For those of us that are fantasy football veterans, we know that the Week 1 waiver wire is a pretty big deal. It’s rare that a team comes out of draft day with a pat lineup ready to just steamroll the next four months. The easy part is sorting the statistics on your fantasy web site to see the guys who had a solid week one, but failed to make a draft day roster. The far more difficult part is trying to figure out who showed you a glimpse of their future output and who just showed you 35% of their output for the season – that’s where this Fantasy Football Waiver Wire comes in handy!
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire for Week 2
Before we give a look at a few singular players, I have an opinion on this process that has proved very successful over the years. FOCUS ON YOUR PERCEIVED POSITIONAL NEEDS ABOVE THE ‘BEST ON BOARD’. This goes against my draft day opinion of always drafting for value. If you’ve drafted for value (as you should have), then waiver claims are the time to try and sneak away with the crown jewel of free agency. The only caveat to this thought is if a stud player went down and a capable backup is now poised for for a lionshare situation. You can’t pass on obvious top-shelf value. Accordingly, these rankings below are nothing more than my founded belief for the player’s ability to achieve for the 2012 season. Fill in your area of need.
There is a clear #1 on the waiver board this week and it’s Kevin Ogletree. 114 yards and 2TD’s obviously says a lot… but the two clear factors that make Ogletree a snap waiver pickup if you have the priority is the 11 targets and the fact that Tony Romo has a history of loving his WR3′s. Temper expectations at this point, but Ogletree’s in a great roster situation, could make a case for WR3 work on a fantasy team at this point, and is a mere fragile Dallas WR injury away from being in a stellar role.
I’d sing the praises of Alfred Morris here, but Flapship already told you to get him two weeks ago, so we can just move on as I assume you all listened.
Dexter McCluster is a player with a world of upside. He had a team-high 10 targets for KC in their shootout with Atlanta. I personally have trouble visualizing him as anything more than a Devin Hester-type in the receiving game. He’s definitely worth a gamble in deeper leagues, though I may consider holding off if Olgetree / Morris are gone and I have top waiver priority.
Briefly, that brings up another point. When you have the #1 waiver priority early on, USE IT. Many players sit on that #1 spot waiting for that one magic player all season. Conversely, if you start with middle tier waiver priority and move up to the top over the first half of the season… cherish that spot and hold it and wait for that one magic situation (see DeMarco Murray).
Randy Moss TD!! I think what we saw Sunday out of him is precisely what can be expected for the season. A handful of snaps, a few solid looks, and a potential TD chance utilizing his sexual redzone skills. He’s worth a roster spot in deep leagues, but understand you are buying at the used car lot.
The New York Jets scored 48 points, and they can keep them. I’m still against them all. Even Rex Grossman had a 3TD game every now and again. I am still selling on the fact that this offense can reasonably contend on a week in-week out basis. I’m certainly not buying on a NYJ WR of any kind (Stephen Hill).
Who are your top waiver targets? Let us know in comments!