The fantasy football season is here and as we completed all of our drafts and set our lineups for the start of the season, we think we’ve got everything figured out… but week one is when the true actionable information starts flowing in.
We did learn how players will be used, especially running backs, and to see how Raheem Mostert went down and it was Elijah Mitchell who stepped in… well we’ll talk more about him here in a few. Or look at the Houston Texans. They blew out the Jacksonville Jaguars and actually looked like a competent team of veterans going against a college guy who is going to struggle as a pro because he can’t recruit.
Alright let’s get into the bread and butter of what you are looking for. Most of you will just scroll down and look for the names, but I’ve offered my two cents on each of the players as well in case you want to hear my rationale.
All my waiver-wire targets are taken from CBS and are owned in 60% or less of leagues
Jameis Winston, QB, New Orleans Saints (67% Owned)
Hey, I know, I know. I make the statement saying my targets are 60% ownership or less, but hear me out. Winston has the chance to be a QB1 this year! You hear the strategy of drafting a late-round QB and here is one that 33% of leagues are missing out on. Even in 1QB leagues I wouldn’t hesitate to add him if I had a QB I’m not confident in starting right now. I would put in 5% max FAAB for Winston.
Taylor Heinicke, QB, Washington FC (1% Owned)
This is for deep leagues or 2QB/Superflex. Ryan Fitzpatrick is out 6-8 weeks with a hip subluxation. Very painful and I hope he recovers quickly. Heinicke filled in well once Fitzpatrick went down going 11-of-15 for 122 yards and a touchdown. Should be a good matchup for Heinicke as he gets the New York Giants next.
Elijah Mitchell, RB, San Francisco 49ers (6% Owned)
We all saw that Trey Sermon was listed as inactive for Sunday, so fire up the Raheem Mostert train! Nope! Mostert exited the game after two carries and Mitchell came in and ran the ball 19 times for 104 and a touchdown. News came out Monday afternoon that Mostert has a chip in his knee and will be out at least eight weeks. That length of time is a make-or-break point for your fantasy teams making the playoffs or not. Looking at the way running backs are going down, I would say go with 20-25% FAAB. Being in plenty of fantasy leagues, I know that if I told you to do that, you’re not getting him. You want him, you are going to have to put in 50% FAAB at the least to get him on your team. Someone is going to want him and you know they will pay up. He is my priority add, and even if Sermon comes in as an “active” next week, I’m not worried. I have always though Mitchell was more athletic than Sermon.
Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (38% Owned)
I was under the assumption that Gainwell was the #3 back behind Boston Scott and boy was I wrong. Miles Sanders is the lead back for the Eagles and it was Gainwell who was indeed the RB2. Before the 2020 college season, Gainwell was looked at as one of the top backs in the country. He’s worth a nice bench stash who could have weekly flex upside, especially on bye weeks. 10-20% FAAB
Mark Ingram, RB, Houston (32% Owned)
We were hearing rumors of Mark Ingram being the RB1 of this offense and that’s exactly what we saw out of Ingram with 26 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown. The efficiency isn’t there but the volume is. You could almost look at this add as a aged Najee Harris who too will be relying on volume. However, Ingram isn’t going to be a consistent fantasy option in games Houston’s trailing in. I would be willing to go 10-20% FAAB.
Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals (19% Owned)
A.J. Green continues to look old and Kirk is moving up the depth chart along with Rondale Moore. Kirk should serve as the outside receiver soon over Green with Moore playing the slot. When you snag all five of your targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns, it won’t be long before you are replacing someone. I would use 5% of FAAB.
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants (29% Owned)
It was stated by our own DJ Premo that he is going to own many shares of him, especially since he changed his number. Shepard was the number one target for Daniel Jones as he brought in 7-of-9 targets for 113 yards and a touchdown. He can be plugged in as a WR3 right away and is worth 5% of FAAB.
K.J Hamler, WR, Denver Broncos (6% Owned)
You can also go for Tim Patrick (9% Owned) but I prefer the 2020 second-round pick in Hamler. He has the speed and showed it on a would-be, 50-yard touchdown pass (which he unfortunately dropped). Instead he had 3 catches for 41 yards. Just imagine if he did catch that 50-yard touchdown… everyone would be all over him! 1-2% FAAB
Juwan Johnson, TE, New Orleans Saints (3% Owned)
On CBS, he is listed as a WR. On other sites, he has dual eligibility at WR/TE. He caught all three of his passes for 21 yards and two touchdowns and should see more targets going forward. Could be worth a look if you’re streaming the position.
Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears (33% Owned)
The second-year pro took a nice stride forward in week one of the 2021 season. Sure it was just five receptions for 42 yards, but Kmet was second on the team in targets behind Goodwin, but still ahead of Robinson. He is worth a roster spot to see if he comes into his own, but I will warn you, tight ends can take a year or three before we know who they are.
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