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Following all the elimination wire action this week, I’m excited to see what the roster trends look like on Wednesday and Thursday. It will be interesting to see who is added and how far each player has fared in their FAB league.

We have a few big injuries heading into Week 2 with Dak Prescott (thumb), Elijah Mitchell (knee), Naje Harris (foot), Chris Godwin (hamstring), Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Ty Higgins (concussion). ). That should force fantasy managers to be active on the waiver wire, which is always interesting.

You can see all my recommendations below, including streaming options on DST and kicker. We’ll give you players to download as well, but hopefully the guys you add this week will be the difference makers for your Fantasy roster.

Editor’s note: For this Waza Wire column, we’re only looking at players who are less than 65 percent registered in the CBS Sports League.

2nd week releases

  • Cons: Dak Prescott (thumb), Mack Jones (back) and Zach Wilson (knee).
  • Check if it’s available: Matt Ryan (75 percent), Jameis Winston (73 percent) and Justin Fields (67 percent). Ryan didn’t have his best game in two rounds against Houston in Week 1, but he did pass for 352 yards and a touchdown, rushing for an impressive 12 yards. He should be useful as a streamer in Week 2 of the Jaguars. … Winston looked terrible to start the game against the Falcons, but rallied to beat the Saints and finished with 269 passing yards and two touchdowns. He needs to be the No. 1 quarterback to boost his position heading into Week 2 against Tampa Bay. … Fields struggled in Week 1 against the 49ers in the rain, passing for 121 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, along with 28 rushing yards. But I still expect better fantasy production going forward, and he’s a strong No. 1 to bounce around in all leagues. 2 is a quarterback.
  • Eliminate Candidates: Prescott (99 percent registered). I’d prefer to stick Prescott in all formats, but fantasy managers in a 10-team league may not have the luxury of a shallow bench. He’ll be sidelined until Week 10 with a thumb injury, and if you have to drop him to replace him, that might be what you have to do.

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2nd week list of priorities to leave

Waiver wire

Running back

  • Cons: Elias Mitchell (knee), Naje Harris (foot), Alvin Kamara (ribs), JK Dobbins (knee), Ken Walker (abdomen), Brian Robinson (knee), Damien Williams (ribs), Keren Williams (ankle) and Brandon Bolden (hamstring).
  • Check if it’s available: They are Michael Carter (77 percent registered), Alexander Matheson (76 percent), Kenneth Gainwell (75 percent) and Isiah Pacheco (70 percent). Carter, as expected, was the Jets’ leading rusher in Week 1 against Baltimore, adding 10 carries for 60 yards and seven catches for 40 yards on nine targets. Brace Hall may eventually take over for Carter, but Carter is the Jets’ man for now and could be used as a pivot in Week 2 against Cleveland. … Mathieson is only handcuffed to Dalvin Cook, but should be available in all leagues if you have roster space to spare. … Gainwell was good as the No. 2 running back for the Eagles in Week 1 at Detroit, adding two catches for 12 yards on five carries for 20 yards and a touchdown and also on four targets. He could be a viable flex option going forward in PPR, including against the Vikings in Week 2. … Pacheco did most of his damage in Week 1 against the Cardinals in garbage time (12 for 62 yards and a touchdown), but he could be the No. 2 running back behind Clyde Edwards-Heller. Jerick McKinnon (17 percent) will have a role in this backfield, and is worth adding in deep PPR leagues. But if Pacheco gets a chance to start at any point this year, like Mathieson, he could be a league winner.
  • Eliminate Candidates: Mitchell (100 percent), Darrell Williams (60 percent) and Isiah Spiller (26 percent). If you can’t hide Mitchell, he may have to be thrown on the waiver wire, especially in 10-team leagues where there are plenty of options. Mitchell is expected to miss at least eight weeks with an MCL sprain. … Williams is third on the Cardinals’ depth chart, obviously behind James Conner and Eno Benjamin in Week 1. … Spiller was a healthy scratch for the Chargers in Week 1, and that could continue in the near future. He only deserves to be placed in dynasty leagues.

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2nd week list of priorities to leave

Waiver wire

Wide receivers

  • Cons: Tee Higgins (concussion), Keenan Allen (hip), Chris Godwin (hip), Allen Lazard (ankle), Michael Gallup (knee), Rondale Moore (hip), Van Dale Robinson (knee) and Van Jefferson (knee).
  • Check if it’s available: Marquez Valdes-Scantling (68 percent registered) and Julio Jones (66 percent). Valdes-Scantling had a quiet debut against the Chiefs in Week 1, catching just four balls for 44 yards on four targets, but he played the best and ran the best routes of any Kansas City receiver, according to Pro Football Focus. Big days are ahead of them. … Jones had a quality debut with Tampa Bay and should benefit for a few weeks with Godwin. In Week 1 at Dallas, Jones had three catches for 69 yards on five targets, including a 48-yard reception, and added two carries for 17 yards. Russell Gage (44 percent) is also worth watching in deeper leagues.
  • Eliminate Candidates: Tyler Lockett (89 percent), Devante Parker (70 percent), Marvin Jones (64 percent), Kenny Golladay (37 percent) and Jalen Tolbert (31 percent). Seattle upset Denver in Week 1, but Lockett didn’t do much to help with just three catches for 28 yards on four targets. I fear these stat lines may be routine, and Lockett is not someone you should be hiding in 10 team leagues. … The Patriots’ offense looked bad against Miami and struggled all preseason, and Parker now has to contend with a possible back injury against Mack Jones. Parker had one catch for 9 yards on two targets and isn’t worth hiding in most 10- and 12-team leagues. … The pecking order for Jaguars receivers in Washington in Week 1 was Christian Kirk, Zay Jones and then Marvin Jones, and I’m not sure the No. 3 receiver in this offense should be listed in most of the 10- and 12-. Team leagues. Kirk (12 targets) and Zay Jones (nine targets) each scored at least 12 PPR points, while Marvin Jones had four catches for 38 yards on six targets. … Golladay’s struggles carried over into Week 1 at Tennessee as he caught just two catches for 22 yards on two targets in a game in which Robinson was injured and Kadarius Toney (no target) was out. Now there is little reason to hide the goal. … It was disappointing that Tolbert was a healthy scratch in Week 1 and now Dak Prescott (thumb) is out at least through Week 8. As Gallup’s return nears, Tolbert is likely to fall in the league most of the season.

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2nd week list of priorities to leave

  • Memory damage: George Kittle (only)
  • Eliminate Candidates: Mike Gesicki (80 percent), Hunter Henry (59 percent) and Irv Smith (52 percent). Gesicki seems destined to frustrate fantasy managers this season and isn’t worth starting in any league. … I’m not sure you can trust any of the pass rushers in New England, and now Mack Jones has a bad back. Henry’s move forward could be ugly. … Smith must improve after missing two targets against the Packers in Week 1, and has missed most of training camp with a thumb injury. But until he proves to be a big part of Minnesota’s offense, he’s not worth holding on to now.

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2nd week list of priorities to leave

  • Browns (70 percent registered) with NYJ
  • Bengals (29 percent scoring) in DAL
  • Veterans (48 percent enrolled) in PIT

  • Cade York (9 percent registered) with NYJ
  • Younghoe Koo (44 percent registered) in LAR
  • Will Lutz (23 percent registered) with TB



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