Finally! The fantasy football season has started! All your prepping, your drafts, the “best team” on paper is now put to the test. Did you win? Lose? Did you lose your starter? Was there a breakout? Week one of the fantasy football season is over and now is the time to start prepping out week two lineups.
If you need to replace your starter, or are looking to snipe that player from your opponents, playing the waiver wire is the smart decision because as you hopefully know by now, leagues are not won at the draft, but rather by trades and playing the waiver wire.
Now none of these picks are set in stone, but rather that of a one-week sample size. Without further ado, lets get into these waiver-wire pickups for you!
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Cleveland Browns
Sure he went 15-of-40 against a so-so Steelers defense, but his dual-threat capability is what I am looking at here as he has the Saints coming up, who was just lit up by Ryan Fitzpatrick for 453 total yards and five total touchdowns. Taylor looks to be a good stream this week.
Case Keenum, QB, Denver Broncos
Keenum was moving the ball well against the Seahawks as both Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders were able to combine for 16 catches, 198 yards and two touchdowns. Keenum gets Oakland at home this weekend, so if you need another streamer, you can’t do much worse than Keenum.
Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos
Throughout the 2018 offseason everyone was pounding the table for Royce Freeman and how he is the running back that you want out of the options in Denver’s backfield. Fast forward to week one and Lindsay finished with 15 carries for 71 yards. You know what? Freeman also had 15 carries for 71 yards. Not going to say that this is going to be a 50/50 timeshare, but when I see a running back get touches, he’s definitely worth a pickup. Oh, and Devontae Booker, it was nice knowing you. Easy drop if anyone of you drafted him.
Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers offense was really spreading the ball out well and Ekeler was on the rushing and receiving end as he had 10 total touches for 126 yards and a TD. Ekeler should give you PPR value going forward, just don’t expect a touchdown every week. He will be there to give Melvin Gordon breathers here and there and be in on passing downs. He is a nice handcuff for Gordon, but may also hold bye-week flex considerations.
Any Running Back for the Indianapolis Colts
I know, this one probably makes no sense, but as long as Marlon Mack is out, BOTH Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins are worth consideration. We can assume that Mack will come back and not get injured again, but I see it happening. If one or both are available, add them for nice bench depth with a possible potential of low-end RB2.
Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This guy has a ton of potential, and coming into his second year, he jumped out to a nice start recording 41 yards and a touchdown. Many may say that they would go with Desean Jackson because of his five catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns, but keep in mind, Jackson did leave the game with a concussion. Pass on Jackson if he is available on your waiver wire and grab Godwin instead. Godwin could turn into nice flex consideration.
Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots
Better known as a 2015 first-round bust, Dorsett just needed a full offseason with Tom Brady to hopefully become something that we all hoped for when he was drafted. Dorsett caught all seven of his targets for 66 yards and a touchdown. Anyone that catches passes from Brady, is almost a must add. We can only hope this relationship continues, even when Julian Edelman returns from his four-game suspension. As of right now, Dorsett serves as a good bench reserve.
John Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Sure he only caught three passes, but he was also the No. 2 pass-catcher behind Michael Crabtree. With Joe Flacco doing his best 2017 Alex Smith impression, the passing game is on point. Ok, you can say it was against the Buffalo Bills, but still, they are an NFL team so I have to treat them as equals to the rest of the league. With the running game looking like something to avoid at this point, Brown looks to be back on track and the change of scenery may be all he needed. Add him for nice bench depth.
Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers
Allison caught five of his eight targets for 69 yards and a touchdown. When you’re the No. 3 receiver in an Aaron Rodgers led offense, you are on everyone’s radar when the season starts. Allison is this years “third-year breakout receiver”. He could easily post WR3/FLEX numbers for most of the season. Get him if you have room on your bench.
Ryan Grant, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck was looking like Andrew Luck……. Well, you know what I mean. He’s throwing a football and you can tell he’s still a little rusty, but in the next few weeks he will be back to the Andrew Luck of old. Grant was No. 2 in targets behind T.Y. Hilton hauling in eight of his nine targets for 59 yards. I’m hoping that this continues as the WR2 in a Luck-led offense has been fantasy productive in the past. Let’s hope it continues into week two and beyond.
Tyler Lockett and Brandon Marshall, WR’s, Seattle Seahawks
This is a tough one to go off of as we just found out Doug Baldwin has a Grade 2 partial MCL tear. Rumor has it that he is out at least four weeks. Like I said though, it’s just speculation. Lockett was targeted four times to Marshall’s six as both caught touchdowns. While both hold some consideration, I would go Marshall then Lockett if I was attempting to get one of these wide receivers. One of these two can serve as a FLEX option.
George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers
Marquise Goodwin went down in this game with another concussion. Kittle finished with five receptions for 90 yards on nine targets. If Goodwin is out for an extended period of time, which I think he will since this isn’t his first concussion, Kittle should easily be put into TE1 consideration. Get him wherever he is available.
Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans
Nod your head if you lost Delanie Walker. Yeah, me too, and he was the only tight end on my team. Walker was put on IR Monday and like you I’m scrambling. Sure Smith didn’t do anything in the game and was outplayed by Luke Stocker. Don’t look too much into these week one numbers, though, Smith will be the starter moving forward. Plus, with about 100 targets up for grabs, the 2017 third-round SPARQ freak has TE1 potential.
Jared Cook, TE, Oakland Raiders
I, like many of you, may have been burnt by Cook in the past because he always seems to put up a game like he did Monday night and everyone goes out and rushes to get him. When you have a tight end that gets targeted 12 times in a game and finishes with nine receptions for 180 yards, you can’t pass it up. This could be just a one game thing like it tends to be with Cook every year, or it’s going to be a magical year. Pick him up if you need him. If not, pick him up and try to trade him to one of those who lost Walker or Greg Olsen.
Will Dissly, TE, Seattle Seahawks
I have a feeling a lot of you will be chasing Dissly’s three receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown because that’s what we do, chase fantasy points. I would approach this with caution as Nick Vannett is still the starter and was also on the field more than Dissly. Seattle gets the Chicago Bears this week who held Jimmy Graham to two receptions for eight yards.
Antonio Gates, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
He just signed before week one and ended up with 16 yards on two receptions. Nothing to write home about, but for being 38 years old, you can’t go wrong with the Rivers-Gates combo. Plus, guess who they get this next week? Buffalo. And we know how shaky Buffalo looked after the first week. Let’s hope this trend keeps going and Gates can have it continue in week two. I would use him as a streamer if Smith or no one better is available.
Be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as the guys give their instant reactions to week one in the NFL!