In Week 2, we saw offensive explosions all over the league and all kinds of craziness. From the fake punt for a touchdown in Green Bay to Eli Manning throwing for 510 yards, this week had it all.

In the middle of the insanity, we’ve been able to rustle up a set of guys to target on the waiver wire. Unless stated otherwise, these should be the $1 value menu free agents for those of you who use an FAAB system. The percentage of availability listed is from ESPN.com leagues.

Quarterbacks

Andy Dalton CIN ($2) – Why do you want the Red Rifle this week? Well, Cincy plays Washington and that means RGIII and a shootout. The Redskins’ defense has been weak allowing 63 points in its first two games. They also lost Adam Carriker and Brian Orakpo for the year (torn pectoral) and will be more vulnerable on the ground as well. Dalton could be poised for a monster game and is available in 14% of leagues.

Matt Casel KC (68%) – For three quarters the Chiefs were getting shuffled on by Buffalo last week and managed a meager three points. Casell hooked up with Dwayne Bowe for a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter in garbage time. He’s averaging about 280 yards a game and will be facing the Saints. New Orleans’ secondary bears a striking resemblance to Swiss cheese so there could be some opportunities there.

Running Backs

Daryl Richardson STL ($2 if you own S-Jax) – Richardson showed he is going to be the handcuff to Steven Jackson. Jackson went out of the game in the second quarter against Washington and didn’t return. Richardson (99%) cleaned house with 83 yards on 15 carries. Jackson’s groin is a question mark so don’t invest too much into this pickup.

Andre Brown NYG ($3) – What can Brown do for you? Yes, it’s a terrible cliche but for the Giants the answer was “quite a bit.” Brown (99%) came on in place of Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and piled up 71 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Brown’s performance was lost in the aerial assault Eli Manning put on against Tampa Bay. Bradshaw isn’t likely to play and the Giants are on the road Thursday at Carolina.

Jackie Battle SD – Battle put together a 2 TD game in the Chargers’ 38-10 win over the Titans. Battle (99%) got 69 yards on 14 carries in this game San Diego played without Antonio Gates. Gates was a late scratch with sore ribs and that may have contributed to the Chargers’ increased focus on the run. The run-pass ratio was nearly even in that game. With Ryan Mathews expected to be back in week three, Battle’s value will take a hit but Mathews has that history of getting hurt. He’s worth a stash on the bench if you have the room.

Wide Receivers

Donnie Avery IND Avery (99%) – has bounced around the league going through St. Louis, Tennessee and now Indy. After Avery’s 9 catch, 111 yard performance against Minnesota, he’s stepped into the WR2 spot opposite Reggie Wayne.  Indy takes on Jacksonville in an AFC South throwdown before hitting its bye week.

Brian Hartline MIA – Yes, it’s a Dolphin! While everyone was drooling over Reggie Bush, Hartline’s great stat line was overlooked. He posted a 9-111-0 line against Oakland. Yes, Miami faces the Jets this week but I would expect Darrelle Revis (if healthy) to take on Davone Bess. Hartline (99%) might get the advantage of being a second wideout and could post another good stat line in week three.

Jon Baldwin KC – I mentioned above that Cassel could be in line for a good week and Baldwin (75%) would also be in that category too. Baldwin snagged three passes for 62 yards against the Bills after being blanked against Atlanta. Baldwin’s role could be elevated with tight end Kevin Boss being sidelined with a head injury.

Tight Ends

Brent Celek PHI – Celek was the key to the Eagles’ 24-23 win over the Ravens last week with eight catches for 157 yards. When Philadelphia needed to move down the field, Michael Vick kept looking to Celek (38%) as a safety valve. Vick rhymes with pick and the QB has thrown six of them so far this season so it might limit Celek’s opportunities. Philadelphia meets Arizona in a battle of 2-0 teams this week and the Cardinals had some issues handling Rob Gronkowski last week against the Patriots.

Dennis Pitta BAL Pitta (76%) – Was targeted 15 times by Joe Flacco last week and caught eight passes for 65 yards. The targets alone are amazing but he also led the team in catches and yardage against the Eagles. When Baltimore continues to run the no-huddle look that they have, expect Pitta and the tight end slot in general to get quite a few targets.

Defense/Special Teams

Arizona DST – The Cardinals held New England to 18 points and just one touchdown. In New England. Arizona (94%) beat the Patriots for the first time in 20 years and was helped by a blocked punt as well. Put that defense against the turnover-prone Eagles and Vick and you have a recipe for defensive success. And you can never go wrong with Patrick Peterson running kicks back.

New Orleans DST –  Now this seems nuts but it makes sense. Yes, the Saints (97%) have been ripped up one side and down the other in the first two games. They’ve given up a ton of points and are looking weak. But KC is what they need. Jamaal Charles hasn’t been effective and KC did nothing for most of the game against the Bills. There’s no doubt the Saints need to tighten the screws defensively and I think they’ll do it to avoid an 0-3 start.

  1. quimmy says:
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    PPR: Received the following offer:

    My Ray Rice for His TRich and D.Bowe. Thoughts?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @quimmy, No. Bowe is wildly erratic producer and TRich is at a sell high point. Given the fact he has not missed a game in the last two seasons, you MUST hold onto Ray Rice.

  2. Bryan says:
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    Would you trade Jennings for Trent Richardson and Meachem? It’s a 1/2 point per reception league.

    Thanks!
    Bryan

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      What does your WR set look like without Jennings? What RBs do you already have? Meachem is a flier at this point and not something you can count on so those are vital things to know with regards to this trade.

      • Bryan says:
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        @Sky, W/o Jennings I’d still have Mike Wallace, DeSean Jackson, Crabtree and Emanuel Sanders. I have Alfred Morris, Jonathan Stewart, Peyton Hillis, Jaquizz Rodgers, and Roy Helu at RB. Romo/Big Ben at QB and Gronk as my TE.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Bryan, I’d also want to see the roster of both teams to make a better evaluation. And I’d prefer to have a guy catching passes from Rodgers than Rivers.

  3. please rank these waiver pick ups:

    daryl richardson, lamar miller, bilal powell, andre brown

    • @exactly, add leshoure to that list, thanks.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @exactly, Richardson, Brown, Miller, LeShoure,Powel lin that order.

      Groin injuries can take a while to heal and Richardson would step into a team that isn’t great at throwing on a consistent basis. Brown is a notch lower since the Giants can pass. Miller would be good if Reggie Bush falters or gets hurt.

      LeShoure would be a nice change of pace from Kevin Smith in Detroit but has never played a down in the regular season. Powell is part of a Jets’offense that is schizophrenic at best and should be avoided.

      Good luck in week 3!

  4. Also, while I’m asking questions…what is up with Wes Welker? ROS: Edelman or Randall Cobb?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @exactly, Wes Welker is the million-dollar question in fantasy football right now. No one really seems to have a clue why he’s been seemingly relegated to backup duty in the first two games.

      Unless Belicheck is trying to keep him fresh for the end of the year, there really isn’t anything that resembles an obvious answer. Welker told Boston radio station WEEI that he didn’t know he wasn’t starting until AFTER the opening kickoff.

      As for your question, I would go with Cobb. Cobb offers more consistency without the headgames of Belicheck. Edelman’s value will fluctuate with Belicheck’s attitude.

  5. DP says:
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    Does it make sense to drop Cook and pick up Pitta as my TE1? Cook not getting enough looks for me and that offense looks awful.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @DP, Yes, it makes sense. Tennessee looks like a hot mess so far this season. CJ2K is going nowhere fast and Locker doesn’t seem to be able to connect with anyone in the passing game.

      Pitta should get more looks as the season goes on and there’s a tendency to get more quick reads to the tight end in a no-huddle offense.

  6. M2l says:
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    #1 waiver pick 12 Team ppr…add Celek, A. Brown(Giants), Hartline or just sit on waiver pick? Current TE Rudolph.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @M2l, Depends on the rest of the roster.

      Brown might be the best since they want to keep Cam off the field and I doubt Bradshaw will be back on a short week like this.

      Celek seems like the most logical one since they are playing Arizona and they have decent coverage in the secondary.

  7. Jamal says:
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    12 team ppr league.

    I have Chris Johnson (ugh) and Darren Sproles as my starting RB. I have Antonio Brown, Reggie Wayne, Steve Smith(Car) and Wes Welker to start at my two WR and one flex spot. Would you trade Wayne for Reggie Bush?

    • Jamal says:
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      @Jamal, meant to say its a 10 team ppr league. my apoligies

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Jamal, In a word…YES! Miami will have to rely more on the ground game with its rookie QB. Wayne has looked good in the early going but it’s not certain he’ll be able to sustain it. Indy hasn’t been as awful as everyone thought they would be.

      And if NE would screw its head on the right way about Welker, you have the depth to pull it off.

  8. Nugjuice says:
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    Thanks for the FAAB $ amounts on here! Great addition. Are these assuming a pool of $100 for the season? The leagues on mfl.com are $200 but these seem a bit conservative

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Nugjuice, Yes, I was assuming a $100 pool. And the numbers are bit conservative since it is week 3 and we don’t have an OH-MY-GOD-I-HAVE-TO-HAVE-HIM player yet.

  9. Leroy says:
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    have witten as my TE… should i be concerned? trying to decide whether to bid on celek pitta or m. bennett. if so would need to drop either s. hill, a. hawkins or d. wilson… thx

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Leroy, Witten has consistently been one of the better tight ends in the NFL. He has five consecutive seasons with at least 79 catches and 942 yards in each of them. It’s hard to beat that kind of production and consistency.

      Put bids on Celek and Pitta and see what you get. Hill is suffering from a leg injury and the Jets went more than two hours of real time against Pittsburgh with three total completions and none went to wide receivers.

      I also think Wilson is droppable since Brown has taken Bradshaw’s carries. I expect Brown to be the lead back when they visit Carolina Thursday night.

  10. Murph says:
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    Start Vick or Big Ben week 3? Thanks for the insight, getting mixed answers on who to start here.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Murph, Pick Pittsburgh QB Big Ben. Vick is liable to picks and the Oakland D hasn’t looked that great.

      • Murph says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier,

        I agree but was really thrown off by the Razzball post “Week 3 Pass Defense Matchups: One Cardinal That Won’t Rule ” were he bashes the cardinal’s defense and says that Vick and the Eagles will have a “field day” against a poor cardinals defense. Looks like you guys took the post down because I can’t find it…good thing that non sense was taken down, im pretty sure Tom Brady and Russell Wilson would agree…sit Vick week 3

  11. craig says:
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    should i trade bowe and ingram for mjd and randall cobb. Got hakkem nicks and steve smith at wr and peterson and jamal charles at rb.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @craig, Yes! Bowe is erratic in his production and Ingram runs the risk of getting lost in a crowded Saints backfield with Sproles, Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory. This is the sell-high point on Bowe and it looks like you have a buyer.

      MJD is the Jacksonville offense and would be a great add. Charles could be your flex most weeks.

      Cobb also gives value in the return game, if your league gives points for it, and catches passes from Aaron Rodgers. Would you rather have a WR who catches passes from him or Matt Cassel?

  12. JTR says:
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    Add Hartline or Richardson?

    Thanks!

  13. JTR says:
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    Donnie Avery or Brian Hartline?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @JTR, I’ll condense my replies on both questions into one answer.

      Hartline would be the lowest of my three choices here. Miami’s offense is run first and plays some tough teams ahead, especially late in the year. (Weeks 12-17: SEA, NE, SF, JAX, BUF, NE)

      Richardson of the Rams is second. They will have to run to play their ball-control offense and have a brutal schedule ahead. (Weeks 4-13: SEA, ARI, MIA, GB, NE, *BYE*, SF, NYJ, ARI, SF) The other issue is how quickly Steven Jackson will recover from his groin injury. The faster SJax recovers, the quicker Richardson loses value. Regardless of who is back there, it’s going to be a tough slog for the Rams’ runners.

      So that leaves Avery. Indy is middle of the pack in the passing game and 29th on the run. The Colts will be in games where they have to pass to be successful. After their week 4 bye they face the following teams (GB, NYJ, CLE, TEN, MIA, JAX, NE, BUF, DET) including week 13. Luck looks like a good fantasy passer so far and there are teams oin the schedule with weaker passing defenses.

      So there you have it. Avery>Richardson>Hartline.

  14. Murph says:
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    Witten just hit waivers…do I drop Kyle Rudolph for him?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Witten should be more consistent so I would.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Murph, Yes. I had him hit waivers in one of my 49 leagues (not exaggerating) and dropped Rashad Jennings for him. So Rudolph would be an easy drop to make.

      • Murph says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier,

        49 leauges huh? I’m getting a headache just thinking about it…any 49ers on those 49 teams? Haha

        Yea I’m shooting for Witten but J Finey just hit waivers too!!! The leauge I’m in 1 of 1 (not exaggerating) is messed up, 5 man bench if I can scoop either my team would be complete but I’m leaning finley because I’m a miles Austin owner.

        Hope you get all 49 line ups set by tomorrow night less than 24 hours!!!

        • Andrew Nordmeier

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          @Murph, Some 49ers. All leagues allow me to make adjustments up until the kickoff of the individual players involved.

          Finley would be nice since GB is a high-octane offense. Good call out there to avoid getting Austin with Witten. Romo can only give the ball to one guy at one time on one play.

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            @Andrew Nordmeier,

            49 Teams still makes my head spin I spend enough time on one…

            Yea the plan would be to trade away Austin if I pick Witten up, but probably best to wait until after this weeks favorable matchup at TB and sell high. My Team needs a solid RB3 with Micheal Turner averaging the same amount of DUI’s per week as he does TDs.

            Thanks for the help this week and with all those teams you have to win at least one right?!?!

          • Murph says:
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            @Andrew Nordmeier,

            Got Finley so the team in looking solid!!! Non PPR
            Thinking about trading smith or marshall for a 3rd RB due to their byes being on the same week.

            QB: Vick Phi
            RB1: Rice Balt
            RB2: Lynch Sea
            FLEX: Austin Dal
            WR1: Marshall Chi
            WR2: Steve Smith Car
            TE: Finley GB
            K: Gostkowski NE
            Def: Eagles Phi
            Bench1: Big Ben Pit
            Bench2: Garcon Wash
            Bench3: Fitzgerald AZ
            Bench 4: Turner ATL
            Bench 5: D Brown Ind

  15. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Given their results and schedule, I’m liking that Arizona DST as well, as more than just a one-week stream. They have a whole lot of favorable matchups between now and week 7, and then pick back up with them in week 12. That said, I was also high on SEA coming into the season and still am, but their matchups in the next few weeks aren’t as favorable. I’m assuming neither will stay on waivers for long, so which do you prefer long-term?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Steve Stevenson, I would deal yourself some Cards and see the hand you get. Arizona is playing way above their level on the defensive side of the ball and when you have that schedule coming up, they look like the better team ROS.

      Seattle, to me, is a mixed bag on DST. They have some good matchups and then some brutal ones. (See also Weeks 5-11: CAR, NE, SF, DET, NYJ, MIN **BYE**) SEA could be the better defense after their bye with MIA, CHI, ARI, BUF, SF and STL to close out.

      I also think you’re more likely to find ARI on waivers than SEA.

  16. B says:
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    Would you trade gronkowski for CJ Spiller and Fred Davis.
    My RBs are Darren Sproles and Andre Brown. Only start one RB a week in this league. Staced at WR position and no other tight ends on my roster. Seems like a even trade but I like gronks upside with AH out and Fred Jackson looking to come back.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @B, No. I would keep Gronk for the upside. Spiller is a sell-high guy but FJax will be back in about 3 weeks. Davis reportedly has a concussion.

      Start Sproles each week in your 1RB league and dump Brown when NO gets to its bye week at week 6. Bradshaw could easily be back by then.

  17. Commish Cauda says:
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    0.5ppr

    Avery or make a speculative play on Jerome Simpson?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d give Simpson a shot.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Commish Cauda, Avery is my guy. I think Indy will have to throw it a lot and he’s getting almost as many targets as Reggie Wayne.

      Minnesota will be feeding AP all the time. I would rather trust Andrew Luck more than Christian Ponder as my QB throwing to my WR.

  18. Chang says:
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    Out of these rbs and wrs who would you start?
    RB Arian Foster(duh)
    RB Doug Martin
    RB Jamaal Charles
    RB Ryan Mathews

    WR Pierre Garcon
    WR Larry Fitzgerald
    WR Brandon Lloyd
    WR Wes Welker
    WR Dwayne Bowe
    ???
    Choose 2 RBs 2 WRs and a flex

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      @Chang,

      Assuming this is non PPR standard scoring

      RB1: Arian Foster ( as stated obvious)
      RB2: Doug Martin ( cowboys allowed 120 and a TD to lynch last week)
      WR1: Larry Fitz (cards will be playing from behind and will need to air it out bounce back for Larry week 3)
      WR2: Dwayne Bowe (it’s the saints)
      Flex: Ryan Mathews (high upside against a ATL defense that allowed Mcgahee 113 yards and 2 TDs)

    • Murph says:
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      @Chang,

      Pierre Garçon: doubtful with the toe injury
      Welker and Lloyd: Too much confusion with the WRs (too risky)
      Jamal Charles: even against the saints the early exit last week with the “sore knee” concerns me added with carries from Hillis and Droughns (too risky)

  19. Chang says:
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    sooo hard to start fitz after last week. i think ill bench him and see. im going to play welker in that spot and hope brady remembers thats hes got him there.

    • Murph says:
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      @Chang,

      Go with your gut, just know that choosing a New England receiver is a gamble due to josh mcdaniels messing with the play calling. Fitz is guarenteed targets and is a true number 1 WR I wouldn’t give up after just 2 games.

  20. Chang says:
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    lol well sitting charles came back to bit me….massively…and fitz is doing good right now…lets go welker!!!!

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