Fantasy football waiver wire for NFL Week 2: Sterling Shepherd, Justin Fields among top pickups

    Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston’s Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

We’re back. Like a full stadium of fans, we’re back.

This is my — well, to be honest, I’ve now lost track of how many years that I’ve been writing this waiver wire column, which means that it’s been a while. We’ll call it Year Five.

The premise is simple. Each week, I’ll highlight the players that are available in over 50% of leagues on ESPN who merit a roster spot, particularly those fantasy managers in 10-team leagues. If a player should be on a roster in a 14-16 team league, but probably not a 10-teamer, I’ll point that out as well. Shout out to large leagues!

This column may be updated from time to time early each week as well. Is there a player who left a game early on Sunday and we find out Monday that he’s going to be fine? If so, the backup we had added to this column will likely be removed from our recommendations.

Also, we’ve still got some Week 1 left in the form of Monday Night Football. Watch our tremendous team of Steve Levy, Louis Riddick, Brian Griese and Lisa Salters! And, if something happens in that game which leads to an add, we’ll have it mixed into this piece by Tuesday.

The last thing I’ll note is that Week 2’s version of this waiver wire column is both the easiest and hardest edition to write all season long. We finally have actual games to base opinions on, which allows us to more accurately size up how players look and how they’ll fit into their roles this season. However, we also only have a sample size of one game per team, so while some Week 1 standouts have sustained some success in the past (last year we knew right away that James Robinson was the truth), we’ve also seen fool’s gold in the season’s opening week.

Alright, you’ve heard enough from me, so let’s get to the Week 2 ESPN Fantasy Waiver Wire adds.

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