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Balancing Act: Week 2 Waiver Wire Wide Receiver Wonders

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Even after just a week of football, your league's waiver wire should be buzzing. Selecting a player from the waiver wire and dropping an already rostered guy is a balancing act. You can't move to soon and drop someone who can be productive for your team, but you can't wait around and miss out on a breakout player either.

While it's still too early to claim a single player is either irrelevant this season, or is the next breakout player, now is the time to grab this year's Laurent Robinson. Here's our list of wide receivers to put a waiver claim in on for Week 2.

Hottest Week 2 Waiver Pickups

Kevin Ogletree - WR - Dallas Cowboys

Ogletree was the beneficiary to the New York Giants defense focusing on stopping Dez Bryant and Miles Austin—no different that Robinson a year ago. Ogletree racked up eight grabs (on 11 targets) for 114 yards and a pair of scores in a breakout game. 

Ogletree should continue to benefit from defenses keying in on Bryant and Austin. He's a solid WR3 right off the wire with the potential to put up consistent WR2 numbers all season. The Cowboys offense is high-powered and will yield significant opportunities for Ogletree. Grab him if you can.


Randall Cobb - WR - Green Bay Packers

In highly competitive leagues, Cobb was likely drafted towards the end of the draft. If not, he's a player that should be rostered immediately. Last season, Cobb showed sparks and flashes of brilliance with his speed. And all offseason and during the preseason, the Packers brass made it clear they want to get Cobb the ball in space. In Week 1, they did just that.

As a receiver, Cobb caught nine passes (on nine targets) for 77 yards. As a punt returner, he racked up 75 yards and a touchdown. And get this...he lined up 19 times as a running back. 

The most telling sign that Cobb will be featured in Green Bay's offense is that he was in the game while they were behind. Yes, it's true that Aaron Rodgers has a lot of options at wide receiver. But with the Packers utilizing Cobb all over the field, he's more valuable than just a receiver (although he's holding his own at that position too). He appears to be the equivalent to Percy Harvin and a must-own in your league.


Dexter McCluster - WR - Kansas City Chiefs 

Last season, Dexter McCluster was frustrating to own. The Chiefs didn't know whether to use him as a running back or wide receiver, or how to get him into the flow of the game. This season all of that has changed. McCluster's role is well-defined.

The Chiefs showed that McCluster will be a focal point of their passing game. Quarterback Matt Cassel looked McCluster's way on 10 attempts, six of which he caught for 82 yards. McCluster will be Cassel's slot man and looks to be a target hound this season. And that's what you want from your fantasy players: targets. Targets mean opportunities. Opportunities translates into points. He's a must-own in all formats.


Other WR Waiver Wire Targets: 

Stephen Hill - WR - New York Jets: He's worth a look, but remember who his quarterback is. Make him prove it another week.

Alshon Jeffery - WR - Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler and the Bears offense looks primed to put up some high scoring games this season. While Brandon Marshall is the true No. 1, Jeffery has value in that offense, as well.

Brandon LaFell - WR - Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton sputtered a bit in his sophomore season opener but still found LaFell. LaFell is the true No. 2 wide receiver in the Panthers offense despite the addition of Louis Murphy. Worth grabbing.

Jason Avant - WR - Philadelphia Eagles: With Jeremy Maclin suffering a hip pointer and questionable for Week 2, Avant is worth a look in deeper leagues. He's not much of a touchdown threat, but he's consistent.

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Cedric Hopkins runs this sports law/fantasy football blog. If you have issues with it, it's all his fault. Cedric was an athlete-student at the University of New Mexico (Basketball - Go Lobos!). He then morphed into a student-athlete when he attended law school in San Diego. Age replaced athleticism and now he writes appellate briefs for criminals (alleged criminals, of course) in state and federal cases, including writing U.S. Supreme Court briefs.

For years Cedric has researched and written about legal issues but maintained a love for sports. With FieldandCourt.com, he's combining his two passions: researching and writing about sports. When he's not in court arguing a case before a judge (or writing about himself in the third person), he'll be doing the same with his articles on FieldandCourt.com. Follow me, er, him on Twitter (opens in a new window).

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Cedric Hopkins

Cedric Hopkins runs this sports law/fantasy football blog. If you have issues with it, it's all his fault. Cedric was an athlete-student at the University of New Mexico (Basketball - Go Lobos!). He then morphed into a student-athlete when he attended law school in San Diego. Age replaced athleticism and now he writes appellate briefs for criminals (alleged criminals, of course) in state and federal cases, including writing U.S. Supreme Court briefs.

For years Cedric has researched and written about legal issues but maintained a love for sports. With FieldandCourt.com, he's combining his two passions: researching and writing about sports. When he's not in court arguing a case before a judge (or writing about himself in the third person), he'll be doing the same with his articles on FieldandCourt.com. Follow me, er, him on Twitter (opens in a new window).