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With Week 2 of the NFL season nearly in the books, it’s time to start planning your lineup for next Sunday.
With seven out of 14 matchups decided by two touchdowns or more, there wasn’t much competitive football over the weekend, but that’s not to say that Sunday was a total wash for fans. There were a number of strong fantasy performances, along with a handful of high-profile busts, that supplied enough drama to make up for the numerous blowouts.
There are 15 weeks remaining in the regular season, but it’s never too early to start reinforcing your roster for the long journey ahead. Below, check out 10 smart waiver wire pickups that could make the difference in your Week 3 matchup.
Trevor Siemian, QB
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Team: Denver Broncos
Week 2 stats: 231 passing yards, 4 touchdowns
One thing to know: Siemian found three different receivers in the end zone in a decisive win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. With a 106.9 passer rating through the first two games of the season, the Northwestern product is starting to look like a star signal caller.
Javorius Allen, RB
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Team: Baltimore Ravens
Week 2 stats: 66 rushing yards, 35 receiving yards, 5 receptions, 1 touchdown
One thing to know: The fantasy love Allen received after Week 1 will only increase after his Week 2 performance, which included an 83.3 percent catch rate and 19 touches against the Browns. Baltimore’s next foe, the Jaguars, shouldn’t cause him much trouble.
J.J. Nelson, WR
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Week 2 stats: 120 receiving yards, 5 receptions, 1 touchdown
One thing to know: Nelson continued to play a significant role in the Cardinals offense on Sunday, especially in light of All-Pro running back David Johnson’s Week 1 wrist injury. While Johnson’s replacements, Chris Johnson and Kerwynn Williams, combined for just 66 rushing yards, Nelson more than doubled his receiving yardage from the opening game.
Jalen Richard, RB
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Team: Oakland Raiders
Week 2 stats: 58 rushing yards, 51 receiving yards, 2 receptions, 1 touchdown
One thing to know: Marshawn Lynch made headlines for his impressive sideline dance, but it was Richard who made the most of his time in the Oakland backfield on Sunday. The Louisiana native went on a 52-yard touchdown run and added a pair of receptions in a standout performance.
Jermaine Kearse, WR
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Team: New York Jets
Week 2 stats: 64 receiving yards, 4 receptions, 2 touchdowns
One thing to know: After a dreadful Week 1 performance, Jets quarterback Josh McCown was much improved against the Raiders, maintaining a solid completion percentage and even converting on a pair of opportunities from within 35 yards. Kearse, playing his first season away from Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, was the major beneficiary.
Carson Wentz, QB
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Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Week 2 stats: 333 passing yards, 2 touchdowns
One thing to know: Wentz will continue to throw interceptions, but that’s merely a symptom of the Eagles’ pass-happy offense. The 24 year old has thrown for at least 300 passing yards and two touchdown passes in each of his first two games, and with plenty of receivers at his disposal, that trend should continue.
Allen Hurns, WR
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Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 2 stats: 82 receiving yards, 6 receptions, 1 touchdown
One thing to know: Hurns made the most of fellow wideout Allen Robinson’s inactive status, turning back the clock to catch six passes for 82 yards. Even if quarterback Blake Bortles never gets his throwing mechanics up to snuff, the 25-year-old receiver looks like a favorite option in Jacksonville’s system.
Ben Watson, TE
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Team: Baltimore Ravens
Week 2 stats: 91 yards, 8 receptions
One thing to know: Watson caught all eight of his targets on Sunday, making up for a quiet Week 1. His age – 37 years old in December – makes him a relative risk in fantasy, but if you’re in need of a tight end for this week, the Ravens offense has shown plenty of life.
Chris Carson, RB
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Team: Seattle Seahawks
Week 2 stats: 93 rushing yards, 7 receiving yards, 1 reception
One thing to know: At the start of the season, the Seahawks’ backfield was expected to be split between Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise, so it was a surprise to see Carson pop off for 100 yards from scrimmage on Sunday. While the team’s running back situation remains murky, this rookie deserves a long look.
Rashard Higgins, WR
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Team: Cleveland Browns
Week 2 stats: 4 rushing yards, 95 receiving yards, 7 receptions
One thing to know: Higgins forced his way from the practice squad onto the active roster and promptly outperformed all other receivers on the field, including those from the high-scoring Ravens. DeShone Kizer needs a favorite target, and Higgins continues to make the case for himself.
Now check out the biggest plays and moments from Week 2.
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