Holy cow what a week to kick off the NFL season and bring us to the Week 2 waiver wire. A rookie quarterback made a big splash, tight ends ruled the day/week, and of course there were injuries. Simply swapping bench players for waiver adds is just fine, but more often than not an injury can entice owners to flock to the wire early on.
When to add or target free agents in your fantasy leagues can be difficult to assess. How I like to look at it is probability of playing your bench players, do you need a replacement or have an open spot because of injury? Is this just a swap to replace a bench player with a bigger name but you will never play?
These questions need to be asked before making your moves, especially if you are in a league with FAAB. Knowing how much to bid, and what you truly think your waiver wire targets will accomplish is even more important. If you have a wide receiver core of Julio Jones, A.J. Green and Brandin Cooks is adding James Jones critical? Now swap Green with Dez Bryant. Suddenly your one or two dollar bid may be boosted up for Jones.
Either way, you should know your league makeup, owners that are aggressive in bidding, or target the “hot player” each week. If you don’t desperately need a player don’t blow your FAAB on him yet. The guaranteed playing opportunities this week's players mentioned are expected to receive are important so I would, and will be, bidding on David Johnson and James Jones heavier than others.
I will be here to guide you each and every week with some players who are owned in less than 40 percent of ESPN.com leagues and could have an impact on your squad for the particular week, or rest of season.
Note: Fantasy points referenced are in accordance with standard scoring
1. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (37.1 percent owned per ESPN.com)
This one carries over from Week 1, so hopefully you took my advice and scooped him up last week. Andre Ellington went down already and will miss a few games, opening the door for the youngster to shine. Don’t worry about Chris Johnson too much folks he may be the man for now but the youngster will be taking carries soon enough. (Week 1: 11.5 pts)
2. James Jones, WR, Green Bay (30.7 percent owned)
I was hesitant to jump on Jones after being signed by the Packers last week. He had a fantastic touchdown-filled 2012 season with Green Bay, but hasn't been overly productive since then and was cut by several teams this offseason and preseason. But back with his old team, he looked like he will be just fine as a fill-in receiver, if not more, hauling in two touchdowns against the Bears. This may not continue, but you have to consider him now. Especially if you own Dez Bryant. (Week 1: 17.1 pts)
3. Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans (35.7 percent owned)
Mariota will likely be one of the most sought-after players this week after his huge debut. I am all for pursuing him if available, but I would urge you to temper expectations. Unless you have a quarterback below the top 8 will you be starting him? And don't forget, he's a rookie, so there will be bumps in the road. Also keep in mind he only had 209 passing yards with his four touchdowns. (Week 1: 26.6 points)
4. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24.1 percent owned)
Jenkins was one of the several tight ends to explode in Week 1. There will be more to come for the talented youngster who many loved in 2014. Now with a rookie quarterback who will be checking down to avoid mistakes Jenkins can start for most teams without the top 4 tight ends. (Week 1: 23 points)
5. Brandon Coleman, WR, New Orleans (16.8 percent owned)
Coleman is a mighty big target for Drew Brees. He already caught one touchdown pass and there will likely be more to come. A deep league pickup, or flyer add in most leagues. I would rather have him over many other options on the wire at WR currently.
Don't forget about: Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Carolina (14.0 percent owned), Danny Amendola, WR, New England (16.9 percent owned)
DST Streamer(s) of the Week
I am a part of the streaming DST movement. I don’t typically waste a draft pick, unless I need to, in my drafts and instead cut someone and add a DST. Clearly the top defenses will be owned and not available, but streaming is always an option when it comes to DSTs. So each week I will be providing a DST that is owned in less than 30 of ESPN.com leagues and can be useful.
New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay (1.2 percent owned per ESPN.com)
This is truly another week of bullying up on the Buccaneers' offense. Jameis Winston had a shaky debut, and if he makes a few mistakes this week again the Saints can certainly capitalize.
Tennessee Titans at Cleveland (2 percent owned)
The Titans are a streaming pick for me in back-to-back weeks. That really won’t happen very often but the Titans will get the Browns' offense this week and no matter who is under center in Cleveland it appears to be an offense that will turn the ball over.
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.