In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter we recap a wild MNF, share the top waiver adds of the week, and round up Cooterdoodle’s favorite tweets. It's 9/14. Take it away, Peter Overzet…
Well that was a wild game to close out Week 1.
The Raiders botched a game-winning TD opportunity at the one-yard line in overtime with a silly Derek Carr interception, but then Lamar Jackson promptly fumbled. Carr then immediately connected with Zay Jones on a 31 yard TD pass to end the game.
Darren Waller had an insane 19 targets while Josh Jacobs fell into the end zone twice on only 10 carries for 34 yards.
On the Baltimore side, Jackson (12 carries), Ty’Son Williams (9), and Latavius Murray (10) split the rushing workload. Sammy Watkins led the team in receiving yards (96), but it was Marquise Brown who found the endzone on a very nice 69 yards.
We’re onto Week 2...
🛒 THE TOP WAIVER WIRE ADDS
I’m excited to have our sharp friends at Rotoviz share their favorite waiver wire picks with us this year. Below, Sam Wallace lists his top waiver wire targets for Week 2, as well as the percentage that they are currently rostered in ESPN leagues. Take it away, Sam...
Elijah Mitchell (RB - 0.7%) - Kyle Shanahan claimed that Mitchell and JaMycal Hasty simply beat out Trey Sermon. Raheem Mostert left with a knee injury which paved the way for the sixth-round rookie to gain 104 yards on 19 carries while Hasty carried just once. Mitchell’s plus speed and athleticism perfectly fits the 49ers run game.
Kenneth Gainwell (RB - 3.5%) - A fifth-round selection, Gainwell made the most of his opportunities. Miles Sanders got the start and totaled 15 carries and five targets, but Gainwell was the only other back to touch the ball (nine carries, three targets). Gainwell also scored the only TD out of the backfield. Boston Scott did not record a single touch in Week 1.
Tony Jones Jr. (RB - 14.5%) - A 2020 undrafted free agent, Jones finds himself the No. 2 option for the New Orleans Saints. He made the most of his debut by totaling 11 carries and hauling in his lone reception. Alvin Kamara will continue to command most of the opportunities, but this team has shown a willingness and ability to support multiple backs.
Sterling Shepard (WR - 24.8%) - Shepard led the team in targets, receptions, and yards and should continue to be a featured WR for Daniel Jones. Even as newly acquired wide receiver Kenny Golladay continues to get healthy and generate chemistry with Jones, Shepard is a prime option in PPR formats.
Emmanuel Sanders (WR - 14.9%) - Sanders is the perfect fit for this pass-heavy offense under quarterback Josh Allen. While Stefon Diggs (14) and Cole Beasley (13) led the team in targets, Sanders chipped in eight targets of his own. The Bills were among the league leaders in 4-WR sets last season, and that looks to be a crucial part of their game plan again.
Tim Patrick (WR - 0.6%) - A year after being thrust into the spotlight, Patrick might be asked to take on a more significant role in the coming weeks. Fellow wide receiver Jerry Jeudy suffered a high ankle sprain and will miss 4-6 weeks. Patrick took advantage of Courtland Sutton’s absence last season to average over 10 points/game.
- K.J. Osborn (WR - 0.1%) - Osborn finished second on the team in receptions (7), yards (76), and tied Justin Jefferson for second in targets (9). The Minnesota Vikings will continue to be a run-first team and opportunities for relevant fantasy production behind Jefferson and Adam Thielen will be tough to come by. Even so, the loss of tight end Irv Smith Jr. could provide Osborn with sneaky value.
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🚑 THE INJURY WARD
* As referenced above in the Mitchell blurb, Mostert is expected to miss about 8 weeks with a chipped cartilage issue in his knee. Mitchell is the top prize on the wire, but I’d take stabs on Sermon (if he gets dropped for some reason), and Hasty as well.
* Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny reaggravated a calf injury on Sunday and is expected to miss a few weeks until he’s fully healed. This poor guy can never stay healthy. Alex Collins slides into the No. 2 role behind Chris Carson.
* WFT QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will miss 6-to-8 weeks due to his hip injury. It’ll be the Taylor Heinicke show on Thursday Night Football vs. the Giants.
* Dallas WR Michael Gallup was officially placed on IR yesterday. Cedrick Wilson is the next man up there at WR.
🐦 COOTERDOODLE'S FAVORITE TWEETS
- Pete Overzet