Top 5 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 2
The NFL season is finally under way, which means fantasy football leagues are now through the first week, and those who lost their matchup or lost a player due to injury will be looking to add a player to boost their team. There were some surprising performances this week that definitely put some players on the map and will certainly be picked up this week. Here are my top 5 players that you should consider adding to your team this week:
1. Justin Forsett-RB-Baltimore Ravens
With Ray Rice out of the picture, and Bernard Pierce seemingly in the doghouse for fumbling in Sunday’s game against the Bengals, the opportunity to take the starting job is there for Forsett. Forsett looked impressive against Cincinnati, rushing for 70 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown, along with 5 catches. Coach John Harbuagh has stated he will go with the hottest running back at the time, and right now that is Forsett. Low risk, high reward pickup here.
2. Marqise Lee-WR-Jacksonville Jaguars
Lee, WR2 on the depth chart, may have been overshadowed by fellow rookie Allen Hurns’ performance, but Lee was far more consistent throughout the game than Hurns. Lee caught 6 passes for 62 yards and was a vital part of the Jags offense. If Chad Henne can continue to play like he did on Sunday, the Jags have a decent enough passing attack to have a Jacksonville wide receiver or two on your roster, and Lee is one of them.
3. Isaiah Crowell-RB-Cleveland Browns
This may be a find for those in deeper leagues, but with the injury to Ben Tate, Crowell becomes someone worth having on your team. Crowell was impressive despite a small amount of carries this week, rushing for 32 yards on five carries, but two of those rushes resulting in touchdowns. Crowell figures to see a heavier workload while Ben Tate is injured, backing up Terrance West and being a big part of the Browns offense this week. If he impresses again this week in a larger role, his long term role may increase.
4. Markus Wheaton-WR-Pittsburgh Steelers
With Emmanuel Sanders departed to Denver, Wheaton stepped very nicely into the WR2 role last weekend, catching six passes for 97 yards. Antonio Brown is the unquestioned top receiver in the Steel City, but in a pass happy offense, Wheaton is the next target, and when Brown deals with double coverage, Wheaton will see plenty of looks. He showed flashes of his elite speed last weekend against Cleveland, something that impressed me a lot. He is a must have if he is still available in your league.
5. Josh Gordon-WR-Cleveland Browns
Josh Gordon is suspended for the year, why is he on here? NFL player reps are set to take a vote that would change the NFL drug policy, which would likely result in Gordon’s suspension being overturned or reduced. There is one player on your roster who you will likely never play, now would be a good time to take a chance on this and drop that player and add Gordon. We all saw what he could do last year, so why not? Well worth the chance.
Player that you should NOT buy into: Allen Hurns-WR-Jacksonville Jaguars
Hurns put up big numbers in his debut, catching 4 passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Easy pick up right? Wrong. Hurns’ touchdowns catches were a result of absolutely horrible coverage by the Eagles defense, and Hurns did not even catch a pass in the second half. Cecil Shorts is set to return very soon, which will likely relegate Hurns to WR3 on the depth chart in a not-so-explosive offense. Don’t be fooled here and just pass on Hurns.