As none of us expected, the Seahawks WR2 has emerge in the second week of the season. Although I didn’t think it would come this early, I am happy that Metcalf is the guy to take in this role. If a 77% snap share wasn’t good enough for a rookie, Metcalf bumped that up to 89% in week two and I know by the end of the year that will be in the low 90s. With upcoming games of New Orleans, Arizona, and the Rams Metcalf needs to be picked up in all leagues and is a safe flex play for the remainder of the season.
We all knew Tyreek Hill is impossible to replace, but it may seem as if Patrick Mahomes feels otherwise. Mahomes and the Chiefs offense continued their fantasy dominance and just like week one the WR2 had a monster game, this time being Demarcus Robinson. There was question as to who was going to be the WR2 for this team in the absence of Hill, and Robinson is clearly it. Robinson played on 91% of the snaps and hauled in all 6 of his targets for 172 yards and two scores. Robinson is going to be one of the favorites off the waiver this week, and I think I am buying into this player in Hill’s absence. We all knew Watkins was a system WR, hopefully you all sold high when you had the chance.
Did someone say breakout? McLaurin has been proving everyone wrong and has put on a show the first two weeks of the season. Currently sitting at 5th in air yards via airyards.com and averaging 22.5 PPR points per game McLaurin should be rostered in every league. I see similar production to DK Metcalf for McLaurin, but I think McLaurin has more upside as he is slowly becoming the WR1 for the Redskins. McLaurin has a tough matchup next week against the Bears, but the following weeks are looking very promising for this rookie wide receiver.
This may be a desperation pickup, but with the amount of running backs seeming to get hurt Raheem Mostert may have solid waiver wire value. Yes, Mostert is the backup but he did out snap Breida 47% to 29% and was featured in the passing game as Breida was not. At most Mostert will be a flex play if he is picked up in your league but if Tevin Coleman is out the 49ers will use a committee to put them in the best spot to win on gameday.
Consistent and not flashy is the best way to describe Chris Thompson. If you are in a PPR league and you need a safe floor RB2/flex play due to injuries, then look no further than Chris Thompson. Thompson is guaranteed to get targets as he is averaging 9 a game so far through 2 weeks and I do not see this number going down anytime soon. With the lack of quality receivers on the Redskins and the most likely negative game script Thompson will receive lots of work week in and week out. Thompson is far from the numbers he put up a couple season ago, but you can never have too many running backs on your team.
Is another tight end emerging from the waiver wire? It seems as if Will Dissly came back right as he left off pre injury last season, and I think he is going to be a hot topic on the waiver wire this week. Dissly, through two games, is averaging a 55% snap percentage and saw a total of 5 targets each week. I think Dissly will be a common pickup for O.J. Howard owners if the other high upside tight ends are taken. Dissly is a touchdown dependent tight end, but I think he has good value if your team needs it.
Mason Rudolph and
Teddy Bridgewater (Superflex)
Wow, what a week for superstar quarterbacks to get injured. With Drew Brees and Big Ben going down that leaves some teams with question marks as to who to replace them with. If you are in a superflex league then usually any starting quarterback is a must add, so a lot of FAAB will be thrown at these players, but I think that Rudolph will get the lean over Bridgewater as to who I want ROS. Rudolph has matchups of SF, CIN, BAL, LAC, AND MIA the next 5 weeks and with the only bad matchup being the Ravens he is worthy of a QB2 for the next couple weeks. Now for Bridgewater who has a tough upcoming schedule (SEA, DAL, TB, JAX, CHI) I am fading him and not wasting any FAAB on him. Bridgewater also has the chance of getting benched for offensive phenom Taysom Hill to take the job.