With a wacky Week One almost in the books, here is my list of players to consider for your Week Two Waiver Wire. Leave it to the NFL to provide us with another fun-filled Sunday, including Robert Griffin III going off in an upset over the Saints. The Eagles barely squeaking out a win over the Browns. And the Jets showing us that the preseason really doesn’t mean much after ripping off 48 points against the Bills. This after barely being able to get into the endzone at all in four preseason games.Speaking of the Jets, lets go into this week’s list of guys to pick up.
(Make sure to check this list often as it will be updated throughout Monday and Tuesday. ESPN % Ownership in Parenthesis):
Stephen Hill – Jets (3.9% owned)
Hill destroyed fellow Bills rookie CB Stephon Gilmore all day for 5 catches for 89 yards and 2 scores. One of the bigger concerns with Hill was his rawness coming into the NFL, but he didn’t look like it yesterday. While the numbers won’t be easy for Hill with the team’s consistent ground-and-pound attack, this every-down player is definitely worth a look if you have the room. Kudos to Dave McKay for calling out Hill as a deep sleeper a mere hours before the game.
Kevin Ogletree – Cowboys (26% owned)
Didn’t think I was going to go any further and not mention the noise that was Ogletree did you? Taking over the No. 3 spot in the Dallas offense, Ogletree burned a questionable Giants secondary on Wednesday night, catching 8 passes for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ogletree won’t be on the waiver wire by this coming weekend, but make sure you read up on why you should keep expectations tempered on Ogletree for now.
Randall Cobb – Packers (13.3% owned)
After Aaron Rodgers sounded like there is a chance Greg Jennings will not be a Packer in 2013, we could be seeing the coaching staff grooming Cobb for a starting spot next year. Cobb caught 9 passes for 77 yards. He could become a much more valuable asset in return-yardage leagues after taking a punt 75 yards for a score. Cobb should be a worthwhile flex option since the team clearly wants to get this kid on the field as much as possible this year. Just don’t forget that Rodgers has a lot of mouths to feed in this offense.
Alfred Morris – Redskins (15% owned)
Morris started against the Saints and did get most of the backfield snaps, but it’s not exactly like the guy is a game-changer. Morris rushed 28 times for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns, which averaged to a mere 3.4 yards a carry. But compare this to Evan Royster’s 2 carries and Roy Helu’s 2, Mike Shanahan could go with Morris again in a sleeper Week Two matchup against a Rams Defense that made Kevin Smith look like a rookie Sunday. Keep in mind that the Rams are without DT Michael Brockers, their best run stuffer.
Dexter McCluster – Chiefs (5.3% owned)
McCluster was always one of those players who would put up a decent game, but then never to be heard from again. This year will, or should, be different. With Todd Haley’s play calling out, OC Brian Daboll looks like he will be using McCluster’s flexibility as a pass catcher quite a bit this year after he led the team in targets with 10 and catching 6 for 82 yards (also a team high) against the Falcons. McCluster is definitely a must-own prospect in PPR leagues only. This could finally be the year we see consistent production.
C.J. Spiller – Bills (99.8% owned)
Even though Spiller is owned in almost all ESPN leagues, I am sure he is still available in a couple of your leagues. After Fred Jackson went down with a knee sprain, Spiller blew up against the Jets, totaling 194 yards and rushing for a score. Spiller looked good at the end of the 2011 season when Jackson was out, so we could see another run if Jackson misses time. At the very least, he is worth putting on your roster so no one else can nab him. He could have a bigger role even if Jackson plays in Week Two.
Blaine Gabbert – Jaguars (2.8% owned)
I wasn’t high on Gabbert going into the season, even with the news that he was showing progression in training camp. But after the game against the Vikings, I think Gabbert has finally turned a corner. Unlike last year, Gabbert showed calm and poise in the pocket and threw some really nice passes. Even though the Jags eventually lost in overtime, Gabbert’s 260 passing yards and two touchdowns could make him a viable QB2 if he is still on your wire.
Matt Cassel – Chiefs (21.7% owned)
Cassel looked good in the first half against the Falcons, but the Atlanta Defense were able to make just enough adjustments to shut Cassel down in the second. Still, Cassel seems to have taken to Daboll’s new offense and looked decent, putting up 258 passing yards for a score, with 2 interceptions. What surprised me was Cassel’s running ability as he ran for 20 yards and another touchdown. With Cassel, you know what you are going to get. He will never be good enough to be a true QB1 option, but he is still an adequate QB2 in the right matchups.
Christian Ponder – Vikings (5.6% owned)
I was high on Ponder going into the regular season. But as you can see by his owned percentage, many owners slept on him this year. Ponder may have not had the best game with 270 yards and no scores, but it’s still not bad considering he doesn’t have a vertical threat to throw to downfield. That should change once Jerome Simpson comes back from suspension. I like Ponder as a QB2 who could get better each week.
Kyle Rudolph – Vikings (14.0% owned)
Another Viking I was high on, Rudolph acted as the No. 2 receiver behind Percy Harvin against the Jaguars, catching five passes for 67, including an over-the-top 29 yard catch over DB Kevin Rutland. The Vikings face a Colts D that gave up 333 passing yards to the Bears, so look for Rudolph to be a possible low-end sleeper option in Week Two.
Coby Fleener – Colts (28.6% owned)
I had thought the Colts would try and get Fleener and Dwayne Allen involved in the offense against the Bears, but Fleener wound up with 6 catches for 82 yards and Allen went catchless. This could lead to some solid chemistry between Fleener and his former Stanford teammate Andrew Luck. I want to see Fleener do this again in Week Two, but he should be worth an add as a TE2 for now. Fleener really didn’t get going until right before the end of the first half.
Marcedes Lewis – Jaguars (4.2% owned)
Lewis was the product of Blaine Gabbert finally getting his act together. After a poor 2011 season, Lewis could be in for a bounce-back year after catching 5 balls for 52 yards and a score in the loss to the Vikings Sunday.
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