This week the top priority pick up is, Tevin Coleman, who is the first player on the this list and should be the first player on your list of waiver claims. If you are not able to pick up Coleman then your next pick should depend on your team situation. Consider which need is most important and spend your waiver pick to fill that need wisely. If your most important need is not at running back but at wide receiver then click here: Week 2 Waiver Wire WR Pickups.
I've been talking about how much better of a running back Tevin Coleman is than Devonta Freeman for a while now and although I was a bit surprised to see Coleman lead the way in fantasy points during just the first game of the season I knew that it could only be a matter of time. This in no way means that Coleman is the only show in town but Freeman owners should be expecting the worst as of right now. Coleman is the top priority pick up among all positions in fantasy this week regardless of your team situation.
Matt Jones isn't a very good football player and a lot of people saw that last night against the Steelers. The Redskins just could not get the run game going with Jones and we saw them throw a lot. There is no question that Chris Thompson is the 3rd down pass catcher for Washington and he figures to get a lot of playing time if Jones continues to struggle. The coaching staff of the Redskins even trusted the 195 pound RB on the goal line when he lunged in for a touchdown. I love Thompson this year especially in PPR formats.
I know that Carlos Hyde had the huge game but he is not the pass catcher that Shaun Draughn is. The 49ers held up strong defensively last night and produced points against what many believe is a top tier defense in the Rams. I am definitely not one to rush to any conclusions about the revival of the San Francisco offense simply due to the addition of Chip Kelly. I still believe that the 49ers are a bad team and they will find themselves behind in more games than not. Draughn shows tremendous value in PPR formats but he also has stand alone value as the Chip Kelly offense runs an up tempo and fast paced style of attack. Don't be surprised if there are weeks where Draughn finishes with more fantasy points than Hyde this year.
I have never truly believed that Mark Ingram was a good running back. Ingram had the best season of his career in 2015 but only rushed for 100 yards or more in one game. Ingram scored much of his fantasy points last year on touchdowns and receiving yards. Ingram played 29 snaps, Cadet played 25 snaps, and old man Tim Hightower played 10 snaps in their loss against the Raiders. It doesn't seem like Ingram is getting the work that you expected and that doesn't surprise me. Cadet is a good add if you cannot get any of the other players on this list but you have to wait and see how the Saints are trying to run their offense before feeling confident enough to start him.