There were loads of surprises in Week 1 so I am just going to dive right in. As always, these players are under 60% owned on Yahoo.
- Baker Mayfield (CLE) vs CIN
- Kirk Cousins (MIN) at IND
- Ryan Tannehill (TEN) vs JAX
- Gardner Minshew (JAX) at TEN
Streaming Tight Ends:
- Dallas Goedert (PHI) vs LAR
- Logan Thomas (WAS) at ARI
- Jimmy Graham (CHI) vs NYG
- Noah Fant (DEN) at PIT
- LA Rams at PHI
- Denver at PIT
- Seattle vs NE
Top Waiver Running Backs:
- Nyheim Hines (IND) – Jonathan Taylor owners get a lucky break with Marlon Mack tearing his achilles and now out for the rest of the season. However, Hines will still get his share of snaps. He led all Colts running backs in snaps with 39. Taylor had 26 and Mack had 11 before his injury. Hines had 8 targets and caught all for 45 yards and a touchdown. He also had 7 carries to Taylors’ 9 and could see even more without Mack. He should be rostered in all PPR and .5 PPR leagues as he could be a flex option.
- Joshua Kelley (LAC) – While Kelley only had 18 snaps out of 74 compared to 50 from Austin Ekeler, Kelley was the one to score the rushing touchdown in the red zone. Kelley looked really good running the ball throughout the game and recorded 60 yards on 12 carries. While he may not get many targets, the rookie should be rostered as his usage may increase as the season progresses.
- James Robinson (JAX) – The only running back to record 100% of their teams’ carries in week 1 was James Robinson. The undrafted rookie carried the ball 16 times for 62 yards as well as a catch for 28 yards. Looks like the coaching staff has faith in him and should continue to carry the workload. Even though it was a close game, Chris Thompson only saw two targets on 12 snaps (Robinson had 34) which further supports the James Robinson hype.
- Malcolm Brown (LAR) – Brown looked really good in the Sunday night game as he led the Rams with 79 yards and two touchdowns as well as three catches for 31 yards. While Cam Akers could take over this backfield eventually, Brown definitely looked like the better back. He also got the goal line carries which boosts his value even if he has games where he doesn’t get the majority of carries.
- Benny Snell Jr. (PIT) – This depends on the severity of James Conner’s injury but Snell could have an increased role in the short term. Conner has dealt with plenty of injuries in the past and the Steelers could hold him out as a precaution.
Other notable backs:
Frank Gore (NYJ), Adrian Peterson (DET), Chase Edmonds (ARI), Jaylen Samuels (PIT), Peyton Barber (WAS), Myles Gaskin (MIA)
Top Waiver Wire Receivers:
- Parris Campbell (IND) – Leading all Colts receivers with 71 yards, Campbell looks to solidify himself as the second receiver opposite of T.Y. Hilton. Both had 9 targets while Zach Pascal was the next highest receiver with 3. It is also important to point out Campbell had 2 more snaps than Hilton and was on the field for 82% of the time. Could be a possible flex option in future weeks as Rivers loves to throw the ball.
- Russell Gage (ATL) – It is doubtful Matt Ryan will throw the ball 54 times every week, but Russell Gage tied Julio and Ridley with 12 targets and 9 catches. Gage had the lowest snap percentage with 70% (Ridley 86% and Julio 82%) but he is worth the bench stash in deeper leagues as we see what future weeks may entail for him.
- Laviska Shenault Jr. (JAX) – The second Jaguars rookie featured in this article, Shenault had the second most targets on the team with 4 (Keelan Cole – 5, Chark – 3). Shenault had 2 less snaps than Cole but still played 62% of them. Shenault also had 2 carries for 10 yards (one was a direct snap). The coaching staff wants to get him involved in creative ways and will probably try more things in the coming weeks. Shenault could evolve into a flex option in the upcoming weeks as the Jaguars are changing their core receivers. Chris Conley only played 16 snaps (32%) and Dede Westbrook was a healthy scratch.
Other notable receivers:
Robby Anderson (CAR), Allen Lazard (GB), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB), Scotty Miller (TB)
Top Waiver Tight Ends:
- Dallas Goedert (PHI) – Goedert led the Eagles in targets (9), receptions (8) and yards (101) in week 1 as well as adding a touchdown. He had a breakout season last year and was used a lot down the stretch due to all the injured wide receivers the Eagles had. It looks like he is still going to be used even with DeSean Jackson back and the addition of rookie Jalen Reagor.
- Logan Thomas (WAS) – Logan Thomas led Washington in targets with 8 while only catching 4 of them for 37 yards and a touchdown. Owned in only 2% of leagues, Thomas is most likely available and if you are an owner that has Kittle (injured his knee) or just need a second tight end, he is someone to target if you do not have many options.