Week 2 Fantasy Waiver Wire Gems
Week one has been glorious, and fortunately for all of us, it’s not over just yet, as there are two games still slated for Monday Night Football. While we could still find some breakout studs tonight, we all need to be quick to react after some big injuries and solid performances on Sunday.
Perhaps you lost Fred Jackson. Maybe you were disappointed with a rookie passer you were high on. Whatever the case may be, you’ll be on the hunt for some help in your league’s waiver wire. We will once again use player availability percentages from standard Yahoo! leagues.
All players listed should be available in no less than 51% of leagues.
Kevin Kolb, QB, Arizona Cardinals (98%)
Kolb is unowned in a ton of leagues for two good reasons. First, because until the end of week one, he wasn’t the starter. And secondly because he had a terrible preseason. With that said, Kolb looked fantastic as he led the Cardinals to a late win over the Seahawks, and he could be playing for a while with Skelton lost with a high ankle sprain. He has a date with the New England Patriots in week two, so you can probably bank on him passing quite a bit.
Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City Chiefs (87%)
Cassel put up a solid 21 fantasy points in week one, and he could do even more damage in week two. If the Bills let Mark Sanchez and the Jets put up 48 points, who knows what the Chiefs could do. Cassel isn’t always the most consistent performer, but I think he can help you out this week with a solid matchup.
Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins (73%)
So much for those Shananigans. Morris started against the Saints and was truly the feature back as he rumbled for 96 rushing yards and two scores. I’d like to see some involvement in the passing game, but this will do. He’s a dynamite Flex play going forward and has the ability to be a reliable RB2.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills (31%) ***Cheat Special***
Every week we include a “cheat special” pick that isn’t on many waiver wires, but could still be on some. Fred Jackson should be out at least a couple weeks, if not more, with a knee sprain, which means Spiller has RB2 to RB1 potential going forward. He busted out for 169 yards and a touchdown in relief of Jackson against the Jets, and he needs to be owned everywhere. By the end of the week, he should be owned in less than 10% of leagues.
Donald Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills (99%)
Jones was decent in week one with 41 yards and a touchdown, but his role could be even better going forward if slot man David Nelson is lost with a torn acl (as feared). He’s a bit of a risky option, but Buffalo’s offense produces fantasy results more often than not, so he’s worth a flier.
Stephen Hill, WR, New York Jets (86%)
While everyone is busy hyping up Kevin Ogletree, I’ve got the feeling Hill holds a little more credibility. He’s still a raw rookie, but he’s the true number two receiver for the Jets, and Mark Sanchez wasted no time introducing him to the NFL in week one. His 89 yards and two touchdowns showed his immense potential. He’s more than just a flier.
James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers (78%)
Jones racked up 81 yards and a score off of just four catches, once again showing his talent and Green Bay’s unpredictable nature on offense, all in the same breath. He’s hit or miss from week to week, but his offense is still a great place to be and this was a great way to start 2012.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears (66%)
I’m a believer in Jeffery, and the belief paid off right away. It took until late in the game, but Jeffery still registered 80 yards and a touchdown in his pro debut. It’ll only be a matter of time before he’s Cutler’s officially #2 receiver. He just has too much size and play-making ability to keep down for long.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers (54%)
Just like with James Jones, you may have to take your licks in random weeks with Cobb, but he’s still a guy that needs to be owned. In fact, his explosive ability on returns like we saw in week one adds to his versatility, as he’s now lining up all over the field and being used in ways many never even imagined. His week one nine receptions aren’t an accident. He’s going to be very involved in a pass-heavy offense.
Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (95%)
It’s time to hop onto the Blaine Gabbert hype train, which in turn should mean full support for Lewis. Gabbert looks like a totally different player this year, and it’s already translated into five receptions, 52 yards and a touchdown for Lewis. It’s worth noting that Lewis had zero touchdowns in 2011 after scoring 10 in 2010. He could be slowly heading back to 2010-type production.
Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (77%)
I was asked for a sleeper tight end this week, and I voted for Miller, who the Steelers have promised a bigger role all off-season. They wasted no time living up to that promise, as Miller paced the top waiver wire tight ends with 13 fantasy points. He isn’t explosive, but I think he can be a somewhat reliable weekly option in 2012.
Martellus Bennett, WR, New York Giants (75%)
Bennett has good size and speed for the position, and he looked good in his Giants debut against the Cowboys. Look for him to get even more involved as he and Eli Manning develop better chemistry.
Billy Cundiff, K, Washington Redskins (83%)
The Redskins marched into New Orleans and dropped 40 points on the Saints, so clearly they can score. Cundiff was 100% on four field goals and four extra points, which for now redeems himself for chocking in last year’s AFC title game. Kind of.
Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings (98%)
The Vikings’ offense is clearly solid with Adrian Peterson back and Christian Ponder taking care of the football. If this keeps up, the rookie Walsh could be a very solid weekly option.
Shayne Graham, K, Houston Texans (94%)
Graham kicks for a great offense in the Texans, so he should already be owned in fantasy football. His quality debut with the team ensures he’s a worth while addition.
Cleveland Browns DEF/ST (98%)
They’re the friggin’ Browns, so it’s no shocker that 2% of owners have them. Which leads me to believe one of the owners is our own Keet Bailey, who is a Browns fan, and then three other guys who don’t ever draft their teams. Sorry Keet. With that said, Cleveland’s D wasn’t messing around in week one, as they racked up five turnovers and totaled 27 fantasy points, depending on your league. Can they keep that going? I doubt it, but they’re out there if you’re up for the risk.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DEF/ST (99%)
The Buccaneers could be just as a big of a tease/joke as Cleveland, but this is one unit I might actually buy into. The Buccaneers have proven to be a different unit with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy in the lineup, and they really made the Panthers look bad in week one. Stash them if your defense is a sorry squad and see if they can keep dominating.
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