Welcome to the first installment of Working the Wire for the 2018 season! We’ll list off the best adds for your waiver period to bolster your fantasy squad, or replace your injured players! A few notes:
– Players will not be listed that have over 50% of ownership in ESPN leagues.
– Players are listed by higher priority to low, not by position.
So without further adieu…
RB T.J. Yeldon, JAX (Owned in 8.3% of ESPN leagues)
If Leonard Fournette were to miss any time with his hamstring injury, T.J. Yeldon would instantly vault into the top 30 of fantasy running backs. He received 17 touches and caught a touchdown pass in Week 1, so he should be the highest priority this week with your adds. Even if Fournette does play, he is one hamstring tweak away from Yeldon gaining immense value.
WR DeSean Jackson, TB (41.9%)
Keep tabs on DeSean Jackson as he did leave Sunday’s game with a concussion and is currently in the concussion protocol. But when he did play, he blew the lid off of the Saints defense for 2 touchdowns and 146 yards on 5 catches, hearkening back to his days in Philadelphia. There’s still a good amount of upside in Jackson, and he should be added in most leagues, as it’s a good probability that he wasn’t drafted.
TE George Kittle, SF (37.6%)
George Kittle led the 49ers in catches, yards, and targets and while he’s been a sleeper for most of the offseason, into training camp and during fantasy drafts, there as some hesitation with his shoulder sprain during the first preseason contest. That hesitation should be shelved as he has clearly become a focal point of the passing game and if you lost Greg Olsen or Delanie Walker this week, Kittle is a prime pickup.
WR Phillip Dorsett, NE (5%)
Somebody has to replace the slot work of Julian Edelman during his 4 week suspension, and now we know that for the most part, that work is going to Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett ended his Week 1 with a 7-66-1 line and should be in line for consistent work. I must say that Dorsett’s value does have a shelf life until Edelman returns, but if you need a flier for a couple of weeks, you can do much worse.
RB Phillip Lindsay, DEN (2.4%)
A feel good story out of the Mile High city, Phillip Lindsay went to college at Colorado, signed with the Broncos, and won a spot on the 53 man roster. What shocked a lot of fans outside of Denver was how much usage Lindsay received, as he matched Royce Freeman’s carries and yardage (15 for 71 yds.) and added a receiving touchdown to boot. Denver may have a running/receiving duo, and Lindsay is definitely worth a speculative add.
WR Quincy Enunwa, NYJ (9.5%)
Quincy Enunwa saw 10 targets last night from rookie QB Sam Darnold and caught 6 of them, including a 21 yard touchdown in the 3rd quarter. It does remain to be seen whether or not the Jets offense can support 2 fantasy relevant receivers with Enunwa and Robby Anderson, but Enunwa’s 2017 bulging disc injury is clearly behind him. Worth a speculative add to see if he can build on that Week 1 performance.
QB Tyrod Taylor, CLE (37.9%)
His passing numbers against Pittsburgh in Week 1 do not stand out positively (15-40, 197 yds., INT) but Tyrod Taylor’s 77 rushing yards and rushing touchdown buoyed his performance. He’s continually and underrated asset in fantasy and if you have Aaron Rodgers or are streaming quarterbacks, Taylor’s high floor with his rushing prowess makes him a solid target to plug in and play.
DEEP CUT: TE Jonnu Smith, TEN (0.3%)
I’ve always liked Jonnu Smith and hoped he would get an opportunity, unfortunately that will be happening but at the expense of Delanie Walker being placed on IR. Smith reminds me of a Dallas Clark type tight end, not a huge target, but very quick in space, athletic, and with separation ability. Smith should receive a good amount of the targets that were ticketed for Walker, and as a low-risk/high-reward player, can be picked up as a flier with no downside.
RB Aaron Jones, GB (42%)
WR Chris Godwin, TB (33.7%)
TE Antonio Gates, LAC (26.4%)
WR Ryan Grant, IND (9.6%)
RB Austin Ekeler, LAC (11.4%)
QB Case Keenum, DEN (13.1%)
TE Jared Cook, OAK (28.4%)
RB Javorius Allen, BAL (13.2%)
Check back in on Thursday for my Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em column where I go though some of the best and worst fantasy matchups for Week 2!