Fantasy Football: Top waiver targets and your first look at Chris Towers' Week 2 rankings for every position – CBS Sports

  • September 14, 2022

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The biggest injury news coming out of Week 1 — besides Dak Prescott needing thumb surgery, obviously — revolved around two high-profile running backs, Najee Harris and Elijah Mitchell. We got good news about one and bad news with the other, so before we get to today’s newsletter, here’s the latest:
We’ve got more on the top waiver-wire targets in today’s newsletter, and we’ll spend the next few days keeping an eye out for more injury news. One item I saw that is worth keeping an eye on is that Alvin Kamara has a rib injury that bothered him Sunday. That could help explain his lackluster usage, though coach Dennis Allen did downplay the injury. That’s just one thing to watch out for heading into Week 2. 
For more on the latest news, make sure you tune in to Fantasy Football Today on CBS Sports HQ at noon ET, and for help locking in your waiver-wire claims make sure you tune into the FFT YouTube stream tonight at 8 p.m., where we’ll be taking your questions live for an hour. And, if you want to take one last look back at Week 1 before you move ahead, check out my Week 1 Winners and Losers column here, where I break down every game, including Monday’s surprise Seahawks win over the Broncos
Tomorrow, we’ll have Heath Cummings’ previews for each position plus some buy-low candidates coming out of Week 1 if you’re looking to make a trade — email your trade questions to [email protected] for some advice. And here’s what else we’ve got on tap in today’s newsletter: 
➕Top Week 2 Waiver Wire Targets
This time a year ago, Elijah Mitchell was the guy everyone was blowing their FAAB budget on coming out of Week 1. But the 49ers running back treadmill keeps churning, and Jeff Wilson is now the hot commodity. Jamey Eisenberg’s Waiver Wire column is up and ready for you to get all the help you need, whether you’re trying to figure out how much to spend on Wilson or are looking for something else. Here are the top targets for this first waiver run of the regular season: 
📈Week 2 Rankings📉
React, don’t overreact. That’s the whole goal coming out of Week 1, but it’s so much easier said than done. Here’s my first go at Week 2 rankings for every position, and if you want more, I’ve written about over 80 players at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end, and those will be updated throughout the week. These are all for PPR leagues:
You drafted Dak Prescott as a top-10 quarterback for your Fantasy Football team with the hope that, outside of his bye week, you wouldn’t really have to worry about the position. However, Prescott suffered a thumb injury in Week 1 that will likely keep him out for the next month and a half or more, and suddenly, you’re scrambling … For more on my thoughts on the QB position for Week 2, head here
On his 68-yard run in Week 1, Saquon Barkley hit a top speed of 21.1 mph, the second-fastest speed by any ball-carrier last week. That was the fastest speed he’s hit on a carry since 2019 – back before his torn ACL, back in the days when Barkley was arguably the league’s premier big-play artist at the RB position … For more on my thoughts on the RB position for Week 2, head here
If Week 1 of the NFL season is anything to go by, this is about to be a very special season for wide receivers. Justin Jefferson, Cooper Kupp, Davante Adams, and Ja’Marr Chase were probably the first four drafted in most leagues, and all four had at least 28.9 PPR points in Week 1; early-rounders like Stefon Diggs, Michael Pittman, A.J. Brown, all topped 20 points, too … For more of my thoughts on the WR position for Week 2, head here
Did any tight ends fundamentally change how we should view them in Week 1 of the Fantasy season? As you can see by my Week 2 rankings for the position, the answer is, “Not really” … For more at tight end, head here
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