This week and every week going forward we’ll bring you several recommendations for players you should look to add to your fantasy squad. We’ll mainly be targeting lower-owned guys who should be available in all but the deepest leagues and new for this season, we’re also going to give you some IDP suggestions as well. We’ll be focusing on guys who can help you this week and the rest of this season, but as primarily a dynasty site, we will on occasion mention guys that you should consider stashing as long term dynasty options as well.
Good luck on your waiver claims and good luck the rest of the season. Hopefully, some of these players can not only lead you to a win this week but a championship and the end of the season! Be sure to check out all of our in season content right here. With this being week 1 and most of our rosters being relatively healthy and intact from draft day, don’t expect anything too earth shattering here.
John D. Recommends:
Paul Richardson, WR, Seattle Seahawks
I’ve been high on Richardson all off season and with the recent trade of Jermaine Kearse, I’m feeling pretty smart. True, he remains the #2 option on a team that has traditionally leaned on the run in years past. Richardson is also among the most injury prone players in all of football, but the upside is sky high. There are probably lower upside guys on the end of your bench that you can swap out for Prich.
Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Smallwood was overlooked this offseason with the Eagles signing of LeGarrette Blount, but despite nagging injuries, Smallwood was by far the most impressive back on this Eagles team all pre-season while Blount has underwhelmed. Grab Smallwood now before he steals the #1 job and his price skyrockets.
Jay Cutler, QB, Miami Dolphins
If you’re in one of many leagues who drafted weeks (or months) ago, Jay Cutler was probably undrafted. The recently unretired signal caller fell into a dream situation in Miami and might be looking at his best statistically season in years with a solid supporting cast and a system he’s comfortable in.
Trent Taylor & Marquise Godwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Outside of Pierre Garçon, there are targets up for grabs in the 49ers passing game. We’ve seen the success that Kyle Shanahan has had in this league with offensive weapons. Godwin is an Olympic athlete that is a burner and could become Taylor Gabriel reincarnate in this system, which held good fantasy value last season.
Trent Taylor could eventually become a high volume slot receiver in this offense, but it may take longer for him to get on the field and earn a snap share. Although small in stature, Taylor has shown the toughness needed to play the slot in this league and make his money working the middle of the field. Taylor is more of a stash in deeper dynasty leagues and makes an excellent taxi squad candidate.
Both of these 49ers are good end of the bench guys you can grab off waivers and if they hit you have gold and if not you can drop them and grab someone else. I always love having guys at the end of my roster that I can grab off of the wire and either they hit big or I can easily drop and grab someone else with a high ceiling.
Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears
Also known as the “Human Joystick,” Cohen is a small back, but boy is he electric in the open field. He’s a home run hitter from any part of the field and now with the news of Jeremy Langford being released, should have a nice role as the RB2 in this backfield. Even though he’s small, Cohen can handle a decent workload in the NFL (if Howard were to go down), playing bigger than his size would indicate. Cohen very well may already be rostered in your league, but if not I recommend you grab him in 25+ man rosters off waivers before the season starts.
John O. recommends:
Trey Flowers, DE, New England Patriots
It seemed like everyone moved on from him and went after Kony Ealy this past off season. Well, Ealy is now a New York Jet. The door is wide open for Trey Flowers to get on the field and stay there. Under Bill Belichick, I can see a good deal of tackles to be had for him. If your league scores well on tackles and gives bonuses for tackle for loss you’re looking at a quality start week one. In leagues with smaller rosters, there’s a good chance he’s sitting on the waiver wire.
Tyus Bowser, LB, Baltimore Ravens
This was one of my favorite landing spots for the rook. Explosive and brings a diverse skill-set to this team. Have a look here at his profile. In big play scoring leagues move him up higher on your waivers list. He can cover well. Though he might lose some value as a pass rusher he can get the tackles to offset that. When he is sent after the QB I like his chances to get there. In leagues that score points on pressures, he will help score those points. Sitting ahead of him currently is Matt Judson. The veteran is solid on his ability to rush the passer but falls short in coverage. My bet to start soon is Tyus Bowser. Get him now before your league mates realize he is sitting on your waivers.
Brian Orakpo, LB, Tennessee Titans
Don’t let his age (31) stop you from beefing up your depth. When you can start 4 LBs you need to have some help to fill in for bye weeks and to hold for injury issues. As I toured my leagues I found him on a majority of waivers. You’re adding a player who is always around the QB. He has some health concerns but if he holds up all season he will have double digit sacks.
Keith Tandy, FS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This is the number one DB available in leagues. He will be starting week one and should score well for you. He is active in run support and that’s a bonus for a free safety. Effective in man coverage and zone which keeps him on the field. With his burst, he will close quick and be in on plenty of tackles. Going against Miami week one he will see some targets down the field and I like his chances to finish in the top ten for DBs this week.
Justin Simmons, S, Denver Broncos
When T.J. Ward was released the obvious replacement for me would be the guy who has played in his role all pre season, Justin Simmons. You will not have your in the box S with him, you’re adding a player who can move around in the secondary. If you are waiting for Ward to sign elsewhere this would be a quick fix.
Tre’Davious White, CB, Buffalo Bills
In deeper leagues, he will probably not be available. Looking at sleeperbot leagues and ESPN he is on your waiver wires. Starting for the Bills and being a rookie he will be tested early. That’s what we’re looking for from a CB. When the ball is being tossed your way you will have more opportunities to make plays. In CB required leagues I would have him on your roster.
Jacob Hollister, TE, New England Patriots
This rookie from Wyoming has looked fantastic this pre season. When you’re making plays for the Pats both on the practice field and in the pre season games, you need to take notice. With “The Gronk” and Dwayne Allen playing in front of him you can’t expect anything out of him week one. The injury bug has bitten both starters over the last couple seasons though. If they go down this super rookie would step into a starting role and he would be a nice chess piece to use for Tom Brady. I have added him everywhere and you should as well.