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What an exciting week of football! So many close games and we already have some injuries that will have a major impact for some. Keenan Allen went down with a season-ending ACL injury. Sammy Watkins status is up in the air with pain in his foot. Although, with Watkins, it sounds like he’s going to play through the pain. Russell Wilson got stepped on by Ndamukong Suh and now his availability for Week 2 is in doubt.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom. We received plenty of exciting finishes and big performances from some unlikely candidates. I’m looking at you, Willie Snead. We also saw some huge performances from AJ Green, Antonio Brown, David Johnson, Spencer Ware, and DeAngelo Williams to name a few.

With the first week of the season in the books. It’s time to turn the page and begin the preparation of another week. Below is a list of players worth adding. I could list five or six players worth adding like most every fantasy publication out there. However, that would be incredibly redundant and wouldn’t help you in any way. I would rather rank the players and give you a bit of insight as to why you should use a waiver add or FAAB money on them. Not all of them are worth an add, but some are simply worth monitoring. If you are specifically looking for players you can stream to start this week, check out this article by TFA’s own, Zack Marmer.

For the criteria to be added, I avoided listing players who were owned in over 50% of ESPN, Yahoo, or NFL leagues.

 

Quarterback

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  1. Joe Flacco
  2. Alex Smith
  3. Brock Osweiler
  4. Ryan Tannehill
  5. Carson Wentz
  6. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  7. Trevor Siemien

Joe Flacco – After his first game back from tearing his ACL, Flacco, picked up where he left off. He completed 23 of 34 passes for 258 yards and one touchdown. Certainly not a monster performance, but with Cleveland up next, Flacco makes for one of the top streaming options this week after the Browns allowed 278 yards and two touchdowns to rookie Carson Wentz.

Alex Smith – What a gutsy performance by Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs trailed the Chargers by 21 points midway through the third quarter, but turned it around and scored four straight touchdowns. Alex Smith capped off the comeback with a rushing TD in OT. Smith finished with 363 passing yards and three total touchdowns.

Up next for the Chiefs is a rematch of the AFC Wildcard against the Houston Texans. If the Chiefs defense doesn’t improve, there will be plenty of opportunities for Alex Smith to put the offense on his back.

Running Back

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  1. Tevin Coleman
  2. James White
  3. Chris Thompson
  4. Travaris Cadet
  5. Shane Vereen
  6. Alfred Morris
  7. Jerick McKinnon
  8. Terrance West
  9. Tim Hightower
  10. Kenneth Dixon
  11. Shaun Draughn
  12. Kenjon  Barner
  13. Damien Williams
  14. Devontae Booker
  15. DeAndre Washington

Tevin Coleman – I’ve bought into Coleman all offseason as the man to own in the backfield for Atlanta. Although he didn’t out snap Devonta Freeman (36-32), he did out produce him. Coleman finished with 8 carries for 22 yards and five receptions for 95 yards. He’s going to be one of the top waiver adds this week and could wrestle the starting job away from Freeman.

James White – As soon as Dion Lewis went down, James White instantly became a PPR RB to own. This was confirmed Sunday night when he was used exclusively in the passing game. He finished with five catches for 40 yards. His usage will be tough to predict on a week-to-week basis, but makes for a decent RB3 on most weeks.

Chris Thompson – I will never understand why Chris Thompson wasn’t more of a target for folks in PPR leagues. With the suspect Redskins defense and the unpredictable nature that is Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, is in store for a healthy weekly workload. He didn’t have a monster Week 1 performance, but the fact that he received the look inside the red zone that led to his lone touchdown on the night is further proof that he might be the running back to own in Washington.

Travaris Cadet – If you would have asked me about Travaris Cadet and his fantasy value heading into the season, I likely would have asked if you were joking. Well, after playing 38% of the snaps, Cadet was the clear-cut change of pace back behind the oft-injured Mark Ingram. Cadet finished with three receptions on seven targets and a touchdown. If he continues to see a decent amount of targets, then he’s worth a flier in PPR formats.

Jerick McKinnon – The Vikings running game was atrocious against an underrated Titans defense. Most will be off of McKinnon this week after a dismal performance, but I’m still buying into McKinnon and his value as a handcuff to Adrian Peterson.

Terrance West – The Ravens backfield continues to be a fluid situation. Justin Forsett led the way playing 37 snaps to 27 for Terrance West. Despite the opportunity given to both running backs, neither separated themselves as a RB to own. With Buck Allen as a surprise scratch, Terrance West received two more totes than Forsett. He ended with 12 carries for 32 yards (2.6 YPC), and two receptions for six yards. Terrance West should get an opportunity to turn things around with a cushy matchup against the Browns next week.

 

Wide Receiver

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  1. Will Fuller
  2. Tajae Sharpe
  3. Mohamed Sanu
  4. Eli Rogers
  5. Tyrell Williams
  6. Phillip Dorsett
  7. Victor Cruz
  8. Mike Wallace
  9. Chris Hogan
  10. Pierre Garcon
  11. Davante Adams
  12. Sammie Coates
  13. Robert Woods
  14. Nelson Agholor
  15. Chris Conley
  16. Josh Doctson
  17. Terrelle Pryor
  18. Quincy Enunwa
  19. Tyler Boyd
  20. Jermaine Kearse
  21. Anquan Boldin
  22. Quinton Patton
  23. Seth Roberts
  24. Kenny Stills
  25. Charles Johnson

Will Fuller – What a rookie debut for Will Fuller. With all the hype going to Sterling Shepard, Corey Coleman, Josh Doctson, and Tyler Boyd over the offseason, it was Fuller who had the best day. He finished with 5 receptions on a team leading 11 targets, 107 yards, and a touchdown. Despite the great production, he could have had an even bigger day had he not dropped another bomb that likely would have resulted in a TD. Despite his inefficient performance, you can live with that from a rookie wide receiver. Up next for the Texans is a rematch of the AFC Wildcard game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Tajae Sharpe – There was some doubt heading into the season as to who was the wide receiver to own between Tajae Sharpe and Rishard Matthews. After week 1, that debate should be put to rest. Sharpe out snapped Matthews 65-35. Moving forward I wouldn’t be surprised to see him lead the team in targets. He makes for a solid flex option on most weeks. If he’s still available on your waiver wire, then scoop him up in short order.

Mohamed Sanu – Finally the Falcons have number two to take the pressure off of Julio Jones. Mohamed Sanu hauled in five of eight targets for 80 yards and a touchdown. It’s worth noting, however, he was spotted leaving the locker room limping heavily. If this injury proves to be minor, he’s worth an add in all formats.

Eli Rogers – Rogers was a sleeper after a solid preseason performance. He backed up the hype with a solid stat line of 6-59-1. He’s certainly worth a look, but once Markus Wheaton returns to the lineup, Rogers’ upside could be limited with Sammie Coates hanging around.

Tyrell Williams – I could have bumped him up a bit higher. With the season ending injury to Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams should see the biggest boost in terms of playing time. He could also provide the most value from a fantasy standpoint. Williams profiles as a strong outside threat at 6’3 and 215 pounds, and should see plenty of looks inside the red zone. He makes for a decent flex play next week against an explosive Jaguars offense.

Victor Cruz – It’s hard not to root for Victor Cruz. He’s been out since 2014, and finally got back on the field week 1 against the Cowboys. He hauled in all four of his targets for 34 yards and a touchdown. His weekly production will be inconsistent with so many other mouths to feed. He’s still worth a look as a WR4 or 5.

Phillip Dorsett – The Colts consistently used three wide receiver sets on Sunday against the Lions. Which led to Phillip Dorsett playing 51 of 70 snaps. He finished with the third-most targets and he made the most of it. He finished with 4 receptions on 6 targets and 94 yards. Moving forward, Dorsett possesses weekly WR4 upside and if something happens to TY Hilton, he would immediately turn into a strong WR2 play.

Nelson Agholor – After hauling in four of five targets for 57 yards and a touchdown, Nelson Agholor seems to have some chemistry with Carson Wentz. He’s currently only an option in deeper formats, but could easily play his way up to 12 team league appeal.

Tight End

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  1. Eric Ebron
  2. Dwayne Allen
  3. Charles Clay
  4. Jesse James
  5. Virgil Green
  6. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
  7. Zach Miller
  8. Clive Walford
  9. Dennis Pitta
  10. Jared Cook

Eric Ebron – I’m surprised he’s only owned in 49% of ESPN leagues. I get the injury concern, but his upside is as high as any TE2 in the league. He displayed some of that upside on Sunday against the Colts. Ebron finished with 5 receptions, 46 yards, and a touchdown. If you’re in need of a TE this week, and somehow Ebron is still available he’s worth every bit of a top waiver add this week.

Dwayne Allen – He was an easy play in DFS this weekend, and is a lock for consistent production inside the red zone. With a beat up secondary the Colts figure to be playing from behind the majority of the time, Allen stands see a heavy workload on a weekly basis.

Jesse James – His valued will be limited with so many other options for Big Ben. At 6’7, 261 pounds, James makes for a massive red zone threat for the offense. James won’t be my first choice as a TE, but he will have some useful weeks.

Virgil Green – After a tough matchup against the Panthers on Thursday night, Green will see plenty of opportunities moving forward. With an inexperienced QB at the helm, the athletic TE should serve as the security blanket for Siemian. Green gets a great matchup against the Colts next week, and should be a high-end TE2. TFA’s Sam Holt just put out a Deep, Deep Sleepers article that goes a little more in depth about why you should grab Virgil Green.

Hello, my name is Kevin Steele. I enjoy long walks on the beach and cuddling up with a good glass of scotch and The Fantasy Life book by Matthew Berry.

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