Jameis Winston, Saints
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Great waiver pickups are there to be had entering Week 2

Navigating the waiver wire is incredibly important to fantasy football success. Each week, we’ll dive into the waiver wire for the must-adds to your fantasy football team. All roster percentages are from Yahoo.

Quarterback

Jameis Winston (44% Rostered)

Jameis Winston got the keys to the Ferrari and isn’t looking back. With 29.62 points, Winston tore up the Green Bay Packers secondary. He looks poised in the New Orleans Saints offense and played mistake-free football, completing 14 of 20 passes for 148 yards, five touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Sean Payton is an offensive guru, so go after the guy who plays quarterback for him.

Running Back

Elijah Mitchell (11% Rostered)

After Raheem Mostert went down with a knee injury, it was Elijah Mitchell who leap-frogged everyone on the San Francisco 49ers’ depth chart and got the nod. He didn’t disappoint, rushing for 104 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

Mostert is set to miss the rest of the season. With rookie Trey Sermon on the practice squad and JaMycal Hasty as the power back, Mitchell should see a large role going forward.

Mark Ingram (21% Rostered)

The Houston Texans seemed like they would run a committee at running back, but it was Mark Ingram who had the lion’s share of carries in their season opener, rushing 26 times for 85 yards and a touchdown. His matchup gets much harder in Week 2 as the Texans travel to Cleveland, but if his Week 1 usage is an indicator of what’s to come, he will get plenty of opportunities to produce.

Kenneth Gainwell (9% Rostered)

Despite tendering Boston Scott in the offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles gave Kenneth Gainwell the nod as the No. 2 behind Miles Sanders. Gainwell produced well, gaining 43 yards and scoring a touchdown on 11 touches. He would have had two if not for a penalty on the offense.

Gainwell could have standalone value with Miles Sanders, and if Sanders were to go down, Gainwell would be in for a monster workload.

Wide Receivers

Christian Kirk (15% Rostered)

Christian Kirk didn’t receive a huge amount of targets (5) but he made the most of them. Kirk caught all five of his targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Ranking second on the team in receiving yards behind DeAndre Hopkins, he looks ready to be the Cardinals’ WR2.

Tim Patrick (2% Rostered)

Jerry Jeudy has a high ankle sprain and will miss extended time, leaving the door open for Tim Patrick to make an impact for fantasy football. Patrick caught all four of his targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. In a Week 2 matchup against a bad Jaguars secondary, Patrick should do well, especially if Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater continues to play as well as he did in the opener.

Nelson Agholor (33% Rostered)

With Mac Jones in at quarterback, the wide receivers are getting more targets than expected in New England. Nelson Agholor had seven targets, catching five for 72 yards and a score. Agholor is looking to pick up where he left off with an underrated 2020 season for the Raiders (896 yards, 8 touchdowns) and could emerge as the WR1 in New England.

Zach Pascal (2% Rostered)

With an inconsistent group of wide receivers, it’s anybody’s chance to become the WR1 in Indianapolis. Zach Pascal proved he has that potential in Week 1, scoring two touchdowns on four catches for 43 yards. The Colts have a tough matchup in Week 2 against the Rams, but Pascal should fly under the radar and be relevant once again.

Tight End

Juwan Johnson (11% Rostered)

He may have only received three targets, but Saints tight end Juwan Johnson made the most of them. Johnson caught two touchdowns, both being spectacular displays of athleticism.

While he may not be completely reliable in fantasy football due to his low target volume, but Johnson is worth a Week 2 stash as we see how the target share develops in New Orleans.

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Thomas Christopher is an avid sports fan, mixed martial artist, big fantasy football player and Rex Ryan stan. He's also one of Jets X-Factor's breaking news writers. Email: tpascar@yahoo.com

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