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Waiver Wire: Week 2

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


TIGHT ENDS
1. Jared Cook, Raiders – Rostered in 48 percent of Yahoo leagues
Cook has burned pretty much every fantasy player, but there was some hope he would reach his potential under the new coaching staff. After one game, it looks like that hope was founded. Cook destroyed the Rams for nine catches and 180 yards on a team-high 12 targets. The Broncos are not an imposing matchup next week – Will Dissly dusted them for 105 yards and a score – and he gets the Dolphins and Browns after that. He is a great option for teams looking to replace Delanie Walker or Greg Olsen.

2. Ben Watson, Saints – Rostered in 39 percent of Yahoo leagues
Watson did not have a big game against the Bucs, but he did turn four targets into 44 yards and played almost 80 percent of the snaps. In New Orleans’ offense, that kind of playing time should earn him some good fantasy days, and he gets a great matchup this week against the Browns.

3. Ricky Seals-Jones, Cardinals – Rostered in 29 percent of Yahoo leagues
Ricky Seals-Jones only caught three passes, but he played all but four snaps and dropped a touchdown. The Cardinals’ passing offense looked brutal in Week 1, making it tough to get excited about anyone outside of Larry Fitzgerald, especially with a trip to Los Angeles to play the Rams on deck. Those Rams, however, just gave up nine catches for 180 yards to Jared Cook.

4. Ian Thomas, Panthers – Rostered in 0 percent of Yahoo leagues
It might be more prudent to see how this situation shakes out before trusting a rookie, but Thomas’ strong training camp and preseason provide some confidence he will hit the ground running. It helps he will face off against the Falcons, who limited Zach Ertz in the season opener but gave up the sixth-most points to TEs last season including 12/135/1 to Greg Olsen in two games.

5. Antonio Gates, Chargers – Rostered in 9 percent of Yahoo leagues

As expected, Gates was limited in the season opener, but he still played 40 percent of the snaps and saw three targets. Likely to see more work this week, Gates will be a desperation option against a Bills defense which gave up nine catches for 103 yards to Baltimore’s motley crew at tight end.

Watch List: Jonnu Smith is talented and could develop into a weekly starter, so he is worth adding in TE premium leagues and for teams which roster more than one tight end. Still, it is difficult to trust him right out of the gate with the Titans’ offense sputtering and target share questions throughout the passing game…Will Dissly came out of nowhere for 105 yards and a touchdown including a 66-yard catch-and-run in Week 1. While it was fun, it also has the look of a fluke – he was scarcely involved in the second half…Eric Ebron is going to get a lot of love because of the touchdown, but he still played less than half of the Colts’ snaps and ran only 22 routes despite the Colts dropping back 56 times. He needs to do it again…New team, same result for Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who had a touchdown called back on penalty in Week 1. Jacksonville’s offense looked shaky after Leonard Fournette left Week 1, making this touchdown-or-bust option more likely to bust… Vance McDonald’s uncertain health makes it impossible to judge the Steelers’ tight end group, which is a shame given the matchup. McDonald will be a good option if he plays, and Jesse James will be worth a look if he does not…Baltimore’s tight ends should be able to find success against the Bengals, but picking one is impossible after all three of Nick Boyle, Maxx Williams, and Mark Andrews topped 30 yards in Week 1…The passing game looked good, but the Denver tight end situation remains one to avoid. The same is true of the Jets, Cowboys, Lions, and Rams…Ryan Griffin got the looks Week 1, but he failed to haul in any of his five targets. Rookie Jordan Akins caught both of his for 11 yards. This is a situation to monitor.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

1. Chicago Bears – Rostered in 48 percent of Yahoo leagues
The second half against the Packers was not great, but the Bears still looked like a defense which will return fantasy value all season. This week they get a Monday night date with the Seahawks, who struggled to protect Russell Wilson in the season opener.

2. Green Bay Packers – Rostered in 32 percent of Yahoo leagues
Lost in the comeback was Green Bay’s defense notching four sacks, grabbing a turnover, and mostly shutting down Chicago after the first drive. The Vikings are not a great matchup even with the game in Green Bay, but they did give up three sacks and a turnover to the 49ers last week. 

3. Atlanta Falcons – Rostered in 34 percent of Yahoo leagues
It is not a great week for streaming, so the Falcons at home against a Panthers team which struggled to consistently move the football in Week 1 will have to do.

Looking Ahead: With Arizona up in Week 3, Chicago’s defense looks like a multi-week starter.

KICKERS
1. Adam Vinatieri, Colts – Rostered in 22 percent of Yahoo leagues

With Andrew Luck back, Vinatieri as a weekly starter is back as well.

2. Ryan Succop, Titans – Rostered in 19 percent of Yahoo leagues
Succop tied for the most attempts in the league last season including over three per game at home.

3. Brandon McManus, Broncos – Rostered in 15 percent of Yahoo leagues
Denver’s offense looks like it will be much better this season, which should create even more opportunities for McManus and his big leg.

Looking Ahead:
Attached to Deshaun Watson, Ka’imi Fairbairn should provide value in good spots, and he gets to kick at home against the Giants in Week 3. 



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