Working the waiver wire

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Now that the first week of football is in the books, it's time to put in those waiver claims and strengthen your overall roster. You may be loaded from top to bottom, and have no moves that need to be made. Sometimes, no move is the best move. But that's not the case for every roster, and injuries often create the need for free agents. Right Tyreek Hill owners? Without further ado, let's take a look at some targets on the waiver wire heading into week 2.

Some of these players are good for the short-term, while others have more long-term value. You have to make the call on what your team needs. Immediate help to start this week, or a player to stash on your bench and hope he breaks out.


Josh Allen picked up where he left off from last season putting together a solid fantasy performance. He had a couple TDs and some of that sweet sweet rushing production that fantasy owners covet. He has a great chance to put up some numbers against the Giants this week just like Dak Prescott did on Sunday. He's available in 80% of ESPN leagues.

Matthew Stafford had a great game against the Cardinals, and it looks like his connection with rookie TE T.J. Hockenson will be a big boost for the offense. He gets the Chargers this week, and should be a good option for fantasy. He's owned in 16% of ESPN leagues.

Andy Dalton showed some chemistry with John Ross in week 1, and Dalton has typically been a QB that's pretty good every other year. Maybe this is one of his good years, and A.J. Green should return at some point to give the offense a boost. He has a nice matchup against the 49ers this week. He is only owned in 4.2% of ESPN leagues.


Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson should get more work going forward with Derrius Guice dealing with a knee issue. Thompson is a nice option in PPR, and Peterson showed last year that he can still get it done. Peterson is owned in 27% of ESPN leagues and Thompson is owned in just under 19% of leagues. They play the Cowboys this week which means Thompson might be the better play in PPR with the Redskins likely playing from behind. Peterson is a better add in standard scoring, but both players should be rostered.

Carlos Hyde: Hyde surprised me on Monday night running with power and showing he still has some juice. He'll share the load with Duke Johnson, but he should get a lot of opportunity on what looks to be a great offense. He's owned in 39% of ESPN leagues, and gets the Jags this week. Not bad.

Giovani Bernard: It looks like the Bengals dodged a bullet and Joe Mixon shouldn't miss much time, but while he's out, Bernard is a great fantasy option. Mixon isn't a lock to miss time, so you'll have to monitor his status this week. Bernard catches a lot of passes when given the opportunity, and has shown he can handle the load when Mixon is out. Nothing scary about his matchup with the 49ers this week, and Mixon owners should definitely pick him up as insurance. Bernard is more of a short-term option, and he's only owned in 32% of ESPN leagues.

Ronald Jones showed some good signs in week one rushing for 75 yards on just 13 carries. The Bucs spent significant draft capital on him, and would love to see that payoff. Also, Winston looked terrible, and they may look to lean a little more on the running game. His ownership in ESPN leagues is a little over 40%. Jones plays the Panthers on Thursday night if you're desperate.


John Brown tops the list because he was highly involved in the offense. He received 10 targets in week 1 and recorded over 100 receiving yards. This offense needs a No. 1 WR, and Brown looks to be that guy. He's owned in 35% of ESPN leagues.

DK Metcalf flashed on Sunday and was way more involved in the offense than I expected. He had the most targets on the team, and his size could make him a big threat in the red zone. He's owned in 63% of ESPN leagues, so you might have missed out on him. Metcalf gets the Steelers this week.

Marquise Brown: What a pleasant surprise he was on Sunday. It turns out the Ravens have themselves an offense. Brown wasn't on the field a ton, but you saw what he can do especially on deep balls. DeSean Jackson 2.0 seems about right. Brown is available in 72% of ESPN leagues, and has a juicy matchup against the Cardinals in week 2. Remember, Arizona is down their top 2 corners right now. I think Brown has the most long-term value at WR, and I would target him first if I have the option to put him on my bench.

Others of note:

Jamison Crowder had a ridiculous 17 targets against the Bills this week, and we know Adam Gase loves his slot receivers. Bills CB Tre'Davious White kept Robbie Anderson in check for most of the game which led to more opportunities for Crowder. Crowder's target share will surely go down, and he seems to be injured a lot, so I'm not running to add him just yet. He's owned in 70% of ESPN leagues.

John Ross exploded for the Bengals week 1 and maybe there's hope for him yet. Notice the trend of small speed receivers having success this week. Ross, DeSean Jackson, and Marquise Brown all had big performances. Ross is worth watching especially while A.J. Green is out, and he gets the 49ers this week. He is available in 95% of ESPN leagues.


Darren Waller had a solid performance against the Broncos on Monday night recording seven catches for 70 yards. His role in the offense increased after the departure of Antonio Brown. Add him if you need help at TE, he's only rostered in 26% of ESPN leagues.

Greg Olsen is available in 33% of ESPN leagues, and he may be able to help you...until he gets hurt again. He plans to play on Thursday night against the Bucs, but he's already dealing with a back issue.

Jimmy Graham came through with a TD catch against the Bears, and that's really all you're hoping for with him. TE is a wasteland for the most part, so Graham does have some appeal because of the position scarcity. He's available in 53% of ESPN leagues.

If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter or listen to my radio show with Jerry Bo Sundays from 10-noon on ESPN 97.5 FM. We talk all things fantasy football and NFL gambling getting you ready for kickoff every Sunday.

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Houston's magic number stays at 2

Astros drop series finale to Mariners after rough start by Greinke

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With their magic number at 2 to secure their spot in the 2020 MLB postseason, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park in Seattle for this three-game series' finale and rubber game. Here are the highlights from the game:

Final Score: Mariners 3, Astros 2.

Record: 28-28, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Nick Margevicius (2-3, 4.57 ERA)

Losing pitcher: Zack Greinke (3-3, 4.03 ERA).

Greinke unable to complete five innings

While the Astros were being held scoreless, the Mariners were putting up runs on Zack Greinke. They took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles followed by an RBI-double with one out. Greinke would stop the damage there, then looked to settle in over the next few frames.

He allowed just one baserunner in the second through fourth innings, a one-out single in the bottom of the fourth. Then, in the fifth, the Mariners would knock him out of the game by getting a one-out single that would come around to score on a two-out RBI-double, followed by an RBI-single to extend the lead to 3-0. Greinke faced one more batter, allowing a single before Dusty Baker would take the ball and move to the bullpen. His final line: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 92 P.

Astros try a late rally, come up short

On the other end, the Astros were unable to break through against Nick Margevicius, getting just one hit and two walks through the first four innings. They had a chance to get on the board in the top of the fifth, starting the inning with back-to-back singles before a walk loaded the bases with one out to turn the lineup over. They'd come up empty, though, with George Springer striking out before a long flyball to center by Jose Altuve to end the inning.

After finishing the fifth for Greinke, Andre Scrubb returned for a scoreless sixth, working around a one-out walk. Still 3-0, Blake Taylor took over on the mound in the bottom of the seventh, erasing a leadoff single and two-out walk to keep Seattle from extending their lead. Houston had another chance to score in the top of the eighth, getting two runners in scoring position, but again would strand them.

Cy Sneed was the next reliever out for the Astros, working around a two-out walk to send the game on to the ninth. The Astros would avoid the shutout, getting a two-RBI single by pinch-hitting Josh Reddick in the top of the ninth to make it a one-run game at 3-2. That's as close as they'd come, though, as the Mariners would eventually get the final out to take the series and keep the Astros' magic number stagnant at 2.

Up Next: There is one series left in the regular season for Houston, and it awaits them in Arlington with a four-game series against the Rangers, who are well eliminated from playoff contention. The first of the four games will start at 7:05 PM Central on Thursday with a pitching matchup of Lance Lynn (6-2, 2.53 ERA) for Texas and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.33 ERA) for the Astros.

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