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Week one of the NFL season has come and gone and after an eventful weekend that saw a ton of fantasy points scored by players that were unowned in most leagues, owners are running to the waiver wire looking for an advantage in week two. Here are my waiver wire players to add to get a leg up on the competition.
Fitzmagic lit up the New Orleans Saints defense on Sunday, passing for 417 yards and 4 TDs leading all players in fantasy points in week 1. It’s easy to say it was a week 1 fluke, but you can’t deny the production. Jameis Winston is still suspended and if Fitzpatrick continues to produce he could continue to be the starter when Jameis returns to the team. Currently owned in less than 5% of leagues Ryan Fitzpatrick is worth starting in 2 QB leagues and 16 team leagues.
The rookie phenom had a dreadful start to his career, throwing a pick-six on his very first play under center. But Darnold bounced back in a big way, completing 16 of 20 passes for 198 yards and 2 TDs. With a fairly weak schedule and favorable matchups against the Bills, Texans and Packers during the playoff weeks, he is the perfect QB to have on your bench if your starter goes down with an injury. Still available in 90% of leagues, Darnold is a high upside add in redraft leagues and a must-own in keeper formats.
The undrafted rookie totaled 102 yards from scrimmage and a TD in his pro debut and looks to be the Broncos’ primary passing-down back. With Devontae Booker looking like the odd man out this could be a backfield dominated by Freeman and Lindsay for the foreseeable future. Available in 95% of leagues Phillip Lindsay is a must-own in all formats and is a high upside flex play moving forward.
Setting a career high, with 126 yards from scrimmage, Austin Ekeler was a big part of the passing game in week 1, scoring over 20 fantasy points. Going forward Ekeler is still a boom or bust flex option, but if Melvin Gordon goes down with an injury he becomes an immediate RB2 option. He should be owned in all leagues as a handcuff.
Other RB Options: TJ Yeldon, Nyheim Hines, Aaron Jones, Darren Sproles
Going into drafts Robbie Anderson looked like the WR to own in New York, but Monday night Enunwa looked like Darnold’s go-to guy, catching 6 balls on 10 targets while amassing 63 yards and a TD. Currently owned in 10% of leagues, Quincy Enunwa is my #1 waiver option going into week 2 and is someone I can see surpassing 1,000 yards on the season and being a WR2/WR3 option by seasons end.
With Jordy Nelson now in Oakland there are over 100 additional targets to go around in Green Bay. Jimmy Graham was expected to get a bulk of those targets but only hauled in 2 catches in week 1. Meanwhile, Geronimo Allison was targeted 8 times for 69 yards including a beautiful 39 yard TD from a limping Aaron Rodgers. Allison seems locked in as the 3rd WR on the depth chart and as long as Rodgers is at the helm Geronimo has a lot of fantasy upside moving forward. Available in 85% of leagues, Geronimo Allison is a nice flex option.
Once thought to be cut by the Seattle Seahawks, Brandon Marshall came up big in week 1 once Doug Baldwin left the game with a knee injury. With Baldwin expected to be out 2-4 weeks, Marshall looks to be Russell Wilson’s security blanket and should be owned in any competitive leagues. Tyler Lockett, who is also available in roughly 50% of leagues, should be added as well if available.
Other WR Options: Cole Beasley, Phillip Dorsett, Dede Westbrook, Ryan Grant, Ted Ginn Jr, Corey Coleman, Dante Pettis, Jakeem Grant
The Rams may have won the game on Monday night but Jared Cook was arguably the most dominant player in that game, reeling in 9 catches for an astounding 180 yards. Meanwhile, Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson combined for a total of 4 catches. I don’t know how much stock you can take in one game but it is clear that Cook is going into the season as Derek Carr’s favorite target with Crabtree now gone. Available in over 50% of leagues, Cook is someone who could go from waiver wire pick up to sure thing TE1.
Looked at as the #1 blocking TE in the 2018 NFL Draft, Will Dissly came out of nowhere with a shocking 3/105/1 performance. Now listed as the teams #1 TE on their official depth chart and Doug Baldwin on the shelf for 2-4 weeks, Will Dissly could be a nice add in deeper leagues. Especially if you were an owner of Delanie Walker or Greg Olsen.
Other TE Options: Eric Ebron, Jonnu Smith, Ian Thomas
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