Nothing feels quite the same as loading up your league’s waiver wire after the first rivalry week. We all still think we have a shot at winning and just need to get lucky enough to find the one breakout star who everyone forgot to draft. We’re going to be switching up our formatting a bit this year! Instead of weekly updates, we’ll be checking in intermittently throughout the season. That means each list will include more deep shot targets that can be valuable several weeks down the line!
Vernon Davis, Was TE
Davis was targeted seven times on Sunday and brought in four of them for 59 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Reed is always injured and is recovering from another concussion, so Davis could be a very serviceable tight end for the next month.
Adrian Peterson, Was RB
Peterson was inactive last week but is projected to be the starter now that Derrius Guice is injured. He knows the offense and played pretty well last season, so Peterson needs to be rostered in all formats and can be penciled in for 15+ carries for the next few weeks.
Malcolm Brown, LAR RB
Everyone thought Darrell Henderson would be the back splitting time with Todd Gurley, but it seems like that role belongs to Malcolm Brown. Brown had 11 carries and two TD vultures in Week 1. With the Rams set on limiting Gurley’s touches, Brown is a great pickup for the rest of the way and could have RB1 upside if Gurley misses time.
John Ross III, Cin WR
John Ross finally putting it all together? After frustrating all fantasy football players for his first two seasons, the former first round pick hauled in seven catches for 158 yards and two scores on Sunday. He has the speed to be a top ten receiver in the league and his improvement could be due to new coach Zac Taylor’s scheme. He’s worth a roster spot at least until A.J. Green returns, which may be a month away.
Terry McLaurin, Was WR
Washington’s depth chart is forgettable, but that often leads to fantasy gold and this is our third Redskin on this list. Keenum is never afraid to take risks downfield, leading McLaurin to five receptions for 125 yards and a score against a vaunted Eagles defense. It wouldn’t surprise me if McLaurin worked his way to WR1 status in Washington by mid-season.
Baker Mayfield, Cle QB
From pre-season hype to season opening flop, Mayfield also has the added caveat of an injured right wrist after getting beat up in Week 1. This could be a blip on the radar, but all Mayfield owners need to at least get a backup on the wire and prepare for the worst case scenario.
Remember when Von Miller and Bradley Chubb missed Week 1? Oh, they played? With 0 sacks, 0 takeaways and 24 points allowed to a forgettable Raiders roster, it’s time for owners to drop the Denver defense and move on for the rest of the season.