Well, Week 1 of the 2015 Fantasy Football season has come and gone. Some Fantasy rosters are feeling the pain, and owners are starting to panic after their studs let them down. There were some injuries, there were some duds and there were some players who didn’t even make the field. For those feeling the pinch, there is some relief in sight. The waiver wire is full of options to supplement your roster. Here are some guys to target in Week 2. Ownership of these players will vary by format and league, but these are some options that should largely be available on waivers.
Week 2 Waiver Wire Picks
Alex Smith, KC- Owned in 20% of leagues
Alex Smith has 3 TD passes in this game.. and of course..none have been to a WR
— trey wingo (@wingoz) September 13, 2015
Travis Kelce is the real deal. He impressed in preseason, and came out swinging in week one. His skill is a big reason Smith is seeing some interest on the waiver wire. Having a legit passing option has vaulted the Kansas City Quarterback into the Fantasy limelight. Expect Smith and Kelce to keep up the same level of Fantasy production.
Jay Cutler, CHI– Owned in 32% of leagues
Cutler wasn’t exactly at the top of his game against the Green Bay Packers Week 1. He finished with 225 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also added 31 rushing yards on the ground. Still, Cutler has a lot of high end,hungry weapons on his team. I expect better out of the 32-year old quarterback in the coming weeks.
Terrance Williams, DAL– Owned in 45% of leagues
Williams is going to be a popular pick up after the injury to Dez Bryant. He has the height, the speed and the build that can equate to Fantasy production and having a quarterback like Tony Romo only boosts his value. While his production spike only lasts as long as Bryant is out, he’s definitely a guy to target on the waiver wire.
Donte Moncrief, IND– Owned in 31% of leagues
This confirms Donte Moncrief expected to play in 2-wide sets if TY Hilton (knee) can’t go against Jets Wk 2: http://t.co/G7h60hXPIO
— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) September 14, 2015
Moncrief is another receiver who sees a boost in Fantasy projections due to an injury. TY Hilton left the game with a knee injury week one, and Moncrief stepped up to the plate. He has the size to be an end zone threat and, and the speed to eat up yards after the catch. Luck didn’t play with his typical pizzazz against the Bills, but I expect he’ll have better luck against The Jets. Moncrief is a solid bet to instantly provide value to your team.
Nate Washington, HOU- – Owned in 2% of leagues
DeAndre Hopkins is hands down the go to guy in Houston. However, I think there’s room for another Fantasy relevant receiver. Before the season, I thought this was going to be Cecil Shorts III, but I have been proven wrong. Washington looked crisp in his route running and pulled in six of his 11 targets. Quarterback Brian Hoyer was very mediocre against the Chiefs, but fellow QB Ryan Mallett looked sharp. If Mallett is named the starter, this increases his Fantasy production even more. Washington is at least worth a stash to see how things play out. He has all the makings of a breakout player.
James Jones, GB– Owned in 32% of leagues
One of the best moves by Green Bay during the off season was bringing back Jones. After the loss of primary receiver Jordy Nelson, the team needed another target with experience. Jones contributed immediately for the Packers, catching every pass thrown his way, including two touchdown passes. Randall Cobb should be the top target as the season progresses, but Jones certainly established himself as an end-zone threat. Jones can provide immediate value for your team as a flex player.
Danny Woodhead, SD– Owned in 67% of leagues
The San Diego Chargers have high hopes for rookie running back Melvin Gordon, but he still has a long way to go in proving himself. Woodhead was the star of Week 1. He finished with 12 carries for 42 yards and two touchdowns, but rushing wasn’t the only way he contributed. He also snagged four receptions for 20 yards. Woodhead’s speed was particularly impressive and until we see more from Gordon, the advantage in San Diego goes to Woodhead.
Chris Johnson, ARI– Owned in 12% of leagues
Andre Ellington is sidelined for at least two weeks with a PCL sprain, though it could be even longer. While he’s out, Johnson looks to make the most of his opportunity. The offense for the Arizona Cardinals looked good, particularly on Ellington’s one rushing touchdown. If Johnson has just a little gas left in the tank, he could receive enough volume to be Fantasy relevant during Ellington’s absence.
Darren Sproles, PHI– Owned in 57% of leagues
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 15, 2015
Sproles looked great in his opener. While it took fellow running back DeMarco Murray a while to get in the game, Sproles was productive from beginning to end. Chip Kelly has said that he wanted to make sure Sproles had a place in his offense, and it looks like he’s found it. Murray may be the leading man in Philly, but Sproles is definitely making his mark. He’s worth a look, especially in PPR leagues.
Jordan Reed, WAS– Owned in 32% of leagues
With DeSean Jackson sidelined, quarterback Kirk Cousins is going to need another target to heavily rely on. Reed is ready for the job. He was a popular preseason pick up and he didn’t disappoint in Week 1. Reed led the team in receptions and targets, and he seems to have a healthy rapport with Cousins. Jackson’s return may eat into some of Reed’s targets, but he’s still the bigger touchdown threat. I expect Reed to keep up the tempo he set this Sunday.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TB-Owned in 25% of leagues
It was quite the week for tight ends and Jenkins was no exception. Quarterback Jameis Winston had his moments in the preseason, but had an awful game on Sunday. There’s literally nowhere to go but up for Winston, and this bodes well for Seferian-Jenkins. I’m not sure if it’s a rookie thing or a comfort thing, but Jenkins was who Winston turned to when he was in a bind. I don’t expect this to change anytime soon. The return of Mike Evans may throw a wrench in the production of Seferian-Jenkins, but it looks like the big tight end will have a lot more value in 2015 than he did in his rookie year.
Need even more of a waiver wire fix? Here are a few more guys that were close to making the list of my top targets.
TE Tyler Eifert 44% Owned
WR Danny Amendola 17% Owned
WR Ted Ginn JR 1.7% Owned
WR Brandon Coleman 17% Owned
WR Percy Harvin 45% Owned
RB Benjamin Cunningham 16% Owned
RB Dion Lewis 17% Owned
WR Stevie Johnson 30% Owned
WR Tyler Lockett 20% Owned
RB Ronnie Hillman 47% Owned
TE Ladarius Green 7% Owned
WR Tavon Austin 5% Owned
RB Lance Dunbar 4% Owned
RB Jarryd Hayne 2% Owned
Names in red indicate the staff is very high on these players as long-term solutions for roster depth and productivity. Ownership of these players will vary by league.
Categories: 2015 Fantasy Football