Fantasy Football Week 2 Waver Wire: Injuries, surprises, breakouts make a mad dash for available talent

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Injuries were a major problem following Week 1. We had several players hurt prior to the games even starting, and then plenty of guys went down on the field. It’s going to make the waiver wire extremely active heading into Week 2. And we’re here to help.

The two biggest injuries were to Marlon Mack (Achilles) and Blake Jarwin (ACL), who were lost for the season. But we also had other prominent players go down in their games with James Conner (ankle), Le’Veon Bell (hamstring), Phillip Lindsay (foot), Michael Thomas (ankle) and DeVante Parker (hamstring).

Along with that, Miles Sanders (hamstring), Kenny Golladay (hamstring) and Courtland Sutton (shoulder) were inactive for Week 1 due to lingering injuries. For those of you with multiple players on your Fantasy roster who were hurt, it was frustrating. But now it’s time to make adjustments.

The top players to add this week will likely be running backs, and the best options, in order for PPR leagues, are Benny Snell, Nyheim Hines, Malcolm Brown and Joshua Kelley. Snell, Hines and Brown have the chance to be starters in all leagues for Week 2 and beyond, and Kelley has long-term appeal — as well as flex potential in deeper leagues right away.

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We’ll break down all of these guys and more, and we’ll let you know the amount of your FAB budget to spend on each player. You should look to add several of these players even if you’re not dealing with an injury because reshaping your Fantasy roster is the key to building a championship team. 

Editor’s note: For this waiver wire column, we are only looking at players rostered in less than 65 percent of CBS Sports leagues.

Week 2 Waivers

  • Priority list: Mitchell Trubisky – 9% rostered; Gardner Minshew – 49% rostered; Ryan Tannehill – 49% rostered; Kirk Cousins – 48% rostered; Jimmy Garoppolo – 56% rostered; Teddy Bridgewater – 49% rostered
  • Drop candidates: Carson Wentz (98% rostered), Matthew Stafford (92%) and Baker Mayfield (74%). Wentz will benefit if Lane Johnson (ankle) is healthy, but Wentz was awful in Week 1 at Washington. Stafford will improve if Golladay is healthy, and hopefully he’s back for Week 2 at Green Bay. And Mayfield should play well Thursday night against the Bengals, but he really needs a good game to prove his Fantasy worth right now. None of these guys are must drops, but all are candidates depending on your roster.


Running Backs

  • Injuries of note: James Conner (ankle), Miles Sanders (hamstring), Le’Veon Bell (hamstring), Marlon Mack (Achilles), Phillip Lindsay (foot), Duke Johnson (ankle) and Justin Jackson (quad)
  • Priority list: Benny Snell – 23% rostered; Nyheim Hines – 39% rostered; Malcolm Brown – 40% rostered; Joshua Kelley – 42% rostered; Jerick McKinnon – 57% rostered; Darrel Williams – 53% rostered; Adrian Peterson – 30% rostered; Frank Gore – 10% rostered; Myles Gaskin – 0% rostered; Peyton Barber – 4% rostered; Corey Clement – 2% rostered; Carlos Hyde – 23% rostered; Rex Burkhead – 5% rostered; 
  • Check to see if available: James Robinson (69%), Alexander Mattison (68%) and Chase Edmonds (66%)
  • Drop candidates: Jordan Howard (94% rostered), Kerryon Johnson (87%) and Tevin Coleman (80%). Even though Howard scored in Week 1 at New England, it appears like the Dolphins are using a three-headed backfield. Johnson is part of a three-headed backfield in Detroit, but he’s likely the odd-man out based on Week 1. And I’m hoping Coleman was limited to just six snaps in Week 1 against Arizona because of the air quality due to the wildfires because he has the sickle cell trait, but the presence of McKinnon could be a problem for Coleman, as well as Mostert. You don’t have to drop these guys, but you might consider it.starters in front of them.


Wide Receivers

  • Injuries of note: Michael Thomas (ankle), Kenny Golladay (hamstring), Courtland Sutton (shoulder), DeVante Parker (hamstring), Brandin Cooks (quad), Golden Tate (hamstring) and Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring)
  • Priority list: Anthony Miller – 61% rostered; Laviska Shenault – 33% rostered; Parris Campbell – 20% rostered; Allen Lazard – 62% rostered; Russell Gage – 2% rostered; Robby Anderson – 45% rostered; Mike Williams – 38% rostered; Marquez Valdes-Scantling – 5% rostered;  N’Keal Harry – 46% rostered; Corey Davis – 10% rostered; Scott Miller – 6% rostered; Danny Amendola – 17% rostered
  • Check to see if available: Jamison Crowder (81%), Sterling Shepard (80%), Preston Williams (80%), John Brown (79%), Darius Slayton (79%) and Sammy Watkins (77%)
  • Drop candidates: Christian Kirk (83% rostered), Deebo Samuel (82%) and Mecole Hardman (64%). Kirk had one catch and no yards, and he watched DeAndre Hopkins do a lot of work in Week 1 at San Francisco with 16 targets compared to five for Kirk. Samuel is on injured reserve for at least three weeks, and you might need the roster spot if you don’t have an IR spot on your Fantasy roster. And even though Hardman has huge upside, he’s currently the No. 4 receiver in Kansas City behind Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and even Demarcus Robinson. I don’t want to drop these guys, but you might have to in some leagues.

  • Injuries of note: George Kittle (knee), Blake Jarwin (ACL), David Njoku (knee)
  • Priority list: Dallas Goedert – 46% rostered; Logan Thomas – 4% rostered; Chris Herndon – 57%; Jimmy Graham – 10% rostered; Greg Olsen – 23% rostered; 
  • Check to see if available: Noah Fant (84%), Jonnu Smith (74%), T.J. Hockenson (67%), Mike Gesicki (65%)
  • Drop candidates: Austin Hooper (82% rostered) and Eric Ebron (44%)I’m hopeful that Hooper plays better in Week 2 than he did in Week 1 at Baltimore in his first game with Cleveland when he finished with two catches for 15 yards on two targets, and maybe Njoku’s absence will help. Ebron’s debut with Pittsburgh also was quiet with one catch for 18 yards on two targets at the Giants. Again, you don’t have to drop these guys, but they are on the chopping block.

Titans (64%) vs. JAC

Packers (26%) vs. DET

Cardinals (7%) vs. WAS