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Week 2 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets
The beginning of the 2020 season was a thrilling one for Seahawks fans, and those who rostered their top performers in Fantasy Football. Russell Wilson led all Fantasy quarterbacks with 31.7 points on NFL.com through Sunday night. It may have been the beginning of his best Fantasy season of all time. Wilson might hit the 400-point mark for the first time in his career this year.
Chris Carson scored 24.6 points, which was seventh best among running backs. His six catches for 45 yards and two TDs excited those who roster him, as improvements in his pass-catching totals could mark him as a surefire RB1 over a full campaign. DK Metcalf had 19.5 points, which put him in Fantasy WR1 territory for the first week. Tyler Lockett totaled 17.2 points as he caught eight balls, confirming he will continue to be a very busy high-end Fantasy WR2. Jamal Adams was once again a major force in Individual Defense Player formats, as he registered 12 tackles with a sack.
Elsewhere, there was not a single 100-yard rusher on Sunday, as most Fantasy leaguers had to rely on their running backs finishing off drives with TD runs or receptions. But it is important to not overreact heavily to Week 1 results. Many standout players who did not perform up to expectations will bounce back quickly, and some who shined may not build on their opening week outings.
Several of the players you look to acquire this week may not be ready for your starting lineups just yet. If you play in a league with a Free Agent Budget, be careful to not spend too heavily on guys who are not be proven enough yet or won't be considered over your current projected starters. We list our recommended waiver targets in order of preference/priority at each position.
Nyheim Hines, Colts (1.6% rostered on NFL.com): Hines was the biggest Fantasy surprise performer of Week 1, as the finished fourth among RBs through Sunday with 27.3 points. Philip Rivers is well-known for turning pass-catching RBs into quality Fantasy producers, and Hines is his most established receiver out of the backfield. He caught eight passes in the Colts opener and scored two TDs, one as a runner and another as a receiver. He will continue to operate as a notable player in a time share for the Colts with Jonathan Taylor after Marlon Mack suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. Hines should be at least a viable flex option going forward.
Malcolm Brown, Rams (6.6%): He looked like Los Angeles' best RB on Sunday night, placing as RB5 overall after the day's games with 26 Fantasy points. Brown ran with authority and totaled 110 yards from scrimmage with two rushing scores. The Rams will eventually turn to rookie Cam Akers to take over a larger role, but Brown certainly looks like their best lead option for now. Brown will require week-to-week evaluation as Akers progresses, yet he is worth flex consideration in the short term.
Joshua Kelley, Chargers (1.2%): This promising rookie was an afterthought to many Fantasy players in the preseason. But he impressed the coaching staff in training camp and appears ticketed to take over a good portion of Melvin Gordon's former role, especially as an inside and goal-line runner. Kelley rushed for 60 yards and a TD in his pro debut. He showed off good vision, the ability to make defenders miss, and was a prime option for Los Angeles near the goal line. Kelley will continue to operate in a time share and is another recommended addition to get into your flex mix.
Adrian Peterson, Lions (39.3%): He continues to attempt to quiet those who have predicted his ultimate demise. The future Hall of Famer refused to fade away when his Vikings tenure ended, and he showed he was still not done on Sunday, 10 days after he was released by Washington. Peterson rushed for 93 yards on 14 carries for Detroit, looking like he was about seven to eight years younger than his true age of 35. Peterson still runs with great vision, has quick feet and continues to show off the ability to elude defenders. He may continue to be the lead back for the Lions until rookie D'Andre Swift emerges as more of a consistent presence.
Parris Campbell, Colts (1.4%): Campbell was a deeper draft choice in larger and highly competitive expert leagues. His rookie season was marred by injuries, yet in the 2020 season opener, Rivers hit him six times for 71 yards. Campbell has been touted as a speedy playmaker and we haven't quite seen that just yet. If he also will be a volume target for his new QB, Campbell could he headed for a breakout Fantasy season this year.
Mike Williams, Chargers (4.9%): Many Fantasy players cut him based on a shoulder injury that threatened Williams' availability for Week 1. Yet the Los Angeles WR proved once again that you should not be reactionary and drop certain players when they are dealing with a short-term injury. Williams was targeted nine times by Tyrod Taylor, and he caught four passes for 69 yards. Taylor has never been shy about gunning the ball and it's already apparent he is going to favor Williams when he takes deeper shots. At 6-4, 218 Williams will also win many battles for contested catches and he could become an exciting Fantasy WR3.
Robby Anderson, Panthers (11.9%): The former Jet finished fifth among WRs through Sunday's game with 25.5 points. He had six catches, including a 75-yard TD reception. Anderson was a boom-or-bust option in previous seasons, and you will have to wait and see if he can contribute more frequently with his new team. But Teddy Bridgewater showed that he is indeed capable of making plays downfield, and Anderson already looks like his best option in that regard. Anderson may fill the field-stretcher role well for Carolina and he has real upside as a potential Fantasy WR3.
Scotty Miller, Buccaneers (4.7%): He showed some glimpses of being a quality chain-mover last season, and has even more promise with Tom Brady now running the offense for Tampa Bay. Miller caught five balls for 73 yards in his first game working with the legendary passer. Miller may be a frequent PPR contributor this season as Brady looks to him on many key passing downs, and he could deliver some occasional outings where he performs above expectations. He is a quality Fantasy WR4 addition.
O.J. Howard, Buccaneers (8.1%): He caught Brady's first TD pass as a Buccaneer, a nine-yarder, and finished with 36 yards on four catches on Sunday. While the totals were modest, taking in a scoring pass and getting six targets may be signs of better production ahead. Howard is very talented and may be ready to take some significant strides forward in his fourth pro season. Brady has historically leaned on his tight ends and could help Howard make a Fantasy splash in 2020.
Greg Olsen, Seahawks (19.6%): Olsen caught a seven-yard TD pass as his highlighted accomplishment in his Seahawks debut. You can expect Wilson to look for the three-time Pro Bowler very often in such situations inside the 10-yard line. He will also be one of the top targets on important passing downs. Olsen is a good add as a Fantasy TE2. He has been a well-regarded Fantasy contributor in the past and remains worthy of consideration.
Week 2 Defensive Streaming Targets: The underrated Chiefs defense will be a very good option vs. the Chargers. … Arizona looks improved and the Cardinals are a good choice vs. Washington. … The strong Saints front will perform well against Las Vegas.
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Fantasy Insider Scott Engel identifies players to target on the waiver wire in the lead up to Week 2.