Week 2 Waiver Wire Rankings: Kyle Yates’ Top Players To Add Include Kenneth Gainwell, Kyren Williams, and Others

With several injuries occurring in Week 1, what are the rankings of waiver wire pickups for Week 2 of the fantasy football season?

Week 1 was brutal for plenty of fantasy football managers out there. Whether it was players like J.K. Dobbins or Aaron Rodgers going down with an injury, or some players simply not securing the roles that we anticipated, reinforcements are needed heading into Week 2!

With that in mind, here are my top overall waiver wire rankings going into Week 2. If you’re looking for more detailed explanations, including FAAB percentages to bid, make sure to check out our full waiver wire targets article.

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Which Players Should You Add Going Into Week 2?

Editor’s Note: Gainwell has now been ruled out of Week 2’s matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. He’s still worth adding due to the potential that he maintains the RB1 role in Philadelphia, but he will not be available for this week.

1) Kenneth Gainwell | PHI, RB
2) Puka Nacua | LAR, WR
3) Romeo Doubs | GB, WR
4) Kyren Williams | LAR, RB
5) Joshua Kelley | LAC, RB
6) Jaylen Warren | PIT, RB
7) Allen Robinson II | PIT, WR
8) Hunter Henry | NE, TE
9) Brandon McManus | JAX, K
10) Jordan Love | GB, QB
11) Adam Trautman | DEN, TE
12) Jakobi Meyers | LV, WR
13) New York Giants | DST
14) Blake Grupe | NO, K
15) Hayden Hurst | CAR, TE

16) Gus Edwards | BAL, RB
17) Rashid Shaheed | NO, WR
18) Cleveland Browns | DST
19) Tank Bigsby | JAX, RB
20) Roschon Johnson | CHI, RB
21) Derek Carr | NO, QB
22) Darnell Mooney | CHI, WR
23) De’Von Achane | MIA, RB
24) Justice Hill | BAL, RB
25) Jayden Reed | GB, WR
26) Irv Smith Jr. | CIN, TE
27) Isaiah Likely | BAL, TE
28) Jake Moody | SF, K
29) Indianapolis Colts | DST
30) Luke Musgrave | GB, TE

31) Mac Jones | NE, QB
32) Matthew Stafford | LAR, QB
33) Los Angeles Chargers | LAC, DST
34) Noah Gray | KC, TE
35) Josh Reynolds | DET, WR
36) Zay Jones | JAX, WR
37) Tutu Atwell | LAR, WR
38) Riley Patterson | DET, K
39) Kendrick Bourne | NE, WR
40) Sam Howell | WAS, QB
41) Deon Jackson | IND, RB
42) Tampa Bay Buccaneers | TB, DST
43) Marquez Valdes-Scantling | KC, WR
44) Zach Ertz | ARI, TE
45) Sean Tucker | TB, RB
46) Rashee Rice | KC, WR
47) Zack Moss | IND, RB

The Top Players To Add in Fantasy Football

Kyren Williams, RB, Los Angeles Rams

Did you know that Kyren Williams out-snapped Cam Akers 26 to four in the first half of Sunday’s game? Williams was not only involved on offense, he was the clear lead option!

We know Williams parlayed this into a solid fantasy performance while on everyone’s bench or waiver wire, but he looks to be the main RB to roster in Los Angeles moving forward.

Coming out of Notre Dame, Williams always had the talent to be a viable fantasy starter, but athleticism concerns affected his draft stock.

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That lack of top-tier athleticism didn’t matter much in Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks, and he put together a solid performance. He should be picked up, but Williams may need to remain on your bench during a tough matchup in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers.

Allen Robinson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Yes, Allen Robinson should be looked at on the waiver wire this week going into Week 2. We already have news that Diontae Johnson is set to miss some time with a hamstring injury, Robinson does become at least a Flex option over that time period.

Even in Week 1, we saw Robinson see eight targets and finish as a top-36 WR on the week. Heading into Week 2, Pittsburgh’s offense should rebound in an easier matchup against the Browns’ defense, which makes Robinson a viable play in full-PPR formats.

With matchups against Las Vegas and Houston also on the horizon, Robinson’s a top-10 pickup on the week.

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