2020 NFL Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 2 Fantasy Football waiver wire and injury help is here!

RUNNING BACKS (RB): Nyheim Hines,  Malcom Brown, Benny Snell, Myles Gaskin, Frank Gore, Peyton Barber, Josh Kelley

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): Preston Williams, Russell Gage, Anthony Miller, Corey Davis, Parris Campbell

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Dallas Goedert, Jonnu Smith,

QUARTERBACKS (QB): Jimmy Garoppolo, Gardner Minshew

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
RUNNING BACKS (RB) 

Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 34.2% of all ESPN leagues):
In a not so surprising turn of events, Marlon Mack tore his Achilles’ tendon on Sunday’s season opener against the Jaguars.  A recovery timeline has not been provided at the time this is being written, but he could be out anywhere from 4-6 weeks to 4-6 months depending on the severity of the tear.  With that said, it was Hines who got most of the work on Sunday with 7 carries for 28 yards and a touchdown, and 8 catches for 45 yards and another score.  Although he’ll split carries with Jonathan Taylor, he runs behind one of the best offensive lines in football and his role as the pass catching change of pace back for the Colts remains undisputed.  He’ll be a PPR maven, but he should be added in all leagues.

Benny Snell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 14.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Snell had already looked slimmer and more explosive during training camp and was making a strong case for the backup spot behind Conner.  When Conner went down With a sprained ankle early in Monday night’s game, Benny Snell stepped in and was efficient with his touches.  He averaged nearly 6 yards a carry and looked far better than Jaylen Samuel with the ball.  Snell will be the starter for the foreseeable future, runs behind a great offensive line, and has favorable matchups coming up.  Snell can be added and started in all leagues as a Mack, Conner, or Bell replacement.

Malcolm Brown, RB, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 7.9% of all leagues):
Coach McVey has said he’d use a committee approach at running back, and he did just that on Sunday night against the Cowboys.  Akers got a lot of hype in training camp, but it was Malcolm Brown that had the big night.  Brown had 18 carries for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns and added 31 yards on 3 catches while Akers had 14 carries for just 39 yards and 1 catch for 4 yards.  The workload was just about even, but Brown was much more efficient with his touches.  He looks like the one to own in the Rams backfield at the moment. 

Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues): 
Howard left the game with a possible hamstring injury in the Dolphins season opener which opened the door for Gaskins to get work.  Gaskins seized the opportunity by carrying the ball 9 times for 40 yards, and he added another 26 yards on 4 catches.  Gaskin has the advantage here because he’s familiar with the offensive system, whereas Breida and Howard came over in free agency without a preseason to get acclimated.  At the moment, it looks like Howard survived an injury scare and will get the goal line carries, and Gaskin will work between the 20’s.  This distribution means Gaskin could be the one to own, but his production will be capped if he can’t get in the endzone.  Still, he’s worth picking up in deep PPR leagues and he’s worth keeping an eye on in all formats.  The injury to DeVante Parker could open up some more touches and targets for the young running back. 

Peyton Barber, RB, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 1.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Volume is the key here for Barber.  Washington’s woes are running back continue as they struggle to find a starter.  With that said, it was Barber who ways given the volume of meaningful carries, and he rewarded that decision with two trips to the endzone.  Unfortunately, those two trips salvaged Barber’s fantasy performance because he would’ve logged just 29 yards on 17 carries if he didn’t score.  This makes him a bit of a boom or bust play.  Still, he carried the ball almost twice as much as rookie Antonio Gibson, who was supposed to make a run at the starting job based on the reports out of training camp.  Potential owners should remember that Barber did some decent work in Tampa Bay even though they lacked an offensive line and didn’t run the ball much since they were playing catch up most of the time.  Barber is available in basically all ESPN leagues.  

Josh Kelley, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 11.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Kelley looked great in camp, and almost took the backup job for the Chargers from Justin Jackson.  Ultimately it was Kelley who was called in to give Ekeler a breather after Jackson was ruled out of the game early with a quad injury.  Kelley posted 12 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown as a result.  Potential owners should monitor Justin Jackson’s injury status since that will directly affect Kelley’s usage.  However, the volume should be there if the Chargers lean more heavily on the run this year because of potentially suspect QB play.  Kelley is a deep lead add only, but should carve out a nice role for himself if Jackson remains sidelined.  For more on what Kelley did during his college career, and for more on other rookie running backs this season, check out our “Running Backs Rookies and Redshirts” post elsewhere on this website.

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR)

Preston Williams, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 68.2% of all ESPN leagues):
DeVante Parker was sidelined due to a hamstring injury early in their opener against the Patriots.  Williams should continue to be targeted as the Dolphins’ primary receiver as long as Parker remains sidelined.  They’ll be throwing a lot because they’ll be playing from behind, and that means a heavy target share and hopefully more than just garbage points for the second year UDFA. He should be rostered in most leagues.  

Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 4.0% of all ESPN leagues):
Russell Gage was heavily targeted in garbage time after the Seahawks built a big lead.  Unfortunately for Atlanta, this is probably the way it will always be.  Their defense looked lacking and Matt Ryan will need to sling it to keep up with his opponents.  Gage caught 9 passes for 114 yards this past week and he should continue to be open as long as most defenses continue to game plan for Julio and Ridley.  Gage is also a handcuff of sorts for Julio and Ridley because his target share goes way up if either of the other two go down.  Until then, he’ll remain a big part of the Falcons game plan, especially late in games.  

Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 37.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Miller was a long shot bounce back candidate this year, but relatively unowned in many leagues.  He suffered from drops early last year, but he did have a couple of great catches last week against the Lions that reminded everyone why he drew Antonio Brown comparisons before his NFL draft.  As a result, he posted 4 catches for 76 yards and a touchdown starting opposite Allen Robinson.  Miller’s quarterback play will always be somewhat inconsistent, but he’s a decent streamer against some weak opponents like the Giants, Falcons, Colts, and Panthers, who the Bears will face in the coming weeks.  Grab Miller, stream him, then trade him before the bye and a pretty tough second half of the season.  

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 3.9% of all ESPN leagues):
On Monday night, Davis reminded everyone why he was a first round pick in the 2017 NFL draft.  He dealt with a hamstring injury during training camp and continues to do so to some degree, but he looked spry on crossing routes that attacked the Broncos defense.  The Broncos were already without Vonn Miller and Mark Barron, but they lost AJ Bouye to an injury during the game as well.  This all opened a door of opportunity for Davis to catch 7 of 7 targets for 101 yards.  He didn’t get in the endzone, but he still broke the century mark.  The Titans don’t have any pass catchers worth mentioning other than AJ Brown and Jonnu Smith, so Davis’ emergence is a welcome development.  He should continue to see plenty of targets which makes him worth stashing in most leagues at least, but potential owners should remember that he does have an injury history.

Parris Campbell, WR, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 29.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Campbell was targeted 9 times on 46 of Rivers’ attempts on Sunday and led the Colts with 6 catches for 71 yards as a result.  Campbell’s NFL career got off to a slow start due to injuries, but the Ohio State product displayed the burst, speed, route running, and agility that made him a second round draft choice of the Colts.  He should continue to see a steady number of targets since the Colts will probably be playing from behind and Marlon Mack’s absence could also free up touches as well.  Rivers targeted Campbell on nearly 20% of his attempts and had a 66% completion rate.  Campbell will stay involved in the Colts’ offense.

TIGHT ENDS (TE)

Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 27.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Injuries to the Eagles receiving corps combined with a revamped defense and pass rush resulted in a dismal day for Wentz.  The lone bright spot in Philly’s air attack was Dallas Goedert.  With most teams game planning to stop Ertz first, Goedert became heavily targeted at all levels of the field, and the young tight end caught 8 targets for 101 yards and a touchdown. This could continue to be the case throughout the season as Ertz becomes more of a decoy which should open things up for Goedert.  The Eagles offense could support 2 top-10 tight ends this season thanks to their injury-prone receiving corps. Goedert is worth adding in all leagues. 

Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 22.1% of all ESPN leagues):
As expected, the Broncos struggled against Jonnu Smith and all opposing receiving options for that matter.  The absences of Vonn Miller, Mark Barron, and the loss of AJ Bouye left the Broncos’ pass defense looking ordinary.  Smith snagged 4 of his 7 targets for 36 yards and a touchdown.  He should continue to be targeted heavily thanks to the Titans’ lack of playmakers.  Most defenses will game plan to stop Derrick Henry first, then AJ Brown next, which should leave the athletic tight end with a one on one matchup.  

QUARTERBACKS (QB): 

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 40.8% of all ESPN leagues): 
Jimmy G, the G stands for “game manager,” is an efficient quarterback.  He takes care of the ball, makes smart decisions, and probably won’t lose the week for any of his owners.  That’s Garoppolo’s floor.  Sure, he’s missing a couple of playmakers in George Kittle and Deebo Samuel, but everyone forgets that he throws the ball a lot to his running backs.  Mostert and McKinnon are two of the better pass catching backs in the league and Shanahan knows how to use them to make his QB and offensive line look like they didn’t miss a beat even without Kittle or Deebo on the field.  Jimmy G has some nice matchups coming up that raise his floor, and his ceiling will be even higher when he has his two most explosive pass catchers back in the huddle.  He’s worth adding and streaming in the coming weeks.  

Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 14.9% of all ESPN leagues): 
Minshew mania rolls on.  While he’s not a superstar, his upcoming schedule certainly offers plenty of upside.  This week presents a pretty tough matchup against the Titans, but then he has the Dolphins, Bengals, Texans, Lions, and Texans again in the coming weeks.  His top playmaker DJ Chark is still good to go, and other pass catchers Keenan Cole and rookie Laviska Shenault seem to be emerging as well.  Minshew is a must grab and must start, especially in 2QB leagues.  He’s also a good stash and could fill in for spot starts if other starting QB’s have tough matchup.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): 

Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 3.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The Browns take on the Bengals this week in their home opener.  Their underrated pass rush is led by Myles Garrett, and the backfield is led by ball hawks Greedy Williams and Denzel Ward.  Greedy is considered day to day and Olivier Vernon is day to day, but this defensive unit should be more than enough for the Bengals offensive line to handle.  The Chargers’ defense held the Bengals to just 13 points and had a pick and a fumble last week.

Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 13.2% of all ESPN leagues):
In a shocking turn of events last week, Washington upset the Eagles 27 to 17 last week.  The Eagles were without some offensive playmakers Miles Sanders and Alshon Jeffery, and were held to just 17 points.  The Redskins generated 3 turnovers and got plenty of pressure on Carson Wentz.  This week presents an opportunity for Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, and the Rams defense to do the same.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 42.5% of all ESPN leagues):
The reason the Buccaneers defense logged -3 points last week is because they played Drew Brees and the Saints. They should have an easier time with Teddy B and the Panthers this week. Expect Barrett, Suh, and Vea to be in Carolina’s offensive backfield early and often pressuring the quarterback.  

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