By The Commish
Hey Lloyd, there’s some players who want to be on rosters too! PICK ‘EM UP!!!!
Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season is in the books and for fantasy players, the critical first round of waiver wire pickups is here! Below are just a few suggestions for players to claim this week. Let us know in the comments section if you have any other suggestions!
If you are looking for a QB prospect, don’t wait on Brock Osweiler. While he faces a tough matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs this week, keep in mind that the Texans’ signal caller still gets to face Indianapolis and Tennessee twice this year, and he also has tilts against Detroit and San Diego. At the very least, that’s six salacious matchups against sub-par defenses. By the end of the year, Osweiler could be a legit top 12 QB, and now’s the time to scoop him up.
Benjamin’s likely already on a roster if you’re in a 12 team league but you may still be able to grab him in ten team leagues. If you can, it’s worth your first waiver claim as he figures to benefit from Keenan Allen’s unfortunate ACL tear. Keep in mind that Benjamin historically has seen his greatest success as a deep threat and Philip Rivers’ arm strength leaves much to be desired. Someone’s got to take Allen’s targets, though, and for now it seems Benjamin seems to be the most likely replacement.
The Falcons acquired Sanu in free agency this offseason and he seemed to pay dividends in his first game, catching five passes on eight targets for 80 yards and a score. An odd thing about Sunday: Julio Jones wasn’t even targeted until the second quarter. That’s not going to continue to happen, but there’s no reason to believe that Sanu won’t continue to be heavily involved in the Falcons’ passing game. Grab him if you can.
Like Benjamin, Coleman is likely to already be on someone’s team. But if he’s not, he’s worth a stash on your roster. I’m not ready to sound the alarm on Devonta Freeman yet, but the Falcons clearly enjoyed involving Coleman on Sunday, especially as a receiver, and in a PPR league having Coleman as an option for your FLEX in a pinch doesn’t suck.
Ebron scared fantasy owners away with a nasty injury in the preseason but scored last week in the Lions’ victory over Indianapolis. The Lions’ largest pass catcher, Ebron is the logical choice to receive some of Calvin Johnson’s red zone targets. Matthew Stafford may very well throw for 5,000 yards this year and Ebron may have more than a few huge games.
All the talk about the Bengals’ number two wide receiver revolved around rookie Tyler Boyd, but the veteran Brandon LaFell stole the show this Sunday. When Andy Dalton wasn’t feeding AJ Green 12 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown, he was throwing four passes to LaFell, who caught all of them for 91 yards. There’s close to zero chance that LaFell is owned in your league. He’s worth a waiver claim, especially with Tyler Eifert out for a few more weeks. LaFell may be a great candidate to claim and then trade before Eifert returns.
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