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Waiver Wire Week 2 – Ringing the Changes

We are only one week into the season, but the time is already ripe for changes to some fantasy rosters. A star player has gone down with an injury, perhaps. Maybe a workhorse running back saw three carries and drew zero targets in the passing game. Whatever, adding a player to your squad at this early stage could be just the thing to keep things interesting. Here are three players that you should consider pulling from the waiver wire ahead of Week 2.

In the interest of full disclosure, my advice will be focused on a single quarterback, PPR format. The advice will also skew towards redraft leagues. I will not be advising how much of your Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB) you should be spending on these players. That is a decision you must judge for yourself. My goal here is to help you identify players, while one of my life policies is to not spend other people’s money. Let us begin.

Percent of ESPN leagues in which the player is available is in parentheses. 

DeSean Jackson (58.1%)

DeSean Jackson played a huge part in one of the greatest games of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s long (but not necessarily illustrious) career against the Saints in Week 1. Jackson was only targeted five times, it must be noted. But he reeled in all five for 146 yards and two touchdowns, a remarkable achievement considering the Saints only allowed 11 WR touchdowns in the whole of the 2017 season.

Jackson did exit the game early with a concussion, which could be cause for concern moving forward. But if he is good to go in Week 2, he’ll get a chance to go up against a former team in the Eagles. He has enjoyed his matches against the Eagles since leaving prior to the 2014 season.

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T.J. Yeldon (92.1%)

After nine carries and three receptions, Jaguars primary running back Leonard Fournette was forced from the game in the first half with a hamstring injury. In his absence, the clear lead back for the Jaguars was T.J. Yeldon. Yeldon finished the game with only 51 yards from his 14 carries. But he also led the team with seven targets (only three of which he caught).

The Jaguars appear cautiously optimistic with regard to Fournette’s health. But hamstring injuries can be tricky little blighters. Mild strains can take about two weeks to recover from. Moderate strains can linger for up to a month. If the team has any doubts at all regarding his health next week, then they should sit him. The Jaguars will be taking on a Patriots team that allowed 134 rushing yards on 25 attempts to Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue of the Houston Texans. To say that the Jaguars offensive line is superior to the Texans would be something of a masterful understatement. Yeldon could be in for a big workload in the AFC Championship rematch.

Tyler Lockett (45.9%)

Seahawks star WR Doug Baldwin was refreshingly honest with regard to his health heading into the 2018 season. Baldwin estimated that he would be, at best, 85 percent throughout the season. After a solitary target against the Broncos on Sunday, Baldwin was forced from the game with a knee injury. There is some cause for optimism, as it appears the injured knee is not the one that plagued him during the offseason. However, Baldwin’s ongoing health is now a serious concern.

Tyler Lockett corralled three of his four targets in Week 1 into 59 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown grab. He saw fewer targets than fellow WR Brandon Marshall (six) rookie tight end Will Dissly and first-year running back Rashaad Penny (five each). But Lockett’s tenure with the team, plus his ability to stretch the field, make him a more attractive option to fill the gap left by Baldwin. If Baldwin should miss significant time, and even if he doesn’t, Lockett should be rostered in all leagues for the remainder of the season.

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