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Waiver Wire Week 2: Devin Duvernay, Jahan Dotson, Dontrell Hilliard

In his third year in the NFL, Devin Duvernay may finally have fantasy value.

that Week 1 is in the books, fantasy managers can look at their team and realize that some players they drafted are better suited for the waiver wire. Many managers want to hold on to the players that they drafted, which is fine as it is only Week 2. However, with injuries and players that didn’t quite live up to their expectations, fantasy managers should check out the waiver wire ahead of Week 2.


Carson Wentz, Washington Commanders (14 percent rostered)

In the preseason, Wentz did not look very good. However, in Week 1, Wentz looked like he might have found a team and a revival. He threw for 313 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. He connected with three different receivers for touchdowns and certainly took advantage of checking down to Antonio Gibson (seven receptions for 72 yards). Wentz isn’t a QB1, but he is certainly a serviceable QB2.

Matt Ryan, Indianapolis Colts (43 percent rostered)

In most leagues, Ryan is already on a team. However, check the waiver wire in your league. If Ryan is available, pick him up. He is a solid QB2 with potential to be a QB1 in Indianapolis. He threw for 352 yards and a touchdown and an interception. It will depend on the matchup, but in Week 2, Ryan is a borderline QB1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Running Backs

Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers (17 percent rostered)

Elijah Mitchell (MCL) is out for two months, which means yet again, San Francisco needs to find a running back. Wilson appears to be the next man up, but he’s been in this position before and hasn’t done anything with it. In Week 1, he turned nine carries into 22 yards. Eeek. Wilson will be picked up in most leagues because he will be the starting running back, but fantasy managers should temper expectations. Keep an eye on Jordan Mason and Tyrion Davis-Price (both rookies) as one of them could step up.

Dontrell Hilliard, Tennessee Titans (7 percent rostered)

Every year, in Week 1, there is a player that blows up and fantasy managers rush to the waiver wire to add… only for that player to be a disappointment for the rest of the season. It is highly likely that Hilliard just posted his best game of the season. He is Derrick Henry’s backup, and Henry owners should make sure he is on their team, but don’t expect a touchdown each week. Hilliard was primarily used on passing downs (eight rushing yards compared to a 3/61/2 receiving stat line). He’ll have good games again, but he’s not a Henry replacement.

Jaylen Warren, Pittsburgh Steelers (5 percent rostered)

While Warren may not have a lot of fantasy value, he is proven to be Najee Harris’ backup. Harris suffered a foot injury in Week 1, putting  Week 2 status up in the air. Fantasy managers that have Harris on their rosters should make sure they grab Warren. It is certainly possible that Harris misses a week, and Warren will be the next man up.

Wide Receivers

Devin Duvernay, Baltimore Ravens (31 percent rostered)

Duvernay had four targets in Week 1 and he caught them all. He ended the day with 54 yards and two touchdowns. He seemed to have chemistry with Lamar Jackson and the Ravens don’t have a lot of pass-catching options. This is Duvernay’s third season in the league, but he now has matched his touchdown total for 2020 and 2021 combined. Duvernay should be one of the top wide receiver additions for Week 2 in most league formats.

Jahan Dotson, Washington Commanders (24 percent rostered)

If you sort by Week 1 fantasy points, Dotson will likely float toward the top of the list among free agent wide receivers. He scored two touchdowns on three receptions. It’s hard to say if Dotson will continue to be one of Carson Wentz’s favorite targets, but he did show that he was able to catch what was thrown his way. The Commanders are going to need another wide receiver besides Terry McLaurin, and Dotson may just fill that role.

Robbie Anderson, Carolina Panthers (11 percent rostered)

Anderson may have changed the spelling of his nickname, but he is still the same guy. In Week 1, he had five receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown. He had eight targets. Anderson is known for catching the deep ball, which means he is going to have weeks where he catches two passes for 20 yards and he’s going to have weeks where he posts a stat line like Week 1. He’s a WR4 but can provide some wide receiver depth on a fantasy roster.

Tight Ends

Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (11 percent rostered)

Hill comes in to run the Wildcat formation for the Saints. Yet, somehow he is still listed as a QB/TE in Yahoo leagues. If your league is on Yahoo – or offers this dual eligibility – grab Hill as a tight end. He had five touchdowns last year and already has one this season. He will certainly be hit or miss (as a Wildcat QB usually is), but he does get carries and it’s usually beneficial to have a quarterback in your tight end spot.

Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chagers (28 percent rostered)

In Week 1, Everett saw four targets. He caught three of them for 54 yards and a touchdown. While it seems there is a surplus of tight ends in Los Angeles, Everett is the best option for potential fantasy value. Zander Horvath did catch a touchdown, but he is not on the fantasy radar. Donald Parham Jr. is still dealing with a hamstring injury, so Week 2 should be another week featuring Everett at tight end.

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

Cincinnati Bengals (44 percent rostered)

The Bengals face the Dak Prescott-less Cowboys in Week 2. Against Pittsburgh, the Cincinnati DST didn’t look great, only managing one sack, but the matchup should be better against Dallas. It was clear on Sunday night that the Cowboys were struggling on offense and that probably won't change with Cooper Rush at quarterback. There aren’t weapons for him even if he could get them the ball. This bodes well for opposing DSTs.

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.