The first waiver wire of the season brings with it some solid options, as some crazy performances burst onto the scene in the first week of NFL action, while some poor play and injuries also threatens to change the landscape a bit. Let’s take a look at some stellar options that are largely available in fantasy football leagues and/or are must-have options off the waiver wire heading into week two:
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James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers (Owned in 30.5% of ESPN leagues)
Not Davante Adams, not Ty Montgomery, not Jeff Janis, but James Jones emerged as the weapon of choice for Aaron Rodgers week 1. Having just been signed Monday, Jones immediately re-established his position as the go-to receiver. Even with Cobb on the field, Jones will be seeing a heavy volume of targets, especially in the red zone as he can provide the length that Cobb can not.
Will he have a repeat of his 2012 season with the Packers where he hauled in 14 TDs? I think MOST fantasy owner’s would agree that he probably will not but ALL fantasy owner’s will be looking to add Jones this week.
Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers (Owned in 68.5% of ESPN leagues)
Even with Melvin Gordon getting the start and the majority of carries, Woodhead still managed to have 12 rushing attempts and 4 receptions on 7 targets. Not to mention 2 touchdowns. This shows that even though the Chargers have confidence in the rookie Gorden they plan to utilize Woodhead frequently.
Keep your expectations in check as far as the touchdowns go for this 5’8″ but do not be surprised to see Woodhead end up with 200+ touches this year. Furthermore, if Gordon were to go down, Woodhead would become a must-start.
Nate Washington, WR, Houston Texans (Owned in 1.6% of ESPN leagues)
While it is unlikely that Brian Hoyer or Ryan Mallet will be combining for 47 pass attempts every game this season, it is likely that the Texans could be trailing often. Obviously Hopkins is the main receiving threat and will garner the most attention from opposing secondary’s, but Washington was just 2 targets short of Hopkins’s (13) this week with 11 total.
Washington was able to haul in 6 of them for 105 yards receiving. Look for Washington to continue to get looks as defenses focus on stopping Hopkins.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts (Owned in 31.2% of ESPN leagues)
Going against one of the best defenses in the leagues, the Indianapolis offense struggled to find a rhythm Sunday. To add injury to insult (literally), T.Y. Hilton left the game with a knee injury. This made way for Moncrief who was able to convert 11 targets into 6 catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.
It’s probably safe to say he will not have 11 targets every week but if Hilton is forced to miss anytime (which it appears he will be) Moncrief is solid add this week.
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Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans (Owned in 46% of Yahoo leagues)
Mariota began his NFL career with four touchdowns in the first half this past week, which was beyond impressive. He’ll surely have some rough outings during his rookie year, but he displayed poise, accuracy and efficiency. He also has some weapons and with his running ability, also some upside. He’s not a sure fire start every week, but anytime he has a good matchup he’ll be worth a try.
David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (Owned in 20% of Yahoo leagues)
Andre Ellington went down with an injury in week one and is going to miss a good amount of time, meaning Arizona’s backfield is down to just Chris and David Johnson. Chris Johnson is the tentative starter, but after taking his lone week one touch 55 yards to the house, David Johnson is surely in for a role. He’s easily a must-stash player until we see him rise to a bigger role.
Brandon Coleman, WR, New Orleans Saints (Owned in 27% of Yahoo leagues)
Coleman is just the Saints’ third wide receiver but he got his 2015 season started off right with four catches for 41 yards and a touchdown. This guy is just scratching the surface of his potential and could eventually supplant the regressing Marques Colston. He’s a terrific stash and could go off in an awesome week two clash with the hapless Buccaneers.
Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys (Owned in 56% of Yahoo leagues)
Williams is owned a good bit, but by the end of today his ownership might be over 75%. Dez Bryant is out for 4-6 weeks with a broken foot, making Williams a key target in the Cowboys’ passing game. He can be inconsistent, but he’s got game-breaking speed and had some big games in 2014. He’s suddenly an interesting WR2.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Owned in 56% of Yahoo leagues)
ASF got a lot of his week one production in garbage time and Mike Evans was out, but he’s still going to see a good amount of work over the course of the season. Any Bucs players will be fairly hit or miss given how awful Jameis Winston has looked, but he’s a big target with plus athleticism so he’s at least worth stashing for now, if not starting. San Diego Ladarius Green won’t have forever to crush it for the Chargers (19% owned), but he did well in week one also and could be a nice option until Antonio Gates returns.