2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 2 Waiver Wire and injury help is here!  Get your replacements and sleepers before everyone else does!

RUNNING BACKS

Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 27.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Peterson got the call to start in place of an injured Derrius Guice and he'll receive that call again.  Peterson was a healthy scratch for the season opener against the Eagles, but he could end up starting again with Guice going down once again.  Exactly how much time Guice will miss, as well as the severity of his injury, has yet to be determined.  However, Peterson is worth adding with Guice slated to miss at least some time.  Peterson filled in admirably posting over 1200 yards and 8 touchdowns on 271 touches in 2018.  He's up there in age, but the kid can still play.

Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 32.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Bernard has been the Bengals' complementary back for some time now, but an ankle injury to Joe Mixon has put him back in the spotlight.  Mixon's MRI for his ankle injury came back negative on Monday, but he might remain sidelined.  In the meantime, it'd be safe for fantasy owners to stash Bernard, especially Mixon's owners.  Expectations should be tempered for the Bengals' back though since they're doing their best to rebuild.  Cincinnati could be playing from behind often which could limit touches for all Bengals running backs if they need to pass the ball more playing catch up.  Fortunately, that should work out for Bernard who is the pass catching back anyway.  He should be rostered in PPR formats at the very least.

Justin Jackson RB, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 40.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Melvin Gordon is expected to miss time up to week 6 and beyond with his hold out, Justin Jackson becomes a bit of a flier and an Austin Ekeler handcuff.  Ekeler hasn't played a complete season as a starter and Jackson did a great job filling in after both Gordon and Ekeler went down late in the season.  He figures to see an expanded role again this season with the Chargers' main back still not taking handoffs.

Alex Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 13.4% of all ESPN leagues):
It's no secret. Cook hasn't been the healthiest running back in the league. Minnesota has demonstrated their commitment to running the ball more and that means additional touches for the Vikings backfield.  Mattison saw touches early on even before their win this week against the Falcons became a blowout.  He had just 9 carries for 49 yards, but the rookie should continue to get additional work.  He should be rostered in deeper leagues and especially by Cook owners.  When Cook goes down, Mattison will be the next man up.

Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues):
It's only the first week and McKinnon and Coleman are both already out.  Looks like it's Breida and Mostert taking the handoffs again.  Breida led the 49ers rushing attack last year and he did it while leading the NFL in rushing at one time, but he did struggle with injuries.  San Fran looks like they'll take more of a timeshare approach this year, which could mean Mostert could get a decent workload whether or not Breida is hurt.  At the very least, the opportunity is there so he is worth a dart throw.

Malcom Brown, RB, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 6.5% of all ESPN leagues):
While Brown won't necessarily have a two-touchdown game every single week, the Rams are clearly trying to manage Todd Gurley's touches.  This means that they will be limiting his playing time and the Rams backfield will be a timeshare.  This should significantly boost Browns' fantasy relevance. He is certainly worth rostering in deeper leagues and by all Gurley owners.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 35.3% of all ESPN leagues): 
Hoollywood certainly lived up to the hype in his pro debut.  He lit up the scoreboard  by posting 4 catches for 147 yards and a pair of scores.  Brown nearly had a hat trick but a deep pass was just out of his reach.  If he can stay healthy, he'll continue to torch defenses with his 4.2 40 speed and produce with Lamar Jackson's rocket arm delivering the passes.  For more on the former Oklahoma Sooner's big play ability and college career, check out our Rookies and Redshirts post.

Chris Conley, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 8.8% of all ESPN leagues):
The former Chief was in Andy Reid's system for years which means he's very familiar with OC DeFilippo's system.  He's developed a great rapport throughout training camp with his QB Nick Foles.  Although Foles left the game early, Conley still posted a respectable stat line of 6 catches for 97 yards and 1 touchdown with backup Minshew under center.  He's basically the only wide receiver on the team with pro football experience aside from oft-injured Marqise Lee.  Conley should continue to produce.

John Brown, WR, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 35.3% of all ESPN leagues):
John Brown's speed was always going to be a good combination with his young of quarterback's strong arm.  He put on a show last week against the Jets who have one of the better defenses in the league. He caught seven passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.  Josh Allen how to sling it in order to bring his bills back from a 16-0 deficit at halftime.  Brown should continue to see work in the coming weeks considering the Bills' question marks and concerns in their offensive backfield.  At the very least, he's worth a look in most leagues.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 7.3% of all ESPN leagues):
McLaurin put himself on fantasy radars by catching five passes for 125 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles.  At 6'0", 208lbs, the rookie out of Ohio State is a good size-speed prospect who should help whoever is under center for the Redskins.  He should continue to get work as an outside receiving threat after the Redskins cut Paul Richardson.  He posted 5 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown in his first official game as a pro.  For more on McLaurin's skillset and college career, check out our Rookies and Redshirts post..

John Ross, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 4.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Ross is a case of feast or famine.  The speedster is great when he can play, but the best ability is availability.  He'll continue to get a lot of work opposite Tyler Boyd as long as AJ Green is out.  With Green projected to return week 8, there's still time to take advantage of his services.  He reeled in 7 of his targets for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns and should continue to get added looks if he can stay healthy.

Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (currently owned in 17.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The young rookie was expected to have an auxiliary role within the Chiefs' receiving corps.  Instead, he'll receive a lot more targets with teammate Tyreek Hill expected to miss a few weeks due to a rare shoulder injury.  Hardman is an explosive wideout who will catch passes from last year's league MVP.  For more on Hardman's playmaking ability and college career, check out our Rookies and Redshirts post.

DJ Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 11.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Chark was a size speed specimen and go route specialist.  The former LSU Tiger was limited by horrendous quarterback play during his rookie campaign and failed to make any sort of fantasy impact.  The 6'4", 198lb wideout showed off his abilities with a new signal caller under center, posting 146 yards and a score on 4 catches.  He should continue to get work as an outside threat if the Jags continue to manage Marqise Lee's touches.

TIGHT ENDS

T.J. Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 30% of all ESPN leagues):
Rookie tight ends are supposed to struggle during their first seasons.  However, Hockenson may have provided some depth at a fantasy position that lacks any by making an immediate play-making impact on the Lions' offense.  He posted 6 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown in his first game as a Lion.  Hockenson is a good, all-around tight end who was drafted by Detroit in the first round.  He should continue to contribute as a pass catcher and blocker and will give opposing defenses matchup problems and make the Lions' plays more difficult to read since he can do it all.  For more on Hockenson's Iowa Hawkeye career, check out our Rookies and Redshirts post here.

Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 0.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Someone has to catch the ball in Washington and it might be veteran Vernon Davis.  Jordan Reed's health has been unreliable at best and could leave plenty of opportunities for Davis to step up.  Davis should help provide stability as veteran with reliable hands and leader on a young team going through the rebuilding process.  He posted 4 catches for 59 yards and a touchdown and could continue to post decent numbers as long as Reed remains out.

QUARTERBACKS

Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 66.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Shockingly enough, Rivers remains unowned in roughly a third of ESPN leagues.  Perhaps most potential fantasy owners need to be reminded that Rivers was easily one of the better quarterbacks last year and should be rostered.  He posted over 4300  yards and 32 touchdowns with just 12 interceptions. He has a healthy tight end and the Chargers will probably lean more on the passing game now that they are without Melvin Gordon. This actually helps Rivers' efforts to maintain his Elite status because Austin Ekeler is an excellent receiving it is an excellent receiving back.  He completed 25 of his 34 pass attempts to post 333 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception.  He'll have an even better matchup this week against an average Detroit Lions defense.

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 16.3% of all ESPN leagues): 
Seriously?  Stat Padford is still available in over 80% of all ESPN leagues?  His performance this past Sunday proved that he is still a capable quarterback, especially now that he has some new weapons on board with Amendola and Hockenson.  It looks like he's not just sitting back in the pocket waiting to get sacked. The ball appears to be coming out of his hands a lot quicker and Hockenson and Amendola are both capable playmakers after the catch.  The Lions also still have Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. who are both capable big-play threats.  He does have some decent matchups on the agenda which will make him a spot starter. He can be used as a streaming option and he should definitely be a starter in all 2QB formats.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS

Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 40.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Even though there were a ton of penalties handed out to both teams, credit must be given to Mike Vrabel and the Titans coaches for limiting potentially one of the most explosive offensive units in the league to just 13 points.  It was a beat down in Cleveland for the Browns' home opener.  Their defense is great when they have time to rest, but they're gassed by the end of the game if their offense can't get a first down.  The division rival Colts come to town next week with a backup QB.  

Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 27.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Ok, so the Boys have decided to shut down Byron Jones for the first few weeks of the season.  That doesn't mean their defense will be that much worse.  Dallas plays in a weak division with plenty of enticing matchups throughout the season.  They travel to D.C. this week and then Miami comes to town.  It's also important to remember that Smith, Lee, and Vander Esch are 3 of the best backers in the game when they're healthy.  Their pass rush can pressure opposing QB's as well, so their secondary doesn't need to be loaded with stars.  Grab this defense and start them with confidence.

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