Fantasy Football: Where to go on the waiver wire in Week 2

Fantasy Football: Where to go on the waiver wire in Week 2

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CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 8: Line backer Philip Wheeler #52 and cornerback Brent Grimes #21 of the Miami Dolphins watch as tight end Jordan Cameron #84 of the Cleveland Browns catches a touchdown reception during the first half at First Energy Stadium on September 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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by JOSH DAVIS

WFAA Sports

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Don't. Panic.

There is a long fantasy season ahead of us and there are a lot of moves to be made. But unless you have room to spare to stash a player or two from skipping the end of your draft or you swung big on "sleeper" who looks to be a total bust (Hello, Mr. Sudfeld), for the most part standing pat this early in the year isn't a bad move.

Rusty players will knock off some of the rust this week, fantasy beasts will awaken from their slumber (fear not Megatron owner), and offenses will find new ways to get the ball to star players.

However, if you're playing the long game and planning for deeper in the season or you have a player or two on the edge of your roster who was unimpressive or just has a low production ceiling due to the players around him, there are a few moves worth considering if you're shopping the waiver wire this week.

(For our purposes, we'll be categorizing players each week as should be added, could be added, or if you're desperate. The number of players we take a look at will vary each week depending on injuries and their realistic usefulness in the weeks to come -- no adding players for the sake of meeting a minimum.)

Should be added

Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos

Thomas provided some fireworks and showed early chemistry with Peyton Manning, which certainly bodes well for the third-year tight end's future. While Manning also showcased his ability to share the love with his weapons, Thomas tied for third on the team with seven targets and made the most of them with a 22-yard-per-catch average. He may be overshadowed by Wes Welker and the Broncos' trio of running backs in the red zone, but Julius Thomas showed athleticism and burst that should make him a big-play option as long as he's healthy.

Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns

Cameron was less of a surprise in Week 1 than Thomas, as he was a frequent sleeper pick before the year, but he proved worth of the hype leading the team in targets (13), receptions (9), and receiving yards (108). If he's not owned in your league, he should be. He has a much higher upside than any of the middle-of-the-road receivers taking up space on the back end of a roster.

Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions

The Lions' top two running backs combined for 14 targets, nine receptions, and 168 receiving yards in Week 1, and Bell got the call twice near the goal line. However, Reggie Bush had two touchdowns called back, so don't expect automatic scores from Bell week-in and week-out. But he was impressive and will get carries, particularly if Bush struggles to stay healthy.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos

A familiar name, but not the one most thought they'd see in the starting lineup for Denver last Thursday. Montee Ball ended up with nearly as many carries as Moreno (8 vs. 9) and had nearly the same yards per carry (3.0 vs. 3.1), but Moreno also added three catches and is considered to be the better pass blocker -- a much-needed trait in a Peyton Manning offense. Ball and Hillman will each both continue to see time in the backfield, so none is a completely safe play, but if you're going to start any of the three right now, Moreno appears to be the safest bet.

Could be added

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders

In a year where Robert Griffin, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick may be doing less running, if Week 1 was any indication, Pryor will be carrying the flag this season. He's far from an elite passer, but he's slightly better than many have made him out to be considering his paltry options at receiver. Pryor will run a lot because 1) He's good at it and 2) He'll have to if he wants to survive this season. His legs make him a QB2 option, but if you drafted a solid backup, you probably don't need to consider Pryor.

Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots

After the Patriots leaned heavily on RB Shane Vereen in Week 1, and he provided them with 159 total yards, New England announced Tuesday he will need surgery for a broken wrist and will not be eligible to return until Week 11. Stevan Ridley will get the majority of the carries in the interim, and Legarrette Blount saw the remaining work out of the backfield in Week 1, Bolden is the more versatile back in a system that caters to versatility and had solid production in limited carries last season. Blount and his 250-pound frame may get the call more on the goal line, so neither is a lock for consistent production, but Bolden has the higher upside.

Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

Edelman stood out as the No. 2 receiving option for the Pats after big preseason hype for Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson, but that's largely because Edelman converted when given the opportunity. He caught seven of his nine targets and took two to the end zone. Edelman can be used in a variety of ways, and is trusted by Tom Brady. It remains to be seen whether he can continue to put up big numbers with Danny Amendola looking like Wes Welker 2.0, Thompkins tying for a team-high 14 targets, and Dobson potentially getting on the field Thursday against the Jets after sitting out Week 1 with a hamstring injury.

Marlon Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Brown has potential with Jacoby Jones expected to miss 4-6 weeks, but potential owners should be warned -- Brown had only six targets compared to eight for speedster Torrey Smith, 10 for Brandon Stokely, 11 for Ray Rice, and 12 for Dallas Clark. He could certainly get a few more looks with Jones out, and Baltimore will be throwing from behind frequently if their Week 1 defense (or lack thereof) was no fluke. But Flacco has no shortage of check-down options he likes to lean on when Smith can't get loose.

If you're desperate


Da'Rel Scott, RB, New York Giants - It was a very ugly start to the year in Dallas for David Wilson after he fumbled twice and was promptly benched. Scott isn't highly-touted, and there's no real reason to expect him to become a fantasy-starting-caliber player other than someone has to run the ball for New York. Giants coach Tom Coughlin seemed to indicate after Sunday night's game Wilson will get another chance as a starter to hold onto the ball, but the team is also working out veterans this week. But Scott could become part of a timeshare soon.

Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers - The big story after the game was Houston's comeback, but in the first half, it was Rivers. He finished the game with four touchdowns, but keep in mind the Texans pass defense has never exactly been formidable. Worth keeping an eye on this week against Philadelphia, and possibly an add if you didn't draft a backup.

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - Welp. That was quick. Dwyer is back with the Steelers after an incredibly poor rushing performance from the team in Week 1 and an injury to LaRod Stephens-Howling. Pittsburgh is hoping for a quick recovery from Le'Veon Bell, who may be worth stashing for a few weeks if you're thin at running back or have other runners who are known injury question marks.

Legarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots - For the reasons mentioned earlier, Bolden seems like the more-likely option as a change-of-pace back, but Blount did manage a few carries (compared to zero for Bolden) in Week 1. Maybe he can find a touch of that 2010 magic again.

 

Josh Davis is a WFAA.com web editor, formerly covered the Texas Rangers for WFAA.com. and is kinda obsessed with fantasy sports. He has no professional expertise in fantasy sports, but finds it funny that anyone claims they do.
 

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