Waiver Wire Adds for Week 2
Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers
Week 1 Projection: 6.4 PTS
Week 1 Outcome: 23.6 PTS
39 Rushing YDS, 5 Receptions, 87 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, available in 89 % of leagues
Despite losing their season opener to the long ball of Patrick Mahomes, the Chargers offense showed major strides. Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon were terrific as usual, but the injury that knocked Hunter Henry out for 2018 (ACL) opened up some targets for Austin Ekeler, and he delivered. I think this offense can possibly sustain two high-level work horse backs like the Saints did last year. Ekeler is high priority for me this week.
T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 1 Projection: 6.2 PTS
Week 1 Outcome: 15.9 PTS
51 Rushing YDS, 3 Receptions, 18 Receiving YDS, Receiving TD, available in 92% of leagues
As of right now, the status of Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is up in the air for Week 2. While the former LSU star rehabs, TJ Yeldon emerged as a top waiver-wire add for Week 2. He was given most of the snaps vs. the Giants rather than splitting them with Corey Grant. He is a top-20 running back in Week 2.
Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos
Week 1 Projection: 4.7 PTS
Week 1 Outcome: 18.2 PTS
71 Rushing YDS, 2 Receptions, 31 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD
Available in 97.6 % of ESPN Leagues
After all of the preseason buzz surrounding the Broncos backfield, it appears the experts may have selected the wrong rookie half back. While Royce Freeman surely will get his, all of the talk around Mile High is of undrafted rookie bell-cow Phillip Lindsay.
Phillip Dorsett, New England Patriots
Week 1 Projection: 8.6 PTS
Week 1 Outcome: 19.6 PTS
7 Receptions, 66 YDS, 1 TD
We knew someone would emerge from Tom Brady’s receiving core, but personally I believed it would be Chris Hogan or Corrdarelle Patterson, due to the suspension of Julian Edelman. Another top waiver priority this week, despite the signing of Corey Coleman, former first rounder Phillip Dorsett lit up the Texans secondary in the opener, and he could be in for another strong performance in Week 2.
Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets
Week 1 Projection: 9.2 PTS
Week 1 Outcome: 18.3 PTS
6 Receptions, 63 YDS, 1 TD
Available in 91.5 % of ESPN Leagues.
After missing the entire 2017 season due to a neck injury, Quincy Enunwa was electric last night in his return against the Lions.
Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders
Week 1 Projection: 8.3 PTS
Week 1 Outcome: 27 PTS
9 Receptions, 180 YDS
Jared Cook came out of the gate for the second leg of Monday Night Football and was an absolute animal on the field. While the Rams secondary completely neutralized Derek Carr and Amari Cooper, the veteran tight end put on a show in the first half. With the season ending injury to Delanie Walker and Greg Olsen’s broken foot, Cook is definitely worth a flyer.
Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans
Speaking of Delanie Walker, his season has come to an end after a gruesome ankle fracture took him out in Week 1. His backup, second-year man Jonnu Smith, is worth a look in deeper leagues, and could fill in as a bye-week replacement depending on how Marcus Mariota decides to utilize him. In his rookie season last year, Smith established himself as an intriguing option. Smith finished the season with 18 receptions, 157 yards and 2 TD.
Week 1 Projection: 4.3 PTS
Week 1 Outcome: 25 PTS
11 points allowed, 5 INT, 2 TD
After rookie QB Sam Darnold’s first NFL throw was picked off for a touchdown, all hope was lost for the Jets. That was, until Todd Bowles’ defense began clicking on all cylinders. While I don’t believe they will dominate weekly, we will have to wait and see to find out if their showing was a fluke.