Whether it’s by injury or poor performance, at some point or another we are all forced to hit the waiver wire. Even though very early, the second week of the NFL season is no different. Week 2 brought with it unforeseen injuries and the unfortunate demise of player’s fantasy stock all around the league. With that said, the Week 2 wavier wire brings the opportunity to turn your fantasy season right back around. Here are some of the best options available this week:
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals (Owned in 67.3% of ESPN leagues)
I don’t get what you don’t get. Palmer was one of the top fantasy Quarterbacks the first 6 games of the 2014 season before suffering a season ending injury. He’s back at it again to start the 2015 season and yet is only owned in 67.3% of leagues. Anybody who had Tony Romo as their starting option is going to want to target Palmer. In fact, even if Romo was still healthy and playing you would probably want to snag Palmer and start him. Even with some tough defensive matchups the next few weeks, look for Palmer to shine. When he’s healthy, he has given no reason not to trust in him.
Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots (Owned in 40.4% of ESPN leagues)
While it is never clear what the Pats are going to do at the running back position it does seem clear that Lewis is going to remain a focal point of the offense. Operating in a similar role that Shane Vereen once did, Lewis is a stronger PPR option but still can produce in standard scoring leagues. Even with the return of Blount to the lineup, Lewis was still able to get his hands on the ball 13 times. While Gronk and Edelman are them main weapons of the offense, Lewis was still able to muster 7 rush attempts and 6 receptions for a total of 138 yards and a touchdown. He is a must-add.
Travis Benjamin, WR, Cleveland Browns (Owned in 6.2% of ESPN leagues)
Yes, he’s a Brown’s wide receiver. Yes, his quarterback is inconsistent. Yes, he only catches deeps balls and returns kicks. Yes, he’s worth a look. Travis Benjamin despite only having 3 catches in each of his first two games of the season has managed to turn scraps into fantasy gold. With 204 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns, and a punt return TD in his first two games of the season, it is highly unlikely that Benjamin will be able to sustain these types of performances. However, if you need a guy to plug and play Benjamin could just end up winning you the week.
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions (Owned in 20% of ESPN leagues)
Lost in all the talk of Lion’s fantasy options this year was Eric Ebron. Maybe it was his dismal rookie campaign or the slew of weapons at Stafford’s disposal, but Ebron remained undrafted in the majority of leagues this summer. Through two games this season, Ebron has quietly put together at least 4 catches, 40 yards and a TD in each performance. If Ebron can continue to gain Stafford’s trust in the passing game the sky is the limit for this 6’4″ 255 lbs monster.
Cleveland Browns Defense (Owned in 13.6% of ESPN leagues)
If the defense you drafted isn’t performing the way you expected and want a fresh option, the Browns may be the way to go for week 3. One week after dismantling the Tampa Bay Defense, Mariotta got a reality check when he stepped on the field in Cleveland. The Browns defenders hit Mariotta often and hit him hard resulting in 3 fumble recoveries. Add Travis Benjamin returning punts to the mix and the Browns can add fantasy value in more ways than one. With another favorable matchup at home against the incoming Raiders, look for the Browns to have another strong week.