2020 Season: Week 2 Movers & Shakers

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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Writer

Following the free-agent market is incredibly important for fantasy football success. First, you scour the blogosphere (that is still a thing right?) for articles about the "waiver wire" (you should check out our waiver wire article every Tuesday!) and see what previously unknown stud will replace one of your duds from the past week.

But what if you did not manage to snag one of those players? What if you had low waiver priority, not enough time with a busy work week, or too much to drink watching Monday Night Football? Well, then you would probably want to know who is still left once the first batch of add/drops clear early Wednesday morning.

Luckily for you, we at The Lateral had the same thought, so every Wednesday we are going to let you know the top players still left in over 50% of Yahoo leagues and 50% of ESPN leagues. Below you will find one for each position, and why they are the addition your team needs. You will also find who were the players everyone added to get ready for their next match-up, and which players got left in the dust to make way for the new guys. 

Week 2 Movers & Shakers

Top Players Left on the Board Yahoo Leagues

QB: Gardner Minshew II

Despite being added to 28,542 rosters, Super 'Stache is still available in 71% of leagues, and is an excellent long-term play, despite a slightly difficult match-up against Tennessee this week. Check out yesterday's waiver wire article for more on why Minshew is the QB to add. Honorable mention here is Ryan Tannehill (45% rostered), who was good against Denver last week and has an excellent match-up against Jacksonville this week.

RB: Alexander Mattison/Chase Edmonds/Joshua Kelley/Boston Scott/Tony Pollard

These guys are all clear handcuffs with potential standalone FLEX value. The fact that they are still available in over 50% of leagues is absurd, especially Mattison, Edmonds, and Kelley, who all hit double digit points in PPR last week.

WR: Parris Campbell

While 91,476 people must have read our waiver wire article yesterday and added the Indianapolis Colts receiver to their roster, apparently some people missed the memo, because he is still available in 65% of leagues.

TE: O.J. Howard

Another of our waiver wire picks still available in tons of leagues? Say it ain't so! Yet here we are, with O.J. Howard available in 75% of leagues despite finishing TE8 last week. Carolina should be a decent match-up, as they gave up 10.6 points to Darren Waller last week. Honorable mention here is Chris Herndon (47% rostered), who should be in line for targets with Sam Darnold struggling not to drown in Adam Gase's New York Jets offense.

DST: Washington Football Team

Seriously, did nobody read my article yesterday??

Look, this defense is good. Sleep on them at your own risk. Arizona could be a rough match-up, or the Washington front seven could exploit a mediocre offensive line. San Francisco was still a borderline starting DST last week, so I would not be too worried about getting zero production from Washington.

K: Josh Lambo

Still really good. Still really available (7% rostered).

Top Players Left on the Board ESPN Leagues

QB: Mitchell Trubisky

Gardner Minshew and Ryan Tannehill are also available in more than 50% of ESPN leagues, and I would still target Minshew above Tannehill, who I would potentially target ahead of Trubisky. Still, Trubisky finished QB8 last week and has an excellent match-up against the awful New York Football Giants, so consider him as a streamer if nothing else.

RB: Benny Snell Jr./James Robinson

This one is complicated. Robinson, now the clear RB to roster in Jacksonville, is still available in 53.1% of leagues, so he merits consideration. However, I would prefer Snell, who outscored Robinson in Week 1. Snell seems likely to be Conner's handcuff, and with Conner already raising the injury alarm bells, Snell could be stepping in for him as soon as this week. Basically, Conner > Robinson, and Snell = Conner. If you cannot get either of these, the handcuffs I mentioned for Yahoo are also solid options, especially Mattison, Edmonds, and Kelley.

WR: Tre'Quan Smith

Parris Campbell is still widely available (40.1% rostered), so grab him if you can. But if you cannot, Tre'Quan Smith is a interesting option. Michael Thomas may be out for a significant period of time, and if that happens Smith should see an increased workload. The biggest concern here would be that the Saints offense and Drew Brees' arm are more suited towards Emmanuel Sanders, Jared Cook, the RB corps... basically everyone but Tre'Quan Smith. Still, there will be a lot of targets up for grabs, and Smith certainly has a shot to get some of them.

TE: Jonnu Smith

Somehow, ESPN owners are still sleeping on Jonnu Smith, who is only rostered in only 25.6% off ESPN leagues, despite being rostered on a whopping 62% of Yahoo leagues. Even Chris Herndon is rostered in more ESPN leagues (38.1%), and while Herndon should also be considered, Jonnu Smith is better, has been better, and has a better match-up in Week 2 than Herndon. There is simply no reason to be sleeping on Smith to this degree.

DST: Washington Football Team

I tried to find someone to recommend over these Week 1 darlings, but I just could not find anyone I wanted to stake a claim on aside from Riverboat Ron and the Fightin' Football Team. Maybe consider the Bengals if you are desperate, who were okay against Los Angeles and have a match-up against an increasingly bad Baker Mayfield in Week 2.

K: Mason Crosby

K1 last week and historically pretty good, Crosby has a great match-up against Detroit in Week 2. Josh Lambo is also widely available still, and so is Joey Slye.

Top 5 Adds Yahoo Leagues

1. Nyheim Hines (458,293 adds)
2. Benny Snell Jr. (376,096 adds)
3. Malcolm Brown (344,629 adds)
4. Sammy Watkins (170,494 adds)
5. Arizona Cardinals DST (170,494 adds)

Top 5 Adds ESPN Leagues

1. Malcolm Brown (68.6% increase)
2. James Robinson (36.3% increase)
3. Nyheim Hines (35.4% increase)
4. Dallas Goedert (34.9% increase)
5. Benny Snell Jr. (26.8% increase)

Top 5 Drops Yahoo Leagues

1. Marlon Mack (56,365 drops)
2. Indianapolis Colts DST (51,563 drops)
3. Philadelphia Eagles DST (50,344 drops)
4. Jake Elliot DST (35,781 drops)
5. Los Angeles Chargers DST (33,290 drops)

Top 5 Drops ESPN Leagues

1. Marlon Mack (34.2% decrease)
2. Matt Gay (19.5% decrease)
3. Darrell Henderson Jr. (16.5% decrease)
4. Denver Broncos DST (16% decrease)
5. Mecole Hardman (14.3% decrease)

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