Waiver wire pickups: Week 1
Bye week teams: No teams on bye.
For this on-going waiver wire article I will be breaking skill players down into 3 categories and then conclude by recommending some likely free-agent Defenses to stream.
With that being said. Let me remind you that fantasy leagues can be lost and won within the first four weeks. Don’t make rash decisions and drop that promising rookie. Remember Alvin Kamara last year? Most people picked him up of the waiver wire. Don’t be the guy that dropped him.
Also, please remember to have fun watching football, fantasy is just a game and a fun one, but we watch football because we love the game, so just remember to enjoy yourself even if you’re gettin your ass whooped.
Ok, now on to the fun stuff.
TJ Yeldon – RB | Jacksonville Jaguars.
Pending the status for Leonard Fournette, Yeldon would be a huge pickup for anyone looking to fill their flex position next week. Yeldon got 17 touches in this game with Fournette getting 12 before his injury downgraded him to out for the remainder of the game. The Jags play the Patriots next week which could lead to the jags turning to the passing game late in the game. Yeldon had 7 targets in this game, in fact, I see value for Yeldon going forward regardless if Fournette is able to play next week. It may have taken him this long to finally take his talents to a level worthy of playing in the NFL and I think he is likely to see a lot of the third-down work and could be a nice flex play in PPR formats, especially if Fournettes hammy lingers throughout the season. So check on Fournette’s status closer to their game this week and snag him up.
George Kittle – TE | San Francisco 49ers
Kittle was one of those guys you were skeptical of when you were drafting late round TEs. With Jerick Mckinnon done for the year and Jimmy handsome showering him with targets, there should be no reluctance anymore. If he is still magically on your waiver wire and you don’t have one of the top three TE’s happily grab him and start him for the remainder of the year. he will undoubtedly put up TE1 numbers if not higher with the target share the coaches presented on Sunday.
Ryan Grant – WR | Indianapolis Colts.
Grant had 9 targets on Sunday and caught 8 of them. It’s pretty clear that this is a team that is going to throw the ball a lot as Luck chucked it 53 times. However, most of Luck’s passes were of the shorter variety as he averaged 6 yards per pass. If Grant becomes a favorite target of Lucks for short yardage gains, he could be a PPR dream going forward.
Darren Sproles – RB | Philadelphia Eagles.
Sproles will clearly be a large part of the Eagles offensive game plan. He was the only Eagles Running back to receive a target and just missed an opportunity down at the goal line for a score. He out-snapped Ajayi, which could be the Eagles easing Ajayi back in, but he should continue to see a similar workload if the Eagles want to keep all of their running backs fresh. Pick him up in PPR formats.
Cole Beasley – WR | Dallas Cowboys.
Beasley led the Cowboys in catches, targets and receiving yards. It’s safe to say this will continue if the Cowboys struggle to throw down the field. Gallup and Hurns both looked confused at how to play football and Sunday, so Beasley is a legitimate PPR flex play if he continues to get that target share. With the lack of a TE presence in Dallas, it’s safe to pick him up in all formats.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB | Tampa Bay Bucs.
I put him on here, cause I thought people would be wondering about what to make of him. Is he a one week wonder, or is this Tampa Bay team turned to a complete Vertical threat offense? I only half believe the latter. They did run the ball 34 times in this game and their receivers averaged 19.9 yards a catch. That’s not going to continue, but the Bucs receiving corps is certainly built to do some damage. However, I would wait another week as the Bucs square up against a Philly defense that could change Fitzmagics results significantly. Wait for an encore before making any moves on Fitzy.
Depth With Upside:
Chris Godwin – WR | Tampa Bay Bucs.
I’m going to keep banging this drum until it sticks. go pick this guy up. Desean Jackson left the game with a concussion and could miss next week. Chris Godwin is huge waiver wire pickup. They do face the Eagles next week, so Mike Evans will likely see a lot of double teams potentially leaving a lot of opportunities out there for Godwin to take advantage of. I still can’t believe his ownership rating is so low. One number I saw today is 1.2%
Nyheim Hines – RB | Indianapolis Colts.
Before this week started you could see me handing out Jordan Wilkins posters at your local sports goods stores. I was targeting that dude in every league I had. Well, thankfully I didn’t get him in any leagues cause he didn’t look that great and Hines saw 9 targets in thsi game. As I mentioned before with Ryan Grant, this could be a team that throws the ball a lot but only for short gains. That will heavily favor Hines in a backfield where receiving stands out as his greatest strength. Again this is for PPR only, but he could be a nice play for games where the Colts are expected to trail for most of the game, which could be a lot.
Phillip Lindsay – RB | Denver Broncos
Lindsay and Freeman’s stat lines were identical for rushing attempts and yards, both getting 15 attempts for 71 yards. However, Lindsay added 3 receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown. This could bode badly for Freeman owners if the Broncos trail in many games this year as it looks like Lindsay would be the better back in these situations. Lindsay looks to be a great add in all formats as this backfield appears to be split at the moment. I expect both to have great individual games during the season, but they both should provide at least RB3 value on any given day.
Will Dissly – TE | Seattle Seahawks
There’s going to be at least a couple people this week who need to replace their tight ends this week. Delanie Walker is don’t for the season, Greg Olsen is pretty iffy right now, and with the performance that Dissly put up this weekend you may be wondering who the TE to own in Seattle is. I know I played up Nick Vannett in our previous podcasts as someone who could be a rising start in this offense. He still could, but it looks like Brandon Marshall could assume that red zone target role. With Baldwin out for what would appear like the next several weeks, Tyler Lockett could be a very popular target for Russel Wilson. it’s also very possible the Seahawks could play some two tight end sets, showcasing both Vannett and Dissly. They could definitely use the blocking at the very least, so if you need help at Tight end Dissly could be a valuable stream.
Geronimo Allison – WR | Green bay packers
Sometimes it just seems like every player on the Packers is a possible start any given week when ARodg is at the helm. Well, that whole belief was almost erased in an instance as we watched Aaron Rodgers carted off the field Sunday night. Well, he returned and all is right in the world again. Unless of course, you were facing him this week. Allison got 8 targets and touchdown. Green Bay plays in a lot of 3 WR sets and he will likely get a lot of opportunities as long as Rodgers is out there. He’s not a must add, but if you lost someone like Baldwin this week, or if you have bad matchups for your flex position this week, you could do worse. I wouldn’t go blow your whole FAB or waiver wire position on him, but he’s definitely worth an add.
Dante Pettis – WR | San Francisco 49ers
This was a hard game to take much from for me. On one hand, they were playing the Vikings Defense so it was expected for the passing game to struggle which it did. Goodwin was injured and in and out of the game and was targeted once before they pulled him from the remainder of the game. Dante Pettis was targeted 5 times and scored on a 39-yard touchdown reception. If Goodwin misses time, Pettis could be a great add going against a Lions team who does have Darius Slay, but he would likely cover Pierre Garcon and allow Pettis to stretch the field and have more opportunities.
Rishard Matthews– WR | Tennesse Titans
Delanie Walker is a huge loss for this team, but someone is going to have to step up. The two likeliest candidates are Rishard Mathews (who was inactive on Sunday) and Jonnu Smith. Jonnu Smith is the Backup TE but was rarely targeted in the preseason. I would consider him a streamable option at best against teams who struggle against the TE. Rishaad Matthews should be added in all formats. He will likely see a massive uptick in targets coming his way.