Waiver Wire Wishlist - Week 2 (2022)
Carson Wentz (Rostered 15%)
The best quarterback pick of the week is Carson Wentz. Wentz is a roller coaster fantasy
quarterback, but it showed in week one he has fantastic weapons surrounding him. In week
one, he put up over 300 yards and four touchdowns but threw two picks. Wentz is a gunslinging quarterback that will flash but also show some duds. In week one, the Lions are still a young secondary, allowing Jalen Hurts to throw for over 240 passing yards. Wentz is a better pure thrower than Hurts is, so expect Wentz to be able to put up another solid performance. Wentz is a solid streaming quarterback and has favorable matchups over the next month of the season.
Other Options: Matt Ryan (34%) & Marcus Mariota (7%)
Jeff Wilson (Rostered 11%) & the 49ers (Tyrion Davis-Price 3% & Jordan Mason 1%)
Jeff Wilson is your guy if you are in immediate need of a running back. While his performance in week one was tough to watch, he should be able to rebound. Wilson is the most trusted runningback on the roster, so he will get a shot to be the primary running back on the team. Wilson has led the team in rushing in 2020, so he is the most experienced on the roster. He also had a three-game stretch when Elijah Mitchell was out last year and produced 211 rushing over those games. Wilson should be 15-20% of your FABB if you wish to secure him. His long-term value is still cloudy but has solid short-term value. Tyrion Davis-Price and Jordan Mason should be rostered as well. Those teams who need a hail mary play should attach either one of these running back because they have upside. They are both young, explosive running backs that could succeed if given an opportunity. They should be 5% of your budget.
Jaylen Warren (Rostered 3%)
If you are set at running back, then I'd 100% target Warren for long-term fantasy success. Najee had a Lisfranc injury during the offseason, and those injuries don't go away. It needs time to rest and recover for an extended time. Najee looked terrible during the week one matchup, and getting banged up didn't help. While the reports are that Harris will play in week two, his season-long value is shaky if he makes his injury worse. Warren impressed the coaching staff as an undrafted rookie to give him a shot on the roster and even beat out long-time backup running back Benny Snell. He should be a 5 to 10 perfect of your budget.
Other Option: Rex Burkhead (15%), Zach Moss (10%), Dontrell Hillard (6%) & Brandon
Likely gone but should be over these options: Khaili Hebert, Brian Robinson, Kenneth Gainwell & Jamaal Williams
Curtis Samuel (7%)
A surprise in week one was Curtis Samuel, with 11 targets in week 1. Samuel has been a
forgotten player in fantasy since he was hurt all last season. Samuel is being used in space and making plays with his feet. While I'm still concerned about his season-long value, it's hard not to attack a player who dominated the targets in week one. He even got four carries in that game too. If you like Deebo Samuel, Curtis Samuel could be used as a lite version of that. He was the original wide receiver used as a running back at times. I'm not spending a ton of FABB on him but probably just 10%.
Joshua Palmer (Rostered 28%)
It's hard to excite Palmer as he had three catches for five yards in week one. I'm hoping for a
rebound in week two, as early reports are that Keenan Allen will miss week two. Last season, in one game that Allen missed, Palmer had produced 15 fantasy points. Palmer would have a
match-up vs. the Chiefs that could turn into a Thursday night shootout. His value may only be
short-term, but you play fantasy sometimes on a week-to-week basis.
Other Options: Sterling Shepard (2%), Jahan Dotson (40%), Devin Dunvernay (17%) Kyle
Phillips (1%), Greg Dortch (1%) & Romeo Doubs (30%)
Gerald Everett (Rostered 21%)
Everett is a must-pick-up for the position if you are upset with the late-round tight end you
grabbed in drafts. The athletic tight end looks excellent in the Chargers' offense, and he
produced 54 yards and a touchdown. Keenan Allen could be out for week two, so Everett, on a short week, could deliver against the Chiefs. The Chiefs did allow Zach Ertz to score in week
one of the season. He saw the most RedZone targets among the pass catcher in week one, so expect Everett to score again in week two in a shoot-out matchup.
Other Options: OJ Howard (1%) & Hayden Hurst (15%)