Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 2: Tyrell Williams Will Look to Break Out After Keenan Allen Injury

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 2: Tyrell Williams Will Look to Break Out After Keenan Allen Injury


Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 2: Tyrell Williams Will Look to Break Out After Keenan Allen Injury

The San Diego Chargers have to overcome the immediate loss of Keenan Allen in the season opener. It won’t be easy, and it’s likely not to be a situation where his production is replaceable entirely. That said, opportunity will be there. Who should you target?

The candidates are Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, and Dontrelle Inman. Benjamin is the small, speedy guy and was targeted 8 times for 7 catches and only 32 yards last week. Williams is big and physical and a deep play threat; he had two catches of over 30 yards. Inman was on the field for the most snaps after the Allen injury, but was only targeted 3 times, and had 1 catch.

If I’m going upside, which is what you want with a week 2 waiver play, then the choice is Tyrell Williams, currently owned in only 2% of CBS Sports Leagues. Williams is best suited to re-create the recently retired Malcom Floyd and his underrated value in San Diego. Benjamin, meanwhile, is probably on a roster unless you are in a shallow league (63% owned) but his value will take a bump and should be on all rosters as well.

Here are the rest of the waiver wire suggestions. As always, I organize the pickups by likely availability in Shallow Leagues (owned in less than 67% of rosters), Average Leagues (owned in less than half of rosters), and Deep Leagues (owned in less than one-third of rosters).


Shallow: If you need to swap out a QB2, I think Joe Flacco (53%) and Brock Osweiler (64%) are the best roster options, safe, could provide matchup plays in future, and not likely to lose job.

Average: Alex Smith (41%) had a big game last week with the comeback, and should also be on rosters as a 2nd quarterback.

Deep: If you are in a start 2-QB league, or need an emergency start as you wait on Russell Wilson news, Jimmy Garoppolo (11%) is the best play for the next three weeks. Trevor Siemian (11%) is this week’s deep matchup play going against the porous Colts.

Jimmy Garoppolo



Shallow: Terrance West (56%) is splitting time with Justin Forsett and is a flex play this week in deep leagues. Tevin Coleman (60%) was more productive than Devonta Freeman in week 1 and might be in a full-blown partnership as well. Theo Riddick (60%) is probably not going to duplicate his 2 touchdowns and over 100 total yards, but should still be a flex option in PPR.


Average: Shane Vereen (49%) vs Saints is your matchup play this week if you need a desperation flex start.

Deep: I’ll be banging this drum for the next month, and you can decide when to pull the trigger based on size of your league and tendencies. Kenneth Dixon (30%) will be a hot pickup in 4 weeks when he comes back from the MCL injury. I don’t see the Forsett/West duo resolving itself, and I think Dixon will be given the opportunity once healthy.

Shaun Draughn (9%) looks like a good handcuff option in San Francisco after week 1, and should be rostered over some other backups in other situations.



Shallow: These guys might be lurking in a shallow league, as they are ranked in the mid-40’s entering the week in terms of ownership at the position: Tajae Sharpe (65%), Will Fuller (63%), Travis Benjamin (63%), Mohamed Sanu (55%). Sharpe was the clear top target in Tennessee, Fuller looked really good in his opener and was close to another big catch that would have made him impossible to get, Benjamin will benefit in an increase due to Allen’s absence, and Sanu meshed quickly in Atlanta. All should be on rosters in leagues with 50 WRs on teams.

Tajae Sharpe

Average: Mike Wallace (43%) looks like the best choice in Baltimore. Chris Hogan (40%) caught a touchdown pass and looks like the top option on the outside in New England.

Deep: Eli Rogers (14%) is the slot receiver in Pittsburgh and with no one really emerging outside between Coates and Wheaton, could be valuable all year in PPR leagues.

Quincy Enunwa (0%) is basically filling a TE role in terms of routes, since the Jets don’t have one, and was used in the slot and saw plenty of targets in week 1 while Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker were held down.



Average: Jesse James (34%) is the starting TE in Pittsburgh. He didn’t have a huge game so that just means he won’t be quite as hot on the waiver wire. Still a good option to start if needed.

Deep: Brent Celek (1%) could see an uptick with Zach Ertz likely out for multiple weeks with a rib injury. Virgil Green (24%) is a great matchup play this week against the Colts. Kyle Rudolph (31%) is one of the few reliable passing game targets, beyond Stefon Diggs, and the Packers gave up a touchdown to TE Julius Thomas last week.



  1. WR Tajae Sharpe, TEN
  2. WR Will Fuller, HOU
  3. WR Travis Benjamin, SD
  4. WR Mike Wallace, BAL
  5. WR Tyrell Williams, SD
  6. RB Tevin Coleman, ATL
  7. TE Jesse James, PIT
  8. RB Theo Riddick, DET
  9. WR Mohamed Sanu, ATL
  10. WR Chris Hogan, NE



  1. WR Mike Wallace, BAL
  2. WR Tyrell Williams, SD
  3. TE Jesse James, PIT
  4. WR Chris Hogan, NE
  5. WR Quincy Enunwa, NYJ
  6. TE Virgil Green, DEN
  7. TE Brent Celek, PHI
  8. RB Shane Vereen, NYG
  9. QB Alex Smith, KC
  10. TE Kyle Rudolph, MIN



  1. WR Tyrell Williams, SD
  2. WR Quincy Enunwa, NYJ
  3. TE Virgil Green, DEN
  4. TE Brent Celek, PHI
  5. TE Kyle Rudolph, MIN
  6. WR Dontrelle Inman, SD
  7. WR Eli Rogers, PIT
  8. QB Jimmy Garoppolo, NE
  9. RB Kenneth Dixon, BAL
  10. QB Trevor Siemian, DEN

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