While the Detroit Lions weren’t able to move to 2-0 after a 37-31 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the offense still showed it is one of the better units in the NFL.
Quarterback Jared Goff had a huge day, as he went 28 of 35, throwing for 323 yards and three touchdowns.
Goff completed at least five passes to four different receivers, with Jahmyr Gibbs leading the team with seven catches. Armon-Ra St. Brown (six catches for 102 yards), Sam LaPorta (five catches for 63 yards), and Josh Reynolds (five catches for 66 yards and two touchdowns) were all big focal points of the passing game.
The first three players mentioned are all owned in the majority of fantasy football leagues. However, Reynolds is currently on less than 5% of ESPN leagues.
With his strong play to start the year, should you make a run at signing Reynolds off the waiver wire? Let’s take a look.
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Should Josh Reynolds Be a Fantasy Waiver Wire Add in Week 3?
Reynolds, through two games, has nine catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns. In PPR leagues, that is an average of 17.8 points.
To put that into perspective, 17.8 PPR points last season would have been the sixth-highest average among all wide receivers.
Now, is Reynolds going to average that type of fantasy score each and every week during the 2023 season? Probably not, but he has shown in consecutive weeks that he can be a valuable fantasy wide receiver.
Another interesting thing to look at with Reynolds is the relationship that he has with Goff. Detroit isn’t the first team he has ever played with Goff, as the two were teammates in Los Angeles from 2017 to 2020.
They have developed that relationship throughout the years, and you can tell that Goff has a ton of trust in Reynolds.
The Lions are going to be a team that throws the ball quite often. Goff finished sixth last season in passing yards (4,438 yards). He attempted an average of 34.5 passes per game, and through two games this year, he is averaging 35 attempts.
Reynolds is never going to be the go-to option with St. Brown and the two rookies, Gibbs and LaPorta. However, he is a very solid professional receiver who is trusted in a big way by his team’s starting quarterback. Reynolds could definitely be a guy who fills in for an injured wide receiver or if you have bye issues.
There are very few receivers on the waiver wire who have a relationship with their quarterback like Reynolds, and there is zero indication that is going to change.
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