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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fantasy football: Week 2 waiver-wire picks

Jon Baldwin, not Dexter McCluster, was the Chiefs receiver many of us targeted late on draft day.

Baldwin, after all, was Kansas City's first-round pick in 2011, and was earning rave reviews during training camp.

In Sunday's loss to the Falcons, however, Baldwin barely played and Steve Breaston -- for reasons known only to Romeo Crennel and Brian Daboll -- was the starting receiver opposite Dwayne Bowe.

In the slot was McCluster, a second-round draft pick in 2010 who has alternated between running back and receiver in his first two NFL seasons.

The latter part is key in fantasy.

McCluster is eligible at both running back and wide receiver in most leagues, and Sunday he had a team-high six receptions for 82 yards.

McCluster was targeted 10 times, and in point-per-reception leagues he's a decent No. 3 running back or receiver because of his versatility and explosiveness.

Last season, McCluster averaged 4.5 yards per carry as Kansas City's second-leading rusher and had 46 receptions.

This year, he should be more productive than any Kansas City wideout aside from Bowe.

If you're looking for a No. 3 running back in PPR leagues, consider adding McCluster, who is available in more than 96 percent of the leagues on

That brings us to this week's waiver-wire picks. As was the case last season, we only consider players who are available in more than half of the leagues on

A different twist this year: We're going to rank the top five players from the under-50-percent club at quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end.

1. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills (owned in 46.4 percent of the ESPN leagues)
2. Mark Sanchez, Jets (12.3 percent)
3. Matt Cassel, Chiefs (31.2)
4. Russell Wilson, Seahawks (24.5)
5. Blaine Gabbert, Jaguars (2.1)

1. Alfred Morris, Redskins (18.2 percent)
2. Dexter McCluster, Chiefs (3.9)
3. Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers (18.2)
4. Evan Royster, Redskins (16.8)
5. Ronnie Brown, Chargers (22.9)

1. Kevin Ogletree, Cowboys (49.8 percent)
2. Stephen Hill, Jets (7.4)
3. Danny Amendola, Rams (9.0)
4. Randall Cobb, Packers (13.4)
5. Alshon Jeffery, Bears (11.5)

1. Coby Fleener, Colts (23.3 percent)
2. Martellus Bennett, Giants (36.7)
3. Jermaine Gresham, Bengals (22.9)
4. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings (9.9)
5. Heath Miller, Steelers (8.4)

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