Waiver Favors™: 2022 Week 2 Fantasy Football Pickups

By Ha Kung Wong  Week 2 Fantasy Football Pickups

Twitter: @FBGarbageTime

As I do every year over the last 10 years, I’m here to help with waiver wire adds via my weekly Waiver Favors™ article!  And I’m assuming if you’re reader right now, you’re in your fantasy football playoffs, so congratulations!

I’ll make a couple suggestions for after Week 2 of the 2022 fantasy football season that hopefully will keep your team running.  You’re welcome.  Again.

As usual, all pickups are available in at least 50% of Yahoo standard fantasy football leagues (with some minor exceptions) as of Sunday evening.

Jimmy Garoppolo

QB – San Francisco 49ers – 4% Owned

Trey Lance unfortunately suffered a broken ankle on a designed run early in Week 2, which led to Jimmy Garoppolo stepping in to complete 13 of 21 passes for 154 yards and a TD and added a rushing TD on a QB sneak.  It’s clear that the 49ers will go run heavy, but Jimmy G will be serviceable as a replacement if you didn’t draft a better option in 12-team leagues or deeper.

Jimmy Garoppolo Passing Stats
Year G Cmp Att Yds TD Int Y/G Rate QBR
2014 6 19 27 182 1 0 30.3 101.2 15.1
2015 5 1 4 6 0 0 1.2 39.6 8.1
2016 6 43 63 502 4 0 83.7 113.3 87.5
2017 6 120 178 1560 7 5 260.0 96.2 82.7
2018 3 53 89 718 5 3 239.3 90.0 27.5
2019 16 329 476 3978 27 13 248.6 102.0 60.8
2020 6 94 140 1096 7 5 182.7 92.4 54.0
2021 15 301 441 3810 20 12 254.0 98.7 53.3
Care 63 960 1418 11852 71 38 188.1 98.9
5 yr 46 897 1324 11162 66 38 242.7 98.3
3 yr 17 63 94 690 5 0 40.6 106.2

J.D. McKissic

RB – Washington Commanders – 23% Owned

McKissic only saw 3 targets last week, and Antonio Gibson broke out in a big way, but in Week 2, caught all 7 targets for 54 yards, adding three carries for an 9 rush yards.  It’s unclear if this was game script driven, but the additional targets at Gibson’s expense is interesting and worth speculating on in 14-team PPR leagues or deeper.

Tyrion Davis-Price

RB – San Francisco 49ers – 8% Owned

So Tyrion Davis-Price was inactive in Week 1, but with Eli Mitchell out for the foreseeable future, he was active behind Jeff Wilson in Week 2.  Wilson remained the primary ball carrier with 18 carries, but Davis-Price wasn’t far behind with 14 carries.  Wilson out-gained Davis-Price 84 to 33, so it wasn’t like the performance was great, plus Davis-Price didn’t have any receptions.  But the opportunity is clearly there, and that’s worth investing in 14-team leagues or deeper.

UPDATE: With Davis-Price injured, I’d take a wait-and-see approach for the remaining backfield and stick to Jeff Wilson Jr. for the time being.

Greg Dortch

WR – Arizona Cardinals – 6% Owned

With Rondale Moore (hamstring) and DeAndre Hopkins (suspension) out, Greg Dortch stepped in Week 1 and caught 7 of 9 targets for 63 yards.  He only had 3 receptions in 2021, so it was unclear if this was a fluke.  But in Week 2, he caught all 4 targets for 55 yards and a TD.  Maybe he takes a back seat once Moore and Hopkins returns, but for now, he’s worth a look in 14-team leagues and deeper.

Nelson Agholor

WR – New England Patriots – 1% Owned

The Patriots looked discombobulated in Week 1 and only looked marginally better this week.  But a win is a win. and more importantly, it looks like we have a little more clarity on on the WRs as veteran Nelson Agholor went from a 3 of 5 for 28 yard performance in Week 1 to catching all 6 targets for 110 yards and one touchdown.  Agholor was arguably the player of the game for the Patriots in their narrow 17-14 victory, and he’s clearly New England’s best big-play threat so long as Tyquan Thornton is out. Agholor gets to face the Ravens secondary that just allowed 469 receiving yards and 6 receiving TDs to the Miami Dolphins.

Noah Brown

WR – Dallas Cowboys – 1% Owned

Everyone wrote off the Dallas Cowboys after Dak Prescott went out, but guess what?  Cooper Rush isn’t as bad as we thought. And the primary beneficiary is WR Noah Brown.  In Week1, Brown caught 5 of 9targets for 68 yards which, if nothing else, established him as the Cowboys’ WR2.  And Week 2 just solidified it as he caught all 5 targets for a team leading 91 yards and a TD.  Maybe Michael Gallup comes back and steals a few targets, but I think Brown has will continue to see a fair share going forward.  Pick him up in 12-team leagues and deeper.

UPDATE for Monday Night Football

Check back for the update after Monday Night Football!

Here our previous week’s waiver picks that we still think are worth a pickup:

10-Team Leagues

RBJeff Wilson Jr. (49ers)

12-Team Leagues

WRJahan Dotson (Commanders), Devin Duvernay (Ravens)

TEO.J. Howard (Texans), Gerald Everett (Chargers)

14-Team Leagues

QBMarcus Mariota (Falcons), Cooper Rush (Cowboys), Jameis Winston (Saints)

WRJoshua Palmer (Chargers), DeAndre Carter (Chargers)

TEHayden Hurst (Bengals)

16-Team Leagues

TETaysom Hill (Saints)

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