Waivering: Week 2

Tue Sep 15 9:58am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Brown got big workload Week 1


This list is pretty populated this week but just remember, there are a lot of players that won’t pan out going forward. Please keep your expectations in check after one week of action. Hopefully, some of the players do work out and can help the rest of the way. But please be judicious with your waiver-wire money when it comes to bidding. Don’t blow all your money this first week. These are just a few words of wisdom before getting to the possible additions to your team.   

QUARTERBACKS

Mitchell Trubisky, Bears. Trubisky had a really slow start but last week but picked it up in a big way, finishing with 242 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. He is never a sure thing but has some really favorable matchups the next few weeks, making him worth a look. He plays the Giants and Falcons his next two contests.

Gardner Minshew, Jaguars. This might be one of the last few weeks Minshew is available on the waiver wire. He has near perfect in the opener, going 19-of-20 for 173 yard and three touchdowns without an interception. He continues to provide the big game for fantasy teams. Minshew is available in 54 percent of leagues.

RUNNING BACKS

Nyheim Hines, Colts. Even before Marlon Mack was injured last week, Hines was getting his work in the Colts offense. He finished with two touchdowns and eight receptions. Philip Rivers loves to throw the running back and Hines is the top pass-catching back, so don’t be surprised if Hines gets a lot of targets on a weekly basis. Hines is available in 39 percent of leagues.

James Robinson, Jaguars. Robinson was the surprise starter for the Jaguars at running back and played pretty well in that role. He ran 16 times for 62 yards and caught a pass for 28 yards, giving him 90 total yards. He looked the part of an NFL back, so he has some value for fantasy teams. Robinson remains available in 44 percent of leagues.

Peyton Barber, Washington. Barber didn’t start for Washington but led the team in carries and got the goal-line work. He ran 17 times for 29 yards and two touchdowns. His production with his carries is a concern but if he keeps getting the goal-line work and double-digit touches Barber will have some fantasy value.

Malcolm Brown, Rams. Brown was not the Rams back that was expected to lead the way in that backfield, but that was the case in Week 1. Brown got the most carries and did well with his work, rushing 18 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 31 yards, giving him 110 total yards. Brown might not lead this backfield in carriers every week but is going to have a role in this offense, making him worth a roster spot in all formats. He is available in 77 percent of leagues.

Jerick McKinnon, 49ers. McKinnon didn’t get a ton of touches for the 49ers in their opener but got some touches and found the end zone. He ran three times for 24 yards and caught three passes for 20 yards and a touchdown. With Tevin Coleman doing little with his work, McKinnon could be playing his way into a bigger role in a hurry.

Myles Gaskin, Dolphins. Gaskin was maybe the surprise of the day, getting a lot of work at running back for the Dolphins while outproducing Matt Breida and Jordan Howard. Gaskin ran nine times for 40 yards and caught four passes for 26 yards. This might be the case going forward for Gaskin, getting double-digit touches for the Dolphins. He looked good in Week 1.

Joshua Kelley, Chargers. Kelley served as the top backup for the Chargers and looked good in that role. He ran 12 times for 60 yards and a touchdown. It would not surprise to see him getting double-digit touches on a weekly basis in the Chargers run-heavy offense.

Frank Gore, Jets. LeVeon Bell injured his hamstring and might have to miss some time. That leaves Gore as the starter for the Jets. Gore is not going to produce huge in this offense but any starting back in the NFL is going to have some fantasy value. He is worth adding if you need some tuning back depth.

Benny Snell, Steelers. James Conner is already hurt, leaving Snell as the possible starter. Snell had a great debut last week, producing big as the lead back for the Steeler. He hit the 100-yard mark rushing. Snell is available in 63 percent of leagues and is worth picking up in all formats. His ceiling is high as the starter in this offense.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Russell Gage, Falcons.  Gage was a big factor as the No. 3 receiver for the Falcons in the opener. He had nine receptions for 114 yards on 12 targets. This probably isn’t a fluke, either, playing in the Falcons pass-heavy offense. Gage won’t do this every week but certainly has some upside going forward. 

Sammy Watkins, Chiefs. Watkins was boom or bust last year, so you don’t want to look too much into one game. But Watkins had a big opener and showed he can still be a factor in this offense. Watkins had seven receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown. He is still available in 44 percent of leagues.

Parris Campbell, Colts. Campbell led the way at receiver for the Colts in Week 1. He had six receptions for 71 yards and ran once for nine yards. The talented second-year receiver was not healthy much of his rookie year, so this game shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. He has a chance to have a big second season. Campbell remains available in 53 percent of leagues.

Tre’Quan Smith, Saints. The injury to Michael Thomas might open the door for Smith to get some more playing time and targets in the passing game. Smith was getting some hype during the offseason and training camp. He also has been a player that was hyped in past seasons, so don’t discount him going forward. He could get his chance if Thomas misses any time.

TIGHT ENDS

Logan Thomas, Washington. Thomas emerged as the starter for Washington this offseason and showed well in the opener. He was getting a lot of hype in training camp, so this solid showing isn’t a huge shock. Thomas had four receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown on eight targets. This could be a common theme for Thomas throughout the season.

O.J. Howard, Bucs. Howard outproduced Rob Gronkowski in Week 1 for the Bucs. He had four receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown. Howard might have the better season of the two Buc tight ends. He could have a breakout year with Tom Brady as his quarterback. Howard is still available in 72 percent of leagues.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
Tevin Coleman Oct 31 5:00pm ET

San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman (knee) has been activated off the IR and will be available for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Coleman last played in Week 2 against the Jets, where he suffered a knee sprain that kept him out until now. It's anyone's guess as to who leads this backfield after head coach Kyle Shanahan pulled a fast one on us all last week. The best guess is that Coleman leads the backfield, with JaMycal Hasty mixing in as a change-of-pace option and Jerick McKinnon operating as the third-down back. Coleman and Hasty are probably the best plays of the bunch, though they're hard to look at as anything more than flex plays against Seattle.

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A.J. Green Oct 31 4:50pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green will face the Titans in Week 8 fresh off two of his best games of the season. Green has at least 80 receiving yards in two straight games and has seen 24 targets over the last couple of weeks. That's elite-level volume that he may not be able to sustain with Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins both playing great football, though it's clear that he and Joe Burrow are developing a strong connection. Tennessee struggles to defend opposing wide receivers, as they've surrendered the fourth-most fantasy points to the position. Green can be started as a high-end WR3 with upside for more.

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Latavius Murray Oct 31 4:40pm ET

New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray gets a seemingly tough matchup against the Bears in Week 8. Chicago has allowed the ninth-fewest fantasy points to running backs but ranks 23rd in the NFL against the run. Murray has seen at least 10 touches in all but one game this season and could see some more opportunities in this one with the Saints down a couple of pass-catchers. Look for Murray to see around 10 touches again and check-in as an RB3 for Week 8.

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Joe Burrow Oct 31 4:20pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow gets a middle-of-the-pack matchup against the Titans in Week 8. Burrow is coming off the best game of his young career, with 406 passing yards, three touchdowns, and one interception against Cleveland. Tennessee ranks 18th in fantasy points allowed to enemy passers, though they've allowed at least 250 passing yards and two touchdowns to each of the last three quarterbacks they've faced. Burrow is coming into this one hot with a full stable of weapons, so keep him in your lineups as a solid QB1.

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Julian Edelman Oct 31 4:10pm ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (knee) has been placed on the injured reserve. Edelman had surgery on his knee and is expected to miss at least the next three games, though head coach Bill Belichick seemed optimistic about the veteran receiver returning at some point. It's safe to drop Edelman in all formats. With starter N'Keal Harry (concussion) also out, the Patriots will have to turn to Jakobi Meyers, Damiere Byrd, and Gunner Olszewski for three-wide receiver sets. Meyers and Byrd can only be used by the most desperate of fantasy managers, as the matchup against Buffalo is tough.

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Sterling Shepard Oct 31 4:00pm ET

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (shoulder, toe) doesn't have an injury designation and will take the field heading into a tough matchup against the Buccaneers. Shepard was limited all week in practice after sustaining a turf toe injury in Week 7 against Philadelphia in addition to the shoulder ailment- though he's evidently shown the Giants enough to be confident in his health. It won't be an easy matchup for Shepard against Tampa Bay, as they've allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points to opposing wideouts. Still, Shepard's eight targets from Week 7 indicate that he'll be a big part of the offense moving forward. Look at him as a solid WR3 option in Week 8.

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Scott Miller Oct 31 3:40pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (shoulder) and wide receiver Scotty Miller (hip, groin) are both good to go for Sunday. Both Gronkowski and Miller were limited on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, though they have no injury designations after both were full participants on Friday. Without Chris Godwin (finger), both players could potentially see more looks in the passing game. Look at Gronkowski as a solid TE1 and Miller as a risky WR4 against the Giants Defense on Monday night.

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Devonta Freeman Oct 31 3:30pm ET

New York Giants running back Devonta Freeman (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This was expected, as Freeman was not able to take the practice field all week. He suffered the injury during the Giants' Week 7 contest against the Eagles on Thursday night, though the added time didn't help him heal any quicker. The Giants will turn to Wayne Gallman- who looked good in spurts against Philadelphia- as their lead back. He'll get enough touches to be started as a flex option, though it's hard to envision him finding much success against Tampa's league-best run defense.

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Stephon Gilmore Oct 31 3:30pm ET

New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (knee) is out for a key Week 8 divisional clash against the Bills. There was a glimmer of hope on Thursday when Gilmore was able to get a limited practice session in, though Friday's DNP made his status for Sunday grim. New England doesn't have much depth behind last year's Defensive Player of the Year and is inconveniently about to face Stefon Diggs. Diggs was already a must-start based on his previous production and is now arguably a top-five wide receiver this week.

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Phillip Lindsay Oct 31 2:40pm ET

Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said that running back Phillip Lindsay (concussion) will go for one more post-concussion evaluation on Saturday, but the team expects him to play in Week 8 against the Chargers, barring a setback in that test. It's bad news for Melvin Gordon, who will now share touches in the backfield with Lindsay, making him more of a low-end RB2/high-end RB3/flex. Lindsay was the better runner in Week 7, too, racking up 79 yards on nine carries. He's averaging just under five yards a carry and Gordon lost two costly fumbles against the Chiefs. Lindsay will be an RB3/flex option in PPR leagues if he can pass his final concussion test.

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Andy Dalton Oct 31 2:30pm ET

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (concussion) has been downgraded from doubtful to out for the Sunday night game against the division-rival Eagles in Week 8. This was the expectation all along after Dalton was unable to clear the concussion protocol or practice all week. Owner Jerry Jones thinks that the signal-caller will be ready to go for Week 9 against the Steelers, but we'll have to keep a close eye on his progress in the league's protocol. If he is available next week, he'd be a low-end QB2 against a tough Steelers Defense. Rookie Ben DiNucci will make his first career start against Philadelphia this Sunday, but he's also a low-end desperation QB2 in superflex leagues.

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Ryan Succop Oct 31 1:40pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Ryan Succop makes for a good play in a Week 8 matchup against the New York Giants. Succop has made at least five kicks in four straight games and has at least five extra points in two straight. There's no reason to doubt Tampa Bay's offense against the Giants, even though their defense has shown signs of improvement. Fire up Succop as a solid starting option this week.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Oct 31 1:40pm ET

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense has been one of the best options for fantasy this year. They get their best matchup of the year in Week 8 against the Giants, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing defenses. The Giants' offensive line ranks dead-last in adjusted sack rate while Tampa Bay's defensive front ranks second in sack rate. This is a dream matchup for the Buccaneers' defense, so expect more than a few sacks and a couple of turnovers forced at the expense of Daniel Jones. The Buccaneers are probably going to be the highest-scoring defense of the week.

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Rob Gronkowski Oct 31 1:30pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski faces a semi-tough matchup in Week 8 against the Giants. Gronkowski has at least six targets and 50 yards receiving in each of his last three contests and has scored a touchdown in two straight games. The Giants are not the soft spot they used to be for tight ends- they've allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points per game to the position. Still, Gronkowski is too hot to bench right now, especially with how thin the tight end position is for fantasy. He has a good chance of putting up top-12 numbers at his position in Week 8.

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Alshon Jeffery Oct 31 1:30pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (calf) has been ruled out for Week 8's Sunday night matchup with the division-rival Cowboys. Jeffery still has yet to make his 2020 season debut and missed practice all week. The 30-year-old miss the start of the season after having offseason foot surgery, but the calf injury is what's holding him back of late. The oft-injured veteran might not even have much of a role once he finally does return, so he's not a very attractive stash in standard-sized leagues at this point. The Eagles will be getting tight end Dallas Goedert (ankle) and rookie receiver Jalen Reagor (thumb) back in Week 8 as well. Jeffery has become a fantasy afterthought.

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Tyler Johnson Oct 31 1:20pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Tyler Johnson will take the place of the injured Chris Godwin (finger) in Week 8 against the Giants. Johnson got the start in Week 5, playing a season-high 79 percent of the snaps and putting up a 4-61-0 line. With Brady currently rolling, it's fair to consider starting a player such as Johnson. There is some risk here, as the game script may tilt this towards a more run-heavy gameplan for the Buccaneers. Still, Johnson can be started by managers who are struggling with injuries or bye weeks.

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Damien Harris Oct 31 1:20pm ET

New England Patriots running back Damien Harris (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 8 against the division-rival Bills. Harris was a limited practice participant all week, so he should be able to suit up on Sunday against Buffalo, barring any setbacks. New England will need as much help as possible from their backfield this weekend with both receivers Julian Edelman (knee) and N'Keal Harry (concussion) out, but the Patriots crowded backfield and their stagnant offense are both big concerns for Harris' potential upside. Harris has seen double-digit carries in two of his three games this year, but he'll need positive game script to reach his ceiling this weekend, and that might be tough going against a strong Buffalo offense. With just two catches in three games as well, Harris is an uninspiring RB3/flex in this crowded backfield picture.

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Mo Alie-Cox Oct 31 1:10pm ET

Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox (knee) and center Ryan Kelly (knee) are both questionable for Week 8 against the Lions. Alie-Cox didn't practice on Wednesday, but he was limited both Thursday and Friday. He sat out of the team's Week 6 game and rested up during the bye last week. The 27-year-old has a decent shot at playing this Sunday against Detroit, but his moment in the fantasy sun appears to have come and gone in 2020. Alie-Cox went over 100 yards receiving in Week 2 and scored in back-to-back games in Weeks 3 and 4, but he failed to haul in his only target in Week 5 when he was injured, and he's expected to take a back seat to Trey Burton moving forward.

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Bryan Edwards Oct 31 1:10pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders rookie wide receiver Bryan Edwards (ankle, foot) is listed as questionable for Week 8 against the Browns. Edwards was limited in practice all week, so he definitely has a chance to return for the first time since Week 3. The third-rounder has caught five of his six targets for 99 yards in the first three games of his career, but he won't carry any fantasy appeal if he returns to action against Cleveland, as rookie Henry Ruggs III, Hunter Renfrow and Nelson Agholor should operate in three-receiver sets this Sunday. The Browns are an enticing matchup for wideouts; they've allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to them this year. Edwards might be able to make a splash play if he's active, but you can't trust him in fantasy lineups.

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Allen Robinson Oct 31 1:00pm ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson II (concussion) has cleared the league's concussion protocol and is expected to play in Week 8 against the Saints. Robinson missed practice all week, making it seem unlikely on Friday that he would be able to suit up on Sunday. But it looks like fantasy managers can return him to their starting lineups for this weekend. Chicago's offense has been stagnant the last two weeks, though, which has limited A-Rob to nine receptions for 123 yards on 13 targets in that span. The Bears need to make their top receiver a bigger part of the game plan to get back in the win column, but the 27-year-old will be a WR2 for fantasy managers against New Orleans.

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