The Pick-Up Artist: Fantasy Football Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups and Advice

Week 1 is now in the books, and thus it’s time to over react to all the players that over- and under-performed this week.

Here are the players you should be looking to add, who are available in most formats, so you can either salvage your winless seasons or maintain those undefeated records:

Waiver Wire Pickups

Randall Cobb, WR, GB (47% owned in Yahoo!, 8.8% FOX)

Last season, Cobb had a kickoff return touchdown and a receiving touchdown in Week 1. Naturally, this burned a lot of fantasy owners who scrambled to pick him up.

He turned out to be a disappointment who did not catch another touchdown pass for the remainder of the year.


Packers receiver Randall Cobb had another great Week 1 — is it a harbinger of things to come? (Image courtesy of B/R)

This year, he again had a special teams touchdown and a big receiving day. But against the 49ers, Aaron Rodgers looked Cobb’s way nine times, and the second-year player caught all nine passes thrown to him.

If he becomes a regular target like that throughout, Cobb will put up big numbers.

Alfred Morris, RB, WSH (29% Yahoo!, 6.8% FOX)

Anyone who took a chance on Morris over Evan Royster was rewarded with one of the best fantasy performances of Week 1. Morris had 96 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints.

He looks to be the number 1 option going forward over Evan Royster and Roy Helu Jr. If you need to replace Fred Jackson, Rashad Jennings or fell victim to Toby Gerhart, give Morris the look.

Danny Amendola, WR, STL (43% Yahoo!, 15.2% FOX)

After Week 1, it looks like Amendola will be the most targeted St. Louis Rams receiver this season.

Much like picking up the closer of a last place baseball team, you have to take the numbers on this one. He caught five passes for 70 yards against the Lions on Sunday.

Things look good this week as he plays the Redskins.

Coby Fleener, TE, IND (49% Yahoo!, 25.3% FOX)

Fleener was among Andrew Luck’s favorite targets in Week 1. He caught six passes for 82 yards and was targeted 10 times.

This week he draws the Minnesota Vikings. Look for a big game from Fleener en route to Andrew Luck’s first career win.


Remember not to get too crazy. It’s still early.

Pose any questions in the comments and I’ll try to answer them throughout the week here and on the MSF Fantasy Forecast Podcast

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  1. Hey Pat, I know its early but I’m trying to grab some up and comers if I have a spot for them on my bench. What do you think about Stephen Hill (NYJ) or Alshon Jeffery (CHI). (I don’t buy into the Ogletree hype). I have Nate Burleson on my bench. Would you swap him for one of the two aforementioned WR? Thanks

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  4. eViL-Porcupine says:

    Are you guys doing a phone-in advice open chat on Saturday mornings like you did last year? Jerod would host it usually. Just wondering. Not sure if you had one last weekend. Kinda liked it so I’m hoping that yo would bring that back.


  5. i have the packers D everyone talks on how bad they are do i drop them for the Jets D or hang on to them

  6. Good morning everybody,

    So trying to avoid the Week one slow start drops but am looking to fortify backups. What is your longterm opinion on Beanie Wells? Also, who would you choose between LaFell, Alshon Jeffery, or Manningham? LaFell and Jeffery both had solid starts and are secondary options to big name #1’s so they will get more looks. My second RB spot is a bit of an issue. I have Ryan Mathews as a #1 but all my #2 were huge let downs Turner, Wells, Royster and Hunter. I am attempting to pick up Ingram off waivers. Daniel Thomas is there (concussion) and Pierre Thomas. Also LeShoure is available, any faith in him this year?

  7. Not a chance. The one thing I have learned about Packer and Saints receivers is that there is little consistency in the the production. The ball gets spread around so much that its tough to say who will get it from week to week. Cobb had a good game, it might be a few more games before he has another. The Chiefs offense is nothing like Green Bays. They dont have a great QB who spreads it out well. Bowe is the focus of the passing attack which is good and bad. Bowe gets balls thrown his way on the regular so his upside is greater. But defenses know that and he draws the best DB’s his way. At the end of the season though, excluding a horrible injury of course, Bowe will have a much better season than Cobb.

  8. I have Tamme and Cook for TE in a td format league. Pettigrew, Witten, and Fleener are all availible on the wire. Should I replace either of my players I currently have?

  9. is Cedric Benson worth a pick up? will he be a reliable every week starter in that Packer offense?

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