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Waiver Wire Gems: Week 2

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Waiver Wire Pick-ups: Week 2

Waiver WireEvery waiver wire is different, and depending on the amount of roster spots per owner and the number of owners per league, the quality and quantity of skilled fantasy options really does depend on how big your draft was over the summer. I’ve  decided to break up this year’s fantasy waiver wire gem article into sections that will relate to all types of fantasy owners, including those in 10 man leagues with small benches and 16 man leagues with huge benches.

Terrelle Pryor


I will be the first to admit that Pryor was not high on my radar, and his performance on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts came as a surprise to me. Ideally, Pryor’s value is much higher in two QB leagues, although he could fill in nicely as a bye week replacement player for those of you who only drafted one elite quarterback. This Oakland Raiders fantasy gem has extra value as a mobile QB and deserves your respect.

Fantasy Value: Looks Strong
Great for: Bye Week Replacement & 2QB league depth

E.J. Manuel


E.J. Manuel proved week one that he can play with the big boys. The Patriots did hand the Bills a few gift opportunities due to uncharacteristic turnovers, yet the young rookie did not hesitate to capitalize on his opportunities. Manuel is a big quarterback and is hard to bring down.  His vision and patience in the pocket really caught my eye; as soon as the game starts to slow down for him, Manuel will not only be able to make better reads but could run the Bills offense like a well oiled machine.

Fantasy Value: Looks Strong
Great for: Bye Week Replacement & 2QB league depth

Philip Rivers


All is not lost in San Diego. Fantasy owners may have overreacted on Philip Rivers’ fantasy value. The Chargers veteran gunslinger proved his worth against one of last years toughest defenses. The new offensive scheme in San Diego gives veteran Rivers an opportunity to pick apart defenses with complex passing routes that are hard to defend. Philip Rivers threw for four touchdowns on Monday night, and nearly upset the Houston Texans if it wasn’t for a bad read in the fourth quarter that was intercepted.

Fantasy Value: Better than first anticipated
Great for: Bye Week Replacement & 2QB league depth

Bilal Powell

Running Back

Powell was very active in the Jets win on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had 12 carries for 29 yards along with four receptions for 35 yards. Powell was targeted five times. Fantasy owners need to not look at the totals as much as the opportunities. The fact that he was a go-to option with touches and was targeted heavily may lead to decent fantasy numbers in PPR leagues. Powell is only owned in 6.2% of all fantasy leagues.

Da’Rel Scott

Running Back

All it will take is one excellent week of practice to convince Giants head coach Tom Coughlin that he is worthy of not only more carries, but possibly a starting role. Reports are that the team has not given up on David Wilson, but how much more can the team afford to risk with him in the starting role. David “no-thumbs” Wilson is absolutely free falling in terms of fantasy football value. Wilson is not only in the Coughlin doghouse, he is moving in furniture and putting up pictures of his family. It’s likely that the Giants will sign a free agent running back this week (updated added below), but in the meantime Scott’s fantasy value is worth the gamble in the off chance he takes over or at least takes on the bulk load of carries next week.

Fantasy Value: Short term with upside.

Other Waiver Wire Running Backs: Joique Bell (DET) Fred Jackson (BUF), Daniel Thomas (MIA)

Julian Edelman

Wide Receiver

Some may argue that Julian Edelman’s big day came into play only after Danny Amendola was hurt halfway through the game. The Patriots will spread the ball around this season, and Tom Brady has many options to target, yet Edelman is a nice depth player to add to the bench. Edelman is definitely worth a pickup.

Updated: With Vereen out, the value of Edelman is high. Grab him if you can

Fantasy Value: Short term with upside

Brian Hartline

Wide Receiver

Hartline is owned in 28.3% of all fantasy leagues. He has excellent rapport with Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and is worth a pickup for those seeking wide receiver depth.

Rueben Randle

Wide Receiver

Hakeem Nicks has a history of injuries, making Randall not only the next man up but a productive option as the third receiver in an aggressive pass first Giants offense. With the running back situation a complete mess, the G-men will likely throw more, making not only Eli Manning’s value higher, but some of the depth players as well. Randall is a nice option to stash on your bench. He was targeted six times against the Cowboys and made five catches for 101 yards.

Brandon Gibson

Wide Receiver

Brandon Gibson made seven catches for 77 yards and was targeted 10 times against the Browns. Mike Wallace is crying about wanting the ball more, yet if the quarterback trusts Gibson and has a better connection with the slot receiver, there is no reason why more targets wouldn’t be sent his way. Gibson is owned in 1.3% of all ESPN leagues.

Nate Burleson

Wide Receiver

Nate Burleson gets zero love from fantasy owners, but is the number two wide receiver in Detroit. Burleson was targeted six times and came down will all of them, making six receptions for 78 yards. He is a tough fantasy player to start, and may be more helpful for those in 16 man PPR leagues.

Other Waiver Wire Wide ReceiversRod Streater (OAK), Andre Roberts (ARZ), Marlon Brown (BAL), Jerome Simpson (MIN)

Julius Thomas

Tight End

Julius Thomas Fantasy ProsI’m sure there are a lot of fantasy experts right now who are saying that they had Julius Thomas ranked high as one of their sleepers for this season, although I am one of the only people to rank him extremely high week one on FantasyPros.

Julius Thomas was one of my summer sleepers, and he kicked off the season with a bang on Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens. Fantasy owners need to keep in mind that now that defensive coordinators have gotten a sneak peak at the Broncos secret weapon, not every week will result in massive fantasy points. Opponents will plan to defend Peyton’s new big man target, yet his fantasy upside is obviously worthy of this week’s number one pick up.

Long Term Value: it is unlikely that Julius Thomas being a part of the Peyton Manning offense is fools gold. He may not ever repeat his breakout Thursday night performance, yet he is primed to have an excellent season.

Dallas Clark

Tight End

The rumor was that Ed Dickson was the man to take over Dennis Pitta’s role for the Ravens, yet Clark seems to have found a groove with QB Joe Flacco. Clark was targeted 12 times and had seven receptions for 87 yards. With his years of experience, I’m confident that Clark is a long-term fantasy option for this season.

Other Waiver Wire Tight EndsKellen Winslow (NYJ) Brent Celek (PHI)


Waiver Wire Sleepers (For Deep Benches)

Chad Henne


Chad Henne was robbed of the starting Quarterback job for the Jaguars, despite having more experience and a better connection with the wide receivers on the team. The Jaguars are heavily invested in Blaine Gabbert, but he is a clear first round bust. Pick up Henne now and avoid the rush next week as I’m confident that Henne will have a great game for the Jaguars. Nice bench player for those in 2 QB leagues.

Harry Douglas

Wide Receiver

Matt Ryan has too many targets to choose from, yet a nagging injury to Roddy White’s ankle is going to take a few weeks before he’s 100%. Douglas has been on the team and a part of the offense for five seasons now; he was productive in week one with four catches for 93 yards, he was also targeted 6 times.

Kenny Stills

Wide Receiver

Saints wide receiver Kenny stills was my summer sleeper, and he along with Julius Thomas have given my ego an even bigger reason to brag. Stills is starting to catch on in New Orleans, and his week one performance is proof of that. I believe that Nick Toon and Kenny Stills are the eventual replacements of Marques Colston and Lance Moore.

Garrett Graham

Tight End

Graham was targeted 5 times against the Chargers on Monday night. He racked up 4 receptions for 27 yards and a score. The Texans love to run a lot of two tight end formations, and Graham looks to have chiseled out a productive role in the Texans offense. Graham could easily step in and replace an injured Owen Daniels, but should still find decent numbers as the Texans TE2.


  • New York Giants have signed RB Brandon Jacobs. This could mean less carries for David Wilson and Da’Rel Scott or his presence could be added to just light a fire under the young RB’s
  • Patriots placed RB Shane Vereen (wrist surgery) on injured reserve/designated to return.Vereen won’t be eligible to practice for six weeks, and can’t return until Week 11 (New England is on bye in Week 10). Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount amy also become fantasy relevant soon


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Mike Rigz

Mike is the founding member at Gridiron Experts with over 1000+ articles credited to his name. With over 20 years of fantasy experience, Mike has a very unique style when picking sleepers and gems. He has always had a outside the box look on the NFL and rarely gets sucked into the hype over players or buzzing offenses. Mike looks at the game as a whole and doesn't focus solely on individual stats. Football is not Baseball, and you need to factor in more when researching players to draft. Mike has two kids and lives on the West Coast. He's happily married to a beautiful woman who also loves sports. Sundays are spent with friends and family watching games from opening kickoff to well into the evenings.

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