Week 2 waiver wire hot list
As the waiver wire gets set to open up Tuesday morning, here are same names to consider if you’re looking to drop some dead weight from your roster:
Kevin Walter, WR, Houston Texans: An underwhelming 2009 campaign killed Walter’s draft value this past summer. That was some bad logic on the part of owners who were stuck in the past as Walter has racked up 13 receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns so far this season (11 targets in Week 2).
Mike Tolbert, RB, San Diego Chargers: Don’t go nuts looking to land Tolbert because we’re not positive how severe the leg injury is that starting running back Ryan Mathews suffered on Sunday. Should Mathews hit the shelf, Tobert would be a nice option. He picked up 82 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries Sunday vs. Jacksonville.
Darren Sproles, RB, San Diego Chargers: Same philosophy as above, except Sproles can help you in the passing game (PPR owners take note). Through two games, the veteran speedster has amassed 105 total yards (6 receptions).
Kyle Orton, QB, Denver Broncos: By now, Orton is probably long gone. But if you play in a smaller league and need some depth at QB, he’s your guy. Through two games, Orton has a QB Rating of 103.9 with 3 touchdowns, 1 interception and 602 passing yards.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: The rookie from Georgia Tech stepped up big-time in his first NFL game. Thomas hauled in 8 passes for 97 yards and one score on 9 targets Sunday vs. Seattle. He led all Broncos receivers in receptions, yards and targets in Week 2.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Buffalo Bills: Don’t look now, but through two weeks Lynch leads the Bills in attempts (20) and rushing yards (77). The big bonus here is that if he gets traded to another team, his stock would have the potential to blow up.
Aaron Hernandez, TE, New England Patriots: The athletic playmaker from Florida was at it again on Sunday, this time hauling in 6 passes for 101 yards against the New York Jets. Hernandez is averaging 7.0 fantasy points per week (Standard Scoring) and is a big-play threat, but could possibly see limited targets inside the red zone.
Louis Murphy, WR, Oakland Raiders: It came against the Rams, so you can’t get too excited, but Murphy caught 6 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets with Bruce Gradkowski running the offense on Sunday. However, he’s only recommended for owners in deeper leagues.
Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants: Smith and Nicks get all of the attention, but Manningham is currently second on the team in receptions (8), first in receiving yards (160) and second in touchdowns (1). He’ll give you some inconsistent weeks, but this guy has some nice upside.
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Carolina Panthers: Don’t expect much, but he’s a quarterback with a Pro Bowl receiver and solid backfield as his supporting cast. There’s some potential here.
We mentioned them last week, but if they’re still available you should look at…
Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The rookie from Syracuse found the end zone yet again in Week 2. For the year, Williams has racked up 7 receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns.
Mark Clayton, WR, St. Louis Rams: Currently ranks 8th in the NFL in targets (21) and has found the end zone in each of his first two games in St. Louis.