Alright, nobody panic! Week 1 is in the books, and for some of us, it was a stressful week. Keenan Allen and Sammy Watkins suffered significant injuries and significant players severely underperformed, here’s looking at you, Tyrod Taylor. Even if you are 0-1, there is no need to panic. I’ve won championships after going 0-4 before, and so can you. The way to do this is to stick to your studs and add the right players to your team off of the waiver wire to improve your long-term outlook.
You picked the studs, but now it’s time to pick the waiver-wire saviors. A player you pick up today may alter the course of your fantasy season going forward. I believe these players can make an impact on your team in week 2, but if you are looking for a more in-depth look at waiver rankings, check out this article by TFA’s Kevin Steele. Without further ado, here are some players that you may want to consider grabbing before your league mates do:
Carson Wentz (PHI) Wentz did not play like a rookie from an FBS school. Albeit, this is the Brown’s atrocious defense, but the Eagles draw a Bears defense that struggled to contain the Texans on Sunday. Wentz’s TD passes to Matthews and Agholor were dimes. He is definitely worth a look in 2-QB and superflex leagues
Matt Ryan (ATL) This may sound crazy, but as of this writing, Ryan is only owned in about 40% of ESPN leagues. With a matchup against an Oakland squad that was just lit up by the Saints in week 1. With Mohammad Sanu looking like a solid free-agent acquisition, Ryan makes for a solid start this week.
Brock Osweiler (HOU) He was one of my picks last week, and he makes this list again as he draws a matchup against the Chiefs that did not look so hot against San Diego. With Will Fuller wasting no time acclimating to the NFL, Osweiler should be able to put in another useful fantasy outing for those who lack better options.
James White (NE) This is more for PPR, because White only had 1 carry in the Sunday night game. However, he did tie for the team lead in targets with 7. The Pats draw a Dolphins team that just shut down the power rushing combo of Christine Michael and Thomas Rawls, which leaves the door open for White to put up some good numbers instead of Legarrette Blount this week. If he is still on the waiver-wire, he should be picked up immediately, especially for Dion Lewis owners.
Shane Vereen (NYG) The role of receiving back is clearly carved out for Vereen, and this weeks matchup vs. the dynamic Saints offense and atrocious defense is a juicy one. Expect the Giants to roll out Vereen more than the 43% (compared to Rashad Jenning’s 57%) of the time he was on the field as the G-Men will be forced to pass in a likely shootout.
Tevin Coleman (ATL) Boy Devonta Freeman owners are pissed! This looks like a time-share moving forward. Freeman only out-snapped Coleman 36 to 32, which shows that the Falcons plan on using both backs. It will be interesting to see if either carves out a specific role, but for now, if you need RB help, you could do worse than Coleman who got a combined 14 targets/carries in week 1.
Terrelle Pryor (CLE) He sure doesn’t look like he used to play QB. Pryor looks natural on deep-ball tracking and is a huge target for Josh McCown. He led the inefficient Browns in targets with 7 in his first major action at WR. The former Buckeye looks like he can at least be a flex option until Josh Gordon comes back, and maybe even beyond. To read more about Pryor, TFA’s own Andrew Chandar has you covered here.
Tajae Sharpe (TEN) If you covered the Titans in camp and/or pre-season, you are already well aware that Sharpe is the top receiving target for Marcus Mariota. If he is still on your waiver wire, you need to scoop him up now as he should be at least a flex play all season. Sharpe caught 7 of his team-leading 11 targets for 76 yards on Sunday, though he will draw a tougher matchup against Darius Slay and the Lions next week. Volume is key here for inserting him into your flex spot. (Read more about Sharpe in an earlier throwdown piece here)
Mohammad Sanu (ATL) The foot issue will be something to monitor, but if he is healthy, he may be worth a play next week against Oakland. He tied with Julio Jones and Jacob Tamme for the team-lead in targets, and appears to be a guy that Matt Ryan will look to often.
Will Fuller (HOU) What a debut for the rookie! If the Texans can continually find ways to take advantage of his blazing speed he may be an every-week starter in no time. Pick him up now before someone else does. If you are desperate for a start, keep in mind that Marcus Peters will probably match up against DeAndre Hopkins, leaving Fuller with a half-decent matchup play.
Eric Ebron (DET) The fact that Jared Cook has better ownership than Ebron blows my mind. The 3rd year tight end is on plenty of waiver-wires, and going to be a huge TD target all season. In that pass-happy Detroit offense with Calvin Johnson gone, it’s Ebron and Marvin Jones who Stafford will be looking for in the end zone. If you didn’t draft a tight end in one of the top 6 rounds or so, Ebron can be an every-week starter for you. Pick him up and play him.
Dwayne Allen (IND) Allen looked pretty spry against Detroit, and consistently found holes that Andrew Luck could exploit. Even though backup tight end Jack Doyle (who was mentioned as a deep sleeper in Sam Holt’s Deep, Deep Sleeper’s article) pilfered 2 touchdowns, Allen and Donte Moncrief are still likely to receive the majority of the Colts red-zone targets. Like Ebron, he is a plug-and-play candidate off the waiver-wire if you didn’t get a top tier tight end.
Virgil Green, (DEN) Green didn’t put up a huge stat line against the Panthers, (4 catches, 28 yards) but he did show something more important: Trevor Semian’s trust. His week 2 opponent (Indianapolis) just let Detroit put up 39 points and Eric Ebron was able to get open for a touchdown. Green is a sneaky streaming play if other options are exhausted.
Defense / Special Teams
New York Jets (Vs. Buffalo Bills) No Sammy Watkins really limits what the Bills can do on offense, and the Jets stop the run very well.
Baltimore Ravens (Vs. Cleveland Browns) Whoever plays Cleveland is at least worth a look, and the Ravens held Buffalo to just 7 points.
Philadelphia Eagles (Vs. Chicago Bears) The Birds looked good against Cleveland. Chicago may be a little tougher, but not by much. expect similar results.
Brandon Mcmanus (DEN) – Weak Colts D means plenty of opportunities
Matt Bryant (ATL) – Potential shootout vs. Oakland.
Josh Brown (NYG) If he starts, that Giants vs. Saints game produced 101 points in 2015, expect similar results.
Sebastian Janikowski (OAK) – See Matt Bryant
That wraps it up for The Fantasy Authority’s weekly streamer picks, tune in next Tuesday for the week 3 picks. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter:
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