Week 2 Waiver Wire: Randall Cobb and Must-Have WR Pickups
There's no more deeper or unpredictable position in fantasy football than wide receiver, and not surprisingly there were more than a few surprise breakouts among wideouts in Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season.
Here's a look at a trio of wide receivers that will no doubt be at the top of many waiver wire wish lists this week.
Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
One of the big surprises of the Green Bay Packers' Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers (besides the fact that the Packers got manhandled at home) was the extensive playing time that wide receiver Randall Cobb saw for Green Bay.
The second-year pro was on the field for more than half of the team's offensive snaps and made the most of his increased playing time, reeling in a team-high nine catches for 77 yards while telling James Carlton of CBS Sports that he's always been ready for just such an opportunity.
“Like I've always said, whenever I get the opportunity, I'm going to try and take advantage of those opportunities and hopefully continue to do that and continue to have success,” he said after the game.
Cobb also had a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown, which only boosts his value in fantasy leagues that award points for return yardage, and given his increasing role in one of the NFL's most potent offenses, Cobb is at the top of the pecking order among waiver claims at his position in Week 2.
Stephen Hill, New York Jets
The New York Jets' offense looked absolutely horrific in the preseason but that certainly wasn't the case in their season-opening throttling of the Buffalo Bills, as the team rolled up 384 yards of total offense and rolled to a 48-28 win.
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Among the many Jets' players who had solid fantasy performances in the big win was rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill, who hauled in five passes for 89 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his National Football League debut.
That marked the first time since 2005 that a rookie wide receiver scored twice in his first game, and as Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports, head coach Rex Ryan was singing Hill's praises Monday, stating that "this guy is ahead of where most rookie receivers are."
A rookie wideout with Mark Sanchez throwing him the ball is going to have his down days to be sure, but there's no denying that Sanchez and Hill seem to have developed chemistry, making the former Georgia Tech standout worth a look from fantasy squads with a hole at wide receiver.
Kevin Ogletree, Dallas Cowboys
No, I didn't forget about him.
Without question the biggest shock of the 2012 NFL season's first game was the show put on by Dallas wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, who exploded for eight catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-17 Cowboys win.
All those numbers marked career-highs for the fourth-year pro, who has apparently taken hold of the No. 3 spot at wide receiver in Big D.
That's not a spot that Ogletree intends to relinquish any time soon, but as Ogletree told Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas, he's not going to let his big night on the big stage give him a bigger head.
"Good, bad, ugly, you put it to bed," said Ogletree who played 33 offensive snaps. "Let's focus forward, and that’s exactly what we’re doing here (Monday). That's what our focus has been since we got together, since (the) coaches established this tempo, and that’s how we do things around here."
Granted, trusting a third wide receiver as a weekly fantasy starter can sometimes be a dicey proposition, but keep in mind when setting your waiver claims this week that this is the same slot on the same team that produced a top 20 fantasy season from Laurent Robinson a year ago.
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