Fantasy football Week 2: Add and drop

Eddie Brown, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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Each week I'll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football — I define "widely available" as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues — and some guys who are probably better off in the free agent pool than collecting dust on your roster.

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Here are my best bets off the waiver wire for Week 2:


— RB Elijah Mitchell, 49ers (ESPN: 2%; Yahoo: 10%): The simple truth is any running back on the San Francisco roster could eventually be a fantasy asset. Mitchell fits Kyle Shanahan's system perfectly and that was on display at Detroit. His breakaway speed and shiftiness led to a 38-yard touchdown shortly after Raheem Mostert was injured and he finished with 104 yards on 19 carries (3.8 yards after contact per attempt). Trey Sermon (and even JaMychal Hasty) will factor in at some point, but Mitchell is a flex option with RB2 upside going forward.

— QB Jameis Winston, Saints (ESPN: 26%; Yahoo: 44%): What a difference Lasik eye surgery makes. Winston won't throw five touchdowns on just 14 completions again, but he has top-12 potential going forward, especially this week against a Panthers defense that allowed a rookie quarterback in his professional debut to produce 258 yards with two touchdown passes.

— RB Kenneth Gainwell, Eagles (ESPN: 4%; Yahoo: 9%): The rookie's role is similar to Nyheim Hines. He'll see consistent use in the passing game and supplant Miles Sanders in the two-minute drill. Gainwell produced 43 total yards with two receptions and a touchdown in his debut. He deserves to be rostered in PPR formats and will have flex potential most weeks.

— RB Carlos Hyde, Jaguars (ESPN: 15%; Yahoo: 16%): James Robinson currently has the higher ceiling in this offense with his work in the passing game, but it looks like Hyde will be the grinder if Jacksonville ever has the lead. Whoever secures the goal-line gig will break the tie.

— WR Tim Patrick, Broncos (ESPN: 1%; Yahoo: 2%): A high-ankle sprain will likely sideline Jerry Jeudy until November. Patrick proved he could be a consistent producer last season. Including Week 1 against the Giants, he has at least four receptions or a touchdown in 10 of his last 16 games. K.J. Hamler (ESPN: 2%; Yahoo: 2%) will be a boom-or-bust option most weeks.

— BONUS: WR Cedrick Wilson, Cowboys (ESPN:

— BONUS: QB Justin Fields, Bears (ESPN: 49%; Yahoo: 51%): Fields almost outscored Andy Dalton last week while only playing five snaps. Dalton's days were numbered as the starter in Chicago the day Fields was drafted. If he's available in your league, it won't be for long. Act now.

— BONUS: TE Tyler Conklin, Vikings (ESPN: 4%; Yahoo: 5%): Conklin has received at least four targets in five straight games dating back to Week 13 of last season and out-snapped Chris Herndon 59-to-12 against Cincinnati. He'll be a streaming candidate most weeks.

— BONUS: RB Latavius Murray, Ravens (ESPN: 46%; Yahoo: 64%): Two backs usually have fantasy value in Baltimore's offense regardless, but it was clear despite Ty'Son Williams' great start on Monday night, Murray will likely end up the primary option here. He was on the field when the game was on-the-line and scored a touchdown, like Williams earlier. Grab him if he's available in your league.


— BONUS: WR Sterling Shepard, Giants (ESPN: 25%; Yahoo: 39%): Shepard is truly under-appreciated. He has produced at least six receptions in eight of his last 11 games — and received at least seven targets in seven of those 11 contests.

— BONUS: WR Van Jefferson, Rams (ESPN: 2%; Yahoo: 2%): It's clear Jefferson is the third receiver in this offense, not DeSean Jackson. He ran a route on 86% of Matthew Stafford's drop-backs and actually played more snaps than Robert Woods in 11 personnel (three receivers, one running back and one tight end).

— BONUS: TE Cole Kmet, Bears (ESPN: 22%; Yahoo: 34%): Five receptions (on seven targets) against the Rams is indicative of the talented tight end likely being the No. 2 option in this pass attack, which will be especially valuable once Fields is under center full-time.

— BONUS: WR Rondale Moore, Cardinals (ESPN: 19%; Yahoo: 27%): It looks like you're going to want to invest in Arizona's offense and Moore is a dynamic option who looks like he's already earned Kyler Murray's trust. The rookie has the highest upside of any Cardinals wide receiver not named DeAndre Hopkins.

— BONUS: D/ST Browns (ESPN: 58%; Yahoo: 68%): Just in case someone dropped the unit against Kansas City. They have top-10 potential this season and will be revved-up against Houston in their home opener after a tough loss.

— BONUS: D/ST Saints (ESPN: 27%; Yahoo: 32%): It was impressive for New Orleans to hold an Aaron Rodgers-led offense to three points. The Saints next four games: at Carolina, at New England, vs. N.Y. Giants and at Washington.


— QB Deshaun Watson, Texans: Watson is still rostered in 12% of ESPN leagues and 14% of Yahoo leagues. He shouldn't be on your roster unless you're in a dynasty league. I'd be shocked if he plays this season, even if he's traded.

— RB Gus Edwards, Ravens: Edwards was diagnosed with a torn ACL and is done for the season. He's still rostered in almost a third of leagues.

— RB Raheem Mostert, 49ers: Mostert will require arthroscopic surgery because of "chipped cartilage" in his knee. He was originally thought to miss about eight weeks, but he announced Tuesday on social media that he'll be out for the season after surgery.

— Jets running backs: This team will be playing from behind most weeks, which will mean little volume for a committee that features Tevin Coleman, Ty Johnson and Michael Carter. In a relatively close game, Coleman only had nine carries (17 snaps), while Johnson (35 snaps) and Carter (16 snaps) had four carries apiece.

— RB Zack Moss, Bills: A healthy scratch? Didn't see that coming. Including Moss here is more an indictment of how the Bills utilize their backfield in general. The offense is geared towards Josh Allen and his receivers and there's zero consistency with the running backs.

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