Scrambling for the waiver wire already? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season is here, leaving many owners quickly remembering how fickle the fantasy gods can be. Unsure of starting David Wilson behind his two fumble-inspired benching? Cursing Roddy White for not disclosing that high ankle sprain before you drafted him in the fourth round? Maybe you had a little too much faith in Danny Amendola’s ability to stay healthy. Regardless, here are a few waiver wire pickups for week 2 that will help your friends become reacquainted with that smug victory look of yours that they were missing.
Carson Palmer (QB - Ari) - True to form, Bruce Arians has continued to lean on the passing game. In week 1 against a St. Louis secondary that is no pushover, the questionably-ginger veteran completed 65% of his passes for 327 yards and two touchdowns. While Arizona’s offensive line remains shaky, and Detroit’s strong defensive front could present problems this week, there should be no lingering doubts that Carson Palmer will be a solid LOW end QB1 and about as strong a QB2 as they come.
Joique Bell (RB – Det) – Despite playing behind big money free agent signing, Reggie Bush, Bell was able to have quite the game for himself. Posting 6 carries for 25 yards and two TDs to go along with 5 receptions for 67 yards is an absolutely incredible game for a backup runningback. Moving forward, Detroit has indicated that Bell will continue to receive the majority of goal line work, and his pass-catching skills make him worthy of a borderline flex play as is. Should anything happen to Bush, expect his stock to skyrocket in a hurry.
Marlon Brown (WR – Bal) - In his first NFL game, playing limited snaps, Ravens rookie Marlon Brown totaled four catches for 65 yards, and a TD. With Jacoby Jones out 4-6 weeks due to friendly fire, Brown is in line to take on the #2 WR duties for Baltimore. With Torrey Smith likely to draw Joe Haden (who shut down Mike Wallace almost entirely in week 1), Brown should be a nice target for Flacco in week 2, and moving forward.
Kenny Stills (WR – NO) - The rookie seems to have carved out the 3rd WR slot in the New Orleans offense. He posted 2 catches for 86 yards in week 1, and seems to be the favorite deep ball target of Drew Brees. Heading into week 2, he will take on a vulnerable Tampa pass defense that will almost certainly use Darrelle Revis to limit Marques Colston.
Julian Edelman (WR – NE) - Edelman had a monster week 1 to the tune of 7 grabs for 79 yards and 2 TDs. It is clear that Tom Brady has faith in him, and Bill Belichick trusts him enough to slot him into the offense at will. With Amendola unsurprisingly already injured, Edelman should continue to have a big role catching passes in a premier offense. He is a must-own.
Jordan Cameron (TE – Cle) - Cameron established himself as the top Browns receiving threat in week 1, posting 9 catches for 108 yards and a TD. Head coach Rob Chudzinski loves throwing using the tight end in his offense, and Cameron should continue to post big numbers from the spot. While his potential could be hampered by Brandon Weeden’s shortcomings, he is easily worth a waiver wire pickup.
Julius Thomas (TE – Den) - This one is just too easy. If Thomas is still available in your league, grab him now, and enjoy the rest of the season. He’s a big, fast, pass-catching tight end who is on the receiving end of Peyton Manning in the Broncos offense. While he may still need some time to develop, there is no question that he has the tools and the circumstance to rival the production of the elite tight ends.