The Green Bay Packers face the Chicago Bears in Week 2 of the NFL season, and we have you covered on all the fantasy football angles of this matchup. One of the key questions is whether fantasy managers should add Packers receivers Romeo Doubs or Christian Watson off the waiver wire in Week 2.
Let’s dive into which Packers receiver is a viable add for Week 2 and why you might start either.
Romeo Doubs or Christian Watson: Top waiver wire pickups in Week 2?
The Packers resembled their 2021 season-opening effort against New Orleans in their disappointing 2022 Week 1 performance against the Minnesota Vikings. From Aaron Rodgers being unable to consistently connect with any of his receivers to a disjointed feel from the entire team, the Packers were embarrassed. This year feels different considering Davante Adams is in Las Vegas.
Two players drafted to help ease the hurt from Adams’ departure were Doubs and Watson. Doubs was a fourth-round training camp star, while Watson, a second-round pick, missed much of the preseason while on the PUP list. Both played a majority of snaps in Week 1.
Despite being ranked as our WR58 and No. 141 overall in our expert fantasy football rankings, Doubs led the Packers receiving unit in targets with five. He played 57% of snaps, behind Sammy Watkins, Watson, and Randall Cobb. Doubs caught four passes for 37 yards and logged one carry for 11 yards.
On only 34% of Yahoo rosters and 26% of ESPN rosters, Doubs is expected to be a popular add from the waiver wire this week. His blend of downfield explosiveness and surprising volume in Week 1 could lead to Doubs becoming the best non-Allen Lazard Packers receiver to roster in PPR leagues.
His Week 2 value against Chicago is difficult to judge. Chicago played in a bathtub against San Francisco in Week 1, so we saw very little of the team’s secondary. The Bears played better than many expected, but Rodgers will likely be much sharper against his familiar foe than the unpolished Trey Lance. It’s likely Doubs will rotate in once more since Lazard looks iffy at best to play this week.
Doubs’ waiver wire value is greatest for the sharp fantasy managers who are willing to churn the bottom of their roster in hopes of finding an ace by the end of the year. He’s a luxury addition, so keep that in mind if you’re spending a high waiver claim or are in a FAAB league. I wouldn’t recommend adding Doubs if you’re looking for a consistent performer who brings an immediately considerable floor to the table.
Does Christian Watson have value?
Watson immediately caught attention for all of the wrong reasons in his debut. He let a 75-yard touchdown fall right through his hands in the first quarter. It was a perfectly-placed ball that will haunt Watson until he catches his first touchdown.
Rostered in 11% of Yahoo leagues and 18% of ESPN leagues, grabbing Watson at his lowest value makes sense. The public opinion of him after that drop is going to be low. But it’s notable he still played the second-most snaps of all receivers and figures to continue getting opportunities as the designated deep threat on the unit.
Ranked as WR68 and No. 162 on our expert fantasy football board, Watson is a low-priority add on the waiver wire. That said, buying early is better than missing out, and Watson will have a role in this offense given the team invested heavily into him despite knowing he was prone to bad drops in college.
Watson’s waiver wire value is highest for deeper rosters or those willing to endure his ups and downs. In some ways, he’s more valuable than Doubs because he’ll likely get more opportunities to fail from the staff given his draft stats. That doesn’t mean Rodgers will continue to reward him with targets if there are continued mistakes, though.
He might be the biggest boom-or-bust waiver add this week, but Watson could prove to be the smartest pickup of the season if he catches fire.