Buy or Bye Week 2: Waiver Wire Add/Drop
By: Will Harris @itsharristime
Each week, CPGM writer itsharristime will be letting you know who to “buy or bye” for your upcoming fantasy week. These are players that are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues and scoring is based on full point PPR.
Buy – Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
We get it. Josh Allen is a volatile week to week play. At the end of last season, Allen’s legs made him a legitimate threat for fantasy football players. From week 12-17 he was QB1. Buyer beware that during that span, he threw 11 interceptions.
Allen was no different in week one: he was held responsible for 2 interceptions, and, very narrowly, a 3rd interception that was called back.
The Bills and Allen gutted it out and came out with the win. Allen clearly has his warts, but, has developed solid chemistry with new WR addition John Brown. Allen came out with 17.96 fantasy points in Week 1 with the Bills only scoring 17 points. I’m buying Allen with upcoming matchups vs New York Giants and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Other Quarterbacks I’m Buying on the Waiver Wire –
- Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions
- Sam Darnold New York Jets
Bye – Mitch Trubisky, Chicago Bears
How excited were you for the return of football on Thursday night with a marquee NFC North match up of the Bears vs Packers? Then, how quickly was your soul crushed with an absolute lack of offense in the season opener?
Trubisky played a big role in crushing souls, and in doing so, looked like a worse version of Blake Bortles. Mitch (Biscuit) was like a lost puppy on most plays and Matt Nagy’s play calling did not help the situation. Though Trubisky did show good chemistry with Allen Robinson, he still missed him wide open on numerous occasions. Until the Bears work out their offense and get back into the type of form we saw at the end of last season, I’ll be saying “bye” to Trubisky. Especially, with a week two match-up vs former defensive co-ordinator Vic Fangio in Denver.
Buy – Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams
The writing was on the wall this off-season in LA when the Rams matched Brown’s offer sheet from the Detroit Lions. Add in the uncertainty around Todd Gurley’s knee and it was clear that Brown would play a role with the Rams this season.
Brown’s usage in game one at the goal line was telling with two TD’s and he was on the field for nearly 30% of the Rams snaps. With the investment in Brown, it looks like his usage may mirror what happened with CJ Anderson at the end of last year.
I’m buying Brown with the Saints, Browns and Buccaneers coming up and his expected usage in the red zone for these high scoring games.
Other Running Backs I’m Buying on the Waiver Wire –
- Adrian Peterson Washington Redskins
- Chris Thompson Washington Redskins
- Raheem Mostert San Francisco 49ers
- Justin Jackson Los Angeles Chargers
- Dontrell Hilliard Cleveland Browns
Bye – Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh Steelers
We can’t deny the talent and athleticism of converted TE Jaylen Samuels and what he can potentially bring to the Steelers offense. The Steelers have bigger problems than Samuels usage as they failed to get anything established offensively. Conner when given touches looked dynamic and powerful, and he was used in the passing game. Conner was targeted 4 times and was able to make 44 yards off of these attempts. Without these targets going to Samuels, it’s hard to have him take up a roster spot in season long leagues.
I’m waving bye to Samuels as it is clear that the Steelers intend to run with Conner as their bell-cow back.
Buy – Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens
The “Real” Hollywood Brown made his presence known in Week 1: 5 targets, 4 catches, 147 yds and 2 TDs. Wow.
Keep in mind that this was against the Miami Dolphins who will be giving up 30+ points a week. The Dolphins secondary however are no slouches, but Brown’s unique speed is incredible and tough to defend. It’s clear there is a rapport with second year QB Lamar Jackson and he has prime match-ups coming up vs Arizona, Kansas City and Cleveland. I’m buying all the Hollywood Brown shares I can get.
Other Wide Receivers I’m Buying on the Waiver Wire –
- DJ Chark Jacksonville Jaguars
- John Ross III Cincinnati Bengals
- DK Metcalf Seattle Seahawks
- A.J Brown Tennessee Titans
Bye – Donte Moncrief, Pittsburgh Steelers
This isn’t a panic drop. This is your chance to turn a roster spot into a legitimate contributor after Moncrief bombed his audition on the big stage with the Steelers. Moncrief apologists have long been saying it is QB play that has limited Moncrief’s ascension. Remember that in 2014-2016 his primary QB was Andrew Luck and outside of being a red zone threat, Moncrief wasn’t overly productive when playing with one of the best QB’s in the game. Let’s forget about his insane workout metrics and move on.
James Washington looked much better than Moncrief vs the Patriots. Give it a little time until Washington ascend to take Moncrief’s role.
I’m waving bye to Moncrief as there are better options available on your waiver wire.
Buy – Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers
The lone offensive bright spot from the season opener for the Packers was the play of Jimmy Graham. Graham looked very spry in usage, and contributed the only touchdown of the game. Green Bay is due for positive touchdown regression, and Graham could be the prime recipient of this. Even against a tough Bears defense, Graham put up 30 yards on 6 targets and a TD. This offense is only going to get better as the season wears on and you won’t be able to buy Graham in the coming weeks. Snag him now.
Other Tight Ends I’m Buying on the Waiver Wire:
- Darren Waller Oakland Raiders
- Dallas Goedert Philadelphia Eagles
Bye – Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks
I’ve sprinkled in some Dissly across Best Ball drafts earlier this year after he had a strong start to the 2018 season. Dissly went down in Week 4 with a torn patella and returned Week 1 of 2019 only to injure the same knee against the Bengals. There is no need to keep Dissly on your roster if you have him.
Defensive Buy of the Week
Buy – Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The 49ers feasted on Jameis Winston and the Bucs in Week 1 putting up 27 fantasy points while accumulating 3 sacks, 3 interceptions, two of which were returned for a TD.
The Panthers will be hungry to avenge their close loss at home in Week 1 against division rival Tampa Bay this week. With one of the strongest linebacker corps in the NFL, I expect the Panthers to bring good pressure against the shaky Bucs offensive line forcing sacks/bad decisions by Winston.
Rainy Day Stash– Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City steamrolled the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1, looking every bit the offensive juggernaut they were in 2018. It came at a cost: WR1 Tyreek Hill will be out for an unknown amount of time with a collarbone injury.
While opposing defenses are zeroed in on the now defacto WR1 in Sammy Watkins, this could allow for pre-season star and 2nd round speedster Mecole Hardman to shine. Hardman was on the field for 53 of 59 snaps in his NFL debut. If you need help at WR, I’m pressing the “buy” button on Hardman until at Hill comes back from injury. Owned in only 15% of leagues, I’d buy him this week before he busts out vs the Raiders in Week 2.
About the Author- @itsharristime is relatively new to the fantasy football scene having spent most of his life watching and playing hockey like a good Canadian. He’s making up for lost time by playing big on Draft, FanDuel, and is involved in season long and dynasty leagues on FFPC, Yahoo, ESPN and MyFantasyLeague. Steeler football, family, rock n’ roll and keeping things simple.
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