After Week 1 of the season wrapped up, there were plenty of injuries to go around, which may leave your fantasy football rosters looking a little different and potentially weaker. While it’s hard to bench your fantasy studs you drafted before the season began, the option of streaming players off the waiver wire could bode well for your success in your fantasy football league. It is always a better decision to weigh your options and play the player with a much better matchup than start the same guy every week hoping for a breakout game.
Read on for three fantasy football wide receiver “streamer” options for Week 2. Despite having late-round ADPs, these players have a great chance to carve out a bigger role moving forward, especially with the number of injuries that occurred across the league in Week 1.
Players must be owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues to be included in the Week 2 fantasy football wide receiver streamers column. All ownerships for players will be provided and will reflect that of Monday evening.
Week 2 Fantasy Football WR Streamers
Nelson Agholor, New England Patriots at NYJ (34.7%)
There’s not much to hate about the upside Nelson Agholor has coming into this matchup facing the New York Jets. The Jets’ secondary is quite poor and lacks the depth to be able to cover every receiver on the field at once. Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones looked pretty sharp in his regular-season debut against a tougher Miami defense, so I don’t think there should be a worry of him not getting the job done passing the ball to his receivers. Agholor played in 85.3% of snaps in Week 1 and caught 5-of-7 targets for 72 yards and a touchdown, so there also shouldn’t be any concerns of him adjusting to the Patriots’ offensive system.
It’s only been one week, but the Jets allowed over 160 yards and two touchdowns to the Panthers wide receivers last week and don’t necessarily have a great history facing the Patriots and Bill Belichick. Considering he’s owned in a third of all ESPN leagues, there’s a real solid chance you could grab him for the stream this week and even potentially stash him on your bench, given his usage from Week 1.
Emmanuel Sanders, Buffalo Bills at MIA (16.9%)
The Buffalo Bills offense was a major disappointment in Week 1 for all fantasy football owners. If there’s a bright side to this, it’s that Emmanuel Sanders played 92.9% of offensive snaps. He was targeted eight times and caught four of them for 52 yards against a stout Pittsburgh defense. It’s going to be hard to gauge the Bills’ wide receiver corps with how much talent there is, but owning someone like Sanders against a defense who Josh Allen notoriously does very well against could pay off very well for your fantasy team. Considering his low ownership, there’s a really good chance he’ll be available in your league and is very much worth the consideration for a plug-in start.
The Bills will always throw the ball at least 30 times per game. It’s what their offensive game plan was all last season, and Allen threw the ball 51 times Week 1 against the Steelers. Sanders could very well be one of the sneakiest streaming options this week if his snap count stays the same. Plus, despite forcing two turnovers, Miami’s defense didn’t look quite as dominant as they did last year.
Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals vs. MIN (17.4%)
Despite only playing 56.5% of the Cardinals snaps in Week 1, Christian Kirk returned a pretty sweet fantasy line. He caught all five of his targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns, posting an impressive 24.0 fantasy points in PPR format. Now, he faces the Minnesota defense who was just torched by the Cincinnati Bengals. They allowed over 190 yards and two touchdowns to the Bengals’ wide receiver corps, and the Cardinals aren’t that far behind in regards to talent.
It’s likely that rookie receiver Rondale Moore develops a bigger role as the year progresses, but Kirk has always been somewhat dependable in their offense. If Kyler Murray plays like he did against the Titans, I expect Kirk to be a big part of that again this week. Start him with confidence, especially if you’re in need of more points from your wide receivers on your fantasy team.