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    Fantasy Football: Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickup Power Rankings

    RotoExperts Staff September 14, 2015 12:05AM EDT

    Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickup Power Rankings

    FNTSY Sports Network’s Pat Mayo talks with Dr. Victor Khabie and Jon Collins about every significant injury from Sunday, and unleashes his Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickup Power Rankings for every position. Plus, the streaming QBs and DSTs of the week.

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    Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups: Running Back

    1. David Johnson
    2. Chris Johnson
    3. Ronnie Hillman
    4. Dion Lewis
    5. DeAngelo Williams
    6. Benny Cunningham
    7. Duke Johnson
    8. Lance Dunbar
    9. Terrance West
    10. Khiry Robinson
    11. Josh Robinson
    12. Karlos Williams
    13. Javorius “Buck” Allen
    14. Denard Robinson
    15. Charles Sims
    16. Jonathan Grimes

    We only had the one BIG RB injury in Week 1, and we don’t even know the severity at the moment. Andre Ellington was helped off the field and carted from the sidelines to the locker room after suffering a non-contact PCL (Knee) injury. Ellington owners are praying for good news from his MRI, but it looks like he’ll miss at least a couple weeks, at best. That leaves you with the choice between David Johnson and Chris Johnson. It depends on what you need, I suppose. David Johnson is the better Fantasy prospect, he comes with the most upside. The rookie’s simply more dynamic as a runner and definitely better in the passing game. Just remember, Bruce Arians turned to Chris Johnson in the immediate aftermath of Ellington gimping his way to the sidelines. People will remember David’s 55-yard sprint to the endzone, but Chris was the one actually getting the touches, finishing with 10 carries. Heading into Week 2, plan on Chris being the lead back, likely the one seeing goal line touches. And that’s valuable. I prefer David as an RB to have on my team longterm, but I’m fairly certain everyone feels that way. David will be an expensive pick up. I’ll be chucking in bids to acquire his services (unless Ellington’s MRI comes back clean, which isn’t likely), but I’ll be making back up bids on Chris too. He’ll be the better short term option if I need an RB to plug-and-play immediately, and he’ll come at a discount amidst the expected David Johnson frenzy. And don’t discount Arians sticking with the veteran. Think back two years ago, when all Fantasy players we’re clamoring for Ellington to start getting more touches, but all we received was a lethal dose of Rashard Mendenhall. Don’t be left trout faced when Chris Johnson keeps this job as long as Ellington is out, while David Johnson looks way better in a limited role. [UPDATE: Arians says Chris Johnson would be “lead dog” if Ellington out. Ellington should be back in 2-3 weeks. Again, CJ if you need the immediate help, I still prefer DJ as the RB to add to my bench]… Masked in Denver’s underwhelming offensive showing against the Ravens, was Ronnie Hillman equalling C.J. Anderson carry total (12), and making a greater impact with said carries (41 yards on the ground to CJA’s 29). Now, it’s not time for FULL on panic from Anderson owners, but be on high alert. CJA was on the field far more often, and was a more active participant in the passing game. Still, it’s undeniable Hillman looked better with his touches. Could he be a better fit than Anderson in Gary Kubiak’s system? I’m not willing to go that far, yet. But you may want to get him on your roster now, in the off-chance Kubiak makes that decision. Clearly, you won’t be able to start him any time soon, however having him on your roster is the smart move, whether you own Anderson or not. Hillman is an appreciating asset, especially if Anderson’s lingering toe issue hampers him in the coming weeks… Dion Lewis was elusive Thursday night against the Steelers. Don’t get used to that, though. LeGarrette Blount returns this week against the Bills, and all the work Lewis saw between the tackles (15 carries, 69 yards), will evaporate. Lewis will hold PPR value, certainly, but his role will likely be tied to game flow. In games where the Patriots will be predominantly passing, Lewis should strike big, like Shane Vereen before him. Problem is, this is New England, and he could just as likely be inactive next week. You never know. Worth a small bid in PPR leagues, nothing crazy though… If you need an RB for Week 2, DeAngelo Williams has one more week of playability before Le’Veon Bell returns and renders him inert… Same could apply to Benny Cunningham too. Todd Gurley likely won’t play for another couple weeks, and Tre Mason hamstring’s could hold him out again. Benny cracked the century mark against the Seahawks, if he’s running solo for the Rams again in Washington, his week could be bigger. Cunningham (and his wife, Oprah), doesn’t have long-term value, but like DeAngelo, can be used as a starter if everything breaks right with St. Louis’ injury situation… Turns out, Duke Johnson may be better than Isaiah Crowell.

    Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups: Wide Receiver

    1. Terrance Williams
    2. Stevie Johnson
    3. Donte Moncrief
    4. Kendall Wright
    5. Cole Beasley
    6. James Jones
    7. Phillip Dorsett
    8. Allen Hurns
    9. Percy Harvin
    10. Brandon Coleman
    11. Cecil Shorts III
    12. Rashad Greene
    13. Nate Washington
    14. Rueben Randle
    15. Markus Wheaton
    16. Doug Baldwin
    17. Travis Benjamin
    18. Tyler Lockett
    19. Devin Street
    20. Tavon Austin
    21. Jermaine Kearse
    22. Rishard Matthews
    23. Ted Ginn Jr.
    24. Andre Roberts
    25. Jordan Norwood

    Dez Bryant suffered a broken foot, needs surgery and will miss (reportedly) 4-6 weeks. [UPDATE: Now looks DEZ won‘t return until early November] And…… I’m guessing it’s at least six. I mean, it’s a foot getting screws in it. F***. Frankly, I’m impressed he was still able to stomp around and GET FIRED UP after the Cowboys’ comeback win against the Giants. Terrence Williams becomes to the top WR pick up in his absence, by default. If he becomes the number one option in Dallas, highly likely, Williams should produce like a solid WR2 sans Dez. Cole Beasley is an interesting name for PPR purposes too. With more targets to go around, if Beasley can approach 8-12 per game, his high efficiency and short route running could result in a PPR bonanza… T.Y. Hilton reportedly suffered a bone bruise in his knee leaving Colts owner, and noted lunatic, Jim Irsay to decree Hilton to be out, “a few weeks.” This directly benefits Donte Moncrief and rookie Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett started seeing immediate work once Hilton exited the game, but it’s the overall bulk of Moncrief that intrigues me, since, after consulting with a real doctor (Dr. Victor Khabie), he assures me, if it’s merely a bruise, it shouldn’t be long lasting. Moncrief was heavily involved in the Colts game plan before the Hilton injury, and already has a year of experience in the system. I like Moncrief as an add regardless of Hilton’s health. And, between the two, I’ll go with the guy Andrew Luck trusted on 4th down in the redzone over a rookie that muffed a punt in his first game. [UPDATE: As expected, Hilton won’t miss too much time, if any. Moncrief still a quality add]… Stevie Johnson seamlessly slid into the Chargers offense and even found pay dirt. Johnson’s role will likely shrink once Antonio Gates returns in after Week 4, but until then, Stevie is looking like a quality WR3/FLEX… No, 50% of James Jones catches won’t be TDs. But it’s clear his rapport with Aaron Rodgers is a very real. I don’t know when I’ll trust him in my lineup, but playing with the league’s best quarterback, I want to own him for upside alone. Feel free to drop pre-season darlings Ty Montgomery and Jeff Janis btw… Before you bust a nut on Kendall Wright, remember, the Titans are not going to score 42 points a game. Wright piled up 101 yards and score on four targets. With a career aDOT closer to mine than about any player in football, I wouldn’t go crazy over this showing. Worth owning, for sure, more so in PPR, but not worth an overpay…. Is Percy Harvin better than Sammy Watkins? No. But I think this week was indicative that the Bills offense, especially their passing production, is going to be unpredictable… Nate Washington went over over 100 yards and breached double-digit targets against the Chiefs. Covertly, Cecil Shorts III saw eight passes come his way too. I doubt the Texans are going to pass this much in a regular week, especially when Arian Foster returns, but it’s worth noting that soon-to-be starter Ryan Mallet favored Shorts. Most of Washington’s production came with Brian Hoyer under center… Not gonna lie, didn’t know much about Rashad Greene before kickoff today. Yet, I tend to focus my attention when I see ANYONE get 13 targets in a game. More so when they finish with a bizarre stat line like 7 receptions for 28 yards. I’d rather have Allen Hurns, but deep PPR players should make a spec add, see if this continues.

    Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups: Tight End

    1. Tyler Eifert
    2. Jordan Reed
    3. Heath Miller
    4. Eric Ebron
    5. Ladarius Green
    6. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
    7. Darren Fells
    8. Richard Rodgers

    I guess I whiffed on my evaluation on Tyler Eifert entering the season. He clearly won’t be the focal point of the passing attack like he was against the Raiders (9-104-2; 12 Targets) every week, but he’s setting up to be Andy Dalton’s secondary passing option. Eifert doubled Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu’s combined target total. If you’re weak at the position, he’s a must add… Even if DeSean Jackson returns from his hamstring problem next week (UPDATE: He won’t. Expected to miss 3-4 weeks), he’ll still be limited, hamstrings take weeks to return to full strength (especially if you don’t rest); leaving Jordan Reed too absorb close to double-digit targets with the Redskins almost assuredly playing from behind every week. The opportunity is there, he just needs to stay healthy for once. Which has historically been the hard part for Jordan… Heath Miller’s production will waver week-to-week, but without Le’Veon Bell (Returns Week 3) and Martavis Bryant (Returns Week 5), Miller should persist as a high-floor, low-ceiling option at a thin position. Good, not great. Worth a few bucks as an extra bid if you miss out on the first two… It’s difficult using Week 1 to project the Bucs’ offensive patterns. While there’s a chance they get embarrassed off the field on a weekly basis, they’re probably not THIS awful. Probably. And, they’ll have Mike Evans back soon to gobble up the targets – garbage time and all the time. Austin Seferian-Jenkins certainly has upside, but Week 1 is likely his best game of the season. I like him, and Eric Ebron, as deep league stashes, but not in shallower formats. Don’t overreact to the big games, especially in Week 1. If you want either, throw in a low bid and hope to get them. If not, wait a few weeks and pick them up for nothing when they’re inevitably dropped. In the coming weeks, ASJ is going to play against defenses that actually care if they tackle him… LOOK, it’s Darren Fells, AND HE’S DOIN STUFF!!!

    Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups: Quarterbacks

    1. Carson Palmer at CHI
    2. Teddy Bridgewater vs DET
    3. Tyrod Taylor vs NE
    4. Joe Flacco at OAK
    5. Ryan Fitzpatrick at IND
    6. Marcus Mariota at CLE
    7. Jay Cutler vs ARZ
    8. Andy Dalton vs SD
    9. Ryan Mallett at CAR
    10. Johnny Manziel vs TEN

    Carson Palmer may be old, and have an undetectable amount of knee cartilage surrounding the bone, but dude chucks TDs. Palmer extended his two-TD (or Better!) streak, in non-injured games, to seven games dating back to last season. A streak which shall be extended against the Bears. Palmer may not be a be a high ceiling option, but he has the highest floor of all the available options. And, if you’re streaming QBs as a strategy, the rest of your team is probably stacked and an elevated floor is all you need…Obviously, Teddy Bridgewater hasn’t played yet, but unless he’s a disaster Monday night, his matchup against the Lions appears favorable after THE RIV dropped 400-yards on them… I’ll give Joe Flacco a mulligan (and the Ravens in general). Denver’s D is solid; Oakland’s is not… Marcus Mariota dominated in his first career start. Still, I’m not a schedule expert, but I don’t think he gets to face Tampa every week. He’s a better pick up than than Week 2 stream QB. If you believe the rook’s for real, you have to get him now because he’ll be a popular add. I’ll pass, though. Call me crazy, but I believe it’s tough piling up Fantasy points only attempting 16 passes a game. I prefer using my bench to stash RBs and WRs over a QB I’ll likely never use… My favorite moment of Sunday? Josh McCown going all helicopter, Johnny Football getting in the game, taking off downfield for a huge gain, having it called back, then responding with a TD strike to Travis Benjamin. It was GLORIOUS. Everything that followed: Less glorious. Only add him in the 2QB or super deep leagues… Frankly, if I want an upside running QB on my team, give me Tyrod Taylor. He throws the best deep ball of the bunch… Look’s like the Brian Hoyer era in Houston is just about over. Expect Chef Hoyardee to be shoved aside for Ryan Mallett. This only really applies to 2QB/Super FLEX formats.

    Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups: Stream Defense/Special Teams

    1. BAL at OAK
    2. STL at WSH
    3. NO at TB
    4. KC at DEN
    5. MIA at JAX

    The Ravens limited an inept Peyton Manning, and now they draw the bumbling Raiders in Week 2. Now, life would be good if Derek Carr was under center for Oakland, but Carr exited Week 1 with a hand injury leaving the immortal Matt McGloin (AHHHH MY GLOIN!!!!!) calling the plays. Doesn’t matter which one starts in Week 2, Oakland didn’t run a play across the 50 until the fourth quarter. The Ravens were left on free agency because of a perceived terrible matchup with the Broncos, so they’re out there in some leagues. Even with Terrell Suggs out for the season, they’ll still dominate the Raiders. PICK’EM UP… Guess what??? Kirk Cousins was still his ol’ unproductive self against the Dolphins and now must deal with The Rams terrifying front seven that laid nine QB hits on Russell Wilson… No, the Saints aren’t a quality defense, but neither are the Titans. Fortunately, Jameis Winston appears like his Fantasy Football strategy is streaming defenses against himself… I’m not willing to write off Manning after one lousy game, but the Chiefs D was swarming against the Texans and they catch Denver at home on a short week. Don’t be afraid, man.

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