Waiver Wire Pick Ups: Week 2

Wow, what a first week for random wide receivers to go off and make this article so much harder to put together. There are a ton of players that will be hot waiver wire commodities, but I am going to help narrow down your search and evaluate based on a couple variables. These players are all less than 65% owned based on ESPN’s player percentages and this pertains to PPR scoring formats.

Quarterback

Gardner Minshew
              The sad injury that Nick Foles opens a wide range of oppurtunities for this rookie QB. Minshew should only retain waiver value in superflex leagues where a team is hurting at quarterback. Not much to breakdown here as we saw what Minshew can do, but that was against a bad defense in the Kansas City Chiefs. With upcoming matchups of the Texans, Titans, and Broncos I am only going to buy into Minshew if my team desperately needs it.

Running Back

Giovani Bernard
              With Mixon potentially not being able to play against the 49ers Bernard becomes a solid plug and play flex spot for the week against the not so great 49ers defense. Continue to monitor Mixon’s health status during the week, but I would only play Bernard if Mixon is a scratch.

Chris Thompson

              Well as a shocker to everyone Derrius Guice is hurt and that means it will be the Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson show from here on out.  Thompson hauled in 7 catches on 10 targets and seemed to a favorite of Case Keenum who played surprisingly well and kept the Eagles game close. Peterson is going to receive most if not all the carries going forward, but with upcoming games of the Cowboys, Bears, and Giants I expect Thompson to receive flex worthy work.

Malcom Brown

              Yes, I know Brown ran in 2 touchdowns and broke off one long run, BUT he only received a 28.9% snap share. McVay as he stated is going to ease Gurley into his old workload and that only means Brown’s usage is going to go down. Take a step back and think about it a bit before you pick up a running back that receives 28.9% of the workload. Brown is a handcuff pickup only, and that is all he is worth.

Wide Receivers

Terry McLaurin

              This is my favorite waiver add of the week, and it is rightfully deserved. After a very impressive camp, former Ohio State Buckeye Terry McLaurin is slowly taking control of the WR1 role for the Redskins. McLaurin recorded a 93% snap share and received 7 targets that turned into 5 catches 125 yards and one touchdown. Not to mention he was overthrown on what would have been another big gain if not another long touchdown. McLaurin netted 140 air yards which is a very predictive stat in order to determine success. The big question is… will he be able to sustain this level of success in order to retain fantasy value? As highlighted above the next couple games will most likely feature negative game scripts, so this means the ball will be thrown A LOT. McLaurin should be the number one target on your waivers for this week.

John Brown, DK Metcalf, John Ross

I am grouping these guys together as they are all in sort of the same “boom or bust” flex play if you were to pick them up. All guys received above 75% snap share and most of their points came from deep bombs. I am not saying do not pick these guys up, I am just saying do not make them a priority for your waivers because there will be plenty of these guys to pick up every week. Direct your attention to season long waiver players as they will return more value. If I had to rank these guys in order of how I would value them then it would be Brown, Metcalf, Ross.

Marquise Brown

Please please please do not waste all your FAAB or your top waiver on a player that had a 13% snap share. If you want to waste your FAAB and play a guy that only plays 13% of the offensive snaps. Yes he looked explosive, but let someone else in your league waste a ton of FAAB on a guy that can MAYBE be a flex play every week. I need to see more snaps before I can deem Brown a solid pickup.

Tight End

Mark Andrews

              FINNALY, the offseason hype of Mark Andrews has paid off. Andrews had a impressive game against the worse than brutal Dolphins defense. Shockingly Andrews had the lowest snap share out of the three tight ends at 42%, but I expect this to happen as Hurst and Boyle are superior run blockers. If the Ravens stay explosive on offense Andrews will have start able tight end value. To top it off he gets the Cardinals next week, and I envision another great game.

TJ Hockensen

              Not much to say here as if you watched the game you know how Stafford values his new tight end T.J. Hockensen. If he is on your waivers and you have any need for a tight end make sure he is your number one priority for just like Andrews I think Hockensen will be a start able tight end for the rest of the season.