Week 2 saw a lot of attrition across all positions. The short/awkward offseason has reared its ugly head as many top producers could be sidelined in the near future. But our game will go on, and no one will feel sorry for your losses. It’s the next man up, and someone will be scoring touchdowns in week 3. It’s my job to identify them for you.

I group the adds by position and then within the position, rank them in order of preference. You’ll also be able to tell who is more valuable by the free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) suggestion, assuming a $100 budget. The sherpa will only advise players who are rostered in less than 50% of ESPN leagues. 

QB – These suggestions are for superflex formats where you can start 2 QBs

Jeff Driskel ($20)Drew Lock will miss 4-6 weeks after his AC join sprain which means Jeff Driskel is the new Denver QB. He is somewhat interesting and can offer some yards on the ground. Despite never entering a season as a starter and jumping to 3 teams in 3 years, Driskel has started 9 games in his short NFL career. His 2019 starts for Detroit offer hope. He threw for over 200 yards in all 3 starts and ran for over 50 yards in 2. He’ll have a nice assortment of weapons in Denver but the schedule is brutal with Tampa Bay and New England over the next 3 weeks. 

Nick Mullens ($10)Jimmy Garoppolo has a high ankle sprain which will likely keep him out of week 3. If you have a need at a QB2 spot, Mullens can fill in admirably. In 2018 as a rookie he started 8 games for San Francisco. In 4 of those contests he either had 300 yards or 3 touchdowns. The upcoming schedule is a cakewalk against the Giants, Eagles and Dolphins

RBThe unanimous 1.01 and 1.02 selections in fantasy leagues went down with injuries this week, with Barkley potentially out for the year  

Darrell Henderson ($25) – With Cam Akers out and Malcolm Brown suffering a finger injury, the 2019 3rd round pick got 14 effective touches against the Eagles. He looked like his bursty self and even pushed through a pile to find paydirt. This is the kind of waiver pickup I like to be aggressive on. The Rams offense looks awesome again and a back getting 15-20 touches for LA will be fantasy gold. Even if just Akers remains out I love Henderson for the next few weeks. If he blows up he could steal the rest of season job outright. 

Joshua Kelley ($15) – It appears to be official now that Kelley has an established role in the Chargers offense. He’s received 37 touches in 2 weeks and 6 attempts inside the 10 to Ekeler’s 1. The Chargers defense looks great and if they can control games, Kelley will continue to get plenty of carries. He is a season long low end RB2 for fantasy with less appeal in PPR, but still a solid contributor.

Dion Lewis ($15) – Super stud Saquon Barkley is believed to have suffered a torn ACL on Sunday, meaning Lewis is the lead back going forward. He is clearly a more explosive runner than Wayne Gallman and should be active in the passing game. He’s a plug and play RB2 but limiting his upside are the facts that the Giants offense is looking very dysfunctional and Lewis could lose goal line carries to the beefier Gallman.  

Jerick McKinnon ($15) – In a plot twist, McKinnon may be the last man standing in the 49ers running back room. Raheem Mostert left with what appears to be an MCL sprain and Tevin Coleman picked up a multi-week knee injury as well. Should McKinnon get the green light as the RB1 he offers tantalizing upside. He looks all the way back on his limited touches so far this season. He has scored twice and had a beautiful 55 yard run this week. It’s unclear if Kyle Shanahan will increase McKinnon’s touches to 15, but he is definitely a start in week 3 against the Giants. Beware the Jeff Wilson vulture though.

Mike Davis ($10-15) – The MRI results on Christian McCaffrey’s ankle showed a high ankle sprain that will keep him out 4-6 weeks. This is what Barkley had last year and was back in 3 weeks. While no one is CMC, Davis is a competent substitute and will be an all-around asset with his receiving ability. He’ll face a brutal matchup against the Chargers in week 3 but then softer matchups against Arizona and Atlanta. 

Myles Gaskin ($7-10) – Gaskin saw 13 touches for the second week in a row, and after week 2 he leads the Dolphins in carries. He is the clear preferred receiving back for Miami, catching 6 passes for 36 yards on Sunday and now has 10 receptions on the season. The Dolphins have a bad offense but Gaskin can offer some sneaky receiving potential at least in PPR formats. 

La’Mical Perine ($3)Frank Gore got 21 gritty touches but averaged 3 yards per carry and Perine is an interesting rookie who was active for the first time. It’s only week 2 but Jets are already circling the drain, and it would only make sense to see what their young players can offer. Perine can be a multi-dimensional three down back if everything breaks right for him. While I really don’t want anything to do with this offense, RBs are always valuable and it is worth a stash to see how the next few weeks unfold. 

Jeff Wilson Jr, Jamycal Hasty ($0) – If you miss out on everyone else or just want to be thrifty, Wilson and Hasty will be part of the San Francisco rotation until Mostert and Coleman return. 

WR – Too early to spot any breakouts, but some WRs who are trending up are worth a look

Corey Davis ($15) – After a target filled week 1, Davis was somewhat disappointing in his follow up. He got in the zone, but only caught 3 passes on 5 targets. While A.J. Brown is out Daivs needs to be owned and started as a WR2/3 in any format. 

Tre’Quan Smith ($10) – He was the leading receiver (not counting Alvin Kamara) for the Saints in their first game without Michael Thomas. He looked good, with one catch and run in particular showcasing play making ability. He has popped before when given targets, so for the next 3-4 weeks I would be confident starting him as a WR3. If he shows well, there could be a rest of season role for him in store.

Mecole Hardman ($7-10) – Keep you ear to the ground about how Sammy Watkins is doing. He took a shot to the head on Sunday and did not return. Hardman saw 4 touches after Watkins went out, but a full game as a starter could mean a lot more. He’d still be 3rd in line behind Hill and Kelce but this offense can support multiple weapons. 

Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($7-10) – His strong opening week didn’t convince many fantasy mangers as he is still only 16.8% rostered in ESPN leagues. With alpha dog Davante Adams going out with a hamstring he should be expected to miss at least a week. MVS would be a plug and play after seeing 7 targets in week 2 and clearly in Rodgers’ good graces.  

Randall Cobb ($5) – Much to everyone’s shock, Will Fuller left week 2 with a soft tissue injury. We all know what Cobb brings to the table. He can be an asset in PPR formats if Watson’s WR1 Fuller remains sidelined.

Keelan Cole ($5) – For the second week in a row Cole was the most targeted receiver for Jacksonville, and for the second week in a row he scored. This is a surprising development but Cole showed promise as a rookie before regressing in 2019. I still think Chark and Shenault will have the most work by the end of the season but Cole has established himself.

K. J. Hamler ($5) – Leading your own team in targets in your first game ever is quite an opening statement. Hamler saw 7 balls and hauled in 3 for 48 yards. He’s got undeniable juice and can score on any touch. Sutton’s season ending ACL tear opens up a starting spot immediately. However, they will be working with a backup QB so temper your expectations. 

Tee Higgins ($1) – With 6 targets on Thursday night, Higgins seems to have crept up the receiving ladder in Cincinnati. John Ross is slipping and the first pick in the 2nd round could establish himself in a meaningful role on a high volume offense. He is just a stash at the moment, but he could be a redraft asset should he earn more work. 

Isaiah Ford ($0) – For deeper leagues, Ford is intriguing as his prospect profile is extremely exciting save for his 7th round NFL draft selection. The Dolphins will have to throw a lot this year and any of their top 3 receiving options are probably worth monitoring. Ford saw 9 targets (second only to Gesicki’s 11) and turned them into 7-79. He may play in the slot and could emerge as the season progresses. 

TETwo TE1s are available in 50% of leagues, plus some guys to burn and churn until you hit on a consistent producer

Jonnu Smith ($15) – I am shocked to see he is only rostered in 40% of ESPN leagues. The bar for tight end relevance is so low that his relatively sparse touches don’t bother me. He is a threat to break a splash play at any time which is special for a TE. With A.J. Brown out for at least a few more weeks, he will continue to be a fantasy difference maker at the position. 

Mike Gesicki ($7) – He had a great game in week 2 after a dud in the opener. I am bearish on whether he has a consistent weekly role for the Dolphins but like Smith he can be a difference maker from anywhere on the field. Miami should be throwing a lot and playing from behind so there will be targets to go around.  He’s a solid TE for any fantasy team. 

Dalton Schultz ($1-3) – There isn’t much here to get excited about except volume. However, 10 targets will cure a lot of ills for our little game. Schultz went for 9-88-1 in a barnburner against Atlanta. If you’re hurting at tight end, getting a piece of this offense is a good choice. 

Jordan Reed ($1-3) – What a comeback for the former stud tight end. Reed stepped in for George Kittle and produced just like like the 49er star. He led the team in targets with 8 and parlayed that into 7-50-2. With all the injuries for San Francisco, I think a healthy Reed can play an integral part in the offense even when Kittle returns. 

Drew Sample ($1) – Taking over for our dearly departed C.J. Uzomah, Sample saw 9 targets on Thursday night. He is not a very exciting athlete but will see volume in the Bengals offense that makes him relevant for fantasy. With a season long opening in front of him, Sample can help fill the TE2 hole in deep leagues. 

Mo Alie-Cox ($0) – !ALERT EMOJI! We got a basketball-player-to-TE conversion happening [Michael Scott gif]! With Jack Doyle out, Alie-Cox got the start and he may have locked himself into a long term role. After signing with Indianapolis out of college without a college snap to his name, he has been waiting in the wings since 2017. He thrived on Sunday catching 5 balls for 111 yards and tied for the Colts lead in targets. He offers the always enticing “unknown upside” as an athletic marvel in an offense without a clear receiving hierarchy. 

Stragglers – This is the group we’re going to have to leave behind in order to make it to the top

The guys with an ACL injury.

Tevin Coleman – When Mostert went down, Coleman was given 14 carries with which he gained 12 yards. And now he may be injured. You can do better. 

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  1. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work al_FF_red!

    12 team PPR…

    I have Aiyuk, should I drop him for K. Cole or KJ Hamler?

    thanks,

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      Thats tough….

      I think I like holding on to Aiyuk despite the disappointing week 2

      • RicoSuave says:
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        thanks… will do that

  2. MK says:
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    Thoughts on Faab budget for Herbert?

    Am in a 2QB league and have Brees, Mayfiled, Carr. Cannot keep more than 3 QBs on the roster so would need to drop Carr or Mayfield to pick him up. Carr has the point advantage so far, but Mayfiled still seems to have the higher ceiling so not sure which way to go there.

    • jah says:
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      I have the same question about FAAB budget for Herbert in a 2QB/superflex

      • al_FF_red

        al_FF_red says:
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        Depends on your in-house options I think

        If he’d come in and start for you >50% of FAAB easy. If he’s bench depth maybe keep em honest at 30%

        Latest is that he’s not a sure ROS starter. Take it with a grain of salt but thats what Lynn said

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      Keep your 3… Herbert no lock to keep the gig, apparently

      And I assume its not dynasty or he’d be on a roster

      • The Harrow says:
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        yeah even in a max keep 3 league (i’m assuming he above means a hoarding QB rule) and assuming 12 teamer herbert should be owned if dynasty. i’ll bet here herbert will end up on the haskins’ or trubisky’s owner’s team as he will probably bid highest on him. if herbert isn’t already owned and this is a 12 teamer that means some teams don’t already have 3 QB’s.

  3. lindorphins says:
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    No love for N’Keal Harry? I was actually thinking about adding him for either Corey Davis or Anthony Miller. Thanks!

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      He was going to be on my drop list until the second half of Sunday night

      If the pats get in shootouts, I guess he’s valuable but like the WR version of David Montgomery he’s looking like he needs tremendous volume to be relevant, which is a tough road to travel as a WR especailly.

      He just hasn’t looked explosive at all. Maybe he’s still adjusting to NFL game speed but he got 12 targets and still didn’t break 100. Numerous attempts to get him the ball and he just isn’t doing much with the opps

      • lindorphins says:
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        Gotcha. Thanks again!

  4. ambulancechaser says:
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    do I do it?

    play in a keeper league (a player can be kept 2x or be rostered for a total of 3 years, if that makes any sense, then they’re thrown back to the draft pool. we can keep 4 players/ year)

    so, my league has a rule where if someone gets dropped and picked up on the waiver wire you keep the player for that price. Where I’m going with this is saquon barkley got dropped, if I bid on him and win I can keep him 2x for whatever I bid on him for. we do have an IR spot so presumably hed just go there.

    hate to make those moves around something like this but what would you do? i have $150 of FAAB left, however, picking him up for cheap is the play so I can keep him for as little $ as possible.

    thanks

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      I mean it’s Barkley. Get him on your team. Based on what you think he’d go for in a draft bid $1 less

  5. sb5dc says:
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    $20 for Jeff Driskel? He’ll be free in every league

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      Corrected to be for SF/2QB legaues

  6. sportivetricks says:
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    Hmmm. I’m still holding out hope that Moss and Snell develop into bigger roles, but it sure didn’t look that way this past week. Would you drop either for claims on Henderson or Kelley??

    (These would all be in backup roles on my FFB team).

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      Drop Snell first but yeah I’d rather have Kelley and Henderson than either right now

      • sportivetricks says:
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        TY very much!!!

  7. Wide Right says:
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    12 team PPR with
    QB: Murray (DJones on bench)
    RB Kamara and Gurley (Kelley and Lindsay)
    WR Godwin, Chark (P. Williams and M Williams)
    FLEX Boyd (Hooper)
    TE: Waller

    I am looking to improve bench/help for bye weeks and rest of season..
    How should I prioritize: Minshew, McKinnon, Gage, D. Henderson?
    Lindsay worth holding while I don’t need him just yet.
    i have a limited # of waivers on season 20 left for ROS

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      In order

      Henderson
      McKinnon

      Wouldn’t care to roster a 3rd QB but Minshew vs Jones is whatever

      Gage or Hamler

  8. hitzone says:
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    10 team ppr

    1-1 trade my julio/josh kelley for CMC/Gaskin

    Julio has hamstring injury, if i can just manage to be .500 until he gets back 6 teams make the playoffs. slam dunk right?

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      I dunno. Not excited to take on a high ankle. Barkley wasn’t the same when he came back last year either.

      I know it’s fun to dream on CMC but I’m just a big time injury pessimist

      • The Harrow says:
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        he was, just about 5 weeks later (from the date he came back, NOT the date he got hurt, around 8 weeks after he got hurt)

  9. RICE says:
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    Devonta just signed with NYG. Where would he appear on this list now?

    Thanks!

  10. scoboticus says:
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    Rate these waiver darling in half ppr:
    Henderson
    Robbie Anderson
    Mike Davis
    Jonnu Smith

  11. hamtime says:
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    With freeman officially signing with NY, is he the top add with a #1 waiver or do you still go w Henderson or Mike Davis ? looking for ROS value and thinking of dropping Kirk or Samuel. Thanks

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      i’d still have henderson for sure higher (upside is just highest there). probably mike davis too, but freeman maybe just behind gaskin.

  12. allstoked13 says:
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    Fournette is still available in my league. Would you take him or Henderson?

    • The Harrow says:
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      probably fournette, but this isn’t easy as who the hell knows what’s going on in arians nation at any given time. RJ2 might get those carries again over fournette at any old time.

  13. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    no akins, i doubt his ownership % is too high to list. and unlike say more alley cocks he’ll likely hold ROS value. in a 14 teamer for backup spot i’m dropping ebron for one of sample/akins/schultz and trying to figure out which is best.

  14. The Harrow says:
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    should mention that while it was true that barkley came back in 3 weeks from that high ankle, he wasn’t close to s.barkley till about 5ish weeks later. it would’ve actually been better for his owners if he hadn’t came back for 8ish weeks last year (unless they were omniscient and knew to bench him till he was actually healthy)

  15. hamtime says:
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    14m w cooper, julio, and hollywood as starting WRs (preston and trequan on bench). only have stafford as QB.

    1. Would you give up cooper to get cam?
    2. dropped kirk and c samuel for m davis and freeman. good move? jacobs, d johnson, cohen are my other RBs

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