Seasons can be won and lost on the waiver wire, last week we hit on a quite a few of our predictions. Particularly Ahmad Bradshaw, Dwyane Allen and long shot Jags WR Allen Hurns, who had a moster game. We also missed on one player, we whiffed on Cody Latimer. Do not underestimate the importance of your waiver wire. This list will help you get the edge on your opponents.

QB Jake Locker – TEN
Week 1 Statistics
Opponent: KC
Passing: 22-33 266 yards 2 TDs Rushing: 6-14

Locker once again looked pretty good out there. He had fantasy value last season until he got injured. If Locker can stay healthy, his duel-threat capabilities could make him a sneaky good play moving forward. With Dallas next on the schedule, at the very least he could have trade value heading in to week three. If you’re looking for a solid backup QB with major upside, then grab Locker off your waiver wire before somebody else does. He could be a top waiver wire target next week if he lights up the Cowboys’ defense.

RB Justin Forsett – BAL

Week 1 Statistics
Opponent: CIN
Rushing: 11-70 1 TD Receiving: 5-14

Bernard Pierce’s dreadful 2013, appears to have carried over in to 2014. After Bernard was ineffective and fumbled, Forsett took the lead back role. With the recent release of the video of Ray Rice’s disturbing domestic abuse incident in a casino elevator, there is a chance Rice could be banned for an extended period of time or even released. The Ravens could possibly release Rice without having to pay him, and his salary would not count against the cap. Forsett appears as if he may have fallen in to a starting role. Make sure you scoop him off your waiver wire before anyone else picks up on his potential increased role. Rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro could also see an increase in workload.

BREAKING NEWS: Ray Rice was cut from the Raven’s and suspended indefinitely.

RB Terrance West – CLE

Week 1 Statistics
Opponent: PIT
Rushing: 16-100

Ben Tate is not good and injury prone!? Who’d-a-thunk it? Seriously tough, who didn’t see that coming? Tate was somewhat effective when he played and then left with a knee injury and was not able to return. West was expected by many to eventually take this job from Tate sooner than later with or without injury. He is a superior talent and Tate just isn’t a reliable back. Grab West and expect him to be the lead back moving forward. He is a potential star in the making.

WR Allen Hurns – JAX

Week 1 Statistics
Opponent: PHI
Receiving: 4-110 2 TDs

Hurns has graduated from long shot to must own. Hopefully you listened us last week and picked him up, if not he will likely be a top priority this week. He led the Jags in receiving yards and received nine targets, one less than Marqise Lee (led team in targets). Hurns could be a big time fantasy contributor moving forward. If you haven’t him up yet, go get him right now. The former Miami Hurricane could be in for an increased role.

WR Andrew Hawkins – CLE

Week 1 Statistics
Opponent: PIT
Receiving: 8-87

The important thing to note about Hawkins’ Week 1 performance is the fact he received 10 targets, four more than any other Browns’ player. If he begins to become targeted consistently like this, he could become fantasy relevant and possibly even a flex play. We have been waiting to see who will emerge from the Browns’ WR corps and it appears it may be Hawkins.

WR Andre Caldwell – DEN

Week 1 Statistics
Opponent: IND
Receiving: 2-16

Last week Latimer was on this list, now it’s Caldwell. For the next few weeks Caldwell is worth a bench spot. I understand the numbers weren’t great or even good, however Peyton Manning uses three WRs, always has. The important stat is that Caldwell was targeted five times and Latimer was not targeted at all. Don’t be shocked if he steps up and has a huge game out of nowhere.

TE Brandon Myers – TB

Week 1 Statistics
Opponent: CAR
Receiving: 6-41

Myers appears to be the lead TE on the Bucs. Rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins was expected to be the TE to own, despite his reported struggles in camp. Myers was targeted eight times in Sunday’s game, while Seferian-Jenkins was targeted just twice. Josh McCown loves utilizing his TEs and Myers should be a solid backup TE or desperation play as long as he’s the top guy. McCown made Martelllus Bennett in to a legitimate fantasy starter last season.

Long Shot of the Week

WR Travis Benjamin – CLE
Week 1 Statistics
Opponent: PIT
Receiving: 2-20 1TD Rushing: 1-10

This kid could be something special. Yes he’s a long shot, but with Hawkins and Miles Austin’s health issues, don’t be surprised if Benjamin becomes fantasy relevant in Cleveland. The former Miami Hurricane has big play ability and knows how to find the end zone. He’s may be a long shot, but last week’s long shot is a top waiver priority this week.

About The Author Mark Morales-Smith

Long time fantasy football and basketball player. Favorite sports teams include Dolphins, Hurricane Football, Cavs, Bearcats Bball, Devils, Braves.