Weekend Waiver Wire Stashes: Week 2 (Fantasy Football 2022)
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Fantasy Football Weekend Waiver Wire Stashes: Week 2
Carson Wentz (WAS)
Week 1 provided a glimpse of Carson Wentz’s best team as he scored four touchdowns for the first time since Week 14 of the 2017 season and totaled a fantastic 27.7 points. Wentz finished Week 1 as QB3 and has matchups against the Lions, Eagles and Cowboys to come. An argument can be made that if Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson and Curtis Samuel all play to their potential, Wentz could have a very successful season.
Jahan Dotson (WAS)
Doubling Washington players here with a player who doubled touchdowns in Week 1. Dotson wasn’t seen in the same light as some first-round rookies this offseason, but he showed in Week 1 why the commanders loved him. Washington kept him on the ground for 88% of the snaps. Any player with an almost all-low role can be worth watching in fantasy. If Dotson has a big Week 2 against the Lions, he’ll be expensive on the waiver wire if you don’t get to him first.
Robbie Anderson (RCA)
After Sunday’s loss to the Panthers, head coach Matt Rhule reportedly said he changed his philosophy over the summer and wanted the Panthers to be more demanding in passing in the future. Even so, only three Panthers wide receivers made it through a route on the Baker Mayfield folds. Shi Smith operated firmly out of the slot and DJ Moore operated as number one. Anderson is clearly the deep threat in the attack. Despite offseason tales of Robbie Anderson not wanting to play with Mayfield, they seem to have a good connection.
Jarvis Landry (NO)
Michael Thomas made headlines with his last two touchdowns against the Falcons, but Jarvis Landry was the most consistent player of the day. Landry racked up 3.6 yards per rush, which was ninth-best among receivers to go 10 or more hauls. This helped him to an 18.40 point game in PPR. If Jameis Winston clings to Landry as a safety net, then Landry can be the perfect WR3/flex play on your team heading into the start of the bye weeks.
Khalil Herbert (CHI)
Throughout the summer, we heard rumors that the Bears coaching staff might prefer Khalil Herbert’s running style over David Montgomery, and in Week 1, Herbert had more rushing attempts. (9) than in any game David Montgomery was healthy for in 2021. Montgomery saw the most rushing attempts but was woefully ineffective, taking 17 attempts for 26 yards while Herbert rushed for 45 yards on nine attempts and also scored a touchdown. Herbert’s stand-alone value remains to be seen, but if anything were to happen to Montgomery, Herbert could end up having enormous value. After a tough game against Green Bay, the Bears face non-threatening Texans in Week 3.
Rex Burkhead (HOU)
The hyped train Dameon Pierce broke down from the station last Sunday, the rookie playing just 28.6% of the snaps while Rex Burkhead, 32, dominated the backfield and saw 64% of the use from the backfield. It’s very unlikely that this type of workload will continue, and it’s fair to wonder how long a running back in their 30s can withstand such pressure, but for now, at least, it seems clear that the Texans are considering using Burkhead and will lean on him especially in key situations. For example, the overtime period where Burkhead played every snap. If you drafted with a Zero or Hero RB strategy, then Burkhead might be the kind of player you need to give you a few usable weeks while you wait for rookies to grab bigger workloads or a player to become available on the waiver thread. It might not be for long, but Burkhead would do more good on your roster than waivers.
Robert Tonyan (UK)
The Packers’ season took off from the offense’s very first play last weekend when Christian Watson dropped what surely would have been a 75-yard touchdown. Now, it seems clear that while Aaron Rodgers didn’t want the Packers to spend draft picks on a quarterback, he also didn’t care if they spent them on wide receivers. Sammy Watkins seems to be running on empty, Allen Lazard has yet to make an appearance, and when he does, does he have enough juice to deal with the focal point of an offense? This is all a roundabout way of getting back at Robert Tonyan, who appears to have recovered from his ACL injury without too many lasting side effects. Tonyan trains without limits, and we’re not too far from the days when he was a highly relevant tight end for fantasy. If you’ve been waiting tight and are now juggling Irv Smith or David Njoku after their deflating season-opening performances, then grabbing a backup option like Robert Tonyan makes a lot of sense, if only because at least Aaron Rodgers actually doesn’t seem to like him.
Hayden Hurst (CIN)
Tee Higgins could potentially miss the Bengals’ Week 2 game with concussion side effects. If so, then Hayden Hurst is a worthy stream for this week against the Dallas Cowboys, let alone moving forward. We’ve seen Joe Burrow turn to the tight position at times during his tenure with the Bengals. In the aftermath, when the Bengals caught fire in 2021, Burrow targeted CJ Uzomah an average of 5.8 times starting in Week 13. With Hurst the clear TE1 in Cinncinati, he makes a good streamer and with games against the Cowboys minus Dak Prescott, Jets minus Zach Wilson, then Dolphins, Hurst doesn’t have any particularly tough games on the horizon. Hurst will likely depend on touchdown in the future, but that’s usually the case with any tight ends available on the waiver wire.
The Eagles defense didn’t shine in Week 1 against the Lions, allowing Jared Goff to bring Detroit back into the game when it should have been put away, but that defensive line is fierce and after facing Minnesota this week, they face the Commanders, Jaguars, Cardinals and Cowboys (who will likely still be without Dak Prescott). During this run, the Eagles will be up against questionable offensive lines, and I’d be very surprised if that defense doesn’t turn into a few fantasy-worthy days.
The Cowboys could miss Dak Prescott over the next few weeks, but that defense still has some stars. If they have to stay in games, it will be because the defense did. After a tough game with the Bengals, they will face the Giants and Commanders. When a defense has multi-level playmakers, they can still be dangerous.
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