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I've said it for years to my league mates, and really anyone who will listen: Fantasy Football isn't won during your draft. So many people pine over their draft picks and what "grades" the site gave them, when in reality, the draft is just the starting point. Fantasy leagues are won during the four month grind of the fantasy season. The waiver wire and trades are how championships are won, and only the savvy owners who stay committed every week will be collecting trophies in December. Let's check out the top waiver wire adds for Week 2.
Allow me to digress before I begin; if you're like the millions of new daily fantasy sports players who no longer want to deal with injury risk, waivers, trades, and season long commitments, then head over to Fan Duel.com and sign up for a tournament this week. Building a new roster every weekend has fantastic appeal, especially to those who don't have the time mid-week to manage their roster.
And now to the waiver adds A quick disclosure; fantasy leagues come in all shapes and sizes. There's a good chance some/all of these players listed are already rostered in your league, but I want to put out all the names that have new-found value due to injuries, or have a great matchup this week. Enjoy:
Terrance Williams, WR, DAL
I really don't want to talk about sunday night, I'm still reeling over the end of that game. I do, however, want to talk about the injury implications of Dez Bryant's broken foot. A "Jones fracture" is a break of the fifth metatarsal, and there's a wide range of opinions of how long Dez will be out. My guess is at least 6-7 weeks, which is HALF of a fantasy season. Crushing blow to anyone who took Dez in round one, and to Tony Romo for that matter. Williams immediately becomes the WR1 for the Pokes, and he has all the traits to produce like one. Scoop him up.
Donte Moncrief, WR, IND
Moncrief is in his sophomore season, and looked like a great WR3 candidate after a promising rookie year. That is, until the Colts spent a first round pick on Phillip Dorsett. In a muddled situation and surrounded by talented skill position players ,Moncrief went undrafted in most leagues. He played the majority of snaps in the Colts three WR sets, and had a decent game vs the Bills fierce defense. Now working in his favor are a bruised knee to WR1 TY Hilton, Andre Johnson looking slow and having an awful Colts debut, and Dorsett having a similar shaky start. Moncrief was a combine start with all the measurables, and could really blow-up with 6-8 targets/game from Andrew Luck.
Tre Mason, RB, STL
I admittedly don't know if Mason's hamstring is close to returning, but I do know that he's a superior talent to Benny Cunningham. Due to the drafting of stud Todd Gurley, everyone has forgotten Mason's rock solid rookie season. With the Rams playing it safe with Gurley's ACL recovery, Mason should have a few good starts ahead of him. He was dropped in a lot of leagues this weekend when announced that he was out; take advantage of those knee jerk reactions. Cunningham is a nifty third down back and plus PPR player, but he's not a bell cow.
Marcus Mariota, TEN, QB
When I think of Mariota's first game in the NFL, and really his whole career at Oregon, I think of the old addage, "Speak softly and carry a big stick." I've never understood the Jameis Winston love, and was quite positive that TEN got the better player at pick two of this year's draft. Mariota has all the tools to be a quality fantasy QB, and he din't even need his running ability to dismantle the Bucaneers defense. With that being said, I think we need to temper expectations, because Tampa Bay's "defense" easily looked like the worst in the NFL in week one.
This is less about the way the Saints defense looks (not very good), and more about how Tampa Bay's offense looked (WORSE). Jameis looked completely out of his element in week one, and that was in his own house!! Now he gets to travel to NOLA, and deal with the noise of the Superdome. Mike Evans return could surely help Winston find his footing, but I still see enough mistakes for the Saints DST to score a lot of points.