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Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

So it’s the first Tuesday of the season and if you drafted like me you are considering 2 options. The first one being a complete overhaul of your team via the waiver wire and the second is to quit fantasy football all together and learn how to crochet because you have no business near a fantasy roster this season.

The first week of the season is always the hardest to deal with. You spend weeks planning your draft strategy only to lose in the first week to a guy who have never watched a football game in his life. So you freak out and you grab Kevin Ogletree because he scored two TDs and then you start him over Dez Bryant because after the first week Bryant is not ”the guy” everyone said he was. Now you are a loser two weeks in a row and you burned the best waiver pick you will have all season.

The point being that after week one patience is your best friend. Jamaal Charles is a fantasy stud who only got seven carries in the first week. Keep that in mind when looking at Allen Hurns who is a top five WR this week, after he posted Ogletree-like numbers. If you are not getting the Ogletree reference, he was a WR for the Dallas Cowboys who scored two TDs in week one a couple of years back and was never heard from again. So with all that out of the way, if you are still determined to make a move, here are a few guys I am looking at.

Running Back:

Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens – This is an easy one this week since we now know that Ray Rice is out of the picture. After a strong performance in week one, (70yds, 11car, and a touchdown) I believe he passes Bernard Pearce and takes the #1 spot. For years Forsett was predicted to break out as a strong fantasy option but it’s hard to get on the field when you are guy backing up Marshawn Lynch. Right now Forsett is under 20% owned, but that will change by morning.

Terrance West, Cleveland Browns – He is 90% owned but if available, you should pick up West. His biggest down side right now is that he plays for the Browns. I am not sold on Tate as a starter, even though I drafted him. West got 100 yards on 16 carries and at the very least will have Browns coaches considering a switch. I am guessing when Tate gets back to 100% he will be on a short leash and when he hangs himself with it, West will be the man.

Tight End:

Mercedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars – This guy was upset when he went undrafted in almost all leagues. Maybe you don’t start him, but if you have a spot on our bench to stash a guy he might be worth a shot. If you are not in PPR league he probably scored less than six points. However he was targeted nine times and caught six passes for 35 yards. PPR or not you need to have the ball to score and Lewis got the ball six times.

Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles– Being from Oregon and being a Chip Kelly fan I love this offense. Kelly likes to score fast and often doing whatever he can to give defenses a lot to think about. Ertz was targeted 4 times gaining 77 yards and a touchdown. Still available in over 40% of leagues. TE is always a shallow position, so if you are hurting for an everyday starter I would take a shot on Ertz.

Wide Receiver:

Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars – Chad Henne was a pretty good QB before injuries pushed him into the background. The top WR spot is up for grabs and if Hurns can continue to build trust with Henne it could change your fantasy season.

Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers – Floyd has been out of the picture for a few years due to injuries. It wasn’t that long ago that the Rivers/Floyd combo was money. Now that he is back healthy and playing alongside Keenan Allen and Antonio Gates in an offense that like to throw the ball, he could be a fantasy stud once more.

Quarterback:

There are a list of low draft % QB who had good weeks. So here is a quick look, they are all pretty much the same at this point.

Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals – He has a history of being able to throw the ball and has two very good starting WR’s.

Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars – Henne was a good QB in Miami before injuries forced him out. It is Jacksonville, but Henne might be the QB that gives them a shot at not being a total disaster.

Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans – Locker looked good in his first outing and he is always a threat to get some yards on the ground. I wouldn’t start him week but I might stash him. QBs that run the ball are high risk, but they can also be high reward.

Defense:

Houston Texans– Still available in over 40% of leagues. These guys looked good against the Redskins and are going up against a Raiders offense that only against 158 total yards in week one.

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Jason Duclos

Jason DuClos has been a contributing writer for CCB since 2013. He is a loving father of three, a devoted husband, part time youth director, and full time fantasy football fanatic. When he is not coaching 1st and 4th grade basketball, teaching, or writing a paper for school is he working on his blog. He is self described as the other side of the coin, someone who lives on the side of devils advocate. Whether it's fantasy football or wrestling, he will not shy away from controversy. You can read his blogs exclusively on CCB and follow him on Twitter @TSMPDX

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