Fictional Waiver Wire: FAAB Report Week Two Pickups, Free Agents


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The opening week of the NFL season is always a powerful reminder that we don’t know anything. In a Sunday night tweet from Adam Shifter, eight underdogs won on the spot, five of them coming on the road. We’ve seen some disappointing performances like Brandon Aiyuk setting up many fantasy football points like the Winner dogs and a surprising pass-through couple with Trey Sermon and Zack Moss. This came after none of the players appeared in the injury reports on Friday. But we have a few guys to take part in the second week wire pickup. By no means should we blast too much FAAB on extras this week, but assess your team’s needs and see what you have to offer. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t overdo it with getting free agents now and you’ll cost your team later. As we’ll be doing every week this season, let’s break down the best picks and show how much of your FAAB budget you should bid. DOMINATE YOUR LEAGUE: Get the Season Pass for the Fantasy Alarm NFL! Fantasy Football Week Two FAAB Tip: QB Wire Pickups ceded by James Winston (NO). Winston shocked everyone on Sunday against the Packers. The volume wasn’t there for him, but he proved to be a fairly effective passer, and most importantly he didn’t flip the ball. The exact same cannot be said of Aaron Rodgers, who had one of the worst matches of his career. Can we fully trust Winston yet? No, but a year of working as a backup for Drew Brees is one hell of training, and if he improves as a player and decision maker, he could improve on an abundance of fantasy teams. Expected FAAB view: 7-8% Justin Fields (CHI). It’s always hard to gauge FAAB’s spending on a quarterback. For starters, it depends on the format, and you need to assess the likelihood that said quarterback will start during the start of each week. In the QB/superflex formulas, the fields must be owned. It is not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’ to take over the fields. That’s likely to happen within the next few weeks, especially if Andy Dalton continues to struggle and the Bears don’t win games. Matt Nagy’s post isn’t exactly synonymous with the word “secure,” so get Fields if you lack confidence in your current middle position. Trey Lance is in a similar position and should also be selected in all QB/superflex duo leagues and deep singles QB leagues. Project. FAAB Show: 5-7% Teddy Bridgewater (DEN). No Jerry Goody? Not a problem. A sprained high ankle will keep him off the field for several weeks, but the Broncos have plenty of options in attack. Cortland Sutton, Noah Fant, Tim Patrick, KJ Humler, Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams are all viable weapons in this crime so the Broncos shouldn’t miss a thing. Bridgewater was accurate and efficient last week, throwing for 264 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Broncos drew the Jaguars next week, and they let Tyrod Taylor throw for over 290 yards and a pair of touchdowns and lunges for 40 yards. Project. FAAB Show: 5-7% Week 2 Standard Ranking: CM | running backwards | Broad future | narrow end | D/ST | KickerWeek 2 Fantasy Football FAAB tip: RB wire pickups ceded by Elijah Mitchell (SF). This 49ers-Lions game has had weird stories all along. From Trey Sermon being an inactive surprise to Brandon Aiyuk either picking up a hamstring or getting penalized by the team, to the overall goal distribution, we should have seen this coming. The only thing that was the right connection was starting Raheem Mostert. It was a great spot. Unfortunately, Mostert is now set to miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. This is just bad luck. That opened the door for Mitchell and Jamical Hesty. Both scored, but it was Mitchell who had 19 goals and 100-plus yards. Going all this early would be bold. We also don’t know the issue surrounding Sermon’s demotion, but Mitchell would see a significant rise in ownership as a worthy hideout. Try to approach the waiver wire with an objective mindset. If your draft strategy leaves you lacking in running back depth, you may need to push here. I’ve seen some people mention that they weigh as much as 40 percent, but I don’t quite know if I’d be willing to pay such a premium. In the deep leagues, you can obviously look at Hasty as well, but that’s still a back field that anyone with the hot hand could turn into that week. Project. FAAB Offer: 20-25% Mark Ingram (HOU). While most people went to the weekend hoping that Texans would exchange Ingram back to Baltimore, is anyone disappointed by what they saw? For what it’s worth, the snap distribution was beautiful. Ingram saw 35 shots, David Johnson had 22, and Phillip Lindsay saw 20. However, the overall workload fell on Ingram, as he had 26 shots compared to just 11 between Johnson and Lindsay combined. Ingram wasn’t effective, averaging 3.3 yards/carry, but he found the end zone. As of now, it looks like the RB1 in Houston. Project. FAAB Offer: 10-15% Tony Jones Jr. (NO). Jones saw dozens of touchdowns on Sunday and accumulated 50 yards flowing. It looked fine in Alvin Kamara’s palm, but it would be hard to get him started any week unless we had an AK41 injury. Like most of the contestants you’ll see on the waiver report each week, Jones is a great hideaway, but he needs a hit to see his value rise. Project. FAAB presentation: 10-12% Kenneth Gainwell (PHI). I really liked what I saw from Gainwell. He appeared in only 25 shots out of 71 but saw 11 touches. Miles Sanders got the most gigs between the 1920s for Philadelphia. However, when they needed to get some rest, they brought in Gainwell, who found the end zone on the ground while the receiving touchdown was called up again for a penalty. As of now, it’s more of a hideout and not as much of a priority as Mitchell, but this was an impressive debut. I don’t think Boston Scott saw a single shot on Sunday. It’s very clear that Gainwell is Philly’s backup. Project. FAAB View: 7-8% Week 2 PPR Ratings: Quarter Back | running backwards | Broad future | narrow end | D/ST | KickerWeek 2 Fantasy Football FAAB tip: WR wire pickups ceded by Sterling Shepherd (NYG). We don’t usually prioritize recipient transactions at scale as much as we prioritize replays. Depth in this position is readily available on the exemption wire, but Shepard stands out as the best catcher to pass this week in compromises. The G-Men didn’t have a lot of highlights in Sunday’s game, but Shepherd’s pick-and-play game definitely stands out. Shepherd finished with seven catches for 113 yards and nine touchdowns. He led all pass collectors in nearly every major statistical category for New York’s wide receivers. The Giants may be falling behind on a consistent basis this season, which means plenty of passing attempts to get around. Project. FAAB Presentation: 12-15% Christian Kirk (ARI). I want to keep expectations in check for Kirk because while this offense looked exceptional in the first week, it was against the Giants who had a terrible defense. I’m somewhat concerned that Kirk was only on the field for about half of the team’s offensive shots while AJ Green saw another 17 shots, plus Green ran more trails (32) on Kyler Murray’s points drop than Kirk (23). Sadly, Kirk went on to capture all five of his goals and score a pair of touchdowns. There will be games where you’ll be disappointed, but it’s a trendy addition to Week 2. As an honorable mention, you can spend a similar show on Cole Beasley if he floats concessions. The only reason he didn’t write it down in detail is because he’s not available, but he saw 13 goals on Sunday against the Steelers. This number won’t always be that high, but it may be worth a modest try. Project. FAAB Show: 7-8% KJ Hamler and Tim Patrick (DEN). With the news that Jerry Jeudy (ankle) is about to miss a few games, there are options in the Denver pass attack that could see an increased role. It boils down to Patrick and Humler. Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant are the easiest options to see more of the work, but their ownership numbers are really high. Patrick and Humler are great acquisitions this week. Hamler has deep threat potential, and Patrick is a big target for Teddy Bridgewater when they reach the finish zone. Choose a thickness. Project. FAAB width: 5-7% Nelson Agulure (Northeast). Agholor’s joke is a bit of a walk in fiction for his history of dropping passes, but the Patriots gave him a respectable off-season contract and got their money’s worth on Sunday. Agholor saw 64 shots and captured five of seven targets for 72 yards and a TD. It will likely never be a lock in your lineup, but it has a resilient appeal from now on. Project. FAAB Presentation: 5-7% Marquis Valdes-Scantling (Great Britain). I wouldn’t devote a great deal of FAAB to the MVS because, while it has a nice rooftop, there is a lot of variation in its game as a fictional asset. But the fact that he was fourth among all the players in terms of air yards caught my attention. He finished with only three receptions for 17 yards, but had seven goals. He was checked deep in the field, and there were reports during training camp that the MVS had improved his ability as a pass hunter. Good to hear because it has been seen as a deep threat that tends to drop passes. Project. FAAB width: 3-4% Russell Gig (ATL). Truthfully, I think anyone who was putting in Gage’s lists would likely drop it after the fail he posted on Sunday. Because of that, I don’t see anyone also flocking to hide it. He didn’t have any catches on two goals, but was on the field for 48 of the team’s 71 offensive shots. Olamide Zaccheaus had the third most shots wide with just 18 points, and Gage wouldn’t be Atlanta’s second goal, but we have to imagine the Hawks’ attack could only rise from here after a poor showing on Sunday. If Gage is in the field, there is value here and you can probably get him for absolutely nothing. Project. FAAB Show: 1-2% over 2 weeks: Top Waiver Pickups | Buy Low, Sell High, Week Two of Fantasy Football, FAAB Tip: TE Waiver Wire Pickups, Jared Cook (LAC). FAAB Show: 6-7%) Remember when everyone was dropping themselves and giving Donald Parham and his 6-8 tire all the praise in bootcamp? Well trusted, Jared Cook came in with a nice workload on Sunday. Cook saw 47 of the team’s 81 offensive shots and captured five of his eight goals for 56 yards. The Bolts play Dallas in Week 2, and the Cowboys allowed Rob Gronkowski to capture all eight of his goals last week, including a pair of touchdowns. Project. FAAB presentation: 6-7% Cole quantitative (CHI). Kmet saw 59 shots compared to Jimmy Graham, who only had 19, and Kmet finished five times on seven goals for 42 yards. Once the Bears switch in the middle, most players centered on this offense will see an upgrade in their fantasy value. dun can take off. Project. FAAB Presentation: 6-7% Juwan Johnson (NO). The two drops are nice, but we have to look deeper and not expect this every week. The flow of the game to Saints dictates most of the game plan. They only attempted 21 passes, only one had more than five goals, and the other end was tight for Saints, Adam Trautman. However, red zone targets are valuable, and Johnson picked up a pair of touchdowns on Sunday. He was only on the field for 12 of 62 shots, so while the result of the box was in his favour, he kept expectations in check. Project. FAAB Offer: 2-3% Week 2 Fantasy Football FAAB Tip: Waive D/ST Pickups Generally speaking, you don’t want to spend FAAB money on D/STs, but if you’re looking for players in Week 2 your best bets are the Saints (@Panthers), Cardinals (against the Vikings), Giants (@Washington), and Panthers (against the Saints). You can also try your luck with Bengals (@Bears) and Packers (vs. Lions).


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