Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Options Heading into Week 2
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With Week 1 complete, it's time to put last week behind us and look ahead.
One of the most added players going into Week 2 will be Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, who broke out with a 110-yard, two-TD performance against the Ravens on Thursday Night Football last week. The challenge for Thomas to be a consistent performer week in and week out is the presence of a talented trio of receivers in Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker.
Every week, we compile a list of potential additions to your fantasy squad(s) that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in either the short- or long-term (or both).
For a player to appear on this list, he needs to satisfy two criteria: (1) he is owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues or less and (2) he was not on last week's waiver-wire list.
Since this is our first waiver-wire post of the year, the second requirement is automatically met, but something to keep in mind with our future recommendations.
But Thomas, who is owned in 55 percent of Yahoo! leagues, is not on this list due to the 50-percent requirement. That said, he is worth adding if he is available in your league(s).
The following list are players to consider adding to your fantasy squad (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):
QB - Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders (owned in 11 percent of Yahoo! leagues)
In a game that was expected to be a blowout, Pryor nearly led the Raiders to an upset over the Colts on the road with a record-setting performance (his 112 rushing yards is the most by a Raiders QB). Even though he threw for only 217 yards and a touchdown, he had the ninth-most points among fantasy QBs through Sunday's games.
With his athleticism and the team's likelihood to play from behind often, Pryor will flirt with low-end QB1 numbers in several weeks, but he will also have his share of dud performances as well.
QB - E.J. Manuel, Buffalo Bills (19 percent)
As the only quarterback selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Manuel missed the team's final two preseason games due to a "minor" knee procedure but was ready to start in Week 1. Like Pryor, Manuel nearly pulled off an upset as a double-digit underdog.
Manuel threw for only 150 yards on 18-of-27 passing, but he threw two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Patriots. He also ran three times for 23 yards. With his dual-threat abilities, Manuel should approach low-end QB1 numbers in several weeks as well.
RB - Joique Bell, Detroit Lions (35 percent)
If I were looking to add a running back off the waiver wire, Joique Bell would be the first guy I'd target among the group of RBs owned in less than 50 percent of leagues. Even with Reggie Bush finishing with 191 yards from scrimmage (YFS), Bell was highly productive with 92 YFS and two TDs. Although he won't always score a TD (or two), Bell should get 10-12 touches per game with some goal-line opportunities and have an opportunity to produce as a solid flex option in most weeks.
RB - Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills (45 percent)
If I told you before Week 1 started that Jackson would score more fantasy points than C.J. Spiller, you would have told me I'm crazy. You may still call me crazy (I've been called worse), but that is what happened.
Of course, I don't expect that to happen most weeks, but Jackson was heavily involved as he carried the ball 13 times and was targeted five times and had four receptions. He finished with the game with 108 YFS and should get 15 or so touches going forward.
RB - Da'Rel Scott, New York Giants (three percent)
Giants running back David Wilson spent most of the second half on the bench after he fumbled for a second time Sunday night. While he is explosive as a runner, Wilson's struggles with pass protection and ball security could keep him in Tom Coughlin's doghouse.
With Wilson on the sidelines, Scott carried the ball five times for 23 yards and had five receptions on eight targets for 51 yards. The team will likely sign a free-agent running back this week and that guy (perhaps Beanie Wells, Jonathan Dwyer or Willis McGahee) could turn out to be a better option than Scott. Until then, Scott should be considered.
RB - Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos (42 percent)
In the season opener, Moreno got the start over Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman and led the team with nine carries for 28 yards and added three receptions for 37 yards. While I wouldn't feel comfortable starting any of the Broncos running backs in a 12-team league, I'd still prefer to own Ball more than Moreno or Hillman. With Hillman still owned in 39 percent of leagues, however, I'd drop him for Moreno if I couldn't own Ball, who is owned in 87 percent of leagues.
WR - Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins (46 percent)
In his debut, Mike Wallace had only one reception for 15 yards in the team's win over the Browns and was not happy with his role. Meanwhile, Hartline was likely happy with his. Hartine, the team's only 1,000-yard receiver last year, had nine receptions for a game-high 114 yards and a touchdown on 15 targets.
WR - Rueben Randle, New York Giants (48 percent)
Generating a plenty of buzz in the offseason, Randle was a guy that appeared on many preseason sleeper lists including mine. The thought was that Randle could be productive as a the team's No. 3 receiver behind Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, but that his value would skyrocket if one of those guys got injured.
On Sunday night against the Cowboys, all three receivers had 100-plus yards, a first for the franchise, and Randle had five receptions for 101 yards.
WR - Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals (21 percent)
In the team's opener, Roberts led the team in receiving (97 yards) on eight receptions. His nine targets were second to only Larry Fitzgerald's 14 targets, but Fitzgerald, Roberts and Michael Floyd all finished with 80-plus yards. Even with a projected breakout for Floyd, Roberts will have a chance to build upon last year's career-high stat line of 64/759/5.
WR - Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (23 percent)
Although Danny Amendola and rookie Kenbrell Thompkins led the team with 14 targets, Edelman still got a large share of targets (nine) in the team's come-from-behind win. He finished the game with seven receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Based on some of the miscommunication between Tom Brady and the rookies, I would not be surprised to see Edelman continue to receive 8-10 targets per game going forward.
WR - Rod Streater, Oakland Raiders (seven percent)
In the team's opener, Streater was the recipient of a team-high eight targets from Pryor and led the team in receiving yards (70). As an undrafted free agent out of Temple in 2012, Streater has good size, speed and route-running ability and should have some upside, especially in games that the Raiders fall behind. Oh wait, I guess I just mean Raiders games.
TE - Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals (21 percent)
Eifert caught all five of his targets Sunday for 47 yards to finish second on the team in receiving behind A.J. Green. As the only tight end selected in the first round of the draft, Eifert has the athleticism and hands to be a consistent producer on a weekly basis.