Updated: Sep 13, 2022
The number one rule of NFL Fantasy Football is don't over react to Week 1. If you dominated or you got the beat down, you can't over react to what happened to your player. However, injuries are another thing that you need to react quickly to. After the first week, I started to scrub the waiver wire for some possible pick ups for your team.
Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints
46% rostered according to Yahoo Sports
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They were a lot of believers in Jameis Winston heading into this season and I was one that was on the fence. But after Week 1 scoring at least 22 fantasy points, I think he’s a viable platoon option. If you are one of the unfortunate Dak Prescott owners, Winston is a good pickup. Winston looks to be past his turnover issues and has WR Michael Thomas to lean on. Thomas caught both of his TD passes and he targeted Jarvis Landry 9 times. Don’t forget, with Alvin Kamara and rookie Chris Olave, this is a dangerous offense that can put up points.
Carson Wentz, Washington Commanders
15% rostered according to Yahoo Sports
Carson Wentz is a solid QB in this league, it’s wins and losses in crunch time that is his problem. But you don’t get fantasy points for wins. Wentz finished with 27+ fantasy points as he threw for 313 yards, 4 TDs and 2 INTs against the young Jaguars defense in Week 1. Wentz was distributing the ball to his sneaky good WR weapons in Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson and Curtis Samuel. The Lions’ secondary was torched by AJ Brown and the Eagles in week 1, so it’s very possible Wentz can be a sleeper start in Week 2. Wentz is a great streaming option if you have injury issues and honestly, he’s a better daily fantasy play.
Honorable Mention: Matt Ryan, Marcus Mariota
Jeff Wilson, San Francisco 49ers:
18% rostered according to Yahoo Sports
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RB Elijah Mitchell went down with a knee injury on Sunday and looks to be out at least 2 months. Wilson is next up in the 49ers RB room. Jeff Wilson scored only 5 fantasy points when he became the lead back, but the rain-soaked Soldier Field did no one on the 49ers any favors. Kyle Shanahan typically runs an RB by committee offense but is a heavy run team. With Lance struggling in his debut, expect Wilson to handle the ball in tandem with Deebo Samuel. Wilson averages 4.2 yard per carry for his career so don’t believe in Week 1 struggles. Wilson is a solid receiver out of the backfield and the offense shouldn’t skip a beat.
Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears
41% rostered according to Yahoo Sports
David Montgomery fantasy owners must be angry this morning. RB Khalil Herbert tallied 15+ fantasy points in Week 1 against a solid 49ers defense on only 9 carries. This was as he was out-snapped and out-touched by Montgomery. As the game wore on and Chicago stole the momentum, Chicago gave the ball to Herbert instead of Montgomery to close out the game. Herbert just looked more effective in the soggy field conditions. I’m not sure if Herbert is better than Montgomery but look for him to earn more touches to make a strong RB by committee backfield. The Bears will need to protect QB Justin Fields with a strong run game, especially with the offensive line struggling to gel.
Jaylen Warren, Pittsburgh Steelers
5% rostered according to Yahoo Sports
RB Najee Harris was injured in Week 1 and did not return to the game against the Bengals. But reports say Harris should be good to go in Week 2 against the Patriots. Jaylen Warren played well in the preseason to be Harris’ backup. Even if Warren only gained 7 rushing yards on 3 carries, Warren can be effective. My gut is Harris’ touches will be limited in Week 2, so Warren will see an uptick in carries. I would think about adding Warren today in case Harris’ diagnosis takes a turn.
Honorable Mention: Darrell Henderson, Kenneth Gainwell, Rex Burkhead
Curtis Samuel, Washington Commanders
7% rostered according to Yahoo Sports
The Commanders offense was impressive under Wentz and the WRs feasted. Curtis Samuel finished Week 1 against the Jaguars with 8 catches for 55 yards and 1 TDs on 11 targets. He finished the game with 72 total yards when adding in his 2 rushing attempts. Samuel and Dotson both need to be that #2 option behind stud WR Terry McLaurin and they both are stepping up. Samuel is on my list as a solid flex option and daily fantasy start in Week 2 against a weak Lions defense. The Lions allowed 155 receiving yards to A.J. Brown in Week 1 so there are points to be had.
D.J. Chark, Detroit Lions
40% rostered according to Yahoo Sports
The Lions offense is dangerous and D.J Chark is one reason why. I told people on our podcast show that Chark was a sneaky good offseason pickup. D.J. Chark looked like the WR the Jacksonville Jaguars were hoping he’d become. Chark accounted for over 20% of the pass targets according to the numbers. He was second in receiving yards in Week 1 behind stud WR Amon-Ra St. Brown. Chark has favorable matchups in the next 3 weeks with suspect secondaries coming up. Chark is a solid low-end WR3/flex option and a daily fantasy cost saver.
Jarvis Landry, New Orleans Saints
42% rostered according to Yahoo Sports
Jarvis Landry did Jarvis Landry things in Week 1, as he posted a solid (actually very nice) stat line with little fanfare. Landry commanded a 26.4% target share with a 97.0% route participation clip. With Michael Thomas and Chris Olave taking the brunt of good cornerback play over the next three weeks, Landry is poised as a dark horse to lead the team in targets by the time we get to Week 5.
Robbie Anderson, Carolina Panthers
11% rostered according to Yahoo Sports
Robbie Anderson finally has a solid quarterback to work with and it showed in Week 1. Anderson finished with 5 catches for 102 receiving yards and 1 TD, including a long 75-yard reception. Anderson is the #2 option behind D.J. Moore but the numbers showed he got almost 30% of the total targets. Anderson can be up and down, but volume is huge in fantasy. If Anderson will get 25-30% of targets consistently, then he’s worth consideration as an add/stash.
Honorable Mention: Sterling Shepard, Corey Davis, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Jahan Dotson
Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers
28% rostered according to Yahoo Sports
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More injury/volume swaps as lead ER Keenan Allen left the Week 1 game against the Raiders with a hamstring injury. With a short week coming up, Gerald Everett is the likely player to see an uptick for the Chargers’ offense. Everett saw only an 12% target share but that number will increase for sure. The matchups for the next couple of weeks favor him and we all know TE is a tough position to hit the waiver wire for.
Hayden Hurst, Cincinnati Bengals
10% rostered according to Yahoo Sports
Hayden Hurst is in a pass heavy offense and will be open in the middle of the field and red zone a lot. The athletic Hurst saw 15.0% of the total targets against the Steelers. His next three matchups are against defenses that notoriously get torched by tight ends. He's a low end tight end, but he might be able to get you three catches for 30 yards but add one red zone touchdown.
Honorable Mention: Tyler Higbee, Kylen Granson
Cleveland Browns D/ST
28% rostered according to Yahoo Sports
The Browns were all over former Browns QB Baker Mayfield in Week 1. The Browns sacked him 4 times, forcing 1 interception and 4 fumbles (luckily Carolina recovered them all). The Browns have had athletes for a few years and are capable of pressuring opposing offenses. The next three quarterbacks they meet are Joe Flacco, Mitch Trubisky and Marcus Mariota. They could go on a run for some solid games.
Carolina Panthers D/ST
5% rostered according to Yahoo Sports
The Panthers were a top defense last year before injuries to CB Horn and company slowed them down. They are a ball hawking defense that can force turnovers. The Panthers are a daily fantasy option this week as they face turnover-prone QB Daniel Jones and the Giants. I know all too well he is good for a pick and fumble in this game.