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Fantasy football Week 2: 10 waiver pickups to consider, other news you can use

New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis (33) gained 120 rushing yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers and is a far better fit in New England’s spread offense than LeGarrette Blount.
New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis (33) gained 120 rushing yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers and is a far better fit in New England’s spread offense than LeGarrette Blount. AP

Week 2 fantasy football moves to consider:

Running backs

Dion Lewis (New England): The Patriots look to have found a diamond in the rough in Lewis. With LeGarrette Blount out for a week (suspension), Lewis carried the load for the Patriots, totaling 120 yards. Blount will start on Sunday, but Lewis is going to be a mainstay in this offense. Lewis is an exceptional receiver and he is a far better fit when New England is running their spread offense, which is often. Bid very aggressively to land Lewis on the waiver wire.

Ronnie Hillman (Denver): If Hillman happens to be on your waiver wire he is also a primary target. Hillman had the same number of carries as C.J. Anderson (12) last week, but Hillman out-performed Anderson. This is likely a time share and Hillman has major upside if Anderson misses time.

Chris Johnson (Arizona): Rookie David Johnson is the (much) better long-term stash on your fantasy team, but Chris Johnson will start while Andre Ellington is out over the next two to three weeks.

Jarrod Hayne (San Francisco): As a deep add, you can probably get Hayne for $1 in your waiver wire pool. San Francisco is likely to be a run-heavy team and Hayne (not Reggie Bush) is the better fantasy investment – and certainly the more fun one as the former Rugby star looks like he has NFL talent and certainly runs hard.

Lance Dunbar (Dallas): He won’t start but he should be locked in as the team’s third-down back. Playing from behind this past week, Dunbar saw eight targets, catching all eight for 70 yards.

Wide receivers

Tavon Austin (St. Louis): If Austin is on the waiver wire, he’d be my top priority at receiver. Austin’s role in the passing game should grow over time and he’s one of a few receivers who will get consistent rushing opportunities as well (Austin had four rushing attempts last week, including a rushing touchdown).

Cole Beasley (Dallas): People will likely bid first on James Jones after his two-touchdown game – and he’s a great add. But Beasley is the craftier addition. Dez Bryant will be out a while (at least six to eight games) and Beasley will be a major cog for Dallas in the passing game regardless. Over the final six games last year Beasley was the 31st-best receiver in fantasy averaging 3.5 receptions per week, 46.2 yards per week, and Beasley scored four touchdowns in those six games.

James Jones (Green Bay): Don’t expect two touchdowns every week but the reality is Jones has now scored 20 touchdowns in his past 25 games with Aaron Rodgers.

Rashad Greene (Jacksonville): Greene has emerged as Jacksonville’s slot receiver. Greene was busy Sunday with seven receptions on a team-high 13 targets. Greene set a Florida State school record with 99 receptions in 2014.

Tight ends

Darren Fells (Arizona): If all the big-name options who went off in Week 1 are gone (and what a week it was for huge tight end production), Fells might be a good cheap target. Fells may have secured the starting job in Arizona with his strong game Sunday (4/82/1).

Other news and notes

Worried about aging veterans in Indianapolis? Frank Gore and Andre Johnson battled for most disappointing first game performance on a new team. Gore had 31 yards and left Week 1 as the 53rd-best fantasy back, and Johnson was the 59th-best wide receiver with 24 yards on four catches. Look to acquire Ahmad Bradshaw cheap on waivers as he could re-sign with the Colts.

Likewise, the great Peyton Manning continues to look shot (a 175-yard clunker despite 40 attempts). Manning had fewer fantasy points this week than Ryan Mallett, Johnny Manziel and Josh McGloin – three players who didn’t even start.

Jameis Winston versus Marcus Mariota, the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks in the NFL draft, are both are record setters. Mariota joined Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton as the only players to throw four or more touchdown passes in their first NFL game. Winston became the first quarterback since Brett Favre in 1991 to have his first NFL pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown.

Alan Satterlee is a co-owner and senior writer for DynastyFootballWarehouse.com, a comprehensive fantasy football strategy site.

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