The purpose of this article each week will be to highlight some players that are currently under the radar who have a chance to jump to the top of waivers next week. If you have an extra roster spot because you have a guy that’s injured or someone isn’t performing as expected these are some players/situations you can target in the hopes you’re a week early rather than a week late. Each situation will *probably* have more than one guy listed, and that’s because these guys are coming from unclear situations. I’ll start with the best situations first and move on down the list, and the player from each situation who I believe has the best chance to emerge will be listed first and so on.

Week 2 Recap:

San Francisco: Deebo Samuel / Marquise Goodwin

Miami: Albert Wilson / Mike Gesicki / DeVante Parker

Arizona: KeeSean Johnson / Damiere Byrd / Michael Crabtree

Honorable Mentions: A.J. Brown

Samuel led the way for San Francisco’s pass catchers with a 5/86/1 line, while Goodwin was the primary deep threat with 77 yards on just 3 catches and a touchdown. They should both be owned in your league, and in consideration as flex options.

Wilson was out last week and Parker and Jakeem Grant led the Dolphins in targets at 7 a piece. Parker was, somehow, unable to catch a single one of his targets. We will have to see what Josh Rosen brings to the table in week 3, but this offense may be too bad to count on anyone.

We have some clarity in Arizona, and it’s time to grab Damiere Byrd. Byrd played the same amount of snaps as Christian Kirk and was 3rd on the team in targets with 7. Crabtree was 4th in targets with just 3, but it’s worth keeping an eye on how Crabtree’s playing time changes in the next few weeks.

A.J. Brown saw 5 targets in week 2, and then 3 targets in week 3. He’s not an immediate add, but you could do worse than keeping Brown on the bottom of your roster. 

Pittsburgh’s WR2:

James Washington / Diontae Johnson

Finally, the Steelers are sending Donte Moncrief to the bench. I’m surprised it took this long. James Washington is going to get all the headlines as Mason Rudolph’s former college teammate where Washington averaged 19.8 yards per reception over his 4 years there. However, Diontae Johnson was ahead of Washington all offseason and is the more well rounded receiver. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that Johnson becomes a more consistent fantasy option than Washington at some point, but Washington is a better bet to make an immediate impact. 

Jet’s TE1:

Chris Herndon

Herndon was looking like this year’s breakout tight end before he was slapped with a 4 game suspension for a DUI. Herndon averaged 12.9 yards per reception on 39 catches last year as a rookie. Sam Darnold being sidelined with mono is not gonna help Herndon’s value, but at a position as thin as tight end a serviceable starter is very valuable. Herndon won’t be back until after week 5 because the Jets have a bye in week 4. You may be able to wait a week or even 2, but he’s not someone I want to miss out on.

New England’s TE1:

Benjamin Watson

Currently, Benjamin Watson is serving a 4 game suspension for PEDs. If Watson comes back and assumes the starting tight end spot he’s going to be worth owning at a position as thin as tight end. The release of Antonio Brown today opens up some more opportunities for New England pass catchers, and Watson should earn some of those targets when he returns. Watson averaged 11.4 yards per reception for the Saints last year in his age 38 season.

Detroit’s Backup Running Back:

Ty Johnson / Paul Perkins

The signing of Paul Perkins led to CJ Anderson being cut, but I don’t expect Perksin to have an immediate impact. Many fantasy players have been waiting for Kerryon Johnson to get a full workload and that seems like the most likely scenario after the Lions released CJ Anderson. Releasing Anderson could also mean they are fully convinced that Ty Johnson is capable of handling Anderson’s role. Either way, Detroit isn’t going to stick to just one running back the rest of the season, and Ty has a clear lead on the rest of the backs on the roster for the number two spot. Ty is probably mostly a handcuff at this point, but if he takes over all of Anderson’s workload he could have standalone value even if Kerryon is healthy.

Honorable Mentions:

Darwin Thompson (RB – Kansas City)

Thompson was a pretty well known “sleeper” all offseason. The addition of LeSean McCoy put a damper on that, but with Damien Williams banged up Darwin Thompson should get a few touches this week. If McCoy gets injured or Williams’ injury issue persists Thompson could take over running back duties for the best offense in football.