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The Watchlist: Deep Sleeper Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2

Dan Israeli
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With Week 2 of the fantasy football season upon us, it will be interesting to see how all of the Week 1 waiver wire heroes perform, which will help to determine whether the hype was real or just an outlier performance.

Players like Marquise Brown, John Ross III and Terry McLaurin were scooped up in many leagues, and are just a few examples of players who will be under the magnifying glass in Week 2. Beyond the more obvious names, however, there are other intriguing players to watch this Sunday, who could end up being next week's headliners off the waiver wire.

Here are three deep sleepers, all owned in under 25 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues, who are worth monitoring this weekend.

3. Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos

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All of the attention in Week 1 was on Noah Fant's tight end teammate at Iowa, TJ Hockenson, and rightfully so. The Detroit Lions rookie caught six balls for 131 yards and a TD and now has his ownership up to 87 percent in Yahoo! leagues. If you are TE-needy (looking at you, Hunter Henry owners), Fant could be an intriguing option going forward. An athletic freak who ran a 4.50 forty-yard dash, Fant only mustered two catches (on four targets) for 29 yards in Week 1, but he played 81 percent of the snaps. Considering how often Joe Flacco tends to target tight ends, Fant's best days could be ahead of him. He's likely not worth a start against the Chicago Bears in Week 2, but he's certainly a player worth monitoring, as he's owned in just 11 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

2. Chris Conley, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

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It's hard to properly assess the Jacksonville Jaguars wide receivers after Week 1, as their top three guys all produced. Preseason favorite Dede Westbrook caught five balls for 30 yards and a touchdown, buzzy second-year WR DJ Chark dropped a 4-146-1 line and veteran Chris Conley flew under the radar with a 6-97-1 line of his own. While Westbrook is clearly the most heavily owned WR at 85 percent in Yahoo! leagues, Conley is owned in just four percent of leagues. At this point, it's anyone's guess which receiver new starting QB Gardner Minshew will favor the most, but in Week 1, Conley trailed only Westbrook in targets (6 to 5). Conley quietly drew rave reviews in camp could be challenging Chark as the second most valuable WR on the Jags.

1. Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers

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The Week 1 waiver wire was all about the buzzy wide receivers, as there weren't a lot of running backs atop the list of most-added players. One name that mostly slipped through the cracks is Raheem Mostert of the San Francisco 49ers, as he's now in line to be the No. 2 RB behind Matt Breida following Tevin Coleman's high ankle sprain. While Breida struggled (15 carries for 37 yards), Mostert ran angry and more efficiently (nine carries for 40 yards). He is by no means a generational talent, but Mostert looked great on 34 carries last season (261 yards on 7.7 yards per carry) before a broken arm ended his season. Given Breida's frustrating inability to stay on the field, Mostert makes a lot of sense as a pickup for RB-needy teams. He is available in 87 percent of Yahoo! leagues.


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