Monday, September 11, 2023

Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire

Every week, I list players to potentially target on your league's waiver wire that could help your fantasy team in the short and/or long term.

To maximize the potential that these players are available in your league(s), I only include those that are available in 50% or more of Yahoo! leagues.

Some of the players below more offer more short-term value, others may other more long-term value.

MORE: Fantasy Football Rest-of-Season (ROS) Rankings

Week 2 Fantasy Football RB Waiver-Wire Rankings

1. Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles (46% rostered in Yahoo! leagues): In what had the potential to be a four-way committee, Rashaad Penny was inactive in Week 1 and Gainwell ended up dominating RB touches (18, 81.8%). No other Eagles back had more than two touches, and Gainwell finished with 14 carries for 54 yards and added four receptions for 20 yards. While I wouldn't expect it to remain so lopsided, Gainwell is the clear lead back and should be rostered in all formats and league sizes.

2. Kyren Williams, Los Angeles Rams (5%): At first glance at the boxscore, Cam Akers (22) had more touches than Williams (15). That said, Williams (53 snaps, 65%) played more than Akers (28 snaps, 35%), and it was tilted even more in Williams' favor when the game was close. Williams out-snapped Akers 26 to four in the first half, and half (11) of Akers' touches occurred over the final 9:09 of the game. Maybe it's too soon to say that it's Williams, not Akers, who operates as L.A.'s lead back, but it seems to be a committee, at worst.

3. Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens (20%): J.K. Dobbins suffered a season-ending Achilles injury, and handled the bulk of touches before sustaining the injury. Unlike Dobbins, however, Edwards and Hill will split the majority of touches and it could be close to a 50-50 split between the two. Edwards has been a non-factor as a receiver (18 career receptions), but he has averaged 5.1 YPC over his career and should handle a larger share of the early-down work compared to Hill.

Below are my running back waiver-wire rankings heading into Week 2:

Week 2 Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Rankings

Below are my wide receiver waiver-wire rankings heading into Week 2:

1. Puka Nacua, Los Angeles Rams (5%): Nacua generated some buzz this summer, but nobody could have expected his incredible debut (10/119 on 15 targets). He is tied with Tyreek Hill for the most targets this week, and only Zay Flowers had a larger target share than Nacua (40.54%). After such a strong Week 1, the fifth-round rookie is in the WR3 mix for as long as Cooper Kupp is sidelined, which is a minimum of three more games. When Kupp is healthy and back in the lineup, Nacua clearly won't command 40% weekly target shares, but it's possible that he ends up being the top-producing non-Cooper Kupp Rams wide receiver Week 5 on (or from when Kupp returns).

2. Jakobi Meyers, Las Vegas Raiders (50%): Meyers is in concussion protocol, but he had nine catches for 81 yards and two scores on 10 targets in Week 1. Davante Adams will obviously command the majority of the attention from opposing secondaries, which could create extra opportunities for Meyers along the way. Only Adams (nine) and Josh Jacobs (three) had more than one target in Week 1.

3. Zay Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars (30%): Going into the season, I was part of the herd buying Jacksonville's offense in general heading into Trevor Lawrence's third season. Calvin Ridley returned to (real) NFL action with a bang, but it was almost exclusively Jones, not Christian Kirk, that was opposite Ridley in two-WR sets. Jones, who had a career 82/823/5 season last year, finished Week 1 with five catches for 55 yards and a score on seven targets (21.9%).

Week 2 Fantasy Football QB Waiver-Wire Rankings

Below are my quarterback waiver-wire rankings heading into Week 2:

Week 2 Fantasy Football TE Waiver-Wire Rankings

Below are my tight end waiver-wire rankings heading into Week 2:

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