Fantasy: Waiver Wire - Week 2

Sept 9, 11:25 AM

Each week, theScore's fantasy editors will run down the top waiver wire pickups with a focus on the coming week and rest of the season.


Jake Locker, Titans

vs. Cowboys, Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT

Can Locker finally live up to his lofty draft status under first-year Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt? Early returns are promising. Locker was a steady 22-of-33 for 266 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1. He has exciting, young receivers at his disposal and can add fantasy value with his legs, too. Locker gets a dream date with the brutal Cowboys defense in Week 2. 

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins

at Bills, Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT

Tannehill threw two touchdowns in Week 1, but his inaccuracy (18-of-32) and low yardage total (178) are important considerations for owners searching for a breakout fantasy quarterback. Until the Dolphins' new offensive line gels, Tannehill can't be trusted on a weekly basis.

Running Back

Shonn Greene, Titans

vs. Cowboys, Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT

Pro Football Focus' top-rated running back in Week 1 is the Titans' clear leader out of the backfield. Greene carried the ball 15 times for 71 yards against a stout Chiefs defense in Week 1. By comparison, highly-touted Titans rookie running back Bishop Sankey carried the ball only six times for 25 yards. Greene must be owned in all fantasy leagues. 

Justin Forsett, Ravens

vs. Steelers, Thursday at 8:25 p.m. EDT

It took John Harbaugh only a half of football to realize Bernard Pierce isn't a viable replacement for Ray Rice. Rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro isn't ready for a big role yet, which leaves Forsett as the team's primary runner. Forsett went 11-for-70 with a touchdown on the ground in relief of the ineffective Pierce, and added 14 yards on five catches. The Ravens may be forced to give Pierce another chance as starter, but Forsett should maintain value for the foreseeable future.

Lorenzo Taliaferro, Ravens

vs. Steelers, Thursday at 8:25 p.m. EDT

Owners interested in slow-playing the Ravens' backfield should target rookie Taliaferro. He's not a special athlete, but he projects as an every-down power back. Once the coaches trust that he knows the offense and can pass block reasonably well, he could take on a major role. 

Benny Cunningham, Rams

at Buccaneers, Sunday at 4:05 p.m. EDT

The Rams' backfield plans didn't become any less muddy in Week 1. Last year's breakout star Zac Stacy carried the ball 11 times for 43 yards, but he gave way to Cunningham, who went five for 21, at times and was never able to get into a rhythm. Both players are volume runners who need to be fed the ball in order to be successful. Ultimately, neither may end up having much fantasy value on what promises to be a pretty poor offense. 

Isaiah Crowell, Browns

vs. Saints, Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT

Crowell scored two touchdowns after getting the chance to play following starter Ben Tate's injury, but the Browns admitted after the game the undrafted rookie wasn't part of their plans pre-injury. If Tate is out for a while, Crowell will spell fellow rookie Terrance West. He'll have some value in the Browns' run-heavy attack, but it's doubtful he'll keep scoring touchdowns at the same rate. 

Bobby Rainey, Buccaneers

vs. Rams, Sunday at 4:05 p.m. EDT

It's unclear whether Doug Martin will miss time after picking up an injury in Week 1, but Rainey stands to benefit if he does. Rainey produced strong fantasy numbers in limited action last season, but the Buccaneers' actions this offseason suggest they don't see him as a viable focal point of a pro rushing attack. Prioritize all others on this list above Rainey.

Wide Receiver

Andrew Hawkins, Browns

vs. Saints, Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT

Hawkins led all Browns receivers with eight receptions for 87 yards. No other Browns receiver had more than two catches. Hawkins is undersized and not well suited to a No. 1 receiver role, but he's clearly the best receiver on this roster. He'll continue to be heavily targeted. 

Markus Wheaton, Steelers

at Ravens, Thursday at 8:25 p.m EDT.

Wheaton caught six of his seven targets for 97 yards in his first game starting opposite Antonio Brown. More importantly, he was a player Ben Roethlisberger looked to for clutch catches with the game on the line. Wheaton's size will probably limit his red zone targets, but he has the deep speed to make up for it. 

Allen Hurns, Jaguars

at Redskins, Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT

Hurns made waves early Sunday by scoring touchdowns on his first two NFL catches. He finished the day with four catches for 110 yards. Before blowing your FAAB budget on Hurns, consider that he was only starting in place of an injured Cecil Shorts. Every year, there's a player who scores an unsustainably high number of touchdowns early in the season and then disappoints his owners down the stretch. Remember Eddie Royal, circa 2013?

Andre Caldwell, Broncos

vs. Chiefs, Sunday at 4:25 p.m. EDT

Caldwell got the start in three-wide sets ahead of rookie Cody Latimer, who some had predicted would assume that role. Until Wes Welker's suspension ends, Caldwell should have some fantasy upside. 

Brian Quick, Rams

at Buccaneers, Sunday at 4:05 p.m. EDT

Quick was the best Rams receiver in Week 1, catching seven passes for 99 yards. He's the one to target for forlorn fantasy owners digging deep for value on this woeful offense. 

Tight End

Travis Kelce, Chiefs

at Broncos, Sunday at 4:25 p.m. EDT

Kelce proved in Week 1 that he will be a part of the Chiefs' offense this season, and he flashed why some analysts believe he should be a big part of it. In the end, his stat line was pedestrian: three catches for 49 yards. Kelce's athleticism is apparent, however, and bigger days are ahead for him.

Delanie Walker, Titans

vs. Cowboys, Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT

Walker caught six touchdowns last season, yet he went undrafted in most fantasy leagues this summer. He scored in Week 1 and he has a decent chance of scoring again in Week 2 against a Cowboys defense that just surrendered two touchdowns to Vernon Davis. 

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