Monday, September 10, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 2

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

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With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 2 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (30 percent)

DeSean Jackson had a huge game (5/146/2), but he left with a concussion, putting his Week 2 status in question. An up-and-down player in general at this point, D-Jax could be worth an add when out of the concussion protocol, but Godwin is a talented player in his own right that could eventually push Jackson for snaps.

The talented second-year receiver made the most of his rookie-season opportunities, especially when Jackson missed time, and he's begun this season with a good start as well. Godwin had three catches for 41 yards and a touchdown on four targets and could see a bump this week if D-Jax is unable to go.

2. John Brown, Baltimore Ravens (20 percent)

Several years ago (2015), Brown was a second-year receiver that had a breakout 1,003-yard campaign. Since then, however, he hasn't been the same, but his buzz-worthy training camp could parlay into regular-season success. While the Ravens blew out the Bills by 44 points with Joe Flacco sitting out the second half, Brown had a productive outing (3/44/1) when he was on the field. With good health, Brown could be poised for a bounce-back season.

3. Brandon Marshall, Seattle Seahawks (8 percent)

With Doug Baldwin (MCL) likely to miss multiple weeks, the Seahawks have a pair of receivers worth an add -- Tyler Lockett and Marshall. Since Lockett (51%-owned) doesn't qualify based on our self-imposed guidelines, we'll focus on Marshall here.

At one point, it wasn't guaranteed that Marshall would even make the roster. With Jimmy Graham leaving in free agency and Baldwin now out with injury, however, Marshall may become the team's best bet to catch a Russell Wilson touchdown on a weekly basis (although both Lockett and Marshall did so in Week 1). Marshall finished with a 3/46/1 line on six targets on Sunday and he and Lockett are in the WR3/flex conversation as long as Baldwin is sidelined.

4. Ted Ginn Jr., New Orleans Saints (17 percent)

Last season, Ginn Jr. exceeded the expectations most had for him and he's off to a good start this year. As the No. 2 receiver for Drew Brees, the speedy veteran receiver had five catches for 68 yards and a touchdown and added a two-point conversion in Sunday's loss to the Bucs. There is likely to be week-to-week volatility with Ginn, but it wouldn't be a shock if he turned in a top-40 or top-50 season.

5. Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets (6 percent)

Targeted on 10 of Sam Darnold's 21 pass attempts, Enunwa led the team with six catches for 63 yards and a touchdown. Enunwa missed all of last season after a breakout 2016 campaign (58/857/4). While he's unlikely to half roughly half of the team's targets in future weeks, the Jets are unlikely to win many games by 30-plus points and take their foot off the gas early in the game as well.

6. Phillip Dorsett, New England Patriots (4 percent)

Once Julian Edelman returns from his four-week suspension, Dorsett will be no better than fourth in line for targets and perhaps lower once you consider the team's running backs. That said, the team lacks experience at wide receiver and Dorsett connected with Tom Brady for a career-high seven receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown against the Texans. That said, the Week 2 matchup against the Jaguars is about as bad as it gets for a receiver and passing offense in general.

7. Ryan Grant, Indiananpolis Colts (3 percent)

Targeted nine times, Grant had eight receptions for 59 yards in Week 1. While T.Y. Hilton (11) led the position group in targets, Grant is the clear No. 2 wideout. With Andrew Luck under center for a team that could trail (and throw) often, overall passing game volume could remain high most weeks for the Colts. Especially in PPR formats, Grant could become a WR3 in deeper leagues.

8. Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys (8 percent)

There is little reason to be excited about the Cowboys passing attack. As a Cowboys fan, I use that word ("attack") loosely. With the retirement of Jason Witten, however, Beasley could be most-targeted receiver as Dak Prescott's security blanket. Peppered with targets on Sunday, Beasley (eight, 27.59%) had nearly as many targets as the rest of the receiving corps combined (11). Due to his low touchdown upside, however, Beasley is almost exclusively useful for fantasy owners in PPR formats.

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