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Fantasy football: top waiver wire adds for Week 2

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Week 1 wraps up tonight with two Monday night games. Hopefully your fantasy team has performed well this weekend, (to those who read my starts and sits column and started Coby Fleener while sitting Kelvin Benjamin....oops). But it’s about time to begin preparing for your Week 2 matchup, so here are some players who might be available in your league that you need to add.


James Winston - If you already have a solid starting quarterback, don’t worry about adding another QB. But if you have an average QB, or frankly one that you just don’t trust, Winston is a great addition to your team. Winston played very well in Week 1, and is probably a guy you can stream based on his matchup, if not make him your every week starter.

Honorable mention- Carson Wentz, I’d like to see him play someone other than the Browns before I say he is a must add.

Running Backs

Justin Forsett/Terrance West- Both of these guys are available in more leagues than you would think due to the situation in the Ravens backfield. Forsett played better than West on Sunday, but West had two more carries. Each of these guys are virtual locks to get at least 10-15 touches. A matchup against Cleveland in Week 2 should make both Forsett and West solid flex plays, and maybe RB2 if you are desperate.

Honorable mention- Isaiah Crowell, Crowell has been inconsistent his whole career. I would add him if you need an RB, but don’t start him against the Ravens strong run defense.

Wide Receivers

Will Fuller- Fuller looked spectacular against the Bears on Sunday, going for 107 yards and one score (16 points standard scoring). He started next to DeAndre Hopkins, and given the attention Hopkins well receive, Fuller may find himself running wide open a lot this year. He is an absolutely must own if he is available in your league.

Mike Wallace- Wallace continued to prove that he has strong chemistry with Joe Flacco. Wallace had 3 catches for 91 yards and one touchdown, he also added 11 rushing yards. Wallace clearly looked like the Ravens wide receiver to own. If his chemistry with Flacco stays strong, Wallace could have the best year of his career.

Travis Benjamin/Tyrell Williams- With Keenan Allen likely out for the season, these two receivers’ value rises dramatically. Benjamin might not be available in your league, but if he is, he needs to be your top priority to pick up. Benjamin is now the number one wide receiver in the Chargers offense. Tyrell Williams is also a must add as he will likely start opposite Benjamin. The big-bodied Williams only caught two of his five targets against the Cheifs, but each reception went for 30+ yards. Similar to Fuller, with the number one wide receiver drawing more attention, Williams may find himself with easier matchups, and more production.

Chris Hogan- Hogan provides the big play ability that the Patriots receiving core has lacked for so long. Hogan flashed his ability with his long touchdown against the Cardinals. He figures to be a key part of the Patriots offense starting alongside Julian Edelman, and especially so with Gronk injured.

Tight Ends

Dwayne Allen- With Coby Fleener gone in Indy, Allen becomes the Colts unquestioned starter at tight end. Allen received a lot of goal line targets last year with Fleener around, but look for those targets to increase now. Allen had five catches in addition to a touchdown on Sunday. Allen is definitely worth an add, but a date with the Broncos will show more about his value.

Honorable mention- Eric Ebron, Ebron is an honorable mention mainly because he is probably owned in your league. If he is not owned, he has more value than Allen does. Ebron had five receptions and a touchdown. Ebron is figured to have a breakout year, if he can stay healthy, now that Calvin Johnson is gone. Plus, he has a nice matchup versus the Titans in Week 2.

Good luck on the waiver wire this week. Keep an eye out for Baltimore Beatdown’s starts and sits for Week 2 coming soon.