Nyheim Hines and Benny Snell

  • Nyheim Hines is owned in 21% of fantasy football leagues and scored 27.3 points in Week 1.
  • Benny Snell is owned in 17% of fantasy football leagues.
  • Odds are high that Joshua Kelley is available (owned in 13% of leagues).

INDIANAPOLIS – As Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books, fantasy football owners can begin looking at the waiver wire as a way to improve their teams heading into Week 2.

It is best to look for those players that had either a great Week 1 outing that could be in line for a great Week 2 and rest of the season.

The other focus should be on backup players that are filling in for injured starters.

Top Week 2 Waiver Wire Players

  • Nyheim Hines – 21% owned
  • Benny Snell – 17% owned
  • Joshua Kelley – 13% owned

Starting with Nyheim Hines, he is in line for more playing time and bigger opportunities for the rest of the season as Colts RB1, Marlon Mack, suffered a torn Achilles that will have him sidelined for the remainder of the season.

This moves Jonathan Taylor up to the RB1 spot and Hines up to the RB2.

Even with Mack playing in some parts of Week 1, Hines made the best of it as he was able to put up 28 rushing yards, 45 receiving yards scoring both a rushing and receiving touchdown. This led to 22.3 points in half-PPR leagues and 27.3 in full-PPR leagues.

Something else that makes Hines even more enticing is his pass-catching capability and early chemistry with Philip Rivers.

Hines was put to work on the receiving end in Week 1, which is something that Philip Rivers often puts to good use.

Rivers is known to make short passes to his running backs as he did during his time with the Chargers in names like Austin Ekeler, Danny Woodhead, and more.

With Marlon Mack sidelined for the year and his early connection with Rivers, Hines could be in line for a nice fantasy season.

Benny Snell Jr., RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Benny Snell is another player who could be in line for not just a great season but could have a huge impact on fantasy football.

Going into the season, legal betting sites were not high on Snell as he was seen as merely a backup who would hardly get touches.

That quickly changed during Monday Night Football as the Steelers RB1, James Conner, exited the game with an ankle injury and did not return.

Once Conner was out, Snell completely took over the run game.

Snell went on to have a career game as he finished with 19 rushing attempts for 113 yards – good for 11.3 points in both half and full PPR leagues.

With Conner not only dealing with an ankle injury but also being known as injury-prone in the NFL, this could set up Snell for a nice season as he would likely get more touches and take advantage of them as he did in Week 1.

Joshua Kelley, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

Joshua Kelley had himself a remarkable Week 1 of his rookie season.

Kelley was able to put up 60 rushing yards and a touchdown on just 12 attempts. This was good for 12 fantasy points in both half and full PPR leagues as well on daily fantasy football sites.

Kelley was filling in as the RB2 for the injured Justin Jackson. Where Kelley really adds value to this LA Chargers team is on the rushing end being that the teams RB1, Austin Ekeler, is known more as a receiving back.

This could set up Kelley to take on more of the rushing duties.

As long as Justin Jackson remains sidelined, Kelley is sure to get more opportunities to not only prove himself but also make his way to an RB2 spot on a team that utilizes RB2’s very well.

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