Thomason: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 2

T.J. Hockenson and Jamison Crowder are two players to pursue this week.

Jack Thomason
September 09, 2019 - 6:41 pm

(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member fantasy leagues with Week 2 upon us.

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1. T.J. Hockenson (TE, Detroit Lions) – Call me crazy, but at a position so scarce for playmakers, Hockenson should be considered a priority addition. He saw nine targets Sunday, catching six of them for 131 yards and a score. His yardage total was the most ever for a rookie tight end in his debut and the 12th-most for any performance by a rookie tight end. Hock’s target total was tied for the second-most on the team. He played 74 percent of the snaps and looks to be a focal point in this offense. I’m adding where I can, especially if I don't have one of the big three tight ends. 

2. Jamison Crowder (WR, New York Jets) – Hopefully you grabbed Crowder last week while he was under 30-percent owned, because now it’s going to cost you. There was a ton of buzz in the offseason that Crowder was Sam Darnold’s favorite target, and it sure looked that way Sunday. Crowder led the NFL with a whopping 17 targets Sunday. He reeled in 14 receptions for 99 yards in a game the Jets led for most of the way before losing 17-16. Crowder has the chance to be legitimate WR2 in PPR leagues if this type of volume keeps up.

3. John Brown (WR, Buffalo Bills) – Brown has been overlooked much of the summer, but he won’t be now. He was the clear No. 1 receiver for Josh Allen, leading the Bills with 10 targets. Brown was on the field for 86 percent of the snaps and racked up 123 yards with a score. He also looked as explosive as ever. Allen attempted the 12th-most passes of more than 20 yards in 2018, and Brown is going to be on the receiving end of the majority of those attempts this season. He also ran some high-percentage slot routes, so if the volume keeps up and the Bills include him in the slot going forward, Brown could be a legit WR2/3 with upside.

4. John Ross (WR, Cincinnati Bengals) – Once upon a time, third-year breakouts for receivers was a trend. Now we expect receivers to come in a produce fantasy points early on. Well, Ross is a former top-10 pick who's is in his third season and happened to explode for 158 yards and two scores on 12 targets Sunday. He played 82 percent of the snaps and looks to be a big factor in this offense moving forward.

5. Michael Gallup (WR, Dallas Cowboys) – The Cowboys made it look easy in smashing the Giants, 35-17. Dak Prescott was on fire in throwing for 405 yards and four touchdowns, and the good news here is Gallup is locked in as a starting receiver opposite Amari Cooper. Because of that, he's going to see a lot of single coverage. Gallup caught all seven of his targets for 158 yards and should continue to be a strong WR3 with upside moving forward, especially with the way the schedule sets up for the Cowboys. 

6. Marquise Brown (WR, Baltimore Ravens) – You’ll probably see Brown at the top of several waiver articles this week, but there are two glaring points to consider. Brown played just 14 snaps and ran eight total routes. Beyond that, the Ravens won't be playing the league’s worst team on a weekly basis. Even in keeping that in mind, Brown showed off the elite speed that made him a deep ball maven at Oklahoma, snagging four of five targets for 147 yards and two touchdown. Until his snaps increase and he becomes more of a consistent option, he’s likely to be a boom-or-bust option. I’m picking him up where I can, but he’s not a player I’ll blow my entire budget over.

7. Malcolm Brown (RB, Los Angeles Rams) – If you look at the touches between Todd Gurley and Brown (15-11), you’d say there's nearly an even timeshare in the Rams' backfield. But looking more closely at the snaps played, Gurley tallied a 70 percent compared to Brown’s 27 percent. The key here is that Brown is going to be more involved than last year, and he’s the clear backup to Gurley. So there’s multiple benefits to adding him. The two touchdowns that he had Sunday are the key to Brown’s value moving forward. If he's the goal-line back, not only does Gurley take a massive hit but Brown's value skyrockets regardless of his snap share. It’s worth adding Brown now and putting a priority on him as the goal-line usage unfolds over the next few weeks. It could be a case of the Rams easing Gurley in early in the season or it could be worse news for Gurley owners. We should find out soon enough.

8. Chris Thompson/Adrian Peterson (RB, Washington Redskins) –  News broke Monday morning that Redskins starting running back Derrius Guice is having knee troubles and will undergo an MRI. He's likely to miss several weeks. With that in mind, the Redskins will have to turn to Thompson and Peterson. If I’m choosing between the two, I prefer Thompson due to his pass receiving ability (he had 10 targets Sunday) and the likelihood that the Redskins will be playing from behind more often than not. Thompson had 10 touches (seven receptions) for 78 total yards. Peterson was a healthy inactive in the opener.

9. Raheem Mostert (RB, San Francisco 49ers) – We saw Mostert produce well in this offense last year, and he’s going to get opportunities again with Tevin Coleman’s high ankle injury. Mostert had 40 yards and looked good on his 10 touches, meaning he and Matt Breida should form a one-two punch going forward, with Breida leading the way. We all know Breida hasn’t been the picture of health either, so snagging Mostert now could pay even more dividends later.

10. Ronald Jones (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Everyone left Jones for dead, and he looked like the best running back the Bucs have. The backfield was essentially split into thirds, but Jones made the most of his 14 touches -- which led the backfield -- by totaling 93 yards. Meanwhile, Peyton Barber had 10 touches for 45 yards and Dare Ogunbowale had four receptions for 33 yards. Jones is the most explosive talent in the backfield, so after a strong season opener, he’s worth adding to see if he can emerge from the pack. 

Just missed: Giovani Bernard, Mike Davis, Ito Smith, Darren Sproles, Danny Amendola, Hunter Renfrow, Terry McLaurin, Chris Conley, Trey Quinn, DJ Chark, Cody Lattimer and Mecole Hardman.

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​​