Week 2 Pickups: Carson Carson Carson Carson Carson Chameleon

Week 2 wasn’t quite as exciting for pickup hunting as Week 1, but, with two weeks down, we have a little more clarity on how valuable these free agents could be for your team this season. Looking back on last week’s list, Javorius “Buck” Allen appears to be the top of the class. His role in Baltimore has expanded with the injury to Danny Woodhead. With Terrance West suffering through a soft tissue injury, the Ravens could lean on him even more in Week 3.

Not to be forgotten, Tarik Cohen continues to see a high percentage of Chicago’s touches — 24.7 percent, to be exact, according to John Paulsen — and he’ll have better weeks than what Week 2 had in store for him.

This week, injuries hit many of the fantasy football elite so you may be looking for depth or a worthy stash to help you through the rest of your season. Tight ends were especially hard hit.

And if you gambled on some aged veteran players, you might be regretting that decision now. Adrian Peterson owners saw him take a backseat again in Week 2. At this point, it’s fair to consider dropping AP for players with more opportunity. He trailed just ahead of Brandon Marshall in terms of veteran players that owners were frustrated with heading into Week 3, but the winner was “All of the Above.”

Carson Palmer, while not winning the poll, is still not winning his owners any weeks thus far this season. Don’t hold him if you can look elsewhere for QB points with useful free agents like Trevor Siemian and Carson Wentz rising up the ranks.

If Chris Carson, the rookie RB for the Seahawks, is still available in your league, be sure to go after him this week as your top priority. His path is clear to take over the lead role after Seattle featured him heavily in Week 2.

Even if Rawls gets a few more “starts,” it seems clear that Carson has the most talent and ability.

The offensive line in Seattle still needs to get it together, but this running game should have value, especially if Eddie Lacy continues to be a healthy scratch.

After Carson, the decisions get a little more difficult. According to our poll, the Redskins’ Chris Thompson is the highest priority after his two touchdown performance on Sunday.

Rob Kelley may miss time with a rib injury, which would open up more opportunity for Thompson, primarily the receiving back for the Redskins. Samaje Perine would also likely get a larger share of the touches if Kelley misses time, but Thompson’s role has more staying power.

Those seeking less expensive running backs on the wire can look to stash a Johnson as both Chris Johnson, now back in Arizona, and Duke Johnson had productive Week 2 performances.

Alex Collins, recently signed to the Ravens, could be a sneaky pickup if Terrance West misses significant time or if Collins gets his chance to shine.

At receiver, two Jaguars wide receivers, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns, are available in many leagues and gained value due to Allen Robinson’s injury. Unfortunately, you have to trust Blake Bortles to get them the ball.

For my roster, I’d rather stash someone like J.J. Nelson. Despite Carson Palmer’s poor play, Nelson still produced in both Week 1 and Week 2. Even if John Brown gets back on the field, he appears to be worth owning, especially in PPR.

Last but not least, you can also target Jermaine Kearse on the wire this week. The Jets are not a good team this season, and they’ll have a lot of garbage time opportunity for their top receiver.

If you’re looking for wide receiver value on the cheap, try grabbing Rashard Higgins of the Cleveland Browns, likely to be the top receiver with the loss of Coleman, or Geronimo Allison, who has an awesome name and the potential to step into a larger role for Green Bay if Jordy Nelson misses time.

Good luck in Week 3!

Week 1 Pickups: Forgetting David Johnson

If you are patrolling the waiver wire this week with tears in your eyes, we know the feeling. Losing your first round draft pick is always painful.

Don’t expect to get David Johnson-esque numbers from these options, but the consensus opinion for replacing him seems to be his direct backup, Kerwynn Williams.

That said, the top target on most waivers this week will be Tarik Cohen, the electrifying runner in Chicago involved in the passing game. With Chicago Bears’ receivers dropping by the second, Cohen could see a great deal of usage this season.

If I had to replace Johnson, I would target Tarik Cohen first, followed by Javorius (Buck) Allen, in line for more work for the Ravens with the injury to Danny Woodhead. Williams would be my third pick to replace Johnson, even if the poll audience preferred him over Buck. And, secretly, I think Andre Ellington could be the true beneficiary of David Johnson’s missed time if the Cardinals play from behind much this season.

Chris Johnson will also have a role in the committee that Arizona is putting together, but, considering the Cardinals cut him to start the season, I imagine the other options will get the first chances to succeed. All three Arizona RBs are worth rostering if you have the space to add them.

If you need depth at wide receiver and don’t have the option of adding Kenny Golladay because someone already drafted him or picked him up, Cooper Krupp of the Rams is a nice stash and potential starter this week. Jared Goff looked his way often in Week 1, and that trend should continue.

At tight end, Austin Hooper stood out with his splashy touchdown reception (and stiff arm). There are likely safer options like Charles Clay on your waiver wire, but I’d stash Hooper if you can afford to camp on a tight end to see if he pans out with season-long value.

On defense, I’m looking to stash the Jaguars anywhere that I can even if I don’t stream them this week in case this #Sacksonville name sticks. Streamers should look to the Baltimore Ravens this week as they face the Browns and their rookie quarterback in just his second week of NFL play.

Good luck in Week 2!

Week 10 Pickups: RB Reload, Bet the Sanchize

We hit on a few long-term investments at wide receiver last week. With news breaking and injuries healing up, it’s time to talk about stashing running backs this week, if you can get to them first on the wire. Continue reading

Week 9 Pickups: Good Moncrief! 4 Wide Receivers to Stash

Week 8 was a fantasy feast and gave us a peek at what a few young receivers could do if given more opportunity. If you need an immediate play, check back on previous waiver wires for suggested pickups.

But if you’re looking for a difference maker down the stretch, one of these four might be the answer. Continue reading

Week 8 Pickups: What can Bryce Brown do for you?

Amazingly, it’s another good week for the running back needy, and some of you likely lost your starters this week with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson going down. I would have hoped you’d replace Spiller by now, but I know it’s hard to give up on those preseason plans.

I’ll typically assume most previous pickup suggestions have been secured in your league each week, but be sure to snag any Giants receivers that are available as they go on bye this week. That offense could get back on track when next we see them take the field.

I’d also prioritize Branden Oliver over this entire list, despite his somewhat disappointing performance against the Chiefs, who are playing better than most are giving them credit.

But enough with the intros. Let’s get to the picks. Continue reading

Week 7 Pickups: Andre Holmes needs a home on you roster

I’m enjoying riding the Branden Oliver train after his performance in Week 6. While he didn’t do as well as he did in Week 5, he held up well as a feature back with 30 carries. I’ll take that all day until Ryan Mathews returns.

Ben Tate, Branden Oliver, and Ronnie Hillman have all proved their worth at this point. Andre Williams will need another week to see if the Giants offensive line will show up for him. Keep your eye on Mark Ingram, who should return to his leading role for the Saints this week as long as his health cooperates. Isaiah Crowell is also on my radar in a big way after he got the lone RB2 touches for the Browns this week behind Ben Tate. All of these guys should be owned in all leagues. Continue reading

Week 6 Pickups: Branden Oliver be in your lineup

It’s a good week to get some bench running backs as we had three major injuries to Rashad Jennings, Montee Ball, and Donald Brown, which opened the door for some promising options.

Many of my teams are hurting so I’ll be setting plenty of waivers. Here’s where I’m putting my chips this week. Continue reading

Week 5 Pickups: Asiata told you to pick him up last week

No season-changers emerged this week, but we did finally see more of Matt Asiata with Teddy Bridgewater taking over the reigns for Minnesota. If this offense keeps moving, he could finally be a solid contributor in Adrian Peterson’s absence.

I’m going running back heavy in this edition with some options and stashes reaching a “must own” point this week.

Let’s get to the picks. Continue reading

Week 4 Pickups: You’re my boy, Alfred Blue

We just can’t catch a break, can we? This week we had another rash of injuries. Those injuries combined with the first bye weeks will make the waiver wires pretty active this week. At least we have a few new stars like our boy Blue.

Let’s jump right into my list. Continue reading

Week 3 Pickups: We lost a lot of good men out there

We lost of really good men out there. So many good men.

But here we are in Week 3. Somehow, we have to put the pieces back together. As an owner of Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson, I’m hurting so the RB help on the wire is welcome. Here are my top targets. Continue reading