Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups: The Latest Tips on Fantasy Football Steals

Marco PatitucciContributor IISeptember 13, 2012

Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups: The Latest Tips on Fantasy Football Steals

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    Big performances in Week 1 from Kevin Ogletree (now 76 percent owned), Alfred Morris (now 75 percent owned) and Stephen Hill (now 52 percent owned) made them the dominant names in waiver pickups this week.

    But unless you had waiver priority or luck on your side, you’re probably looking at the next set of players available and wondering who could help your team.

    Here’s a look at three players owned in less than 50 percent of public leagues that could make a difference on your fantasy squad this week and throughout the season.

Marcedes Lewis

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    While the 2010 season (when he had 10 receiving TDs) is still the exception in Lewis’ now seven-year career, an improved passing game in Jacksonville could mean more touches and a more productive 2012 for the 6’6”, 272-pound TE.

    Lewis got out to a good start in Week 1 with five catches on five targets for 52 yards and a TD.


    Week 2 Matchup

    Lewis and the Jags have a tough matchup against Houston this week. He had four catches in each of the Jacksonville’s two games against Houston last season. Lewis could be a frequent bailout option for Gabbert against Houston’s stout front, but a TD will be hard to come by, as Jacksonville probably won't find the end zone more than twice.

Dexter McCluster

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    With the return of Jamaal Charles and addition of Peyton Hillis at RB, many thought that any fantasy value for the WR/RB McCluster would disappear. But the Chiefs found ways to keep one of their top playmakers involved in Week 1, as McCluster was targeted 10 times in the passing game.


    Week 2 Matchup

    The Chiefs will travel to Buffalo with McCluster established as the primary slot receiver and WR3. Buffalo has struggled against slot receivers in the past—Wes Welker lit them up for 16 receptions, 217 yards and two TDs in Week 3 last season. While McCluster is unlikely to touch those numbers, another quality game to back up his Week 1 performance is likely.

Brandon LaFell

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    If Week 1 is any indication, Cam Newton will be spreading the ball more evenly in 2012. Brandon LaFell will benefit, as he has slid into the No. 2 receiver role in Carolina behind veteran Steve Smith. LaFell was targeted five times in Week 1, resulting in three receptions, including a 22-yard TD.

    LaFell could become the Panthers' top red-zone target. He has the size (6’2”, 210) that Smith lacks and provides an alternative to Greg Olsen (a solid receiving TE but not a dynamic playmaker).


    Week 2 Matchup

    The New Orleans defense struggled in Week 1 against RGIII and the Washington passing attack, which could mean good things for Cam Newton, Steve Smith and LaFell. This game could be a high-scoring affair as well, as last season’s meetings between the divisional foes averaged nearly 60 total points per contest.