Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2

Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 2

9/11/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Fantasy drafts are important, but by the end of the season, a championship team is often comprised just as much of free agent pickups as it is by draft picks. Here are the top ten guys to target this week on the waiver wire.

Sep 9, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) signals to his team against the New England Patriots during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIREQuarterbacks

Jake Locker (TEN): 
Locker got the first start of his career on Sunday and played well, completing nearly 72% of his passes on his way to 229 yards before leaving the game due to an injury that isn't expected to hold him out this week. His numbers should only get better as he gets more comfortable as the starter, and his best receiver, Kenny Britt, is returning from suspension this week. Locker is a good bye week fill-in or insurance player for injury prone quarterbacks, and has low-end QB1 potential.

Running Backs

Alfred Morris (WAS): 
Morris got the starting gig for the Redskins on Sunday, and impressed with 96 yards and two touchdowns. He's strictly an early down back (caught no passes), so his production relies on RG3 and the Redskins defense continuing to keep games close. The biggest risk for Morris is that the slightest mishap could land him in fickle head coach Mike Shanahan's doghouse and leave him worthless to fantasy owners.

Jacquizz Rodgers (ATL): I listed Rodgers as a top five handcuff in the preseason, and it was because I expected something like this to happen: Michael Turner ran the ball 11 times for 32 yards and caught no passes on Sunday. Turner no longer fits the Falcons offensive scheme, and at the age of 30, if he continues to struggle running the ball, Rodgers (two less touches than Turner) could begin taking the bulk of the work in the backfield.

Wide Receivers
Sep 9, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA;  Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) (right) stiff arms San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers (22) (left) after catching a pass during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field.  The 49ers defeated the Packers 30-22.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
Randall Cobb (GB): 
Cobb led the Packers in receptions with nine, and the way that the Packers used him on Sunday suggests that they plan on keeping him as one of the focal points of the offense. Unfortunately he was drafted in my league, but if he's available to you this week, pick him and ride his PPR beast potential through the season.

Kevin Ogletree (DAL): The talk of the town from Wednesday to Sunday, Ogletree burst onto the scene on a national stage in the season opener against the Giants. Him and Tony Romo seemed to have great chemistry together, and Ogletree likely has himself solidified in that number three receiver position that Laurent Robinson was so effective in last year. He'll be hard pressed to repeat his Week 1 numbers with Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten returning to practice healthy, but he should still be a good fantasy option going forward.

Dexter McCluster (KC): This versatile little guy led the Chiefs in targets with 10, four more than number one receiver Dwayne Bowe. Similar to Randall Cobb, the Chiefs will continue to move McCluster all over the formation to get him the ball in space, making him a good PPR option.


Stephen Hill (NYJ): Hill led the Jets in catches, receiving yards, and touchdowns, while being second in targets behind Santonio Holmes. Previously said to be the biggest disappoint of Jets' camp, Hill proved he has the ability to make plays in the NFL, and Mark Sanchez will only put more trust in him as the season goes on.

Tight Ends
Sep 9, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Roach (53) tackles Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener (80) during the second half at Soldier Field. The Bears won 41-21. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
Coby Fleener (IND): Andrew Luck's favorite target from Stanford followed him to the Colts, and Luck still loves throwing his way, targeting Fleener 10 times for second on the team. He's not as high in the rankings as the next two tight ends because he didn't catch a touchdown, but he had more targets, catches, and yards than them, so I believe he'll be better over the course of the season.

Dennis Pitta (BAL): Though Fleener did have more targets, catches, and yards, Pitta wasn't far behind. Pitta was targeted nine times, hauling in five of those passes for 73 yards. He got up impressively against shutdown corner Leon Hall for his touchdown catch, and Joe Flacco seems to have a lot of trust in him.

Martellus Bennett (NYG): The Giants have been getting good numbers out of below average tight ends for years, and they finally have a guy who can make the most of his opportunities. The self-proclaimed Black Unicorn was a hidden talent behind Jason Witten for years in Dallas, and the Giants should find him very useful as a security blanket and red zone option.
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