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FANTASY FOOTBALL: Batsby Sports’ top-30 waiver-wire picks heading into NFL Week 2

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Vikings QB Kirk Cousins (293 total yards, 2 TDs vs. Green Bay) could be a top-10 positional starter this weekend against the Colts.

Here’s the BATSBY Sports listing of fantasy football’s top 30 free agents in advance of Week 2, universally citing 12-team Points Per Reception leagues — a countdown which typically values long-term viability over one week of superb stats.

Obviously, free-agent quarterbacks like Philip Rivers, Kirk Cousins, Mitchell Trubisky and Garnder Minshew III are the likeliest candidates for most points from Sunday to Sunday.

But we also place an equal or higher priority on landing possible dynamos at receiver, running back and tight end, especially those who’ve already become fixtures in the red zone.

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PREFERRED WAIVER-WIRE PICKUPS

  1. RB Benny Snell Jr., Steelers
  2. RB Nyheim Hines, Colts
  3. QB Philip Rivers, Colts
  4. WR Russell Gage, Falcons
  5. WR Marques Valdes-Scantling, Packers
  6. RB Joshua Kelley, Chargers
  7. WR Corey Davis, Titans
  8. RB Peyton Barber, Washington Football Team
  9. WR Mike Williams, Chargers
  10. WR Scotty Miller, Buccaneers
  11. RB Adrian Peterson, Lions
  12. WR Henry Ruggs III, Raiders
  13. RB Josh Adams, Jets
  14. QB Kirk Cousins, Vikings
  15. TE Dallas Goedert, Eagles
  16. RB James Robinson, Jaguars
  17. WR Parris Campbell, Colts
  18. WR Jalen Reagor, Eagles
  19. D/ST Washington Football Team
  20. QB Mitchell Trubisky, Bears
  21. TE Jonnu Smith, Titans
  22. WR Cole Beasley, Bills
  23. WR Laviska Shenault Jr., Jaguars
  24. QB Gardner Minshew III, Jaguars
  25. D/ST New Orleans Saints
  26. WR Bisi Johnson, Vikings
  27. WR Steven Sims Jr., Washington Football Team
  28. RB Brian Hill, Falcons
  29. PK Mason Crosby, Packers
  30. RB Myles Gaskin, Dolphins

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Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out NBA.com, MLB.com, PGATour.com, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with SI.com‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

Then, over a two-month span in 2014, FOX Sports South amassed 19.5 million Web hits—a 60-day record for any FOX affiliate. And in 2015, Clemons claimed the aforementioned Cynopsis Media award on FOX Sports’ behalf, the company’s only national writing award during that period. Clemons, a graduate of Michigan State University  and Wayne State University, has been an on-camera Web-TV host for Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports. In 2015, he also became the first-ever sports journalism professor at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta.

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