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Fantasy Football: Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickup Power Rankings

RotoExperts Staff September 8, 2014 12:05AM EST
FNTSY Sports Network’s Pat Mayo unveils his Week 2 waiver wire pickup power rankings with Jamie McKay, telling you which impact players from Week 1 are worthy of an add and which should be completely avoided.

WEEK 2 RANKINGS: FLEX | QB | RB | WR | TE & D/ST
MORE MAYO: Game-by-Game Preview | Week 2 Rankings Debate

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Week 2 Waiver Wire Pick Up Power Rankings

Week 2 Waiver Wire Power Rankings (suggested FAAB Bid of $100 budget)
*All Players less than 60-percent owned

Running Backs

UPDATE: Ray Rice has been cut by the Ravens

  1. Ahmad Bradshaw ($10)
  2. Justin Forsett ($10)
  3. James Starks ($3)
  4. Chris Ivory ($3)
  5. Lorenzo Taliaferro ($3)
  6. Bobby Rainey ($2)
  7. Benny Cunningham ($2)
  8. Khiry Robinson ($1)
  9. Isaiah Crowell ($1)
  10. Roy Helu ($1)
  11. Dexter McCluster ($1)
  12. Antone Smith  ($0)
  13. Tre Mason ($0)

If you’ve been following me for more than a week (doubtful), you would already have Ahmad Bradshaw on your team. T RICH sucks, in case you didn’t know… Although Eddie Lacy exited the Packers’ season opener with a concussion, he appears on track to return following a ten day rest against the Jets in Week 2. Regardless, with Lacy sustaining his second head injury in the past 12 months, the probability for another has ballooned. I wouldn’t expect James Starks to contribute much with Lacy active, but he is a high-end hedge against a back that has developed an addiction to the dizziesChris Ivory broke off a 71-yard TD run against the Raiders, that’s good! The Jets don’t play Oakland every week – potassium benzoate, that’s bad. Ivory owners’ stump speech for drafting him was entirely centered around him monopolizing the goal-line touches. But, in Week 1, that wasn’t so much the case. As predicted by Pat Mayo, Chris Johnson was fed the ball inside the five-yard line. Still, it does appear like there will be enough touches to go around with the Jets’ commitment to keeping the ball on the ground – there may be Charles Woodsonados lurking all over the country… While Doug Martin was hobbled with a knee injury against the Panthers, BobbyMake itRainey entered and scored a TD. No one was sold on Martin until late in training camp and I’d wager most have soured after a pitiful performance in Week 1. But don’t forget, Carolina has a solid run defense and Martin was being fed the ball with impunity before getting dinged up. If he’s not seriously injured – which doesn’t seem to be the case – I would consider him a solid buy low, but one that should only be considered a RB2 in average-to-good match ups, not an every week stud. Martin has a history, albeit a small sample, of under-performing against tough run defenses… The “ride the hot hand” strategy in the Rams’ backfield resulted in 11 carries for Zac Stacy, five for Benny Cunningham and four to receivers. If I was a Stacy owner, which I’m not, I wouldn’t be too concerned. Be-Be-Be Benny did outperform Stacy in the passing game, but a lot of that came late with St. Louis down big in the second half. In deeper leagues, I would actually stash Tre Mason for later in the season… On Wednesday’s Podcast, Jake Ciely and I both recommended taking a flyer on Mason and Isaiah Crowell, based solely on talent alone, and letting them develop into appreciating bench assets that will have value mid-season. Crowell will be scooped up en masse this week after his two TD showing against the Steelers, but, will more than certainly be dropped when he doesn’t do anything next week. He has value, but it’s not going to be immediate, despite his impact in Week 1. Terrence West will see the bulk of touches if Tate misses more time with his knee injury… Roy Helu and Dexter McCluster were surprisingly active in terms of usage. Their touches will be capricious, but these were two of my favorite PPR sleepers heading into the season, and make nice adds in 14-team (or deeper) leagues.

Wide Receivers

***Update: With the new NFL/NFLPA agreement likely to pass at any moment, the probability of Josh Gordon & Wes Welker being reinstated, and playing as early as this Week 2, is very much a live option. I’ve been advocating buying (and holding post-suspension) as many Gordon shares as possible since the beginning of June and I believe $81 is what it’s going to take to get his services. I understand that spending around four-fifths of your FAAB budget this early in the season is not for the conservative player, especially with the potential for not having an actual concrete resolution before waivers pass Tuesday night. I, however, am not risk adverse. This is the type of pickup that wins you a championship. I think he’ll be reinstated, and it’s not just me. Michael Salfino has been been the Bob Woodward of the Josh Gordon lawsuit investigation with Cedric Hopkins working as Deep Throat. They’re ALL IN. Me? I’m Carl Bernstein a guy who saw 10 minutes of All The President’s Men on a plane once. Either way, take the shot now and GET GORDON. And, if he doesn’t play, it’s not like your team was made any worse –  I’m sorry if you had to drop Rueben Randle, poor you.

  1. Josh Gordon ($81)
  2. Kelvin Benjamin ($33)
  3. Markus Wheaton ($21)
  4. Andrew Hawkins ($6)
  5. Jordan Matthews ($4)
  6. James Jones ($4)
  7. Rod Streater ($3)
  8. Robert Woods ($3)
  9. Brian Quick ($3)
  10. John Brown ($2)
  11. Brian Hartline ($2)
  12. Marqise Lee ($2)
  13. Harry Douglas ($2)
  14. Jarrett Boykin ($1)
  15. Donnie Avery ($1)
  16. Allen Hurns ($1)
  17. Denarius Moore ($0)
  18. Santonio Holmes ($0)
  19. Devin Hester ($0)
  20. Nate Washington ($0)
  21. Richardo Lockette ($0)

Kelvin Benjamin was legit with Derek Anderson under center; imagine what he can do with a healthy Cam Newton. Believe the hype… Still, I prefer Josh Gordon. It’s no guarantee that he’s going to play, don’t cloud that, but the probability is growing by the day. So think of it this way: Even if he only plays Weeks 12-16, he’ll be more than worth than any random pick up and stash… lol stash. I polled people on Twitter to find out what he was going for in their leagues over the weekend, and it was a mixed bag. Know who you’re playing against before making a bid, and tailor a wager around that, but as many of you know from my preseason (and post-suspension!) ramblings, I love Gordon. Grabbing a difference-maker off the waiver wire is the single best way to win your championship, and Gordon more than qualifies as that type of talent. For the moment, however, Andrew Hawkins is going to be Brian Hoyer’s first look. Especially with Jordan Cameron banged upJordan Matthews had a bad game, good news for your FAAB budget… Moving forward, I like Marqise Lee over Allen Hurns. Mainly because Hurns has a super Kevin Ogletree vibe to him and I don’t want to waste the dollars that it’s going to take to acquire his services after a GIANT Week 1. The only way I’d pay up for Hurns? If every Fantasy site extended its team name character limit to allow me to use, “Mr… Hurns. I bad want… money now. Me sick” for my squad, I’d spend all $100…  I haven’t looked at Green Bay’s complete schedule, but I’m fairly confident Jarrett Boykin won’t be matched up with Richard Sherman every week. Boykin will be fine… Don’t buy too much into Donnie Avery’s workload against the Titans. Dwayne Bowe is back next week… It didn’t matter if it was Shaun Hill or Austin Davis losing the game for St. Louis, they loved tossing it Brian Quick’s direction. He hauled in seven of his nine targets for 99 yards, but temper expectations. While I like Quick’s talent, and he is the WR you want to own in STL, the Rams’ passing game is going to be up and down each week; he’ll be tough to trust. Definitely worth a spec add, just don’t break the bank… Oh, and Markus Wheaton. He’s legit. You should get him… Total mixed bag from the Raiders receiving corps: James Jones and Rod Streater found paydirt, but it was Denarius Moore that saw the most targets, despite doing nothing with those looks. Moore won’t cost a cent to add and makes him a solid deep flyer. Plus, the Raiders are experimenting new ways to get their players the ball.

Bringing us to…

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Tight Ends

  1. Travis Kelce ($4)
  2. Larry Donnell ($4)
  3. Dwayne Allen ($2)
  4. Jermaine Gresham ($1)
  5. Levine Toilolo ($1)
  6. Jeff Cumberland ($1)
  7. Marcedes Lewis ($0)
  8. Anthony Fasano ($0)
  9. Niles Paul ($0)

Travis Kelce wasn’t the breakout star many of us hoped he would be, but he wasn’t a disaster either. While Anthony Fasano was the Chiefs’ big man that breached the goal-line, Kelce was the one that Alex Smith looked for on his three throws more than negative two yards down field… Jeff Cumberland and Levine Toilolo both worked as check down options for their respective QBs. I’ll take the one in the better offense…  For a one week fill in for injuries, Larry Donnell is a perfect fit with the Giants getting the TE sieve Cardinals… Jordan Reed came into the game questionable with a thumb injury and left in the first half with hamstring pain. The guy just can’t stay healthy. He’s like TE Ben Tate. In his absence, Niles Paul led Washington in receiving… Once they pop Tyler Eifert’s elbow back into its proper spot, maybe he can think about making a return to the field. Until then, Jermaine Gresham will serve as the team’s primary tight end.

Quarterbacks

  1. Jake Locker ($6)
  2. Geno Smith ($1)
  3. Matt Cassel ($0)
  4. Ryan Fitzpatrick ($0)

Jake Locker looked more than capable against what appeared to be a pretty awful Chiefs defense. AND NOW HE GETS DALLAS… Geno Smith could very well be Geno Garbage time against that soft Packers unit.

Defense/Special Teams

  1. Houston at Oakland ($9)
  2. Tampa Bay vs St. Louis ($4)
  3. Pittsburgh vs Baltimore ($1)
  4. Washington vs Jacksonville ($1)

The Jets had almost as many penalty yards as the Raiders had offensive yards in Week 1. And the Texans looked solid, even playing most the game without Jadeveon Clowney, someone they likely won’t have back until mid-October… While the Redskins looked terrible as a team, the defense actually did a good job limiting Houston, allowing just 10 points to its offense. And St. Louis is one of the few QB situations that’s actually worse than the Texans’.

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