Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire Winning Adds
Each and every week in Fantasy Football there are surprise performances and there are injures. Both of these occurrences tend to lead to opportunity. Opportunity leads to touches, and touches tend to lead to fantasy points. Every week there is something to pay attention to in the NFL. At times it is injuries, others it’s bye weeks, and in 2021, the Covid-19 pandemic lingers and could possibly impact NFL teams, and your fnatasy rosters. All of these scenarios highlight the waiver wire, and your need to pay attention to it.
In Week 2, the season is but a week old, and the player pool to choose from is large as the bye weeks have yet to kick in. Rob Sullivan joins Brad Menendez this week to discuss which players we like for your NFL Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups.
Taylor Heinicke – Washington Football Team
Rostered: ESPN 0.2%, Yahoo 0%
The Football Team’s big offseason acquisition was QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. In Week 1, Fitz struggled to a line of 3 completions on 6 attempts for 13 yards, before exiting with a hip injury. Taylor Heinicke who showed well in the Wildcard game for the Football Team last season came on in relief and got the offense on track. Heinicke went 11/15 for 122 yards and a score, after Fitzgerald struggles prior to leaving.
Jameis Winston – New Orleans Saints
Rostered: ESPN 26.2%, Yahoo 42%
Jameis Winston was highly efficient and mistake free. This isn’t the first time we have seen Winston throw five touchdown passes, but it might be the first time he’s done it without an interception. Winston only threw 20 times in this one, completing 14 of them for 148 yards. We don’t see a 28% TD rate continuing but Winston needs to be rostered in more leagues than he is.
Jared Goff – Detroit Lions
Rostered: ESPN 5.6%, Yahoo 7%
Jared Goff is a QB that likely remains fantasy relevant based on volume alone. Goff attempted 57 passes in the loss to San Francisco, completing 38 of them for 338 yards and three touchdowns. Detroit will likely be trailing more often than not this season, and Detroit may have many more high volume passing games as a result.
2. Running Backs
Elijah Mitchell – San Francisco 49ers
Rostered: ESPN 0.7%, Yahoo 5%
After rookie RB Trey Sermon was a healthy scratch, all eyes turned to Niners RB Raheem Mostert. After two carries Mostert was ruled out with a knee injury and Mitchell took over the lead back duties for San Francisco. Mitchell the 6th round selection of of Louisville finished with 19 carries for 104 yards and a TD. If Mostert is to miss time, Mitchell should remain a viable fantasy RB.
Tony Jones Jr. – New Orleans Saints
Rostered: ESPN 3.5%, Yahoo 8%
Tony Jones Jr. won the backup job in Saints camp leading to the release of Latavius Murray. Sean Payton has typically always attacked his opponents with multiple running backs. Jones wasn’t heavily involved in Week 1 but we would expect that volume increases. The Saints had their way with the Packers in Week 1, that won’t be the case all season. Jones’ roster percentages are criminally low.
Kenneth Gainwell – Philadelphia Eagles
Ownership: ESPN 3.5%, Yahoo 8%
It was Kenneth Gainwell take ran as the change of pace back for the Eagles on Sunday and not Boston Scott. Gainwell was respectable in his NFL debut, 9 carries for 37 yards and a score with two catches for another 6 yards. Going forward I would expect Philly to target the RB more often and that bodes well for Gainwell. He is not a must add, but a nice add to the end of your bench of you are dealing with early season injuries.
3. Wide Receivers
Jalen Reagor – Philadelphia Eagles
Rostered: ESPN – 57.7% , Yahoo -21%
Jalen Reagor hauled in all 6 of his targets for 49 yards and a touchdown, in the Eagles 32-6 beat down of the Atlanta Falcons. Jalen Hurts was efficient and spread the ball around to Reagor, Devonta Smith, and Dallas Goedert. Expect that to continue in the coming weeks. Jalen Reagor needs to be rostered in 100% of leagues.
Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals
Rostered: ESPN – 3.6% , Yahoo – 13%
Christian Kirk has always possessed the talent to be a viable weekly fantasy WR, at the same time he has also shown the tendency to disappear for large stretches of time as well. Sunday in Tennessee, Kirk was present and accounted for. Kirk finished his day with 5 receptions for 70 yards and a pair pf touchdowns. The Cardinals will need someone to step up as their No.2 WR and Christian Kirk at least for one week appears to be that someone.
Nelson Agholor – New England Patriots
Rostered: ESPN – 54.6%, Yahoo – 32%
Nelson Agholor had a breakout season a year ago in Las Vegas. In 2021 he takes his talents to New England via free agency. The Patriots are not likely a pass heavy team, but when they throw Nelson Agholor will be involved. He saw a team high 7 targets that he turned into 5 catches for 72 yards and a TD. Agholor is one of many Patriots to benefit from the QB change to Mac Jones and as a result he needs to be rostered more than he currently is.
4. Tight Ends
Juwan Johnson – New Orleans Saints
Rostered: ESPN 1.3%, Yahoo 9%
There is something about converted Wide Receivers that play Tight Ends that we like here at Rotoheat. Perhaps its the abilty to get open, good body control and the abilty to win contested catches. Saints TE Juwan Johnson checks all those boxes and is a TE that we want to roster. Johnson turned 3 targets into 3 receptions for 21 yards and 2 touchdowns. Touchdowns are the difference maker at the TE position and Johnson after week 1 appears to be Winston’s favorite in the red zone.
Gerald Everett – Seattle Seahawks
Rostered: ESPN 10.4%, Yahoo 56%
We have been singing the praises of new Seattle Seahawks TE Gerald Everett all offseason. After one week of the 2021 season that continues. Everett caught both of his targets for 20 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks 28-16 Week 1 won over the Indianapolis Colts. Russell Wilson is cooking and that makes the Seahawks an offense I want a part of. Gerald Everett is a solid add this week off your waiver wire.
David Njoku – Cleveland Browns
Rostered: ESPN 0.7%, Yahoo 1%
David Njoku is a Tight End you may have forgotten about, and if you have nobody is going to blame you. Njoku finished 2018 as TE9, and followed that up with TE85, and TE47 finishes the past two seasons. The Browns run a ton of two TE sets, and Njoku will be on the field a lot. In Week 1 he turned X targets into X yards
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