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Waiver Wired: Week 2

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Adam Levitan highlights 35 players to consider adding, including a trio of intriguing wideouts

Let’s tell some wild yet true stories from Week 1 of the 2012 season. The Cardinals beat the Seahawks behind the arms of John Skelton and Kevin Kolb. Kevin Ogletree lit up the Giants for eight catches, 114 yards and two touchdowns. Wes Welker played limited snaps and caught three passes for 14 yards.  

The point is that one game of a 17-week season can often mean very little. Did David Wilson have one of the worst game’s an NFL running back can possibly have? Sure. Are the Giants just going to give up on him for the rest of the season? They know they can’t.

As we dive into the waiver wire for Week 2, we’re still on the hunt for long-term talent over short-term situation. There are no bye weeks and few major injuries to overcome. Overreactions to fluky Week 1 performances (and fumbles) are a recipe for disaster.  

On to the assets. Here is how I would rank the top players available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues at each position. Notes and recommendations on each player will follow below.

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Quarterbacks
1. Terrelle Pryor
2. Sam Bradford
3. Ryan Tannehill
4. Geno Smith
5. Chad Henne
6. E.J. Manuel

Running backs
1. Joique Bell
2. Pierre Thomas
3. Vick Ballard
4. Knowshon Moreno
5. Fred Jackson
6. Isaiah Pead
7. Jonathan Dwyer
8. Shonn Greene

Wide Receivers
1. Julian Edelman
2. Marlon Brown
3. Andre Roberts
4. Brian Hartline
5. Nate Burleson
6. Percy Harvin
7. Jerome Simpson
8. Kenny Stills
9. Rod Streater
10. Harry Douglas

Tight Ends
1. Julius Thomas
2. Tyler Eifert
3.Kellen Winslow
4. Brent Celek
5. Dallas Clark

Defense/Special Teams
1. Raiders
2. Chiefs
3. Eagles

Kickers   
1. Greg Zuerlein
2. Garrett Hartley
3. Rian Lindell

QUARTERBACKS
1. Terrelle Pryor, Raiders – Owned in 11 percent of Yahoo leagues
When we recommended Terrelle Pryor as the top quarterback add ahead of Week 1, he was owned in seven percent of leagues. Not enough people listened. Now the entire league is buzzing about how Pryor got his Crazy Legs Hirsch on against the Colts. In his two career NFL starts, Pryor has now rushed 22 times for 161 yards with one touchdown. On Sunday, he executed six scrambles and seven designed runs. On 81 preseason snaps this year, he rushed 14 times for 131 yards with one touchdown.  In other words, this whole rushing yardage thing is not a fluke. Pryor has 4.4 wheels, weighs 233 pounds and has no intention of sliding. He’s Tim Tebow but with more elusiveness, speed and throwing accuracy. Pryor can sustain top-14 value.
Recommendation: Should be owned in standard 10-team leagues

2. Sam Bradford, Rams – Owned in 48 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Rams spent the offseason upgrading Sam Bradford’s weaponry and offensive line. So far, so good. Running more of the spread formations he excelled in at Oklahoma, Bradford went for 299 yards with two touchdowns and one interception against an underrated Cardinals defense Sunday. Perhaps the biggest revelation was Jared Cook. Under former Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer, Cook had two 100-yard games and scored a total of eight touchdowns. In one game as a Ram, he has 141 yards and two touchdowns. Cook is the mismatch with the monster catch radius Bradford needs.
Recommendation: Should be owned as a backup in 12-team standard leagues

3. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins – Owned in 17 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Browns’ nasty front seven completely shut down the Dolphins’ running game, limiting Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas to 17 yards on 18 carries. The offensive line did a poor job of giving Ryan Tannehill time, surrendering four sacks and plenty more pressures. And Mike Wallace was completely locked down by Joe Haden. So it’s impressive that Tannehill still stayed poised, completing 24-of-38 passes for 272 yards with one touchdown and one pick. Check out the scoring throw on a double move to Brian Hartline if you want to see what Tannehill is capable of. OC Mike Sherman admitted Monday that head coach Joe Philbin wants to be a pass-first offense. Tannehill, a former college wideout, is showing signs of improvement.
Recommendation: Should be owned as a backup in 12-team standard leagues

4. Geno Smith, Jets – Owned in 4 percent of Yahoo leagues
Even if Mark Sanchez’s throwing shoulder was completely healthy, Geno Smith would own this job. He’s naturally a hesitant scrambler, but showed his significant athletic ability against the Bucs (six rushes, 47 yards). Kellen Winslow is healthy, Santonio Holmes is at least on the field, Jeremy Kerley is underrated and Stephen Hill has tools. While E.J. Manuel is executing a run-heavy scheme for Doug Marrone, Smith’s offensive coordinator (Marty Mornhinweg) will throw at all costs. Mornhinweg is Andy Reid lite.  
Recommendation: Should be owned as a backup in 16-team leagues

5. Chad Henne, Jaguars – Owned in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues
Blaine Gabbert is out for at least Week 2 with continued throwing hand issues. He might have been done anyway. Through three seasons, the former No. 10 overall pick has shown no signs of becoming an average NFL quarterback and now a new regime is in town. On Sunday in a plus spot at home against the Chiefs, he led the Jags offense to zero points while averaging 3.45 yards per attempt and throwing two picks. Enter Chad Henne. In seven full games last year Henne averaged 267.0 passing yards per day with 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He has a go-to guy in Cecil Shorts (5.2 catches for 83.6 yards with three TDs in five games with Henne last year).
Recommendation: Should be owned as a backup in 16-team leagues.

6. E.J. Manuel, Bills – Owned in 19 percent of Yahoo leagues
What knee injury? E.J. Manuel stepped right back into the lineup off his mid-August procedure and nearly pulled off an upset of the Patriots in his NFL debut. He remains extremely raw as a passer, but coupling his running ability (23 yards on three rushes) with a conservative, high-percentage scheme will lead to some success. Remember that in two preseason appearances, Manuel went 26-of-33 (78.8 percent) for 199 yards with two touchdowns and no picks.  
Recommendation: Should be owned as a backup in two-QB leagues RUNNING BACKS
1. Joique Bell, Lions – Owned in 35 percent of Yahoo leagues
Another one of our Favorite Fliers, Bell was one of the most underrated players in the NFL last year when he caught 52 passes and ran for 414 yards. We knew he was currently ahead of Mikel Leshoure, but we didn’t know Leshoure would be a healthy scratch. That left Bell with a goal-line role as he punched in two short ones against the Vikings to go with 92 yards on 11 touches. Bell did only play on 28-of-83 snaps, so there are going to be plenty of duds as we move along. But PPR owners will find a little standalone value and if Reggie Bush were to get hurt, Bell would be on the RB2 radar. Bush is already nursing minor groin and finger woes after his 25-touch Week 1, yet the Lions say they won’t back off the starter’s workload.
Recommendation: Should be owned in all 12-team leagues

2. Pierre Thomas, Saints – Owned in 41 percent of Yahoo leagues
Mark Ingram just isn’t a fit in this offense. After Sunday’s dismal nine-carry, 11-yard performance, he is now averaging just 3.78 yards per carry in his three-year career. Ingram got 18 snaps on Sunday, but that number should dwindle. Pierre Thomas, who picked up 48 yards on his nine Week 1 carries (to go with four catches), will be the beneficiary. Thomas (21 snaps Sunday) is a master of the screen game and has averaged 4.75 YPC in his career.
Recommendation: Should be owned in most 12-team leagues

3. Vick Ballard, Colts – Owned in 42 percent of Yahoo leagues
On paper, Ahmad Bradshaw is better than Vick Ballard in explosion, pass protection, elusiveness and receiving ability. But Ballard is a reliable incumbent while Bradshaw is coming off yet another foot procedure, is new to the team and missed the majority of training camp. In the short term, Ballard is going to have control of this committee. He played 41 snaps in Week 1 compared to just 15 for Bradshaw. On Monday, coach Chuck Pagano said Ballard was “unbelievable” in blitz pickups. He’s not going down quietly.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

4. Knowshon Moreno, Broncos – Owned in 42 percent of Yahoo leagues
There’s no question who the Broncos feature back is right now. In the first half of their opener, Knowshon Moreno played 25 snaps compared to four for Montee Ball and two for Ronnie Hillman. But why is Moreno in that role? It’s not because of his running ability – it looks like he has a piano on his back (28 yards on nine carries). It’s because of his ability to protect Peyton Manning. Eventually the Broncos will have to reach higher in the form of Ball, making Moreno a shorter-term add.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

5. Fred Jackson – Owned in 45 percent of Yahoo leagues
C.J. Spiller touched the ball on eight of the Bills’ first 13 offensive snaps in Week 1. But then something extremely unexpected happened, as Buffalo went with a rotation between Spiller and Fred Jackson. When the dust settled, Spiller got 22 touches on 38 snaps while F-Jax recorded 17 touches on 26 snaps. It’s a reminder that the new Bills regime headed by Doug Marrone wants to go extremely run heavy and protect their rookie quarterback. Jackson, who looked like he was back to 2011 form, can give a little desperation standalone value. He’s also back on the radar as a solid handcuff.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues and as a handcuff

6. Isaiah Pead, Rams – Owned in 12 percent of Yahoo leagues
Daryl Richardson’s debut as the Rams’ feature back was solid but far from spectacular. He picked up 63 yards on 20 carries and caught five passes for 33 yards. Now Isaiah Pead comes off suspension and will begin pushing Richardson for reps. Don’t expect it to happen right away, but it’s something that could certainly happen down the line. Pead is a nice fit in the spread formations the Rams are running.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

7. Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers – Owned in 10 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Steelers cut Dwyer just before the season started. Perhaps they regret that move already. Week 1 starter Isaac Redman was benched after a pair of botched handoffs and predictable ineffectiveness as a runner, LaRod Stephens-Howling blew out his knee and Felix Jones barely played after whiffing on a blitz pickup. Dwyer was re-signed on Monday, but if they didn’t think he was better than Jones then it’s unlikely they’re ready to serve him up a major role Sunday. Additionally, potential workhorse Le’Veon Bell (foot) could be back as soon as Week 2 or 3.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 14-team leagues

8. Shonn Greene, Titans – Owned in 38 percent of Yahoo leagues
It’s strange to highlight a player who left Week 1 early with a knee injury, but Greene is expected to play in Week 2. And it’s clear that the Titans have no intention of using Chris Johnson at the goal-line this year. Even with Greene sidelined in the second quarter, CJ2K was yanked in favor of the elephant, Jackie Battle, for a 2-yard plunge. Desperate owners in TD-heavy formats should take note.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 14-team leagues

Watch List: Da’Rel Scott, Willis McGahee, Ronnie Hillman, James Starks, Kendall Hunter, Leon Washington  – Let’s see what the Giants do at the RB spot. I suspect they’ll add a veteran to support David Wilson and send Scott back to a No. 3 role. … Hillman had the most juice of any Denver RB on Thursday night. … Starks is Eddie Lacy’s direct backup. … Hunter is over his Achilles’ tear and running well. … Washington should have a third-down and two-minute role with Shane Vereen (wrist) sidelined.

Cut Bait: Zac Stacy, Jacquizz Rodgers – Stacy got one carry even though Pead was suspended. … Since Steven Jackson plays on third downs, Rodgers’ role is extremely marginalized this year. WIDE RECEIVERS
1. Julian Edelman, Patriots – Owned in 21 percent of Yahoo leagues
Let’s rewind to last season. In Week 1, Julian Edelman rotated into the slot with Patriots legend Wes Welker. In Week 2, Edelman actually started over Welker and continued to see heavy snaps during Week 3 until he sustained a hand injury. But by the time Edelman got back on the field, Welker had regained a stranglehold on the job. Now let’s move on to Sunday’s game against the Bills, when Edelman was getting heavy snaps early in both two- and three-wide formations – even before Danny Amendola tweaked his groin. Edelman ended up playing on 83-of-94 offensive snaps, recording seven catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns. It’s evidence that the Patriots coaches are infatuated with him. Edelman plays all the positions except Kenbrell Thompkins’ “X” spot. With Shane Vereen (wrist) out a few weeks, Zach Sudfeld proving untrustworthy and Amendola likely out for Week 2, we can be sure Edelman will have a major role in Week 2 and beyond. Assuming Amendola does sit Thursday, Edelman will be a WR2 and have even more upside in PPR formats. He's the better short-term play than Marlon Brown.  
Recommendation: Should be owned in all 10-team leagues

2. Marlon Brown, Ravens – Owned in 4 percent of Yahoo leagues
I mentioned in last week’s Waiver Wired that we expected Marlon Brown to overtake Jacoby Jones for the second receiver job sooner rather than later. That process was expedited when Jones got kamikazied by undrafted rookie teammate Brynded Trawick, spraining his MCL and hitting the shelf for 4-6 weeks in the process. After Jones went down on Thursday, Brown played every snap and caught four passes for 65 yards with a touchdown. So we know he has the opportunity and an examination of Brown’s history tells us he has the talent. Before an ACL tear at Georgia, he was an emerging prospect. And in the preseason, Brown recorded a 10/169/2 line on 161 snaps. Look for Joe Haden to shadow Torrey Smith in Week 2, leaving Brown to light up oft-burned Buster Skrine and Chris Owens. By the time Jones gets healthy, Brown will have run away with the job.
Recommendation: Should be owned in all 10-team leagues

3. Andre Roberts – Owned in 21 percent of Yahoo leagues

Every pass-heavy attack needs a reliable No. 3 receiver, and every Bruce Arians’ offense seems to have one. Roberts hauled in eight passes during Week 1, with four of them going for first downs. A poor man’s Antonio Brown, Roberts has a good shot to at least equal the production T.Y. Hilton produced as Arians’ third wideout last year – perhaps with more catches and fewer touchdowns. There’s enough room for both Roberts and Michael Floyd to be fantasy assets in Arizona.
Recommendation: Should be owned in all 10-team leagues

4. Brian Hartline – Owned in 45 percent of Yahoo leagues
While Mike Wallace ran clear-out routes and got eaten up by Joe Haden in Week 1, Brian Hartline roamed free. He finished with a whopping 15 targets and a 9/114/1 line. It was a great performance, but don’t go chasing those numbers too bad. As the No. 1 receiver last year, Hartline had just 62 catches for 830 yards and no touchdowns if you take away the fluky 12/253/1 he put on the Cardinals in Week 4. And now that Wallace has whined about his decoy role, expect the squeaky wheel to get greased.
Recommendation: Should be owned in most 12-team leagues

5. Nate Burleson – Owned in 5 percent of Yahoo leagues
With Ryan Broyles (knee) not quite ready, Burleson has the slot all to himself for now. And in the Lions’ absurdly pass-heavy scheme, that’s enough to be relevant. Burleson will see single coverage on every play as teams double Calvin Johnson, meaning his catch rate will be high (six receptions on six targets Week 1). Burleson was on pace for 72 catches last year before breaking his leg. Just don’t expect any big plays after the grab from the 32-year-old.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

6. Percy Harvin – Owned in 31 percent of Yahoo leagues
Percy Harvin made some news last week when he Tweeted he’s “making serious progress” and we should “keep an eye on Week 7.” That may be overly optimistic considering Harvin was slapped with a 3-4 week timetable after undergoing hip surgery in late July. However, CBS’ Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that Harvin is indeed ahead of schedule and has “wowed his surgeon.” If Harvin had never gotten hurt, we would have had him as a second-round fantasy pick.
Recommendation: Should be stashed in leagues with an IR spot and/or deep benches

7. Jerome Simpson – Owned in 3 percent of Yahoo leagues
Simpson was perhaps the most ineffective wideout in the league last season, catching 26 passes for 274 yards with no touchdowns in 12 games. He blamed a back injury, got a new bed in the offseason and said he was good to go. Well, in Week 1 he went off for seven catches and 140 yards and direct backup Cordarrelle Patterson played five offensive snaps. But before we believe in this revival, owners in most leagues should wait to see more. Simpson’s game-tape from last year and his time in Cincy was that bad.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 14-team leagues

8. Kenny Stills – Owned in 11 percent of Yahoo leagues
As expected, Meachem didn’t step right back into his old role as the third wideout in New Orleans. He was inactive Sunday, leaving intriguing fifth-round rookie Kenny Stills to play 35-of-69 snaps. Stills played the role the way he’s supposed to, catching a 67-yard bomb on a double move. He could have had another touchdown if he wasn’t underthrown by Drew Brees. Stills will be inconsistent as a strict deep threat, but there will be some explosive days.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 14-team leagues

9. Rod Streater – Owned in 7 percent of Yahoo leagues
As discussed in Favorite Fliers, Streater made his move to the top of the Raiders’ wideout depth chart during the offseason. It came to fruition in Week 1, when Streater played on 46-of-67 snaps and led the team with eight targets. The danger is that Terrelle Pryor’s arm will be extremely erratic and Denarius Moore is a talented guy. Streater is a lock for week-to-week inconsistency.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 14-team leagues
 
10. Harry Douglas – Owned in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues
Roddy White finally came clean Sunday, admitting he has a high ankle sprain and was only active in Week 1 to serve as a decoy. White’s status is in doubt for Week 2, thrusting Douglas into a possible every-down role. Yawn. With Julio Jones sidelined for three games in 2011, Douglas produced just 10 catches for 170 yards with no touchdowns. Julio will be the one to benefit the biggest if Roddy sits.  
Recommendation: Should be owned in 16-team leagues

Watch list: Patrick Edwards, Markus Wheaton, Terrence Williams, Eddie Royal, Leonard Hankerson – Edwards played 53 snaps in Week 1. Production shouldn’t be far behind. … The Steelers are desperate for playmakers on offense right now. Giving Wheaton a chance would be side. … Dez Bryant’s foot sprain is mild and he’s expected to play Week 2. Williams is a weak handcuff. … Eddie Royal is healthy and getting an opportunity for major snaps. But Philip Rivers had the best game he’ll have all season Monday night and Royal still only had three catches. …Would Hankerson have had such a big game if the Redskins didn’t get down 33-7? Definitely not.
 
Cut bait: Quinton Patton, Greg Little, Travis Benjamin, Kendall Wright, Riley Cooper – Patton played behind starter Kyle Williams and third man Marlon Moore. He ended up with four snaps. … Little can’t catch. … Travis Benjamin will barely play when Josh Gordon gets back. … Wright only plays in three-wide sets and the Titans are committing to the run. … As expected, Cooper is a blocker. TIGHT ENDS
1. Julius Thomas – Owned in 55 percent of Yahoo leagues
Although Julius Thomas is 55 percent owned, I included him here because he was just 24 percent owned heading into Thursday night’s national television coming out party. At this point, just about everyone is aware of “Orange Julius.” I talked about him in last week’s Waiver Wired here and in Friday’s Daily Dose here. The difference between him and other Week 1 breakout guys like Kevin Ogletree is that Julius is actually a special talent. He’s a former basketball player (a la Tony Gonzalez and Jimmy Graham) and is the clear-cut starting tight end in an offense quarterbacked by Peyton Manning. Thomas has weekly top-12 fantasy tight end appeal.
Recommendation: Should be owned in all 10-team leagues

2. Tyler Eifert – Owned in 21 percent of Yahoo leagues
Making his NFL debut, Tyler Eifert played on a surprising yet very healthy 41-of-59 offensive snaps while Jermaine Gresham played on all 55. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by that usage considering Andrew Hawkins (ankle) is on short-term IR and Mohamed Sanu/ Marvin Jones have done nothing to distinguish themselves. Eifert can play the flex spot effectively – he caught 140 passes for 1,840 yards with 11 touchdowns over three seasons at Notre Dame, flashing seam-stretching ability to go with excellent hands and a willingness to go high for balls. Now that we know the Bengals are willing to use “12” personnel, Eifert’s stock is trending up in a big way.  
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

3.Kellen Winslow – Owned in 4 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Jets have a plan to maximize the health of Kellen Winslow’s balky knees. He’s going to sit out every Wednesday, get a little work in on Thursday/Friday and then go full blast on Sunday. It could work, at least in the short-term. Winslow had a 7/79/1 line in Week 1 as a featured player (eight targets on 49 snaps) in Marty Mornhinweg’s pass-happy scheme. He’s Geno Smith’s most reliable target right now.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

4. Brent Celek – Owned in 19 percent of Yahoo leagues
If you watched Monday night’s win over the Redskins, you know you want Eagles on your team. More snaps equals more stats, and Chip Kelly has the offense running at a pace we’ve never seen before. It’s not like a Peyton Manning no-huddle where he gets to the line and screws around for 20 seconds. The officials put the ball down and the Eagles snap it. Although Celek only had a 2/56/1 line on three targets, he’s set up for more if/when Philly is playing from behind. Celek had a team-leading seven targets in the third preseason game.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

5. Dallas Clark – Owned in 5 percent of Yahoo leagues
Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat. Dallas Clark is washed up. During Thursday’s game at Denver, he had three bad drops (including one that would have gone for a touchdown), couldn’t separate and struggled to even get up after a few hits. The only reason he’s even on our radar is because the Ravens are desperate. Clark piled up a 7/87/0 line on 12 targets as Joe Flacco attempted an absurd 62 passes. If we work proportionally and Flacco averages the 33.1 attempts a day he averaged in 2012, Clark’s chances will be cut in half.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

Watch list: Charles Clay, Heath Miller, Coby Fleener, Mychal Rivera, Vance McDonald – Clay started and played virtually every down. … Ben Roethlisberger is desperate for his old buddy Miller to get back as soon as possible. Week 6 seems realistic. … Fleener only saw one target Sunday, but he did play on 42-of-57 snaps. … Deeper Dynasty owners should note that the Raiders’ most talented tight end is Rivera. … Vance McDonald can certainly run a seam route.

Cut Bait: Ed Dickson, Delanie Walker, Anthony Fasano – Dickson is an in-line blocker that simply can’t run routes or catch the ball. … The Titans offense isn’t going to support a lumbering tight end like Walker. They couldn’t even get a freak like Jared Cook going. … Fasano will eventually get passed up by Travis Kelce.  


DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

1. Raiders – Owned in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Raiders don’t have much talent, but they showed they at least have some pride. In Sunday’s narrow loss to the Colts, their defense limited a potent offense to 21 points while producing four sacks. Now they get to go home to the black hole for a home opener, where they’ll face a Jaguars offense that scored zero points against the Chiefs. Chad Henne is more dangerous than Blaine Gabbert, but did throw 10 interceptions in his seven full games last year.

2. Chiefs – Owned in 6 percent of Yahoo leagues
Sparked by the marvelous play of rapidly improving second-year NT Dontari Poe, the Chiefs went to Jacksonville and possibly ended Blaine Gabbert’s career. Now they’ll step in class against Dallas, but they are at home. It’s not like K.C. doesn’t have the talent to match up. Eric Berry, Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston all went to the Pro Bowl last year. Brandon Flowers has legit shutdown ability – especially if Dez Bryant’s foot injury lingers. Tony Romo will be battling some sore ribs as well.

3. Eagles – Owned in 2 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Chargers have to go across the country for an early start in what will be a raucous atmosphere. It’s the first home game of the Chip Kelly era and the Eagles are coming off an impressive Week 1 win. Trent Cole looked like a natural 3-4 outside linebacker and ILB Mychal Kendricks is a star in the making. Expect turnovers.

KICKERS
1. Greg Zuerlein, Rams – Owned in 29 percent of Yahoo leagues
Greg Zuerlein wasn’t owned in very many leagues because he missed eight of his final 16 attempts in 2012. But in Week 1, “Greg the Leg” went 4-of-4 and built confidence with a game-winning 48-yarder. As mentioned above under Sam Bradford, the Rams offense is significantly improved as they play a more scoring-friendly and aggressive scheme. St. Louis will in a shootout and in a dome at Atlanta in Week 2.

2. Garrett Hartley, Saints – Owned in 20 percent of Yahoo leagues
Garrett Hartley is the kind of kicker I’d plug into my lineup weekly and just ride. He’s accurate (career 85.1 percent), plays in one of the game’s best offenses and kicks in a dome. Hartley has to go outdoors in Tampa this week, but it’s a fine environment and will be a high-scoring game.

3. Rian Lindell, Bucs – Owned in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues
As mentioned above, the Saints/Bucs game is going to be a shootout. Lindell should get more attempts than the one he converted at the Jets in Week 1.

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