Wednesday’s Waiver Warriors- Week Two Fantasy Football Waiver Targets

For the majority of fantasy football leagues, waivers run on Wednesdays. AEE Fantasy is here to help you prioritize the guys you need to be picking up to help improve your fantasy football team. 

Top Priority

QB

Andy Dalton – Antonio Brown might be the one who was screaming he’s free following his release from the Raiders, but Andy Dalton might be the one who’s actually been freed. After years under Marvin Lewis, Dalton passed for a new career-high under new coach Zac Taylor, and that was without AJ Green. In plus matchups, Dalton is a viable streaming option.

Josh Allen – If Josh Allen happens to be available in your league, you need to pick him up. Allen didn’t have a stellar game against the Jets, but he still managed to get a rushing touchdown, elevating his floor. Josh Allen is a QB2 with QB1 upside on a week to week basis and will get to face the Miami Dolphins twice this year.

RB 

Malcolm Brown – Although Darrell Henderson has been pumped up as the backup to own in the Rams running room, it was Malcolm Brown who got all the backup touches. More importantly, Brown got a lot of end zone work as the team looked to protect Todd Gurley. If this continues, Brown will be a viable flex play with RB2 upside.

Chris Thompson – Chris Thompson quickly re-established his value in PPR leagues as the primary pass-catching running back for the Washington Redskins. If Thompson can stay healthy, he has some juicy matchups in weeks 4 to 6, facing off against the likes of the Giants and the Dolphins.

Ronald Jones – After a disappointing rookie year, Ronald Jones showed he’s the most talented running back currently on the Tampa Bay roster. The sophomore’s workload was an encouraging sign of things to come, and he is definitely to be prioritized in a weak running back waiver group.

WR

Marquise Brown – Usually, I wouldn’t be one to advise chasing after points, especially when they mostly came on two plays. However, Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is the best receiver on his team and has a juicy matchup against the Cardinals next week, and then what should be a shootout against the Chiefs the following week. He’s a must-add in all formats.

Terry McLaurin – For the same reason that Chris Thompson should be considered as a waiver priority, Terry McLaurin should be added in all leagues. The rookie wide receiver showed out on Sunday, and if he can make it through the next two weeks against the Cowboys and Bears, he will have some juicy matchups.

Desean Jackson – While I don’t expect D-Jax to be the most targeted player on the team every week, the fact that his value wasn’t solely based on his deep catches was definitely encouraging. Though he may not be available in your league, if he is, you need to add him to your roster.

TE

Darren Waller – Darren Waller was already a solid sleeper before Antonio Brown left town. In the first game of the season, Waller established himself as the secondary target behind Tyrell Williams and even had one more target. Although he only finished with 7 receptions for 70 yards, I’d be very happy to see that kind of volume out of my starting tight end.

Tyler Higbee – After signing a contract extension with the Rams, Higbee provided a quick return on the Rams’ investment by scoring the game-winning touchdown in Sunday’s matchup against the Panthers. If Higbee is going to continue to be an end zone target for this team, he is worth an add to your fantasy football rosters.

Second Run

QB

Case Keenum – I’ve never been the biggest proponent of Case Keenum, but he dropped the hammer on the Philadelphia Eagles passing defense by dropping 380 yards and 3 touchdowns. With a host of young pass-catchers, if Keenum can survive the next two weeks and maintain the starting job, he is going to have some excellent streaming matchups after that.

Marcus Mariota – The disrespect on Mariota’s name from fantasy football owners was such that he went undrafted in many leagues. Even though I don’t expect him to be a weekly QB1, Mariota has a better offense than I expected and has the opportunity to be a solid streaming quarterback in fantasy football.

RB

Gus Edwards – All aboard the Gus Bus! Though he didn’t do much with the opportunities, amassing just 56 yards, the fact is Gus Edwards had 17 carries. That kind of volume can’t be ignored, as a touchdown would have made him a valuable flex play or low-end RB2.

Raheem Mostert – Who killed Matt Breida’s fantasy value? It was Colonel Mostert on the field with 9 carries for 40 yards. Raheem Mostert was outpaced by Breida but was much more efficient with his carries. With Tevin Coleman reportedly out the next few weeks, Mostert is worth an add to see if his role expands.

Justin Jackson – The Chargers didn’t lean too heavily on the run, and Justin Jackson finished with only 6 carries. However, he also averaged 9.5 yards a carry and if his role increases during Melvin Gordon’s absence, he’s a clear flex play with RB2 upside.

WR

John Ross – I’m not overly enthused about adding John Ross to my fantasy football teams because of his career history, but I can’t ignore how well he played in this new Bengals offense. Zac Taylor and AJ Green’s absence may have finally unlocked Ross’ potential. I’m not expecting another performance like the one he had Sunday, but he’s worth adding if you’re hurting at wide receiver.

Danny Amendola – Danny Playoffs showed up in the regular season and caught 7 balls for 104 yards and a touchdown. What’s really crazy is he was targeted a team-high 13 times. If Matt Stafford is going to continue pumping the ball to his slot receiver, Amendola is absolutely worth an add.

Randall Cobb – The newest addition to the Cowboys offense, Randall Cobb paid off dividends in his first game action. Cobb’s value is limited because he is the third receiver behind Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, but he should be rostered in any format of fantasy football.

TE

Vernon Davis – As long as Jordan Reed is out, Vernon Davis is a viable substitute, still capable of making plays. His touchdown was a spectacular grab down the sideline in which he maintained his balance and broke some bad tackles on his way to a score. Davis is only worth adding in deep redraft leagues.

Mike Gesicki – It’s very difficult to gleam and positives from the absolute beat down the Miami Dolphins suffered on Sunday. However, the sophomore sleeper was the second most targeted player on the Dolphins offense, and if that continues, he may have some value later in the year.

Deep Stash

QB

Gardner Minshew – The rookie quarterback came in relief of an injured Nick Foles and nearly set the Jaguars record for most straight completions. Gardner Minshew finished with an impressive 22 completions on 25 attempts, for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns. He did throw an interception as well, but in deeper leagues, he’s worth adding as a streaming quarterback option.

Taysom Hill – It feels weird to include a quarterback who didn’t throw a single pass on Sunday, but he did have a receiving touchdown. Taysom Hill is essentially a deep stash in dynasty leagues and nothing more.

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RB

D’Ernest Johnson – Kareem Hunt has been the deep stash for most fantasy football owners, but it was Dontrell Hilliard who saw the end zone for Cleveland. However, his running mate D’Ernest Johnson saw more work overall and played a role in the passing game. If he can expand this role, Johnson may be worth stashing deep on the roster.

Darren Sproles – I was shocked by how much work Darren Sproles saw on Sunday. Specifically, in redraft leagues, Sproles is worth a deep stash in deeper leagues, as he could be playing for retirement. This would give him added motivation on a week to week basis, as he’s literally playing for his football life.

CJ Anderson – Even though he only had 35 yards, CJ Anderson had 11 carries. The human bowling ball continued to do what he’s always done, average 3 yards and a cloud of dust. The fact that Kerryon Johnson didn’t separate himself as a far more talented runner means Anderson retains some value in deeper leagues.

WR

Willie Snead – I pounded the table all offseason for Willie Snead as a deep sleeper, and he found the endzone in week 1. Unfortunately, Snead didn’t see nearly the amount of targets I thought he might, seeing only 3 looks. As such, Snead remains as a deep sleeper for wide receiver needy teams.

Cody Latimer – Though he only caught 3 passes on Sunday, Cody Latimer was the most targeted wide receiver for the Giants, drawing 8 total targets. This was second only to Evan Engram. If Latimer can improve during Golden Tate’s absence, he could be a deep sleeper capable of developing into a flex play.

KeeSean Johnson – The new KeeSean Johnson had an average game, pulling in 5 catches for 46 yards. What impressed me was how heavily targeted Johnson was, getting 10 looks in total. If the Cardinals continue to air out the ball, Johnson will have some value as a deep stash, especially in dynasty leagues.

TE

Noah Fant – TJ Hockenson showed out on Sunday, but unfortunately, the second most highly drafted tight end did not match his production. Noah Fant has just 2 catches for 29 yards but was targeted 5 times, good enough for third on the team. He should be stashed specifically in dynasty leagues.

Nick Vannett – Purely a speculative add, Nick Vannett could benefit from Will Dissly’s absence if Dissly cannot overcome the knee injury he suffered on Sunday. If Vannett has the tight end workload all to himself, he has some low-level value as a desperation dart throw.

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