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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 2

Worried if football would kick off without a hitch? It looks like not even 2020 can stop the NFL. Week 1 is in the books and now it’s time to look to the waiver wires. 

Man, was it ever nice to just sit back and watch some NFL games this weekend. I didn’t want it to end.

Of course, it did come to an end with the final seconds kicking off Tennessee’s win over Denver on Monday night. Nobody had any doubt that Stephen Gostkowski would make that game winner, right? Now it’s time to take a look at all the action of Week 1 and figure out who we need to target on the waiver wire, and, as always, let’s start with.. quarterbacks.

Quarterback

Teddy Bridgewater had a very exciting Week 1, especially for a player who is available in 85 percent of leagues. Bridgewater threw for 270 yards and one touchdown while running for 26 yards in Week 1 against Las Vegas. He warmed up early by dinking-and-dunking for the most part until the second half. At that point he started loosening up, culminating in a 75-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson. Most would say it was a Week 1 performance worthy of consideration for a waiver wire claim. 

On second thought.. look elsewhere if you are in need of a Week 2 quarterback.

With a new team and playbook to learn, and a Week 2 matchup against Tampa Bay, followed by the Los Angeles Chargers then Arizona, you may be better off looking toward San Francisco for a quarterback. San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for two touchdowns on 259 yards in a loss to Arizona on Sunday. Garoppolo is still available in 60 percent of leagues and he leads a strong team of receivers and pass catching backs that should give you quality fantasy points. The important point to note about Garoppolo is his upcoming schedule. In the weeks to come San Francisco plays the New York Jets, New York Giants, Philadelphia and then Miami. That is a very quarterback friendly lineup. If you choose to grab Garoppolo you should find yourself rewarded with a fairly easy start to the season.

If Garoppolo is just too clean cut for your tastes, how about Gardner Minshew

The legendary mustache-wielding Minshew threw for three touchdowns on 173 yards in Week 1 against Indianapolis. He also carried the ball five times for 19 yards. At 85 percent available you should have no problem getting a piece of Minshew if you need the help in Week 2. Minshew will have a good matchup next week when Jacksonville takes on Tennessee. Jacksonville will then look to make some good strides in the next two weeks after that with fairly easy weeks against Miami and then Cincinnati. Minshew could have a surprising start to the 2020 season.

Running Back

On to running backs. Peyton Barber, who is available in 99 percent of leagues, scored not one but two touchdowns in Sunday’s 27-17 win over Philadelphia. Few people expected Barber to do much in this game yet alone score twice. Now many are saying that he should be a hot waiver wire commodity.

On second thought.. I believe you should stay away from Barber, and really, the Washington backfield in general … at least until things get sorted out which could take half the season.

Barber only averaged 1.7 yards per carry. His longest run was 8 yards. He should continue to be a factor in the backfield, but not to the level needed to help your fantasy team.

Nope, if you need running back help in Week 2 you should instead be looking at Malcolm Brown.

Brown rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns while adding three catches for 31 yards in Sunday’s 20-17 win over Dallas. Brown is still available in 92 percent of leagues. Without Todd Gurley around anymore Brown took advantage of being the starter for once and had a quality outing on Sunday. Brown averaged 4.4 yards per carry to go along with his two touchdowns. Head coach Sean McVay said he would use all three running backs this season. He gave Brown 21 touches, Cam Akers 15 and Darrell Henderson three. The other two did not do much at all with their touches, which bodes very well for those with Brown. He is looking to be the man heading into Sunday’s matchup against Philadelphia. If things continue along the same path as Week 1, Brown could find himself in a very nice position as the season goes on.

Nyheim Hines also saw his stock rise quite a bit this last weekend. 

Marlon Mack is out for the season with an Achilles injury and Jonathan Taylor will take over as the primary running back. However, Hines’ role will also increase significantly. This is not conjecture, this is from the mouth of head coach Frank Reich. Reich was happy to pass along his thoughts on Hines after the third-year pro garnered two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in Sunday’s loss to Jacksonville. With Mack out, Hines should expect to receive even more of the backfield receptions and even gain some more rushing attempts. With that in mind, Hines is still available in 66 percent of leagues. Feel free to grab him off the waivers with little reservations.

About Rick Olson

Rick joined FantasySharks,com as a staff writer in 2013, though he fell in love with fantasy football in 1988 with the first league he played in. In his articles he tries to feature players off the radar or deeper than most since, in his experience, by the time a player is a waiver wire "must have" they are not usually available in most leagues.