The draft is the foundation to a good fantasy team, but a championship team is active on the waiver wire to capitalize on shifting opportunity shares and emerging talent. Each week, I’ll give you a breakdown of my favorite adds in fantasy football. All players listed have to be rostered in under 50% of leagues to qualify for this list.
Kyren Williams, RB, Los Angeles Rams, 34.1% owned
Kyren now has 29 carries and 4 total touchdowns through the first two games of the season. Cam Akers was a healthy scratch last week and it looks like he’ll be on a new team soon according to reports. Sean McVay spent all off season saying that Cam Akers was going to be a focal point of this offense; that role now belongs to Williams. Williams was also sneakily targeted 10 times last week. Kyren is the clear top add of the week and should be a weekly flex play moving forward.
Kendrick Bourne, WR, New England Patriots, 48% owned
Bourne is in the same category as the Nacua/Atwell options but doesn’t receive the same hype because he isn’t in the flashy Rams offense. Bourne has seen 20 targets over the first two games and owns a near 21% target share. That’s the same target share that Amon Ra St. Brown saw last season.
Nico Collins, WR, Houston Texans, 44.1% owned
Do you know who led the league in passing yards in Week 2? That would be C.J. Stroud who had nearly 400 yards. Nico is clearly the top target with 13 receptions on 20 targets. Nico is 5th in the league in receiving yards ahead of guys like Stefon Diggs, CeeDee Lamb, and Devonta Smith. Stroud will become more comfortable as the season progresses and there should be plenty of passing opportunities as the Texans should trail frequently. Nico can easily finish the season as a WR 2 and should be a priority add for receiver needy teams.
Jerome Ford, RB, Cleveland Browns, 0.2% owned
While not confirmed at the time this was written, I believe Chubb is going to be out for the season. The Browns have a fantastic offensive line and their offense revolves heavily around the run. The Browns went into this season with Ford as their back up and were confident in his ability. He had a huge run on Monday night showing his talent, but I do have a slight concern that Kareem Hunt may be returning. It is still so early in the season, that it makes sense to add another depth piece at a position that receives so many hits. As of now, Ford is the new starting RB for the Cleveland Browns.
Weekly Waiver Trap!
Matt Breida, RB, New York Giants, 30% owned
Like Ford and Kyren above, Breida will have some time as a starting RB. However, the other two should start for the entire season whereas Breida looks to have 3 games. Over those three games, the Giants will face the 49ers stacked defense, the Seahawks, and the Dolphins who have all limited the run game. The Giants offense has been horrible this season and are now without their best player. Breida saw 3% of the snaps last game with his only carry coming after Saquons injury. You likely won’t start Breida at any point nor should you. Don’t let him clog up a roster spot.
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