Weekend Waiver Wire Stashes: Week 1 (Fantasy Football 2022)
Welcome to the 2022 Weekend Whistleblower Hideouts column. Each week, I’ll help you get ahead of your league teammates and hide players who have some interesting matchups in the weeks ahead. Players in this column will be listed in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues, giving you a great chance to sneak in and pick them up before your league teammates turn their attention to them.
Top QB Pickup for Week 2
Matt Ryan (QB – IND) – 43% registered
Game of Week 2 – Jacksonville Jaguars
The Colts take on the Jaguars in Week 2, and Matt Ryan will continue his AFC South tour after taking on the Houston Texans in Week 1. Neither defense should be particularly troubling for Ryan and the Colts. The real key comes down to whether the passing game is needed or if Jonathan Taylor is running all over these teams. I’m confident the Colts are coming out with a mixed approach and Matt Ryan looks good behind that strong Indianapolis offensive line. If you have concerns about your quarterback and his Week 2 game, then hiding Matt Ryan is a sensible, low-risk move.
High Risk QB for Week 2
Best RB Pickups for Week 2
Rachaad White (RB – TB) – 38% aligned
Game of the Week 2 – New Orleans Saints
It’s a little surprising that a rookie with a clear path to the sidelines in an elite offense isn’t more strongly fielded than 38%. The Buccanneers aren’t used to signing players who will take time to develop as their window to win another Super Bowl remains open while Tom Brady is still under contract. The Saints will be a tough Week 2 game for the Bucs, having got the better of Tom Brady twice in 2021 and firing many of the same defensive starters. If that type of game script gets White in the game more often, then he could see the kind of high-value touches he was well-regarded for coming out of college.
JD McKissic (RB – WAS) – 29% registered
Game of the Week 2 – Indianapolis Colts
With the bad news surrounding Brian Robinson ahead of the season, it’s made the Commanders’ backfield slightly clearer at the moment. Until Robinson recovers from the gunshot wounds he sustained, JD McKissic will handle handing over the job as well as splitting time with Antonio Gibson. The team has shown us that they don’t believe in Gibson as much as some of us would like. Gibson fumbled the ball six times in 2021 and also grounded the ball in a preseason game. We should expect McKissic to be constantly involved until we see otherwise. At PPR, McKissic’s value is even higher, but half-PPR managers shouldn’t hesitate to list McKissic either.
Top WR Pickups for Week 2
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR – KC) – 49% registered
Game of the Week 2 – LA Chargers
The Chiefs will follow up the potential Week 1 shootout against the Cardinals with a divisional clash against the LA Chargers. These are exactly the type of matchups fantasy managers should start Valdes-Scantling in. We have yet to see if Chiefs expand the route tree of MVS more than it was used in Green Bay, where it mostly ran deep routes with little else mixing. Reports from camp were positive, and although the ground is very low, the ceiling is very high on MVS, with match-winning potential. Valdes-Scantling’s reputation as a “dropper” is exaggerated. In 2021, he hasn’t lost a hold, and if there’s any chance the Chiefs will get a better version of him, then I’m happy to keep him stashed on my bench to decide when I can use him.
Treylon Burks (WR – TEN) – 46% registered
Game of the Week 2 – Buffalo Bills
Usually, highly drafted wide receivers are the types that fantasy managers flock to. However, Treylon Burks’ asthma and general fitness issues have led fantasy managers to believe that while the opportunity is there, they aren’t entirely sold. However, this opportunity is essential. Burks was drafted directly to replace AJ Brown. He faces competition at receiver Robert Woods, who recently suffered an ACL injury, and a group of receivers who, at best, can be described as mid-depth players. The simple fact is that the Titans need Treylon Burks to be useful, and if a team needs a player to be useful, fantastic managers can benefit. Burks has a tough game in Week 2 against the Bills, but if that sends the Titans into a negative play scenario, maybe he can see some solid opportunities. Ideally, Burks can stay on your bench for a few weeks to see how he gets started.
Garrett Wilson (WR – NYJ) – 22% registered
Game of the Week 2 – Cleveland Browns
Another receiver who is about to start his NFL career is Garrett Wilson. It hasn’t been long since Dynasty managers were salivating over Garrett Wilson in the draft, but here we are, and 78% of Yahoo managers have turned down the chance to have him on their rosters. It’s understandable that people might have an air of apprehension around the Jets. After all, starting quarterback Zach Wilson is sidelined until at least Week 4, and Joe Flacco hasn’t made the top flight for some time. Garrett Wilson must also compete with promising second-year receiver Elijah Moore. While the Jets start the season with tricky games against the entire AFC North, all of which have strong pass defenses. Wilson might start slow, but within a few weeks he could be a very useful player to have as he finds his feet.
Top TE Pickups for Week 2
Gerald Everett (TE – LAC) – 22% registered
Game of the Week 2 – Kansas City Chiefs
Last year wasn’t the kind of year the Seahawks were hoping for from Gerald Everett, and now he finds himself with the Chargers, his third team in three years. Recently, Justin Herbert and Chargers head coach Brandon Stayley praised Everett’s training camp and talked about how they expected him to be a key part of the game. Chargers offense this year. With Jared Cook no longer on the team, there is a clear path to opportunity, and Justin Herbert has often watched his tight ends in the red zone. It’s unlikely Everett will ever give you an elite cap, but if the Chargers are able to rack up the points like many of us expect, then a player like Everett should be strongly fielded.
Noah Fant (TE – SEA) – 18% registered
Game of the Week 2 – San Francisco 49ers
Not many people feel good about a lot around the Seahawks right now, but it’s worth remembering that Noah Fant was a player the Seahawks wanted as part of the Russell Wilson trade. Geno Smith is not an inspiring quarterback when it comes to fantasy football. Still, the Seahawks’ passing game should be very condensed, and if the Seahawks often find themselves in catch-up scenarios, then there’s an argument that Fant might see enough volume to be relevant. In Weeks 3 and 4, the Seahawks will also face the Lions and Falcons, which will offer easier matchups.
Main DST pick-ups for week 2
Pittsburgh Steelers – 30%
Game of the Week 2 – Cleveland Browns
The Steelers have issues as a team and might not be as appealing to the fantasy as they once were, but the Steelers’ defense isn’t as problematic and shouldn’t be viewed as such. In Week 2 they face the Jacoby Brisset Browns, then the Patriots in Week 3, who are a mess, then in Week 4 the New York Jets, with either Joe Flacco at center or Zach Wilson on his first start. of the season.
Philadelphia Eagles – 41%
Game of Week 2 – Minnesota Vikings
The Eagles look complete this year and are starting to become a trending Super Bowl pick. The defense contains several savvy veterans, and Darius Slay can hold his own against many of the league’s top receivers, not to mention the defensive line that includes monster athlete Jordan Davis and veteran Fletcher Coz. After Week 2, the Eagles have back-to-back friendlies against the Commanders and Jaguars.