Trashman’s Garbage Grab: NFL Week 2
The pickings are anything but slim in the Garbage Grab this second week of the NFL season. Now is the time to swindle up those cheaply acquired waiver wire warriors who are bound to break into bigger roles as the season progresses. Here are my favorite finds this week…
Jay Cutler, Dolphins: Cutler is no dart thrower, but he has enough long distance weapons in Devante Parker and Kenny Stills to open the passing game frequently against the Chargers. He’ll throw a pick or two, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he tops 300 yards and throws a couple of TDs.
J.J. Nelson, Cardinals: I should’ve known John Brown couldn’t stay on the field for long. Nelson will replace Brown as the number 2 option behind Larry Fitzgerald until Chad Williams gets his feet under him.
Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, Jaguars: Allen Robinson is done for the year, leaving these two dumpster diamonds to hold down the fort at WR. In all honesty, these two aren’t garbage men at all. They have both been used on a weekly basis in the not too distant past, and will be again in the near future. Lee is a better bet for PPR formats, while Hurns is the deep threat.
Mohamed Sanu, Falcons: Sanu actually led the Falcons in targets in week one with 9 on the day. Atlanta isn’t going to throw any less against Green Bay so expect his targets to approach double digits this week.
Paul Richardson, Seahawks: Wilson didn’t shy away from Richardson when the going got tough in week 1. In fact, Richardson led the team in targets(7), and he looked good doing it. He should have a field day against the 49ers this week.
Kendall Wright, Bears: White may have the worst body of any starting NFL receiver, but he has solid hands and as the new “lead” receiver in Chicago, Wright has all the opportunity in the world to rack up receptions against Tampa Bay. He’s best utilized in PPR formats, as his yards after catch are pitiful.
Chris Carson, Seahawks: The 49ers were the worst run defense in the league in 2016, and things haven’t improved much this season, as far as I can see. Carson is Seattle’s healthiest and perhaps best running back right now, so don’t be scared to run him out there. He led all Seattle RBs in snaps last week and is likely to do it again.
Alvin Kamara, Saints: Game flow dictated that Kamara would lead all Saints RBs in snaps in week 1, as they fell behind early against the Vikings. The same situation is in the cards for New Orleans this week as they face the Patriots, who are sure to be in a brutal mood after going down to the Chiefs at home last week.
Chris Thompson, Redskins: Thompson is Washington’s most effective back for the time being, until they decide to end the Rob Kelley experiment and put Samaje Perine out there. Thompson isn’t going blow the top off of your fantasy team, but his floor is solid as the come in PPR formats.
Charles Clay, Bills: While Zay Jones learns the position and Jordan Matthews learns the playbook, Matthews is content to lead the team in targets and receptions again in week 2 versus the Panthers.
Jesse James, Steelers: Yes, James seems highly TD dependent after scoring 2 of them in week 1, but he did it on 8 targets – second highest on the team behind Antonio Brown. He’ll have a chance to prove it wasn’t a fluke against the Vikings, who will give the Steelers WRs a hard time.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The 8th highest scoring defense in 2016, The Bucs have a cushy matchup at home against a Bears team without their top 2 WRs and a questionable tagged Jordan Howard in tow. They’re a safe play with upside this week.