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Fantasy Football Week 2 Pickups

QB Waiver Wire Pickups

Jared Goff | QB | Los Angeles Rams (42.1%)

Jared Goff failed to throw a touchdown in Week 1 against Dallas, but still put up 275 yards while completing 64.5% of his passes. He’s a good fantasy football Week 2 pickup because of the strength of his upcoming schedule, facing the Eagles, Bills, Giants and the Washington Football Team. Now, the Bills are an exception, as their pass defense is solid, but the Rams have a high-powered offense. Goff should have a great game Week 2 against the Eagles, who have always struggled with pass defense and lost to Washington in Week 1 with Dwayne Haskins at QB. So, Goff could put up great numbers in the next coming weeks, if he can find the end zone. 

Jimmy Garoppolo | QB | San Francisco 49ers (39.5%) 

All of those people talking trash about Jimmy G, saying that he can’t throw the ball and that the Niners offense is only going to score points on the ground, are awfully quiet. He didn’t torch the Cardinals by any means in his Week 1 matchup, but still put up a solid stat line in 259 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions. But, Jimmy G is a great add here for the strength of his schedule over the next four weeks, facing the Jets, Giants, Eagles and Dolphins — all mediocre pass defending teams with the exception of Miami, adding Byron Jones to the secondary beside Xavien Howard.

Gardner Minshew | QB | Jacksonville Jaguars (14.9%) 

Minshew Mania! After an amazing 2020 debut, completing 19 of his 20 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns against a stout Colts defense, he should be on the radar of everyone in need of a backup stash or even a starter. Hell, he’s my QB1 in one of my leagues. Gardner Minshew, like Jimmy G, has a great upcoming schedule to do some damage, facing the Titans, Dolphins, Bengals and Texans. It seemed as if the Jags were going to tank this season, but Minshew Mania said “hold my beer” and put on a show in Week 1. I love his upside this year, along with his targets in DJ Chark Jr. and rookie Laviska Shenault Jr. Grab him everywhere you can, even if he’s your backup. 

RB Waiver Wire Pickups

Nyheim Hines | RB | Indianapolis Colts (34.2%)

With Marlon Mack going down for the season with a torn Achilles, Nyheim Hines should be a given here. Now, the Colts obviously still have widely talked about rookie Jonathan Taylor, who will likely get more usage in the next coming weeks, but Hines is familiar with the offense and HC Frank Reich knows he can produce at a consistent level. He carried the ball seven times for 28 yards and a touchdown, but the more interesting stat is that he had eight catches for 45 yards and a touchdown as well, the most receptions by any player on the Colts offense. Even if the Colts sign a free agent running back to lessen the workload of both backs, Hines will see the usage, especially on third downs and the pass game. Grab him now before he’s rostered in every league. 

James Robinson | RB | Jacksonville Jaguars (29.1%)

Not a single running back on the Jags roster carried the ball besides Robinson in Week 1. He carried the ball 16 times for 62 yards and a touchdown, along with reeling in one catch for 28 yards. With the backfield still being questionable behind Robinson, he is in line for even more touches next game and likely for the most of the season. He’s the starting running back and only rostered at 29.1%, so grab him as soon as you can, before it’s too late.

This is every fantasy player’s dream — to be able to grab a starting running back as a fantasy football Week 2 pickup. Do it. 

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