Plenty of players had breakout performances over this past weekend. I will sift through the numbers and bring you the top waiver wire adds coming out of week 1 as we approach week 2 of the fantasy football season.
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C.J. Spiller – RB – Buffalo Bills (70% owned – Yahoo)
Spiller will be the unquestioned #1 add of the week, and we should see his ownership numbers over 96% after his week 1 breakout performance of 196 yards. Early projections on Fred Jackson have him out 4-6 weeks, meaning Spiller will be shouldering the load for the Bills. Taking into account the last 3 weeks of 2011, Spiller has now averaged 107.75 rushing yards per game, and 42 receiving yards per game. There is no reason you shouldn’t be trying to pick up Spiller off waivers this week.
Kevin Ogletree – WR – Dallas Cowboys (41% owned – Yahoo)
While we are heading into the Monday Night Football games, Kevin Ogletree is currently tied as the 6th overall fantasy producer in standard leagues, as he scored 23.40 fantasy points in last Wednesday’s game vs the Giants. Ogletree racked up 114 yards and 2 TD’s in what was assuredly the game of his career to this point. Many fantasy owners will be asking if he can do it again? That really isn’t the point here, the point is that you can’t wait around to see if he will do it again. Pick up Ogletree if you need WR depth for week 2, and remember that while Dez Bryant and Miles Austin were hurt this preseason, Romo had plenty of opportunities to grow comfortable with his 3rd option, which was reflected in Ogletree’s team leading 11 targets in week 1.
Alfred Morris – RB – Washington Redskins (28% owned – Yahoo)
So you missed out on the C.J. Spiller sweepstakes? Well the good news is another RB had a breakout performance in week 1, Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins. He was the surprise starter, as fantasy owners targeted Roy Helu, Evan Royster, and yes even Tim Hightower at their drafts in expectations of who the starting running back would be for the Redskins week 1. Well, SURPRISE!, Alfred Morris the rookie running back was declared the week 1 starter Sunday before kickoff, and he responded with 96 rushing yards and 2 TD’s. Take the numbers with a grain of salt, as they were facing a porous Saints defense, but I still expect Morris’ ownership numbers to skyrocket from his current 28% to over 80% heading into week 2. My only problem with the situation is Mike Shanahan who didn’t know who his starter was week to week a season ago, and I am worried he will keep the same running back by committee approach this season. Add Morris as a backup RB to your fantasy squad that you can use in spot starts to help your fake team.
Stephen Hill – WR – New York Jets (15% owned – Yahoo)
Another top WR addition coming out of week 1 will be Stephen Hill of the surprising New York Jets. After a disastrous preseason, the Jets once again reminded us that those preseason games mean diddly squat as they lit up the Buffalo Bills to the tune of 48 points (34 from the offense). Stephen Hill hauled in 2 TD catches to go with 89 receiving yards. If you didn’t get a chance to read mikesherman’s write up on Hill, check it out here, it should tell you all you need to know about why Hill is a valuable addition to your fantasy football team for 2012.
Alshon Jeffery – WR – Chicago Bears (34% owned – Yahoo)
One of my preseason touts as a sleeper WR was Alshon Jeffery, and he didn’t disappoint as he put up 80 receiving yards with a TD (14 fantasy points). With Brandon Marshall getting most of the attention from opposing defenses, Alshon could be quietly productive this season. He currently checks in as a backup WR in our rankings, but with a few more weeks like this he could move into WR3 territory for fantasy owners.
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