Week 1 is in the books and it was a wild start to the season. We had breakout performances, giants duds, and the usual RB1 injury. There’s plenty of value on the wire this week, so let’s get right to it.
The 3Co team has been banging the drum on Hines all offseason and he validated our optimism on Sunday. Despite Marlon Mack and Jonathan Taylor forming a powerful 1-2 punch for the Colts, it was Hines who finished with two touchdowns on the afternoon. His eight catches were the most of any player on the field and he showed instant chemistry with Phillip Rivers. Marlon Mack’s season-ending injury opens up significant reps for Hines and he should be your No.1 priority on the Waiver Wire this week.
Week 2 Matchup: Minnesota Vikings
Move over Austin Ekeler, there’s a new RB1 in town.
Obviously I’m kidding. But Kelley proved to be an ideal replacement for Melvin Gordon as he complemented Ekeler and rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries. As the Chargers look to maximize Ekeler’s pass-catching abilities and get him more involved in that part of the offense, it wouldn’t be surprising if Kelley started seeing more carries. Kelley is a must-roster and his stock is skyrocketing heading into Week 2.
Week 2 Matchup: Kansas City Chiefs
Cam Akers may be the future of the Rams backfield, but Brown is clearly the present. Sunday Night Football saw the steady Brown rush for an average of 4.4 YPC on 18 totes while also scoring two touchdowns on the ground. Of course, the Rams did not invest a second-round pick in Akers to have him play second-fiddle to Brown all season, but the Rams aren’t going to just hand him the job. Brown’s dependability is valuable to the Rams and he should be a solid flex moving forward until Akers takes the job.
Week 2 Matchup: Philadelphia Eagles
Benny Snell Jr.
My James Conner take is in shambles, but Benny Snell Jr. looked explosive in his first game of the season. Even before Conner’s day ended thanks to an ankle injury, Snell looked like he was playing on a different gear compared to the other backs. On a night where the Steelers offense regained its form, Snell was the best RB on a field that included Sawuon Barkley. He’s an RB2 for as long as Conner is out, and Conner owners would be wise to add him for the rest of the season.
Week 2 Matchup: Denver Broncos
If you have to make this move, my sincere condolences. Bell didn’t make it to the end of game 1 and Adam Gase has already said he will likely be out a couple of weeks. Until his return (hopefully for a new team), the ageless Frank Gore and La’Mical Perine will look to fill his shoes. With Perine being uncertain to play in Week 2, it may very well be Gore who leads this backfield moving forward. If you’ve already been ravaged by injuries to the likes of Miles Sanders or lost potential contributors like Leonard Fournette, Frank Gore has flex potential until Bell’s return.
Week 2 Matchup: San Francisco 49ers
This is a shot in the dark, but why not? If for some reason you’re last in waiver priority, then first convince your league-mates to adopt FAAB. Second, place a claim for Freeman. According to sources (literally Devonta Freeman), Freeman has offers from 4 teams and he will be signing soon. Why not go ahead and pick up the former RB1?
Week 2 Matchup: Unknown
I can’t believe I’m doing this. After years of letting us all down, Corey Davis actually looked good. Davis was explosive in the first half of his matchup with the Broncos as he caught 4 balls for 71 yards in the first half alone. That’s more yards than he had in 14 games all of 2019. Davis has always had the talent to be a star in the NFL but has struggled to put it all together in a scheme that never suited his skill set. He could be this year’s Devante Parker… so get him while he’s still free.
Week 2 Matchup: Jacksonville Jaguars
My colleague Alex Kurpeski has been aboard the Gage hype train all offseason, so needless to say he was excited to see Gage finish among the top 10 wide receivers of the week in terms of fantasy points. Obviously, Gage won’t be a WR1 all season (don’t tell Alex I said that), but it’s impossible to ignore the high-powered offense he’s a part of and the obvious chemistry he was with Matt Ryan. There’s room for 3 wide receivers to be relevant in this offense and Gage has high-end flex potential moving forward. He’s a Calvin Ridley/Julio Jones injury away from being more, but he’s well worth picking up this week and rolling out at your flex position.
Week 2 Matchup: Dallas Cowboys
Tom Brady has Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Rob Gronkowski on his team, so it’s only natural that he showed the most rapport with Scotty Miller. Miller impressed in his first game with the G.O.A.T catching 5 passes for 73 yards. It was a steady performance for a player who should find a home on your team’s bench. He’s a low-end flex option in PPR leagues.
Week 2 Matchup: Carolina Panthers
Yes, there are multiple positives to take away from Indianapolis despite the Colts looking lifeless against Minshewmania. One of the biggest is Campbell’s improved play. Campbell caught 6 passes for 71 yards as Phillip Rivers looked to him early and often. Gaining the trust of the future Hall of Famer is a good sign for his fantasy prospects and he’s well worth a speculative add ahead of Week 2.
Week 2 Matchup: Minnesota Vikings
The Eagles are officially a TE1A and TE1B team. Zach Ertz and Dallas showed they can both be effective fantasy options as they scored 10.8 and 24.1 points respectively. Goedert has been consistent dating back to last season and its time to consider him a TE1. If you have a soon-to- be-bust like Austin Hooper or Hayden Hurst as your starter, invest in Goedert and plug him into your lineup moving forward.
Week 2 Matchup: Los Angeles Rams