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2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire: Pony Up


Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire. After a ton of uncertainty throughout the offseason, the NFL season has finally begun!

Despite everything going with a global pandemic, the NFL’s plan to get through the season has worked thus far, as the league got through Week 1 without a single positive test.

For Fantasy owners, Week 1 didn’t go off quite so smoothly, as a couple of running backs went down with injuries. Both of which could be very serious. The first is Marlon Mack, whose absence will have massive ramifications on the Colts backfield. LeVeon Bell suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday, the severity of the injury is still unknown.

UPDATE: Shocking no one, James Conner went down with an ankle injury on Monday night. Benny Snell stepped in and performed extremely well and should be added everywhere if Conner misses Week 2.

The 2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues. Players listed in the “other options” section are between 35 and 50 percent rostered.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire

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Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts (27% rostered)

Different city, same Philip Rivers.
Embed from Getty ImagesDespite moving to Indianapolis after a long carer with the Chargers, the eight-time Pro Bowler continues to struggle late in games. In his Colts debut Rivers threw a pair of ugly picks, giving the supposedly tanking Jacksonville Jaguars the win.

Despite the interceptions, the arrow is still pointing up for Rivers, who completed 36-of-46 passes for 363 yards and a touchdown. With one of his running backs going down to injury, the veteran might need to throw even more after the Colts rushed for under 90 total yards against the Jaguars.

His matchup against the Vikings next week looks promising as Minnesota just came out on the losing end of a shootout with the Packers, in which they allowed 364 yards and four touchdowns to Aaron Rodgers.

Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars (25% rostered)

Minshew continues to impress every time he steps on the field. After a solid rookie season, the mustachioed Minshew started his sophomore season with an efficient come from behind win, completing 19-of-20 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns.

The loss of Leonard Fournette didn’t phase the signal-caller, as rookie James Robinson stepped in and added balance to the Jacksonville offense, rushing for 62 yards and catching one pass for another 28 yards.

No longer just a draft joke Minshew clearly has upside despite playing for one of the worst on-paper teams in the league.

Other Options: Kirk Cousins (34% rostered),

Running Backs

Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts (19% rostered)

Unfortunately, Marlon Mack will miss the rest of the season with his torn Achilles. With Rivers at the helm, Nyheim Hines will step right into a very prominent role in the Colts offense. The third-year RB impressed on Sunday, rushing the ball seven times for 28 yards and a touchdown while catching eight passes for 45 yards and a touchdown.

Rookie Jonathan Taylor will likely take the bulk of the carries, but the much smaller Hines is better suited to a passing-down role. Rivers targeted a running back with 44 percent of his passes on Sunday, with Hines seeing a team-high (tied with T.Y. Hilton, and Parris Campbell) eight.

Rivers is no stranger to supporting a pass-catching RB (see Ekeler, Austin), and Hines will continue to see plenty of targets as the 1B in a thinned-out backfield.

Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers (12% rostered)

The Chargers have made it very clear that Kelley is the backup to Austin Ekeler. While many were debating that the more experienced Justin Jackson would get the first crack at the job, a hamstring injury in camp allowed Kelley to put himself firmly as the team’s No.2 RB

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Kelley rushed the ball 12 times for 60 yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals, while Jackson took just two carries for four yards. The fourth-round pick out of UCLA showed enough that he should be considered the clear backup and handcuff to Ekeler. The Chargers don’t seem to have a problem with him as their goal-line back either, putting him in at the five-yard line, leading to his touchdown

Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams (23% rostered)

Brown is the lowest owned of the three Rams running backs but clearly outperformed them all, taking 18 carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 31 yards.

Rookie Cam Akers struggled with his efficiency, gaining just 2.8 yards per carry. Brown’s touchdowns were one and two yards scored and he will continue to act as the Rams goal line RB.

Until Akers can improve his efficiency, Brown will have a large role in the offense.

Other Options: Adrian Peterson (45% rostered), Jerick McKinnon (11% rostered)

Wide Receivers

Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts (22% rostered)

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The Colts were everywhere this week. Campbell was gaining sleeper hype as the season approached and he did not disappoint. Right away, Campbell displayed good chemistry with his new QB.

Campbell finished in a three-way tie for the team lead with eight targets. The sophomore also led the team with 71 receiving yards. Campbell struggled last year with a myriad of injuries but appears healthy in 2020.

Indy looks like they will throw a ton and Campbell is the clear WR2 behind Hilton. The veteran receiver has struggled with his health in recent seasons and Campbell would immediately step in should he get hurt again.

Robby Anderson, Carolina Panthers (31% rostered)

Anderson flashed his big-play skills in his Panther’s debut. The former New York Jet caught a 75-yard touchdown as part of a 115-yard day. Anderson finished tied for second on the team in targets with eight. His 115 yards easily cleared the other Panthers receivers as he had 61 more yards than D.J. Moore.

Maintaining a consistent target share could be difficult when splitting targets with Moore, Curtis Samuel, and Christian McCaffrey. However, his speed and ability to take underneath throws for big gains makes him a high-ceiling option each week.

Other Options: Sammy Watkins (49% rostered), Laviska Shenault (12% rostered), Russell Gage (1% rostered)

Tight Ends

Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears (5% rostered)

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Graham turned back the clock on Sunday, catching three passes for 25 yards and a touchdown. Unlike his time in Green Bay, the Bears wanted to use their new tight end, giving him seven targets, two behind Allen Robinson for the team-lead.

Filling your TE spot can be a dart throw each week, but Graham seeing seven targets in his Chicago debut is promising. With the inconsistent Mitchell Trubisky at the helm, he will have up and down games but his touchdown potential could put him in the low-end TE1 range.

Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team (1% owned)

The former quarterback made the best of his Washington debut catching 4-of-8 targets for 37 yards and a touchdown. Thomas led Washington in targets and only Terry McLaurin caught more passes.

Washington was forced to make a comeback against the Eagles going down 17-0 in the first half despite their defensive lines excellent play. More negative game scripts could be in the cards and Thomas could become one of Dwayne Haskins‘ more trusted targets.

Deep League Special

Peyton Barber, Washington Football Team (3% rostered)

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Antonio Gibson was the most efficient Washington running back but it was Barber who scored the most. The led the team with 17 carries and scored both rushing touchdowns. His 1.7 yards per carry was ugly but, for the time being, Barber will be the goal-line back in Washington.

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In deeper leagues, owners in need of a Mack or Bell replacement can look at Barber to fill the void.

Check out the rest of our 2020 Fantasy Football content from our team of excellent writers.

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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