Week 2 had a huge amount of injuries and with that said players become available to add for your fantasy teams. Here are the more important players that should be considered to make your team stronger.
Justin Herbert-QB-LAC (ESPN 1.7%) (Yahoo-3%)
Herbert didn’t even know he was going to start and to throw for 311 yards and two touchdowns is impressive for the first-round rookie. Head coach Anthony Lynn has already mentioned Tyrod Taylor is still the starting quarterback. Herbert is primed to take over, and it shouldn’t be long before he does.
Next up: Carolina Panthers
Mike Davis-RB-CAR (ESPN-8%) (Yahoo-7%)
It’s quite surprising that Mike Davis has been in the league for six seasons and has done nearly nothing. He has only five touchdowns and 890 yards on 248 carries, a paltry 3.6 yards per carry average while playing for four teams (SF, SEA, CHI, CAR) in that span. The good news is that he won the back-up job behind Christian McCaffrey in an RPO offense that likes to feature the running back. Davis caught eight balls last week. He had only one carry for one yard.
Next up: Los Angeles Chargers
Darrell Henderson-RB-LAR (ESPN 45.7) (Yahoo 30%)
Henderson was an afterthought entering Week 2; however, after the injuries to Cam Akers (ribs) and Malcolm Brown (finger), he was thrust into action and was phenomenal. On 14 touches, Henderson put up 121 total yards and a touchdown. He was a third-round selection in 2019, so he has the talent; the question is volume and opportunity?
Next up: Buffalo Bills
Joshua Kelley-RB-LAC (ESPN 26.4%) (Yahoo 39%)
This isn’t just Austin Ekeler’s backfield. Kelley has demonstrated he has something to say after a terrific Week 1. He followed that up in Week 2 with 25 touches and 113 total yards. He caught two passes for 49 yards and is doing a lot of damage with stacked boxes (31.4% per Next Gen Stats). The Chargers also like him in goal-line situations. Ekeler won’t go away, but Kelley is here to stay.
Next up: Carolina Panthers
Others to consider: Myles Gaskin (MIA), Dion Lewis/Wayne Gallman (NYG), Jerick McKinnon (SF), Devonta Freeman (FA).
Corey Davis-WR-TEN (ESPN 27.2%) (Yahoo-42%)
Perhaps Corey Davis just needed to go undrafted in many leagues to finally show up on the NFL stage. After several years of giving fantasy owners next to nothing, he has shown up in the first two weeks of the 2020 season. Davis has put together back-to-back double-digit fantasy performances. With A.J. Brown out, he should continue to benefit from Ryan Tannehill lighting up the scoreboard.
Next up: Minnesota Vikings
Russell Gage-WR-ATL (ESPN 20%) (Yahoo-23%)
Can an offense actually support three wide receivers? At this point, it appears as if Matt Ryan is capable. Gage is the clear number three of the group with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley as 1A and 1B. Gage, as the third receiver, was excellent in Week 2 with six receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown, and it builds on his Week 1 nine catches for 114 yards. It is all building on top of his eight targets per game from Weeks 12-17 in 2019. Gage is legit.
Next up: Chicago Bears
Mecole Hardman-WR-KC (ESPN 43%) (Yahoo-36%)
The Chiefs are a high-octane offense. We, as fantasy owners, want as many pieces as we can get. Now with the injury to Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman has an opportunity to be that piece. Hardman is in his second season and tallied two receptions for 30-yards against the Chargers.
Next up: Baltimore Ravens
Others to consider: Marquez Valdes Scantling/Allen Lazard (GB), Keelan Cole/Chris Conley (Jax), Golden Tate (NYG), Robby Anderson (CAR).
Jonnu Smith-TE-TEN (ESPN-40.3%) (Yahoo-68%)
Smith has been buried by Delanie Walker over the past few seasons, but now it’s his time to shine. In Week 1, Smith caught four passes for 36 yards and a score. In Week 2, he matched his receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns. In total, Smith has8 catches for 120 yards and three TDs and is shining brightly.
Next up: Minnesota Vikings
Others to consider Mike Gesicki (MIA), Jordan Reed (SF), Dalton Schultz (DAL), Mo Allie-Cox (IND), Drew Sample (CIN).
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Waiver Wire: NFL Week 14
Fantasy football teams are starting to take shape. Hitting the waiver wire is a critical task in filling the holes or adding significant depth, especially as we enter bye-weeks and an increasing list of injuries. My goal is to find you the best player available for the lowest owned percentage. Therefore, you will see some of the more prominent names under others to consider.
Philip Rivers–IND (ESPN-16.5%) (Yahoo-40%)
Rivers has averaged at least 292 passing yards and two touchdowns in his last six games, and he just feels short of theaverage against Houston with 285 yards and two scores. In the next two weeks, the Colts will face Las Vegas, who allows over 20 Fantasy Points Per Game to quarterbacks, and Houston. Getting Rivers will bring you a top streaming signal-caller for two-straight weeks.
Others to Consider: Jalen Hurts (PHI), Mitchell Trubisky(CHI), Sam Darnold (NYJ), Tua Tagovailoa (MIA), Baker Mayfield (CLE).
Cam Akers-LAR (ESPN-35.8%) (Yahoo-53%)
Akers has seen an increase in snaps over the last few weeks, and he may have full ownership after his 21 carries for 72 yards while catching a pass for another 22 yards and a score. Both Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson will have a role, but Akers should be the bell-cow. The Rams tried him at the goal line on several attempts, but he couldn’t punch it in. Rams face the Patriots and Jets in the next few weeks, and both teams he should exploit for good fantasy performances.
Cordarrelle Patterson-CHI (ESPN-4.8%) (Yahoo-7%)
Patterson has become a running back, and he fits the role well. David Montgomery will be the bell-cow when healthy, but Patterson has gotten extensive looks. Against the Lions, Patterson carried the rock 10 times for 59 yards and a touchdown. Patterson has spent his career as a receiver; therefore, catching the ball is no issue. The Bears have Houston this week, and they are horrible against the run.
Ty Johnson-NYJ (ESPN-0.3%) (Yahoo-2%)
The ancient one Frank Gore was the Jets bell-cow until he suffered a concussion. Enter Johnson, who rushed 22 times for 104 yards and a score. Johnson showed promise and someone who deserves more of a look. He will face the Seahawks and Rams next, but he is of good value this late in the season.
Others to Consider: Peyton Barber (WAS), Phillip Lindsay(DEN), Gus Edwards (BAL), Carlos Hyde (SEA), Jeff Wilson(SF), Ito Smith (ATL), Benny Snell (PIT), Adrian Peterson(DET).
T.Y. Hilton-IND (ESPN-47.0%) (Yahoo-45%)
Through 11-weeks, Hilton was sitting on the garbage pile. Then against the Titans, he caught his first touchdown on the season to go along with four receptions for 81 yards. It got even better against the Texans as Hilton brought in 8 balls on 11 targets for 110 yards and a score. He is looking more and more like the stud we drafted him to be. Now the Colts face the Raiders and Texans in back-to-back weeks.
Jalen Guyton-LAC (ESPN-0.3%) (Yahoo-0%)
Guyton was on speed-dial for Justin Herbert. He targeted his receiver seven times, and Guyton brought in two for 38 yards. Fantasy owners may wonder how Guyton can be valuable with Mike Williams, but looking at the numbers and there isn’t much difference. On the season, Guyton has 20-369-3 while Williams stat line 36-572-4 in 11 games. That is just one reception and 18-yards more on average. The Chargers have Atlanta and Las Vegas next, which are prime spots for exploitation.
Rashard Higgins-CLE (ESPN-3.4%) (Yahoo-8%)
Higgins is the one that looks to be the number two receiver, and he lit up the Titans last week for six receptions, 95 yards, and a touchdown. Higgins has deep speed and will make plays downfield. The schedule will be tough next week against Baltimore, but the Giants and Jets could be an easy route for teams in the playoffs and championship.
Others to Consider: Tim Patrick (DEN), Keke Coutee (HOU), Sterling Shepard (NYG), Nelson Agholor (LAS), DenzilMims (NYJ), Breshad Perriman (NYJ), Gabriel Davis (BUF), Allen Lazard (GB).
Logan Thomas-WFT (ESPN-24.9%) (Yahoo-40%)
The Washington Football Team likes to target Thomas, which was prevalent against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Afternoon Football. Thomas brought in nine balls for 98 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. Even outside this performance, he is getting at least four targets each game. Thomas has another tough performance next week against San Francisco, but the Seahawks and Panthers are scheduled for Weeks 15 and 16.
Others to Consider: Jordan Reed (SF), Cole Kmet (CHI), Anthony Firsker (TEN), Dalton Schultz (DAL), Kyle Rudolph (MIN), Jacob Hollister (SEA), Jordan Akins(HOU).