Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire: Top Pickups at Every Position
If you think Week 2 is too early to start scouring the waiver wire, you aren't dedicated enough as a fantasy owner.
You should always be looking to improve your roster.
While it's smart not to make snap judgments after one game and totally reconfigure your team, there are a few guys to add at every position who have potential to be solid contributors for your club next week and down the road in the long NFL season.
QB: Jay Cutler and Josh Freeman
So there's a good chance Jay Culter isn't available in your league, but if you're in a 10-teamer, he could be waiting for you to add him.
Everyone knows how impressive of a thrower he is, but are hesitant to make him their fantasy starter because of his propensity to try to hit his pass-catchers when they're covered tightly.
He and Brandon Marshall lived up to the offseason expectations in Week 1, and Cutler found rookie wideout Alshon Jeffery three times for 80 yards including a 42-yard touchdown. Yes, it was against the Colts defense, but Cutler looks to be primed for a huge year in Chicago.
As for Freeman, his numbers weren't nearly as gaudy, but he did a fantastic job managing the game against the Carolina Panthers. He threw for 138 yards and a score, and more importantly, didn't toss an interception.
It seems as though his Buccaneers team will prominently feature the running game (36 total rushes against the Panthers), but Freeman seemed calm in his traditional game-manager role. If Greg Schiano's system boosts the quarterback's confidence, he most certainly will have a steady year and will be a sound fantasy backup.
Running Back: Dexter McCluster and Alfred Morris
Dexter McCluster didn't carry the ball for the Chiefs in Week 1, but he did have six catches for 82 yards on 10 targets.
If he and Matt Cassel continue to demonstrate the connection they showed in Week 1, McCluster will be an ideal RB No. 2 or flex option. Expect him, at some point, to get some rushes as well.
Alfred Morris is the newest "feature back" for Mike Shanahan's Washington Redskins. Yeah, Shanahan is essentially Satan to fantasy owners due to his constant backfield shuffling, but Morris had 96 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints, and he's available in over 85 percent of ESPN leagues.
That can't be overlooked.
WR: Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell
For those in PPR leagues, Amendola should be a top waiver-wire priority. He's available in more than 80 percent of ESPN leagues and will be the most targeted St. Louis Rams receiver this year. He caught five passes for 70 yards against the Lions on Sunday.
Amendola's a fine WR No. 3 or flex option just about every week.
Brandon LaFell had only three grabs in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but just like he did last season, he made the most of them.
The third-year wideout out of LSU finished the game with 65 yards and score. Steve Smith is still the unquestioned go-to target for Cam Newton, but LaFell could benefit from the added attention sent Smith's way.
And he's available in nearly 75 percent of ESPN leagues.
TE: Marcedes Lewis and Coby Fleener
Many fantasy owners shied away from Lewis after witnessing how ineffective and utterly flustered Blaine Gabbert was last season.
Though the second-year signal-caller was facing a somewhat porous Vikings secondary on Sunday, he definitely appeared more mature and collected in his starting role.
That bodes well for the Jacksonville pass-catchers, and Lewis is the most athletically gifted of them all.
He caught five passes for 52 yards with a touchdown in the loss to Minnesota, and at 6'6'' and 270 pounds, he's undoubtedly a matchup nightmare.
The tight end is available in nearly all of the ESPN leagues.
Not surprisingly, Fleener was of Andrew Luck's favorite targets in Week 1. He caught six passes for 82 yards and was targeted 10 times.
Anytime a tight end is getting double-digit targets, that's a good sign from a fantasy perspective. He's available in over 70 percent of ESPN leagues.
DEF: Cleveland Browns
The Browns couldn't stop the run last year, allowing nearly 150 yards on the ground per game. Because of that, fantasy owners stayed away.
In fact, the defense is available in 98 percent of Yahoo! leagues right now.
It intercepted Michael Vick four times, took one to the house and had had two sacks against the supposedly high-flying Eagles.
No, the Browns won't be that stingy every week, but it was a fine start to the season.
K: Lawrence Tynes
Someway, somehow, Lawrence Tynes is owned in only six percent of Yahoo! leagues. He's been a staple of consistency and clutch performances for the Giants for many years and opened his 2012 season with a field goal and two extra points against the Cowboys.
If you aren't happy with the kicker you grabbed in Round 16, look to add Tynes.