Castle Black's Waiver Wire
Welcome back to the waiver wire all you
Fantasyholics. I love writing my waiver article every Tuesday. It helps me keep a pulse on what’s going on because I look at waivers in all of my personal leagues to come up with targets. My leagues range in size and scoring formats as well as how hardcore the players are. I know some of the players I mention will be rostered in your league but we are here for everyone. If you are in your 20th year playing fantasy or you are in your first ever league with some work buddies, 1 thing is 100 percent true: If you don’t work the waiver wire you are not going to get too far.
One of the hardest things for me and so many people to remember is not to overreact to week one. That goes for your fantasy team starting 1-0 or 0-1 or your stud players going crazy or stinking up the joint week one. Take a deep breath everybody, it is a long season. The targets I am going to give you for week 2 are a mix of players that look to have a larger role than anticipated or players that have moved up the depth chart due to injury. I am not advocating that these players need to be thrown into your starting lineup next week. What I am saying is that you CAN start these guys if you need to and that they also need to be on rosters and not on waivers.
Mitch Trubisky yeah I said it. This is much more based on his next 2 games more so than me thinking he is good for fantasy. He gets the Giants and Falcons. He has a decent floor with his rushing and they are most likely playing from behind early and often. Use him now while the schedule is good.
Gardner Minshew. He went 19 for 20 with 3 scores. I will say 20 pass attempts will be a season low for the Jags. He also has the floor with his rushing ability
Malcolm Brown (my add of the week) I was stuck working all day Sunday so the only game I got to watch uninterrupted on my big TV was the Cowboys at Rams. Brown looked great to me. Last year week one he had the 2 scores but it was not flashy. This Sunday he looked fast and extremely comfortable in the offense. He looked like he was having fun. 18 carries 79 yards 2 scores 3 catches for 31 yards. I know Akers is there but I don’t care. The Rams prioritized keeping Brown and it paid off for them. No shot the Rams look at that game tape and say lets bench Brown for a rookie that had 39 yards on 14 carries.
Benny Snell. News flash, James Conner started a game and did not finish it. Snell came in and looked real nice going over 100 yards on the ground. No word on Conner as of today but Snell needs to be on a roster.
Frank Gore is the default starter until Leveon Bell is back. Not sexy but he will be getting touches.
Joshua Kelly looks to have the number 2 role locked up. He got a lot of work and scored a rushing TD. If you own Ekeler you need Kelly.
Nyheem Hines and James Robinson are likely owned in your league but check anyway. Both look to be locks for double digit touches.
Parris Campbell was a 2nd round pick last year and missed the entire year with an injury. This kid can play and was drafted to be the starter next to Hilton. Guess what? That is what he is now. Rivers targeted him 9 times. I do not see that going away.
Russell Gage caught 9 balls for 114 yards. The Falcons are not throwing the ball 54 times every game but they will lead the league in pass attempts. Gage should be rostered and if Ridley or Julio miss any games Gage is gold.
Corey Davis was one of the scariest WRs coming out of college in years. He has been a huge let down so far but he went for 7 catches for over 100 yards on MNF. I’m not starting him yet but I am happy to drop my bottom WR for him. AJ Brown will keep drawing double coverage or the top corner.
Marquez Valdez-Scantling was getting praise from Aaron Rodgers during camp and he came out and went 4-96 and a TD
Robby Anderson appears to have quickly developed chemistry with his new franchise QB, Teddy Two Gloves. He’s clearly the deep ball threat on this offense, especially with Curtis Samuel falling out of favor.
Jonnu Smith, Noah Fant, Dallas Goedert all impressed. They are likely owned in leagues with very active owners but look for them. Overall they are pretty available.
For the more hardcore leagues, Greg Olsen looks like he will be involved in the Seattle offense. OJ Howard out played Gronk for the Bucs. Dalton Schultz is the default Cowboys TE after Blake Jarwin tore his ACL. Logan Thomas is the pass catching TE for Washington and caught a TD from Haskins.
Good luck out there everybody and remember to see who was dropped in your leagues in the morning. People overreact to week one every year. I guarantee there will be players dropped who have no business being dropped.