Now that draft season is over, now is the time to obsess over our lineups and start/sit decisions up until kickoff. Post week 1 waiver claims usually have a huge impact on the remainder of the season. After we get to see the teams in action for the first time, there are bound to be several league-winning players emerge that no one saw coming. A great way to have a successful fantasy season is to be one step ahead of your opponents. Here are my predictions for the top Week 2 waiver adds, so go ahead and pick them up now while they are free:
The last time that we saw a healthy Derek Carr with two legitimate receiving options at WR was 2016 when he was throwing to Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. That year he led the Raiders to 12 wins and was an MVP candidate before his season came to an abrupt halt after he broke his fibula in week 15. His 96.7 QB Rating was good for 8th best in the NFL that season. Gruden believes that he’s found his WR tandem of the future in Bryan Edwards and Henry Ruggs and we’ve been hearing the hype out of camp all Summer. This week, Las Vegas faces an inexperienced Carolina defense that gave up the 2nd most points last season and was also bottom 10 in both total yards and yards per play allowed. If you are a proponent of the LATE-LATE QB draft strategy, go ahead and scoop up Carrbefore he lights up Carolina. He could also be useful in week 2 when he goes up against Drew Brees and the Saints, a matchup with “shootout” potential.
Many experts had Evans as a mid-round draft day Sleeper, being a dynamic prospect coming out of Appalachian State. There hasn’t been much buzz surrounding him since he was selected by Tennessee towards the end of the 3rd round. That is better draft capital than Joshua Kelley (UCLA) and Deejay Dallas (Miami), who both seem to be much more popular. There is no chance that he challenges Derrick Henry for the bell cow role,who just signed a 4 year, $50 million extension in August. The Titans have 78 rushing attempts vacated from last season. Dion Lewis began the year in a complementary role that diminished as the season went along because he was highly inefficient. With Lewis now with the New York Giants, the only backs on the depth chart behind Henry and Evans are Senorise Perry and Khari Blasingame. If Tennessee decides to ease the workload of their workhorse back, coming off of his first 300 carry season by the way, Evans should be the main beneficiary. If he busts off one of those long TD runs that he was known for in college this Sunday, he could quickly be on other managers’ radars, so pick him up now before the waiver rush.
Without looking it up, do you know who lead the Steelers in receiving last season? It was James Washington, despite playing one less game than Dionte Johnson. Granted, he only had 735 receiving yards on 80 targets. Pittsburgh’s 2019 QB struggles are well documented, so I’m not going to knock him too much for the limited production. Many are concerned about his opportunity for targets with JuJu returning to good health and the emergence of Dionte Johnson, but Washington is one of the most efficient receivers in the NFL. In 2019, out of qualified receivers (80 or more targets), Washington’s 16.7 yards per reception was 8th best in the league. This offense will be muchimproved with Big Ben back behind Center and he has already shown that he trusts Washington as his favorite downfield target. Since 2016, the Steelers have been top 10 in pass attempts every season that Ben has played at least 14 games. There is tremendous weekly upside with each of their top 3 receivers, Washington is the only one that you can grab at absolutely no cost right now.
Everyone is buzzing about Joe Burrow and the Bengals offense, but Uzomah seems to be the forgotten man. He was quiet for most of the last season while splitting time with Tyler Eifert(who is now in Jacksonville). In weeks 16 and 17, he totaled 10 targets and scored in both games. Cincy also likes Drew Sample, their 2019 2nd round pick, but he has yet to see significant snaps in a regular-season game. Uzomah is in prime position to take over as the top TE in this offense and become a safety blanket for Burrow this season. There are a multitude of potential TE breakouts this season, I’m putting C.J. Uzomah on that list as well. The best part about taking a chance on him, is no draft capital is required.