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Fantasy Football 2014: Week 2 Key Matchups

Taking a Look at the Week 2 Waiver Wire Trends

September 10, 2014

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Now that the first round of NFL games is officially in the books, we fantasy owners can start looking forward to the upcoming matchups this weekend. If you’re looking to tweak your roster a little bit, you’re in luck. There are a few solid-looking plays out there featuring guys you should be able to grab off the wire. Let’s take a closer look at the emerging trends and see if anyone’s right for your lineup.

Houston Texans Defense: No one paid much attention to Houston coming into the season, and that’s good news for fantasy owners in need of a new defensive squad.
The Texans D posted a solid game against Washington in the opener, with three sacks, a pair of forced fumbles and a touchdown. They get some nice matchups down the line, starting with this weekend in Oakland.

Fantasy Football 2014: Week 2 Key Matchups


Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers: Floyd is a popular waiver wire pickup this week, stemming from a nice game in Arizona Monday night. He posted four receptions for 50 yards and a score, very encouraging numbers for his first game back from a significant neck injury.
Floyd’s matchup isn’t all that great this weekend (Seattle), but given the indications he’s shown in preseason and Week 1, we think he’ll be actively involved in the Chargers offense.

Tennessee Titans Defense: Here’s another defensive unit that’s worth keeping an eye on. The Titans looked great alongside Kansas City, tossing up four sacks and a trio of interceptions against a normally very careful offense. They’re at home against Dallas this weekend, then have a couple of “blah” matchups in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, but then hit a pretty easy part of their schedule. They’re definite considerations.

Larry Donnell, TE, New York Giants: The Giants don’t have a whole lot to be happy about over Monday’s ugly loss to Detroit, but at least they’ve got Donnell. He finished with five grabs for 56 yards and a touchdown, bursting onto the fantasy radar in the process.
Donnell provides a nice safety valve for Eli Manning and a bad offensive line, so you can expect him to get plenty of work. His matchup this weekend against Arizona is also very tasty.

Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: The Saints’ backfield is quite the mess, but at least we’ve got some early indications on the workload. Ingram was the winner in Week 1, rushing 13 times for 60 yards and a pair of scores.
Ingram appears to be the team’s go-to guy on the first couple of downs, which means he should see more touches than his contemporaries in the Saints’ backfield. He’ll be in Cleveland this weekend and should do just fine as a flex guy.

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