It was an interesting first week of Fantasy Football across the board, with a number of upsets as well as some players (Adrian..ahem..Peterson) not stepping up as many felt he would.
There’s a lot of hidden gems out there if you are in a year-long league like many or are looking for a great one-day fantasy league to try and win some quick cash.
Today we look at some of the best waiver pickups as well as some players you need to consider moving forward to win in your fantasy league.
10. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – This big bad TE shined in week one against the Titans, going off for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns. With tight ends being so weak entering 2015, this is one player that isn’t going to go unclaimed in year-long leagues for long, if he’s even out there. Look for another solid week as they play the defensively challenged Saints in week two.
9. Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots – This is a no-brainer based on the fact he played so well on a night when just about everyone in the world was watching. The danger about Lewis is the back-and-forth that the Pats coaching staff seems to play when it comes to running backs. Let’s see how week two goes, but if you can get him cheap go ahead, otherwise buyer beware.
8. Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans – The rookie looked like a 10-year-vet on Sunday, throwing for four TD’s in just 16 pass attempts. He will get another shot to have a good game this week when they take on the Browns, who were awful in week one against the Jets. He’ll still be a cheaper in one-day leagues, and could still be out there in your league on the waiver wire.
7. James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers – Jones has had a rebirth with the Pack, and in week one led the team with a four receptions and two touchdowns as the Packers defeated the Chicago Bears, 31-23. With Randall Cobb and Devante Adams still listed as the 1-2 for Green Bay at the WR spot, take a flier on Jones, he should pay off moving forward with a shot at more playing time.
6. Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys – Many pegged Williams as the No. 2 option running alongside Dez Bryant, and now with Bryant down, Williams will get a lot more looks till Dez returns. Look for his opportunities to rise as Tony Romo looks downfield and dosen’t see Bryant anymore. He’ll be the top target for the Cowboys for awhile.
5. Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts – With an injury to T.Y. Hilton comes another young WR who should get a shot to play more, that being Donte Moncrief. He had six catches for 46 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, and played on 74 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. If Hilton doesn’t play or isn’t 100 percent, a lot more playing time will come Moncrief’s way.
4. Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals – Look for this young kid to have a monster season, and it started against the awful Raiders last week in which he had nine catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Andy Dalton seems to be getting more and more comfortable with Eifert, and again with a weak crop of tight ends, it looks like the Bengals have a gem in this young former first-round pick.
3. Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans – The Titans wanted to see more out of the running back, and he delivered in week one with a solid day in which he ran for two scores. He’ll go up against a Browns run D that allowed a lot of yards to the Jets, so don’t be afraid to go after Sankey this week in one-day leagues, and if he’s out there, scoop him up on your waiver wire.
2. Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers – The Bolts got behind quick to the Lions, and rallied back for a win in week one. Thanks to Woodhead, the Chargers small back who had a big day, they found their running game as he went for two touchdowns and racking up 62 total yards. He’s great in PPR leagues, and this week the Bolts take on the Bengals in what could be another high-scoring affair.
1. Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs – He was solid in week one in a win over the Texans, and right away was putting up points, something many thought he would struggle to do again in 2015. Smith put up up 243 yards and three touchdowns, and this week take on the Broncos at home. Be careful and play the matchups, as Smith isn’t the next Drew Brees, but he’s worth a flier as a possible backup on your bench.