You’re a fantasy owner with a lot on your plate. Time is growing short. Lineups need to be finalized. Last-minute waiver pickups need to be made.
So, out of respect for your time (and because I don’t feel all that well at the moment), I’ll cut straight to the chase this week.
The following are my Week Two Waiver Wonders (a.k.a. guys you may want to grab now before lockdown so you don’t have to fight with other league owners for these guys Tuesday).
Like a small child, I plan on repeating this name over and over and over until fantasy owners get so sick of it, they pick up Earl Bennett. They’ll be thanking me as the season goes on—especially in PPR leagues. Bennett will continue to be highly targeted this week against the Steelers, and without Troy Polamalu on the field (and considering how well Justin Gage and Kenny Britt fared last week against Pittsburgh), I expect Bennett to turn some heads. He’s still only owned in 34 percent of all Yahoo leagues.
You would expect that Chester Taylor would be owned in more than 34 percent of Yahoo leagues, especially considering everyone’s obsession with handcuffing and some fears (which I have) that Adrian Peterson won’t make it through the season unscathed. Sunday, against the Lions, Taylor will get plenty of action in garbage time and will make the most of it.
One of the most talented players in the NFL, Chris Henry, continually opens mouth and inserts foot...getting in his own way with legal issues and off-field theatrics. Last week, the highly touted sleeper finished with just one catch for 18 yards, and suddenly everyone dives off the bandwagon. Give him some time. This week, the Packers' defense will be tough, but the Bengals should find themselves in situations of airing out the game to keep up with the Green Bay offense. Henry (owned in 33 percent of Yahoo leagues) will see his stock rise.
As a Reggie Wayne fan, I’d love to live in some fantasy world where Wayne continues to get a zillion targets per game with Anthony Gonzalez sidelined. However, defenses will start clamping down on Wayne and Dallas Clark, and Peyton Manning will need to lean on Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon. It remains to be seen how they will be utilized in the offense, but it wouldn’t hurt to stockpile both guys (if you have the room) until their roles are more defined. Garcon is owned in just three percent of Yahoo leagues, and Collie is owned in one percent.
Another name I plan on repeating until I brainwash you all is Mark Sanchez. The QB mojo and bravado I talked about here was on display last week against the Texans. I predict Sanchez will be one of those players that will deal with bad matchups and tricky defenses with a calm collectedness that allows him to excel both in real life and as a backup QB option in fantasy. He’s owned in just 34 percent of Yahoo leagues, and I wonder what that number would fall to if you took out dynasty leagues from the stats.
Those expecting Darren McFadden to become a truly featured back and sleeper for the season were rudely interrupted by some guy named Michael Bush. Bush has been a sleeper candidate in the past, but it looks like the Raiders are finally committing to get him the ball, especially in third down and goal line situations. Bush is owned in 23 percent of Yahoo leagues, but expect that to change very soon after the Raiders play against the Chiefs this weekend.
Speaking of situations where backs see their carries cut into, I fully expect Jamaal Charles to become a bigger part of the Chiefs offensive plan moving forward. That theory will be tested Sunday as the Chiefs play the Raiders’ suspect run defense. Johnson will still get his carries, but Charles is much more a threat in the passing game and offers dynamics that the aging Johnson doesn’t anymore.
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