OKBET SPORTS | Best Fantasy Week 2 Waiver Wire Additions: Injuries to Najee Harris and Elijah Mitchell open the door for handcuffs Jaylen Warren and Jeff Wilson Jr.

Best Fantasy Week 2 Waiver Wire Additions: Injuries to Najee Harris and Elijah Mitchell open the door for handcuffs Jaylen Warren and Jeff Wilson Jr.


Injuries and unexpected workloads are almost always the biggest headlines in Week 1, and both play a significant role in our top waiver wire and free agency additions for Week 2. The injuries to Najee Harris (leg) and Elijah Mitchell (knee) are the most worrying for fantasy football owners, opening the door for handcuffs Jaylen Warren and Jeff Wilson Jr. Robbie Anderson, Jahan Dotson, Curtis Samuel, Jamaal Williams, Devin Duvernay, Dontrell Hilliard, O.J. Howard significantly exceeded expectations.

Our complete list of free agents includes these guys and others who may not have racked up a ton of fantasy points but still had a decent amount of targets and touches (Rex Burkhead, Kenyan Drake, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Jarvis Landry, Greg Dortch). We’ve also added a section of potential Dak Prescott (thumb) alternatives that will both dull and excite non-Prescott owners. We’re also getting into the streaming game, at least with defense, proposing potential Week 2 defense sleepers if you don’t like the matchup of your starting D/ST. These items are located at the end of the list.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Mitchell is anticipated to miss “about two months.” According to beat reporter Jordan Schultz, Harris has a “strong chance” to play in Week 2.

Next week will offer a new round of breakouts and injuries, so be shrewd with your waiver claims, review all of your roster places, and make marginal additions in free agency if you have dead weight.

Week 2 fantasy football waiver wire pickups

49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. Elijah Mitchell left the 49ers-Bears game in the second quarter with a knee injury, and given that he was ruled “out” right away, it’s reasonable to assume the injury was at least moderately serious.

(Update: Mitchell is expected to be out for at least eight weeks.) Given his health issues last year (five separate injuries), it’s also reasonable to wonder if this is the start of another injury-plagued season. Wilson Jr. took over and finished with 22 yards rushing on nine carries and eight yards receiving on two catches. While those numbers aren’t spectacular, JWJ was the only other “running back” who saw action for the Niners, and he’ll be the team’s primary back until Mitchell returns. Even with Deebo Samuel and Trey Lance constantly stealing carries, that role has value. Wilson Jr. can be a flex next week against Seattle as long as he starts. He averaged 16.8 carries in the four games he started last season, so you know he’ll get touches.

Jaylen Warren, RB, Steelers. After a devastating fourth-quarter collision, Najee Harris was able to go to the locker room on his own, but he did not return for a pivotal overtime.

This is clearly a concern, especially for a running back who had a foot injury during the preseason. Warren is the “next man up” in Pittsburgh, and despite having just seven yards on three runs in Week 1, you should expect him to receive 15 or more touches against New England the following week if Harris is out. Keep track of Harris-related news reports throughout the early weekdays. (According to preliminary reports, Harris should play in Week 2)

Jahan Dotson, Receiver, Commanders. In his NFL debut versus Jacksonville, Dotson caught three of five targets for 40 yards and two touchdowns, capitalizing on a favorable matchup.

The Commanders threw 41 passes, 11 of which were completed to Curtis Samuel, 8 to Antonio Gibson, 6 to Logan Thomas, and 4 to Terry McLaurin. This distribution is likely to fluctuate from week to week, but if Dotson can maintain a five-to-target ratio, he can be valuable given his elite abilities.

Next week’s matchup against a shaky Lions defense has the potential to be an exciting one.


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