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Today’s topic: Week 2 waiver targets.
1. Elijah Mitchell, 49ers, RB (6% rostered in Yahoo)
Channeling the slippery tactics his pops was known for, Kyle Shanahan oddly deactivated hyped rookie Trey Sermon as a healthy scratch in a near disastrous collapse at Detroit. According to local reports, the coaching staff felt Raheem Mostert, JaMycal Hasty and Mitchell presented the best options. After paper mache Mostert exited with a knee injury in the first quarter, it was Mitchell, the sixth-round pick, who impressed by sprinting up the right sideline for a 38-yard gallup. His explosion (4.40 40-yard wheels), vision and toughness between the tackles (3.84 YAC/att in Week 1) were clearly on display. Given the week-to-week uncertainty, it’s tough smashing the piggy bank for Mitchell. Still, RB-needy managers will have to shell out primo bucks to acquire the youngster off waivers. (FAAB bid on $100 budget: $33-$39).
2. Mark Ingram, Texans, RB (21% rostered in Yahoo)
It’s important to preface this discussion that Houston remains a complete abomination. The Texans benefited from Urban Meyer’s wonderfully predictable coaching incompetence in a 37-14 win over the Jaguars. In the lopsided win, Ingram turned back the clock, carrying the rock an exhaustive 26 times for 85 yards and a TD. His inefficiency proved glaring, but volume speaks LOUDLY in fantasy. It’s clear the thirtysomething back is Dan Culley’s RB of choice. With Cleveland, Buffalo, New England and Indianapolis on the horizon, slapping the wallet for the veteran isn’t recommended. However, RB is Machine Gun Kelly thin, meaning anyone earning significant opportunity share is worth substantial coin. (FAAB bid: $16-$21)
3. Tim Patrick, Broncos, WR (3% rostered in Yahoo)
Heartbroken. Jerry Jeudy, who by all beat writer accounts was Denver’s best overall player throughout training camp, became the latest victim of the sinister injury imp. With Jeudy expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to a high-ankle sprain, Patrick, who developed an instant chemistry with Teddy Bridgewater on Sunday by grabbing 4-of-4 targets for 39 yards and a TD, once again elevates into the starting lineup, a familiar position. Excellent inside the red zone and tough after the catch (4.69 YAC/rec in ‘20), the wideout is a viable candidate for seven or more targets moving forward. With an outstanding matchup against Jacksonville in Week 2, he’s Grade A fantasy flame material. (FAAB bid: $13-$17)
4. Tony Jones Jr., Saints, RB (25% rostered in Yahoo)
When Latavius Murray, now with the Ravens, exited New Orleans, Jones Jr. immediately jumped on deep-league radars. His bounce, versatility and surprising brawn made cutting the exorbitant veteran doable. Unmistakably, Alvin Kamara is the class of the Saints backfield, but the greenhorn is an attractive depth addition who should net 30-35 percent of the opportunity share each week. In his regular season debut against discombobulated Green Bay, he notched 53 combined yards on 12 touches. That output may seem bland to shallow leaguers, but in a next-man-up league, he possesses measurable upside, especially behind New Orleans’ behemoth offensive line. For those who punted the position on draft day, cast a line. (FAAB bid: $9-$14)
5. Gabriel Davis, Bills, WR (5% rostered in Yahoo)
Hanging out in the shadows of fantasy football drafts, Davis was mysteriously and consistently overlooked. A Josh Allen favorite in the money-making area of the field, he set the pace in red-zone target share (42.6% among WRs with at least 50 targets a season ago). Dismissals of Davis, on a club that runs the ball infrequently no less, was strange to say the least. Picking up where he left off in his rookie campaign, the sophomore hauled in two balls for 40 yards and a TD on Sunday against Pittsburgh. Stefon Diggs is the unrivaled alpha, but the overlooked target is a top-shelf depth wide receiver. Davis isn’t a recommended play in Week 2 against Miami’s Byron Jones and Xavien Howard, but when the matchup warrants, he’s WR3/FLEX material in 12-team leagues. (FAAB bid: $7-$10)
Others to consider
Juwan Johnson, Saints, WR/TE (FAAB bid: $7-$12)
Kenneth Gainwell, Eagles, RB (FAAB bid: $3-$6)
Cordarrelle Patterson, Falcons, RB/WR (FAAB bid: $6-$11)
Taylor Heinicke, WFT, QB (FAAB bid: $25-$30 in SuperFlex format)
KJ Hamler, Broncos, WR (FAAB bid: $3-$6)
Rondale Moore, Cardinals, WR (FAAB bid: $8-$13)