Week 2 is in the books, and it's that time again. Waiver wire day.
There were a few names that really popped this week. Nice to meet you Matt Jones and Travis Benjamin. We had young QBs getting wins, backup RBs getting big numbers, and studs being duds. All in all, a great week of football, then again, when is a week of football NOT great?
Here are my top adds for the week:
- Colin Kaepernick (SF) 53.8% owned. Kaep was a junk time super hero against Pittsburgh. The great thing about junk time is it still counts. Kaep is a dual threat which lifts his floor. With all of the QBs going down, you could do worse.
- Tyrod Taylor (Buf) 17.8% owned. Taylor didn't have the best "real" game on Sunday. He did have a VERY good fantasy game though. That's two fantasy relevant games in a row. Taylor is also a dual threat. He should be added in all 2-QB leagues and deep leagues. He's still outside the top twelve, but he's making a case and doing it quickly.
- Derek Carr (Oak) 10.5% owned. Carr had an atrocious first game. He had a masterful game two, though. Carr is only a sophomore, so expect more of the same. Carr has plenty of weapons, and, on Sunday, started using them. He is also a 2-QB and deep league add. However, there are a lot of QBs in flux or out for Sunday, so be proactive if you have one of those guys.
- Matt Jones (Was) 15.8% owned. Jones had the second best day for a RB in week two. That's pretty good when A.P. almost had 200 total yards from scrimmage. Jones is in a time-share with Alfred Morris. That's rough. Jones is the most talented back in the backfield, but Morris will still be the "lead" back, so expect a time share until Jones takes the job outright.
- Devonta Freeman (Atl) 64.5% owned. Freeman is owned in most leagues, but he is the lead back in a prolific offense now that Tevin Coleman is going to miss some time. If you need a back now, he's your #1 waiver priority. He'll catch passes which makes him viable in PPR leagues also.
- David Johnson (Ari) 46.1% owned. I think that Bruce Arians is an incredibly smart guy. I am starting to wonder, however, if he's wearing his hats a little too tight lately. Johnson has three TDs in two games and only six touches on offense. This guy is a bad man. Add him, then send Arians a strongly worded letter to free Johnson.
- Travis Benjamin (Cle) 6.3% owned. Benjamin has the eye of a certain QB. Luckily that QB is currently the starting QB for the Browns. Benjamin had a huge week both receiving and returning. He's not exactly Mike Evans, but he is the guy that Manziel looks for when he starts to move around the pocket. He's a boom or bust play, but he has no competition for touches, so why not?
- Allen Hurns (Jax) 4.5% owned. Hurns isn't elite. However, he has the trust of Blake Bortles. Allen Robinson had a huge day Sunday, and Hurns was still fantasy relevant. It was nothing special, but, if you need a guy with a nice floor, grab him.
- Michael Crabtree (Oak) 31.6% owned. Crabtree and Amari Cooper had very good days against a good defense. The Raiders will be in the top ten, maybe top five, in pass attempts. Cooper will get a lot of those, but so will Crabtree. He's another player with a nice floor. Crabtree also has a nice ceiling, if his Achilles holds up.
- Crockett Gilmore (Bal) 1.5% owned. Joe Flacco likes to throw to his TE. Crockett Gilmore is his TE. He's already had his share of red zone targets. Gilmore looks like a classic overreaction candidate, but he's legit.
- Richard Rodgers (GB) 13.8% owned. There are worse things in the world than having Aaron Rodgers as your QB. R.R. is getting better also. With all the TEs that have popped recently, you may have one you like. If not, here you go.
- Eric Ebron (Det) 20% owned. A Lions player with the number 20 (ownership percentage) associated with him is a match made in Lions heaven. Ebron is finally a part of the passing game. That's a good thing since the Lions don't understand that you can run the ball, too. Ebron has a TD in both games. He's another guy that might be outside of your TE mix, but his recent productivity should continue.
I didn't list the players I wrote about last week, and, if those guys are still available, go get them because not everyone heeded my advice. A few of the guys I wrote about last week were Carson Palmer, who is still under 70% owned. Please change that by adding him in EVERY LEAGUE. Dion Lewis also needs to be added, and Donte Moncrief is really good.
A few deserving of an honorable mentions: Lorenzo Taliaferro looks like he is carving out a role in Baltimore. Karlos Williams scores TDs. Doug Baldwin is a #1 WR in the NFL. Dorial Green-Beckham could be good, but I'm not sure if that'll be this year. If you want to swing for the fences, the best add could be Christine Michael. Joseph Randle is fine, and Dallas will have to run the ball a lot more now that Tony Romo is out for a while. so Michael could get an opportunity. If he impresses in that opportunity, he could be a top fifteen back.