Week 2 Waiver Wire: Emerging Pickups You Can Trust
It's that time of year again—everybody rushes to the waiver wire to pick up the next big thing in fantasy football.
In Week 1 of the 2012-13 NFL season, we saw some likely and unlikely fantasy options emerge, including a couple of rookies.
The question is, who is for real? Who is worth going after?
Here are my top five waiver-wire pickups after Week 1.
5. Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
Yes, Aaron Rodgers has tons of targets to throw to. With that being said, he also targeted second-year pro Randall Cobb nine times on Sunday, which was second only to Jermichael Finley.
Cobb caught every ball thrown his way and racked up 77 yards in the process. That tends to gain more trust from your quarterback moving forward.
Cobb figures to be a nice addition, especially in PPR leagues, because Rodgers apparently likes checking down to him.
Cobb also comes with the added bonus of being a return man. He returned a punt for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1.
You'll remember he did this last season in his first NFL game.
4. Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts
Pick up Coby Fleener if you don't like your current tight end, because the Stanford product could emerge as a legitimate starter this season.
Fleener had six catches for 82 yards against the Chicago Bears, courtesy of Andrew Luck.
Remember, Fleener had already developed a rapport with Luck at Stanford before coming to the NFL. Luck targeted him 10 times against the Bears, second only to Reggie Wayne.
3. Dexter McCluster, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
This season, Dexter McCluster figures to be a greater fantasy asset as a receiver. He hauled in six passes for 82 yards (13.7 yards per reception) against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1 and he's always been dangerous after the catch.
The quick, shifty 24-year-old was targeted a team-high 10 times against the Falcons (Dwayne Bowe had six targets). As long as the Chiefs continue to look his way he figures to put up nice numbers this season, especially in PPR leagues.
2. Stephen Hill, WR, New York Jets
Expect the Jets to use rookie Stephen Hill as their second option in the passing attack this season opposite Santonio Holmes.
In his first NFL game on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, Hill was targeted six times, catching five balls for 89 yards and two touchdowns.
With Plaxico Burress gone, the Jets should look Hill's way often as the rookie continues to develop his route-running ability.
We already know he has the physical tools. He ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in 4.36 seconds, despite being 6'4" and 215 pounds.
Here's an earlier piece I did on the lightning-quick wideout.
1. Kevin Ogletree, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Olly, olly, Ogletree! (That's my one joke for the year, take it or leave it.)
Where did this guy come from?
The same place Laurent Robinson came from a season ago, apparently.
Who's the best waiver-wire pickup this week?
Ogletree is currently manning the Cowboys' No. 3 receiver position. Last season, Robinson exploded in the role, racking up 858 yards and 11 touchdowns. At this point, every receiver in the NFL should be lining up to audition.
Ogletree had eight catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns against the defending champion New York Giants in Week 1. Sure, the Giants' secondary was depleted due to injury. However, that's still impressive, especially considering Ogletree caught just 15 passes for 164 yards with Dallas last season.
If he hasn't already been swiped yet, make sure you add the four-year pro out of the University of Virginia.
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