Last week we called this segment Last Minute Pickups because there wasn’t any waiver action prior to Week 1. From here on out, it will be called Riding the Waivers, and it will consist of me piecing together a fantasy roster full of players that aren’t owned, but should be. Specifically, all players will be owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! Leagues to qualify.
This will be different from most Waiver Wire articles that just compile the top scoring options from the previous week and say “go pick them up.” Instead, I will provide a team full of players with good matchups for the current week, or players that are just plain under-appreciated. Hopefully they will be available in your leagues, even after the rush to the waivers that generally happens on Monday.
Christian Ponder – MIN @ INDY (12% Owned)
I hope your team isn’t already in the predictament of having to start Ponder. However, there are a lot of deep leagues out there and it might not be such a bad thing if you are stuck with Ponder this week. It is a great matchup for the young Viking QB. Indianapolis had one of the worst defenses last year, and they used most of their draft picks to patch up the offense. Indy Defense was the 14th easiest matchup for Fantasy QB’s last year. The only reason Quarterbacks didn’t score more points against them is due to blow outs. This one should be close throughout, and Ponder should rack up 250+ yards with a couple TD.
Dexter McCluster – KC @ BUF (15% Owned)
This week I will consider McCluster a Running Back but McCluster is also eligible at WR in most Fantasy Leagues. McCluster has been one of Cassel’s favorite targets all PreSeason and that carried over to Week 1 when McCluster got 10 targets. Dexter has gamechanging speed, and can easily turn a 5 yard loss into a 20 yard gain with his elusiveness. Now he faces a Buffalo Defense that allowed three touchdowns to Jets receivers last week. At worst you should get 5 catches with 50 yards, but the potential to break off a long one is always there for McCluster.
Alfred Morris – WAS @ STL (31% Owned)
St. Louis couldn’t defend the run last year, and they didn’t do anything to change my mind in Week 1. Kevin Smith averaged 4.8 YPC last week against the Rams to go along with two TDs. Morris was an absolute workhorse in Week 1, and I see no reason why that should change in Week 2. Shanahan is unpredictable, but he’s not stupid. Grab a saddle, and hop on the workhorse while you still can. I expect another Top 10 RB performance from Morris in Week 2.
Brandon LaFell – CAR vs. NO (23% Owned)
We have our first repeat reciever here. LaFell is competing with Louis Murphy for attention, but there is plenty of pie to go around. Carolina made it clear that they are a pass-first offense. Expect an old-fashioned shootout in Week 2 against the Saints. I would be surprised if he didn’t at least match his effort from last week. He will be owned in more than 25% of leagues by this time next week.
Davone Bess – MIA vs. OAK (21% Owned)
Tannehill had a rough NFL Debut, as expected, but it’s about to get easier. Going from a Top 10 Pass Defense to a Bottom 10 Pass Defense should really help the rookie. Who is going to benefit the most? Why not the Dolphins #1 receiver, Davone Bess. It is really sad when your teams #1 WR is owned in less than 25% of fantasy leagues, but that’s the case here. Bess never had more than 92 yards in a single game last year, but somebody has to step up in the absence of Brandon Marshall. My money is on Bess, who I am marking down for 100+ this week with a Touchdown to boot.
Coby Fleener – INDY vs. MIN (48% Owned)
The lack of defense in the Colts-Vikings game should make both of these offenses look very respectable. As you’d imagine, Andrew Luck turned to his security blanket when the going got tough against the Bears. His security blanket just happens to be named Coby Fleener, and he was targeted 10 times last week. According to Urban Dictionary a fleener is ‘A person who ruins another persons fun.’ Who’s fun is Coby going to ruin this week?
Washington Defense – WAS @ STL (4% Owned)
They are playing the Rams, enough said. If you need any more reason, then consider the Rams O-Line is banged up. If you lack a strong defense and are playing it week-by-week then I would suggest Washington. Others to consider are Dallas and Cincinnati.
–Last Week Recap–
Alex Smith – 211 Yds, 2 TD, 13 Rush Yds. Pretty solid fantasy output for this “game manager.” Should continue to be a decent QB2 option all year, but nothing more. Ownership did not rise or decline.
Jonathan Dwyer – If you watched the game Sunday Night then you couldn’t help but shake your head everytime they handed the ball to Redman. Dwyer clearly looked like the better back. He even got a touchdown overturned because his knee was down at the two yard line. Dw’oh! Ownership raised from 15% to 18%.
Alfred Morris – Might be the most picked up player this week. Hopefully you read last week and already took a chance on him. Ownership raised from 11% to 31%.
Danny Amendola – Led the Rams with 9 targets, catching 5 of them for 70 yards. Should be owned in most leagues now, and should have a big game against the Redskins in Week 2. Ownership raised from 41% to 43%.
Brandon LaFell – LaFell had a good week with 65 Yards and a Touchdown. However, I am not as optimistic for the season outlook after Cam Newton’s spreading of the ball. Particularly, Louis Murphy having 5 targets… the same amount as LaFell. I think LaFell can have a couple more solid games over the next two weeks. In a perfect world, you can sell high after Week 3 against the Giants. Ownership raised from 22% to 23%.
Kyle Rudolph – Caught 5 of his 7 targeted passes for 67 yards. A Touchdown would have been the icing on the cake. Ownership raised from 34% to 35%.
Vikings Defense – 23 Pts Allowed, 2 sacks, 1 fum rec, 1 blk kick. Gave a mediocre effort against a terrible offense. About what you would expect from a Defense owned in 11% of leagues. Ownership did not rise or decline.