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2021 Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire

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As it turns out, this year’s wide receiver class was pretty good. All three first-round wideouts from the 2021 NFL Draft impressed in their debuts. 

The much-maligned Ja’Marr Chase, who was plagued with reports of drops and poor play in the preseason, had the biggest Week 1 performance, catching five passes for 101 yards and a 50-yard touchdown. He led the Bengals in targets and looked every bit the game changer the Bengals thought they had selected fifth overall.

Miami Dolphins’ sixth-overall pick Jaylen Waddle also made waves in his debut, catching four passes for 61 yards and a touchdown against the New England Patriots. Waddle looked good after the catch, weaving through traffic and diving into the endzone for his first career score.

Fellow Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith was not to be outdone, catching a touchdown on his first career reception. The Heisman Trophy winner caught six passes for 71 yards and a touchdown while leading the team with eight targets.

Overall, it was a fun day for managers who invested heavily in this year’s crop of rookie receivers.

The 2021 Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire will focus on players rostered in under 35 percent of Yahoo leagues.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire

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Quarterbacks

Jared Goff, Detroit Lions (7% rostered)

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Did anyone see Goff finishing Sunday as QB3 with 29.92 standard points? The former No. 1 overall pick finished with 338 yards and three touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers. Granted, most of the production came in garbage time, but fantasy points count all the same.

Based on his target distribution in Week 1 (T.J. Hockenson -10, D’Andre Swift – 11, Jamaal Williams – 9) Goff will be completing plenty of short-yardage passes to pad his stats with his YAC stars.

The Lions will be playing from behind a lot, especially with cornerback Jeff Okudah out for the season with a ruptured achilles tendon, meaning Goff will be airing it out to keep his team competitive.

Don’t forget that Blake Bortles finished 2015 as QB4 (4,428 yards and 35 touchdowns) mostly fueled by garbage time. It doesn’t matter how you get the points, as long as they’re on the scoreboard when the final whistle sounds.

Mac Jones, New England Patriots (25% per cent rostered)

The Patriots rookie did not look out of place in his first NFL start. Although the Pats lost a close 17-16 game to the Dolphins, Jones looked right at home at the helm of the offense, completing 29-of-39 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown.

He showed accuracy and poise in the pocket that meshed well in Josh McDaniels’ offense, even against the elite Dolphins’ defense. The 23-year-old spread the ball around all afternoon, as four Patriots finished the game with five or more receptions.

Jones likely doesn’t have a huge ceiling, as the Patriots will continue to rely heavily on the run game. However, the Alabama product has an easier matchup in Week 2 against the New York Jets.

Jones should be a decent option for managers in two-QB or Superflex leagues.

Running Backs

Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers (7% rostered)

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In what could be the least surprising news of the week, Raheem Mostert was hurt and will be out for an extended period of time. Fortunately for his managers, there seems to be a clear-cut replacement.

Mostert left Sunday’s win over the Lions after two carries and was replaced by rookie Eli Mitchell who took 19 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown. Fellow running back JaMycal Hasty saw just one carry.

Second-round draft pick Trey Sermon was inactive for Week 1 and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan’s explanation doesn’t bode well for Sermon’s quick ascent up the depth chart.

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Until Sermon can beat the options in front of him, Mitchell will be the lead back in the Bay. Mostert is set to miss eight weeks with chipped cartilage in his knee, making Mitchell a must-add for anyone with running back issues.

Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles (8% rostered)

Gainwell was impressive in the Eagles rout of the Atlanta Falcons, taking nine carries for 37 yards and a touchdown. He also had a second would-be touchdown called back due to a penalty.

The rookie was clearly the No. 2 running back behind Miles Sanders, receiving 11 total touches to Sanders’ 19. Boston Scott, who many thought would split the carries with Gainwell, did not factor into the game at all and saw zero touches.

Sanders is the main running back in Philadelphia but Gainwell could carve out a solid role as a change-of-pace pace, making him a solid addition and a massive lottery ticket should Sanders get hurt this season.

Wide Receivers

Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals (13% rostered)

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Rumors of Christian Kirk’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. And rumors of A.J. Green’s demise were right on the money. Despite the change of scenery, the veteran caught just two of his six targets for 25 yards in Week 1.

Kirk, on the other hand, looked explosive, catching all five of his targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Even with rookie Rondale Moore looking good (4-68), Kirk still performed very well and Kyler Murray had no problem getting him the ball in the endzone.

As the season wears on, don’t be surprised if Green is phased out of the offense while Kirk and Moore soak up the remaining action.

Nelson Agholor, New England Patriots (33% rostered)

Like Jones, Agholor looked good in his first game with the Patriots. The free-agent receiver was given a two-year, $22 million contract this past offseason to become the Patriots’ new deep threat.

It didn’t take much time for Agholor to establish himself, catching five passes in his Pats debut for 72 yards and a touchdown. Despite being bothered by an ankle injury, the former Las Vegas Raider led the team in receiving yards and was tied for second on the team with seven targets, two behind leader Jakobi Meyers.

Agholor will be a boom-bust option most weeks. However, he did appear to have chemistry with Jones and was very involved in the Patriots game plan. Moving forward he will be a low-floor, high-ceiling WR4.

Tight Ends

Juwan Johnson, New Orleans Saints (10% rostered)

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Johnson was a semi-popular sleeper after Adam Trautman suffered an injury in the preseason. Despite Trautman being active for Week 1 and leading the Saints in targets, it was Johnson who was the most productive tight end.

In a blowout of the Green Bay Packers, Johnson caught all three of his targets for 21 yards and two touchdowns.

Johnson looks to be a very touchdown dependant option moving forward, but a reinvigorated Jameis Winston seems to look his way in the red zone, making him a low-end option for managers desperate at the tight end position.

Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys (1% rostered)

Schultz could be one of the main beneficiaries of Michael Gallup’s injury, which is expected to keep him out several weeks.

The tight end caught all six of his targets for 45 yards in Week 1. Fellow tight end Blake Jarwin played for the first time since tearing his ACL last season and caught three passes for 20 yards.
With so many mouths to feed in the Cowboys’ offense, Schultz’s targets could fluctuate week-to-week. However, there’s decent upside for the tight end in a high octane Dallas offense.

Deep League Special

KJ Hamler, Denver Broncos (2% rostered)

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Jerry Jeudy will reportedly miss the next four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain. As a result, Hamler should be in for a much larger role moving forward.

In Week 1 against the New York Giants, the second-year receiver caught three passes for 41 yards. There would be a lot more buzz around Hamler if he didn’t drop what would have been a 50-yard touchdown pass.


Regardless, Hamler is now in line for a much larger target share alongside Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and Tim Patrick. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater tends to spread the ball around. If that continues, Hamler should see his fair share of targets if he is able to create consistent separation.


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