The Waiver Wire: Week 1

This week and every week going forward we’ll bring you several recommendations for players you should add to your fantasy squad. We’ll mainly be targeting lower-owned guys who should be available in all but the deepest leagues. We now move onto championship weekend for most fantasy leagues. Because we ’re primarily a dynasty site, we’ll also suggest some stash options for the 2018 season for non-playoff owners.

Hopefully, some of these players can lead you to a championship this week! Be sure to check out all of our in-season content right here.

Shane recommends:

Wide Receivers:

Brandon Marshall: Doug Baldwin can’t walk very well right now. Still dealing with a lingering left knee injury, Baldwin added a right MCL sprain to his maladies. If Baldwin misses any time that leaves an additional 7.5 targets per game (Baldwin’s per game average the last two seasons) that need to be accounted for. Factoring in the erosion of the Seahawks’ defense Russell Wilson’s 33 pass attempts could be on the low end of the spectrum on a weekly basis. You’re not going to be able to get Tyler Lockett (not to mention that most of Lockett’s production came on one play with terrible coverage) off the waivers in any self-respecting dynasty league but Brandon Marshall should be available in quite a few. Marshall led the Seattle offense with six targets and provided a 3/46/1 TD stat line. 

Running Backs:

Phillip Lindsay: I wrote about Lindsay last week here. I may have underestimated Lindsay’s running ability based on what he showed against the Seahawks. Lindsay put up 71 yards on 15 carries. Even if remove Lindsay longest run of the day, 14 yards, he still averaged a decent 4.07 yards per carry. Devontae Booker, Lindsay’s biggest threat to a fantasy-relevant role, only touched the ball four times Sunday. Lindsay saw three targets to Booker’s two and was able to convert one of those targets into a receiving touchdown. While Lindsay was able to post 102 total yards on Sunday Booker could only provide 15 yards. When I first recommended picking Lindsay up as a stash, I may have undersold his upside.

Tight Ends: 

With three receptions, 103 yards, and a touchdown it’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Will Dissly. After Jimmy Graham departed for Green Bay many expected Nick Vannett to become the TE1 in Seattle. After one week, admittedly a small sample size, Dissly has taken the lead in the TE race. More important than the 103 yards Dissly put up on Sunday is the fact that he out targeted Vannett 5 to 3.

Dissly and Vannett are both uninspiring athletes with middling college production profiles. Dissly has a viable excuse for his lack of college production due to not becoming a full-time tight end until his junior college season. Before becoming a tight end, Dissly played along the defensive line his first two seasons in Washington. It’s plausible that Dissly is a late bloomer and could become the tight end to own in Seattle. 


Keep an eye on any Marcus Mariota news coming out of Tennessee this week. Mariota is injured, again, and we all await news on the severity. Blaine Gabbert is available in every last single start one quarterback league (I’m not even fact checking this, it’s just true), as he should be. He also happens to be available in Superflex leagues and I suggest you add a waiver claim on him in anticipation Mariota could miss some time.

Mitch Recommends:

Running Back:

Austin Ekeler‘s big day might have been a product of the Chiefs’ sub-par linebacker unit, but it’s clear to me that he’s going to have a role in this offense moving forward. He’s especially going to be useful in PPR formats as an explosive backfield option for an offense that looked solid on Sunday. Ekeler caught all 5 of his targets, and also handled five carries for a total of 126 all-purpose yards and a TD. This is a ceiling for him, but 3-4 catches per game and 50 yards or so is a fair floor estimate, making him a usable FLEX, especially in PPR formats.

Wide Receiver:

Why doesn’t Ted Ginn get any respect?! Last year, Ginn finished as the WR34 in both standard and PPR despite only having three games with more than four receptions. Cameron Meredith may very well return for the Saints in the next game, but I don’t believe he’s going to negate Ginn’s fantasy value, as Ginn has always been a deep threat. Ginn might not be a PPR monster, but he has made his hay on scoring in chunks. That may make him boom-or-bust, but it does make him usable in FLEX as a guy who could potentially be a difference maker in your lineup.

Ginn had 12 games with at least a 20+ yard reception in 2017 but only hauled in 4 TDs, so I would not be surprised at all if Ginn finds himself in double-digit fantasy points at least five more times this season, making him well worth a bench position if you’re weak at WR.

Tight End:

Eric Ebron was pretty efficient when it came to football plays. Unfortunately, he also was on the wrong side of a couple of penalties. He’s still likely going to be the 1B to Jack Doyle‘s 1A, but he’s going to be an asset in the Colts short-passing attack. He’s a TE2 with a decent ceiling and can be rostered in deeper leagues as a solid plug-and-play TE option, especially in Week 2 against the Redskins Defense.


Sorry, it’s toot-my-own-horn time. But I actually started Ryan Fitzpatrick in a superflex where I was missing Carson Wentz. The reason I did this because Fitz has been a competent QB before in a less-talented team before and I liked his chances to at least provide a serviceable game. He did just that. The last time Fitz was a starter, he had a terrible offense in front of him. This time around he has explosive options and has an uninspiring running game that can’t yet be leaned on. Was I in a desperate bind this week? Yes of course I was, I would never have started Fitz otherwise. But as it stands, I was QB-needy, as you might be in future weeks, and if that is the case, I’d recommend taking a shot at Fitzpatrick. I really would’ve loved to see him get an easier matchup over the next few weeks, but even still I like his potential as a QB2 with upside.

Thank you for reading. We’ll be bringing you waiver wire adds all season long. If you have specific league sized, formats etc. that you’d like us to recommend waiver wire adds for just let us know.

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