If Week 1 of the NFL is for overreacting, then Week 2 is for dunking your head in a tub of cold, wet reality. The Bengals came crashing back to Earth, the Panthers might just be bad, Jon Gruden is not about to magically lead the Raiders to a winning season and the Titans are still the definition of “eh”. Also, we got further proof that Lamar Jackson is the next great fantasy God and everyone needs to get onboard before you’re left behind.
Hopefully you read last weeks waiver wire column and were able to get your hands on Marquise Brown or John Ross as both young receivers backed up their Week 1 performances with another strong showing Sunday. If you missed them, never fear, there are always more guys to get onto your squad. Here are 10 players you should be targeting and working hard to get onto your fantasy team (percent owned in Yahoo leagues).
RB Carlos Hyde, Houston Texans (43% owned)
We’ve seen the number one back in Houston and his name is not Duke Johnson. Hyde was the workhorse for Bill O’Brien’s offense, carrying the ball 20 times for 90 yards against the Jaguars. Don’t count on Hyde getting 20 carries every week but it’s clear he is the guy in Houston and still has something left in the tank to take advantage of the opportunity.
RB Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers (16% owned)
Mostert ran wild Sunday against the Bengals, leading the 49ers in all purpose yards with 151. He carried the ball 13 times for 83 yards and had three catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. He saw an even carry split with Matt Breida who also balled out, rushing for 121 yards on 12 carries. It seems like the backfield will be Breida and Mostert moving forward so buy your Mostert stock while you still can.
RB Frank Gore, Buffalo Bills (8% owned)
Yes, The Immortal One still somehow has fantasy relevance in his 15th season. Gore led the Bills backfield with 19 carries for 68 yards and scored a touchdown. Plus, he caught both his targets for 15 yards. While rookie running back Devin Singletary did flash Sunday and looked like he could threaten Gore’s starting spot, Singletary tweaked his hamstring and left the game early. Who knows how long he’ll be out but if he’s slow to return, Gore has sole possession of Buffalo’s backfield and that means he belongs on your fantasy team.
RB Jeffery Wilson, San Francisco 49ers (0% owned)
I can’t write about the 49ers backfield and Sunday’s game against the Bengals without mentioning Jeffery Wilson who was signed off the practice squad this week and then preceded to get 10 carries for 34 yards and two touchdowns. He seems like he could have a role in the red zone moving forward. I’m not sold that he’s a must add this week, but he’s worth monitoring. If he does anything this coming week, then it’ll be time to drop everything and get him on your squad.
WR Terry McLaurin, Washington (51% owned)
I don’t normally include players over 50% owned on this list, but if McLaurin is available in your league, you must add him. For the second week in a row, McLaurin led the team in targets and scored at least one touchdown. He’s the clear number one receiver in Washington and their offense seems frisky enough to give him consistent fantasy value week in and week out.
WR D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks (48% owned)
Who would have thunk that a 6-foot-3 receiver who can run a 4.3 fourth playing with Russell Wilson would be a good fantasy option. “BUT WHAT ABOUT HIS 3-CONE DRILL?!” shouts someone into the abyss. Metcalf clearly has a role in the Seahawks passing game and Wilson has a lot of trust in the young receiver. It’s been back-to-back weeks that Metcalf has finished with at least six targets and 60 yards. He caught his first receiving touchdown this week as well. Buy Metcalf while you still can.
WR Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers (13% owned)
Maybe it was just playing the Bengals, but the 49ers offense looked good Sunday and their rookie receiver was one of the highlights. Samuel caught five balls on seven targets for 87 yards and a touchdown. He’s emerged as the number one receiver in San Fran and lucky for you is still widely available in most leagues. While Sunday likely was a high for the 49ers offense rather than the norm, a number one receiver in a Kyle Shanahan offense is worth owning in every league.
WR D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars (12% owned)
I told you to get your hands on D.J. Chark last week and it seems not a lot of you listened. Well, at least you now have the opportunity to amend your mistake (though you’ll be fighting with more of your league mates now). Chark led the Jaguars with nine targets, catching seven balls for 55 yards and a touchdown, his second of this young season. He and rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew seem to be on the same page and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up being one of their top receivers this year.
WR Demarcus Robinson, Kansas City Chiefs (5% owned)
Remember last week when I said to get Mecole Hardman because he was going to be taking over Tyreek Hill’s role in the Chiefs offense? Well, Hardman still produced Sunday—catching four out of his six targets for 61 yards and a touchdown—but clearly I meant to type Demarcus Robinson. Robinson caught six balls on sic targets for 172 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Raiders. It seems like the Chiefs offense will be spreading the ball around wildly this year, which makes every receiver in Kansas City fantasy viable. After Robinson’s big week, make sure he’s on your team moving forward.
TE Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks (3% owned)
You can bet that when a tight end does anything halfway good, they will show up on this list simply because that is how starved for talent the tight end pool is in fantasy. Dissly caught all his five targets for 50 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Steelers. That’s a great sign for anyone who’s tight end needy, especially given the Seahawks face the Saints, Cardinals and Rams in the next three weeks, all positive matchups.