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With Week 1 essentially in the books, it’s time to scour the waiver wire and grab the players who will make an impact this season, but haven’t been owned yet for various reasons.
Thanks to injuries to Dez Bryant, Andre Ellington and TY Hilton, a few players have emerged sooner than expected to become valuable additions to any teams in need of depth.
If any of these guys are on your wire and you need a WR, there’s a pretty decent chance each of these players can slot in and be counted on to provide you something each week.
Thanks to Hilton’s injury, Donte Moncrief has become a valuable asset who will be fawned over this week. Moncrief is a solid receiver who was targeted 11 times this weekend. Andrew Luck has a solid rapport with Moncrief, and if Andre Johnson’s lackluster performance is indicative of the future, Moncrief will become the primary receiver and eventually WR2 in that offense.
Phillip Dorsett could be a sneaky play in deeper leagues, but not necessarily someone worth picking up until his role becomes more defined.
Stevie Johnson proved to be a tremendous outlet for Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers this weekend. He was targeted six times and made six catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. Johnson is most valuable at the given moment thanks to Antonio Gates’ suspension. When Gates comes back his role may shrink, but for the time being, he’s a hot hand worth rostering.
James Jones emerged as a legitimate option for the Green Bay Packers. All the hype this week was Davante Adams, and while Adams is a tremendous talent, Aaron Rodgers isn’t going to force balls to people in coverage. Jones was open plenty of times and it was evident in his four catches for 51 yards and two TD’s. Jones won’t catch two touchdowns every week, but he’s a legitimate red zone target who can be a valuable asset and definitely worth owning.
Brandon Coleman—if you don’t know who this kid is, stop wasting time and get to know him. He’s going to feast as a red zone target for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Brees targeted him seven times in Week 1, connecting on four passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. If he’s somehow still on your wire, make the move to get him if you need help.
Deeper and keeper leagues must roster Tyler Lockett. The rookie WR may be in an undefined role at the moment for the Seattle Seahawks, but he’s an explosive talent who should emerge as one of Russell Wilson’s favorite weapons. Right now he’s more of a return man and occasional WR, but his role should increase throughout the year, and explode next season.
Dez Bryant’s broken foot increases the potential impact Cole Beasley and Terrence Williams will have moving forward. Either man is a solid PPR option if you need help at WR—just hope they can be focused and avoid fumble issues and flare ups as the season progresses.
After consulting a buddy of mine about Andre Ellington’s potential this season, we came to the conclusion he’d be the most vulnerable RB to lose a starting job. With Ellington’s recent injury, the wheels are in motion faster than expected. The dumb pick to make up for Ellington’s ailment is Chris Johnson, don’t waste your time or a roster spot on CJ?K, he’s washed up. The real bell-cow you want to own, who not only has the chance to be the every down back, but a vulture as well, is David Johnson. DJ taking the starter’s job is reminiscent of Jeremy Hill last season with Gio Bernard. He’s going to run away with it, and Ellington, when healthy, will be relegated to passing downs and the occasional change of pace workload.
If you need a sneaky PPR play, Lance Dunbar has the potential to really become a valuable asset in deeper leagues. The Dallas Cowboys epitomized a RBBC in Week 1 with Darren McFadden getting the important downs and Joseph Randle doing the dirty work to set the Cowboys offense up. But the man lost in the shuffle is Dunbar, who singlehandedly helped Tony Romo carve the New York Giants defense on Dallas’ game winning drive. He’s worth a look if you’re rostering someone like Charles Sims.
It’s doubtful Danny Woodhead is on your wire, but if he somehow is, get him ASAP. Woodhead may be vulnerable to an injury eventually, but he’s very involved in the San Diego Chargers’ offense and is a favorite weapon of Rivers. He’ll catch plenty of passes and even be used in goal line sets for the occasional touchdown. Players in PPR leagues must own him.
I won’t bother mentioning Tyler Eifert because he has NO business being on anyone’s waiver wire. If he’s somehow there, wow, you have the steal of the year. Eifert is going to eat with Andy Dalton as long as he stays healthy.
Jared Cook put in a solid outing this week, and could be worth rostering if you need a TE. Nick Foles targeted him six times, connecting on five passes for 85 yards. He’s a low-end option, but worth owning in deeper leagues.
Every year it’s the same story with this next guy: Jordan Reed. Tremendous talent who will perform well for you, when he isn’t listed as Questionable. If he stays healthy, he’s a great TE option who can do well for you. Problem is, he’s on borrowed time and likely to get hurt eventually. Kirk Cousins targeted him 11 times, connecting on seven passes for 63 yards and a touchdown.
Eric Ebron could be a decent option if you’re really desperate, and I mean, on scratching yourself at night as you roll around in bed thinking desperate. His hands are pretty lousy, but he is a physical specimen the Detroit Lions thought highly of when they drafted him. He caught four balls for 53 yards and a TD in Week 1.
Darren Fells could be a sneaky play moving forward. Carson Palmer connected with him on four catches for 82 yards and a TD. No clue if he’ll be consistent each week, but he’s worth monitoring.
Last year’s vogue pick Ladarius Green finally delivered with an excellent performance. His role is maximized with Gates’ suspension and will likely return to obscurity when the veteran returns, but for the next few weeks he could be a viable option. He had five catches for 74 yards and a TD, solid enough to be worth a look in 14 team leagues.
Marcus Mariota proved to be a legitimate QB this weekend, chewing up a good enough Tampa Bay Bucs defense on the road. He threw four TD’s and zero picks, making him worth rostering as a backup in every type of league.
With Week 1 essentially in the books, these are the guys who can be added to your team and potentially make a solid impact down the road. Each player mentioned also represents solid value as sneaky DFS plays in DraftKings and FanDuel games. They should be priced very fairly and potentially underowned, making them great options for tournaments.
As with ever y waiver move, the effectiveness of each pick depends on who you’re dropping in order to add someone. Don’t be a knucklehead and drop a solid contributor, but if you have some aging vets or vogue names in the past who have been underperforming for years, you can make the move here to sure up your team.