Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Review – Week 2

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What it is!!  Below are what I view are some quality waiver wire pickups for the week.  Some of the players featured are a bit of a reach while others may be known players but you just need that reason as to why they should be picked up.  The players that caught my eye in each game from Week 2 are featured in the list below.  Check them out!


Green Bay Packers 23, Chicago Bears 10

Jay Cutler , QB, Chicago Bears (11/27, 126 yards, 1 TD, 4 INTs) – LMAO…just kidding.

Michael Bush, RB, Chicago Bears (14 car., 54 yards) – With Matt Forte possibly out with an ankle injury, Michael Bush should have no problem doing backup duty in the running game.

Cedric Benson, RB, Green Bay Packers (20 car., 81 yards; 4 rec., 35 yards) – Cedric Benson has proven to be a force in the running and the passing game as shown with his stats against the Bears

Green Bay Packers Defense (7 Sacks, 4 INTs, 10 Points Allowed) – There goes Jay Cutler making turning players into a Pro Bowler in one game.   The Packers took advantage of a horrible offensive line and had a field day with defensive stats.  And no, that fake FG touchdown in the first half DOES NOT count towards the Packers’ D/ST.  Don’t argue this with me.


Buffalo Bills, 35, Kansas City Chiefs 17

Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City Chiefs (23/42, 301 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 1 Lost Fumble) – Matt Cassel got a lot of garbage time points in the passing game playing from behind against the Bills.  When Jamaal Charles starts to turn up in the running game, you can expect more consistent play for Cassel each week.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo Bills (10/19, 178 yards, 2 TDs; 4 car., 34 yards) – Fitzpatrick has actually put up some good numbers over the past couple of weeks, even with those 3 INTs last week (he had 3 TDs to boot).  He should not be on the waiver wire, but pick him up if he is.

Scott Chandler, TE, Buffalo Bills (2 rec., 53 yards, 1 TDs) – Coach Chan Gailey has hinted at Chandler having a bigger role in the Bills’ offense.  Last week’s showing should be a good sign of that.


Carolina Panthers 35, New Orleans Saints 27

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints (9 car., 120 yards; 4 car., yards) – While he put up good numbers last Sunday against the Panthers, the Saints’ backfield is too crowded for me to trust Pierre Thomas moving forward.  I would at least keep an eye on him to see how he progresses over the next couple of weeks before making a roster move for him.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers (11 car., 51 yards; 1 rec., 17 yards, 1 TD) – Just like Thomas, the same can be said about Jonathan Stewart having to share the backfield with DeAngelo Williams.  It’s not known for sure who exactly the #1 back for Carolina is.  That being said, Stewart to me is a nice flex pickup.

Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina Panthers (6 rec., 90 yards) – Brandon LaFell is becoming a consistent fantasy football option in a potent passing game.  When WR Steve Smith is double-covered, expect Cam Newton to give LaFell some good looks.  I would pick up LaFell if he is available and start him at the 2nd or 3rd WR slot.


Cincinnati Bengals 34, Cleveland Browns 27

Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns (22/37, 322 yards, 2 TDs; 2 car., 6 yards) – What a difference a week makes.  Last week, my high school GPA was higher than Weeden’s QB rating.  This week, he stepped up and looks very poised and followed his progressions very well.  I would follow his performance next week to see if he could be valid option.

Mohammed Massaquoi, WE, Cleveland Browns (5 rec., 90 yards) – Mohammed Massaquoi has always shown spurts of a great WR option.  His stats suggest so, but keep in mind that he was a beneficiary of Weeden’s big day.  I would only pick up Massaquoi if I am reaching deep for a WR.

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (24/31, 318 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT) – Andy Dalton is suddenly looking like a viable QB option in fantasy.  Shaking off a bad performance against the Ravens, he bounced back and delivered one of his finest games of his career.  If available in your league and you need a QB option, go get him right now!

Brandon Tate, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (3 rec., 71 yards, 1 TD) – The former Patriots’ WR is doing his thing now in Cincinnati, but Tate only got looks from Andy Dalton with A.J. Green being well covered in Week 2′s contest with the Browns.  I can only suggest looking out for Tate until he proves to be a consistent contributor to a fantasy roster.


Indianapolis Colts 23, Minnesota Vikings 20

Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings (27/35, 245 yards, 2 TDs; 3 car., 7 yards, 1 Fumble Lost) – I never been much of a fan of Florida State University players (it’s all about the []__[]), but I will give my props and maybe a roster spot to Christian Ponder.  He showed spurts of being a potential good QB.  His performance in Week 2 has proven that he can indeed be a fantasy QB option in just his second year in the league.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings (3 rec., 35 yards, 1 TD) – Rookie TE Kyle Rudolph can also get a good deal of work in the passing game to help out Ponder on check downs and in the red zone.

Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts (20/31, 224 yards, 2 TDs) – After his rocky debut in Week 1, Andrew Luck got a chance to show why he was the 1st overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.  Luck should definitely NOT be available on the waiver wire, but if he is you should stash them as your backup.

Donnie Avery, WR, Indianapolis Colts (9 rec. 111 yards) – The thing I don’t like about Donnie Avery is the fact that he is injury prone.  He has spent a great deal of his young career on the bench due to injuries.  Clearly, he is a force in the passing game when he is healthy.  He seems to have built a great rapport with Luck and I would suggest stashing him as a flex option.


Houston Texans 27, Jacksonville Jaguars 7

Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans (12 car., 74 yards, 2 TDs; 4 rec., 23 yards) – As an owner of Arian Foster, I gotta say……SCREW YOU, BEN TATE!  This touchdown vulture….I mean, the Texans’ backup RB is actually a great contributor to the running game and could be of great service in the event Foster gets hurt.  I recommend stashing Tate as a handcuff if you have Foster.

Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (2/2, 23 yards)  - With starting QB Blaine Gabbert potentially not starting this week, you may want to roll with Chad Henne if you are an owner of Gabbert or if you are hard pressed for a QB.  Henne has some experience as a starter in Miami and may be a decent option with a good matchup.


Miami Dolphins 35, Oakland Raiders 13

Carson Palmer, QB, Oakland Raiders (24/48, 373 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) – The Raiders’ loss to Miami was a huge shock to me. Even so, Carson Palmer put up good enough numbers to make him a viable option as a backup QB on anyone’s roster.

Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins (10 car., 65 yards, 1 TD) - It was great to see former Miami Hurricanes’ RB score a touchdown on Sunday.  With backup RB Daniel Thomas dealing with a concussion, he can see more carries from the backfield and should be a decent option if starting RB Reggie Bush was to get hurt. 

Reggie Bush, RB, Miami Dolphins (26 car., 172 yards, 2 TDs; 3 rec., 25 yards) – REGGIE! REGGIE! REGGIE! I always said that if Reggie Bush dumped Kim K., he would rush for over 1000 yards.  Well, it appears he is well on his way for his 2nd straight 1000-yard season.  If Bush is on the waiver wire, GET HIM! I also would put in a good trade offer to get him on your roster if you are hurting for a RB.

Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins (9 rec., 111 yards)  - If I told you that Brian Hartline would be a great fantasy football option at WR, I would probably stomp on your big toe and run off.


Arizona Cardinals 20, New England Patriots 18

Arizona Cardinals Defense (4 Sacks, 1 INT, 18 Points Allowed) – I gotta give the Cardinals their props for going into Foxboro and coming out with a win against the New England Patriots. They are becoming one of the more underrated defenses in the NFL along with the Seattle Seahawks.  With the potential of CB Patrick Peterson taking a punt or kickoff return for a TD, the Cardinals’ defense should be looked at as a good bye week option with a great match

Kellen Winslow (No Stats) – The Patriots have signed former Buccaneers’ TE Kellen Winslow to a one year deal.  With the way the Patriots have utilized a two-TE offense, Winslow may do some great spot duty will Aaron Hernandez is out with an ankle injury.

Deion Branch (No Stats) – I am not sure why the Patriots have brought back Deion Branch where they already have Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker.  All I can say is that you should keep an eye on him and all other WR options in the Patriots’ offense before touching any of New England’s WRs.


New York Giants 41, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34

Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20 car., 66 Yards, 1 TD) – Doug Martin has separated himself as the #1 RB in Tampa Bay’s offense. 

Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3 rec., 59 yards, 1 TD) – Mike Williams is just as good as his QB Josh Freeman is.  When Freeman is rolling, so is Williams.  And when Freeman has a bad game, well….you get my drift.  Still, I think Mike Williams is a serviceable WR, good enough for a flex spot.

Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants (13 car., 71 yards, 1 TD; 2 rec., 19 yards) – With Ahmad Bradshaw out with an injury, Andre Brown should be promoted as the starter after his performance against the Bucs.  While rookie David Wilson will also get his carries, Brown will clearly carry the load for the Giants.  Especially if you own Bradshaw, grab Andre Brown immediately

Ramses Barden, WR, New York Giants (1 rec., 24 yards) – WR Hakeem Nicks was seen limping after his last catch of his masterful performance last week.  On a short week before the Giants’ contest against the Panthers, I don’t expect Nicks to play.  That would allow Ramses Barden to come in to take Nicks place in the depth chart.  Grab him as a handcuff if you own Hakeem Nicks on the fantasy football roster.

Martellus Bennett, TE, New York Giants (5 rec., 72 yards, 1 TD) – After the overhaul of all the TEs on the Giants’ roster, it seems that Martellus Bennett is the main TE in the offense.  Bennett, of course, took advantage for Eli Manning’s big day this past Sunday, but I would stash him as a bye week option moving forward.

Lawrence Tynes, K, New York Giants (3/3 XPs, 4/4 FG, Longest FG – 37 yards) – With every explosive offense comes the kicker to come in and do clean up on FGs and XPs. Lawrence Tynes is no different.


Philadelphia Eagles 24, Baltimore Ravens 23

Dennis PItta, TE, Baltimore Ravens (8 rec., 65 yards) – Pitta continues to grind out the yards and is working out to be a viable starter in fantasy if you need are looking deep for a TE.

Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (8 rec., 157 yards) – Brent Celek had a career day hauling in 157 yards in the Eagles’ surprising win against the Ravens.  Especially with the uncertainty of WR Jeremy Maclin starting in next week’s game with the Cardinals, Celek could get more looks going moving forward.


Seattle Seahawks 27, Dallas Cowboys 7

Seattle Seahawks Defense (1 Sack, 1 Fumble, 1 Forced Fumble,1 Fumble Recovery, 1 Blocked Punt Return for TD, 7 Points Allowed)  - As mentioned before, the Seattle Seahawks’ defense is one of the most underrated defenses in the NFL.  They dominated the Cowboys in every phase of the game this past Sunday.  A smart fantasy owner would stash their defense as a defensive option.


St. Louis Rams 31, Washington Redskins 28

Leonard Hankerson, WR, Washington Redskins (2 rec., 68 yards, 1 TD) – Yep! Another player from the []__[] doing the damn thing in the NFL.  With RGII running the offense, along with the status of Pierre Garcon up in the air, Leonard Hankerson could very well become the top wideout for the Redskins.

Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins (16 car., 89 yards) – I am going to give it one more week to for Alfred Morris to prove my stance wrong when I say that you should NEVER trust a Shanahan RB.  Pick him up if you are reaching for a RB, but I’m telling you. Don’t get mad if you end up seeing another RB starting for the Redskins.

Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams (26/35, 310 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 1 Fumble) – Sam Bradford took advantage of a weak Redskins’ secondary and had a field day.  He also had a little help from Danny Amendola with a monster game.  Bradford seems to be playing at the level he was expected to being drafted as the first round draft pick a few years ago.  I would stash Bradford as a backup QB if one was needed for your roster.

Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams (15 rec., 160 yards, 1 TD) – As I said before, Danny Amendola had a monster game.  I am only weary of grabbing Amendola because of his history of injuries.  With that being said, he has pretty much separated himself as the #1 wide receiver in the offense in my eyes and should be picked up and a good #2 WR option with some upside.

Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams (15 car., 83 yards, 1 Fumble Lost) – Daryl Richardson showed flashes of him being a BEAST in St. Louis.  It sucks that he did it at the expense of Steven Jackson being benched with an apparent groin injury.  Should Jackson not start next week, I would highly consider grabbing Richardson and seeing what he could really do.


Pittsburg Steelers 27, New York Jets 10

Jeremy Kerley, WR, New York Jets (2 rec., 67 yards) – Both Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill put up some big numbers in Week 1.  Come Week 2 and it seems that Kerley may be the more consistent of the two, even with matching up against a tough defense in the Steelers.  I would take a chance and grabbing Kerley at the flex just to see what he can do.


San Diego Chargers 38, Tennessee Titans 10

Jackie Battle, RB, San Diego Chargers (14 car., 69 yards, 2 TDs) – Ryan Mathews appears to be coming back from his clavicle injury.  But we know that Mathews is injury-prone.  So after his showing last week, Jackie Battle can come in and backup duty when Mathews is unable to start.  For now, Battle is a handcuff at best.

Malcolm Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers (6 rec., 109 yards) – Simply put, Malcolm Floyd is the #1 WR in on the Chargers’ roster and he should be grabbed off the waiver wire if he is available.

Dante Rosario, TE, San Diego Chargers (4 rec., 48 yards, 3 TDs) – Dante Rosario took the place of Antonio Gates who sat out with a rib injury.  And boy did he show out!  In the event that Gates is unable to start again in the future, Rosario could be a great option.


San Francisco 49ers 27, Detroit Lions 19

Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers (6 rec., 67 yards) – Michael Crabtree is becoming a better WR for the 49ers this season.  His total receiving yards tend to increase every year, and at this pace he is on his way to continue that trend.  For now, Crabtree is a surefire flex starter.

Jason Hanson, K, Detroit Lions (1/1 XP, 4/5 FG, Longest FG – 48 yards) – The Lions are a potent offense at its best.  Even when they stall, as they did often against the 49ers defense, they have a kicker in Jason Hanson who is more than capable of during cleanup work.


Altanta Falcons 27, Denver Broncos 21

Atlanta Falcons Defense (3 Sacks, 3 INTs, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble Recovery, 21 Points Allowed) – I got to give the Falcons defense their props.  They forced one of the greatest QBs of all time into 3 INTs.  In the first half.  While they did allow a bit of a comeback, they came in with a great defensive plan that the Broncos could not come back from.  The Falcons can be a viable option at defense moving forward.