Week in, week out in fantasy football, some new players pop up as potential adds for your team. These players are usually guys that have had a successful week, which could project the coming weeks of success. Finding the right players on the waiver wire is a key to building a championship contender throughout the season. With that said, here are this weeks wire
⁃ I love Minshew as a QB to stash, considering how good he was on only 20 pass attempts. Considering the Jaguars will probably be playing catch up most of the year, 20 pass attempts might be his lowest total, this making him a player that could load up on fantasy points.
⁃ Burrow looked like he belonged in week one despite a very subpar performance. (That QB draw was pretty impressive) However, I think the Chargers are one of the better defenses in the league. This week he gets the Browns, a defense he can pick apart, which would make him a big name add next week. This is a beat the waiver wire type of add.
⁃ Brown is my favorite addition of the week. He was the number one back for the Rams and outplayed Akers and Henderson. Plus, he was the goal-line RB, which I stated on our podcast numerous times as being negative towards the other two backs. The Rams looked like a team that wanted to rely on a heavy run style and let Goff manage the game so Brown will continue to get his opportunities as if he keeps playing like he did Sunday, he won’t lose the job anytime soon.
⁃ Hines is another great addition as he was an intricate part of the Colts offense, not just in the passing game but getting carries as well. The best thing is that Hines was used in the red zone, similarly to the way Reich used Danny Woodhead back in San Diego. Two TDs were probably an anomaly, but he and Taylor will be a one-two punch, and both are very fantasy relevant.
⁃ I thought Robinson looked excellent, hitting holes and making nice cuts. He is a nice depth piece, and potential flex for your team as he kind of reminds me of Jordan Howard’s rookie year. Needs to be owned as he was the only starting RB. They received all his team's carries.
Benny Snell Jr.
⁃ Snell looked awesome in week one as an excellent complement to Ben and the passing game. He was exponentially better than Connor during his time on the field, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he takes the job if he continues to perform with Connor being banged up. He needs to be owned in all leagues.
⁃ Kelley got 12 carries for 60 yards and a TD and looked like a nice compliment to Eckler. I loved his running style bulldozing through defensive backs. This is likely what his stat line could look like with his TDs being hit or miss. He is a nice depth piece and will be a good fill-in as weeks start to creep up.
⁃ Well, you could see by watching the game that the 49ers value McKinnon over Tevin Coleman. He had one less carry, more catches, and snaps, and also got into the end zone. He would be the next man up, in my opinion, if something were to happen to Mostert. He also could be more valuable in PPR leagues as flex as the season progresses.
⁃ AP is doesn’t go away. I really can’t project him fantasy-wise because the Lions have two young backs and need to see what they have, especially if they keep losing. However, AP looked better than Johnson or Swift rushing for 93 yards on 14 carries. He’s worth adding as a wait and sees stash until we get more clarity on how Detroit plans to use these guys.
Frank Gore/ Josh Adams
⁃ I’m staying away from this situation. Gore is old, Adams hasn’t been that effective when given opportunities like in Philly, and the team is not good. It would be a wasted roster spot never feeling comfortable to start either guy.
⁃ He tied TY for most targets on the team with nine and looked like he had good chemistry with Rivers. I would pick him up for WR depth and a potential flex play. He will get his fair share of looks like the slot guy considering Rivers doesn’t look like he can throw the ball beyond 15 yards anymore.
⁃ Miller is a straight depth add for bye week situation. Before the 27-yard game-winning TD, he could not take advantage of a great matchup against the Lions. We will see if Mitch is somehow rejuvenated after this comeback, but QB play also hurts Miller.
⁃ Tom Brady always has that quick twitch receiver that eats up targets. Miller saw 6 of them Sunday, and I believe that’s going to be about his average for the year, even if Mike Evans gets healthy. This year, Cole Beasley, where his floor is about 10 PPR points, and his ceiling is 15 PPR points, definitely worth a roster spot in PPR leagues.
⁃ This is a deeper league add, in my opinion. Gage has a great stat line, but Atlanta played catch-up all game, and Hayden Hurst was neutralized by Jamal Adams. I think Hurst will play a bigger part in better matchups, and Gage’s targets just won't be there.
Marquez Valdez Scantling/ Allen Lazard
⁃ Both of these guys are still waiting and see names. Both scored, but Adams ate up targets, and I’m not sure if their success wasn’t purely based on Minnesota’s poor secondary play.
⁃ Ok, this one is interesting to me. In week one, Davis was used much like AJ Brown was last year more than Brown was. We have seen Davis have big games before then tank as an add, but he is a guy I would add if I needed some depth at WR and stash him to see how the next couple weeks pan out.
Keelan Cole/ Laviska Shenault
⁃ I know they both scored. Neither was highly targeted with Minshew only throwing twenty times. I would only add them in deeper leagues as of now till we see the Jaguars in more of a passing situation to get a clearer view on how the roles of each guy. Note: I’m also doing the same for DJ Chark despite scoring in week one.
⁃ Only a deeper league add, as he only got three targets and two catches. He looked good on the TD, but you can’t count on that every week.
⁃ If he is still on your waiver wire, pick him up immediately. He seems to be turning into Philly’s starting TE and will be very productive in that role. He may have some down weeks splitting with Ertz but will finish as a top 10 TE barring injury.
⁃ We’ve said his biggest issue would be volume, not talent. Four catches for 36 yards and a TD isn’t a bad start to the year for a potential breakout, and neither is seven targets. He needs to be owned if you’re looking for a TE.
⁃ If you need a starting TE, Logan Thomas isn’t a bad dart throw. He had a very similar game to Jonnu Smith, literally getting one more yard and one more target. Thomas also led the Football Team with eight targets. Haskins seems like he will really on him a lot.
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