• Rafael Soliz II

Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

Week 1 of the 2019 NFL Fantasy season started off with a bang as there were multiple players who seemed to burst onto the scene without much anticipation. Injuries, matchups, and good play all together seemed to bring certain players into a spotlight that wasn't shining on them beforehand. If your fantasy team seemed a little stagnant this week, and you're trying to find some playmakers to help jumpstart your fantasy season, I'm here to help give you a few ideas on who to pick up. Not all these players may be available, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to take a chance on a player or two.

DJ Chark (2% owned in Yahoo / 12% owned in ESPN): The second-year wide receiver from LSU seemed to be one of the Jaguars best offensive weapons in their game vs. the Chiefs. DJ hauled in multiple deep balls from Nick Foles and Gardner Minshew. Minshew has a nice arm, with the ability to complete the deep ball, along with impressive accuracy. Chark had a somewhat disappointing rookie season as he only caught 14 passes for 174 yards, but after today, he seems to be on the right track to improve immensely on those numbers. If given the right circumstances and an opportunity, Chark might end up being a decent surprise this season.

Jamison Crowder (46% owned in Yahoo / 70% owned in ESPN): 17 targets. 17. That's a hefty amount of attention, and a 41% target share, that the fifth year wideout is receiving from his quarterback. Crowder finished with 14 receptions for 99 yards. He has been somewhat under the radar with not much attention being given to him. He showed us this week why we should pay attention to him as he seemed to be Sam Darnold's safety blanket. He seems to be more of a PPR waiver target, but if you're in need of a wideout, he's available in more leagues than he should be.

Darren Waller (42% owned in Yahoo / 27% owned in ESPN): The Antonio Brown era in Oakland ended before it even got started. With that being said, we all know that the Raiders were going to force feed the ball to Antonio as much as he could handle. With AB now gone, I expect Waller to have a larger role in the offense than anticipated. Last season, the Raiders did not have a legitimate number one receiver in their offense, which opened up opportunities for others to produce. Jared Cook made the most of his opportunities and caught 68 balls for 896 yards and 6 touchdowns. Now, obviously we can't just immediately predict the same for Waller, but his value gets a significant boost now. We'll see how he does on Monday night vs the Broncos.

Raheem Mostert (1% owned in Yahoo / 1% owned in ESPN): With Tevin Coleman going down with what could possibly be a multi-week injury, Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert will have to pick up the slack. Breida seems to have most of the opportunity, but Mostert is one Breida injury away from being a must-add player. Mostert had 10 total touches vs the Bucs with 40 total yards and a touchdown. He seemed to do well and should get plenty of opportunity now being second in the pecking order. If you need an RB stream for next week, Mostert will have a decent opportunity to produce against a Bengals defense who let Chris Carson score on them twice.

Marquise Brown (31% owned in Yahoo / 28% owned in ESPN): If you haven't heard, the Jackson to Brown combo did decent on Sunday vs. the Dolphins. Brown had a mere 4/147/2 stat line and helped Lamar Jackson tie Peyton Manning for the most touchdown passes in a season opener in NFL history with five. Many people weren't sure wether the speedy QB/WR combo of Jackson and Hollywood Brown would be able to be consistent enough to garner any fantasy relevance, but with what we saw on Sunday, they seem to be off to a good start. Given it was the Dolphins, who don't necessarily have the strongest secondary in the league, but it gives them a good jumpstart into what could be a very productive season. If Brown is available in your league, lock him up.

Other players to target if available: Sammy Watkins, John Ross, Malcom Brown, Giovani Bernard