Week 2 is over and there were many impressive performances by players who aren’t necessarily fantasy relevant. Here are some of those players featured in my top waiver signings after week 2!
Daniel Jones (New York Giants)- Let’s pretend that you didn’t already read the name Daniel Jones, and I’m describing a QB who I will just call QB X. QB X is averaging 25 fantasy points per game, one rushing and one passing TD per game, averaging over 250 passing yards per game, and has designed running plays in his offense that is averaging him over 60 rushing yards per game. When you look at the stats, and the performance that he is having, this guy can be a serviceable QB that actually could be consistent this year. You just have to change the way you think when you hear the name, Daniel Jones.
Teddy Bridgewater (Denver Broncos)- If you want a consistent low-end top 12 QB, Teddy can be your guy. He obviously has some great weapons, even with Jerry Jeudy gone, and with a good matchup, he should be a good option for you with a fairly high floor. He is a safe QB that is averaging around 20 points per game, two passing TDs each game and hasn’t thrown an interception yet.
Tony Pollard (Dallas Cowboys)- Is Tony Pollard the better RB in Dallas? He sure looked like it last game. he had 13 carries for over 100 Yds and a TD compared to Ezekiel Elliott’s 16 carries for 71 Yds and a TD. The comparison of carries is a cause of concern for Elliott owners and I believe that we will see this split many times this season. Pollard was already a high valued handcuff, but now he has the potential to be in your starting lineup with another performance like that.
Cordarrelle Patterson (Atlanta Falcons)- Patterson’s role is confusing, I remember when he was drafted as a WR, and at some point in his career he “switched” to an RB. Last Sunday Patterson had the second-most carries on the ground and was tied for the third-most receptions. A player that is as involved as he is will surely score you some points, and he did, finishing as the 3rd best RB for week 2. He is technically listed as an RB but he is everywhere on the field making him a must-grab in any type of PPR league.
Michael Carter (New York Jets)- Cater was really the only player that I was impressed with on this Jets team from last Sunday. Carter had the 2nd most carries on the team (11 carries to Ty Johnson’s 12) but had the most rushing Yds for the Jets at 59. While that isn’t too impressive, It seems that the Jets are slowly trying to get Carter more involved in this offense and we might see Carter completely take over the backfield in the next couple of weeks. Now is your chance to get him before it’s too late.
Rondale Moore (Arizona Cardinals)- This is his second appearance on this list and apparently not enough people took my advice as he is only owned in less than 20% of leagues. Last week I talked about how his week 1 performance was impressive even though his stats didn’t show it, it was his involvement in this offense and his skillset that makes him dangerous. Well, this week he proved me right. Moore had 8 targets for 7 receptions, 114 receiving Yds, and a TD. After a week like that, he will be one of the most targeted players on the waiver wire this week.
Sterling Shepard (New York Giants)- What?! two Giants on this list? No, I did not get my lists mixed up, Shepard could have some fantasy value. He seems to be the player that we expected Kenny Golladay to be, as Shepard is leading the team in targets (5 more than the next WR), receptions and receiving Yds (both twice as much as the next WR). Shepard is averaging 20 points per game which is just ridiculous.
Darnell Mooney (Chicago Bears)- I’ve talked about Mooney’s potential when Justin Fields plays, and although Fields had a rough day, going 6 for 13 with 60 passing Yds and an INT, half of those completions were to Darnell Mooney. I re-watched every Justin Fields play from week 2 and the most targeted WR was not Allen Robinson, it was Darnell Mooney. With Justin Fields potentially starting next week, Mooney could be a great pickup.
Jared Cook (Los Angeles Chargers)- Cook was the fourth most targeted player on the team last Sunday and is the third most targeted player on the Chargers this season. Cook actually could have scored the potentially game-winning TD, but an illegal shift penalty negated the TD. When you compare Cook to the other TEs on this team, Cook is the clear #1 on this team and can be a low-end TE 1 in certain weeks.