Welcome, welcome! To Walsh’s Week 2 Waiver Wire Weport! I’m here to tell you exactly who to target on your waiver wire this week to make your team better! Had a bad week 1? Don’t worry about it! Team riddled with injuries? Not a problem! Sit back and buckle up. We’re about to hit that waiver wire and turn that season around. The following players are my top (in no particular order) waiver wire pickups for week 2.
Note: These aren’t streaming options for week 2. If you’re looking for those, look here. These are guys who you can roster with the hope of using them long-term.
Note 2: I'm assuming the Markus Wheatons, Kelvin Benjamins, Knowshon Morenos, and Terrance Wests of the world are already rostered in your league. If not, go out and get them first.
The diminutive slot receiver appears to be the pass-catcher to own (outside of Jordan Cameron) in Cleveland’s offense. Against the Steelers, he caught 8 of 9 targets for 87 yards, 30 of which were gained after the catch. His value is volume-based, but, with defenses focusing on Cameron, the volume should be there for the foreseeable future.
Hurns exploded out of the gate in week 1, gaining 110 yards and 2 touchdowns on 4 receptions in the first half. The Eagles found a way to shut him out in the second half, and the impending return of Cecil Shorts limits his upside, but Hurns belongs on a roster in every league. He’s an excellent bye-week fill-in with touchdown potential.
Ray Rice is gone, and Bernard Pierce got benched this past week. It’s unlikely that the 28-year-old journeyman Forsett is the long-term answer for the Ravens, but he should provide a decent short-term option if you’re in need of a running back.
If Pierce truly has fallen out of favor with the Ravens coaching staff, Taliaferro may be an every-week starter for your fantasy team by the end of the season. Like I said above, Forsett may have short-term value, but it’s highly doubtful that he’s a feature back all year. It’s more likely that the 230-pound Coastal Carolina product emerges as the lead runner with Forsett as the change-of-pace back. If you’ve got a roster spot where you can afford to stash someone long-term, Taliaferro is a spectacular person to stash.
The Rams offense was pitiful in week 1. That didn’t stop Brian Quick from catching 7 of 9 targets for 99 yards. Quick was the only receiver consistently involved in the Rams passing game, and he’s currently the only receiver worth owning on the team. Scoop him up as a solid bye-week fill-in with the potential to turn into a starter.
With Ben Tate’s status unknown, the Browns’ defacto goal line back becomes a nice little waiver target. Terrance West will still get the bulk of the carries, but Crowell, who was only undrafted due to character concerns, will be getting any rushing touchdowns available. If you’ve got a spot, go ahead and roster him.