Ok, so Week 1 of the 2018 fantasy football season was intense. We had some slow starters, which is expected, and we had some surprises, which is always expected. We had a few injuries, like Aaron Rodgers (knee), who returned, and Leonard Fournette (hamstring/questionable for Week 2), Delanie Walker (ankle/out for year)… and we had some players go missing statistically, but were healthy all game, like Kareem Hunt, Royce Freeman and even guys like David Johnson. So, who should you grab off waivers entering Week 2? Note: this is written prior to the two Week 1 Monday night games.
Note: Make sure guys like Aaron Jones, Chris Godwin, Mike Williams and Kenny Golladay aren’t available in your league. They would all slot near the top of this list.
Week 2 Adds
Phillip Lindsay (RB/DEN)
Phillip Lindsay ran the ball a huge 15 times for 71 yards, and pulled in 2-of-3 targets for 31 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos’ Week 1 win over the Seahawks. It was very unexpected to see Lindsay get so much run when Royce Freeman (71 yards) was not hurt. Freeman also played well, better than the numbers suggest. But, this situation is clearly at risk of turning full RBBC. Linday has a good story. He’s worth grabbing in all formats, as the team loves both he and Freeman. We still firmly believe in Freeman, and the talent is there for him to be a top 10RB in fantasy… but, the situation is what it is, they have two good runners and just proved they believe equally in both.
Jared Cook (TE/OAK)
Jared Cook dropped an insane 9 receptions for 180 yards on Monday night. It’s safe to say he is in the TE1 convo this year, and he is a must add in all leagues.
Austin Ekeler (RB/LAC)
Austin Ekeler caught 5-of-5 passes thrown his way in Week 2, which totaled 87 yards and a touchdown. He also ran five times for 39 yards. For those thinking Gordon lost usage in Week 1, he didn’t… Gordon dropped a line of 64 rushing yards, 9 receptions, and 102 receiving yards… Ekeler and Gordon were used all over the place, together, separate, you name it. While we don’t expect this kind of usage each week, it proves that Ekeler is capable of being a high-end RB2, or better, if ever forced to start games.
Geronimo Allison (WR/GB)
Geronimo Allison caught 5-of-8 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Bears. He and Randall Cobb have WR3 upside in 2018.
We should have more info on Leonard Fournette’s (hamstring) later today. For now, he sounds very questionable for Week 2, so Yeldon should be grabbed in all formats.
Others:: Dante Pettis (WR/SF), Will Dissly (TE/SEA), Ryan Grant (WR/IND), John Brown (WR/BAL), Josh Allen (QB/BUF), DeSean Jackson (WR/TB), Tyrell Williams (WR/SD)