Waiver Wire Watch: Week 2 Targets

Waiver Wire Watch: Week 2 Targets

At long last, the NFL season is here. Week 1 was filled with surprises, and as a result the Waiver Wire Watch is robust. Things can change quickly though, so be sure to follow this series all year as I’ll do my best to keep you ahead of the curve and help you decide which players to go all-in on during the intense waiver-wire battles.

Before we get into the meat of the article, there are a few house-keeping items to clear up. Recommendations are based on a PPR-scoring, four-point passing touchdown, 12-team league, with ownership percentages coming from Yahoo. I try to mention when a player is a better streaming play (short-term/one-week starter) versus a long-term addition. Free-agent acquisition budget (FAAB) suggestions are based on a $100 season-long budget. Lastly, the great John Paulsen will edit this article every week and adjust rankings and prices if necessary. Essentially, you’re getting two minds collaborating on this piece instead of one, so lucky you.

Now, with that out of the way, here are some players to target heading into Week 2.


1. Jacoby Brissett

2. Gardner Minshew

3. Josh Allen

4. Sam Darnold

Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts, 12% owned ($5)

Brissett was OK in a tough Week 1 spot on the road against the Chargers, throwing two touchdowns and 190 yards. Adding him is more of a long-term add, as he has another unsavory matchup in Week 2 traveling to face a Titans defense that just put the screws to the much ballyhooed Browns offense in Cleveland. More time as the starter will only help Brissett, and he has the benefit of a savvy coaching staff supporting him. He could find his stride in a few weeks when the (Falcons, Raiders, Chiefs, Texans) and become a borderline QB1, especially if his rushing yards increase (three carries for nine yards in Week 1).

Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars, 0% owned ($1)

It was unfortunate to see Nick Foles (5-for-8 for 75 yards and a touchdown) go down in Week 1, as many (myself included) were looking forward to seeing what he could do in Jacksonville’s offense. However, Foles’ injury forced Minshew into the spotlight, and he proved worth of the NFL stage completing 22 of 25 passes for 275 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Next up for Minshew is a home matchup against the Houston Texans, who’ve yet to play as of the writing of this column but feature one of the league’s weakest secondaries on paper. Houston gave up the sixth-most passing yards per game a year ago. Those in a pinch or in two quarterback leagues could look to Minshew for at least a week.

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills, 32% owned ($1)

Allen was lock in a battle to achieve mediocrity against his fellow sophomore gunslinger on Sunday, but Allen came out with the win and higher fantasy output thanks to a rushing touchdown. Next up for Allen is a trip to face a mostly young, unproven Giants defense that was absolutely eviscerated by Dak Prescott in Week 1. Allen offers a safe floor with his rushing ability and should have a high ceiling against the Giants in Week 2 as well.

Sam Darnold, New York Jets, 26% owned ($1)

Darnold struggled against the Bills defense in Week 1 but has an opportunity to bounce back next week against a Cleveland defense that just gave up three touchdowns and 10.3 yards per attempt to Marcus Mariota. Darnold threw the ball 41 times in Week 1, and with a bit more luck against a less-fearsome defense that volume could make turn into solid streaming production.

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