Case of the Mondays: Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups and Recap
What a week one!! Rookie QBs, out of nowhere receivers, and hopefully this finds you in a position for a big W. Football is finally back folks and our Mondays are again filled with overreactions, hopeful reactions, Monday Night football, and nail-biting finishes. Being that we haven’t had football in months, there is certainly a lot to get to. Who wants some? Come get some!
Note 1: Atlanta Explosion
- Looking at everything I talked about in our Fantasy Football Magazine exposure, or draft kit, I was all in on the Falcons offense. Well, so far so good! For those who weren’t sure if Julio Jones was for real, listen to Mike Ditka and STOP IT! I predicted 15+ TDs in the bold predictions article and I am feeling like that is almost too easy. Matty Ice and co are opening things up and Michael Turner looks like an afterthought. Turner is not how they will win games anymore, it’s all the toys on the outside.
Note 2: Rookie QBs
- Overall, it wasn’t a great day for rookie QBs. Of the 5, really only RG3 put up a quality fantasy day, but oh did he put up a day! He threw for 320 yards on 19 completions, 42 yards on the ground, and 2 TDs. Looking like the perfect fit for Mike Shanahan’s offense, Cam Newton part 2 may be in full effect already. As for the rest, Andrew Luck had his ups and downs but played a very tough Chicago defense on the road. I think he will certainly have some quality games but should still be a back up QB for now. Reggie Wayne will be the real deal all season. 18 targets! Brandon Weeden was putrid, Ryan Tannehill and Wilson both showed some signs but are probably more waiver guys right now as they seem to need to cover a far greater jump yet to being QB1 worthy.
Note 3: Green Bay receiving core
- Sure, the 49ers dominated the game and “shut down” Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense, from a game winning perspective. For fantasy owners, we aren’t that upset. The major note in my opinion though is the usage of receivers. Randall Cobb tied Greg Jennings in targets. Jermichael Finley and James Jones caught a touchdown. Poor Jordy Nelson hung out with his high ADP and 5 catches for 64 yards. Donald Driver was a non-factor, only playing the final 3 snaps after Jennings requested to come out. There is no doubt the Jones and Cobb are getting plenty of snaps. Cobb actually lined up 19 times in the backfield and seems to be morphing into a Percy Harvin type role. If that continues, his value could really skyrocket.
Note 4: Heeeeee’s Back
- Ok, ok, I waited until note 4 to spring it but do we really need to say much? Adrian “All Day” Peterson came back with a vengeance and reported no setbacks after his heavy work load. 2 TDs in his first game, owners should be very excited. I don’t want to curb enthusiasm like Larry David over here, but let’s also remember he is still coming off injury. Put him in your line ups, and enjoy the show, but don’t put the pressure on him to carry your team quite yet. Man, can he run the football though or what?
Note 5: Kevin Who??
- Last Wednesday we all got the shock to meet a new fantasy name right out of the gate. Kevin Ogletree jumped right into the Laurent Robinson role, going over 100 yards receiving with 2 touchdowns. I’m going to share my honest opinion. He should be rostered in leagues. BUT, I would not waste a ton of my free agency dollars or my number 1 waiver claim on him. A couple things I noticed from Wednesday’s game. Jason Witten was obviously a non factor in the passing game as he tried to manage his spleen injury. The Giants were down to their 5th+ string nickleback who was constantly no match for Ogletree. The Giants consistently had a couple watchful eyes on Dez Bryant who looked every bit ready to jump into the elite category of receiver. I am not saying Ogletree is not capable of great games again, as he clearly could be, but I do not immediately have the reaction that he will be Laurent Robinson.
Note 6: Injuries
- The most important injury to note was to Fred Jackson who appears to be out at a minimum of 4 weeks, according to Jason LaCanfora. Great news for CJ Spiller owners, who looked great again in Jackson’s absence just like last season, but bad for those who invested early in Jackson without his handcuff. Nate Washington suffered a leg contusion and his status is unknown. Stay tuned for more on him and the return of Kenny Britt this week. Other than that, we had a fairly clean injury report week 1. Hopefully it stays that way
Note 7: The New York Jets
- Wow, no idea really here. Could not move the ball at all during the preseason and suddenly they make the Patriots look like the Browns. The love was spread pretty evenly across the fantasy landscape with nobody really just destroying their opponent but the major note would be Stephen Hill. The rookie who was said to be uber-raw according to the coaching staff as recent as last week showed up in a big way. Georgia Tech has had some success recently with putting wide outs into our fantasy drafts (see Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas) and Hill certainly has the size and athleticism to succeed. He needs to be added in all leagues.
Note 8: Shanahan Games
- We have a starter folks! For a week at least. Alfred Morris was tabbed the starter before the game and was actually allowed to play a starter’s role. He led the way with 28 (yes 28) carries for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns. Helu and Royster combined for 4 carries for 4 yards. We can say what we want about Mike Shanahan last season but he was loyal to Tim Hightower when he was healthy. Morris is a tough, physical runner who seems to certainly be on the good side of his coach. Must pick up at this point. Speaking of, let’s get to the waiver wire!
Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2:
- CJ Spiller, BUF ***** (just in case)
- Alfred Morris, WAS *****
- Kendall Hunter, SF **
- Randall Cobb, GB *****
- Stephen Hill, NYJ *****
- James Jones, GB ****
- Alshon Jeffery, CHI ****
- Kevin Ogletree, DAL ***
- Donald Jones, BUF **
- Dexter McCluster, KC **
- Martellus Bennett, NYG ***
- Marcedes Lewis, JAC **