Football is back! Already we get a taste of what we love and what we hate about being fantasy football owners. We got to see players we believed in put up monster numbers and we got to see some key players go down with injury. Lets get to the Waiver Wire to improve our teams but don’t be fooled or swayed away from the first week of football.
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Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Minshew probably won’t have another game with only one incompletion for the rest of the season. But, I was bullish on the Jaguars passing game before the season started. Not because I think Minshew is going to go full Tom Brady 6th round pick on us; but just the sheer volume of passing attempts I am expecting this season. The Jaguars defense played well only allowIng 20 points to the Colts. However, they are in a rebuilding process and will be playing from behind quite often. “Minshew Mania” will be activated so add him and his receiving weapons to your team.
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans
Folks still aren’t respecting the dual-threat ability of Tannehill. He probably won’t have many 300-yard passing games due to the run heavy approach of the Titans offense. Tannehill can get the ball to his playmakers in space and he is a threat to take off for chunk yardage and score on the ground. Tannehill can win you a couple of weeks in those juicy Titans matchups.
Drew Lock, Denver Broncos
The Broncos have invested heavily on the offense side of the ball in the last three NFL Drafts giving them one of the best young receiving weapons at Drew Lock’s disposal. The strong arm Lock will have some big games this year throwing to Jerry Juedy, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and K.J Hamler. Once the Broncos get Sutton and Hamler back from their injuries and Lock improves upon his accuracy this can be one of the best offenses in football.
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Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts
There were two things that really stood out to me from a fantasy perspective in Week 1. Tyrod Taylor didn’t check the ball down much to his RBs in Los Angeles; and Philip Rivers will target his RBs out of the backfield no matter what uniform he is wearing. Enter Nyheim Hines who gets a huge boost with the season ending injury to Marlon Mack. Jonathan Taylor is the early down back but Hines will have an impact in the passing game and in the red zone when they go shotgun. I like Hines as the number one waiver target heading into Week 2.
Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers
Check out our Senior Bowl footage of Joshua Kelley on YouTube and you’ll see why CPGM Juice was so bullish on the rookie from UCLA. It seems he has overtaken Justin Jackson for that pivotal RB2 in the Chargers offense and they will be leaning on him heavily to keep Austin Ekeler fresh for the season. We can expect 10-12 carries in positive game scripts and goal line work vulturing Ekeler’s TD opportunit. He’s an add who becomes a potential league winner if Ekeler goes down with an injury.
Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams
The Rams need to run the ball effectively if they want a shot to win the NFC West. The success of their outside zone running scheme is essential for their play action passing game. We saw a glimpse of what we can expect from their 3-headed RB committee. Brown will be relied upon to gain tough yardage and punch into the end zone. Cam Akers will be asked to give them some lighting in a bottle and help in the passing game, and Darrell Henderson once healthy will sprinkle in there to spell both running backs. Brown is the back to own in the short term, while Akers and Henderson will be the dynasty plays and future of their backfield.
Other Running Backs I’m Buying on the Waiver Wire –
- Benny Snell, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Adrian Peterson, Detroit Lions
- Frank Gore, New York Jets
- Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings
- Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals
- Chris Thompson, Jacksonville Jaguars
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Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins
The running back position should be the priortized among waiver claims. But if you need help at wide receiver I like the fantasy prospects of Preston Williams. As long as Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starter he will give lots of opportunities for Williams and DeVante Parker to eat on the outside. Parker aggravated his hamstring in Week 1 and top CB Stephon Gilmore was glued on Williams. There will be some better match-ups for Williams as the season goes along. Take advantage by adding him now.
Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles
The injuries to the Eagles offense reared it’s ugly head once again in Week 1 against the Washington Football Team. One healthy body that’s getting a lot of work on the outside is rookie Jalen Reagor. Carson Wentz was looking his way and they connected deep for a 55 yard gain. The targets may not show it yet (4) but I have a feeling this will continue to increase as the season goes along. The Eagles desperately need an outside threat and Reagor may be the guy to fill that role.
Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts
As mentioned above QB Philip Rivers will dink and dunk you down the field. While the RBs and TEs will eat in the Colts offense, Campbell should also be a beneficiary in the middle of the field. Campbell’s speed on drags and crossing patterns will give Rivers an option that can get open quickly. If he can stay healthy we may finally see the production many were expecting last season.
Other Wide Receivers I’m Buying on the Waiver Wire –
- Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers
- Laviska Shenault, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs
- Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons
- Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans
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Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers
While Ebron didn’t have a big stat line in Monday Night’s win over the New York Giants, I remain bullish on the size/speed mismatch he presents for Ben Roethlisberger in the red zone. The Steelers haven’t had a guy like this at the tight end position in a while so stay tuned for better games from Ebron in the future. Double digit TDs is a possibility and we all know TDs drive fantasy success.
Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team
The QB turned tight end has a chance to be the next productive position changing tight end. We all saw what Darren Waller has done for Las Vegas, and while he played receiver before his position change, both Thomas and Waller are big bodied guys that can win with their speed in the passing game. It’ll take Thomas a while to get to where Waller is at the moment, but we’ve seen this play out enough to give it a shot.
Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts
Rivers loves to target his tight end. See Parris Campbell above.
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