Scouting Report: Jets' Hill may prove gem of early-season pickups
Kevin Ogletree likely to lose targets to Cowboys' better, slowly healthier options
Jonathan Dwyer likely to be Steelers lead back until Rashard Mendenhall's return
Chiefs receiver Jon Baldwin could still prove to be breakout performer this season
There are a few times it is acceptable to lose in fantasy football: A bye week in which most of your top picks are out is one. The first two weeks of the season are the others.
Last season, a Week 1 loss meant you had first waiver priority on Cam Newton. He wound up leading teams to the fantasy postseason, if not the holy grail.
Victor Cruz was another waiver-wire prize to those who lost early last season, although he took until Week 3 to have his coming-out party.
Now neither of those early round picks looked good in Week 1, but maybe you can turn that frown upside down with the idea that you're due in Week 2!
There are talented players that fall through the draft day cracks every year and sometimes they reveal themselves conveniently early in the season and carry it throughout, like Newton and Cruz did a year ago.
That makes this week's SI.com fantasy football Scouting Report a good place to re-analyze the mid-week carnage that was the waiver wire. Just like the draft, mistakes were made in waivers (Kevin Ogletree), too, and opportunities were to be had (maybe Fred Jackson was cut too soon in your leagues?).
Re-evaluating the following top 10 most-added players in fantasy (according to CBSSports.com):
1. WR Kevin Ogletree, Cowboys (80 percent added) -- It won't be a great week for him after a dynamite debut. Improved health and more practice time for Tony Romo's top three targets, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten, should mean less time and targets for Week 2's No. 1 waiver pick-up.
2. WR Stephen Hill, Jets (56 percent added) -- Those who wound up with this rookie are going to be happier they have him than Ogletree in the long run, but they are going to be equally frustrated if they try to trust Hill in fantasy starting lineups against the Steelers. The Jets might not find the end zone in Pittsburgh, unless it is their own end zone.
3. RB Alfred Morris, Redskins (41 percent added) -- Unlike the two above, Morris proved to be his team's primary option at his position. He has a promising matchup against the Rams, so he should be active in most leagues.
4. WR Randall Cobb, Packers (32 percent added) -- Despite a terrible Thursday night, Cobb is a solid sleeper in deeper leagues, especially PPR formats, because he is working as the third-down back in a pass-heavy offense. Lining up his small frame at running back, though, subjects him to front-seven punishment a small-framed receiver just isn't accustomed to. He was banged up against the Bears and it might affect how he is used in future weeks.
5. TE Dennis Pitta, Ravens (31 percent added) -- With Ed Dickson not 100 percent, the Ravens' second tight end reeled in a touchdown in Week 1. A lot of marginal fantasy tight ends did last week. It is the way this position goes. Don't chase tight end touchdowns week-to-week on the waiver wire. Pitta is headed back to non-relevance in fantasy this Sunday at Philly.