We’ve had a week of results here on the Waiver Wire Wishlist. The fantasy football landscape is unveiling before our eyes. Despite having a week of results before us, we’re still far away from understanding how the respective roles of players on their teams will pan out. We have some injuries in Week 1 that have opened up opportunities for some players listed below. It just feels so good to write back-to-back articles about the NFL and fantasy football season!
I typically like to keep my suggestions around, or below, the 40-percent owned mark in both Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. The format I’ll follow is one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers and one tight end. As always, the Streamable Defenses of the Week article will drop tomorrow (Tuesday) and Nate’s B-Team series will drop every Saturday. Be sure to follow We Know Fantasy (@WeKnowFantasy) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to keep up-to-date with all of our fantasy football content.
Our quarterback (Jameis Winston) had himself a day in route to a 34.62 fantasy point day. Beyond that, Kenneth Gainwell was the only other suggestion in double digits. We had some other decent performances, notably a 9.1 point performance out of James White. Now that we have a week of results in our pocket, it’ll be a bit easier to understand the landscape of the league.
Week 1 Results
Jameis Winston (New Orleans Saints) - 34.62 points
Kenneth Gainwell (Philadelphia Eagles) - 11.3 points
James White (New England Patriots) - 9.1 points
Amon-Ra St. Brown (Detroit Lions) - 3.3 points
Bryan Edwards (Las Vegas Raiders) - Yet to Play
Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles) - 4.4 points
Week 2 Suggestions
Mac Jones (New England Patriots) - Owned in 26% of Yahoo and 22.1% of ESPN Leagues
Week 2 Matchup: @NYJ First off, how did the NFL allow the Patriots to get Mac Jones in the 2021 NFL draft? He had an impressive NFL debut going 28-for-39 for 281 Yards and a score. He played a stout Dolphins’ defense in Week 1 and will get a lackluster Jets’ defense in Week 2. If there ever was a time for a rookie quarterback to break onto the scene, it would be against divisional rivals, New York Jets. The Patriots and Jones have a great fantasy schedule ahead of them. Get him now before it’s too late.
Elijah Mitchell (San Francisco 49ers) - Owned in 10% of Yahoo and 1.9% of ESPN lineups
Week 2 Matchup: @PHI
Raheem Mostert is likely to miss at least eight weeks of the NFL season, opening the door for the duo of rookies, Elijah Mitchell and Trey Sermon. Sermon was a healthy scratch in Week 1, as Mitchell filled in for the injured Mostert, going for 19 carries for 104 yards and a score. It's likely that Sermon gets his chances in Week 2, but with a healthy scratch in Week 1 and allowing Mitchell to control the backfield in Week 1, Mithcell may be the Niners’ runningback to own (shoutout to our very own Cody as he predicted that Mitchell would be better than Sermon.)
Kenneth Gainwell (Philadelphia Eagles) - Owned in 9% of Yahoo and 3.5% of ESPN leagues
Week 2 Matchup: vs. SF
I warned you all to add Gainwell in Week 1. He only went on to put up 11-plus fantasy points in his NFL debut. He’s still readily available in the majority of fantasy leagues, as he’s owned in just 9-percent of Yahoo and 3.5-percent of ESPN leagues. Gainwell scored a touchdown this past Sunday as Miles Sanders did not. He has a tough matchup this week, but like I said in Week 1, watch on as Gainwell gains control of the Philadelphia backfield.
Christian Kirk (Arizona Cardinals) - Owned in 14% of Yahoo and 3.6% of ESPN leagues
Week 2 Matchup: vs. MIN
Many wrote off Christian Kirk this past offseason as the Cardinals signed A.J. Green and drafted Rondale Moore. Kirk proved that he is still a dominant NFL force, catching five balls for 70 yards and two scores. This Cardinals' offense looks potent and I want as many shares of it as possible, especially someone who caught two touchdowns in Week 1.
Terrace Marshall Jr. (Carolina Panthers) - Owned in 20% of Yahoo and 21.1% of ESPN leagues
Week 2 Matchup: vs. NO
I hyped up Marshall all offseason and if Week 1 is any indication, I may be correct. He was the most targeted Panther receiver (even beating out Christian McCaffrey) with six targets. He did only catch three of them for 26 yards, but this Panthers’ offense is much improved from previous years and will put up some decent numbers, where Marshall will contribute.
Juwan Johnson (New Orleans Saints) - Owned in 11% of Yahoo and 1.3% of ESPN leagues
Week 2 Matchup: @CAR
Although Johnson saw just three targets in Week 1, two of them resulted in a touchdown. With no clear cut WR1 in New Orleans as they await the result of Michael Thomas, it’s anyone’s ball game. It’s already proven that Johnson is a red zone target for Winston. Any tight end getting this type of attention in the red zone needs to be added.