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Week 2 waiver-wire pickups and fantasy targets

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With injuries and breakouts dramatically changing the fantasy landscape, the Week 2 fantasy football waiver wire run is arguably the most important of the year. Your FAAB money will get you the most bang for your buck, with the potential of getting 15 weeks out of a player you pick up. Let’s dive into this week’s recommendations.

Remember, we cast a wide net every week in our waiver wire advice. Below you’ll see recommendations for shallow, regular, and deep leagues. Players are listed in order of priority and the suggested auction budget percentage is in parentheses.

Keep in mind that some leagues may be more aggressive or conservative in terms of bidding, so know your league tendencies. Regardless of the size of your league, it’s suggested that you work your way down the list and prioritize the top players in your waiver claims for this week.

Shallow leagues (8-10 teams)


Alex Smith, WAS (7-10%) — Quarterback is pretty chalky after the first week, but streamers in shallow leagues may want to look at Smith who has a plus matchup against the Colts.

Running back

Adrian Peterson, WAS (20-40%) — The old man showed in Week 1 that he still has it. He should be owned in all formats.

James Conner, PIT (15-30%) — With Le'Veon Bell still holding out, Conner's value has skyrocketed. But keep in mind that he could go right back to a reserve role if/when Bell returns.

Wide receiver

Kenny Golladay, DET (25-50%) — Volume wasn't an issue for Golladay, as he blew up for 114 yards on seven catches in Week 1. A breakout year is brewing.

Tyler Lockett, SEA (15-30%) — With Doug Baldwin likely to miss time, Lockett stands to see plenty of work in the Seahawks offense.

Alshon Jeffery, PHI (15-30%) — If he was dropped, scoop up Jeffery. He offers WR2 value when he returns to the field.

Tight end

Jared Cook, OAK (10-20%) — We know Cook can put up big games, but we also know he's been inconsistent in his career. Don't overspend on him.

Eric Ebron, IND (8-15%) — Yes, Ebron put up a good fantasy line in Week 1. But keep in mind that Jack Doyle saw much heavier usage.

Regular leagues (12 teams)


Tyrod Taylor, CLV (5-8%) — Taylor's value would be much higher if we could guarantee that he'll start the entire season, but we can't do that with Baker Mayfield on the roster.

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