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Week 2 Waiver Stargazing

And just like that, we move our sights onto Week 2! The action came thick and fast this past week and now we have a slightly better idea of how things could play out early in the 2021 season. So in this article @K_H_Ray, @ZTwiceFF, & @MattFFDynasty will give you the key guys you need to be targeting on your waiver wire, and a rough guide on what %age of your FAAB budget to spend on them.

(Rostership % via NFLFantasy)


Waiver Target

Waiver Target Of The Week

Elijah Mitchell | RB | SF (0.3% Rostership - 35% FAAB Recommendation) (@MattFFDynasty)

Mitchell will no doubt be one of the hottest guys on the waiver wire this week. Trey Sermon was a surprise healthy scratch Week 1 and following Raheem Mostert’s early injury, Mitchell took up the role of the lead RB and took full advantage going for 104 yards and 1 TD on 19 carries. Mostert has now been moved to IR and out for likely 8 weeks, so expect Trey Sermon to be active Week 2, but don’t expect Mitchell to role over after such an impressive outing. Despite the unpredictability of who Shanahan names as the starter each week, he’s a must-add in all leagues given how productive this backfield can be for fantasy.

Cole Beasley | WR | BUF (38% Rostership - 20% FAAB Recommendation) (@K_H_RAY)

Only Stefon Diggs had more yards, receptions, and targets in the Bills 16-23 loss to the Steelers on Sunday. Beasley hauled in 8 of his 13 targets for 60 yards. The Bills will continue to be a pass heavy team even when leading opponents, and the slot receiver should be high floor, volume play most weeks. If he is still available in your league, throw in a claim!

Cole Kmet | TE | CHI (25.3% Rostership - 17% FAAB Recommendation) (@MattFFDynasty)

There were hopes of a Kmet 2021 breakout all offseason, but the fact the Bears kept fellow TE Jimmy Graham poured water on the hope of Kmet seeing the majority of targets. However, Kmet shone in Week 1 and was the clear TE1 for CHI. He played 74% of snaps compared to Graham who only played 20%, and turned those snaps into 7 targets, 5 receptions & 42 yards. With the lack of pass-catching weapons in CHI & the lack of talent at the TE position in fantasy, Kmet is a great target if on your waivers.

Jakobi Meyers | WR | NE (13.8% Rostership - 10% FAAB Recommendation) (@K_H_Ray)

The second year WR played on nearly every offensive snap (74 of 75) during the Patriots' loss to the Dolphins in Week 1. With those snaps Meyers posted productive numbers -- 6 receptions, 9 targets (team high) for 44 yards. Although his teammate Nelson Agholor found the endzone (and could have also made this list), Meyers playing time and target share should give him plenty of opportunities to put up points.

Jameis Winston | QB | NO (34% Rostership - 7% FAAB Recommendation) (@ZTwiceFF)

Jameis is looking like a new man after Lasik and a year with Drew Brees. He looked confident and showed he still has that upside we saw in week 2. He only threw for 148 yards but had FIVE TD's against the #2 ranked secondary in 2020 per PFF. His main downfall in the past were turnovers and he had none yesterday. Look for him to provide weekly upside going forward but I would not break the bank for a very streamable position in 1 QB leagues.

Tim Patrick | WR | DEN (0.3% Rostership - 5% FAAB Recommendation) (@ZTwiceFF)

This is a guy whose name was mentioned multiple times on last years waiver articles as he has been an under the radar producer. He caught all 4 of his targets this week for 39 yards and a TD. It is a modest amount but he played 70 % of the team snaps and Jerry Jeudy went down with a significant injury. I expect him to have flex value until Jeudy returns.

K.J Osborn | WR | MIN (0% Rostership - 1% FAAB Recommendation) (@K_H_Ray)

Being the third receiver in a relatively balanced offensive attack will have it's fantasy ups and downs. But the 2020 5th round pick had a great day on Sunday hauling in 7 of 9 targets for 76 yards against the Bengals. Even more promising was that he played on 80% of the team's offensive snaps in a game that came down to the wire. With close to zero name recognition outside of Minneapolis, you'll likely be able to pick him up for cheap in FAAB formats. If anything were to happen to Thielen or Jefferson, Osborn could be a valuable pickup. Put him on your "players to watch" list as the season progresses.


Thanks for reading. Be sure to keep an eye out for both our weekly articles, Tuesday Waiver Targets & Wednesday Start/Sit and Waiver Recap with the @FF_Astronauts. Follow @K_H_Ray, @ZTwiceFF, & @MattFFDynasty on Twitter for more Fantasy Football content throughout the season, and hit us up with any of your Start/Sit or Waiver questions.


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