After week 2 of the NFL season is coming to a close, there were a lot of new faces that put up big fantasy games. The waiver wire is being put into use each and every week. These six players are the players you should be targeting this week especially if you are high up on the waiver wire order.
This past week the Packers got their first 100 yard rusher since 2010 and it was not Lacy, it was James Starks. Eddie Lacy was knocked out of the game with an apparent concussion. If Lacy is going to miss any amount of time Starks is the person that you want to pick up this week. On Sunday, Starks was only owned in 9% of leagues, so most likely he is still available!
The carousel of who will get the most carries between Ball, Hillman, and Moreno could be over at this last week’s performance against the Giants. Moreno had 93 yards rushing and two touchdowns against the Giants while Montee Ball lost a fumble and ran for only 16 yards. Moreno’s touches could continue to increase as long as he shows he can consistently be a reliable back.
The Philadelphia Eagles could not stop Eddie Royal as he had a coming out party this week against this secondary. Having 7 receptions for 90 yards and 3 touchdowns deserves a lot of praise. Malcolm Floyd did get carted off the field after receiving a viscous hit which allowed for Royal to receive a lot more targets from Rivers. Expect Royal to continue to be very involved in the passing game as the season goes along.
Yes Jason Snelling is the #3 running back on the depth chart for the Atlanta Falcons. However Steven Jackson suffered a thigh injury in the game this week and Jacquizz Rodgers may be the #2 on the depth chart, but he is situational type of running back. If Jackson is going to miss any time Snelling is a very intriguing player to pick up off of waivers this week.
Geno Smith is starting to build a very good relationship with his receiver Stephen Hill. Hill has the body of a NFL wide receiver and has the athletic ability to beat down cornerbacks. Over the past two weeks Hill has caught 10 balls on 18 targets. Had over 80 yards receiving last week against the Patriots and if Smith can develop his passing game, this combination could be a fantasy surprise. (Especially if the Jets are losing in the game and have to throw the ball down field.)
This week in the heartbreak loss to the Buffalo Bills 24-23 Ted Ginn Jr. was targeted 8 times by Cam Newton. He had 3 receptions for 62 yards and a 40 yard touchdown reception. Ted Ginn Jr. did not pan out to be the NFL wide receiver some were hoping for, but in this run and shoot offense, Ginn Jr could become a consistent deep threat for Newton.