This post, again, was unplanned. I’m going to have to write quickly because I’m almost out of time.
Week 2 was a good example of why we shouldn’t overreact to Week 1. We should do the same Week 2. But it is important to recognize trends.
I was busy on the waiver wire today. You should be too.
A few years ago I realized there was always one or two huge talents available on the waiver wire early in the season that I just wasn’t able to pull the trigger on. I’ve thrown that mindset to the wind. I’m not holding my free agent bucks, especially because my leagues are full of savvy owners who don’t let players sit around long and who don’t let you snipe players at a cheap price.
If you’re reading our site, you may be in the same boat, looking for a slight edge that your competitors may not have access to.
Here are the some of the players I considered today and you should consider too. Last week’s waiver adds who should be considered once again this week are at the bottom of each position.
Carson Palmer, ARI — I was surprised to see Palmer still available on the waiver wire in one of my leagues. If I wrote a bold predictions column in the preseason, I would have said the Arizona Cardinals are Super Bowl contenders as long as Carson Palmer can stay on the field. He has elite receiving weapons and an emerging NFL superstar in David Johnson.
Andy Dalton, CIN — Dalton appeared in our Draft Kings sleepers last week. He put up another solid performance, has a 120.3 quarterback rating and A.J. Green still hasn’t gotten heavily involved this season.
Derek Carr, OAK — I was concerned about Carr’s reliance on extremely short throws last season and after a dismal week 1, I dropped him. But week 2 showed what this offense might have in store for opponents this season. Amari Cooper is a superstar in the making and Michael Crabtree appears to be reanimated.
Last week’s picks
Tyrod Taylor, Marcus Mariota
David Johnson, ARI — Johnson is a playmaker. Playmakers force coaches to give them the ball.
Matt Jones, WAS — I drafted Matt Jones in a couple spots this season. He’s a potential NFL star, but he’ll probably share carries with Alfred Morris at least for this season. If Morris gets hurt, though, Jones becomes an instant must-start RB1.
Dion Lewis, NE — Owning Patriots running backs is always a risky proposition. I scrape them off my draft lists in the preseason. But Lewis has been what New England envisioned Shane Vereen should have been and that forced me to put in a claim on him in one league.
Christine Michael, DAL — Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are on the shelf. Joe Randle and Darren McFadden have been unable to take over games, despite an offensive line that produced the top rusher in the NFL last season. Michael’s going to get his shot. Pick him up in case he lives up to the hype he generated as a rookie in Seattle.
James Starks, GB — Eddie Lacy’s injury doesn’t appear to be too serious, but Starks is one of the top backups in the NFL. While he’s on the field he is a starting fantasy running back with upside only few offenses in the NFL can generate.
Isaiah Crowell, CLE — Crowell was my sneaky RB pick last season in a lot of places. I was both excited and disappointed by him last season. If he can continue to perform like he did last week — 70 yards and a TD — he’ll keep Duke Johnson at bay.
Devonta Freeman, ATL — Eh, I know. But Tevin Coleman has a fractured rib, which means it’s all about pain tolerance. We’re not sure what that means for the rookie Coleman. In the meantime, Freeman will get some volume of carries and will be involved in the passing game.
Last week’s picks
Karlos Williams, Darren Sproles
Donte Moncrief, IND — Moncrief was on last week’s picks, but it’s worth noting that if nobody picked him up, he must be your top priority today. Moncrief impressed last season. Then on Monday night, with T.Y. Hilton on the field, Moncrief was the best receiver. Some of that was because of the Jets defensive backs, but when the Colts aren’t facing New York, they’re going to put up buckets of passing yards and Moncrief stands to benefit greatly. He might end up being the waiver wire wide receiver pickup of the year.
Michael Crabtree, OAK — The scuttlebutt around the fantasy community is that the Oakland offense probably can’t support two star wide receivers and that rookie Amari Cooper is the A1 option. I agree with the A1 thing, but not that the offense wont’ be productive enough for two wide receivers.
Travis Benjamin, CLE — Benjamin has made scoring long touchdowns his thing. That’s unsustainable, but in leagues where your skill players get points for returns and return yards, Benjamin is a MUST ADD.
Leonard Hankerson, ATL — Hankerson was a draft target for me. He flashed potential in Washington. Then on Sunday he caught six passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. More importantly, he was targeted 11 times to only one for No. 2 wide receiver Roddy White. Maybe it was game script, but the injury-prone White showed he lost a step last season. Hankerson is emerging as the receiver who will benefit from defenses shadowing Julio Jones.
Rishard Matthews, MIA — After scoring a touchdown in week 1, Rishard Matthews caught six of seven targets for 115 yards in week 2. He is quickly emerging as the No. 2 WR opposite Jarvis Landry in Miami.
Last week’s picks
James Jones, Stevie Johnson, Brandon Coleman, Percy Harvin, Terrence Williams, Cole Beasley, Philip Dorsett
Crockett Gillmore, BAL — Last season, we had Crockett Gillmore fifth in our boom-or-bust TE projections in week 8. He didn’t quite follow up on his initial splash last season, but his 6-foot-6, 270-pound frame seemed destined to at least be a goal-line option. Then last week he went ballistic for 5 catches, 88 yards two TDs. He has two 20+ yard catches, tied for most on the team and his 38-yarder is tied for the team’s longest of the season and has caught Joe Flacco’s only touchdown passes. Go, make a claim for him now.
Larry Donnell, NYG — Donnell was targeted 92 times last season and caught six touchdowns even as Odell Beckham Jr. was lighting the world on fire. Donnell caught four of six targets last week, including a touchdown. He’s not Beckham in this offense, but it appears as though he’s going to get opportunities for catches and touchdowns.
Last week’s picks
Jordan Reed, Eric Ebron
Kickers and defenses
Ninjas don’t waste free agent bucks or waiver priority on kickers or defenses.