The waiver wire offers an opportunity at every position. Lurking in the murky waters of fantasy free agents are the gems that can transform a roster with a lowly record to a fantasy champion. Below is a list of seven players you may want to jump on after their performances last Sunday. Thank me later and don’t forget to follow STF on Twitter at @Snack_TimeFS for personal advice and more articles like this one!
Week 2 Waiver Wire Targets
T.J. Yeldon: Yeldon was already viewed as a must-handcuff for Leonard Fournette. Fantasy owners were hoping that an injury to Fournette would be avoidable, but the former LSU product left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and did not return. That left Yeldon to accumulate 69 yards and a score on 17 carries, good enough for 15.9 PPR points. Soft tissue injuries are stingy, so there’s a good chance Fournette will sit this week against the Patriots. Any Fournette owner should have Yeldon at the top of their waiver priority list.
Tyler Lockett: After Baldwin exited the game early versus the Broncos, the Seahawks turned to their other options. Lockett, who signed a three-year extension this preseason, started making good on his payday with a solid performance: 59 yards on 3 receptions and a touchdown, good enough for 13.4 PPR points. As long as Baldwin stays dinged up, Lockett should be an every-week WR2 play.
Chris Godwin: Godwin was overshadowed by his teammates during Sunday’s shootout with the Saints, but don’t let their performances damper his efficient stat line: 3 receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown. DeSean Jackson, who scored two touchdowns, is currently in concussion protocol and his status for Week 2 is in doubt. That will allow Godwin to pick up where he left off, this time in playing from Jackson’s role in the offense.
George Kittle: There wasn’t much good to say about the 49ers first loss in the Jimmy Garoppolo era, but Kittle was defintely a bright spot. Yes, he dropped a few balls, but he still finished with 90 yards on five receptions. He was also targeted nine times, which led the team. Expect a better stat line against the Lions this weekend, who surrendered 48 points to the Jets on Monday night.
Phillip Dorsett: The Patriots’ wide receiver situation (outside of Chris Hogan and Rob Gronkowski) looks bleak until Julian Edelman returns from his four-game suspension. Dorsett got his fair share of targets from Brady on Sunday versus the Texans, hauling in all seven of his targets for 66 yards and a score. While Dorsett may not be the best play this week versus the Jaguars’ elite secondary, he’s worth holding onto in deep leagues for future matchups.
Austin Ekeler: Ekeler was one of Sunday’s biggest surprises, exploding for five catches, 87 receiving yards, 39 rushing yards, and a touchdown. That’s 23.6 PPR fantasy points. Not bad for a player running behind Melvin Gordon, who is still the undisputed no. 1 back for the Chargers. However, if anything were to happen to Gordon injury-wise, expect the same volume that James Conner is currently getting in Pittsburgh from Ekeler.
Phillip Lindsay: Lindsay is more of a stash pick for deeper leagues, but his 25 snaps versus the Seahawks was a nice surprise for the the fantasy world. What he did with those opportunities (15 rush, 71 yards, 2 catches, 31 yards, TD) was even more impressive. While Royce Freeman is still expected to be the workhorse for the Broncos, Lindsay may beginning to edge Devontae Booker out of his third-down role. Keep an eye on Lindsay.
Cole Topham is the lead editor for snacktimefantasy.com and covers the MLB and NFL. He enjoys watching his opponents suffer as he defeats them week after week in his fantasy football/baseball leagues.