Week 2 Waiver Wire: Players Who Should Be Added After Opening Weekend
Fantasy football owners tend to overreact after Week 1, but here are players that will help fantasy teams for the rest of the season.
Whether or not these players have big opening games should not influence owners. The players are going to have big seasons for their teams, so get them while they are still available.
Depending on where you are in the waiver order, you may miss out on some of these players due to high demand.
Check out the players who should be added to rosters after the first weekend.
Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos (Owned in 38.8 percent of leagues)
After a huge first game, Julius Thomas' stock went through the roof. If you aren't high in the waiver order, good luck getting him.
Thomas had five receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns on Thursday night's opener against the Baltimore Ravens.
Peyton Manning has always been known to spread the ball around. He's not going to throw seven touchdowns every week, but he should still be able to get his tight end involved on offense.
Denver has Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker at receiver, so the tight end won't be one of Manning's first options. However, defenses will be so occupied trying to cover the rest of the team that the third-year player will be able to sneak across the middle of the field and put up solid numbers.
Julius Thomas put up 23 points in Week 1 in ESPN leagues, so he is going to be highly sought after this week.
Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins (Owned in 26.5 percent of leagues)
After a mediocre first three seasons of his career, Brian Hartline had a breakout season in 2012. However, fantasy owners didn't buy into his numbers enough to pick him this year.
The Miami Dolphins have Mike Wallace as their No. 1 receiver, so Hartline won't be the first option. He had 74 catches for 1,083 yards a season ago, which are good numbers. However, he had only one touchdown.
Now that Ryan Tannehill has a year of experience, he should feel more comfortable in the offense. He will have Wallace on one side and Hartline on the other to spread the field. Wallace's presence should give Hartline more opportunities to get open this season.
The 26-year-old receiver doesn't have great speed, but he does catch most of the passes thrown his way.
Hartline has the potential to build on last season, so he would be a good addition to most teams.
Zach Sudfeld, TE, New England Patriots (Owned in 49.6 percent of leagues)
Like Julius Thomas, Zach Sudfeld is one tight end who could have a big year. Sudfeld, however, was taken in nearly half of the leagues on ESPN.
The New England Patriots don't have many established receivers, so Sudfeld was a popular pick to be the breakout star of the offense. The undrafted rookie should fit in well in the Patriots' offense, especially while Rob Gronkowski is still recovering from injury.
Tom Brady likes to get everyone involved on offense. With Danny Amendola as the only established receiver on the team, the quarterback will be forced to spread the ball around to see what he has on offense.
He may not be available in your league, but he is worth a look if you can get him on the waiver wire. Gronkowski has dealt with injuries in recent seasons, so there's a chance Sudfeld gets an extended look this season.
With Brady throwing the football, Sudfeld is likely to get his opportunities to contribute to the team this year.
*Player availability is courtesy of ESPN.com.
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