FANTASY PLAYS: Waiver wire targets for second week of season
The season is over for Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve after hurting a knee against the Chiefs. It's a big blow to open the season for fantasy football, but those who played Allen need to move on by attacking the waiver wire.
There are plenty of solid options at wide receiver (and elsewhere) this week.
JOE FLACCO (QB, Ravens)
If you like to stream quarterbacks or worry about Russell Wilson potentially missing the next game with an ankle injury, Flacco is a reasonable option. He went 23 of 34 for 258 yards with a touchdown in a win over the Bills. Flacco faces the Browns, who have an awful defense and allowed Eagles rookie Carson Wentz to throw for 278 yards and two touchdowns.
TEVIN COLEMAN (RB, Falcons)
Coleman played four less snaps than Devonta Freeman and Coleman had eight carries for 22 yards and caught five passes for 95 yards on six targets. The coaches have already said both backs will be used, and Atlanta may play the hot hand.
TRAVARIS CADET (RB, Saints)
This recommendation is mainly for point-per-reception leagues, as Cadet had seven targets while playing 25 snaps, compared with 29 for Mark Ingram. Cadet had three catches for 14 yards with a score. C.J. Spiller was a healthy scratch.
WILL FULLER (WR, Texans)
The Texans rookie started his career in a big way, catching five passes for 107 yards with a touchdown. He dropped a potential touchdown and his hands are shaky, but he has the speed to consistently get by defensive backs. Fuller had 11 targets to lead the team.
MOHAMED SANU (WR, Falcons)
Check on the status of Sanu before making this add as Sanu, who tied for the team lead with eight targets, was limping at the end of the opening game. Sanu is the No. 2 receiver opposite Julio Jones and caught five passes for 80 yards with a touchdown in his Atlanta debut.
MIKE WALLACE (WR, Ravens)
Wallace has burned fantasy players the last few seasons. Part of it was playing with a quarterback that lacked the ability to throw deep. Now, Wallace has someone who can with Joe Flacco. Wallace, who had six targets, caught three passes for 91 yards, including a 66-yard TD in Week 1. He played the second most snaps at receiver behind Steve Smith.
PHILLIP DORSETT (WR, Colts)
Some fantasy players might shy away from Dorsett since he's the third receiver in the offense, but the Colts defense is awful, forcing the offense to pass a lot and likely play sets with three wide receivers. Dorsett had four catches for 94 yards on six targets.
ELI ROGERS (WR, Steelers)
Rogers caught six of seven targets for 59 yards with a touchdown in his NFL debut Monday night and will be a frequent target playing in the slot.
TAJAE SHARPE (WR, Titans)
The rookie didn't get much recognition until late in the preseason, so he could still be available. Sharpe had 11 targets, catching seven passes for 76 yards.
TYRELL WILLIAMS (WR, Chargers)
With Keenan Allen out for the season, Williams will get more snaps and targets. He is 6-foot-4, athletic and has a big catch radius. Williams caught two passes for 71 yards on five targets in Week 1.
JEREMY KERLEY (WR, 49ers)
The slot role can be valuable in the Chip Kelly offense, especially a team that will play from behind often. Kerley had seven catches for 61 yards on 11 targets in Week 1.
VIRGIL GREEN (TE, Broncos)
Green has been primarily a blocking tight end for several years with Denver. Now, he is the starting tight end and going to get targets. He had four catches for 28 yards in Week 1, but was wide open in the end zone for a touchdown that was deflected by a defender. Green is athletic and finally getting his chance.
DENNIS PITTA (TE, Ravens)
Many thought Pitta wouldn't return after a severe hip injury, but he was the No. 1 tight end on Sunday and played 56 of 68 snaps. Joe Flacco loves Pitta, who caught three passes for 39 yards. Pitta is an option especially if you're in search of a replacement for Zach Ertz.
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