Week 2 Pickups: Must-Add Players with Ideal Matchups
There are a number of players in Week 2 with excellent matchups, and a few of these players should be available for you to pick up and add to your fantasy football team.
These are not only players who will be playing teams with clear weaknesses, but also players who are available in most leagues. These players may be risks, but based off of who they're playing, they should be well worth it and could help lead you to victory this week.
So, let's take a look at some of these must-add players.
Note: "Percent owned" is based off of numbers provided by ESPN.com.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders
There are few players who surprised in Week 1 as much as Pryor did. The Raiders may have lost a tough one to the Indianapolis Colts, but Pryor proved he could be a good enough quarterback who could put up solid numbers.
He'll likely look even better this week going up against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars looked plain awful against the Chiefs, losing 28-2. The offense couldn't get anything going, while the defense allowed three touchdowns to an average offense with Alex Smith under center.
Not only will Pryor be going against a bad defense, but he will also have plenty of opportunities to get the ball and make plays. The offense for the Jaguars went 5-of-19 on third-down conversions, and their punter was asked to take 11 punts on the day.
Currently owned in just 17.5 percent of leagues, Pryor is the ideal pickup at quarterback this week. I'm not saying you should start him over Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers, but if you don't feel confident in your current starting quarterback, then Pryor is the way to go, at least for this week.
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions
You never want to overreact after just one week, but with how we saw the Lions using Bell, it's hard to not want to pick him up.
Bell was one of the best fantasy backs this past week, grabbing 25 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and 67 yards through the air. He's clearly the backup for Reggie Bush and looks to be a goal-line option for the Lions.
Owners are rushing to add Bell, as he's gone up 32.1 percent in regard to percent of leagues owned, but he's still available in some.
Going against a weak Cardinals defense makes Bell even more of a go-to option for owners this week. The Cardinals ranked 28th in run defense last season, allowing 2,192 rushing yards.
He may be the No. 2 back, but Bell is going to put up numbers this year, and he's someone you should grab as soon as possible.
Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins
We all saw how solid Hartline was last season, and he made sure to remind everyone of that during Week 1.
All of the hype heading into the Dolphins game was about Mike Wallace, but it was Hartline who stole the show. He had nine receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Cleveland Browns.
Hartline has the chance to put up similar numbers against the Indianapolis Colts. They have almost no pass rush, and while their secondary is solid, it's impossible to guard a guy like Hartline for six or seven seconds while Ryan Tannehill patiently waits in the pocket.
It's hard to believe, but Hartline is owned in just 46 percent of leagues. He's the clear No. 2 receiver in Miami, and while defenses pay so much attention to Wallace, Hartline will have no problem getting open and putting up points.
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