Fantasy Football: Top 5 Free Agents Heading into Week 2
The first week of the NFL season is in the books, and that means Week 1 of the fantasy football season is complete as well. No matter if you won or lost in the first week of your fantasy season, there are always some adjustments you can make to your roster to make your team better.
Maybe you need an extra player because one of your guys is injured, or maybe your team did really well, but you could use a strong backup for when your superstar has his bye week. No matter what the case is, you will certainly be able to find a helpful player on the free-agent market this week.
Here are five players who performed big in Week 1 of the NFL season, who could bolster your roster if you brought them aboard.
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If you need a running back or wide receiver for the upcoming weeks, then Dexter McCluster is your guy. McCluster is currently owned in slightly over 10 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, which means that you will likely be able to grab him in your league.
On Sunday, McCluster had six catches for 82 yards against the Atlanta Falcons, and with Kansas City playing a weak Buffalo defense this week, McCluster could explode for some big yards. McCluster is also a very good fantasy pickup for many teams, because he can be used as either a running back or a wide receiver.
McCluster may not be a good option long term for your team, but he will definitely be able to help you out this week as the Chiefs face the Bills.
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Randall Cobb is going to be a very good NFL player, but whether he fully blossoms this year or in the future is still up for debate. Cobb had 77 yards receiving for Green Bay this week and returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown.
Cobb's performance on Sunday is also notable because he did it against the San Francisco 49ers, one of the NFL's best defensive teams.
Whether you are desperate to pick up a receiver, or just looking for a solid backup Randall Cobb could be your guy. You need to grab him fast, though, because he is owned in almost 30 percent of fantasy leagues, and that number is quickly rising.
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If you have a team with a weak wide receiving corps, then Alshon Jeffery is probably not the player for you. If your receiving corps is strong, though, snatch Jeffery up as a backup right now.
Jeffery is going to be a great NFL receiver, but he will not start putting up really big numbers until the end of the season. Jeffery showed flashes of brilliance on Sunday with some really big catches including a long touchdown grab, but it will take time for the rookie from South Carolina to be fully incorporated in the Chicago offense.
If you can afford having Jeffery take up a roster spot, then grab him and hold onto him for a potential player to boost your team near the end of the season. If you need a receiver who is going to perform right now though, keep reading because the guy you want is No. 1 on this list.
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Stephen Hill is a great young receiver who can bolster your bench very quickly. Hill was one of the biggest surprises of Week 1, catching two touchdown passes in the Jets beat down of the Buffalo Bills.
Hill features great speed and was targeted frequently by New York quarterback Mark Sanchez on Sunday. If you want to pick up Hill, you will have to grab him quickly because his percentage owned has gone up almost 30 percent this week.
The New York Jets play the entire NFC West this season, so there will be a lot of opportunities for Hill to have some big games against some less superior defenses.
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The biggest surprise of Week 1 came on opening night, when Kevin Ogletree caught two touchdown passes against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
Ogletree's performance has caused his stock to skyrocket in fantasy leagues. Earlier this week Ogletree was owned in under one percent of fantasy leagues, but now he is owned in nearly 70 percent of them. It may be too late for you to grab Ogletree, but if he is still available in your league grab him immediately.
This opening game appears to be no fluke for Ogletree either. He will not catch two touchdowns every week obviously, but Tony Romo and the Cowboys definitely showed last Wednesday night that Ogletree is going to be a big part of the Dallas passing attack this season.