The waiver wire is crucial to fantasy football success. Maybe even more so after Week 2 this year, because of the plethora of injuries that occurred. Here are some waiver wire adds and drops after Week 2.
Mike Davis | RB, Carolina Panthers
Davis was solid in training camp and was able to earn a productive backup role behind star running back Christian McCaffrey, who is now expected to now miss multiple weeks due to an ankle injury. In the absence of McCaffrey, Davis was able to reel in eight catches while trailing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater likes to rely on his backfield in the passing game, so the increased volume for Davis will make him a viable starting option for the next few weeks.
Devonta Freeman | RB, Free Agent
Yes, Freeman is a free agent. But the 28-year-old running back is going to have a chance to sign with a run-heavy team like the New York Giants or the Philadelphia Eagles, so he’s worth stashing on the bench. He will be a viable addition in a matter of time if your current running backs aren’t getting the job done, or if you’re a Saquon Barkley owner. Freeman played six years with the Atlanta Falcons and has a career 4.2 yards per carry.
Ryan Tannehill | QB, Tennessee Titans
If the first two weeks are any indication, last season wasn’t a fluke for Tannehill and the Titans. He’s currently completing 70 percent of his throws with six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Tannehill is currently QB9 in PPR scoring formats and that trend will likely continue. He’s always a good option for bye weeks if you have a top quarterback or a matchup-based option if you’re not fully sold on your quarterback.
Mike Gesicki | TE, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins aren’t a good team right now, but they will keep getting better. So will Gesicki who is a freakish athlete who can make any catch. He has been the favorite third-down and red zone target for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Look for him to continue to see eight or more targets on a weekly basis. He’s not a touchdown-dependent option.
Chris Thompson | RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
When Leonard Fournette was released before the season started, it appeared that Thompson would have a larger role in this offense. That role has instead gone to undrafted rookie running back James Robinson instead. Thompson only has two carries this season and five catches. He offers very little upside, outside of some unreliable red zone opportunities.
Daniel Jones | QB, New York Giants
No one expected Jones to be a top-10 quarterback this year. But, he’s still rostered in 48 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues. This team is struggling to protect him, and the loss of Barkley is only going to hinder the success of Jones moving forward. He’s not worth rostering this season, so find a different quarterback to be your bye-week fill-in.
Curtis Samuel | WR, Carolina Panthers
Samuel was expected to have a larger role in the passing game, but he only received two targets in the Panthers’ loss to the Buccaneers. He’s not much of a red zone threat and he’s only averaging 7.6 yards per reception. Without McCaffrey for a few weeks, he could see some carries, but that isn’t enough volume for Samuel to have any sort of weekly impact.
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