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Popular fantasy football waiver wire targets to avoid ahead of Week 2

Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans running back Mark Ingram (2) runs with the ball as Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Andrew Wingard (42) attempts to make a tackle during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Blowing big money on the wrong players during fantasy football waiver wire bidding is the fastest way to finish dead last. Not only are you adding players who won’t help your team, but you are also wasting valuable dollars that could be spent more efficiently elsewhere.

It's important to aggressively add preferred targets, of course. (Here are my Week 2 waiver wire targets.)

The following players are all garnering buzz on the Week 2 waive wire, but their longterm outlook is not worth chasing. These players are more likely to be dropped after Week 2 than become fantasy-relevant.


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MARK INGRAM II, HOUSTON TEXANS

Fantasy managers found it difficult to peg one member of the Texans’ backfield as the go-to target during the preseason, but a leader looks to have emerged from Week 1. In addition to seizing the starting running back duties through the team’s first three drives, Mark Ingram tallied a whopping 26 carries as the Texans had Jacksonville on the ropes all afternoon.

Still, Ingram only played just 44% of snaps and saw zero involvement in the passing game. Week 1 was the perfect storm for Ingram: The Texans took an early lead, allowing them to ground and pound in the second half. Don’t anticipate the lowly Texans to play with such a positive game script in future matchups. 

Houston plays the Browns in Week 2 — currently an 11-point road dog. Ingram is shaping up to be a massive bust, so let others blow their waiver wire budget on him. He finished last week as PFF’s 39th-ranked rusher out of 45 qualifying backs. 

ZACH PASCAL, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

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