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Listen to both Russ Bliss and Smitty talk Week 2 fantasy football on Russ’ Weekly Red Zone fantasy football radio show on NBC Sports Radio 1060am.

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Week 2 Waiver Wire

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Note: Spencer Ware is not likely available in most all leagues, but check, as the guy had 70 rushing and a score on the ground and over 100 receiving yards through the air in Week 1. He was also a breakout of ours this year, another reason he shouldn’t be available in your league. Ok, so here are the Week 2 Players to consider adding entering Week 2.

Week 2 Waiver Wire

  • Willie Snead – A strong WR3/4 player in fantasy moving forward; he pulled in 9-of-9 targets for 173 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Raiders.
  • Mohamed Sanu – A strong WR3/4 player in fantasy moving forward; he pulled in 5-of-8 targets for 80 yards and a touchdown in Week 1.
  • Theo Riddick – Riddick rushed seven times for 45 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, and he also caught 5-of-5 targets for 63 yards and another touchdown. He has RB2 appeal in all PPR formats.
  • Chris Hogan – Not likely available in many leagues, it’s worth checking! He is the No. 2 in NE, and that means something, especially when Brady comes back from his suspension. In Week 1, Hogan grabbed 60 yards and a touchdown.
  • Carson Wentz – The Eagles QB has a bright future and makes for a solid add even in redraft.
  • Eli Rogers – The NO. 2 in PIT this year could spell a good WR3/4 season in fantasy!
  • Travis Benjamin – Keenan Allen is now out (ACL), so this guy is the team’s new No. 1 WR, and that makes him a solid WR3/4 moving forward.
  • Will Fuller – He caught 5 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 and should be owned as a WR3/4 moving forward.
  • Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 264 passing yards and one touchdown in Week 1 at Arizona. Until Brady returns, he is a solid backup passer in deep leagues.


  • Shane Vereen
  • Josh McCown
  • Quincy Enunwa
  • Anquan Boldin
  • Alfred Morris
  • Mike Wallace
  • Cole Beasley
  • Tyrell Williams

Week 2: Live Sunday Breaking News

Below is a running live Breaking News report, which will be updated throughout the entire day on Sunday (Week 2). Have a great Sunday morning/afternoon everyone!

Breaking News: Week 2

NEWS: According to reports, Tony Romo has likely suffered a broken collarbone.
Fantasy: This will likely have the passer out for the season, or at least 8 weeks, depending on the severity of the injury. With Dez Bryant out potentially longer than 6-8 weeks, the Cowboys are in trouble. If you have some depth you may never use, consider making an offer for Dez so that you can stash him on your bench. While there is tons to worry about, him getting healthy, not having Romo, etc, he is still a great player to stash if you can get a low-risk deal done. Some looking to win now in dynasty might also sell-low on Dez, so take a stab there as well.

NEWS: According to reports, Carlos Hyde was cleared after being taken to the locker room with a possible Week 2 concussion.
Fantasy: It appears Hyde will be fine for Week 3 – for now. Be sure to stay glued to Smart Alerts and your logged in Starters homepage, as we will surely address any big injuries via a Player Spotlight.

NEWS: Matt Jones ran for 123 yards and 2TDs on 19 carries in Week 2. He also pulled in 3 receptions for 23 yards.
Fantasy: Beast! He wasn’t #13 on our 2015 Breakout Upside Board for nothing. Congrats to all who own this guy, especially in dynasty. He has some serious talent and clearly looks like the future of that Washington rushing attack. We will let you know what’s going on with Alfred Morris when we know more.

NEWS: According to reports, C.J. Spiller (knee) is in fact active for Week 2.
Fantasy: We knew this was going to be the case, but it’s now official. Again, he could be on a snap count this week, though, making Spiller more of a flex play. Low-end RB2-type value could be in the cards once Spiller is back to full-go.

NEWS: According to reports, Todd Gurley (knee) is inactive for Week 2.
Fantasy: He should be a go in Week 3, though, so get ready. Unless he suffers a setback, Tre Mason has decent flex value this week, but Benny Cunningham will still get reps.

NEWS: According to reports, Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, calf) is considered out for Week 2 against Arizona.
Fantasy: Both Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson are solid starts this week. We predict at least one of them scores, and Wilson could be a very sneaky play. If you need a WR3 this year in deep leagues, run him out onto the field! Expect Martellus Bennett to have a big game in this one.

NEWS: According to reports, Mike Evans (hamstring) will play in Week 2 against the Saints.
Fantasy: He is questionable, so stay close to your Smart Alerts today… we consider him a low-end fantasy WR1, or at least high-end fantasy WR2 whenever on the field! He looks like a go!

NEWS: According to reports, Vontae Davis is expected to cover Brandon Marshall on Monday night.
Fantasy: Davis was the one that caused Sammy Watkins to go without a catch in Week 1. Don’t bench him for just decent options, but don’t expect a huge game out of Marshall this week.

NEWS: LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is expected to be active for Week 2 against New England.
Fantasy: Keep him in lineups unless he has a setback, which we will surely alert you to via Smart Alerts. Karlos Williams should be owned by all McCoy owners, though, just in case McCoy doesn’t come out of this week healthy.

NEWS: According to reports, C.J. Spiller (knee) is expected to play in Week 2 against Bucs.
Fantasy: He could be eased into this one, so curb expectations a bit. Great news, though, for future weeks!

NEWS: According to reports, Tre Mason (hamstring) is expected to play in Week 2 against Washington.
Fantasy: Benny Cunningham won’t just go away, but Mason is the better start. Gurley may or may not play a little in this one, but in a few weeks, it will surely be the Todd Gurley show. Get ready!

Top 10 IDP Rankings?

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Thanks to the hard work of our forum IDP crowd, especially iceman, here are the Top 10 IDP Players Moving Forward in 2015 broken down by position.


Harrison Smith #1
Morgan Burnett #2
Reshad Jones #3
Eric Weddle #4
TJ Macdonald #5
Johnathan Cyprien #6
HaHa Clinton-Dix 7A
Landon Collins 7B
Tyrann Mathieu #9
Earl Thomas #10


Lavonte David #1
Luke Kuechly #2
Bowman #3
Bobby Wagner #4
CJ Mosley #5
DeAndre Levy #6
Jamie Collins #7
Paul Posluszny #8
Mychal Kendricks #9
Ryan Shazier #10


JJ Watt #1
Robert Quinn #2
Chandler Jones #3
Greg Hardy #4
Calais Campbell #5
Everson Griffen #6
Dunlop #7
Ezekiel Ansah #8
Rob Ninkovich #9
Olivier Vernon #10

Injuries and News Heading Into Week 2

Todd Gurley (knee) is not expected to play in Week 2 against the Redskins. This is a great sign that the stud runner is close to getting on the field. He could be slow-starting, know that, but by mid-season, we might just start seeing a top 5-10 fantasy running back. As for Week 2, Tre Mason is expected to be back in Week 2 as the lead rusher.

C.J. Anderson (toe, ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 2 against the Chiefs. This is a Thursday night game, so stay close to your smart alerts! Ronnie Hillman would be a high-end RB2 if starting in this one. If Anderson is good to go, he has super high-end RB2-type value, but long-term value is questionable if you ask us. Our advice is to sell-high if CJ has a big Week 2. He isn’t a lock to bust, but trading into a safer option is advised.

Arian Foster (groin) didn’t practice on Wednesday. He won’t play this week, but despite the most recent news that suggests that Foster could now return in Week 5 vs. sooner, well, that news can change fast in either direction, as much of all news on this topic is speculation. Stay tuned.

Julio Jones (hamstring) is good to go for Week 2!

Justin Forsett (shoulder) was limited in practice on Wednesday. Stay close to your Smart Alerts, but until we hear about something significant, like a setback, we aren’t worried. For now.

Delanie Walker has a sprained ligament in his wrist and is questionable at best. Stay tuned to Smart Alerts.

Andre Ellington (knee) is not expected to play in Week 2. They won’t rush him back with Chris Johnson ready to rumble. CJ2K is a solid flex play right now and should be owned in all leagues.

Derek Carr (hand) is expected to start Week 2 against the Ravens.

Mike Evans (hamstring) was limited in practice on Wednesday. Many see him playing, but stay close to Smart Alerts.

C.J. Spiller (knee) practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday. For now, his availability to play in Week 2 is looking good. Stay tuned to Smart Alerts.

Ryan Mallett is expected to start at quarterback in Week 2.

Week 2 Power Rankings Updated and Ready!

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Ok, everyone, our Week 2 Power Rankings are up and ready, so get after it!

View Week 2 Power Rankings

Injuries Heading Into Week 2

Hey Starters Nation:

Here is an injury recap coming out of Week 1. Good luck to anyone with Monday night players!

Injury Report Heading Into Week 2

TY Hilton (WR/IND) – The receiver is being called "day to day" with a bruised left knee. Coach Chuck Pagano confirmed on Monday that Hilton has "no structural damage," but did mention that he is experiencing "a little swelling in there." Andre Johnson and Donte Moncrief would be the starters in Week 2 if Hilton can't go and Phillip Dorsett would see some more run. Because Andrew Luck struggled so badly for most of Week 1, Andre Johnson of course didn't produce like some had hoped. Consider buying low if the price is right. Take advantage of knee-jerk reactions.

Andre Ellington (RB/AZ) – The runner reportedly has a PCL sprain, which is considered "mild," and he has yet to be ruled out for Week 2. That said, we don't see him playing. Even Week 3 will be pushing it. Chris Johnson is the top runner in AZ right now and the guy to own/grab. David Johnson will get looks as well.

Dez Bryant (WR/DAL) – The receiver's likely return is looking like Week 8, according to recent reports. Terrance Williams will be a solid fantasy WR3/4 until Dez returns, and Cole Beasley is a guy to look at in deep leagues. If your team can afford to make a bold move, a stash and wait type of move, buy-low on Dez and stash him. The key is 'buying low', though.

CJ Anderson (RB/DEN) – The runner hurt his toe in Week 1, and we saw a whole lot of Ronnie Hillman, something we predicted heading into the season. If you own Anderson, don't sell-low, it's too late for that. Instead, ride out the wave and sell-high if/when you can. Hillman should be grabbed if available in any league, and all Anderson owners should try their best to handcuff the duo.

Demaryius Thomas – The receiver (WR/DEN) injured his hand in Week 1, but is fine according to reports. He is a great buy-low candidate right now for those wanting to take advantage of some Week 1 knee-jerk reactions.

Derek Carr (QB/OAK) – The passer injured his hand in Week 1, but thankfully it appears to be just a bruised thumb. It's his throwing thumb, and we are still awaiting MRI results. Stay tuned, but so far this is better than expected news for the Raiders and all you Amari Cooper and Lat. Murray owners.

Desean Jackson (WR/WAS) – He injured his hamstring in Week 1 and is expected to be sidelined 3-4 weeks.

Kai Forbath (K/WAS) – The Redskins have released kicker Kai Forbath.