Welcome back to my weekly waiver wire insider column. Hopefully you took advantage of a few of my recommendations last week (Eli Mitchell, Mark Ingram, & Tim Patrick). It’s tough to tell if a waiver pickup was warranted after one week so hang in there. It’s incredibly rare that week in-week out bonafide studs emerge from waivers without some time to marinade on your bench. I stand behind all the names I gave last week, but some may take longer than others. Depending on your needs/patience, I would continue to roster last week’s sleepers if you have the space.
A reminder on how this works… For this feature, I will be focusing exclusively on players rostered in less than 50% of both ESPN and Yahoo leagues.
If your league has a standard waiver system, then simply follow the order of my picks to determine your waiver priority. If your league has a FAAB system, I will assign each waiver pick a % of your FAAB budget I would be comfortable committing. You may see some repeat names from previous weeks, that would be because these individuals still are not rostered in 50% of fantasy leagues. Remember, this is my TOP 5 waiver adds. That won’t change just because I want to give you some fresh names.
Week 1 going into Week 2 was perhaps the most polarizing and eventful opening waiver weekend that I can remember. This week is quite the opposite, though I do still believe there’s some diamonds in the rough out there. Let’s go find them!
- Tony Pollard (20% of FAAB budget) – Certainly not the splash #1 waiver add that Eli Mitchell was last week, but Tony Pollard can make just as big an impact. Best part is, I don’t believe he’ll cost you nearly as much of your FAAB money. Pollard and Ezekiel Elliot essentially split touches last week and Pollard made the most of that opportunity. Zeke’s looked better than last year, so I don’t think this is a situation where Pollard overtakes the veteran, but I do believe it’s clear that the Cowboys want him to be more involved, making him a viable flex option in a high scoring offense. Obviously were Zeke to miss any time, Pollard because a Top 10 RB but I do believe he has standalone value. He’s my number 1 add this week.
- Daniel Jones (15% of FAAB budget) – 25.4 FPPG through two weeks. Sure, that’s impressive right? Even more impressive, he did this against Denver and Washington’s stout defenses. Over his next 7 games before New York’s bye week, Jones plays 5 games against what I would consider “fantasy friendly” defenses. If he can average 25+ against brutal fantasy defenses, I’m very eager to see what he can do against friendlier matchups. He’s looked exceptional throwing the ball and would have had an even bigger game had Slayton not dropped a 50-yard walk in TD. He’s also gotten it done on the ground, averaging 61 rushing yards and 1 rushing TD per game. Jones is rostered in a shockingly low 13.4% of ESPN leagues despite being Q4 through two weeks. If you’re QB isn’t named Mahomes, Allen, Murray, Prescott, Jackson, Wilson, Brady, Rodgers, or Herbert, then you need to start strongly considering Jones as an option.
- Rondale Moore (10% of FAAB budget) – 5 targets in Week 1, 8 in Week 2 (led the team). Moore has been electric and it’s clear the Cardinals intend to get him involved early and often. I’m not quite ready to anoint Moore a fantasy starter yet, considering about 75% of his fantasy points this season have come from just two plays, but he’s as good of a high upside stash as there is out there.
- Tim Patrick (10% of FAAB budget) – Timmy Toe Taps makes it onto the column for a second week. #AsPromised Tim Patrick was the clear replacement for Jerry Jeudy in Week 2. I expect more of the same with Teddy Bridgewater playing lights out and Courtland Sutton likely demanding double teams moving forward. Patrick doesn’t have the same upside as Rondale Moore, but if you’re looking for an immediate plug and play starter, he’s the WR to roster.
- Trenton Cannon (0% of FAAB budget) – A week after telling you to spend 50% of your FAAB on Eli Mitchell I regretfully already need to give you a contingency plan. Mitchell, Trey Sermon, & JaMycal Hasty, all went down with injuries last week. Mitchell was the only one to return. With Sermon unlikely to play next week and Hasty already on IR with a high ankle sprain, this backfield belongs to the banged-up Eli Mitchell. Keep an eye on the workouts, the 49ers have already brought in a few vets, but all reports suggest Cannon’s the next man up should Mitchell be forced to miss time with his shoulder injury. My gut tells me Mitchell’s playing this week so I wouldn’t advise using any FAAB on Cannon. That said, if you already spent all that FAAB on Mitchell, you should probably make sure you have a backup plan just in case. The matchup against Green Bay is too juicy to not take advantage of. Whoever is in there, will be expected to handle to bulk of the workload.
-Cory, Fox Fantasy Football Insider