The NFL will wrap up Week 2 with a Monday Night Football matchup that has lost a little bit of its luster. The New York Jets host the Cleveland Browns with the Jets missing Sam Darnold and C.J. Mosley, and the Browns coming off an unexpected ugly season opener. Of course, regardless of your rooting interest in the two teams, there will be plenty to watch that will impact fantasy football contests.
That being said, even with one game left, most fantasy owners are officially looking ahead to Week 3 and how they can improve their roster.
, but in the meantime, it’s time to start considering the fantasy football waiver wire. 14 of 16 contests are completed, and whether or not your Week 1 matchup is a wrap, you’ll need to figure out how to improve your roster for Week 2.
Injuries have started to shake up depth charts, and we have seen some unexpected performers shine. Who you claim off waivers in these first weeks of the season could make or break a fantasy championship.
With that in mind, here are 10 players with under 50% ownership at traditional ESPN fantasy leagues that owners can consider picking up in their leagues.
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WR D.J. Chark, Jaguars (21.5 percent)
Chark had a monster game in Week 1, and he showed it was not a fluke in Week 2. A week after four receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown, Chark more than doubled his targets to finish with seven receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown. He was Gardner Minshew’s favorite receiver, which bodes well in the coming weeks. The Jaguars host a Titans defense that has done a solid job containing receivers through two weeks. In Week 1, they held Odell Beckham Jr. to 71 yards, and in Week 2, they held T.Y. Hilton to 43 receiving yards.
RB Carlos Hyde (44.4 percent)
There are not many strong running back options on the waiver, but Hyde is a solid if un-sexy option. In Week 1, he rushed for 83 yards and in Week 2, he rushed for 90 yards. He has yet to find the end zone, but there is no reason to think he won’t continue getting the bulk of the work for Houston. Duke Johnson is a solid pass catcher, but Hyde is the traditional back. He’s in RB3/Flex territory for the time being, but if he can start to find the end zone, he very well could find his way into RB2 territory.
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (24.8 percent)
RB Raheem Mostert (10.6 percent)
WR Deebo Samuel (13.2 percent)
We’ll just stack the three 49ers together because we might have to reconsider this team as a whole. San Francisco thumped the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2, and offensively we saw a solid day for Garoppolo and a dominant ground performance by all of the 49ers running backs.
The 49ers are home in Week 3 against a shaky Pittsburgh Steelers team. Garoppolo is looking like a solid bye week fill-in down the road, and a strong performance against Pittsburgh could mean he’s worth low-end QB1 consideration. Mostert surprised with his work in the passing game, and his overall value remains elevated as long as Tevin Coleman is out. As for Deebo? The 49ers are clearly interested in making him an integral part of their offense. He’s not starting material yet, but he’s worth a stash to see how his season progresses.
One drawback to all three? Left tackle Joe Staley suffered a fractured fibula and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
WR Terry McLaurin, Washington (38 percent)
A week after a huge debut, the Washington rookie was back in Week 2 with a solid outing. McLaurin finished Sunday with five receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown, a week removed from 125 yards and a touchdown. He is proving to be Case Keenum’s favorite target, and this Washington offense is not entirely awful. They face a tough matchup at home against the Chicago Bears in Week 3. If McLaurin has a third straight solid performance, he might just be worth a regular start.
QB Josh Allen, Bills (28.1 percent)
Allen sometimes struggles to hit the broad side of a barn, but he’s quietly turning into a decent fantasy option. In Week 1, Allen had 254 receiving yards but threw two interceptions. The upside was his 38 rushing yards and a rushing score. In Week 2, he threw for 253 yards and a touchdown, and added 21 rushing yards and another touchdown.
He’s not a QB1 yet, but the rushing guarantees you at least a couple extra points each week and makes him intriguing bench and streaming options. Last season, he failed to rush for at least 20 yards in three of his 12 starts. He added at least one rushing touchdown in half of his starts. A scrambling QB who might struggle in other areas can be tremendously undervalued.
TE Will Dissly, Seahawks (2.3 percent)
The Seahawks tight end situation is not ideal, but Dissly is looking like a player to watch. A week after only one catch and 12 yards, Dissly had five receptions for 50 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2 against the Steelers. He’s not a TE1 yet, but if you want a streaming option or a bench option for a bye week down the road, he’s worth a spot on your bench.
RB Frank Gore, Bills (16.5 percent)
The ageless wonder continues to amaze and retain at least a little bit of fantasy relevance. The Bills drafted Devin Singletary, and a solid debut had plenty of people jumping on the bandwagon. However, he suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter against the Giants, and Gore came on to salt the game away. Gore finished with 68 rushing yards and a touchdown, along with 15 receiving yards in the Bills win. He’s no more than an RB3 at this point, but hamstring injuries are tricky, so Singletary owners will want the handcuff at the very least.