Week Two Waiver Wire Wide Receivers
Week one is behind us and fantasy football players have to feel like they are in a time capsule with DeSean Jackson, Brandon Marshall and John Brown returning to fantasy relevance. Some of you believed there was no way Tyreek Hill could crush the soul of opposing defenses every time he touched the ball. And you were wrong. Some of you believed Mike Evans was overrated. And you were wrong. Some of you thought fantasy football wouldn’t be like that time you ate moldy bread and the devil chased you down the street for four hours. And oh boy were you wrong. Lucky for you, there are week two waiver wire wide receivers available to save you from yourself. So let us examine what our best waiver wire wide receivers options for week two are.
Geronimo Allison – Owned in 12% of leagues – My number one waiver wire wide receiver of the week is Geronimo Allison. Allison was a favorite sleeper pick of Jeff Krisko and on Sunday night we saw why. Only Randall Cobb saw more targets than Geronimo. It is unlikely that Cobb will remain a focal point of the Packers offense. Over the last three years, Randall Cobb has only been a WR1 4 times in 48 games. He’s been a WR2 or better 13 times in 48 games. Geronimo Allison was on the field for 70% of the Packers snaps and had the second most targets on the Packers team. Allison is in a great position to be the number two target of Aaron Rodgers and I want as many shares of that as I can get. If Geronimo Allison is among your week two waiver wire receivers, you should be putting in a claim.
Brandon Marshall – Owned in 7% of leagues – If you had told me before the season started that Brandon Marshall would be the number one receiving option on his team, I would have assumed he was playing in the CFL. But with the news that Doug Baldwin suffered a Grade 2 partial MCL tear, it looks like the way has opened for Brandon Marshall to be fantasy relevant again. While Brandon Marshall would not be my first choice for a week two waiver wire wide receiver, I do think he is worth taking a flier on if you are desperate. He is in the unique position of being the only receiver on Seattle who has shown he can be a good football player, even if the last time he showed that ability was three years ago.
Quincy Enunwa – Owned in 7% of leagues – If you watched the New York Jets dismantle the Detroit Lions, then you saw Quincy Enunwa score a really nice touchdown. You might even be wondering where he came from, if you never watched football before 2017. But in 2016, he was the Jets leading receiver as a rookie with 58 catches for 857 yards and 4 touchdowns. He was also a fantasy preseason favorite in 2017 until he injured his neck and had to miss the season. So far, one week into the 2018 season, he looks to be the favorite target for Sam Darnold. His 10 targets lead the team and he put up a respectable line of 6 catches for 63 yards and 1 touchdown. If you need help from week two waiver wire wide receivers, you could do a lot worse than Quincy Enunwa.
DeSean Jackson – Owned in 26% of leagues – If you looked at your fantasy football standings and thought it was 2013, I don’t blame you. It feels like that was the last time DeSean Jackson was relevant. But in week one, he wasn’t just relevant, he was dominant. Catching 5 passes for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns, Jackson was the best fantasy receiver on Sunday. Before you start queuing up your week two waiver wire wide receiver claims for him, remember that over the last three years, DeSean Jackson has been a WR1 just 4 times in 48 games. He has been a WR2 only 10 times. More importantly, DeSean Jackson was only on the field 30% of the time. He is not in a position to get the opportunities needed to be a consistent contributor to your fantasy roster. DeSean Jackson is the definition of boom or bust. If anything, you should be thanking him for blowing up early, because now you know he won’t do it again. Don’t waste a week two waiver wire wide receiver claim on DeSean Jackson. If you really feel the need to put in a claim on a Tampa Bay wide receiver, Chris Godwin will probably have the better season. He out snapped Jackson 70% to 30% and only had one fewer target.
Other notable running backs to monitor
Chris Godwin — Owned in 49% of leagues
Ryan Grant — Owned in 5% of leagues
Phillip Dorsett — Owned in 36% of leagues
Dante Pettis — Owned in 36% of leagues