Week 2 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: 8 Players You Need to Pick Up
Rex Grossman endures an unreal amount of criticism from NFL fans and fantasy football owners, but he had the last laugh during Week 1 of the 2011-12 season.
The much maligned starting quarterback led his Washington Redskins to a victory in the inaugural week of the campaign, and he looks poised to prove his doubters wrong about his abilities.
There have been a fair amount of surprises thus far in the fantasy football season, and owners have to stay alert as to which players to snipe off of the waiver wire for Week 2 and beyond.
Devery Henderson, WR New Orleans Saints
Week 1 Statistics: Six receptions, 100 yards, 1 TD.
Henderson is more of a short-term waiver wire add than one that's going to sparkle throughout the season, but he's especially important for Marques Colston owners.
With the news that Colston will be sidelined for at least four weeks (and probably longer than that), Henderson should play a substantial role in the Saints aerial attack in the early part of the campaign.
While there's no doubt that Henderson is somewhat of a boom-or-bust play on a weekly basis, his six catches in the first week of the season bodes well for his chances of remaining involved while Colston remains on the sidelines.
Week 2 Opponent: Chicago Bears (Home)
Cadillac Williams, RB St. Louis Rams
Week 1 Statistics: 19 rushes, 91 yards, 0 TD. Six receptions, 49 yards, 0 TD
After looking more like a Pontiac than a Cadillac over the last couple of seasons in Tampa, Williams went in for a tune-up in the offseason and turned in a very solid performance in his St. Louis debut.
Steven Jackson left the matchup against the Eagles with a quadriceps injury, and Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo has already said that he's "probably not" going to play in the second week of action.
Williams racked up a very impressive 25 touches against Philadelphia's impressive defense and delivered promising numbers with the opportunity, so he looks to be a strong fill-in play for those looking to replace S-Jax or needing short-term depth at the running back position.
Week 2 Matchup: New York Giants (Road)
Randall Cobb, WR Green Bay Packers
Week 1 Statistics: Two receptions, 35 yards, 1 TD. Two kick returns, 135 yards, 1 TD.
Cobb is especially valuable for owners that are rewarded points in return-yardage leagues, but he should make for a dynamic stash on any roster in every format.
The Packers' second-round pick looked downright explosive against New Orleans, and he was even able to score on a play where he admittedly ran the wrong route on the field.
It's going to be tough for him to have a consistent role in the receiving game with Green Bay's attack locked, loaded and arguably the deepest in the game, but Cobb's got legitimate play-making ability, and that should give him a very strong chance to shine as the season progresses.
Week 2 Opponent: Carolina (Road)
Fred Davis, TE Washington Redskins
Week 1 Statistics: Five receptions, 105 yards, 0 TD.
Davis was a serious breakout performer for the Redskins, and quarterback Rex Grossman has already said that the USC product has the ability to vertically stretch the field as well as any other tight end in the NFL.
The tight end's play in the first week backed up an impressive preseason where he was reportedly "doing it all," and there seem to be high hopes for Davis' ability to contribute regularly throughout the season.
He's got impressive athleticism, and he could prove to be a monstrous weapon in the red-zone for Grossman as he represents a constant mismatch for any defender that's lined up against him.
Week 2 Opponent: Arizona (Home)
Scott Chandler, TE Buffalo Bills
Week 1 Statistics: Five receptions, 63 yards, 2 TD.
Chandler went from being a no-name in fantasy football to an overnight sensation because of his 18-point day in standard scoring leagues.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick looked for Chandler regularly throughout the action, and he showed an obvious confidence in the tight end from the very onset of the game.
While I definitely don't expect Chandler to match his efforts from Week 1 with regularity, he should prove to be much more valuable than anyone could've predicted prior to the start of the season and makes for a solid stash if owners have a weak link at the tight end position.
Week 2 Matchup: Oakland (Home)
Rex Grossman, QB Washington Redskins
Week 1 Statistics: 21-of-34 completions, 305 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT.
The "good" Grossman showed up for the Redskins and led his team to an emphatic victory over a banged up New York Giants team, and it appears that he's angling to prove his critics that he belongs in this league.
Grossman averaged an impressive 8.97 yards per attempt, and he looked every bit like the proper choice to be taking the opening snap under center for the team.
Washington is a team that has the potential to surprise a lot of people with how good they can be, and with Grossman gaining confidence, I'd much rather have him as a backup in any league right now than a variety of other players at the position that were drafted.
Week 2 Opponent: Arizona (Home)
Eric Decker, WR Denver Broncos
Week 1 Statistics: Three receptions, 53 yards, 1 TD.
Decker was hyped early in camp as a potential sleeper, but most owners were scared off of the Broncos' wide receiving corps when coach John Fox revealed he'd be facilitating an attack that was oriented around the running game.
With Eddie Royal continuing to flounder after an impressive rookie campaign and Demaryius Thomas constantly battling injury, Decker can step up and assert himself as Kyle Orton's second option behind Brandon Lloyd.
He's not someone that owners should feel comfortable immediately, but a wait and see approach with Decker could yield major dividends for those that are patient enough for him to find a consistent place in the offense.
Week 2 Matchup: Cincinnati (Home)
Cam Newton, QB Carolina Panthers
Week 1 Statistics: 24-of-37, 422 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT. Eight rushes, 18 yards, 1 TD.
While most owners were expecting Newton to come out and struggle in his first start as a pro, he went out and did the exact opposite and had many eating crow about their predictions.
The Heisman Award winning quarterback shattered Peyton Manning's rookie record of most pass yards in the first week of the season, and he looked every bit like an NFL-caliber starting quarterback from the first snap of the game.
He's an impressive physical specimen, and he flashed his enormous arm regularly by connecting with wide receiver Steve Smith throughout the contest.
The insane performance is going to have owners gushing hard about his fantasy potential, but it's imperative to remember that he's going to sustain a few bumps and bruises along the way as he continues to grow as a player.
Week 2 Opponent: Green Bay (Home)