Fantasy Football: Waiver Claims for Week Two—Bernard Pierce

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Sep 7, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back

Bernard Pierce

(30) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Week two of the season brings different challenges for the bargain-hunting Fantasy Football player. Now, some of your week 1 wonders will have laid an egg week 2. Do you cut them loose and grab this week’s flavor? Or do you stick with them?

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The right decision early in the season can give a major boost to your roster.

There are no tried-and-true methods to make the right call in these situations, but I can give you some pointers. If the team still appears to have a need at the week 1 wonder’s position, then its usually a good idea to keep him. If another player on the team that plays the same position emerged in week 2, then you have a decision to make.

What it will come down to is your “feel” for each player—which is where watching both players on NFL.com’s All-22 replay can come in handy. Or, you could go to a site like Pro Football Focus that evaluates player performance in every game—however their analysis sits behind a paywall.

Last week, I recommended WR Allen Hurns, WR Markus Wheaton, WR Andrew Hawkins, TE Travis Kelce, and QB Jake Locker. See also my article on how to win your fantasy league with waiver claims.

Hurns only put up 2 catches for 13 yards in Jacksonville’s 41-10 drubbing by Washington. However, Hurns did get 6 targets. Wheaton had a decent day with 5 catches for 38 yards and 2 carries for 22 yards. Those numbers are hardly world beating, but it does look like Wheaton will see the ball. Andrew Hawkins followed up his 8 catch, 87-yard week 1 with a solid 6 catch, 70-yard week 2. He’s looking like QB Brian Hoyer‘s most reliable target. TE Travis Kelce led Kansas City in receiving with 4 catches for 81 yards, while Jake Locker struggled against Dallas, completing 18 of 34 for 234 yards and 1 TD with 2 INTs.

On to this week’s picks: