Fantasy Football Week 2: Waiver Wire

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It usually takes more than just a strong draft to win your fantasy football league. Every year there are a handful of players who aren’t ranked before the season who end up finishing in the top 50 and a bunch more in the top 100. Identifying those players on the waiver wire before your league-mates is the key to a competitive season. Last season it was Odell Beckham, CJ Anderson and Justin Forsett. The year before it was Zac Stacy, Josh Gordon, and Alshon Jeffery. A few guys come from out of nowhere every season to be impact fantasy players. It’s going to happen again this year and I will try and give you a heads up who it’s going to be.

Every week on Tuesday, I will be posting my top waiver pick ups for the week. Only players owned in under 50% of Yahoo leagues will qualify. There are all sorts of leagues out there with different levels of competition and varying player pool depths, so I will have a few picks with under 50% ownership, a few under 30%, 15%,  and at least one super sleeper under 5%.

The players are listed by position first, then by the order that I would add them. If there are any players you have a specific question about feel free to hit me up in the comments or on Twitter.

Week 2 Waiver Wire Picks:


Marcus Mariota, Titans (47%) – Wow. His 4 TD debut (in 3 quarters no less) was pretty impressive. It was against a Bucs defense and Lovie Smith’s vanilla scheme, but Mariota passed the eye test and looked like a seasoned vet out there. His ability to run adds sneaky fantasy value and he’s definitely worthy a stash on your bench.

Tyrod Taylor, Bills (10%) – I wouldn’t start Taylor in standard leagues any time soon, but in 2 QB leagues I would take a flyer with a bench spot. He had 41 rushing yards on Sunday and could provide solid fantasy value on bye weeks.