Top 5 Fantasy Football Adds at Every Position for NFL Week 2
Week 1 of the NFL and fantasy football season has ended, and if your team is like mine, you should already be scouring the waiver wire looking for ways to improve your roster. Unfortunately, deciding between the hundreds of players you could potentially add to your team can be difficult.
Luckily for you, and myself, I've put together this list of the top five fantasy football adds at every position for Week 2 of the season.
*Please note that any percentages used in this article on fantasy ownership came from Yahoo! Sports.
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1. Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
For years, Sanchez has been a constant disappointment to fantasy owners. This fact, combined with all the drama in New York, caused many to not even consider drafting him.
However, after throwing for 266 yards and three touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills, Sanchez is now the top waiver-wire quarterback available. He is still a risky choice if you can only start one quarterback, but in two-quarterback leagues, he could be a stud No. 2.
2. Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers
The fact that Smith is owned in less than 50 percent of leagues is simply ridiculous. Even if Smith hadn't improved at all from last year, the weapons around him should have made him deserving of a roster spot.
Now that we've seen him tear up the Green Bay Packers with new weapons Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, he is a must-have if you're weak at quarterback.
3. Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars
This is a player I never thought would make a fantasy football team. He was awful in his rookie season with issues that would be difficult to improve upon.
After throwing for 260 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions on Sunday, Gabbert is now an interesting pickup off the waiver wire. If he continues to improve this quickly, he could become quite the steal late in the season.
4. Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals
John Skelton is expected to miss two to four weeks, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, so in his place steps Kevin Kolb. While Kolb's sketchy past would usually be enough to keep him off fantasy teams, he did lead a game-winning drive and looked very good doing so.
Kolb is certainly a risky start at quarterback, but players always seem to play better when absolutely desperate, and that is exactly what Kolb is.
5. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson is only owned in 36 percent of leagues, and even though he struggled a little against the Arizona Cardinals, he is still a dynamic choice at quarterback.
He has the potential to pick up major yards both on the ground and through the air every week. While he's still learning the game and adjusting to the speed of the NFL, he'll continue to improve as the weeks go by.
This could make him a very dangerous player late in the season when the playoffs roll around.
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1. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
It is always dangerous to pickup a Mike Shanahan running back because Shanahan loves to change his mind about who gets carries every 30 seconds.
However, Morris did enough against the New Orleans Saints to continue to earn the majority of carries for the Redskins. His 96 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday was one of the better weeks for any running back.
While he may not continue to perform at that high of a level, he is still the best add at running back heading into Week 2.
2. Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs
What makes McCluster such a dynamic weapon in fantasy football is his versatility on the field. He is considered a running back but plays more wide receiver for the Chiefs.
In Kansas City's first game, McCluster was on the field for nearly 60 snaps and received 10 targets. Those targets resulted in six receptions and 82 yards.
McCluster is simply too dynamic for the Chiefs to not target, so he'll always be a great flex option for your team.
3. Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons
Rodgers only gained 35 total yards on nine touches against the Kansas City Chiefs, but starting running back Michael Turner only gained 32 total yards. With Turner continuing to show signs of aging, Rodgers becomes more and more attractive to the Falcons.
Look for his workload to continue to increase throughout the season and eventually become a great running and receiving threat for Atlanta.
4. Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers
Isaac Redman got two more carries than Dwyer Sunday night, but Dwyer still outgained Redman by 23 yards. He was also better in the passing game than Redman.
This means that Dwyer should see an increase in his touches until Rashard Mendenhall returns from injury. He definitely isn't worth a starting spot on your team, but he could be a great flex option depending on the matchup.
5. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
This is certainly a risky addition to your team, but Moreno received the second-most carries of the Broncos' running backs. More importantly, Moreno received the goal-line carry that resulted in the lone rushing touchdown for Denver.
As long as Moreno continues to get those golden opportunities in the red zone, he'll be worth a roster spot.
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1. Stephen Hill, New York Jets
Hill had hardly any impact at all during the preseason, which made him a risky pick in initial drafts. However, after recording 89 yards and two touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills, Hill is the best addition at wide receiver this week.
He's currently only owned by 21 percent of teams, but that number will absolutely go up as we get closer to Week 2. Hill's ability to stretch the field makes him a dangerous weapon, and he could see plenty of touchdowns this season.
2. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
UPDATE: Cobb finished Thursday night's win over the Bears with one carry for 28 yards and one reception for 20 yards. He added 37 return yards for a performance that left much to be desired from a fantasy standpoint.
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Cobb was the Packers' best receiver on Sunday, when he recorded nine receptions and 77 yards as well as a punt-return touchdown. However, what really makes Cobb a great addition this week is how the Packers used him throughout their game.
He lined up all over the field, and considering his success in Week 1, that trend should continue throughout the season. Look for him to rack up yards in a number of ways and become a mini-Percy Harvin.
3. Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers
It looks like LaFell has officially locked up the No. 2 receiver spot for the Panthers after his 65 yards and one touchdown on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Considering that the Panthers' passing game should be much better for the remainder of the season, LaFell has the potential to put up some monster numbers from here on out.
4. Donnie Avery, Indianapolis Colts
Until Austin Collie returns from injury, which is still up in the air, Avery will be the No. 2 receiver for the Colts. While his numbers didn't jump off the page in Week 1 (three receptions, 37 yards, one touchdown), the fact that he is a legitimate No. 2 receiver right now makes him a solid pickup.
Andrew Luck should improve moving forward, which means that the Colts' receivers should see an improvement in their stats.
5. Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals
This spot was originally for T.J. Graham because of the injury to David Nelson. However, Hawkins simply did too much on Monday night to not be considered a great addition this week.
He had the second most targets for Cincinnati and finished the game with 86 receiving yards, which led the team. He proved to be a valuable member of the Bengals offense, and that unit should be much better for the rest of the season.
Hawkins has the potential to have a huge season for the Bengals and an even bigger season for your fantasy football team.
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1. Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars
As good as Blaine Gabbert was on Sunday, Lewis was just as good. He finished the game with 52 receiving yards and a touchdown.
If Gabbert can continue to play at this high of a level, Lewis should be a solid starting tight end for your fantasy football team.
2. Martellus Bennett, New York Giants
Even though Bennett didn't blow anyone way in his Week 1 game, he still recorded the lone passing touchdown from Eli Manning. He also caught five passes for 40 yards.
Like I said, not overly impressive, but still solid. However, Bennett's athleticism should continue to make him an attractive threat in the red zone for the Giants, which means he is a must-add to your team this week.
3. Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills
With David Nelson going on IR yesterday, the Bills are going to need other players to step up in the passing game.
One player who should see an increase in targets is Chandler. He was a solid fantasy player most of last year and with an increase of targets, he could become a legitimate starter in your league.
4. Tony Moeaki, Kansas City Chiefs
Even though Moeaki only saw six targets on Sunday, he is simply too talented to not become a bigger part of the offensive game plan in Kansas City.
The big question mark surround Moeaki is his quarterback, Matt Cassel. If Cassel continues to struggle, he'll make his No. 1 tight end worthless.
However, if Cassel gets back to his 2010 ways, Moeaki could be a great option for your team.
5. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Pitta had a huge first week with 73 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. As long as the Ravens continue to successfully move the ball through the air, Pitta should see plenty of looks.
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1. Billy Cundiff, Washington Redskins
The Redskins looked much better than anyone could have imagined against the New Orleans Saints. If they continue to be that high-powered on offense, Cundiff has the potential to be one of the highest-scoring kickers this year.
2. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings were supposed to be terrible this year, but their offense actually looked pretty decent against an underrated defense in the Jacksonville Jaguars.
With a healthy Adrian Peterson, the Vikings should continue to be dangerous on offense. That means that Walsh should continue to have big scoring weeks in fantasy football.
3. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
The fact that Tucker was an undrafted free agent this year is probably why people steered clear heading into fantasy football.
However, he hit all three of his field goals against the Cincinnati Bengals, including a 40-yard field goal and a 46-yard field goal.
4. Shayne Graham, Houston Texans
Graham has bounced around the league like crazy since entering the NFL in 2001 and has now landed with the Texans.
Even though he missed one field-goal attempt on Sunday, he still finished the game with three made field goals and five extra points. Those numbers should be pretty consistent for Graham considering the talent of Houston's offense.
5. Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams
This is a dangerous pickup, but the Rams did look much improved in their first game of the 2012 season. As long as they can continue to play at that level, Zuerlein could be a sneaky pickup for the rest of the season.
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1. Cincinnati Bengals
Adding defenses is all about matchups, and this week the Bengals get the offensively-challenged Cleveland Browns. Yep, those same Browns that threw four interceptions in Week 1 now have to travel to Cincinnati.
It could be a huge week for the Bengals defensively, and for your fantasy team.
2. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings get the Indianapolis Colts this week in their Week 2 matchup. Considering how horrible the Colts' offensive line is, it wouldn't be surprising for Jared Allen to finish the game with 20 sacks.
OK, that was an exaggeration, but the Vikings defense has a chance to have a dominant week this week.
3. Oakland Raiders
The only reason that the Raiders make this list is because of the fact that they get the Ryan Tannehill-led Miami Dolphins this week.
Tannehill is going to need a lot of time to develop, and despite the Raiders playing poorly on defense in Week 1, they should be successful against a rookie quarterback.
4. Buffalo Bills
After getting thrashed by the New York Jets, the Bills come home to take out their frustrations against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Look for Mario Williams and the rest of the Bills' defensive line to have a field day against Kansas City on Sunday.
5. Cleveland Browns
Adding defenses week to week is a risky game to play, especially if the top four available defenses are gone already.
However, the Browns could potentially have a big week considering the struggles the Cincinnati Bengals had on Monday night. This game could look similar to the Browns' game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1, when Cleveland had a pretty solid performance and intercepted Michael Vick's passes repeatedly.