Week 1 is history. And while we can’t go back in time to preemptively pick up guys like Phillip Lindsay, Austin Ekeler or Phillip Dorsett before their successful 2018 debuts, we can look to the future to try and predict next week’s waiver wire darlings.
So just like last week, it’s time to grab a shovel. In some cases, a bulldozer. Because we’re about to dig DEEP to find guys who could soon emerge from the depths of your league’s waiver wire to find their way into fantasy football relevancy.
Nyheim Hines—Indianapolis Colts
As fellow TFA writer Matt Lo also noted, Hines makes for a great speculative add this week, particularly in PPR leagues. While Jordan Wilkins got the starting nod for the Colts, his debut was the definition of pedestrian, as his team-leading 17 touches netted only 61 yards. That’s not ideal. After surrendering a 23-10 lead, Andrew Luck and company found themselves in comeback mode. Enter Hines.
While he played only 45% of the team’s snaps, he became one of Luck’s go-to receivers in the second half, as he hauled in 7 of 9 targets for 33 yards, with another 19 on the ground. Hines appeared to be the Colts’ preferred hurry-up option over Wilkins, and Luck wasted no time finding him. For a team that figures to play from behind in many of its games this season, you could do a lot worse. Even with incumbent starter Marlon Mack set to return soon, Hines is a great waiver wire add in 14+ team leagues, and worth considering in 12 team PPR leagues.
C.J. Prosise—Seattle Seahawks
I know what you’re thinking. “You’ve got to be kidding me”. Well, I’m not. Hear me out. Despite playing only 12% of Seattle’s offensive snaps in week 1, there’s reason to believe C.J. Prosise could play a bit more in the weeks to come. Doug Baldwin is once again injured, and it looks like he’ll miss at least a few weeks. That leaves the Seahawks dangerously thin on the pass catching front. With this in mind, I wasn’t all that surprised to read the following tweet from Seahawks beat writer Bob Condotta on Monday evening:
Carroll says CJ Prosise could be used in more receiving roles to add depth there.
— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) September 11, 2018
Lest we forget, Prosise began his career at the University of Notre Dame as a wide receiver. Throughout his time there, he amassed 62 receptions for 896 yards through the air. While he’s only worth a look in the deepest of leagues at the moment, he’s someone who could be in line for a major uptick in opportunity. While I would take a wait-and-see approach here, Prosise is someone who could potentially play himself into the PPR discussion in the weeks ahead.
Tajae Sharpe—Tennessee Titans
What a weird opening game it was between the Titans and Dolphins. While Marcus Mariota owners came away with more questions than answers, Tajae Sharpe truthers have a few reasons to celebrate. For one, Sharpe is healthy after missing all of 2017 to injury. Secondly, he logged 84% of the team’s offensive snaps in Week 1. Then you consider Mariota’s security blanket, Delanie Walker, is out for the year due to a season-ending ankle injury.
As of this writing, Corey Davis is also nursing an injury, and now his status for Week 2 appears to be in doubt. Suddenly, Sharpe’s opportunity is looking way up. If you were somehow forced into starting Sharpe this past Sunday, you’re obviously not happy. But moving forward, he’s someone worth keeping a close eye on as he could be forced into a go-to role in Matt LaFleur’s offense. If you’re thin at WR, Sharpe is someone who I could see bursting onto the PPR scene sooner than later in 2018.
Corey Coleman—New England Patriots
Unlike every other player on this list, we have no Week 1 stats at our disposal to project Corey Coleman’s usage in New England. What we do know is that the raw talent is there. And it goes without saying that Tom Brady will be the best QB he’s played with in his career. The only question is can he put it all together to earn playing time? If he does, the sky is the limit. After all, this is a guy whose closest NFL comparison is Odell Beckham Jr., according to PlayerProfiler. At the end of the day, there’s nothing but upside here. If you have the room on your roster, consider Coleman as a wait-and-see option who could end up being a tremendous value if he’s able to emerge as a viable option in Tom Brady’s offense.
Ian Thomas—Carolina Panthers
Sadly, it looks like Greg Olsen will miss most of, if not the entirety of the 2018 fantasy football season. That opens the door for 2018 fourth round pick Ian Thomas. Thomas played 55% of the snaps in the Panthers season opener against the Cowboys. While it’s difficult to predict what his role within Norv Turner’s offense will look like moving forward, his potential is intriguing nonetheless. The fact is, the Panthers’ crop of pass catchers still leaves a lot to be desired, even with the offseason additions of Jarius Wright, Torrey Smith, and 26th overall pick DJ Moore. If Thomas is able to establish himself as a red-zone weapon, he could be the beneficiary of a Panthers offense that is projected to have better weeks ahead.
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