Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire: Jeff Wilson, Carson Wentz among solutions as injury reinforcements

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I’m excited to see what the roster trends will look like Wednesday and Thursday following all the waiver wire moves this week. It will be interesting to see who was added and how much each player went for in FAB in their leagues.

We have a few big injuries we’re dealing with heading into Week 2 with Dak Prescott (thumb), Elijah Mitchell (knee), Najee Harris (foot), Chris Godwin (hamstring), Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Tee Higgins (concussion ). That should force Fantasy managers into being active on the waiver wire, which is always fun.

You can see all my recommendations below, including streaming options at DST and kicker. We’ll give you players to drop as well, but hopefully the guys you add this week turn into difference makers for your Fantasy roster.

Editor’s note: For this waiver wire column, we are only looking at players rostered in less than 65 percent of CBS Sports leagues.

Week 2 Waivers

  • Injuries: Dak Prescott (ankle), Mac Jones (back) and Zach Wilson (knee).
  • Check to see if available: Matt Ryan (75 percent rostered), Jameis Winston (73 percent) and Justin Fields (67 percent). Ryan didn’t have his best game in Week 1 against Houston with two turnovers, but he passed for 352 yards and a touchdown and surprisingly ran for 12 yards. He should be useful in Week 2 at the Jaguars as a streamer. … Winston looked awful to start the game against the Falcons, but he rallied the Saints to win and finished with 269 passing yards and two touchdowns. He should be the No. 1 quarterback to add where available heading into Week 2 against Tampa Bay. … Fields struggled in Week 1 against the 49ers in the rain, passing for just 121 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, along with 28 rushing yards. But I still expect better Fantasy production moving forward, and he’s a solid No. 2 quarterbacks to stash in all leagues.
  • Drop candidates: Prescott (99 percent rostered). I’d prefer to stash Prescott in all formats, but Fantasy managers in 10-team leagues might not have that luxury with a shallow bench. He’s out until potentially Week 10 with his thumb injury, and if you have to drop him for a replacement then it might be something you need to do.

Add in this order:

Week 2 Waiver Priority List

WAIVER WIRE

Running Backs

  • Injuries: Elijah Mitchell (knee), Najee Harris (foot), Alvin Kamara (ribs), JK Dobbins (knee), Ken Walkter (abdomen), Brian Robinson (knee), Damien Williams (ribs), Kyren Williams (ankle) and Brandon Bolden (hamstring).
  • Check to see if available: Michael Carter (77 percent rostered), Alexander Mattison (76 percent), Kenneth Gainwell (75 percent) and Isiah Pacheco (70 percent). Carter, as expected, was the leading running back for the Jets in Week 1 against Baltimore with 10 carries for 60 yards, and he added seven catches for 40 yards on nine targets. Breece Hall might eventually take over for Carter, but Carter is the Jets guy for now and can be used as a flex in Week 2 against Cleveland. … Mattison is just purely a handcuff for Dalvin Cook, but he should be stashed in all leagues if you have a roster spot to spare. … Gainwell did well as the No. 2 running back for the Eagles in Week 1 at Detroit with five carries for 20 yards and a touchdown, and he also added two catches for 12 yards on four targets. He could be a potential flex option in PPR moving forward, including in Week 2 against the Vikings. … Pacheco did most of his damage in Week 1 against the Cardinals in garbage time (12 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown), but he’s the likely No. 2 running back behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Jerick McKinnon (17 percent) will also have a role in this backfield, and he’s worth adding in deeper PPR leagues. But Pacheco, like Mattison, could be a league winner if he gets the chance to start at any point this year.
  • Drop candidates: Mitchell (100 percent rostered), Darrel Williams (60 percent) and Isiah Spiller (26 percent). If you can’t stash Mitchell then he might have to be dropped, especially in 10-team leagues where there should be plenty of options on the waiver wire. Mitchell is expected to miss at least eight weeks with an MCL sprain. … Williams is third on the depth chart for the Cardinals and was clearly behind James Conner and Eno Benjamin in Week 1. Williams didn’t play in Week 1 against the Chiefs and isn’t worth a roster spot in most leagues. … Spiller was a healthy scratch in Week 1 for the Chargers, and that might continue for the near future. He’s only worth stashing in Dynasty leagues.

Add in this order:

Week 2 Waiver Priority List

WAIVER WIRE

Wide Receivers

  • Injuries: Tee Higgins (concussion), Keenan Allen (hamstring), Chris Godwin (hamstring), Allen Lazard (ankle), Michael Gallup (knee), Rondale Moore (hamstring), Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) and Van Jefferson (knee).
  • Check to see if available: Marquez Valdes-Scantling (68 percent rostered) and Julio Jones (66 percent). Valdes-Scantling had a quiet debut with the Chiefs in Week 1 with only four catches for 44 yards on four targets, but he played the most snaps and ran the most routes of any Kansas City receiver, according to Pro Football Focus. Big days are ahead for him. … Jones had a quality debut with Tampa Bay and should benefit with Godwin out for a few weeks. Against Dallas in Week 1, Jones had three catches for 69 yards on five targets, including a 48-yard reception, and he added two carries for 17 yards. Russell Gage (44 percent) is also worth a look in deeper leagues.
  • Drop candidates: Tyler Lockett (89 percent rostered), DeVante Parker (70 percent), Marvin Jones (64 percent), Kenny Golladay (37 percent) and Jalen Tolbert (31 percent). Seattle upset Denver in Week 1, but Lockett didn’t do much to help with just three catches for 28 yards on four targets. I’m afraid these stat lines could become the norm, and Lockett isn’t someone you have to stash in 10-team leagues. … The Patriots offense looked bad against Miami and struggled all preseason, and Parker now has to contend with Mac Jones dealing with a potential back injury. Parker had one catch for 9 yards on two targets and isn’t worth stashing in most 10- and 12-team leagues. … The pecking order for the Jaguars receivers in Week 1 at Washington was Christian Kirk, Zay Jones and then Marvin Jones, and I’m not sure the No. 3 receiver in this offense is worth rostering in most 10- and 12-team leagues. Kirk (12 targets) and Zay Jones (nine targets) each scored at least 12 PPR points, while Marvin Jones had four catches for 38 yards on six targets. … Golladay’s struggles in the preseason carried over to Week 1 at Tennessee since he had just two catches for 22 yards on two targets in a game where Robinson got hurt and Kadarius Toney (no targets) was not involved. There’s little reason to stash Golladay right now. … It was disappointing that Tolbert was a healthy scratch in Week 1, and now Dak Prescott (thumb) is out until at least Week 8. With Gallup’s return imminent, it’s time to drop Tolbert in most seasonal leagues.

Add in this order:

Week 2 Waiver Priority List

  • Injuries of note: George Kittle (groin)
  • Drop candidates: Mike Gesicki (80 percent rostered), Hunter Henry (59 percent) and Irv Smith (52 percent). Gesicki seems destined to frustrate Fantasy managers this season and is not worth starting in any league. … I’m not sure you can trust any pass catchers in New England, and now Mac Jones has a bad back. It could be ugly for Henry moving forward. … Smith should improve after going without a catch on just two targets against the Packers in Week 1, and he missed most of training camp with a thumb injury. But he’s not worth holding now until he proves to be a bigger part of Minnesota’s offense.

Add in this order:

Week 2 Waiver Priority List

  • Browns (70 percent rostered) vs. NEW
  • Bengals (29 percent rostered) at DAL
  • Patriots (48 percent rostered) at PIT

  • Cade York (9 percent rostered) vs. NEW
  • Younghoe Koo (44 percent rostered) at LAR
  • Wil Lutz (23 percent rostered) vs. TB

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