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Fantasy football waiver wire: Week 2 targets include 49ers rookie Dante Pettis


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The first week of the fantasy football season is all but over, so it's time to start thinking about Week 2. 

Whether you need to replace a stud who suffered an injury, or just want to keep a player out of your opponent's hands, it's vital to stay active on the waiver wire. Here are four flex-eligible players to keep in mind for waiver claims Tuesday morning, all of whom have plenty of upside and are owned in fewer than 15 percent of Yahoo and ESPN fantasy leagues. 

T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars RB (14 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, 7.9 percent owned in ESPN)

Yeldon was pressed into action when Leonard Fournette went down with an injury to his right hamstring in the second quarter, and filled in admirably. He rushed for 51 yards, added 18 receiving, and caught three passes, including a touchdown against the New York Giants. The running back led Jacksonville with seven targets, to boot. 

The severity of Fournette's injury is still not known, but Yeldon is worth claiming just in case, especially if you're playing in a PPR league and/or have Fournette. He averaged 47.7 total yards and three catches per game last season as the No. 2 back, and those numbers are sure to increase if he's once again Jacksonville's top option out of the backfield. 

Phillip Dorsett, New England Patriots WR (4 percent owned in Yahoo, 4.6 percent owned in ESPN)

With Julian Edelman still out for three more games due to his suspension, Dorsett emerged as an early favorite for Tom Brady in Week 1. He hauled in all seven of his targets for 66 yards against the Houston Texans, and added a receiving touchdown. 

You're throwing darts at a board with any of the Patriots receivers this early in the season, but there's some sustainability to Dorsett's game. He finished third behind tight end Rob Gronkowski (nine) and running back James White (eight) in targets, and those two were second and fourth, respectively, last season. At the very least, Dorsett looks like a frontrunner for the No. 2 spot behind Edelman. 

Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos RB (3 percent owned in Yahoo, 1.9 percent owned in ESPN)

Lindsay finished with the same exact rushing line (15 carries, 71 yards, no touchdowns) Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks as preseason darling Royce Freeman. The first-year back edged fellow rookie Freeman in the receiving game, grabbing two catches on three targets for 31 yards and a touchdown.

You don't want to read too much into a rookie's first game, but consider the following: the Minnesota Vikings targeted running backs 129 times from Week 2 onward last season. Week 2, of course, was when current Broncos starter Case Keenum took over as signal-caller. As long as Lindsay and Freeman are splitting carries, the former's upside in the passing game may ultimately make him a superior option.

Dante Pettis, San Francisco 49ers WR (1% owned in Yahoo, 0.8 owned in ESPN)

Consider Pettis a fallback, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the 49ers rookie. Pettis became the first 49er since Vernon Davis in 2006 to catch a touchdown pass in his NFL debut. Plus, his five targets were fourth-most on the day, and the second-most by a rookie receiver in franchise history.

Marquise Goodwin left the 24-16 loss to the Vikings early with a quad injury, and his absence would seemingly keep the door open for Pettis. His big-play ability makes him worth a flyer, especially for Goodwin owners in need of insurance. 

49ers notes: Mike McGlinchey splits time at tackle, guard

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Rookie offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey had a notable NFL debut on Sunday when he was asked to do something he never did during his career at Notre Dame.

Black Fruit PunchGrapeGrey Flex Merrell MQM After starting and playing the first 34 snaps of his first professional game at right tackle, McGlinchey was forced to move to right guard for the final 32 offensive plays in the 49ers’ 24-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. McGlinchey never played a snap at guard in college.

When right guard Mike Person and his replacement, Joshua Garnett, both sustained foot injuries, the 49ers had few options. Veteran tackle Garry Gilliam entered the game, and the 49ers had a decision to make. Gilliam had not practice much in the past month due to a concussion.

“Especially in the first game, you don’t want to do that,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “Once it happened, though, you got to decide which way to go. We thought he’d be better in there at guard, just since he’s been practicing the last month, where Gilliam just got in here the last week.

“My hat’s off to him. He didn’t hesitate. He was excited about the challenge and went in there and did his best. I was definitely happy that he was willing to do that.”

McGlinchey said 49ers offensive line coach John Benton asked him, “McGlinch, you want to play guard?”

McGlinchey said, “Sure.”

McGlinchey slid down one spot to line up next to center Weston Richburg. McGlinchey had not taken any snaps at guard since his arrival with the 49ers as the No. 9 overall pick in the draft.

“I told Weston, ‘You’re going to have to help me out a little bit,' and he did, so we made it work," McGlinchey said.

Morris fumble explained

Running back Alfred Morris claimed neither Linval Joseph or Harrison Smith made much of a play on his costly second quarter fumble at the goal line. The Vikings’ best defender on that play, according to Morris, was perspiration.

Morris said he was surprised by the humidity inside U.S. Bank Stadium. He said his fumble was a result of having wet arms.

"My arms were super sweaty,” Morris said. “The ball was already coming out."

On a second-and-goal play from the 1-yard line, Joseph was credited with causing the fumble and Harrison recovered. The 49ers were looking to tie the game at 10-10 at the time.

This ‘n’ that

Linebacker Brock Coyle was diagnosed with a concussion. He must pass through the NFL’s return-to-play protocol to be cleared for the 49ers’ game Sunday against the Detroit Lions. . . Garnett, who was carted off the field with a foot injury on the second play of the third quarter, said he felt his injury was not serious. “I’m going to be fine,” Garnett said. “I’m a warrior. I’ll be back out there.” . . . Richard Sherman recovered a fumble in the second quarter and hand-delivered the ball to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Sherman said he told Garoppolo the defense would get the ball back to him, so he literally gave the ball to him. . . Second-year defensive lineman Solomon Thomas made a major blunder with 2:54 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Vikings facing a fourth-and-1 situation. Minnesota was letting the play clock wind down with no intention of snapping the ball. But Thomas jumped offside on Kirk Cousins’ hard count. With the new set of downs, the Vikings ran an additional minute off the clock. “I think he knows,” Shanahan said. “I can sit there and yell as loud as I want at him, but I think he knows. I think everyone in the world knows that.”

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With linebacker Dekoda Watson going on injured reserve on Friday, the 49ers are in need of a replacement. So they are reportedly bringing two free agent linebackers to Santa Clara on Monday for workouts.

Veteran Erik Walden and three-year pro Hau'oli Kikaha will visit with the 49ers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The 33-year-old Walden played with the Titans last season. He was with the Seahawks this summer, but Seattle cut him on Sept. 7. In 145 career games, Walden has 248 total tackles and 35 sacks.

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Kikaha, a second-round back by the Saints in 2015, was waived by New Orleans on Aug. 31. Last season, he played in 12 games, recording just six tackles and four sacks.

The 49ers' roster currently sits at 52 players following the Watson roster move.