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Two weeks of football are now in the books, and for fantasy football players, that means the season is starting to take shape.
You begin to get a sense of where your team might need to improve, which of your sleepers might not pan out, and what your weak spots will be once bye weeks begin.
Thankfully, there’s still plenty of talent to be found on the waiver wire in Week 2 — it’s early enough in the season that jobs and depth charts are still changing, meaning there’s still plenty of plays to be made, even if your team is off to a rough start.
Below we’ve collected 11 potential waiver-wire targets for fantasy players looking to bolster their rosters. Whether your team is in need of a backup quarterback, a bye-week fill in for later in the year, or a potential breakout player after a less than stellar draft, there are options at every position to help you put yourself in position to win your league.
All ownership percentages come from ESPN, and scoring is based on a standard ESPN points per reception format.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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ESPN fantasy ownership: 30.9%
Week 2 stats: 402 passing yards, four touchdowns, one interception — 30 fantasy points
One thing to know: Ryan Fitzpatrick was the first player mentioned in our Week 1 waiver wire pickups, but after another impressive performance against an Eagles defense expected to be one of the best in the league, he’s worth another mention as he’s owned in just 30.9% of leagues. He’ll at least be starting for the Buccaneers through Week 4, and if he keeps playing at anything similar to this pace, he might hold on to the job even after Jameis Winston is ready to rejoin the team.
Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers
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ESPN fantasy ownership: 61.8%
Week 2 stats: 138 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, three receptions, 21 receiving yards — 24.9 fantasy points
One thing to know: Matt Breida was thrust into the starting job in San Francisco after Jerick McKinnon tore his ACL just days before the start of the season. While his Week 1 performance was underwhelming, he broke out in Week 2. He’s already owned in a majority of leagues, but it’s worth checking to see if he’s available when putting together your waiver claims.
Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
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ESPN fantasy ownership: 42.5%
Week 2 stats: 77 rushing yards, three receptions, 21 receiving yards — 12.8 fantasy points
One thing to know: Austin Ekeler was also one of our Week 1 pickups, and after another double-digit fantasy performance, it’s a bit easier to believe he’ll continue to have value in the No. 2 role behind Melvin Gordon.
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