Having a good fantasy draft sets a team up really well, but most of the time to win a fantasy football league, acquisitions need to be made during the season. Each week there are several players worth exploring on the waiver wire. Here are five players to add in fantasy football week 2. (Note: These are best used for standard scoring leagues. All players are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Benny Snell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
In week 1, James Conner left the Steelers’ game with an ankle injury. This meant that it was Benny Snell’s time to shine. He got 19 carries for 113 yards, although he did fail to find the end zone. Snell outplayed Conner, as he had only nine rushing yards on six attempts before exiting the game.
Not only did Snell run well, but he looked a lot quicker as well. If he can become more of an all-around back, Snell should be able to lead the Steelers’ backfield, even when Conner is healthy. Snell is available in roughly 85 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Malcolm Brown, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Brown and Cam Akers split carries in the Rams’ backfield for week 1. Brown shined with 18 carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns, while Akers didn’t have the best game. He finished with 14 carries for 39 yards. It looks like Brown deserves more of the carries at the moment.
The other factor that will lead Brown to being picked up is that even if Akers does have good games, Brown will likely be more-often used in goalline situations. When Darrell Henderson gets healthy, the carries could be split three ways, but for now, Brown is worth picking up. He is owned in just 7.9 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts
It was unfortunate that Colts’ running back Marlon Mack suffered a torn Achilles in week 1. The Colts had a deep backfield though, which means that there are productive players. Even before Mack was injured, Hines was getting work. He finished week 1 with seven rushes for 28 yards and a touchdown. Hines also is a threat catching the football, as he had eight catches for 45 yards and another score.
Rookie Jonathan Taylor will get a lot of work now, but will mostly be featured on early downs. Hines can be used on all downs and with Philip Rivers targeting running backs heavily, Hines will have a huge role in the offense still.
4. Joshua Kelley, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
It was odd to see the Chargers giving so much work to Kelley, given Austin Ekeler‘s success last year. Kelley was given 12 carries and he produced with 60 yards and a touchdown. It looks like Kelley could be the power back to complement Ekeler, although Ekleler oddly didn’t receive a target in week 1.
Kelley is worth picking up and seeing how he does in the coming weeks. There should be a solid role for him, but that could change in the coming weeks. He is currently owned in just 11.3 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins
With Jordan Howard and Matt Breida on the Dolphins, not many were expecting Myles Gaskin to get much work. He ended up getting nine carries for 40 yards. Gaskin also was active in the passing game with four catches for 26 yards.
While Howard and Breida are still a threat to take carries, Gaskin is another player that is worth picking up and seeing how it works out. If his role doesn’t improve, he can always be dropped later in the season. Gaskin is rostered in 0.1 percent of ESPN leagues leagues.
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