Our Top 10 Week One Waiver Wire Targets
Week one is under the books, whether you won or lost, there is likely spots on your roster that can improve. Luckily there are several solid options out there on the waiver wire, this article breaks down our top 10 players in the order we would bid on them.
- Will Fuller
Fuller was all over our week 1 FanDuel and DraftKings lineups. The Houston offense as a whole was slightly underrated heading into this season. Fuller and Hopkins are as dangerous a receiving tandem as we have in the league, and O’Brien will coach up Osweiler to get the most out of them. He won’t be an every week starter, but given the right matchups, like the Bears in week one, Fuller is a solid plug and play WR3.
- Tajae Sharpe
The Titans passing game wasn’t pretty, but we didn’t think it would be against one of the better secondaries in the NFL. In fact seeing Mariota throw for 270 yards and 2 touchdowns, albeit in a loss, should reassure fantasy owners. Sharpe has clearly emerged as the number one in Tennesse, and his 11 targets in week one was good for 9th most in the league. He’s another really solid WR3 option with upside.
- Tevin Coleman
We mentioned it in just about every post this offseason, but let’s say it again: Coleman is the best back in Atlanta and will be the starter by year’s end. He already out-touched and out-performed Freeman, and that was just week one. With very little value available in most ESPN and Yahoo! fantasy leagues, scoop him up before it’s too late.
- James White
White will see better matchups and better days. Realistically, his best games will come with Brady at the helm as the playbook opens up and the Pats play with a little more pace. That being said, he could be fantasy relevant in this week 2 matchup with the Dolphins as his skill set is a better match with the Dolphins defense than Blount’s. White is available in over 50% of leagues, and is ready to be in your lineups now, particularly if you are in a PPR league.
- Eric Ebron
Ebron was a top 10 tight end last season, despite missing 3 games and sharing targets with Megatron. He will finish this season somewhere inside of the top 7 tight ends, and is also available in over 50% of fantasy leagues. Stafford had a great week one performance, but we only saw a fraction of what Ebron, who was questionable heading into the game, will do in this offense. He will be split out more, and even used heavily in the screen game moving forward.
- Mike Wallace
Another player we were high on heading into this week’s games… Wallace is clearly the number 1 wide receiver in Baltimore. He was targeted only 6 times, but this was the second lowest scoring fantasy game of week 1. As he and Flacco get more comfortable together, we expect them to hit even more big plays. Wallace can run straight fast and Flacco is one of the best deep ball throwers in football.
- Mohamed Sanu
Sanu should consistently see single coverage, as defenses roll a safety over the top of Julio Jones. There is no getting around that, and Matt Ryan knows how to take advantage of the matchup. He isn’t flashy and I think we saw his best game in week one, but target defenses that are weak vs number 2 receivers, and plug him in those spots.
- Travis Benjamin
There are a few Chargers we should have our eye on following the Allen injury, they will certainly need to find a replacement and will likely want to lean more on the run. However, we think it’s Benjamin and Gates that see the majority of Allen’s targets. Benjamin is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball, and a larger role in one of the more pass-happy offenses in the NFL could push him into the top 20 receivers by the end of the season. Seven receptions against a strong Chiefs defense isn’t a bad start to the season.
- Dwayne Allen
Along with Eric Ebron, Allen was a tight end we thought would dramatically outplay his ADP heading into 2016. The Colts feature the tight end as much as any offense in football, and Allen will likely be on the field for 75% or more of their snaps. While Doyle was the star of week one, it’s Allen that will provide consistent fantasy value this season.
- Virgil Green
Green was impressive in his 2016 debut, but there is definitely a ton of room for growth. Like Benjamin, White, and Sharpe, better matchups are ahead. Siemian looked borderline elite in the short passing game and that’s where Green will excel this season. We like Ebron and Allen more, but if both were drafted in your league, Green is also worth a look.
- Quinton Patton
If you bombed your receiver draft and are looking for another target in addition to Fuller, Sharpe, Sanu, and Benjamin, we like the role Quinton Patton will fill in San Francisco. Again, better matchups are ahead for Patton and Gabbert, but both guys flashed fantasy potential in Kelly’s system. Patton will play in two receiver sets, will play in the slot, but is also a deep threat along with Torrey Smith, and will see downfield targets and has a chance to make some big plays.
- Tyrell Williams
At this point, Williams is tough to trust, but if you have an empty spot to throw him he has legit upside in this offense. If Williams is on the field in two receiver sets, he could be in line for a ton of targets. Given his physical profile and skill set, and the fact that Philip Rivers is throwing him the ball, he is definitely worth a shot.
Need to dig even deeper into the waiver wire? Here are another 10 names that should be available in your league, and will provide value moving forward this season:
- Jesse James
- Quincy Enunwa
- Eli Rogers
- Chris Thompson
- Terrance West
- Devontae Booker
- Eddie Royal
- Dennis Pitta
- Brandon Lafell