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Fantasy football Week 2 waiver wire: Which WRs can replace Tyreek Hill?

Fantasy football Week 2 waiver wire: Which WRs can replace Tyreek Hill?

Life comes at you fast in the NFL.

Just ask Antonio Brown, who's on the freaking New England Patriots after blowing up on the Oakland Raiders this weekend.

Or fantasy football owners of Tyreek Hill, who are in panic mode after watching the Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver suffer a collarbone injury that may sideline him for weeks.

But that's where the waiver wire comes in. Brown's targets in Oakland and Hill's targets in Kansas City have to go somewhere, and that trickle-down effect often reaches players who widely available as fantasy free agents.

So, get a head start on your Week 2 by checking out who we like as pickups at each position after Sunday's slate.

QUARTERBACK

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (owned in 32 percent of Yahoo! leagues): Yes, we're sticking with Allen for the second consecutive week. Why? He still managed 18 fantasy points in an ugly Week 1 win over the New York Jets thanks to his legs and gets a New York Giants defense in Week 2 that just allowed 405 yards and four touchdowns to Dak Prescott.

Allen is a legitimate QB1 option this week who's available in two-thirds of fantasy leagues. If you're streaming, he's your man.

Other quarterbacks to target: Jimmy Garoppolo (SF), Andy Dalton (CIN), Sam Darnold (NYJ)

RUNNING BACK

Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (14 percent owned): Starter Joe Mixon exited the Bengals' season opener with an ankle injury, and Bernard racked up 63 total yards on nine targets in his absence.

Mixon's status for Week 2 still is unclear, but Bernard would be a solid RB2 if Mixon misses any time, and the matchup is good against a middling San Francisco 49ers defense. Bernard should be added in all formats.

Other running backs to target: Ronald Jones (TB), Malcolm Brown (LAR), Chris Thompson (WAS)

WIDE RECEIVER

Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens (31 percent owned): Who better to fill Hill's shoes than Brown, another burner/deep threat who racked up 147 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut?

Brown only caught four passes, and the Miami Dolphins could be historically bad this year. But guess what? Baltimore gets another Swiss cheese defense in the Arizona Cardinals next weekend, so do yourself a favor and grab "Hollywood" Brown before he's gone.

Other wide receivers to target: Danny Amendola (DET), Michael Gallup (DAL), Phillip Dorsett (NE)

TIGHT END

Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers (48 percent owned): Graham was Green Bay's lone bright spot against the Bears in Week 1, and there's reason to believe Aaron Rodgers will look his way next weekend against the Minnesota Vikings, who surrendered 77 yards on nine catches to Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper on Sunday.

Other tight ends to target: Trey Burton (CHI), Jack Doyle (IND)

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Fantasy Football Week 3 starts, sits: Is Le'Veon Bell trustworthy vs. Patriots?

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Fantasy Football Week 3 starts, sits: Is Le'Veon Bell trustworthy vs. Patriots?

The 2019 NFL season has been full of surprises through the first two weeks, and that extends to the fantasy football realm.

We've had several players, including Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, exceed expectations by a wide margin and reward fantasy owners who took a gamble in their league's draft. Other star players who entered the season with much fanfare, including Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, have disappointed fantasy owners with two lackluster performances. 

What should we make of the first two weeks of fantasy football? Let's take a look at our top fantasy starts and sits for Week 3.

START

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: Wilson was awesome in Week 2, completing 29 of 35 pass attempts for 300 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He should have another strong game versus a New Orleans Saints defense that's allowed the third-most pass yards per attempt in the first two weeks. New Orleans also struggled to slow down Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson as a rusher in Week 1, as he gained 40 yards and a touchdown on just four carries. Wilson has a similar ability to escape the pocket and pick up huge chunks of yards with his legs.

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers: Jones ran for 116 yards and a touchdown on just 23 carries versus a good Minnesota Vikings defense last week, and we expect more of the same Sunday. He has a nice matchup against a Broncos defense allowing 125.6 rushing yards per game, a total of three rushing touchdowns (tied for the second-most in the league) and 4.4 yards per carry.

Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Mark Ingram is averaging 5.7 yards per carry through two weeks, and he should continue to consistently pick up yards against a Kansas City Chiefs defense allowing a league-high 6 yards per carry this season. Look for the former Alabama star to bounce back in a huge way after a disappointing Week 2 performance.

Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens: You'll want to start as many players from this Chiefs vs. Ravens game as possible. Brown has tallied 12 receptions for 233 yards and two touchdowns to begin his NFL career, and the rookie wideout should be in store for another solid game versus a Kansas City defense that's allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 70.4 percent of their passes through two weeks. Brown's speed could be a problem for a Chiefs secondary that lacks a shutdown cornerback.

Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Ridley has been Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's favorite wide receiver through two weeks. The Alabama product has 12 receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 16 targets in two games. His Week 3 matchup is a good one, too. The Indianapolis Colts are allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 71 percent of their pass attempts, and the Indy defense also has given up four passing touchdowns in just two games. We expect Ridley to receive eight to 10 targets Sunday.

SIT

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns: Mayfield has been a huge fantasy bust so far with only two touchdown passes and four interceptions. His Week 3 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams is a tough one. L.A. hasn't given up a passing touchdown this season, and it's only surrendering 201 passing yards per game. The Browns offensive line also has struggled, allowing eight sacks in two games. We wouldn't be surprised if elite Rams pass rusher Aaron Donald adds a couple sacks to that total Sunday night.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins: Peterson's matchup is too tough this week, making it hard to trust him to be fantasy relevant. The Chicago Bears have one of the league's best run defenses. This unit has allowed zero rushing touchdowns, along with defensive averages of 68.5 rush yards per game and just 3 yards per carry. Bears linebackers Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith are two of the best at their position in shutting down the opponents' rushing attack.

Le'Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets: The Patriots allow both the second-fewest yards per carry (2.6) and rushing yards per game (37). One of the reasons for these impressive numbers is the Patriots have been jumping out to huge leads and forcing their opponents to abandon the run. A similar situation should unfold Sunday in Foxboro, where the Jets are expected to struggle to score points with third-string quarterback Luke Falk getting the start. Bell will also be a factor in the passing game, but if your league doesn't use a PPR format, he's definitely not worth starting Sunday.

Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets: Anderson is the Jets' top wide receiver, but he has a brutal matchup against an elite Patriots secondary. He'll likely go against cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who was rated by Pro Football Focus as the league's top CB last season. Gilmore also was PFF's highest-graded player last week, and he will have plenty of motivation Sunday after Anderson called him out on Thursday.

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Fantasy football Week 3 waiver wire: QBs to add after Roethlisberger, Brees injuries

Fantasy football Week 3 waiver wire: QBs to add after Roethlisberger, Brees injuries

Quarterback is arguably the deepest position in fantasy football.

And that depth is about to be seriously tested.

Monday brought a double dose of rough news on the QB injury front: The New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees reportedly is out at least six weeks, while Pittsburgh Steelers signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger is done for the season.

If you're reading this, we're guessing you're among the unlucky bunch that owns either Brees or Roethlisberger in one of your leagues. But we have good news: There's plenty of help on the waiver wire, where three players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues finished in the top 10 in fantasy scoring for Week 2.

Here are the top five quarterbacks to target on the waiver wire this week:

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (owned in 48 percent of Yahoo! leagues): The 49ers offense finally clicked Sunday in Cincinnati, where Garoppolo threw for 297 yards with three touchdown passes and an interception. Next up? A home date with a Steelers defense that's allowed 300-plus passing yards and three touchdowns to both QBs it has faced this season. We like Jimmy G's chances of a repeat performance.

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (40 percent owned): How long until fantasy owners start taking Allen seriously? The second-year scrambler added another rushing touchdown Sunday while ranking as the seventh-best fantasy QB of the week. He's a safe bet to land in the top 10 in Week 3 against the aforementioned Bengals defense, which looks as bad as advertised.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (35 percent owned): Yes, the Philadelphia Eagles defense intercepted Matt Ryan on Sunday. It's also allowed 700 passing yards and six touchdowns in two games. Stafford is still chucking the ball (75 attempts through two games), making him a high-floor play next Sunday.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (19 percent owned): Few names inspire less confidence than Andy Dalton. But guess who's second in the NFL in passing yards behind Patrick Mahomes? Throw your judgment out the window and take a chance on the Red Rifle, who has a tough matchup in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills but gets the Steelers in Week 4.

Teddy Bridgewater, Saints (1 percent owned): This is more of a long-term play, as Bridgewater has a low ceiling in a Week 3 road matchup with the Seahawks. But that's followed by an inticing three-game stretch against the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars, none of whom boast elite defenses. With the weapons at Bridgewater's disposal, he should at least by a high-end QB2 going forward.

If you're set at QB, here are the top waiver wire adds to consider at running back, wide receiver and defense.

RUNNING BACK

Raheem Mostert, 49ers (18 percent owned): Mostert amassed over 150 total yards and a touchdown last Sunday in Tevin Coleman's absence. He's not quite a "must-start" (forgive the pun), but he's a borderline FLEX play in Week 3 if Coleman is out and at least deserves a roster spot.

Other running backs to target: Carlos Hyde (HOU), Jaylen Samuels (PIT), Frank Gore (BUF)

WIDE RECEIVER

Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles (16 percent owned): Injuries to DeSean Jackson and Dallas Goedert meant Carson Wentz looked Agholor's way a ton (11 times, to be exact) in Week 2. Assuming the Eagles forgive his horrendous drop last Sunday, he's a good bet for a heavy workload against the Detroit Lions.

Other running backs to target: DK Metcalf (SEA), Deebo Samuel (SF), Geronimo Allison (GB)

DEFENSE

Tennessee Titans (36 percent owned): Tennessee's D has been a pleasant surprise with nine sacks and four takeaways over its first two games. Expect regression ... but not on Thursday night, when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars and some guy named Gardner Minshew who we're still not convinced is a real person.

Other defenses to target: Buffalo (vs. CIN), San Francisco (vs. PIT), Philadelphia (vs. DET)

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