Chris Godwin (Rostered in just 1.4% of NFL.com leagues) Sunday’s game against the Saints was a prime example that the Buccaneers defense will most likely not be one of the league’s best. What does this mean? Ryan Fitzpatrick will lead Tampa Bay to almost 50 points every week? No, most likely not but I think there is value in scooping up Godwin as not only did he have a strong preseason and score in week one, but Desean Jackson left the game and did not return with a concussion.
Darren Sproles (Rostered in just 10.7% of NFL.com leagues) Jay Ajayi owners were pulling their hair out at the start of last Thursday night’s game and throughout the first half as they saw Darren Sproles get the start in this game. Not only did he draw the start but he played 29 snaps which led all Philadelphia running backs on. Maybe not in all formats, but in some deeper PPR leagues Sproles is worth a look if you are thin at RB.
Phillip Lindsay (Rostered in just 0.5% of NFL.com leagues) Lindsay was potentially the biggest surprise in the Fantasy world this past Sunday! After a long offseason of being reluctant to name Royce Freeman the starter over Devontae Booker the Broncos threw an even bigger curve ball and gave Lindsay 15 carries in this game. He rewarded them with 71 yards which was good enough to equal the exact carries and effectiveness of teammate and named starter Royce Freeman. Look for the Broncos to continue to ride the hot hand much to the chagrin of those who roster Royce Freeman.
Ted Ginn (Rostered in just 35.9% of NFL.com leagues) We knew that a #2 WR in a Drew Brees offense was going to have value we just wanted to be sure who it would be. The addition of Cameron Meredith via free agency and the drafting of rookie Tre’quan Smith caused some concern to Ginn’s value heading into this year, however after his performance week one Ginn is worth a look as a deeper league stash. Ginn managed to haul in 5 catches for 68 yards and a touchdown.
Brandon Marshall (Rostered in just 1.1% of NFL.com leagues) In light of Doug Baldwin now injuring both knees and set to miss some significant time, Brandon Marshall deserves consideration on your waiver wire this week. Marshall may have only caught 3 balls but he scored a TD and racked up 46 yards. He also could have scored on another play that he got called for offensive pass interference.
TJ Yeldon (Rostered in just 4.2% of NFL.com leagues) There was some concern coming into this season that Yeldon would be a thorn in the side of those with Fournette on their roster, however with Fournette pulling his hamstring early in Sunday’s competition and not returning Yeldon is an interesting waiver add this week especially for those with Fournette on their rosters.
DeDe Westbrook (Rostered in only 1.8% of NFL.com leagues) After Marquise Lee was lost for the year, Keelan Cole was the popular pick to take over as the true #1 in Jacksonville. After Sunday, we witnessed quite the even split with De De Westbrook garnishing the most targets of the Jags WR corps with 6. He amassed only 51 yards but is worth a stash as a player with the skill set to become the number one option for the Jags this season.
Quincy Enunwa (Rostered in only 1% of NFL.com leagues) With Sam Darnold making his NFL debut on Monday night, we here at The Fantasy Whisperers were excited to see who would emerge has his go-to receiver. It looks like even though Robby Anderson has the big play ability, Quincy Enunwa was Darnold’s favorite target. Quincy saw 10 targets, caught 6 balls for 63 yards, and scored a TD. Anyone who gets 10 targets in a game is worth a look on the waiver.
Eric Ebron (Rostered in just 38% of NFL.com leagues) For those that are looking for a tight end, like managers who had Olsen or Walker go down on Sunday, an intriguing add could be Eric Ebron. Ebron saw 5 targets catching 4 of them for 51 yards. He also found paydirt on an absolute dime thrown by Andrew Luck. With Jack Doyle still hanging around, Ebron’s upside is a bit capped but at a position that is extremely thin and volatile, Ebron presents a nice quick fix option for those in trouble at TE early this season.
Jared Cook (Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) After months of waiting with bated breath, we finally saw Jon Gruden’s offense. With 10 years off from coaching Gruden’s offense looked like a blast from the past. He leaned heavily on matchups that favored his offense like throwing to the backs and tight ends. Jared Cook feasted on 12 targets as the focal point of this offense. He caught 9 of those targets for 180 yards. While I do not see this production being a weekly thing, I do think it isn’t outside the realm of possibility that Cook is a weekly fixture in this offense.