we have returned! For those who are loyal readers of the ESPN fantasy football waiver-wire column, you may remember that you have really enjoyed writing this column for many years and are eager to do it again this season.
Here’s the drill: Every week we will review players that are available in more than 50% of leagues that consider qualification as a pickup for your roster. Keep this in mind: If you play in a 10-team league, the number of players that should be added is smaller than the number of players that should be added to a deep league.
We will do our best to highlight these names every week, so that you can improve your roster immediately.
So here they are, Week 2 ESPN Fantasy Discount-Wire Pickup:
Malcolm Brown, RB, Los Angeles Rams (7.9%): While the Rams entered the season with the enthusiasm of second-round rookie Cam Akers, it was a shining Brown in Week 1 as he did 18 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns, 31 yards for a standout night Added the trio. Brown is a player whom Ram has long valued – he matched an offer letter he signed with Detroit to retain him two years ago – and he played a major role on Sunday as a result. He finished with one more jointly with the Akers and 2019 third-rounder Darrell Henderson Jr. and – crucially – was his best goal-line option.
Benny Snell, Jr., RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (14.6%): With James Connor leaving early due to a hamstring issue, Snell took over in Week 1 and starred for 113 yards with 19 carries for the Steelers. He was physical, worked hard and showed excellent footwork for chewing yards after contact. Although it is unclear whether Connor will miss Week 2 or beyond, Snell is an add-insurance runner. It is unlikely that Snell will have to do this himself if / when Conner returns to the field, but until he arrives, there is serious value.
Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (34.4%): Coming into the season we knew that Hines was bound for a role in Indy’s offense given Phillip River’s tendency to target the bench in the passing game. But Hines exceeded expectations with a pair of touchdowns and now Marlon Mack could be out for the season. It will be a Jonathan Taylor show in Indy, but Hines’ role should remain fairly constant.
Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (27.2%): The Eagles believe they have a star in the making of Goedert, who rushed for the last 100 receiving yards and one touchdown on the week. The Eagles are already dealing with wide receiver injuries, Goedert is bound to see his fair share of goals and the weekly top-10 tight end upside.
James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (29.1%): Robinson generated some steam in the preseason after Jaguar joined Leonard Fournette with Request and Reckel Armstead on the Reserve / COVID-19 list. He started impressively for the Jaguars in Week 1, handling all 16 rushing attempts, posting 62 yards and adding one catch for 28 yards. Robinson has reservations over whether Jacksonville will continue in tight games and whether Chris Thompson will hinder the use of his passing game, but basically every race start is a worthwhile addition at this time of year.
Paris Campbell, WR, Indianapolis Colts (29.8%): Before Week 1 of the 2019 season, colleague Mike Clay suggested to DJ Chark Jr. that he be ready for a second year to shine that season. Campbell was Mike this year and early returns make Clay extremely smart. Campbell posted nine targets in Week 1, tied for the team lead, grabbing six catches for 79 yards and also 9 running yards. He is a tricky chess piece for Indy’s offense and a player who puts his best football ahead of him.
Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears (38.2%): Miller has long been banned as a player and performed well in Week 1, leading the team to 76 players with one touchdown. It’s a talent game, because there is a lot to like about Miller’s skill set and ability. When he does not play in a big passing attack, we lockstep with Bears’ approach to his talent and believe that he deserves roster consideration.
Joshua Kelly, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (11.3%): Credit to Matthew Berry for all his prescient love for Kately, as he was one of the most common players on TMR’s roster in his 16 teams that he manages. Kelly appeared in 60 yards rushing and touchdowns in his NFL debut. Although some people will question whether there is a place in the fantasy lineup for each other Chargers every week, if Austin Eckler is going to post 19 carries (like he did in 1 week), I will bypass that debate for now And focus on quality instead. Kelly’s talent and his depth-level backside collide.
Scooty Miller, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3.4%): Miller made some pressures steam after positive comments from quarterback Tom Brady and took five catches for 73 yards in Week 1. While the Buccaneers have so many players on offense that can contribute in a week, I think Miller keeps his interest the most among those eligible. For the column … for now. The matchup went well in Week 2 against Carolina for a fun Sunday.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Detroit Lions (21.3%): I went back and forth to include Peterson on this list, as he made 14 carries for 93 yards and added three catches to his Detroit debut, the Lions have two backs, I believe, of course in D. Will join in future weeks. Andre Swift and Kerryn Johnson. Peterson is a volume-dependent scorer, as he is not a consistently dynamic pass-catcher (despite Sunday’s contribution) with substantial vicissitudes in that aspect of the game. But if Detroit stays with him as its leader, then there is going to be some value, especially in non-PPR leagues.
Frank Gore, RB, New York Jets (2.6%): With the news that Leighton Bell is scheduled to miss “a couple of weeks” due to a hamstring injury, the Jets will be looking for a new starter. Enter Frank Frank, one of my favorite players of all time. Keeping this in mind, as we saw in Week 1, coming through yards won’t be easy and Gore is a volume-dependent player at this point in his career. In a deep league, he is a proper add, but I will keep my eyes on your bench as a stash for the deceitful La’Mical Perine. He is currently injured, but if he were ever to handle this early work, he would be on the flex radar.
Gardner Minsv II, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (14.9%): There were not many quarterback performances that made me immediately reconsider the immeasurable start to the season, but it is always worth monitoring what is available. Minshew completed 19 of 20 passes and upset for the Colts and threw for three touchdowns. He is a fun player to watch and also a useful one. Although Jacksonville won in Week 1 with Minsave throwing just 20 passes, we still expect a ton of volume and a good ability to boot from the Mustiode quarterback.
Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (47.8%): I am now including Buru in this list because I think he may be available in some leagues soon which will happen later. His start was fun and there were some impressive moments, specially designed, a 23-yard quarterback draw for a touchdown. beautiful. Burrough’s passing was not a home to write about, per serve, but he has a favorable matchup Thursday night against the Browns that could lead to a breakout fantasy day. If you have questions about your starter and are already pushing for quarterback insurance, I will stop Joey B now.
Jerick Mackinnon, RB, San Francisco 49ers (16.1%): It was great to see McKinnon back on the field in Week 1 after losing two seasons due to injury. In addition, he scored a touchdown! Mackinnon was clearly stuck behind Rahim Mortert – which was terrific – and the San Francisco backfield has plenty of options, but he is one to keep in mind as a name due to his special pass-catching skills. A deep league idea.
Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team (0.4%): I am giving away 1 performance this week: Thomas had eight goals, four catches for 37 yards and one touchdown. TMR is convinced at all estimates that Washington will be creative with Thomas (a former college quarterback) and Week 1. If you are potentially researching the tight ends of the roster, here is a name we would not discourage you from considering.