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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 that values long-term viability over one week of superb stats.

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 that values long-term viability over one week of superb stats.

Obviously, free-agent quarterbacks like Matthew Stafford, Andy Dalton, Sam Darnold, Derek Carr and Jacoby Brissett 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 are already becoming fixtures in the red zone.

PREFERRED WAIVER-WIRE PICKUPS

  1. WR Marquise Brown, Ravens
  2. WR John Ross, Bengals
  3. WR Terry McLaurin, Redskins
  4. TE T.J. Hockenson, Lions
  5. TE Darren Waller, Raiders
  6. QB Matthew Stafford, Lions
  7. WR Mecole Hardman, Chiefs
  8. WR D.J. Chark, Jaguars
  9. D/ST Tennessee Titans
  10. RB Chris Thompson, Redskins
  11. D/ST Green Bay Packers
  12. QB Andy Dalton, Bengals
  13. D/ST Carolina Panthers
  14. QB Sam Darnold, Jets
  15. RB Giovani Bernard, Bengals
  16. RB Malcolm Brown, Rams
  17. WR D.K. Metcalf, Seahawks
  18. WR Kenny Stills, Texans
  19. WR Chris Conley, Jaguars
  20. RB Carlos Hyde, Texans
  21. PK Matt Prater, Lions
  22. WR A.J Brown, Titans
  23. QB Jacoby Brissett, Colts
  24. PK Cairo Santos, Titans
  25. QB Marcus Mariota, Titans
  26. WR Hunter Renfrow, Raiders
  27. RB Raheem Mostert, 49ers
  28. RB Ito Smith, Falcons
  29. TE Dallas Goedert, Eagles
  30. WR Parris Campbell, Colts

About The Managing Editor

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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