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Waiver Wire: Week 2

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


WIDE RECEIVERS
1. Chris Godwin, Bucs – Rostered in 30 percent of Yahoo leagues
Like with the running backs, we are going to take the big swing at the top of the receiver rankings. It is possible DeSean Jackson is able to return from his concussion and shoulder injury in time to face the Eagles, but Godwin was a monster when he got the targets last season, averaging 86 yards in the four games he saw at least six, and opened this year with an impressive touchdown. A high-upside bench stash no matter what, Godwin will be a top-36 receiver even against the Eagles if Jackson is forced to sit. Enunwa (below) also has a case for the No. 1 spot after his big Monday night and probably has a higher rest of season projection that Godwin, but he does not carry the same kind of upside.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 10-team leagues

2. Quincy Enunwa, Jets – Rostered in 5 percent of Yahoo leagues
Enunwa looked poised to be New York’s No. 1 receiver last season before suffering a neck injury. It is only one game, but that might be exactly what he is this year. Enunwa was the target on 10 of Sam Darnold’s 21 attempts in the blowout win on Monday night – Robby Anderson’s saw one target, although it went for a 41-yard touchdown – and might be a better fit for the short passing game the Jets seemed to favor in the preseason. Perhaps this all changes when Jermaine Kearse gets back healthy, but Enunwa is worth adding in all leagues to find out.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 10-team leagues

3. John Brown, Ravens – Rostered in 20 percent of Yahoo leagues
The case for Brown is not difficult. He was consistently hyped all offseason, and then he delivered with three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown in the season opener despite the Ravens coasting for most of the game. Baltimore faces a tougher test this week against the Bengals, but Brown looks on his way to being a weekly starter.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 10-team leagues

4. Brandon Marshall, Seahawks – Rostered in 7 percent of Yahoo leagues
Tyler Lockett is rostered in too many leagues to be considered for this article, but he should be added as well. That said, Marshall might be the better option. Lockett did play more snaps (56-to-37) and came down with a big play Week 1, but Marshall saw two more targets and had a touchdown catch of his own. Marshall also figures to be more involved in the red zone – he had another touchdown grab negated by offensive pass interference. Seattle’s pass-catching group looks rough without Doug Baldwin, so it is possible the passing game just stagnates. Even so, Marshall looks like at worst Russell Wilson’s No. 2 option. That is worth rostering in all formats.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 10-team leagues

5. Phillip Dorsett, Patriots – Rostered in 4 percent of Yahoo leagues
While it was surprising to see him command two more targets than Chris Hogan, it was not surprising Dorsett worked as the No. 2 receiver because that is what he did all preseason – Julian Edelman, excluded. He faces a tough test this weekend against the Jaguars, but he will be a solid option against the Lions and Dolphins in Weeks 3 and 4, and he could retain a role even once Edelman returns.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team leagues

6. Ted Ginn, Saints – Rostered in 17 percent of Yahoo leagues
Despite what happened this offseason, Ginn might actually have less competition for targets this year – he ended up playing fewer snaps than Brandon Coleman in 2017. Cameron Meredith, who was signed as a restricted free agent, was a healthy scratch Week 1, and third-round pick Tre’Quan Smith played just 12 snaps. Ginn, on the other hand, played 50 snaps and turned that work into five catches for 68 and a touchdown. Coming off the most efficient season of his career in an offense which looks like it will need to pass more this season, Ginn could push for weekly starter status.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team leagues

7. Mike Wallace, Eagles – Rostered in 9 percent of Yahoo leagues
Despite the win, Philly’s opening game did not go quite as planned on offense, leading to a disappointing goose egg from Wallace on three targets. That said, the veteran did play 66 snaps, two fewer than Nelson Agholor, and looks like he will be the No. 2 receiver for at least the next couple weeks after Alshon Jeffery told MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas he is still a “few weeks” away. With a much easier matchup against the Bucs on deck, Wallace will be worth starting consideration this week.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team leagues

8. Geronimo Allison, Packers – Rostered in 12 percent of Yahoo leagues
Allison broke out with five catches for 69 yards and a touchdown in the Packers’ season opener, but that might not be what to expect from him moving forward. While he did play a healthy snap share (70 percent), his first target did not come until late in the second quarter with the Packers already down big, and four of his catches came in the second half. It is possible if not likely he does not see the same target share in a more normal game script, but as the No. 3 receiver on an Aaron Rodgers’ led passing attack, he is worth adding to see how it shakes out.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team leagues

9. Dede Westbrook, Jaguars – Rostered in 16 percent of Yahoo leagues
Westbrook would be higher on this list after catching five passes for 51 yards in the season opener, but he still played 12 fewer snaps than Donte Moncrief and 16 fewer than Keelan Cole. In a nondescript passing offense, it is tough to get too excited about at best the No. 2 option. Even so, Westbrook has the talent to produce if the targets are there, and they might be with Leonard Fournette questionable.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team leagues

10. John Ross, Bengals – Rostered in 25 percent of Yahoo leagues
Ross’ season opener would seem like a success considering he caught his first career touchdown, but that was his only catch of the day on just two targets. More importantly, he played 12 fewer snaps than Tyler Boyd. Ross remains a bench stash in most leagues, but he is not yet a reliable starter.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team leagues

11. Dante Pettis, 49ers – Rostered in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues
It seems like Marquise Goodwin will be ready to go Week 2, but it is worth noting Pettis played 73 percent of the snaps working as the clear No. 2 receiver after Goodwin left Week 1. He also showed off some talent on a great touchdown grab in the back of the end zone. In a good matchup against the Lions, Pettis would be worth starting in deeper leagues if Goodwin sits.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 14-team leagues

12. Ryan Grant, Colts – Rostered in 3 percent of Yahoo leagues
Grant was undervalued all draft season as the clear No. 2 receiver in Indy’s passing attack, and we saw what that spot can generate when he turned nine targets into eight catches for 59 yards Week 1. Seemingly a great fit for the Colts’ quick-hitting passing attack, Grant should be a factor in PPR leagues all year and return deep standard-league value as well.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 14-team leagues

Watch List: DeSean Jackson has already had a better season than some projected, but the concussion and shoulder injury keep him out of the must-add conversation…Courtland Sutton will be tough to trust while Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas are healthy, but he will be a plug-and-play starter if something happened to either one…It is impossible to trust any Cowboys pass catcher in standard scoring – Cole Beasley should be rostered in PPR leagues but lacks the upside to really be a standard-league option. Five receivers played at least 30 percent of the snaps in the season opener, and Tavon Austin saw 10 of his own. Hopefully Dallas commits to Michael Gallup as the No. 1 at some point, but this is a situation to avoid for now…It is a similar situation in Miami behind Kenny Stills. Danny Amendola, Jakeem Grant, and Albert Wilson all got work, and DeVante Parker will be added to the mix in the near future…Rishard Matthews will likely develop into the No. 2 receiver at some point, but he can be left on the wire until that happens…Alex Smith played well in the season opener. Unfortunately for fantasy players, he has too many mouths to feed. Josh Doctson and Paul Richardson should have some blowup games, but they will be difficult to predict…Calvin Ridley could not catch either of his targets, but he did work as the clear No. 3 receiver. Mohamed Sanu will likely score more fantasy points week to week, but Ridley is the better bench stash…Chad Williams and Christian Kirk worked as the Nos. 2 and 3 receivers Week 1. Unfortunately, Arizona’s passing attack might not be good enough for it to matter…Donte Moncrief is the least interesting of the Jaguars’ receivers, but he does off the most red-zone upside…Anthony Miller played well behind Taylor Gabriel in the season opener. Perhaps that changes, but both are just bench stashes for now…Tyrell Williams should have had two touchdowns – he converted one of them – and played the second-most snaps behind Keenan Allen, but he played a lot of snaps last season without much success.

Deep Cuts:
Tajae Sharpe is currently the No. 2 receiver in Tennessee. Pour some out for Taywan Taylor…Perhaps Tre’Quan Smith will happen later in the season, but he played just 12 snaps even with Cameron Meredith inactive in Week 1. Austin Carr, on the other hand, played 43 and was targeted twice. He is worth rostering in deeper PPR formats…Willie Snead saw six targets and caught a touchdown in the opener. He needs to be rostered in PPR leagues, and perhaps he develops into more than that…Bruce Ellington will be the No. 2 as long as Will Fuller is sidelined, but that might end this week…Chester Rogers only saw three targets in Week 1, but he could see more moving forward if the Colts keep up the pass-happy attack…John Ross has way more upside, but Tyler Boyd will likely play more snaps each week…Dante Pettis is the add, but Richie James, who was inactive Week 1, had a big preseason and is a name to know in deep leagues…Antonio Callaway was supposed to get the start – the Browns’ coaching staff cannot even get a benching right – but Rashard Higgins is the clear No. 3 in Cleveland…He only caught one pass, but DeAndre Carter played 74 percent of the snaps in the season opener. With Alshon Jeffery looking likely to miss at least a couple more games, perhaps Carter carves out a role…Brandon LaFell was a healthy scratch Monday night…I wish I could care about Torrey Smith.


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Raymond Summerlin is a football writer for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter at @RMSummerlin.
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