Chris Thompson is going to be a top add in most leagues this week. What will you do when he doesn’t fall to your team? Don’t worry, many RBs proved they were roster-worthy in week 2. Similarly, many proved they were not (*cough* Jamaal Charles).
There have been plenty of injuries already through two weeks. Tight Ends especially took a large hit with Greg Olsen (foot), Jordan Reed (chest), Tyler Eifert (everything) and Rob Gronkowski (groin) all taking a beating this week. Luckily, players like Eric Ebron and Evan Engram did well at the TE position and are available in most leagues.
Top Waiver Wire Players:
Trevor Siemian, QB (vs. BUF)
In his first two games, the QB has racked up 450 passing yards, seven total touchdowns and two picks. He’s still available in nearly 85% of leagues, but last week’s performance will likely change that. This week will be his first road game this season, so consider him a stiff QB2 for now.
Jared Goff, QB (vs. SF)
Goff has some solid weapons at his use, which has already resulted in a much better start than his rookie season. Cooper Kupp and Sammy Watkins have provided the young QB with talented options when Sean McVay decides to go away from Todd Gurley and the rushing attack. He’s most likely available in your league, and he has a potentially good matchup against the 49ers.
Chris Carson, RB (vs. TEN)
This will likey be your last opportunity to snag Carson off the waiver wire. Lacy and Rawls have not performed well to this point, and Carson was given 20 carries last game. He is the RB to own in Seattle.
Chris Thompson, RB (vs. OAK)
Thompson hasn’t really received many touches, tallying only 6 total rushes and 7 total receptions. However, he has racked up a total of 162 yards and 3 TDs in the first two games. Rob Kelley left the game Sunday and did not return, so Thompson may receive an even larger load in the coming weeks.
Jermaine Kearse, WR (vs. MIA)
Kearse has established himself as the Jets’ number one receiver, which has yielded results in garbage time. He’s already tallied 11 catches for 123 yards and two TDs in two games on this Jets offense. He will continue to receive a ton of targets from McCown as the team plays catch-up. Consider him a solid flex option at this point.
Eric Ebron, TE (vs. ATL)
Ebron finally found the end zone and looked to be a key element in the Lions’ offense. This is a productive offense that Ebron has been trying to fit into for a few years. If he can stay healthy, he will be a solid TE option to replace your injured studs.
Other Key Waiver Wire Players:
Evan Engram, TE (vs. PHI)
Engram is an athletic rookie that is already developing chemistry with Eli Manning. He shined on MNF in week 2, scoring his first career TD. He saw seven targets in the game, which should continue to keep him involved in this offense.
Allen Hurns, WR (vs. BAL)
Hurns may finally live up to the hype this season. He is certain to see a spike in targets all year due to Allen Robinson going down with a torn ACL. In week 2, Hurns tallied 6 catches (on 7 targets) for 82 yards and a TD. The Jags will need to look to throw often this year to open up some lanes for rookie RB Leonard Fournette. Hurns should help them accomplish that.
Chris Johnson, RB (vs. DAL)
Johnson has been moving up the depth chart since being re-signed after David Johnson went down. He is likely to replace Kerwynn Williams as the Cardinals’ starter in week 3 against Dallas. He is an experienced runner that has played well with Carson Palmer in the past. Expect that to continue as the season progresses.