldon becomes the workhorse running back in a run-heavy offense. He needs to be added in all leagues ahead of Week 2. Fournette owners should bid their FAAB aggressively.

Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos (5% Owned)

Where did this come from? Leading up to Week 1, all the talk was around the battle between Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker. Lindsay came out of nowhere and handled the same amount of carries as presumed bell-cow Freeman. The undrafted free-agent rushed for 71 yards on 15 carries, matching Freeman’s production as well. Lindsay was also involved in the passing game, catching 2-of-3 targets for 31 yards and a touchdown.

Booker received just four touches for 15 yards. He is clearly behind Lindsay and Freeman on the depth chart. Lindsay has earned more touches moving forward and has a chance to establish a full committee between him and Freeman. His playmaking in the passing game may give him the inside rack to passing-down work.

Owners in 12 team leagues should look into Lindsay as a flier until the Denver backfield sorts itself out.

Wide Receivers

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (30% Owned)

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Desean Jackson’s Week 1 concussion opens the door for Godwin to establish himself against the Eagles. When given the opportunity, Godwin has impressed. To finish last season, Godwin racked up 209 yards on 18 targets in his last two games. He continued to impress in the pre-season, catching two touchdowns in limited action.

Godwin was listed as a starter in Week 1 and will see even more touches moving forward. The Eagles defense is nothing to scoff at, but an increase in targets will do wonders for Godwin’s production. Jackson showed he still has plenty in the tank, but the Eagles will be less susceptible to the deep ball, should he play in Week 2.

Godwin was already on the cusp of a breakout season, but an injury to Jackson would only accelerate his timeline. Godwin has extremely high upside in the pass-happy Tampa offense.

Brandon Marshall, Seattle Seahawks (8% Owned)

Here we go again. Marshall was left for dead after last season but re-emerged as the No. 3 receiver for the Seahawks. Doug Baldwin suffered an MCL sprain in Week 1, opening up regular targets for Marshall. Marshall caught three passes for 46 yards and a touchdown filling in for the injured Baldwin.

He may not be the WR1 he once was, but Marshall is good enough to provide WR3 numbers given suitable targets. Russell Wilson can extend plays long enough to let Marshall get open in Week 2 against the Bears. However, shorter routes will be likely with Khalil Mack lurking around.

Marshall won’t be playable when Baldwin returns but will be a decent FLEX option for as long as Baldwin is out.

Tight Ends

Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts (34% Owned)

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I’m sure Ebron has hurt us all before, but with injuries to Delanie Walker and Greg Olsen, owners will have to bite the bullet. Ebron is a great, but inconsistent talent. Perhaps a change of scenery to a different gunslinging QB will be the shot in the arm Ebron needs.

In his first game with the Colts, Ebron caught four passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. He is firmly behind T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle for targets but will compete with Ryan Grant and Nyheim Hines for the remainder. The Colts defense looks poor once again and Andrew Luck should be throwing the ball a ton once again.

With the wasteland that is TE, owners could do a lot worse than Ebron. At least he gets to play on a pass-first team, with one of the most productive quarterbacks in the league.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jacksonville Jaguars (34% Owned)

ASJ is the only player on this list who had a sub-par showing, but that just means there won’t be a mad rush to the wire to grab him. ASJ has always been a receiving TE and the Jaguars are still in need of a red-zone weapon. If they want to keep up with the Patriots next week, they’ll need to do better than one offensive touchdown.

Seferian-Jenkins caught a would-be touchdown in the second quarter, but it was called back due to a holding penalty. At the very least, it shows that Blake Bortles is willing to throw to his big receiving TE. If Leonard Fournette doesn’t play, the Jags may be forced to throw more than usual, opening more targets for ASJ.

As is the case with most tight ends, ASJ won’t have much value if he doesn’t catch a TD. However, he is a good a bet as any waiver wire TE to catch a touchdown in Week 2.

Deep League Special

Will Dissly, TE, Seattle Seahawks

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A performance that truly came out of nowhere. Dissly was an unheralded blocking TE playing his first NFL game and somehow managed 104 yards and a touchdown against one of the best pass defenses in the league.

Wilson looked his way quite often and gave Dissly five targets, tied for second on the team. Rookie tight ends are very hit and miss, but Dissly will find himself on the field very often thanks to his blocking skills. The Seahawks’ offensive line remains their biggest weakness and will use Dissly often to help out their offensive line.

With Doug Baldwin out, Dissly will soak up an extra target or two and is a solid dart throw against the Bears.

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About Jonathan Chan

Winning fantasy leagues since 2004. Losing them for much longer. Follow Jonathan on twitter @jchan_811 and he'll be ready for all your questions!

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