Fantasy football: Winston, Kirk among best Week 2 add/drops

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston throws a pass in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI
New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston throws a pass in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI | License Photo

MIAMI, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Week 1 of the 2021 fantasy football season featured several sublime performances and brutal injuries, which means several undrafted fantasy football players can be added off your fantasy football league's waiver wire to help your team.

Jameis Winston, Elijah Mitchell, Christian Kirk and Gerald Everett are among the top players to target on your waiver wire entering Week 2.


You also should monitor the roster of your Week 2 opponent so you can attempt to keep them from adding players they could use to beat you in your next game.

Waiver wire additions should either be players who can contribute to your roster immediately or players you can put on your bench in hopes that they provide value down the road.

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I have added some of my favorite players to target on this week's waiver wire and separated them by priority and position. The players I have listed ahead of Wednesday's waiver period have low ownership percentages in standard size leagues.

Here are my top players to add and top players to drop for Week 2:


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QB | Jameis Winston, Tyrod Taylor; RB | Elijah Mitchell, Latavius Murray; WR | Christian Kirk, Tim Patrick, Jalen Reagor; TE | Gerald Everett, David Njoku; D/ST | Saints; K | Evan McPherson



QB | Teddy Bridgewater, Jared Goff; RB | Tony Pollard, Mark Ingram; WR | Van Jefferson, Nelson Agholor, Sterling Shepard; TE | Juwan Johnson; D/ST | Cardinals

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QB | Ryan Fitzpatrick; RB | Phillip Lindsay, Le'Veon Bell; WR| Jerry Jeudy; TE | Pat Freiermuth


Jameis Winston is my top quarterback to target this week on the waiver wire. Winston was a Top 5 quarterback in Week 1, passing for 148 yards and five touchdowns in a win over the Green Bay Packers.

The New Orleans Saints quarterback faces the Carolina Panthers in Week 2. Winston remains a threat to throw at least two touchdown passes in each game he starts under Saints coach Sean Payton. He is a great streaming option for the rest of the season if you didn't draft a more elite option at the position.


This is the time of the year when you want to target players who could help you out to get a weekly win, but you also need to keep an eye on season-long value.

San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell made the most of his opportunity in Week 1, when starter Raheem Mostert left the game due to a knee injury. Mitchell recorded 104 rushing yards and a score on 19 carries in his NFL debut.


The 49ers have not announced Mostert's timeline for return, but Mitchell should be valuable again in Week 2, regardless of the starter's status. If Mostert misses games, Mitchell will be an RB2 option. He should be rostered in all leagues.

Latavius Murray is another player who should be rostered in all leagues. The Baltimore Ravens are desperate for production at the running back position due to season-ending injuries to starter J.K. Dobbins and second-string Gus Edwards.

Ty'Son Williams tops the depth chart, but Murray is the more-experienced runner and should provide greater season-long value. He could provide RB2 production if he passes Williams on the depth chart as the Ravens' lead ball carrier.


This is a great week to add wide receivers to your roster if you are weak at the position. Christian Kirk of the Arizona Cardinals and Tim Patrick of the Denver Broncos are among my top wide receivers to add off the waiver wire.

Kirk recorded 70 yards and two scores on five catches in Week 1. He should continue to be a part of a prolific passing attack, led by quarterback Kyler Murray, for the rest of the season.

Murray is a threat to throw at least three touchdown passes every week and Kirk will see a lot of one-on-one coverage when he shares the field with All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Kirk can provide WR3 value as a streamer in deeper leagues when he gets good matchups.


Patrick hauled in four catches for 39 yards and a score in Week 1. Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's accuracy and the opportunity created by a recent injury to fellow wide receiver Jerry Jeudy opens a window for Patrick to get more snaps and increase his production.

The Broncos pass catcher also faces some great matchups over the next two weeks. Patrick should be rostered in all leagues that require starting three wide receivers and have at least 14 teams.


Seattle Seahawks tight end Gerald Everett is another player who should see an increase in opportunities due to injuries.

The Seahawks lost two of their five wide receivers to concussions in Week 1, when Everett caught two passes for 20 yards and a score from quarterback Russell Wilson in a win over the Indiana Colts.

He should retain value in Week 2, when the Seahawks host the Tennessee Titans. Wilson is a near-lock to throw for at least three scores in this matchup. Look for Everett to score again in a lopsided Seahawks victory.

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