Week 1 is in the books. Are you panicking yet? Jumping for joy? Unsure of your season to come? Good! Good for all of it. That means you’re invested and excited to have football back. Now’s the time to create your watch list and skim the waiver wires for talent. This does not mean dump your underperforming stars for a question mark. Calm yourselves. Take a deep breath and be vigilant.
Championships are not won with a “perfect draft,” no such thing exists. Championships are won on the waiver wire. Scouting for that player to replace your injured star, or fill in for a bye week. For a full list of waiver wire rankings, click here. These players carry you through to the playoffs. If you’re like me, your desk is covered in post-its with player names to keep them fresh in your mind. Or hopefully, you’re more organized than I am and work in excel spreadsheets. No matter your strategy, the players I’m going to point out are almost all for deep league formats only, and flag worthy in others. For leagues with fewer players, check out our week 2 streaming plays article.
Dontrell Inman WR SD
With Keenan Allen’s injury, it’ll be all hands on deck. Benjamin looked great this weekend and will be WR1. With how close the battle was between Inman and Tyrell Williams this offseason it’s no doubt Inman will see some targets. Though keep in mind that last season Rivers struggled to find a rhythm with other receivers after Allen was injured then too.
Jack Doyle TE IND
Who? Yeah, don’t even act like you knew who he was. This TE shared Dwayne Allen’s targets and they looked good doing it. I have little faith in Moncrief being a viable WR2 in Indy, and if they keep running 2 TE formats Doyle could look to see an increase in not only targets but red zone opportunities.
Jalen Richard RB OAK
This was fun to watch. Who just got the touchdown? Who? Who the hell is that? Gotta love these moments. Richard had 3 rushing attempts for 84 yards, 2 receptions for 11 yards and a touchdown. Well, that’s nice. What ‘s most interesting about Richard isn’t just that he’s an undrafted rookie, but that he made the team during their open tryout this Spring. It’s players like this that can be exciting to watch, with a chip on their shoulder they have something to prove. This will not be the last you hear of Jalen Richard.
Virgil Green TE DEN
6’5” 255lbs Green caught 4 of 5 targets for 28 yards against the Panthers in the Season opener. Despite these underwhelming stats, it was interesting to watch Green gain those targets in the second half. He looks like a good target for Siemian, at 6’5” 255, Green moves well and should see an increasing workload in a TE friendly Kubiak system. The questionable Demaryius Thomas also brings to light the need for another option.
Michael Thomas WR NO
Thomas had 6 rec for 58 yards in the Saints loss to Oakland. Cooks & Snead both had fantastic games so a big game from Thomas is unlikely. However, should anything happen to these two, Thomas is next in line and worth a flex start due to sheer volume from D. Breezy.
Tyler Higbee TE LA
Besides Gurley and maybe Tavon Austin (in deeper leagues), you’re unlikely to own any Rams players. Keep an eye on Higbee though. This isn’t just because his name is fun to say, but because he has the chance to be something relevant. He looked great in the preseason and he’s a sizable target at 6’4″ 243 lbs. Either this season or next I see Higbee climbing the ladder of tight end startability (it’s a word, my computer didn’t underline it red).
Jaron Brown WR AZ
Not a typo, you read that right. Jaron Brown had one catch for 18 yards, not impressive but it was for more yards than John Brown’s lone catch. This really doesn’t mean much. However, you should keep his name on a post-it note next to your computer if you’ve invested in any of Arizona’s receivers this season. Should anything happen to Fitz, John Brown or Michael Floyd, Jaron Brown could see an increase in targets. He’s agile, able to run outside routes and slot, not to mention fast with a 40 time of 4.40.
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