Russell Gage

  • Russell Gage is owned in 17% of fantasy leagues.
  • Josh Adams is owned in 1% of leagues.
  • O.J. Howard is owned in 27% of leagues
  • Mitchell Trubisky is owned in 6% of leagues.

NEW YORK — As Week 2 of the NFL season is approaching, fantasy football general managers should be looking at players that were not picked up during the waiver wire period to add to their teams.

The waiver wire period begins once NFL games come to an end that week and ends usually the Wednesday after all games are done. Once the waiver period is over, those players that were not added can be added freely with no wait period.

Players To Target

  • Russell Gage – 17% owned
  • Josh Adams – 1% owned
  • O.J. Howard – 27% owned
  • Mitchell Trubisky – 6% owned

Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Those who are looking for a receiver to add to their roster can look at Russell Gage of the Atlanta Falcons.

Gage had a huge Week 1 in a pass-first Falcons offense. Gage was tied for leading the team in targets with 12 targets which was good for 114 yards. He was able to put up 15.9 points on fantasy football betting sites.

It might not seem like Gage has a high ceiling being that he is behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley on the Falcons depth chart, but he indeed does as both Jones and Ridley reel in most of the defensive coverage which opens up the field for Gage.

Not to mention, he is also catching passes from Matt Ryan who is one of the better quarterbacks in the league.

Gage is someone to consider picking up if a team is short on receivers.

Josh Adams, RB, New York Jets

Before fantasy GM’s fly right over Adams, they should consider giving him a look as the Jets have just placed their RB1, Le’Veon Bell on IR.

Adams had a solid Week 1 as he put up 9.2 fantasy football points on 8 rush yards, 14 receiving yards and a rushing touchdown. Though these do not look like great numbers, Adams is sure to get more carries now that Bell is sidelined for three weeks.

Adams took over as the lead back once Bell went down in Week 1. It is expected that he will be splitting carries with Frank Gore as it was expected that Gore and Bell were going to split carries this season.

He also got the goal line call as well to punch in the Jets final score of the game.

With the thin talent at the running back position for the Jets, Adams is worth taking a chance on in both season-long fantasy leagues as well as daily fantasy sites.

O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In a league where high fantasy value tight ends are hard to come by, O.J. Howard should be looked at as a reliable option.

Howard had a terrible 2019 season in which he made a lot of fantasy owners frustrated. In 2020, however, things have changed now that Tom Brady is under center.

If there is one thing to know about Tom Brady, it is that he loves his tight ends. And that showed with Howard in Week 1 as he put up 11.6 fantasy points on 36 yards and a touchdown on six targets.

Many thought that it would be the Rob Gronkowski show in Tampa Bay, but that clearly did not happen as he had just 11 yards on two receptions on three targets.

Howard could easily take over the TE1 spot as soon as Week 2 which would escalate his fantasy value even more.

Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears

For those fantasy owners that are streaming quarterbacks from week to week, Mitch Trubisky should be on deck for his Week 2 matchup with the New York Giants.

Trubisky had a great Week 1 where he put up 246 yards and three touchdowns with surprisingly no interceptions. His performance was good for 24.28 fantasy points.

Something that fantasy GM’s should take note of also is that this Giants defense allowed for 229 yards and three touchdowns from Ben Roethlisberger in Week 1.

This should help Trubisky’s fantasy stock rise even more heading into Week 2 as he could see a similar performance to his Week 1 outing.

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