When you are sitting there at your computer and draft your team, you are most likely basing your knowledge off of last year and the offseason. Last year Devonta Freeman blew up. He ran 1,061 yards last year and scored 11 touchdowns. He also had 73 receptions for 578 yards and 3 touchdowns. This year it would be extremely difficult for him to repeat his performance with Tevin Coleman back. But now that we are two weeks into football, we can start thinking about how our favorite players are performing. Through these two weeks, we have seen some sleepers awaken, busts reveal themselves, and some flashes of potential. Regardless of your fantasy team's performance, players that will win your fantasy football league are still on the waiver wire. Please note that the scoring used in this article is ESPN’s standard scoring, which is not PPR (points per reception). I will also be using ESPN leagues as a basis for percentage of leagues players are owned in.
The first player I want to bring to your attention is New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa. Enunwa is owned in 5.4% of leagues. In his two games, he has scored 12 (18 PPR) and 9 points (15 PPR). Those are great numbers for 12+ team leagues with FLEX and solid numbers in 10 or even 8 team leagues to have on your bench. Not only that, but Quincy Enunwa caught 7 of his 8 targets in week one and he caught all 6 of his targets in week two. Brandon Marshall is questionable for week three with a knee injury. If he is out, Quincy Enunwa would be the number two receiver on the pass happy New York Jets.
The second player who is an obvious waiver wire pick up is Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman. Coleman is owned in 62.1% of leagues. He scored 6 points (8 PPR) week one and 22 points (27 PPR) week two. With RG3 out, Josh McCown or Cody Kessler will inevitably favor different wide receivers. Corey Coleman just might be one of them. Coleman is technically the wide receiver two on the Browns, but he outscored Terrelle Pryor, the wide receiver one by 19 points (21 PPR). Hypothetically, if Corey Coleman kept producing numbers like he did in week two, he could be your starting wide receiver, but I see him scoring on average 12-15 a game. However, this is still a very good FLEX option.
The third player who has potential, but I am a bit unsure with is Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson. Johnson is the second string RB for the Arizona Cardinals who is owned in 13.3% of leagues. He started almost all of last year before he was injured and David Johnson earned his spot as a starter. David Johnson had 43 receiving yards in week one on 4 receptions and 98 receiving yards in week two on 3 receptions. In week one David had 89 rushing yards and only 45 rushing yards. In week two David Johnson was used more as a receiving back and split carries on rushing plays with Chris Johnson, who had only 2 yards in week one on 1 attempt, but 54 yards on 16 attempts week two. Chris Johnson also ran with the ball 4 more times than David Johnson. I highly recommend picking up Chris Johnson in your league but I can’t promise he can be good. He is a classic high risk, high reward pick up.
The next player to add is New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. He is owned in only 33.2 % of leagues. In week one Fitzpatrick scored 14 points (15.1 if you have .04 per yard not 1 for 25 yards) on 189 yards, 2 touchdowns, 15 rushing yards, and an interception. He would have scored 16 had it not been for the interception he threw at the end of the game in the final possession where he was rushing to get down field. He scored 20 points week two (21 if you have .04 per yard not 1 for 25 yards.) on 374 yards, 1 touchdown, and 20 rushing yards. He is a very good quarterback with game changing weapons (Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa, Matt Forte etc.). Also, Forte is developing to be a good receiving back with 59 yards and 5 receptions in week one and 2 receptions for only 9 yards in week two. Matt Forte using his talent to catch the ball then run down field, breaking tackles, will help Ryan Fitzpatrick score points for easy passes. I would definitely pick up Ryan Fitzpatrick and I would consider starting him depending on who your current QB is.
Atlanta Falcons TE Jacob Tamme, who is owned in only 10.8% of leagues has loads of potential. In week one, he had 5 on 51 yards and 6 receptions, but then in week two he had a great game scoring 13 with 75 yards, 5 receptions, and a touchdown. Through weeks one and two, we are experiencing a rise in passing for the Falcons . Matt Ryan is playing very well, scoring 24 points week one and 27 points in week two. A lot of lesser known players are getting a share of Tamme’s potential points. like Justin Hardy, owned in .5 % of leagues. Justin Hardy had 1 reception for 8 yards, which was a touchdown. Jacob Tamme is a bit risky because some of these players are splitting up the passing game. Austin Hopper, a rookie TE on the Atlanta Falcons had 84 yards on 3 receptions. Tamme is a risk, but could end up being a top 5 TE at the end of the season. He will probably average around 6-10 points per week. . He will have great games through the season similar to week two but also worse games similar to week one. It is all about the matchup and when to play him.
If you are looking for a wide receiver I recommend San Diego Chargers WR Tyrell Williams. Williams is owned in 43.4% of leagues. He scored 7 points (9 PPR) week one and 12 points week two (15 PPR). With Keenan Allen out, the other Chargers wide receivers are all bumped up a spot in the lineup. Travis Benjamin had an amazing week two and we can assume he is taking the role of number one wide receiver, but between Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams, I would take Tyrell Williams. Inman, the number two wide receiver based off of the Chargers depth chart, has only scored 1 point in PPR both weeks with 1 catch for 6 yards week one and 1 catch for 7 yards week two.
Now I always find it tough to find a good tight end in fantasy football, but San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald, owned in 5.7% of leagues, just might be one. Although in week one, he only scored 7 points with 14 yards and a touchdown, he rebounded for 13 with 75 yards and a touchdown in week two. I wouldn’t consider him a starter yet, but he has starter potential. He was only targeted twice in week two but his consistent touchdowns show that the 49ers like to look at him in the end zone. That is how players will score a lot of their points. Again, he’s not a starter yet, but I would keep him on your bench if you have the space.
Finally everyone should add Carolina Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker, maybe. Whittaker is owned in only .8% of leagues. He didn’t do much in week one but week two he ran for 100 yards on 16 attempts and caught 3 passes for 31 yards. Unfortunately, he did have a fumble, so what could have been 13 points (16 PPR) ended up being 11 (14 PPR). Starting running back Jonathan Stewart left the game early with a hamstring injury, which is why Fozzy was given the opportunity to play for the rest of the game. If Jonathan Stewart is out next week, I would start Fozzy Whittaker depending on who your running backs are. Whittaker didn’t score a touchdown, which surprised me given the four offensive touchdowns scored by the Carolina Panthers. This week, no Carolina running back scored a touchdown. Mike Tolbert had 25 yards and was given 9 attempts. I believe that because he didn’t do much with his 9 attempts, that if Stewart is out again, they will run it more with Fozzy Whittaker. But if Stewart plays, Fozzy isn’t very valuable. Stewart has had some injury problems in the past. In 2015, Stewart hurt his foot and he pulled his MCL in 2014 and in 2013. If Stewart is ever injured throughout the season, Fozzy Whittaker will become very valuable. If you have an empty spot on your bench, fill it with Carolina RB Fozzy Whittaker.