1st and 5

Here we are. Week 2 is upon us, which means so is my first installment of the ubiquitous waiver wire post for your fantasy football needs. Enough with the jibber-jabber. Let’s pick up some scrubs!

QB- Alex Smith, Chiefs- He went undrafted in my league and many others. He probably outperformed 60% of fantasy QBs. Will he do this week in and week out? Probably not. He’s solid though and he didn’t even use his WRs much. Which is a positive. Kind of.

Marcus Mariota, Titans- It’s not every year that a rookie QB throws for 4 TDs in his debut. Mariota went a long way to proving he is the real deal. Don’t expect this kind of production from the first year signal caller, but do feel free to put him in your lineup when your starter has a tough matchup.

RB- Dion Lewis, Patriots- He certainly stood out on opening night of the NFL season. However, he capped his nice performance off with a fumble near the goal-line. Never a good thing when playing for Belichick. With Patriots running backs, you never know who is getting the carries that week. The RB waiver wire is really barren right now. At least in my league.

David Johnson, Cardinals- Someone in my league actually drafted this guy. No faith in Andre Ellington. Ellington went down and David Johnson had himself a nice run after catch for 55 yards and a TD. That was his only action in the game. With Ellington out, Chris (CJ2K) Johnson might get the bulk of the carries. However, Davis Johnson is clearly the more explosive back at this point.

WR- James Jones, Packers- James Jones can’t make the Giants but he had a giant day against the Bears. As long as Rodgers is healthy and still throwing passes in the NFL, James Jones will have more than a decent shot of catching some of them. He’s not going to catch TDs all week, but he has all the confidence of his QB, and that means a lot.

Nate Washington, Texans- He’s been solid since he left Pittsburgh. I don’t like his QBs, but if you are in need a of WR–look I have no idea if he will remain consistent, but the guy keeps coming back.

Percy Harvin, Bills- I know, he’s on his 3rd team in less than a calendar year. He had some production on Sunday vs the Colts. If he can stay healthy and in the lineup, he could develop a nice rapport with dynamic QB Tyrod Taylor.

TE- Tyler Eifert, Bengals- Might it be that this big target is starting to live up to his potential. It was just one game and it was against the lowly (hey I like them) Raiders. I was a little shocked to see he was owned in 42% of ESPN leagues and on the waiver wire in mine. Go get him. Stash him on your roster if need be.

Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, Buccaneers- He caught rookie Jameis Winston’s first two TDs in the NFL. He showed some nifty speed running away from defenders on the second one. As bad as Winston looked at times, all it takes is one pass in this dude’s general direction. You could do a lot worse.

D/ST- Titans. Perhaps some of it had to do with going up vs a rookie QB. Still, they did alright.


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