Can’t believe we’re an eighth of the way through the football season already. Time flies when you’re having fun. And it drags when you’re not. Perhaps you’ve got some holes in your roster, or you’ve got a weak bench, and you’re worried about your fantasy season. Here’s a look at some players that have a fair chance of helping your team, that you’ve got a fair chance of acquiring.
To find these players, I searched Fleaflicker (where our staff dynasty league is hosted) for the most-dropped players over the past week and looked for guys who are un-owned in at least 10% of leagues (meaning you should have some chance of acquiring them for nothing), and who have a good chance of being valuable contributors to your fake football team.
Without further ado, here’s the week two all waiver team.
Sam Bradford, QB
Jay Cutler, QB
Let’s compare Cutler’s first two games of 2013 vs. 2012.
|72 Attempts||62 Attempts|
|68.1% Completion Percentage||51.6% Completion Percentage|
|1 Sack||9 Sacks|
|5/3 TD/Interception Ratio||3/5 TD/Interception Ratio|
|7.4 Yards/Attempt||7.4 Yards/Attempt|
|95.4 Passer Rating||58.5 Passer Rating|
|4200 yards / 40 TDs Pace||3033 Yards / 19 TDs|
So Cutler’s on pace for 4200 yards passing and 40 TDs. That’s pretty impressive, and it fits with our offseason projections for Marc Trestman’s offense.
Danny Woodhead, RB
Granted, he hasn’t done much yet through two games, but (a) there are some promising signs and (b) there’s not much else out there. He’s currently 7th in RB pass targets, and has out-targeted Ryan Mathews by a 4:1 ratio. He also played ahead of Ronnie Brown in week two. In PPR leagues at least, there’s some promise there, particularly if he fully takes over Ronnie Brown’s role from last year.
Bryce Brown, RB
So far, Brown has done even less than Woodhead. But perhaps you’ve noticed what LeSean McCoy has done? If McCoy misses time (Ray Rice hip flexor, anyone?), Brown will have huge value, and remains one of the most valuable backup RBs despite his lack of early production.
Chris Ivory, RB
The totals aren’t that impressive, but he’s tied for 18th in RB attempts. He ran well against New England, and arguably should have been used more. Whether he will be used more going forward is a mystery, but he’s one of the few reasonably available RBs that has some upside.
Josh Gordon, WR
Absent for two games due to a suspension, he returns to an 0-2 Browns team whose starting QB is getting an MRI for a thumb injury. But here’s the thing: he joined the team late last year too, and still put up 53 catches, 805 yards, and 5 TDs in 13 games. Both he and Brandon Weeden now have a year’s experience under the belts. Weeden may not have improved, but he probably isn’t worse than he was last year. Gordon should be able to step right in and at least match last year’s rate of 3.8 catches, 62 yards, and 0.38 TDs/game.
Brian Hartline, WR
He’s tied for 9th in targets, people. He’s on a 1456 yard pace. His luck might be changing. His next two games are against the Falcons and Saints, who’ve each given up over 320 passing yards/game.
Black Unicorn has 15 targets through two games, and ranks 11th amongst TEs in receptions and 9th in yards. If his targets and catch rates hold up, he’s on pace for 79 receptions and 990 yards. It could happen. He’s a likely weekly starter who ranks high on the Expected Points list.
Brandon Myers, TE
His 19 targets are tied for 9th most in the NFL, and he trails only Jimmy Graham amongst TEs. He’s 3rd in TE receptions and 7th in TE yards. He’s a reliable weekly option and leads the league in TE Expected Points.