Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NFL Fantasy Football Week 2 Pickups!

Many of you are either celebrating your first fantasy football win or making adjustments after your first loss, but whichever way your fortunes went it's a new week!  With each week comes new players that emerge as valuable fantasy football commodities.  Picking up those new player commodities is crucial to success in your fantasy league long-term.

If your fantasy football leagues are like mine, your leagues have an instituted waiver wire period that begins with the start of the individual player's games and ends sometime around 4:00AM on Wednesday morning.  That would mean at this point, the waiver selections have been processed and acquired by those who had the waiver priority to do so and you may have missed out on a guy you could really use for your Week 2 lineup.  Here are a list of my favorite players that are less than 60% owned in Yahoo! standard leagues to pick up for Week 2.

If you need a QB...

Jake Locker

After Jake's injury last season many questioned his durability and ability to be a quality passer. He proved in Week 1 that he is fully healthy and in mid-season form.  He completed 66.7% of his passes and had 266 yards and a couple of TD passes.  Already, 2nd year WR Justin Hunter has proven that he can be an offensive weapon to be dealt with across from WR Kendall Wright.  Add in quality pass catching TE Delanie Walker and you've got an assortment of options.

With Locker hosting potentially the worst defense the NFL may ever see in its history, the matchup looks made in heaven for Locker and the Titans.  With the Cowboys absent secondary, look for a volume of pass attempts from Locker and potentially 80+ yards out of each receiver.

Week 2 Savant Prediction: 292 yards passing, 2 TD, 0 INT
Yahoo! Leagues Percent Owned: 24%

Other Good QB Pickups
Carson Palmer(58%), Geno Smith(9%)

If you need a RB...

Ahmad Bradshaw

This crafty veteran looks like he still has it after his Week 1 look against the Broncos.  He played with a level of explosiveness that the starter, Trent Richardson, simply cannot match.  Richardson looks like a lethargic bulldozer compared to Bradshaw's elusiveness and speed.  Bradshaw is also the better pass catcher than Richardson which makes him the automatic passing down back.  Bradshaw surprisingly played 13 more snaps than Richardson and it could be a trend to come if Richardson doesn't show the Colts something special in his running ability.  It doesn't look like that will happen anytime soon.  Look for Bradshaw to continue to be the stat leader in the clubhouse in Indy.

Week 2 Savant Prediction: 89 yards rushing, 1 TD, 32 yards receiving
Yahoo! Leagues Percent Owned: 35%

Other Good RB Pickups
Chris Ivory(47%), James Starks(23%), Bobby Rainey(13%)

If you need a WR...

Allen Hurns

Sometimes a gem can be found in bad offensive situations and in Allen Hurns, you've got a guy who is finding a way to shine in an offense that is pedestrian at best.  He's someone that should have been on the radar more than he was as he did lead the NFL preseason in yards and receptions for the Jaguars.  He showed us on Sunday that he is more than capable of making plays on all parts of the field.  What could help him greatly in Week 2 would be the potential absence of WR Cecil Shorts III due to a hamstring injury.  If Shorts can find a way to come back for Week 2, it would affect Hurns' value but he will still see plenty of time on the field and looks to be the Jag's best deep threat against a Washington team that has had problems defending the pass.

Week 2 Savant Prediction: 4 receptions, 81 yards receiving, 1 TD
Yahoo! Leagues Percent Owned: 46%

Other Good WR Pickups
Andrew Hawkins(29%), Steve Smith(60%), Greg Jennings(47%)

If you need a TE...

Delanie Walker

Underrated as a pass-catching TE, Delanie Walker had lived his TE career in the shadows of big-play TE Vernon Davis in San Francisco.  He's now the main man in Nashville and has all of the skills needed to produce numbers.  What you have to love the most about this matchup is that Walker will be facing the Dallas Cowboys defense that gave up two TD catches to Vernon Davis in last week's game against the 49ers.  The Cowboys will suffer in the defensive passing game all year and even an above-average option at any fantasy position will be a consideration for a big week against them each week.  Delanie Walker has a great look at a solid day for your TE position.

Week 2 Savant Prediction: 6 receptions, 73 yards receiving, 1 TD
Yahoo! Leagues Percent Owned: 46%

Other Good TE Pickups
Dwayne Allen(29%), Travis Kelce(36%)

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