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Week Two Waiver Wire Pickups

Two weeks are now in the books, and that gives us two games worth of statistics to consider. Is that enough of a sample size to make decisions? Absolutely. As I mentioned last week, fantasy owners have to take a hard look at their roster on a weekly basis, especially concentrating on the players at the bottom of their team. In general, it’s still too early to give up on a high draft selection that isn’t performing well, but if your late-round ‘flier’ isn’t getting it done, don’t be afraid to pull the trigger on a player that has started the season hot.

This week, we once again have a number of wideouts that you should consider adding to your roster. Many of the players listed here at the position are young and getting into a good rapport with their quarterback this early in the season is a strong indication that their production will continue all season long. We’re seeing a change in the depth chart in

Seattle; this opens the door for one of their running backs to grab significant playing time, and for you, a spot on your roster. We’ve also got a couple tight ends for you to consider as your backup. Hopefully something for everyone. 

On to this week’s waiver wire wonders …

Smokin’ Hot

WR Mario Manningham, Giants

If anyone out there was skeptical after his Week 1 performance (myself included), Manningham erased any doubts with a 10-catch, 150-yard performance on Sunday night. He is available in many leagues; he will not be after this week. He has proven that not only can he get open, but he can make things happen after the catch. Not only is he worthy of a roster spot, but in leagues that require three wideouts, he is a starter.

WR Laurent Robinson,

St. Louis

Another guy that was talked about last week, Robinson also remains available in many leagues. Like Manningham, this will be your last chance to pluck him off the waiver wire. The Rams found the end zone in Week 2 as Robinson scored on a nice fade pass from Marc Bulger. He has shown consistency in only two weeks, and look for that to continue as Robinson is another guy that can make his way into your starting lineup.

RB Justin Forsett,

Seattle

Yes, that’s right, Forsett appears in week’s top category. The Seahawks got the ball to Forsett on 11 occasions (including six passes) in Week 2 and he didn’t disappoint, galloping for 92 yards of total offense. Whether it’s official or not, Forsett has clearly passed Edgerrin James on the depth chart. With Julius Jones nursing an unknown arm injury, Forsett may have even played himself into a 50-50 role with Jones. If available, Forsett should be picked up in all formats. 

Solid Pickups

WR Mike Sims-Walker,

Jacksonville

The reports I’m hearing is that Troy Williamson is out for the season. That opens up the starting spot opposite Torry Holt, and based on a Week 2 performance of 106 yards and a touchdown, Sims-Walker has the inside track on being that guy. I came close to bumping him into the ‘Smokin Hot’ category, but I don’t see

Jacksonville producing a 100-yard receiver on a weekly basis. More than likely, an average line of five catches and 60 yards is likely. If you miss out on Manningham and Robinson, Sims-Walker is the next WR that I’d grab from this week’s waiver wire.

WR Nate Washington, Tennessee

On a day that was clearly the Chris Johnson show,

Washington still managed to catch four passes and a touchdown. In many leagues he is available, and on the Titans he has been their No. 1 wideout option. The potential is there for him to be a solid bye week fill in, so grab him now to create some WR depth on your fantasy roster.

On The Radar

WR Johnny Knox,

Chicago

The battle to start opposite Devin Hester continues. Knox got the nod over Earl Bennett in the second half of this week’s game and he cashed in six catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. Bennett will still be in the mix, but if Knox continues this production, then he becomes a low-end fantasy option.

WR Brandon Stokley,

Denver

An improbable Week 1 catch for a touchdown to win the game got Stokely on

Denver‘s radar. Five catches for 70 yards in Week 2 puts him on my radar. No touchdown catches this week, but he was a frequent target in the Broncos passing game.

TE Brandon Pettigrew,

Detroit

The rookie caught his first pass in Week 2, and took in four in total for 40 yards.  Nothing to get too excited about, but the Lions are committed to getting him involved. That is a good sign for the fantasy owner looking for a backup or a bye week fill in. 

WR Jason Avant,

Philadelphia

The Eagles always seem to have a “WR du Jour,” a guy that does well one week but disappears the rest of the season. That said, seven catches for 79 yards and TD is enough to get a guy on my radar. Those owners in need of WR depth that have some room at the bottom of their roster can take a chance here to see if Avant can put up some consistent numbers.

RB Heath Evans,

New Orleans

With every week there seems to be more bad news coming out of

New Orleans regarding their running backs. We’re still waiting to see Pierre Thomas get some significant playing time, and this week Mike Bell went down. Though reports are the injury to

Bell isn’t serious, Evans gets a mention in this space based on the Saints depth chart. If it comes down to it, even though he’s a fullback by trade, Evans has shown that he can carry the ball, as evidenced by his finding the end zone in Week 2. Keep an eye on the injury reports and react accordingly. 

Deep and/or Dynasty Only

RB Jason Snelling, Atlanta

An injury to Jerious Norwood gave Snelling the opportunity to get on the field in Week 2, and he didn’t disappoint. Snelling rushed six times for 37 and scored a touchdown in the air. Keep an eye on the

Norwood injury situation as the Falcons backup RB needs to be owned in all formats. 

RB Dantrell Savage,

Kansas City

The Chiefs are using Savage as their third-down back, having demoted Jamaal Charles from the role. Six catches for 43 yards, plus a trio of carries for 26 yards shows that Savage has the ability to perform in this role. As I’ve said many times before, any shuffle in an NFL RB depth chart deserves attention, especially in dynasty leagues.

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