Here are this week’s top Waiver Wire options that are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues. I’ll list any players at the top who are above the 50% threshold (or are household names) but are still somewhat widely available for those who might be in smaller leagues.
Best Options if Available: Jameis Winston (TB, 62% ownership)
Josh Allen (Buf, 40%) — With both Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees going down in Week 2, this is probably your last chance to grab Allen after he posted another strong fantasy performance. The second-year QB completed 19/30 passes for 253 yards and one TD and he added 7/21/1 rushing in their win over the Giants in Week 2. Allen is going to make plenty of mistakes so be careful if you’re in leagues that dock points for turnovers, but he’s also showed his upside potential in the first two weeks because of his scrambling ability. Allen also has a juicy matchup this week before his schedule gets a little tougher (vs. Cin, vs. NE, @Ten, bye).
Daniel Jones (NYG, 2%) — In an unsurprising development, Eli Manning continues to look completely washed up to start the season. HC Pat Shurmur refused to name his Week 3 starter during a Monday press conference, and they officially pressed the eject button on Eli Tuesday morning. Jones completed 83.3% of his passes in the preseason for 369 yards and two TDs, and he clearly is going to bring more life to this offense. Heck, the betting markets respect Jones much more than Eli as the betting lines are expected to move in the Giants favor after the decision to insert Jones into the starting lineup. It also made sense to insert Jones into the starting lineup because they have good matchups looming the next two weeks (@TB, vs. Was, vs. Min, @NE).
Jacoby Brissett (Ind, 12%) — Brissett put the Colts in position to win against the Chargers in Week 1 and he got them into the win column against the Titans in Week 2. He completed just 17/28 passes for 146 yards but he threw for three touchdowns and he added 25 rushing yards for a strong fantasy performance. After a tough schedule to start the season, Brissett could be a viable streamer in the upcoming weeks because of a soft slate (vs. Atl, vs. Oak, @KC, bye) for anyone that’s hurting because of the Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees injuries.
Jimmy Garoppolo (SF, 47%) — Jimmy G looked incredibly shaky in Week 1 against the Buccaneers, but he responded with an efficient performance in a blowout victory over the Bengals. He completed 17/25 passes for 297 yards (11.9), three TDs, and an INT. It was a major step forward for Jimmy G and he’s now back in the streaming QB conversation starting this week against a desperate Steelers team at home (vs. Pit, bye, vs. Cle, @LAR). He did lose LT Joe Staley to a potential leg injury, which is something to watch going forward.
Matthew Stafford (Det, 34%) — Stafford came through in a prime spot against the Cardinals in Week 1 (385/3 passing), but I still wasn’t excited for his outlook for the rest of the season. He attempted just 30 passes in Week 2, completing 22 of them for 245 yards, two TDs, and two INTs against the Chargers. His schedule isn’t easy in the upcoming weeks (@Phi, vs. KC, bye, @GB), and OC Darrell Bevell will certainly look to get this running game on the right track. At least it looks like Stafford might have one of the league’s best TEs already in rookie T.J. Hockenson.
Andy Dalton (Cin, 18%) — Dalton reminded us that he’s better than your average quarterback in Week 1, throwing for 418 yards and 2 TDs in a tough loss to the Seahawks in Week 1. The Bengals couldn’t get going in Week 2 against the 49ers, but Dalton used some garbage-time production to post 311 yards, two TDs, and an INT on 26/42 passing. Dalton will still be without his top WR A.J. Green for a couple more weeks — Green shed his boot before Week 2, at least — but this offense could run through Dalton’s arm while Joe Mixon plays through an ankle issue behind a bad O-line. The schedule isn’t the easiest coming up (@Buf, @Pit, vs Ari, @Bal), but he has a chance to put up numbers if he continues to average 46.5 attempts per game.
Mason Rudolph (Pit, 1%) — The Steelers season from hell continued in Week 2. Ben Roethlisberger left after one half with a throwing-elbow injury against the Seahawks. Big Ben was reportedly dealing with the issue in practice last week and the injury is serious enough that he needs to have surgery, which will end his season. Second-year QB Rudolph will make his first NFL start this week against the 49ers, and he’s going to be the man going forward after the team traded away Josh Dobbs last week. Rudolph played fairly well in relief against the Seahawks, completing 12/19 passes for 112 yards and two TDs and his interception came off a terrible drop by Donte Moncrief. The Steelers will likely scale back this passing attack a bit and focus on the run more with Rudolph under center, but he at least has a big arm and he’ll take downfield chances, which is positive for fantasy. Rudolph should be added in all two-QB formats and he might worth a look for those desperate in one-QB formats that lost either Big Ben or Drew Brees. At least his schedule isn’t daunting out of the gates (@SF, vs. Cin, vs. Bal, @LAC).
Teddy Bridgewater (NO, 1%) — The Saints are in real trouble with QB Drew Brees slated to miss potentially six weeks with a torn thumb ligament, which will require surgery. This will actually be the first time that Brees has missed more than one game in a season in his 14th season with the Saints, which is simply remarkable. Bridgewater was thrown into the fire in Week 2 against the Rams, managing just 5.5 YPA as the Saints failed to find the end zone. I’m not as high on Bridgewater as some because he hasn’t seen significant playing time since 2015 — he actually threw more passes in Week 2 (30) than he did in 2016-18 combined (25). I also don’t view him as a high-level passer but at least he’ll get to work with Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara for the next month or so (@Sea, vs. Dal, vs. TB, @Jax). Taysom Hill is also in the mix here and I wouldn’t be shocked if they actually turn to him more over the next couple weeks if Bridgewater struggles.
Derek Carr (Oak, 34%) — Carr came up small in a good spot against the Chiefs in Week 2, completing 23/38 passes for just 198 yards (5.2 YPA), one TD, and two INTs. Carr has at least had a strong connection with Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller in the early going, which is a huge positive since they’re both essentially new targets for him. Carr’s matchups get much tougher starting this week (@Min, @Ind, vs. Chi, bye) so you can drop him if you streamed him in his matchup against the Chiefs.
Case Keenum (Was, 9%) — Keenum is off to a pretty strong start in his first season with the Redskins, throwing for five touchdowns and 601 yards through two weeks. Rookie Terry McLaurin has been a revelation at receiver for him, which has boosted Keenum’s weekly potential, but it’s still only a matter of time until Dwayne Haskins takes over at QB. Keenum isn’t likely to keep up his pace going forward but he does have some spots to consider using him coming up (vs. Chi, @NYG, vs. NE, @Mia).
Best Options if Available: Malcolm Brown (LAR, 63%), Chris Thompson (Was, 48%), Peyton Barber (TB, 47%), Rashaad Penny (Sea, 60%)
Carlos Hyde (Hou, 43%) — I faded Hyde all summer in Kansas City but I have to admit he’s run well for the Texans so far this season. He led the Texans with 20/90 rushing (4.5 YPC) in Week 2 against the Jaguars and he didn’t see a target while playing alongside Duke Johnson — he out-touched Duke 20-6 in that contest. I’m skeptical about Hyde keeping up his strong play going forward, and he’s going to be touchdown-dependent for fantasy since he brings very little to the table as a receiver. At least he’s playing well for his standards and HC Bill O’Brien is giving him plenty of chances to run the rock — he played on 61% of the snaps compared to 39% for Duke.
Jordan Wilkins (Ind, 7%) — Starting RB Marlon Mack is in jeopardy of missing Week 3 with an ankle injury, meaning Wilkins would be elevated to the lead runner spot with Nyheim Hines also mixing in passing situations. Wilkins busted off a 55-yard run in Week 2 and he actually led the squad with 5/82 rushing against the Titans. All Mack owners should handcuff him with Wilkins in case he can’t go this week.
Raheem Mostert (SF, 15%) — RB Tevin Coleman left Week 1 with a high-ankle injury that will keep him out several weeks. That means Mostert is the next man up to play alongside Matt Breida with Jeff Wilson playing behind them. Given Breida’s extensive injury history, HC Kyle Shanahan isn’t going to give him a full workload while Coleman is out of the lineup. Mostert and the rest of these 49ers RBs ripped the Bengals in Week 2. He finished with 13/83 rushing and 3/68/1 receiving on four targets while leading the backfield by playing 47% of the snaps. Breida also totaled 100+ scrimmage yards while Wilson vultured two goal-line TDs. The 49ers are committed to using a rotation of backs, which means Mostert has some boom-or-bust potential as a flex option.
Jaylen Samuels (Pit, 35%) — Starting RB James Conner left in the fourth quarter of their Week 2 matchup with the Seahawks with a knee injury and he never returned. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported Monday that the injury doesn’t appear to be serious but it is still something to monitor this week. Samuels was the next man up behind Conner as he finished with 3/18 rushing while adding a 13-yard catch on his only target. We don’t know the extent of Conner’s injury just yet, but Samuels is an RB2 option if Conner is out of the lineup, including this week when the Steelers travel to San Francisco. Unfortunately, Samuels’ ceiling isn’t as high as it might have been with Mason Rudolph forced to take over the offense.
Frank Gore (Buf, 8%) — Gore is still chugging along at 36 years old, and the Bills are using him for now as their primary early-down runner ahead of Devin Singletary. With the Bills nursing a big lead late against the Giants in Week 2, Gore finished with 19/68/1 rushing and he added 2/15 receiving on two targets. The Bills have been hesitant to give the rookie Singletary a full workload just yet, giving Gore some standalone value as a deeper non-PPR option. Singletary also left Week 2 in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury, which could put him in jeopardy for this week. Gore led the backfield with by playing 59% of the snaps, and he could be a plug-and-play option this week with the Bills potentially milking the clock late with Gore as 6-point favorites over the Bengals.
Darwin Thompson (KC, 18%) — Both Damien Williams (knee) and LeSean McCoy (ankle) left Week 2 in the fourth quarter with injuries, which could force Thompson into a prominent role for at least this week if one and/or both of them sit out against the Ravens. It sounds like both Shady and Williams could play in Week 3 as their injuries aren’t serious. Still, Thompson would instantly be in the RB2 conversation if he has the chance to get double-digit touches playing in this explosive offense at any point.
Ito Smith (Atl, 18%) — Smith and Devonta Freeman worked in a timeshare for the second straight week, with Smith playing 38% of the snaps and Freeman seeing 62% against the Eagles. Smith actually out-gained Freeman on the ground 32 to 22 despite being out-carried 11 to 4, and Smith added 2/13 receiving on three targets in Week 2. This backfield is worth monitoring if Freeman can’t get on track after a couple of injury-plagued seasons. Smith isn’t getting enough work to have standalone value right now, but he’s worth consideration because of Freeman’s slow start to the season.
Ty Johnson (Det, 1%) — The Lions cut C.J. Anderson before Week 3 so Johnson’s rise up the team’s depth chart continued. The Lions cleared the way for Johnson to play as a rookie when they cut passing-back Theo Riddick earlier this summer. He showed a knack for big plays at Maryland in 2017, averaging an absolutely silly 9.1 YPC (110/1004/6 rushing) before running a 4.45 40-time at the combine. Johnson had absolutely dreadful quarterback situations during his college career, but he’s been a much better receiver than the Lions anticipated. There’s an outside shot that Johnson could come out of nowhere to become a fantasy option next to Kerryon Johnson because of his explosive ability as a change-of-pace back, much like Austin Ekeler did two seasons ago next to Melvin Gordon.
Rex Burkhead (NE, 14%) — In case you forgot, as soon as you think you’ve figured out the Patriots backfield HC Bill Belichick is about to flip the script on you. Burkhead has been active in this backfield to start the season, and he finished with 5/21 rushing and 2/47 receiving against the Dolphins in Week 2. Trying to figure out how Patriots will divvy up the touches and the snaps from week to week is difficult, but Burkhead clearly looks healthy again and he can fill in as a replacement for both Michel and White. It looks like he could have a pretty healthy role going forward in one of the league’s best offenses — he played on 24% of the snaps in Week 2, which ranked third in this backfield.
Justin Jackson (LAC, 33%) — NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported early in September that Melvin Gordon is likely to report to the Chargers between Weeks 6 and 8, which means Jackson should stay relevant until that time. Jackson is clearly the #2 option in this backfield with Austin Ekeler tearing it up as Jackson posted 7/59 rushing and 1/5 receiving against the Lions in Week 2 while playing 27% of the snaps. Ekeler is going to get the most touches in this backfield until Gordon returns, but Jackson could see 8-12 touches a week until then.
Justice Hill (Bal, 23%) — The Ravens have yet to unleash Hill this season in two relatively easy victories. OC Greg Roman has used all three of his backs, but Mark Ingram saw the majority of work in Week 2 — Hill saw just 20% of the snaps. He finished with just a four-yard carry and a 10-yard catch on two targets against the Cardinals. HIll has a difficult path to weekly standalone value in this backfield, but I think he’ll be more involved once the Ravens get into some tighter contests where they can utilize him as a receiver out of the backfield.
Ronald Jones (TB, 35%) and Dare Ogunbowale (TB, 4%) — I was extremely skeptical about Jones’ staying power because he had done very little to be optimistic about. He changed that a bit in the season opener of his second season, but he came right back to earth in Week 2. With Peyton Barber playing well for his low standards (23/82/1) against the Panthers, Jones saw just eight snaps and finished with only 4/9 rushing. Ogunbowale saw a little more time (16 snaps) but he had just a nine-yard catch. It looks like HC Bruce Arians will continue to roll with an RBBC in this backfield with Barber getting the first crack to develop the “hot hand” each week. Jones has run with more power and wiggle this season so there’s at least some hope that he could emerge here at some point later this season.
Chase Edmonds (Ari, 3%) — David Johnson has the potential to finish as the RB1 this season if Kliff Kingsbury continues to use him all over the field as he did in Week 1. DJ got a scare in Week 2 when he injured the same wrist he had issues with back in 2017 when he essentially missed the entire seasons. Johnson owners may want to Edmonds this week just in case, and the second-year RB would have top-12 weekly potential if he’s thrust into the starting role.
Giovani Bernard (Cin, 44%) — Gio is a must-own in any week that Mixon is out of the lineup, and Mixon is currently playing through an ankle injury right now. Bernard is a capable runner and receiver who can take on a big role as we’ve seen in the past when Mixon has missed time. Gio is a must-add for any Mixon owners right now just in case Zac Taylor decides to rest Mixon on his bad ankle. Gio is one of the best handcuffs in the league and it looks like he could have some low-end standalone value playing next to Mixon.
Ty Montgomery (NYJ, 19%) — Le’Veon Bell is headed for an MRI on Thursday because of a sore shoulder, which puts him slightly in doubt for Week 2. If you own Bell, it would be wise to scoop up Montgomery just in case Bell is unable to play this week or in the near future. Montgomery would have RB2 potential as the lead back in New York but Sam Darnold’s absence the next couple weeks would hurt his fantasy ceiling.
Jamaal Williams (GB, 7%) — I was curious to see how new HC Matt LaFleur would split up the workload in this Packers backfield. It looks like he’s handling Aaron Jones and Williams very similarly to the old coaching staff, mixing Williams in liberally especially in passing situations. Williams doesn’t have much standalone value but he would have a ton of value if Jones went down.
Alexander Mattison (Min, 23%) — Starting RB Dalvin Cook looks primed for a huge season, but he has had some injury issues throughout his career dating back to his days at Florida State. The Vikings have just Ameer Abdullah behind Mattison so I’d expect Mattison to see a heavy workload if Cook missed time.
Mike Davis (Chi, 15%) — HC Matt Nagy outwitted himself with the usage of his three backs in the season opener, but Davis was used as the backup to David Montgomery in Week 2. Davis is clearly going to be a bigger factor than initially expected in Chicago, especially in hurry-up/passing situations, but he’s still more of a handcuff than anything else.
Tony Pollard (Dal, 22%) — Pollard’s complementary role is evaporating as Zeke works his way back into shape. Elliott owners would be wise to scoop up Pollard if he’s thrown to the scrapheap this week.
Best Options if Available: Terry McLaurin (Was, 51%), Courtland Sutton (Den, 58%), Jamison Crowder (NYJ, 64%), D.K. Metcalf (Sea, 48%)
Mecole Hardman (KC, 39%) and Demarcus Robinson (KC, 5%) — Star WR Tyreek Hill suffered a collarbone injury in Week 1, which means second-round pick Hardman is the next man up for the next couple weeks in this potent Chiefs offense. Hardman didn’t disappoint in Week 2 against the Raiders, posting 4/61/1 receiving on six targets and he also had a 72-yard TD strike taken off the board because of an offensive holding call. HC Andy Reid had no choice but to speed up Hardman’s learning curve early in the season with Hill’s injury and the rookie held his own in Week 2. Hardman was the fastest player at the Combine last year and he’s the new primary deep threat for Patrick Mahomes, which gives him some fantasy upside potential while Hill is out. Meanwhile, Robinson also stepped up in Hill’s absence, catching all six of his targets for 172 yards and two TDs against the Raiders. It’s pretty smart to get pieces of the league’s most potent offense, and Hardman and Robinson figure to be heavily added this week.
James Washington (Pit, 29%) — There’s a reason Donte Moncrief is on his third team in six seasons at just 26 years old. He’s loaded with talent but he’s never lived up to expectations, and Steelers fans have quickly turned against him after his drop-filled performances in the first two games. The Steelers finally benched Moncrief in Week 2 after one of his drops turned into an interception. Washington couldn’t capitalize against the Seahawks, posting just 2/23 receiving on three targets (60% snap share) even with Mason Rudolph playing the entire second half. If this Steelers coaching staff is smart — you have to question their decision-making skills after the first two weeks — they’d elevate Washington ahead of Moncrief sooner rather than later. If Washington is dropped this week, I would look to add him in case he gets his chance to play starting this week. He’s also one of the few beneficiaries with Rudolph at quarterback because of their time spent together dominating Big 12 defenses at Oklahoma State.
Nelson Agholor (Phi, 15%) and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (Phi, 3%) — The Eagles had a brutal week of injuries in Week 2, especially at WR with DeSean Jackson (groin) and Alshon Jeffery (calf) both leaving early. Agholor stepped up into a more prominent role and delivered 8/107/1 receiving on 11 targets against the Falcons, but his night will, unfortunately, be remembered for his bad drop on a potential walk-in, game-winning touchdown. HC Doug Pederson admitted that D-Jax and Jeffery could’ve kept playing if it was a must-win game so it doesn’t sound like they’re in store for long absences. Still, if one of both of them misses this week against the Lions, Agholor is a plug-and-play WR3 option and JJAW would be on the radar as a potential flex option. It looks like both D-Jax and Jeffery could miss this week and potentially in Week 4 because they play on Thursday night, so Agholor and JJAW are definitely on the short-term radar for the next two games.
Deebo Samuel (SF, 13%) and Marquise Goodwin (SF, 20%) — This 49ers WR depth chart has been a clusterf*ck since the preseason but Deebo and Goodwin made the biggest impacts in Week 2. Supposed top WR Dante Pettis served as a backup once again and he didn’t see a target in Week 2. Meanwhile, Goodwin shook loose for a 38-yard TD on his way to 3/77/1 receiving while Samuel posted 5/87/1 receiving on seven targets against the Bengals. All of Kyle Shanahan’s bluster about Pettis in the preseason apparently wasn’t BS, but he did use a full-blow rotations WR in Week with Goodwin leading the group with a 51% snap share. Samuel is the player to scoop up off the waiver wire in this passing game as he has the best chance to emerge as a potential WR3 for fantasy.
Devin Smith (Dal, 0%) — I nearly fell out of my La-Z-Boy in shock after I saw Smith house a 51-yard touchdown against the Redskins in Week 2. That is indeed the same Devin Smith the Jets drafted 37th overall back in 2015 whose career has been derailed by numerous injuries. Well, Smith could go from being a complete afterthought to a fringe fantasy option the next couple weeks while Michael Gallup sits out the next 2-4 weeks for an arthroscopic surgery to his knee. The Cowboys could get Tavon Austin (concussion) back this week, who could jump back ahead of Smith, but the Cowboys should take this opportunity to get a good long look at Smith, especially since they’re playing a terrible Dolphins squad this week.
Golden Tate (NYG, 35%) — Tate will be eligible to return from his suspension in Week 5 against the Vikings. The Giants trotted out an ugly group of WRs in Week 2 with Sterling Shepard missing the contest because of a concussion. Tate should immediately step into a prominent role in this passing attack and it’s looking more and more likely that Daniel Jones could be the starting QB sooner rather than later.
Preston Williams (Mia, 2%) — The Dolphins are going to be a tire fire this season, which is good news for Williams since it’s in their best interests to let their talented rookie take his lumps as they tank this season. Wilson scored a TD in his professional debut and he followed that up by leading the team in receiving in Week 2 against the Patriots (4/63 receiving on six targets with a 68% snap share). Williams showed a great connection with Josh Rosen in the preseason, which is something to file away since Rosen will be starting games very soon. Williams is massive (6’5”, 218 pounds) and a former five-star recruit who had his college career derailed by failed drug tests and a 2017 domestic violence charge. Williams could be locked into the starting lineup with Albert Wilson (calf) hurt once again and the Dolphins will be playing in a lot of garbage-time situations this season.
Kenny Stills (Hou, 22%) — Stills has had a small role in the Texans offense through his first two weeks with the team. He finished with just 2/38 receiving on three targets against the Jaguars in Week 2 (38% snap share) as Deshaun Watson threw for just 159 yards. At least Stills played a bigger role than Keke Coutee (2/7 receiving) who could cap Stills’ upside moving forward. Stills is going to be a volatile weekly option but he’s going to produce some big weeks playing with Watson.
Parris Campbell (Ind, 5%) — Free-agent signee Devin Funchess broke his collarbone in the season opener and landed on the injured reserve, which is going to open up opportunities for Campbell. Chester Rogers, Zach Pascal, and Deon Cain are also going to see jumps in playing time, but Campbell is the player with a pedigree to bet on. He scored his first NFL touchdown on a 12-yard target in Week 2 against the Titans but, unfortunately, it was his only look of the entire game (25% snap share). Campbell should get more chances to make plays as the year goes on and he’s a worthy player to stash at the end of your bench.
Geronimo Allison (GB, 33%) — Allison wasn’t targeted in Week 1 against the Bears, but he bounced back with a touchdown on his way to posting 4/25/1 receiving on five targets against the Vikings. Allison is competing with Marquez Valdes-Scantling for targets behind top receiver Davante Adams every week, and he should have better days in the future playing with Aaron Rodgers, although he played on just 45% of the snaps in Week 3.
Cole Beasley (Buf, 6%) — Josh Allen is going to chuck it deep to John Brown or he’s going throw it underneath to his safety-valve Beasley. Those two combined for 11 of Allen’s 19 completions in Week 2, and Beasley finished with 4/83 receiving on four targets against the Giants. Beasley provides a solid PPR floor but he’s not going to offer much of a weekly ceiling.
Mohamed Sanu (Atl, 35%) — Sanu is never a sexy option off the waiver wire but he’s typically an effective PPR option in a pinch. He disappointed in Week 2 with just 4/16 receiving on seven targets against the Eagles. Sanu provides a decent PPR floor with a limited fantasy ceiling, and he’s actually paced the Falcons WRs in snap rate in each of the first two weeks.
Randall Cobb (Dal, 24%) — Cobb looked past his prime in his final couple years in Green Bay, but he did have a little extra pep in his step in Dallas debut. He reverted back to his pedestrian ways in Week 2 against the Redskins, posting just 5/24 receiving (4.8 YPR) on six targets in the victory. He’s still a distant #3 WR and #4 option in this offense, but Cobb should have some Cole Beasley type performances out of the slot this season.
Danny Amendola (Det, 25%) — You gotta love sports! Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones had dream matchups against the Cardinals perimeter CBs but they combined for 8/98/1 receiving on 13 targets. Meanwhile, Amendola and rookie TE T.J. Hockenson combined for a whopping 22 targets for 13/235/2 receiving against the Cardinals. Of course, Amendola followed up his huge season-opening performance with a catchless game in Week 2. Amendola is unlikely to top his Week 1 fantasy performance going forward but at least he has the chance to be a PPR factor if the Lions are projected to play from behind and/or in a shootout.
Trey Quinn (Was, 1%) — Quinn is the starting slot WR for the Redskins and he’s done very little in that role through two weeks. He’s caught four passes in each contest for just 69 yards (8.6 YPR) and a touchdown. Quinn could be a threat to catch 4-6 passes for 30-50 yards per week going forward if you’re looking for a deep PPR option.
Best Options if Available: Greg Olsen (Car, 60%)
Will Dissly (Sea, 3%) — Dissly is playing surprisingly well coming off a devastating patellar injury as a rookie in 2018. He scored a pair of red-zone touchdowns against the Steelers in Week 2 as he caught all five of his targets for 50 yards and two touchdowns. Dissly is a huge red-zone target (6’4”, 265 pounds) for Russell Wilson and he has a chance to stay active in this incredibly thin Seattle receiving corps.
Noah Fant (Den, 14%) — Fant is seeing positive usage through the first two weeks — he played 66% of the snaps in Week 2 — but he’s yet to make a huge impact as a receiver. He caught all four of his targets for 33 yards against the Bears, giving him 6/62 receiving on eight targets in the early going. Fant’s usage has been solid so far and Joe Flacco has shown a knack for leaning on his tight ends heavily in the past so there’s room for growth here.
Jordan Reed (Was, 35%) or Vernon Davis (Was, 29%) — Reed suffered yet another concussion in the preseason and he’s currently in the concussion protocol. Reed has no timeline for a return but he could certainly be helpful for owners desperate for help at TE in PPR formats. Davis is viable while Reed is out of the lineup as he showed us in Week 1, posting 4/59/1 receiving on seven targets.
Tyler Eifert (Cin, 9%) — Eifert is still hanging around and he’s healthy for now if you’re looking for TE help. He’s finished third in targets in each of the first two games and he caught a touchdown pass against the 49ers in Week 2. C.J. Uzomah is actually playing more than Eifert as the Bengals look to keep Eifert healthy for as long as possible, but Eifert is still running a lot of routes and he’s by far the better red-zone option.
Mike Gesicki (Mia, 3%) — The Dolphins are going to really stink this season and it’s in their best interests to let Gesicki play to see what they’ve got going forward. He managed just an 11-yard catch on two targets against the Patriots in Week 2 while playing 56% of the snaps. The good news is that the Dolphins will be playing in a lot of garbage-time situations but, unfortunately, this passing game has looked anemic in all non-garbage-time situations so far this season.
Jason Witten (Dal, 15%) — Witten has scored in consecutive games since coming out of retirement. He’s never been a prolific scorer throughout his career, but he’s getting more red-zone chances because of just how potent this Cowboys passing attack has been in the early going. He’s also averaging 3.5 catches per game too but he’s averaging just 5.7 YPR.
Dallas Cowboys (vs. Mia, 70%), Green Bay Packers (vs. Den, 17%), Seattle Seahawks (vs. NO, 50%), San Francisco 49ers (vs. Pit, 20%), Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Det, 46%), Buffalo Bills (vs. Cin, 59%), Tennessee Titans (at Jax, 35%)
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