Week 2 Fantasy Stock Up/Stock Down: Jaylen Waddle, Garrett Wilson, and James Robinson see their values rise

Which fantasy football options improved their stock in Week 2, and who had such a bad week that their value is on the way down right now?

The Week 2 fantasy football stock report is here to help you digest what we saw this week. Which players improved their stock this week, who has seen their value trending downwards, and what does it mean for fantasy managers?

Fantasy football Week 2 stock report

Stock up | Tua Tagovailoa and Jaylen Waddle

What an incredible week for the Miami Dolphins. They came back from down 21 in the fourth quarter to win a thriller. We finally got to see Tua Tagovailoa really uncorked and able to shoot from the hip. It didn’t always look great — with two interceptions — but he finished with 469 yards (9.4 yards per attempt) and six touchdowns. The Dolphins won’t often be chasing down a 21-point lead, but we saw in this game the ceiling Tua possesses when Mike McDaniel lets him sling the ball.

In the early going, it was Jaylen Waddle who stepped up. He had nine targets in the first half, resulting in 89 yards and a touchdown. The yardage appeared somewhat misleading because it relied on a 59-yard play that included a huge after-the-catch production. Nevertheless, Waddle is an electric player, and that is what he can do with the ball in his hands. He finished with 171 yards and two touchdowns on 11 receptions from 19 targets.

There will be weeks when Tyreek Hill dominates the targets, as we saw in Week 1. However, we saw just how much the Dolphins could look to use Waddle this week. It might be frustrating some weeks, but he proved today how he’s far more than a possession receiver with PPR-only fantasy value. We may get a glimpse of that frustration next week when they face a very talented Buffalo Bills secondary.

Stock down | Chase Edmonds

Meanwhile, this was a head-scratching day for Chase Edmonds. Raheem Mostert drew the start and led the team with 11 rushing attempts. Edmonds had just five rush attempts, two of which came in the fourth quarter. It took a 28-yard scamper on one of those fourth-quarter carries to even give his line respectability. He finished with 33 rushing yards with eight receiving yards. This backfield just became much more difficult for fantasy managers to decipher.

Stock up | James Robinson
Stock down | Travis Etienne Jr.

What started as a minor shift in values for James Robinson and Travis Etienne Jr. last week became a major shift this week. Robinson had 23 rushing attempts to just nine for Etienne. Meanwhile, Robinson had two targets to Etienne’s three. The game script in this matchup — with the Jacksonville Jaguars leading for most of the game — blended itself to suit Robinson’s game more, so seeing him dominate snaps and carries is hardly a surprise.

Once again, we saw Robinson dominate near the goal line, with Etienne having the advantage on third downs. Still, any excitement for Robinson should be tempered by his efficiency. He had a 37-yard touchdown run, but the rest of his 22 rushing attempts went for a combined 27 yards. He did add 14 yards on his two receptions, but it was not the most fluid showing outside of the touchdown.

Etienne didn’t look much better rushing the ball. He had just 20 yards on his nine attempts. He also added 33 yards on his three receptions, but it was an equally underwhelming showing.

Robinson appears to have gotten control of the RB situation. It certainly helps that the Jaguars were up in this game, forcing it more towards a clock-control game. However, even last week, when the Jaguars were chasing the game, Robinson still dominated the touches. It’s tough to start Etienne with his current usage, while Robinson is working into must-start territory.

Stock up | Garrett Wilson

This was certainly an exciting performance for Garrett Wilson in Week 2. He had 14 targets with eight receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns. He comfortably led the team with a 31.8% target share this week. In terms of snaps, he remained third at the position with 43, behind Elijah Moore and Corey Davis.

This was a hugely encouraging performance from Wilson. His fantasy value just shot through the roof, but there is uncertainty. Yes, he appears to have a great connection with Joe Flacco, but in two weeks, we could have Zach Wilson back under center. That change to a different QB could just put the breaks on Garrett Wilson’s fantasy value. If someone is willing to offer you a WR2-level value to acquire Wilson, it’s definitely worth considering.

Stock up | Amari Cooper

That’s more like it for Amari Cooper. He and Jacoby Brissett appeared to be on the same page as Cooper caught his first nine targets for 101 yards and a touchdown. This is the kind of inconsistency we have seen from Cooper at times in his career, so we shouldn’t just assume this will happen regularly.

However, Cooper remains an incredible route runner, and as the understanding with Brissett continues to develop, days like this should be more frequent than what we saw in Week 1. Cooper is back in Flex-starter territory in 12-team leagues.

Stock up | J.K. Dobbins

The Baltimore Ravens may very well regret holding J.K. Dobbins out of this game. They got nothing from their running backs in this contest. Justice Hill, Kenyan Drake, Patrick Ricard, and Mike Davis combined for 33 yards on 15 carries. That inefficiency when running the ball is a big part of why the Ravens were not able to put this game away in the fourth quarter.

Baltimore really needs to get Dobbins back because the guys they have right now just seem to lack the explosiveness to make people miss. The offensive line is not completely faultless, but Dobbins should hopefully have more ability to make players miss and turn out some positive yards. If he returns next week, there is little competition for touches in this backfield until Gus Edwards returns.

Stock up | Ashton Dulin

The Indianapolis Colts needed someone to step up with Michael Pittman Jr. out, and for the second week running, Ashton Dulin impressed. After six targets last week, Dulin saw another seven this week. He caught five of those for 79 yards, which were both team highs.

In the same time period, Parris Campbell has seen just six targets. Dulin may very well have earned himself more playing time, but for fantasy purposes, he’s only really startable in 16-team leagues or deeper. He’s a fringe Flex option in 14-team leagues but nothing more than a potential stash in shallower leagues.

Stock down | Patriots tight ends

The New England Patriots threw the ball 35 times in this game. Yet, the combination of Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry saw just four targets. Last week, the pair combined for a 23% target share, but that dropped to 11.4% this week.

To further confuse matters, Smith is leading Henry by seven targets to four on the season. Last year, Henry was the main receiving threat among the two tight ends, but that appears to have flipped for this season. Henry was always a very touchdown-dependent option, but those could be tough to come by in New England this year.

Stock down | Kenny Golladay

We finish our Week 2 fantasy football stock report with a trip to New York. Last week, Kenny Golladay played the majority of offensive snaps for the Giants, which was promising despite just seeing two targets. Well, that promise evaporated this week, as Golladay saw just two snaps and was not targeted once. He is now droppable in all fantasy leagues if you had not already moved on.

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