Waiver Wire: Week 1, 2020


Active teams win leagues. You are now tasked with the difficult decision of who to pick-up, and how much to bid. If your league is not using FAAB, consider my order of players, by position, to determine their priority. Players available in <33% of Yahoo leagues will be featured in this week’s article. 



Gardner Minshew (5-8%) mania is back! The Jaguars beat the Colts in a surprising fashion on Sunday, and Minshew showed that his solid floor for fantasy points is back this season. His 95% completion percentage from today is likely to come down, but he should be able to get you 200 yards and 2 TD each week. 



Malcolm Brown (15-20%) received the start for the Rams on Sunday night, which means his double touchdown game was seen by many casual fans. I expect Brown to be a popular waiver add this the week, but I wouldn’t go too crazy with your bid. I still believe that Akers will get the starting job by the end of the season, so I probably wouldn’t break the bank for Brown.


Benny Snell (15-20%) benefited from another Primetime injury that everyone in your league is going to be aware of. Snell looked like the bell cow back after James Conner stopped playing on Monday night. Snell looked good with over 100 yards on the ground, but Jaylen Samuels was in on passing downs which I think will limit Snell’s upside. It is close between him and Brown this week, but I think I would side Browndue to the Samuels role.


Nyheim Hines (5-8%) – Marlon Mack’s achilles injury got many fantasy owners excited about their Jonathan Taylor early draft pick. Hines saw multiple TDs on Sunday and would be on someone I would bid for in full PPR formats. Rivers loves to dump the ball off to his RB as we saw with Austin Ekeler last season, so the 8 targets that Hines saw should not be considered a fluke.


Adrian Peterson (2-3%) does not go away does he? AP is more of a wait and see for me. The Lions look like a committee that I would rather not be a part of so I wouldn’t bid too much here.



Preston Williams (8-12%) – If you wait to find out if Devante Parker is going to be out this week, you will probably be too late on Williams. We’ve seen Williams click with Fitzpatrick last year, and he continued where he left off before ACL surgery, leading the team with 7 targets on Sunday.


Marquez Valdes-Scantling (5-8%) had an interesting week 1, with 4 catches on 6 targets for 96 yards and a touchdown. The 2 other targets were drops, so MVS is still a risky play, but in an Aaron Rodgers offense he will have plenty of opportunities to have big games.


Corey Davis (5-8%) is in a similar spot to MVS. A WR2 on his own team that will have big games when the game scripts away from their WR1. Davis should be startable in games that the Titans don’t get out to an early lead


Parris Campbell (3-5%) looks to be Philip Rivers favorite WR in Indy. We know TY Hilton’s history of injuries, so it might be nice to add some insurance with a bid on Campbell, who is also active in the rushing game.



Logan Thomas (5-8%) ran a route on 77% of Haskins dropbacks in week 1. He looks to be a part of the team’s plan on offense along with Terry McLaurin and Sims. TE is a volatile position, but Thomas looks like he will have a decent floor.


Dalton Schultz (2-3%) is now the starting TE on a high-powered offense. It might be worth throwing a few bucks on, but I don’t see Schultz higher than the 4th option in the passing game.



0 or 1% bid on these guys to wait and see:  Corey Clement, Peyton Barber, Quintez Cephus, Steven Sims, Jr., Greg Ward, Joshua Kelley, Scotty Miller

I am holding on to: Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb, Jordan Howard, Kerryon Johnson

I am okay with dropping:  Mecole Hardman, Matt Breida



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