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Sep 10

Race to the Waiver Wire; Week One

So it’s Tuesday morning following week one and your team of sure fire all-stars has probably either sustained an injury, or isn’t all that good (let’s assume it’s option one). Here’s a look at some of the surprises from week one that could be primed for repeat performances in week two and beyond, as you race to the waiver wire; week one.

 

Get them if you can:

Likely to be the most claimed tight-end (and all-around player) following week one, the 54% owned Thomas shocked a lot of people with 110 yards and two TD's against the Ravens. (Photo: Jack Dempsey/AP)

Likely to be the most claimed tight-end (and all-around player) following week one, the 54% owned Thomas shocked a lot of people with 110 yards and two TD’s against the Ravens. (Photo: Jack Dempsey/AP)

Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos: 54% owned in Yahoo!

– 110 yards and two scores

– Next three games: @Giants, vs Raiders, vs Eagles

Dallas Clark, TE, Baltimore Ravens: 5% owned in Yahoo!

– 87 yards

– Next three games: vs Browns, vs Texans, @Bills

– Likely to be a consolation prize for those who can’t snag Thomas, Clark appears to have stolen the starting job away from Ed Dickson in Dennis Pitta‘s absence. He played poorly and still had a dozen targets, if he comes around that number of looks his way will pay off.

Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions: 32% owned in Yahoo!

– 25 rushing yards, two touchdowns, 67 receiving yards

– Next three games: @Cardinals, @Redskins, vs Bears

– He’s passed Mikel Leshoure on the depth chart already, and with Reggie Bush‘s injury concerns he should only see a larger role moving forward.

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders: 11% owned in Yahoo!

– 217 passing yards, one touchdown, two interceptions

– 112 rushing yards, 8.6 average

– Sunday’s top rusher

– Next three games: vs Jaguars, @Broncos, vs Redskins

– Arguably only one of these three look like a good play, but a good follow up performance at home against Jacksonville would certainly make a case for him being in your lineup for the other two.

Nothing wrong with these guys:

Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons: 1% owned in Yahoo!

With Roddy White's health in question, Harry Douglas could see an expanded role. (Photo: Curtis Compton/AJC)

With Roddy White’s health in question, Harry Douglas could see an expanded role. (Photo: Curtis Compton/AJC)

– 93 yards

– Next three games: vs Rams, @Dolphins, vs Patriots

– Played on 45 of 56 offensive snaps against New Orleans

– Roddy White has a high ankle sprain…

– Matty Ice loves Douglas. He’s long been one of the Falcons prime targets on third and fourth down plays, and is about as reliable as they come for a WR3. Some increased playing time in White’s absence could see him establish himself as much more than that.

Marlon Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens: 4% owned in Yahoo!

– 66 yards and a touchdown

– Next three games: vs Browns, vs Texans, @Bills

– With Jacoby Jones out at least 4-6 weeks, Brown immediately inherited the WR2 spot across the field from Torrey Smith. If week one was any indication, he may make it hard for Jones to get his job back once he returns.

Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills: 8% owned in Yahoo!

– 18 yards, one touchdown

– Next three games: vs Panthers, @Jets, vs Ravens

– Woods only received two targets on Sunday, catching just one. The score is a positive sign, he’s definitely the most valuable Bills rookie in fantasy.

Andre Roberts, WR, Arizona Cardinals: 21% owned in Yahoo!

– 97 yards

– Next three games: vs Lions, @Saints, @Bucs

– The Cardinals are going to pass the ball. A lot. With every defender on the field trying to cover Larry Fitzgerald, the fantasy value of the other receivers in Arizona is sure to climb.

Jerome Simpson, WR, Minnesota Vikings: 3% owned in Yahoo!

– 140 yards

– Next three games: @Bears, vs Browns, vs Steelers

– This is likely an anomaly, but he did lead the Vikings in targets and receptions. With Greg Jennings getting most of the coverage Adrian Peterson doesn’t draw, it’ll be between Simpson and rookie Cordarrelle Patterson to hold onto the WR2 job.

Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: 48% owned in Yahoo!

– 101 yards

– Next three games: vs Broncos, @Panthers, @Chiefs

– Noone is set to gain more from David Wilson‘s failure than Randle. A lack of a run game for the G-Men means Eli Manning could end up throwing the ball 42 times a week…or more. With Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz bound to see most of those looks, the more Manning throws, the more that will go to Randle.

In week one, Eifert started to show why the Bengals traded up to draft him at 21. (Photo: US Presswire)

In week one, Eifert started to show why the Bengals traded up to draft him at 21. (Photo: US Presswire)

Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals: 21% owned in Yahoo!

– 47 yards

– Next three games: vs Steelers, vs Packers, @Browns

– The rookie works with fellow TE Jermaine Gresham as the Bengals 3A and 3B options behind AJ Green and AJ Green. While neither one is guaranteed to separate themself from the other, this was certainly a good first game for the first round pick, especially in a loss.

Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: 20% owned in Yahoo!

– 56 yards, one touchdown

– Next three games: vs Chargers, vs Chiefs, @Broncos

– Ol’ Mr. Reliable seems set to benefit from a lack of Jeremy Maclin in Philadelphia.

Kellen Winslow Jr., TE, New York Jets: 4% owned in Yahoo!

– 79 yards, one touchdown

– Next three games: @Patriots, vs Bills, @Titans

– Rookie QBs love veteran tight ends. As long as Geno Smith runs the Jets’ offense, Winslow Jr. is a decent play, especially with at least two favourable matchups in his next three games.

Worth a look:

Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: 23% owned in Yahoo!

– 79 yards and two touchdowns

– Next three games: vs Jets, vs Bucs, @Falcons

– With Tom Brady ignoring Zach Sudfeld in week one, and Danny Amendola likely to wear a trench between the sideline and the lockerroom all year long, Edelman could be in for big time success this season, at least until Gronkowski returns.

Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys: 1% owned in Yahoo!

– 32 yards

– Next three games: @Chiefs, vs Rams, @Chargers

– You’re going to want to see a few more (and better) performances before you make the claim on Williams, but with Dez Bryant being shutdown the ‘Boys could use more three receiver sets and therefore creating an opening for Williams.

Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions: 5% owned in Yahoo!

– 78 yards

– Next three games: @Cardinals, @Redskins, vs Bears

– How effective Burleson is will depend on how healthy Ryan Broyles is. He may be worth the add in the event Broyles knee injury lingers. Whoever is across from Johnson is bound to succeed.

Eddie Royal, WR, San Diego Chargers: 2% owned in Yahoo!

When the Chargers offense was rolling, Eddie  Royal was rolling. How often the former happens this year will be the issue. (Photo: AP)

When the Chargers offense was rolling, Eddie Royal was rolling. How often the former happens this year will be the issue. (Photo: AP)

– 24 yards, two scores

– Next three games: @Eagles, @Titans, vs Cowboys

– Before the Chargers gave up 28 unanswered points and lost to the Texans, Royal was going to be a key piece in their upset victory. He still only had three total receptions, and still plays for the Chargers.

EJ Manuel, QB, Buffalo Bills: 19% owned in Yahoo!

– 150 passing yards, two touchdowns, 23 rushing yards

– Next three games: vs Panthers, @Jets, vs Ravens

– While Terrelle Pryor looked more impressive and Geno Smith picked up a win, Manuel had himself a decent day in a tough matchup. Wait him out, but keep an eye on how he does against two bad teams in Carolina and the J-E-T-S.

If you drafted David Wilson in the top three rounds you can:

A. Give up

B. Cry while staring at the draft results

C. Cry to your commissioner and ask for your money back (cite the death of a semi-close family member as the reason for your wanting out)

D. Cry while putting in a claim for one of these guys:

Da’Rel Scott, RB, New York Giants: 3% owned in Yahoo!

– 23 rushing yards, 51 receiving yards

– Next three games: vs Broncos, @Panthers, @Chiefs

– While he’s a longshot to inherit Wilson’s job, he is the in-house option. He certainly didn’t steal the job off his performance in week one, but it set a standard for a free agent vet to top.

The vet was off to a great start in his first year as a Bronco, but will need to overcome major injury issues and prove he still has something left. (Photo: Getty Images)

The vet was off to a great start in his second year as a Bronco, but will need to overcome major injury issues and prove he still has something left. (Photo: Getty Images)

Willis McGahee, RB, FA: 5% owned

– McGahee already has a tryout set for Tuesday with the Giants. Before breaking his leg and tearing his MCL, McGahee was averaging over four yards per carry with 731 yards and 4 touchdowns in 10 weeks with the Broncos. It’ll depend on how well he has overcome those injuries.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, FA: 0% owned

– The former Giant also has a workout on Tuesday. Jacobs spent seven years in New York, but was a total non-factor last year in San Francisco.

Also look out for: Beanie Wells, Tim Hightower, Michael Turner, Tiki Barber, Jerome Bettis, your next door neighbour.

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