If your fantasy football roster left something to be desired in Week 1, fear not, there is plenty of time left to salvage your 2018 season. As expected there were several players who proved to be undervalued going into Week 1, and as a result, they are at the top of our list of Week 2 waiver wire targets.
One running back that deserves an honorable mention here is T.J. Yeldon of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags’ starter, Leonard Fournette, suffered a hamstring injury against the New York Giants on Sunday, making his status very uncertain heading into Week 2. While you may only get one or two starts (max) out him, Yeldon does hasve a lot of upside heading into next weekend.
That said, here’s a look at five players you should target to pick up on your league’s waiver wire heading into Week 2.
Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.
Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos
Lindsay continues to prove all of his doubters wrong. The former Colorado star went undrafted after not receiving an invite to the NFL Combine. Not only did he make the Broncos’ final 53-man roster, Lindsay is clearly going to have a significant role in Denver’s much-improved offense.
In Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks, Lindsey notched 15 carries for 71 yards, and he caught two passes for 31 yards and a touchdown on three targets.
It may have been only one game, but the Broncos’ rookie running back duo of Lindsay and Royce Freeman looked eerily similar to the New Orleans Saints’ outstanding duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.
We’re not saying Lindsey will be on Kamara’s level, but it looks like the Broncos plan to use him in a similar role.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 9, 2018
Brandon Marshall, WR, Seattle Seahawks
This spot could also go to Tyler Lockett, but we like Marshall’s upside — especially as a red zone threat — a little better.
In Week 1, Marshall was targeted six times, and he finished the day with 3 receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown. And with Doug Baldwin suffering a partially torn MCL against the Broncos on Sunday, Marshall’s role in Seattle’s offense will almost surely grow.
Don’t expect him to instantly become a WR1, but Marshall does have fantasy value going forward.
Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots
As usual, New England’s wide receivers are going to be difficult to project in 2018. Nonetheless, there is no denying that Dorsett appears to have a solid rapport with quarterback Tom Brady.
His value will certainly take a hit when Julian Edelman returns from his four-game suspension, but we are expecting a heavy workload for Dorsett over the next three weeks.
Will Dissly, TE, Seattle Seahawks
In his first NFL game, Dissly caught three passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. While the bulk of his yardage came on one play (a 66-yard reception), it is clear that quarterback Russell Wilson trusts Dissly to be his security blanket and make plays over the middle of the field.
Dissly was targeted five times in Week 1, which is a pretty good floor for him going forward.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) September 9, 2018
George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers
Simply put: Kittle is a must-add player if he is available in your league.
In the 49ers Week 1 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Kittle was targeted nine times, resulting in five catches for 90 yards. Given the importance of the tight end position in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, we are expecting Kittle to continue to see upwards of 10 targets per game.
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