The top fantasy football waiver wire pickups are pretty clear this week. Elijah Mitchell is obviously the most coveted free-agent back on the market, and names like Jameis Winston and Christian Kirk stand out as well.
But there are a few underrated options who could shine as well. Here are three waiver wire sleepers to target heading into Week 2.
Waiver Wire Sleepers Week 2
3. Juwan Johnson, TE, New Orleans Saints (12% Rostered)
Juwan Johnson balled out this week. He turned 3 targets into 3 receptions for 21 yards and 2 touchdowns. The TDs are obviously unsustainable, but there's reason to believe he could be a big part of this offense moving forward. The 3 targets were good for a 15.0% target share, which is pretty good for a tight end. Jameis Winston also targeted tight ends Johnson and Adam Trautman on a whopping 45.0% of his attempts. Johnson has low-end TE1 potential this season and is only rostered in 12% of leagues. He's a great flyer.
2. K.J. Hamler, WR, Denver Broncos (2% Rostered)
K.J. Hamler didn't do much in Week 1. He turned 4 targets into 3 receptions for 41 yards. But it would've been a lot more had he not dropped a 50-yard touchdown that hit him right in the hands. With Jerry Jeudy sidelined for the next 4-to-6 weeks, Hamler could be in for an increased role moving forward. That's especially true considering Hamler has reportedly been working with the first team since Jeudy went down.
1. Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams (2% Rostered)
Van Jefferson wasted no time making an impact. On the Los Angeles Rams first drive of the season, the second-year wideout caught a 67-yard touchdown from new QB Matthew Stafford. He would go on to finish the game with 3 targets, 2 receptions 80 yards and a touchdown. While the opportunity might not seem like much, Jefferson could be poised for a big season. He actually played 36 snaps compared to 40 for Robert Woods, showing that the gap between these two might not be as big as we thought. He's already got No. 3 WR duties locked down in one of the league's most dangerous passing attacks. It wouldn't be a shock to see his role continue to grow from here.
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