Week #1 Waiver Watch Of Truth

Week #1 Waiver Watch Of Truth

Quarterbacks

 

Jameis Winston, New Orleans – A solid debut in Week 1 after missing half of last season with injury, Winston is currently the QB7 on the week heading into Monday night.  An efficient performance, Winston completed 67% of his passes for 269 yards and two scores.  The Saints’ offense is littered with weapons, so if we do not see vintage turnover Winston, he could provide low QB1 results each week.  

 

Tua Tagovailoa, Miami – The Dolphins came out sharp in Mike McDaniel’s debut against New England, as Miami rolled 20-7 over the Patriots.  Tua turned in a solid, Tua-like performance of 270 yards and 1 TD, completing almost 70% of his passes.  The speed of the Miami offense was on display with highlight reel plays from Waddle and Hill.  If Tua can continue to get the ball to his playmakers efficiently, they will help provide added points to Tua’s stat line.  

 

Carson Wentz, Washington – Often hot and cold, Carson Wentz was on fire this week where he currently sits as the QB3 on the week.  We got the good version of Wentz this past week, and upcoming is another soft matchup against the Detroit defense that just allowed Jalen Hurts to finish as QB4.  Of course, Wentz does not provide the rushing production of Hurts, but Wentz should be able to take advantage of the Lions’ defense through the air.  You could do worse than Carson Wentz if you happened to be a Dak owner.  

 

Marcus Mariota, Atlanta Similar to Wentz, you could take a shot on Marcus Mariota if you are waiver wire is this at QB and you are in desperate need.  He is currently the QB10 on the week and while he will not light it up through the air, the rushing floor he provides each week was on display.  He is a tough start this coming week against the LA Rams, but if you are desperate Mariota could give your QB position a steady floor.  

 

Deeper Adds & Stashes: Matt Ryan, Indianapolis - Jared Goff, Detroit - Daniel Jones, New York

 

 

Running Backs

 

Jaylen Warren, Pittsburgh Steelers – Plenty of fantasy managers held their breath Sunday as Najee Harris went down with an apparent leg injury.  Conflicting reports have come out since, and the latest says test results were negative, Najee’s injury was minor, and he should be good to go for Week 2.  If Najee is fine,it does not make Warren a priority snag, but a good reminder it does not hurt to own high upside handcuffs on our bench.  Mike Tomlin has shown throughout his history a dedication to using one workhorse back and if Najee were to miss time you would have to assume Warren would become the workhorse for Pittsburgh.  Warren played every snap and received every RB touch once Najee went out Sunday.  

 

Jeff Wilson, San Francisco – Elijah Mitchell was another RB bitten by the injury bug, with reports this week saying Mitchell sprained his MCL and is expected to miss the next two months.  The 49ers backfield provides fantasy gold at the RB position year over year regardless of who is in the backfield.  It is worth getting a piece of this backfield at the very least on your bench, and Wilson seems to be the clear #2.  He received 9 carries, the most outside of Trey Lance, and added 2 targets in the air filling in Sunday and while he has not been a consistent model of health either, Wilson could provide a spark at the FLEX spot as long as he’s on the field.  

 

Tyrion Davis-Price/Jordan Mason, San Francisco – I grouped these two RBs together because while it seems clear Wilson is the #2 in San Fran, it does not hurt to grab the next man up as we have seen Wilson have trouble staying on the field.  TDP was inactive this past week while Mason suited up, but that could have just been due to Mason’s role on special teams.  We most likely will not know until later in the week who is splitting first team reps in practice or who is going to be active on gameday but does not hurt to stash a piece of this San Fran running game on your bench and see what happens.  

 

Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia/Jamaal Williams, Detroit/Khalil Herbert, Chicago – I figured I would throw these three together since they are extremely similar in role and opportunity.  All three guys are the #2 RB on their team or the lesser part of a committee, and so far in Week 1 contributed about 1/3 snaps.  All 3 guys scored on Sunday, which provided some nice production, but would have been mediocre otherwise.  All three would see an increase in opportunity if an injury to an RB were to happen and have shown ability before so would most likely make solid FLEX plays in those scenarios.  Any of these guys can be used in a pinch if you are suffering from the Week 1 injury slaughter, even without an injury.  

 

Deeper Adds & Stashes: Brian Robinson, Washington Kenyan Drake, Baltimore – Mike Davis, Baltimore – Rex Burkhead, Houston Mark Ingram, New Orleans

 

Wide Receivers

 

Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals – Star WR Tee Higgins left Sunday’s game early and did not return with a concussion.  Depending on the severity, Higgins could be sidelined at least a week leaving the door open for Boyd to step into a boatload of targets.  With Higgins limited this past week, Boyd received 7 targets in their OT loss to Pittsburgh.  Higgins was inactive for 3 games in 2021, and in those 3 games Boyd received 6, 6 and 11 targets.  For PPR leagues, if Higgins sits this week, Boyd can be a solid WR2.  

 

Joshua Palmer, Los Angeles Chargers Another unfortunate injury to a star player in Week 1, Keenan Allen left this week’s game early with a hamstring injury and was unable to return.  If Allen misses time, Palmer figures to step into as the WR2 on this offense and could see an uptick in targets.  A quiet debut in Week 1, Palmer received 4 targets and played the second highest percentage of snaps behind Mike Williams.  If Palmer can get 7+ targets for a few weeks with Allen sidelined, he is explosive enough to return value as a playable FLEX.  

 

Jarvis Landry, New Orleans – Proving he has still got something left in the tank, Landry cashed in on 9 targets for 7 receptionsand 114 yards.  Landry was on the field for about 72% of the snaps, almost identical to rookie Chris Olave and quite higher than Michael Thomas.  Perhaps Thomas is not fully recovered from his ankle and/or hamstring injury, plus a rookie WRcoming along, Landry could prove to be the most reliable option in New Orleans for QB Jameis Winston.  

 

Curtis Samuel, Washington – After most of his 2021 season derailed by injury, Samuel reappeared in a big way Sunday and proved to be the player Washington thought they were getting when they signed him last off-season.  Samuel collected 15 total opportunities and turned it into 72 total yards and 2 total touchdowns.  If Samuel continues to be highly involved in the offensive gameplan each week, he could be a high ceiling FLEX each week.  Samuel’s biggest knock throughout his career has been health, so if he can stay on the field, he could prove to be the 2020 version of Curtis Samuel.  

 

Deeper Adds & Stashes: Jahan Dotson, Washington – Robbie Anderson, Carolina – Sterling Shepard, New York

 

Tight Ends

 

Gerald Everett, Los Angeles – For me, Everett is the clear cut #1 TE target if you are looking to add someone this week, and probably the only one worth spending FAAB or a waiver claim on.  He turned 5 targets into 4 catches, 54 yards and a score, currently sitting as the TE4 on the week.  We all know the TE position, outside of the elite, is extremely volatile from week to week, so do not expect Everett to give you Top 5 production week in and week out.  Everett was on the field for 67% of the snaps, and with an injury to Keenan Allen, we could see the TE on the field a bit more and an extra target or two each game.  If Everett is consistently getting 6-7 targets in one of the league’s best offenses, you could be getting this year’s Dawson Knox.

 

Deeper Adds & Stashes: Hayden Hurst, Cincinnati Robert Tonyan, Green Bay

 

D/ST

 

Cleveland Browns – This week the Browns host the New York Jets, who managed to put up only 9 points at home last week against the Ravens.  The Browns’ defense is arguably on par with or even better than the Baltimore squad, and they will be coming out fired up off a road win against Carolina.  The Ravens sacked Flacco 3 times and picked him off once, which seems like a reasonable expectation for Cleveland this week.  The Browns are 4.5-point home favorites in a game with one of the lowest Over/Under’s on the week.  If Cleveland is available on the waiver wire, they would be my #1 play this week.  

 

Green Bay Packers – On paper the Green Bay defense looks talented at all three levels, but the Viking’s offense Sunday made them look like a JV squad.  I expect many managers to drop the Green Bay DST after a rough performance, but I think they are in a nice bounce back spot as 8.5-point home favorites against Chicago.  The Over/Under is only 44 points, giving Chicago an implied total of only 18 points, one of the lowest this week.  I expect Green Bay to bounce back at home this week and their defense should finish in the Top 10.  

 

Cincinnati Bengals – This week the Bengals travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys who have unfortunately lost QB Dak Prescott for the next 6-8 weeks.  Who knows if Dallas will look for an alternative solution or roll with back-up Cooper Rush, but either way you would expect the Bengals defense to have a nice day.  The Cowboys’ offense looked abysmal with Dak under center, and things did not get much better when Rush entered the game.  While the Bengals are not on the level of Tampa’s defense, it usually works out when targeting back-up QBs.  


Good luck on the waiver wire all and as always, stay true. 


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