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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 2

Week 1 started off the 2018 season with a boom.  Let’s take a look at this weeks waiver wire action to make sure we start off your fantasy season the same way.

Surprises, let downs and injuries galore.  Week 1 had everything that we have come to expect out of a Week 1 in the NFL.

Another tradition we’ve come to expect after Week 1 is the busiest waiver wire of the year going into Week 2. Whether it’s because of you realize you miscalculated on that late round flyer, or because of one of the many bad injuries that happened, you most likely will take part in the craziness that will ensue when the waiver wires open this week. If you do take part, I’d like to give you a few nuggets to consider as you stake your claim and as always I’d like to start with Quarterbacks.

Quarterback

As of now there have been no quarterbacks lost for Week 2, however there were plenty of close calls.  With the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Marcus Mariota and Matthew Stafford all getting knocked out of their respective games it might be a good idea to invest in a backup in the case you didn’t have one already, or upgrade in the instance that you did.

With 197 yards passing, 77 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns many owners will be scrambling to get Tyrod Taylor.  Due to his potential ground yards every week, you shouldn’t avoid him altogether but on second thought, he might not be the most obvious pickup for the quarterback position this week. Any owner who has had Taylor in the last few years can tell you of the heartache that comes with his inconsistent play and injury prowess.  If I needed a quarterback I would rather look in the direction of Sam Darnold.

I usually do not cast my vote for any rookies in fantasy football but if you watched the fundamentals and poise this kid had in his Week 1 debut Monday night against the Detroit Lions you would understand why I think he’ll be able to help you week-in and week-out during this season.

Darnold threw for 198 yards and 2 touchdowns in the game.  He is owned in only 8% of leagues. However, if you saw the rapport this rookie already had with his team you would believe that he is in for a special first year in the NFL.  He is as good a pick as there is out there but if you are like me and tend to shy away from rookies, then take a look at Case Keenum.

Keenum, who is owned in 13% of leagues threw for 329 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Seahawks in his Week 1 season opener on Sunday. It appears that his numbers from last year were not a fluke and with the weapons he has in Denver, there is nothing keeping him from scoring good points for your fantasy team this season.

Running Back

Almost every fantasy owner wishes to strengthen their Running Back position.  Leonard Fournette owners and LeGarrette Blount owners may want to take a look at the waivers this week after their injuries this weekend. Even if you didn’t suffer any set backs this week at RB you may still want to bolster your roster.

Whichever  is the case, it seems that many owners are looking at Chargers running back Austin Ekeler as a possible waiver wire target.  On second thought you need to know that he only saw 29 percent of the snaps but he caught 100% of his targets. Yes, that is great, and yes, that equaled 39 yards rushing, 87 yards receiving and a touchdown, but I caution you that with a 29% snap count those numbers will not continue.  He was exciting but there are a few other players that may be more consistent out there, the first of which is, Phillip Lindsay.

In week 1, Lindsay ran for 71 yards, caught 2 passes for 31 yards and pulled in a touchdown while seeing almost equal snaps with starter Royce Freeman.  They seem to like him in Denver and he seems to be willing to make the most out of his chances. If Lindsay, who is available in 98% of leagues, is already gone on your waiver wire then take a look at the Jaguars T.J. Yeldon.

Yeldon is available in 92% of leagues and just might have the backfield to himself for a few weeks after Fournette injured himself on Sunday. Coming in for Fournette, Yeldon compiled 51 yards rushing and 18 receiving with a touchdown.  If Fournette does in fact stay on the injured list, Yeldon is a must have.

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.