Fantasy Focus: Week 1 Waivers
Week One of the regular season is in the books, so it’s time to start thinking about the waiver wire. Out of the many breakout performances that happened in the first game, we broke down which to buy into.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Buccaneers: I was shocked to find out that Seferian-Jenkins, or ASJ, was owned in so few of leagues. It makes sense that the rookie QB, Jameis Winston, would rely heavily on a physical and reliable target as a red zone and check down option, and the second year tight end proved that he had the skills to be a top pass catcher last Sunday. After racking up two scores and more than 100 yards against the Titans, ASJ should be owned in most leagues as a TE2 at least. Look for him to continue to be a high upside, decent starter for the rest of the year.
Tyler Eifert – Bengals: Alright last tight end, I promise. Eifert also put in an impressive performance in Week 1. He scored over 20 points in standard leagues. Though the Bengals have an obvious go-to target in A.J. Green, no one has emerged as the second best option, with inconsistent play from the likes of Marvin Jones, Mohamad Sanu, and others. The 25 year-old was injured and missed most of last season, but could be a fantastic compliment to Green as a target for Dalton week in and week out.
David Johnson – Cardinals: He didn’t have a massive first game, until the Arizona starter, Andre Ellington got hurt. After that, David Johnson made fantasy news by taking a short pass distance from his own team’s territory in a play that showcased why the Cards took the rookie with their third round pick. Ellington will miss a few weeks with a knee injury, and in that time Johnson could easily win the job. Chris Johnson will also be a factor, but David Johnson clearly has a higher upside at this point due to the former Titans’ age.
Ronnie Hillman – Broncos: It’s hard to remember the last time a Broncos starting running back kept his job for a full season, it seems that C.J. Anderson may follow suit. Hillman and Anderson saw similar workloads, and it’s clear that Hillman had the better game. It may not be time to jump ship yet for Anderson owners, but it is time to get his handcuff. Hillman could soon be shouldering the load in what is, or at least used to be, a high powered offense in Denver. Stay tuned to ASL for more fantasy updates as this saga progresses.
Brandon Coleman – Saints: Heading into the pre-season, one question loomed for the Saints offense: who will replace the production of Kenny Stills and Jimmy Graham. The two receiving threats departed New Orleans this offseason, leaving a void to be filled on a traditionally pass-happy team. After an impressive showing in the exhibition games and a successful week 1, Coleman may be the answer. He’s still unknown in most fantasy circles, but Drew Brees’ top targets don’t stay in the shadows for long. Grab Coleman for potential consistent production at flex.
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