It was an injury-filled week 1 and you might be one of many already combing the waiver wire for the next big thing and potentially profitable matchup this week. We’re here to help.
Now, you're not going to find "start Peyton Manning" here. If you drafted a player in the first five rounds, chances are those are your go-to players, so we'll try to give you some less-than-obvious choices to bolster your lineup every week.
On that note, here we go for week 2:
Greg Olsen, Carolina tight end vs. Detroit
Cam Newton is back this week under center for the Panthers, and Olsen has been one of his favorite targets the last few years. And for as good as the Lions looked defensively Monday night against Eli Manning and top wideout Victor Cruz, New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell caught five passes for 86 yards and a score. Now, Olsen would naturally command more attention that Donnell, but rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin’s breakout game in should keep the Detroit safeties honest and open up room for Olsen.
Knowshon Moreno, Miami running back at Buffalo
Many people thought Moreno was about to fall off a cliff, production wise, in 2014. He’s only 27, but he’s had injury issues in the past and is coming off a 301-touch season last year in Denver. And oh yeah, he’s not in Denver. But he has proven to be the better option than Lamar Miller in the Miami backfield, and Matt Forte gashed the Bills for 169 yards of total offense. Moreno should be a must-start now until proven otherwise.
Last week: Philadelphia defense (17 points allowed, 3 sacks, 1 FR, 1 blocked kick, 1 TD); T.Y. Hilton (11 targets, 5 catches, 41 yards)
Devin Hester, Atlanta wide receiver at Cincinnati
In a wild shootout in the dome, Hester caught five passes for 99 yards as Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw it 43 times for 448 yards. Clearly, the Saints defense wasn’t what many thought it would be in the opener, but Cincinnati is what we thought they were. They can pressure the quarterback (three sacks last week) and Ryan will be under more duress. Roddy White may be banged up again for the Falcons, but Hester is not the guy you want to reach for outdoors.
Donnie Avery, Kansas City wide receiver at Denver
The Broncos defense looked good for a while against the high-powered Colts offense, but Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is not Andrew Luck, and Smith’s No. 1 target – Dwayne Bowe – returns after serving a one-game suspension. Toss in the fact that Kansas City head coach Andy Reid has already said running back Jamaal Charles needs more touches. It’s a safe bet to say Avery isn’t going to see the 13 targets he saw last week, even if the Chiefs are playing catch-up.
Last week: San Francisco defense (17 points allowed, 3 sacks, 3 INT, 1 FR, 1 TD); Tim Wright (3 targets, 3 catches, 15 yards)
Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers receiver vs. New York Jets
Boykin was held not only without a catch in the Packers season opener against Seattle, Aaron Rodgers didn’t even look his way as he spent much of Thursday night blanketed by Richard Sherman. We don’t really know how good (or how bad) the Jets secondary is after a Week 1 matchup against Oakland and a rookie quarterback, but the Packers (and Rodgers) have heard about Boykin’s lack of work for 10 days. Boykin could be a sneaky play, especially in the red zone, as Rodgers looks to make a statement.
Last week: Eric Decker (5 targets, 5 catches, 74 yards)
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