• Benjamin Shamel

Week 1: Waiver Wire

Twitter: @benjamm1n

It’s always nice when a new season starts and there are plenty of gems that you can add to your team after just one week. From running back to wide receiver all the way down to the tight end, if your roster is struggling and already looks despicable, don’t you worry- the overhaul is primed and ready for you below.

Running Backs:

Elijah Mitchell - Oh, if you’re going to San Francisco. The carousel of running backs in Northern California is always a headache and we have a brand new face in Mitchell, a sixth-round running back, who went off for 104 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 attempts. You will need to put down 50% of your budget and perhaps more if you’re especially RB needy with Raheem Mostert going on IR and expected to miss eight weeks.

Kenneth Gainwell - This is the true #1 add of the week. Gainwell etched out 9 rush attempts and three targets with a touchdown and had another touchdown called back on a penalty. He will fly under the radar because the boxscore is not nearly as appealing as Mitchell’s line. Gainwell does not have to worry about Mostert or Jeff Wilson Jr. returning and does not have Trey Sermon waiting in the wings. Add him to your roster and have a flex play for the rest of the season.

Mark Ingram - The ageless wonder is beginning to feel a bit like Frank Gore. The Houston Texans were projected to be a fantasy wasteland but many of their weapons carved out viable roles. Granted they don’t get to play Jacksonville every week but Ingram got 26 rushing attempts and fantasy managers will take that each and every week and he will be a cheap grab on waivers.

Wide Receivers:

Christian Kirk - This Arizona offense was hitting on all cylinders and while many knew that DeAndre Hopkins would get his usual production the chemistry between Kyler Murray and Christian Kirk reached new heights that dynasty managers have been clamoring for since seeing flashes of Kirk early on. 5 catches for 70 yards and two touchdown grabs brings notice and if your team needs help at wide receiver Kirk is the grab of the week

Tim Patrick - Last year when Courtland Sutton went down Tim Patrick stepped right into his role and after Jerry Jeudy’s unfortunate injury he will need to do the same with Teddy Bridgewater under center this time around instead of Drew Lock. Patrick caught all four of his targets for 39 yards and a touchdown which isn’t a lot of production but the role will increase in Jeudy’s absence.

Sterling Shepard - Shepherd SHOULD be rostered in your leagues but in yahoo formats, he is only 39% rostered so it would be wise to take a look just in case. Shepard’s production from game to game is always a headache to try to predict but he hauled in 7 catches for 113 yards and a touchdown with Kenny Golladay, the world’s biggest and most expensive decoy, now in New York. The amount of attention that Golladay demands from defenses should help Shepard get open throughout the year.

Tight Ends:

Juwan Johnson - Juwan Johnson had the minimal production goal-line target type of game that makes for a viable option in the tight end wasteland. Only three targets mean that there could be plenty of goose eggs and minimal production down the line or he could become Jameis Winston’s favorite target in the red zone. Buyer beware but it could go either way.

Jared Cook - Speaking of ageless wonders, Jared Cook always finds a way to get targets in an offense no matter what team is he on and he saw eight targets from Justin Herbert in an offense that is projected to be electric. Those are money targets as this team has always had a carousel of a choice in regards to who their number 2 option in the passing attack will be with the up and down games that have become a hazard when starting Mike Williams.