Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups at each position for Week 2 of the 2018 NFL season. Many of these players are still available in a majority of leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster. Others might be worth stashing on your bench or are simply just players to add to your watch list. With that in mind, here’s a list of players should you consider adding to your squad for Week 2.
For a more in-depth look at the players on this list, watch our our Week 2 waiver wire video.
Top QB pickup: Alex Smith (65% owned)
Smith had an impressive debut with his new team and looked comfortable running Jay Gruden’s offense. He completed 21-of-30 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns while adding 14 yards on eight carries Sunday in Washington’s Week 1 win over the Cardinals. The 34-year-old has two great matchups in the next two weeks against the Colts and Packers, and after his bye week Smith gets the Saints in New Orleans. In the short term Smith is a great add and a high-end streamer or backup for the remainder of the year.
Top RB pickup: Phillip Lindsay (5% owned)
Lindsay will be a popular waiver add this week following his strong NFL debut. He rushed 15 times for 71 yards and hauled in 2-of-3 targets for 31 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos’ Week 1 win over the Seahawks. He out-touched fellow rookie Royce Freeman 17 to 15 and he was utilized more in the passing game. While the Broncos may ride the “hot hand” moving forward, it appears that Lindsay has earned the No. 2 role ahead of Devontae Booker
Top WR pickup: Kenny Stills (75% owned)
Stills had a strong start to the 2018 season with four catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns on only five targets in the Dolphins’ Week 1 win over the Titans. With Jarvis Landry in Cleveland and DeVante Parker nursing a broken finger, Stills should see an uptick in targets and should maintain upside WR3 status even when Parker returns.
WR priority list: Kenny Stills (75% owned), Quincy Enunwa (9% owned), Tyler Lockett (55% owned), DeSean Jackson (40% owned), Brandon Marshall (10% owned), Dede Westbrook (20% owned), Willie Snead IV (5% owned), Phillip Dorsett (5% owned), Cole Beasley (10% owned), John Brown (25% owned), Albert Wilson (5% owned)
Top TE pickup: Jared Cook (51% owned)
With Delanie Walker (ankle) out for the season and Greg Olsen aggravating his Jones’ fracture (foot) again, many fantasy owners will be looking to the wire to fill their TE void. Cook was Derek Carr‘s primary option as he was open most of the night underneath, but he also managed a few deeper targets. It’s unrealistic to expect him to continue this level of production with Cooper and Nelson healthy, but he is a great short-term streaming option who will likely have staying power as a TE2 with TE1 upside.