Let’s take a look at the top fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 2 of the NFL season. These players are available in many leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

Carlos Hyde SF | RB

Hyde looked great week 1 and he is going to be a stud if he gets a chance to start. The 49ers drafted Hyde to eventually take over for Frank Gore and I think this is the year that Gore starts to slow down. All Frank Gore owners have to find a way to add Hyde to their bench. (about 70% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Mark Ingram NO | RB

Ingram looked great during the preseason and he carried that momentum into week 1. This might be the year that the former first rounder lives up to the hype. He is going to get most of the goal line carries for the Saints offense and there is a great chance for double digit touchdowns for Ingram this year. (about 70% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Justin Forsett BAL | RB

The Ravens did what they had to do and dropped Ray Rice. This opens the door for Forsett and Bernard Pierce to compete for the starting job. I still think Pierce is the better overall running back, but there is a legitimate chance that Forsett ends up winning that job. Both of these running backs should be owned in all leagues until this situation sorts itself out. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Terrance West CLE | RB

Ben Tate got banged up with his first game as a Brown and West looked great in his absence. West was one of the preseason players that got a bunch of hype and it’s clear that this rookie has some talent. I expect it to be some sort of annoying timeshare if they are both healthy, but if Tate ends up going down with a serious injury then West could be a top 15 fantasy running back. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

James Starks GB | RB

At this point it looks like Eddie Lacy’s injury isn’t serious, but all Lacy owners should consider picking up Starks. When given a chance to start Starks has been decent and if Lacy were to miss anytime then he should be serviceable. The Packers are going to have some big games this year and there should be plenty of points to go around for however is starting at running back. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Devonta Freeman ATL | RB

Freeman wasn’t asked to do much week 1, however when he was called upon he looked great. I know he is third on their depth chart, but I expect that he would jump Jacquizz Rodgers and take over as the lead back if Steven Jackson gets hurt. This would leave Rodgers as the third down change of pace back. I see no chance of Jackson staying healthy all year and I think Freeman could be great when it counts the most. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Bobby Rainey TB | RB

It’s not looking good for owners that were hoping for a rebound year from Doug Martin. He left the game week 1 due to injury and Rainey looked decent in his absence. Rainey is the clear backup for Martin and he could be a solid spot start if Martin ends up missing any games. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Chris Ivory NYJ | RB

As weird as it is to say, the Jets offense is filled with weapons. One of those weapons is Chris Ivory and he showed us what he can do week 1 against the Raiders. I expect Chris Johnson to get a majority of the carries, but Ivory should get enough to stay fantasy relevant. (about 35% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Benny Cunningham STL | RB

The entire Rams offense is a mess including their running back situation. The coaching staff seems open to the idea of it being somewhat of a competition and it’s possible that Cunningham ends up winning the starting job. It might take a Zac Stacy injury for Cunningham to have consistent value, but he should get enough touches to have value in some deeper leagues. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

Steve Smith Sr. BAL | WR

I wasn’t expecting much out of Steve Smith once I saw he joined the Ravens during the off season. He showed me something week 1 though and it looks like he might have something left in the tank. I think he will be a bit up and down this year, but he will have at least a few more big games this season. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Andrew Hawkins CLE | WR

Hawkins had the exact role for the Browns offense that I thought he would. He was targeted early and often and he could flirt with 100 catches this year. Obviously if Josh Gordon ends up coming back this year that could hurt the value of Hawkins, but until that happens it looks like he is going to be the best fantasy receiver for the Browns. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Allen Hurns JAC | WR

Hurns had a monster game week 1 and the rookie out of Miami certainly grabbed the fantasy world’s attention. Hurns took full advantage of Cecil Shorts being out with an injury and now we have to determine if it was a fluke or not. I think Hurns is certainly worth a gamble in deeper leagues, but for the most part I think it was a fluke. He has too many question marks around him for me to suggest picking him up in all leagues. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Brian Quick STL | WR

There is not much to get excited about when it comes to the Rams. Their quarterback situation is a mess, they have a nasty committee at running back and it’s hard to figure out which receivers are going to yield fantasy value. Even with all that being said I am liking Brian Quick. The Rams will be playing from behind for most of the season and I love the fact that Quick was targeted 9 times in week 1. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Robert Woods BUF | WR

The Bills looked decent week 1 and Woods is a guy that I have my eye on. He had a solid rookie year and it looks like the second year player is ready to take on a bigger role. He was targeted 6 times week 1 and he appears to be one of the favorite targets for E.J. Manuel. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Quarterbacks

Geno Smith NYJ | QB

Once Geno Smith was named the starting quarterback for the Jets he had my attention. The Jets added a few weapons to their offense and they looked like a new team week 1 against the Raiders. Smith can do it with his legs and his arm and I think he will make great strides this year. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Jake Locker TEN | QB

Locker has shown flashes at times of being a decent quarterback and after a solid week 1 I think he should be considered in more leagues. The Titans have some decent weapons on offense and they have two of the best young receivers in the league. Another thing that I like about Locker is what he does with his legs, he should be in the top 10 for quarterbacks this year when it comes to rushing yards. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Defense/Special Teams

Tampa Bay TAM | DEF

The Rams are going to be terrible this year and there is a good chance that most of my pickup and play defenses are going to be whoever plays the Rams. I don’t love the Bucs D in general, but I think they will be a solid spot start against the mess that is the St. Louis Rams offense. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play