There are a lot of unexpected occurrences that can arise as we approach Week 1 of the new NFL season. Injuries and other complications can get in the way and force you into making some changes to your rosters before the games get going. You might simply want to find some good sleeper picks from the waiver wire who might be able to give your team an extra boost. Whatever the reasoning behind your decision, you can still find plenty of high-upside players to take a seat on your bench before the season kicks off. Today, we’ll be identifying some of the best waiver wire targets for you to consider.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
14% of fantasy players own Dalton, which is a shockingly low figure considering we’re talking about a player who was one of the best fantasy signal callers just two season ago. Yes, he only managed 19 touchdowns and 17 interceptions last year, but we need to look at the bigger picture here. Part of the reason for Dalton’s struggles in 2014 was the absence of some big players like A.J. Green, Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert for large parts of the year. All of these players are fit as we head into 2015 and Dalton will benefit greatly from that. He can easily recover the sort of form he showed in 2013 and could be an excellent sleeper pick.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills
Taylor is owned by only 2% of players, which means the majority of fantasy fans are missing out on one of the best sleeper picks of the upcoming season. Taylor is a runner. His speed and running ability make him an excellent backup signal caller for your fantasy squad, especially if your first-choice QB is prone to injuries.
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Like Taylor, only 2.7% of players have taken Bortles and a big part of that is probably the fact that he plays for the Jaguars. However, Bortles has been very impressive in OTAs and has some good players to work with. After a rough rookie season, he’s looking much better and might be able to live up to his potential in 2015. If you have any doubts about your starting QB then Bortles could be a great reserve choice.
Denard Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
From one Jacksonville player to another, Robinson is owned by just 2.4% of fantasy players. Again, Jacksonville have not looked great at all in recent times, but this could be a turning point for them. Bortles is set to shine this year and he could develop a good understanding with the veteran RB who many people are expecting to start in Week 1. Robinson has looked good in training and has a good ceiling. He could be a great value choice for your bench.
Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins
Less than 1% of players own Jones (0.9%), which is pretty surprising considering the potential of this young man. The rookie is an incredible physical specimen who has an impressive amount of agility for a guy with so much muscle. He’s an explosive player who can certainly find time to shine this season. He’s had a good preseason and could play an important role in the Redskins’ 2015 campaign, especially in the later games.
David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Johnson is a relatively popular pick with 26.5% ownership, but he’s still worth a mention in this list. For leagues that hand on points for receptions, Johnson is certainly a must-have. He’s a good catcher and can supply a nice amount of points for your roster. He won’t play every single week and it might take some time for him to build up momentum, but he could prove to be a solid backup player.
Crockett Gillmore, TE, Baltimore Ravens
1.4% of fantasy fans own Gillmore but he has a lot of potential to put up some decent numbers in 2015. His first week matchup against the Broncos represents a good chance for him to show what he can do. It’s always tough for fantasy players to find good tight ends but Gillmore certainly has the ability to put in some solid performances.
Richard Rodgers, TE, Green Bay Packers
Our other tight end pick of the day is owned by just 4.9% of players. Rodgers has a huge ceiling and could truly be the difference between failure and success for your fantasy roster. He had a forgettable rookie campaign but looks fired up to prove his worth in 2015 and has all of the attributes necessary to be a great NFL TE. His game can only improve by working with one of the best QBs in the game (Aaron Rodgers) and we’d certainly recommend him as a top sleeper pick.
Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Owned by 15.5% of players, Williams is a bit of an enigma for fantasy fans. He can be a star one week and a failure the next. If he can manage to put a bit more consistency into his game then fans could be looking at a great sleeper pick with plenty of upside. He’s the number two WR for Dallas after Dez Bryant and has the experience necessary to have a decent season.
Steve Johnson, WR, San Diego Chargers
It’s a lowly 2.3% ownership rating for Johnson, but he’s certainly one of the most interesting sleepers available. He’s developing a powerful understanding with Philip Rivers which could be very important in the Chargers’ 2015 campaign. He’s also working with some great offensive players and is clearly preparing for an impressive season. His first week matchup at home against the Lions should be the perfect stage for him to prove his talent and he’ll be a great pick for owners in need of some depth in the wide positions.