Week 2 Waiver Wire: Examining Top Fantasy Football Targets

David McCracken@crackemcFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2016

Chiefs QB Alex Smith
Chiefs QB Alex SmithAssociated Press

Week 1 in fantasy football is a trial run for every owner's lineup. While your team may have looked good on paper, it's important not to freak out after one week. 

Whether you won or lost in Week 1, there are still 16 more weeks of football that will be played, and the only to way to move on and improve as the season goes on is to tinker with the waiver wire and find some sleepers.

Before we dive into players that you should pick up for Week 2, let's get the players who had fluke games out of the way first.

The likes of Jalen Richard for the Oakland Raiders should not be picked up. Don't have a knee-jerk reaction to his 84-yard, one-touchdown performance against a bad New Orleans Saints defense.

Richard had three attempts the entire game. There are more dependable tailbacks to pick up at this point in time. 

While Vance McDonald did score a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams, the San Francisco 49ers tight end only had three targets, catching two of them for 14 yards. Without the score, McDonald would've ended the game with 1.4 points in standard-scoring Yahoo leagues.

That's a risk you shouldn't be willing to take. 

With that out of the way, let's get to the top players you should look for on the waiver wire that are available in more than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Top Fantasy Free Agents to Target
PositionPlayerTeamPercent Owned
QBAlex SmithKansas City Chiefs21 percent
QBBrock OsweilerHouston Texans28 percent
QBJimmy GaroppoloNew England Patriots8 percent
RBTheo RiddickDetroit Lions38 percent
RBChris ThompsonWashington Redskins3 percent
RBShane VereenNew York Giants13 percent
WRVictor CruzNew York Giants19 percent
WRMike WallaceMinnesota Vikings36 percent
WREli RogersPittsburgh Steelers8 percent
TEJack DoyleIndianapolis Colts1 percent
Yahoo Fantasy Football


Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

Trailing 24-3 to the San Diego Chargers halfway through the third quarter, Alex Smith put the Kansas City Chiefs on his back and carried them to a 33-27 overtime victory.

NFL Network @nflnetwork

Alex Smith takes matters into his own hands... What. A. Comeback. #ChiefsKingdom #SDvsKC https://t.co/USZq1O7cM2

Smith was having a game to forget until late in the third quarter and finished with 363 passing yards and three total touchdowns (two passing, one rushing).

While he did throw an interception, Smith registered 29.02 points in Yahoo standard leagues; that was the third-best point total among quarterbacks in Week 1 behind Andrew Luck and Drew Brees.

The Chiefs are taking on a tough Houston Texans defense on the road next week, but Smith should have his favorite weapon in Jamaal Charles back from his ACL injury.

Owned in just 21 percent of Yahoo leagues, Smith is the perfect addition to your team if you're desperate for a quarterback or want to add and stash for when bye weeks come around.


Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions 

Don't feel bad if you drafted Ameer Abdullah instead of Riddick—Abdullah still looks as though he'll have a solid season. But Riddick is a must-add and has pushed himself from a mandatory Abdullah handcuff to a possible No. 2 running back in your lineup week in, week out.

Riddick had himself a day against the Indianapolis Colts, scoring 22.80 points in Yahoo leagues—fourth-best among running backs in Week 1.

Detroit Lions @Lions

7 carries, 45 yards 5 catches, 63 yards 2 TDs. Have yourself a day, @Riddick6 https://t.co/PBhSXJJvHj

He should be available to add considering he's owned in just 38 percent of Yahoo leagues as of Monday night. And after tallying 108 total yards and two touchdowns, you better hope he's still available. 


Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants

Whether you're a Giants fan or not, it was great to see Victor Cruz back on the field. After 721 days, Cruz announced his return to the NFL in the only way he knows how: doing the salsa.


Victor Cruz's first TD reception in 721 days... Do your thing, @TeamVic. #NYGvsDAL https://t.co/rDB2YlSQdH

Cruz looked like his old self on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Despite not being Eli Manning's favorite receiver—Odell Beckham Jr. is—Cruz was still able to put up 34 yards and a touchdown on four receptions.

Owned in just 9 percent of Yahoo leagues, Cruz would make a great addition to any team and could become a No. 2 or 3 receiving option in your lineup. 


Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts

Matthew Berry @MatthewBerryTMR

Glad I started Jack Doyle.

If you had Jack Doyle in your starting lineup, or even sitting on your bench, you are a fantasy guru. Scoring 15.50 points, Doyle has become the most interesting player in fantasy football.

Michael Fabiano @Michael_Fabiano

Jack Doyle has scored more fantasy points than Gates+Cook+Graham+Fleener+Barnidge+Walker+Ertz. COMBINED.

With only four targets, Doyle hauled in three receptions for 35 yards and two scores. It appears that Doyle has become a favorite of Andrew Luck in the red zone, replacing the production of Coby Fleener, who headed to the Saints this offseason.

Add Doyle if you can. Even if you don't play him in Week 2, it will be important to monitor his targets in the weeks to come in case you've stumbled upon fantasy gold. Owned in just 1 percent (yes, 1) of Yahoo leagues, Doyle could become the sleeper of the year.

But hey, it was just one week. Who knows at this point? 


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