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Fantasy Waiver Wire Week 2: 5 to add, drop, buy low, sell high

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• Add Tank Dell: The rookie wide receiver took advantage of his increased role with seven receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown.

• Drop Ezekiel Elliott: Elliott clearly hasn’t maintained fantasy value so far this season, with little sign that would improve barring a Rhamondre Stevenson injury.

• Buy low on Dameon Pierce: While he’s not seeing a passing down role, Pierce still received 15 carries despite a terrible game script and should see an improved offensive line soon.

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This piece is a fantasy manager's one-stop shop for managing their fantasy roster early in the week. For more players to add, check out the weekly waiver wire, and for more on this past week's games in general, check out the fantasy football recap.

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1. Jerome Ford, Cleveland Browns

Nick Chubb was carted off the field on Monday Night Football and was immediately ruled out after the injury.

  • The Browns already fear Chubb’s season is over, but he will need to undergo more tests before that is confirmed.
  • Ford took over as the primary running back for the rest of the game. He ran the ball 16 times for 106 yards and caught three passes for 25 yards and a touchdown.
  • Former New England Patriot Pierre Strong Jr. became the new backup. Strong played in more short-yardage situations, but those short-yardage snaps occurred after Ford ran the ball for a 69-yard gain, after which Ford likely needed to rest.
  • Strong is the slightly bigger back, so it’s possible he will play in more short-yardage situations going forward.
  • Hassan Hall is on the practice squad and is the favorite to be the team’s new third running back, but it’s natural to connect former Brown Kareem Hunt to the team, as Hunt is still available.
  • Ford should definitely be targeted off the waiver wire, even if Cleveland adds another running back, but don’t spend too much FAAB on him in case they add Hunt or someone else.

2. RB Zack Moss, Indianapolis Colts

Moss made his season debut after breaking his arm back in July. He played all but one offensive snap in Week 2.

  • Deon Jackson was the starter last week while Moss was still recovering.
  • Jackson averaged 1.1 yards per carry. His backup, Evan Hull, landed on injured reserve after the game.
  • Moss played all but one snap in Week 2, which is almost unheard of in today’s NFL. The only play he missed was when Indianapolis had four wide receivers on the field and Isaiah McKenzie lined up in the backfield.
  • Moss is a must-start until we see a significant decrease in usage.
  • Jonathan Taylor is eligible to return to the team in two weeks, but there is no guarantee he will stay with the team.


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