So you have a fancy new waiver-wire pickup on your fantasy football team after Week 2. But is it wise to depend on that new player to lead your team to victory in Week 3?
Unfortunately, the answer is probably no.
While a keen eye on the waiver wire can ultimately help you win a championship, one addition isn't likely to single-handedly win your matchup in Week 3. Here's a look at the most-added players in ESPN leagues this week and what you should expect from your newest addition this week.
|1||James Starks, GB||RB||6||Sit|
|2||Eddie Royal, SD||WR||10||Start|
|3||Philip Rivers, SD||QB||24||Start|
|4||DeAndre Hopkins, Hou||WR||6||Sit|
|5||Willis McGahee, Cle||RB||4||Sit|
|6||Bilal Powell, NYJ||RB||13||Start|
|8||Dan Bailey, Dal||K||12||Start|
|10||Julian Edelman, NE||WR||12||Start|
Add/Drop Stats via ESPN; Projections and Start/Sit via Alex Ballentine
It comes as no surprise that James Starks was the top waiver-wire pickup after last week. Good running backs are hard to come by after the first few rounds of the draft, and his 20-carry, 132-yard, one-touchdown performance was good enough to make him the second-highest scorer among all running backs last week.
You may want to pump the breaks before trotting Starks out this week, though. Going against a Cincinnati Bengals defense that has given up just 9.5 points to opposing running backs in the first two weeks of the season, it's safe to say Starks will be much closer to the 3.6 yards per carry that he amassed last season.
Hopkins is yet another player who burst onto the scene in Week 2 with a breakout performance. He snagged seven receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown, as Andre Johnson sat out with a concussion in the Houston Texans' overtime win over the Tennessee Titans.
To be fair, Hopkins was on the scene after a strong debut for the Texans with a five-reception, 166-yard game in Week 1. That's where his expectations should be for Week 3.
According to Mark Berman of Fox 26, Johnson will be ready to play against the Baltimore Ravens. That makes him the clear-cut No. 2 option in Houston.
Gary Kubiak says Andre Johnson cleared, practice well and is ready to go for Sunday.— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) September 20, 2013
Add in the fact that Baltimore held Cleveland Browns receivers to just 10 catches and 93 yards last week, and Hopkins will have a difficult time repeating his Week 2 production.
McGahee was the fifth-most added player in ESPN leagues this week, but it has nothing to do with anything he's done on the field this year. He was signed by the Cleveland Browns this week after they traded Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts.
With Richardson out of town and Chris Ogbonnaya representing the primary competition for carries, McGahee certainly has some long-term upside this season. However, expecting that upside to show immediately would be a costly mistake.
At 31 years old, it's hard to tell what McGahee has in the tank. With the same offensive line and scheme that only allowed Richardson to score 14 points in the first two weeks, it will be best to take a wait-and-see approach with the veteran back.