The first week of the 2016 regular season is just about coming to a close, with only two Monday Night Football games remaining. Most fantasy football leagues will run their waiver wire late Tuesday or early Wednesday, but we are here to help you get a jump on the best options to consider.
We will be ranking the top five players likely to be available in your league at each of the four major positions. Some weeks there might not be five good options available, but we’ll scour for the best we can find. Additionally, throughout the week, we will update each of these articles as ownership percentages change (via Yahoo!), and news arrives.
There were a few unexpected performances through Sunday in Week 1. These included several number No. 2 wide receivers posting significant outings such as Will Fuller or Eddie Royal.
Editor's update: Fuller and Sanu passed the 50 percent threshold. Nelson Agholor is up to 12 percent, making him our top available option if he is a free agent in your league.
Waiver wire wide receiver rankings, Week 2
1. Will Fuller, Houston Texans (49 percent owned)
Editor's update: Now by 74 percent of Yahoo! players
Fuller provided ample opportunities for Brock Osweiler to take advantage of as Fuller's fellow WR DeAndre Hopkins often drew double coverage. In his regular season debut Fuller caught five passes on a team-leading 11 targets for 107 yards and one touchdown. Fuller is likely to be valuable this season existing in both a big-play offense, and what is likely to be a mismatch for defenses that will underestimate him all season.
2. Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons (45 percent owned)
Editor's update: Now by 57 percent of Yahoo! players
Like the previous entry on this list, Sanu benefits from being in a powerful offense and from not garnering the attention of the opposing defense's top defenders. He tied with Julio Jones for the most targets on the side of the Falcons, and he will continue to be the second option at wide receiver for Atlanta. The only concern for Sanu is that he was seen "heavily limping" after the game according to Vaughn McClure, and this will be an incident to follow as the week progresses.
3. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles (4 percent owned)
Editor's update: Now by 12 percent of Yahoo! players
Agholor's fantasy prospects were heavily damaged by simply being on such an untested and uncertain offense. However, his Week 1 performance shows that he does indeed possess fantasy relevance by catching four of five targets for 57 yards and a touchdown. Agholor will be the Eagles’ primary downfield weapon, and if Carson Wentz can remain accurate throwing deeper passes, Agholor will be the primary benefactor.
4. Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys (3 percent owned)
Editor's update: Now by 9 percent of Yahoo! players
Beasley demonstrated his ability to be a safety valve for rookie Dak Prescott in Week 1. He caught eight of 12 targets for 65 yards, coming in second in terms of targets and catches on the Cowboys. He is likely to continue in this role as Prescott's safety valve and should be considered a high-priority addition in PPR leagues.
5. Eddie Royal, Chicago Bears (1 percent owned)
Editor's update: Now by 3 percent of Yahoo! players
During the preseason the Bears receivers that received the most attention were Kevin White and Alshon Jeffery. However, Royal — who is almost universally unowned — was able to secure more catches and yards despite receiving fewer targets than White. Many forget that White didn't play in a single game a last year, and his somewhat sloppy route running in Week 1 was apparent. It is likely, at least for the first part of the season, that Royal will play a big role in the Bears offense as the No. 2 option at wide receiver.