Fantasy Football 2014: Week 2 Waiver Wire Update
Taking a Look at the Week 2 Waiver Wire Trends
September 9, 2014
With Week 1 officially in the books, it’s time for us fantasy owners to start looking forward to the second game of the year. Part of that planning should be visiting the waiver wire to see what improvements you can make to your fantasy roster. There are plenty of solid pickups out there, so let’s visit with a few of the current trends and see what all the fuss is about.
Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens: With Ray Rice cut from the Ravens team due to new evidence about his domestic abuse situation, we’ve got a major shakeup in the Baltimore backfield. Bernard Pierce was supposed to be carrying the load for the Ravens in Rice’s absence, but he coughed up a fumble and gained the ire of the coaching staff, who in turn gave the reins to Forsett.
That turned out to be a wise choice: Forsett rushed 11 times for 70 yards and a score, adding 14 more on five catches. Word is that he’ll be the starter this week, so grab him immediately. He’s a very viable play on Thursday against the Steelers.
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Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Every year in Week 1, there’s that one breakout player that makes you go, “Who?” This year, it’s Hurns, who came from out of nowhere to grab four balls for 110 yards and two touchdowns against Philly.
Don’t get crazy here; Even though Hurns has some legitimate talent, things will switch up when Cecil Shorts gets back in there. Also, Philly stinks against the pass. Still, if the Jags are wise they’ll feature Hurns in the weeks to come. He’s a deep-league pickup.
Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts: We honestly would have placed Coby Fleener over Allen in fantasy, but Allen came out on top this week. He posted four grabs for 64 yards and a score in the Colts’ opening loss to the Broncos, making him a popular add this week.
Allen will continue to see work as the prime tight end as long as Fleener struggles, so he’s worth looking at as a TE2 in most leagues.
Steve Smith Sr., WR , Baltimore Ravens: Smith got a surprising amount of work in the Ravens’ opening-week loss. He ended up with seven grabs for 118 yards and a touchdown, but the craziest number was for his targets (15).
This could be a fluke thing, but it would seem like Smith has enough gas left to get a pretty good amount of work in the passing game. He’s worth kicking the tires on.
Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets: Chris Johnson gets the most fantasy press in the New York backfield, but it would seem that Ivory has some worth as well. He rattled off a 71-yard touchdown run as the highlight of a 102-yard day on his 10 carries.
Ivory and Johnson were nearly identical in the amount of snaps played, so it would seem that either would work nicely as a lower-end flex. That said, neither is a super-reliable option from week to week, either.
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