Week 2 Pickups: Standout WRs Who Will Benefit Any Fantasy Football Team
The opening week of games in the 2012 NFL season featured several performances from wide receivers who will be on the waiver wire list in many fantasy football leagues.
With so many offenses taking to the air and rolling out four or five receivers, wideout is the position that offers fantasy owners the best chance to pick up a quality player midseason.
If you are lucky enough to have a high position on the waiver list this week, there is no shortage of options to add to your wide receiving corps.
Here are the players worth adding.
Kevin Ogletree, Dallas Cowboys
Ogletree was pegged as the third receiver for the Cowboys, but he turned out to be Tony Romo’s favorite target in the team’s season opener against the New York Giants.
Romo looked to Ogletree 11 times, and the wide receiver caught eight passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
He is currently owned in just 24.2 percent of ESPN leagues and should be the top priority for anyone looking to pick up a wide receiver. He may not catch Romo’s eye as often going forward, but with Miles Austin and Dez Bryant’s tendencies to become injured, Ogletree could make his way up the depth chart in many games this season.
He will be a key part of the Dallas offense going forward, which would make him an excellent addition to any fantasy team.
Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Last season, Cobb had a kickoff return for a touchdown and a receiving touchdown in Week 1, causing fantasy owners to scramble to try and pick him up. He turned out to be a disappointment and did not catch another touchdown pass for the remainder of the year.
This year, he again had a special teams touchdown and a big receiving day. But against the San Francisco 49ers, Aaron Rodgers looked Cobb’s way nine times, and the second-year player caught all nine passes thrown to him.
Rodgers also targeted Greg Jennings nine times and threw to Jermichael Finley 11 times, but last season Cobb was not targeted more than four times in a single game.
This shows that Green Bay plans on making Cobb a much bigger part of the offense this season, and that makes him worthy of a spot on any roster, even though he is currently owned by just 12.2 percent of owners in ESPN leagues.
Stephen Hill, New York Jets
Which WR will have the best season?
The Jets offense does not appear to be as awful as projected, and the team put up 48 points against a Buffalo Bills defense that made expensive upgrades in the offseason.
Mark Sanchez completed 19 of his 27 passes for 266 yards and threw three touchdowns. He looked to Hill six times, and the 6’4” rookie out of Georgia Tech caught five passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns.
The Jets picked Hill in the second round, and he does not have much competition among the other New York wideouts. With Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schillens as the other receivers, he will likely have the No. 2 spot locked down for the year.
This may be one of the few productive days for the Jets offense, but Hill is still worth a roster spot in case this is the year that Mark Sanchez finally plays up to his potential. He is also nearly certain to be available since he is owned in just 3.2 percent of ESPN leagues right now.
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