To qualify for the waiver wire segment each week players must be less than 50% owned in ESPN leagues. This article is not in any particular order it just a list of players to add for the week.
Malcolm Brown-6.5% owned
Coming into the season Brown looked like he would be the backup/handcuff to Todd Gurley with the team talking up Gurley. This game showed that Brown has a role outside of just handcuff. Brown was able to rush for 53 yards and 2 TD’s and looks to have a clear role in the red zone offense.
Chris Thompson- 18.9% owned
With Guice going down Thompson was able to take on a larger role in this game. Thompson is likely to be the change of pace back all season but with AP likely to be the starter Thompson has a clear path to usage in the passing game.
Adrian Peterson– 30% owned
Again Guice is “likely to miss some time” with a knee injury giving Peterson some value in the coming weeks. We have heard Jay Gruden and Peterson not getting along but with Guice looking like he will be out for a week or two Peterson should be active and get playing time.
Gio Bearnard– 32% owned
He had 2 catches and 7 carries in week 1. I am still not a big fan of this offensive line here but Joe Mixon looks to miss some weeks with an ankle injury and in the past when Gio has stepped up to the RB1 in Cincinnati he has been a startable running back. He deserves to be rostered in 100% of leagues and I expect the production to hold true again until Mixon is back.
Honorable Mentions: Ronald Jones-40% Raheem Mostert– .1% Justin Jackson-40%
Deon Cain-1.1% owned
Devin Funchess went down with a collarbone injury in game one against the Chargers. He was later put on IR. Funchess had the second most targets on the team and the colts will be looking for another playmaker now that he is down. Deon Cain came into the league last year as a promising wide receiver but was out all year with an ACL injury last year. Now down a player and with a competent quarterback I expect cain to be the wide receiver 2 in this offense.
Marquise Brown– 28.2% owned
Brown lived up to the nickname “Hollywood” on sunday. Brown was able to break a couple of deep balls for TD’s and finish the day as one of the top receivers. If Jackson can continue to throw the ball like he did and Brown and Jackson can take advantage of a soft schedule then Brown is a guy that is very much worth looking at.
Terry McLaurin-7.3% owned
McLaurin lead the wide receivers on the team with 7 targets. He turned his targets into a whopping 5 catches, 125 yards and a touchdown! Not bad for a rookie! I don’t expect this kind of game out of Keenum each week but we have seen Keenum produce for receivers in the past i.e., Theilen and Diggs. Even if you are not a believer in Keenum and think he could get benched at some point this season I would argue this would help as Dwayne Haskins and McLaurin were college teammates at Ohio State.
John Ross-4.5% owned
He lead his team in targets with 12(big eye emoji). Everyone expected Tyler Boyd to be the biggest benefactor with AJ Green out but this was not the case in week one. Ross caught two long balls and took them to the house bringing his average to 22.6 yards per catch on 7 catches. You can expect a regression in the coming weeks but as long as he can stay healthy he should be a viable flex option until Green is back!
Randal Cobb-11% owned
5 targets, 69 yards, and a touchdown. Cobb looks like the “Cobb of old times” and the clear number 3 on what could be one of, if not the, best offense in the league! If you are a wide receiver needy team I think he will be a quality add.
Honorable Mentions: DK Metcalf– 63% Ted Gin jr.-15.3% Chris Conley-8.8% Mecole Hardman-17% Danny Amendola-3%
Matthew Stafford– 16.3% owned
Finished as QB4 this week throwing for more than 300 yards and 3TD’s. Stafford has gotten a lot of hate in recent seasons for his struggles due in part to having few weapons and a bad offense. Stafford has a new offensive coordinator who wants to have a more balanced offense. Stafford has several weapons in Kenny Golladay, TJ Hockensen, Danny Amendola, and Marvin Jones. The rushing attack is improved with both Kerryon Johnson and CJ Anderson in the mix. Yes Stafford has a tough schedule with the Bears and Vikings both on the schedule twice but has a real opportunity to finish as a QB1 this season due to the above mentioned factors.
Case Keenum-1.2% owned
Was surprisingly solid in his Redskins debut throwing for 380 yards and 3TD’s. Keenum is not in a high powered offense but against a good Eagles defense he was able to move the ball down the field effectively. Keenum does not have a grueling schedule outside of facing the Bears in week 3 and should be able to turn in some solid weeks.
Andy Dalton-4.2% owned
Andy Dalton didn’t WOW us in week one but looked solid against Seattle. The rain caused the ball to slip out of his hands once and lose a fumble but the second fumble call was worse than the NFC Championship game no call.. Maybe a little extreme but that is up there on one of the worst calls I have ever seen! He gets an improved 9ers defense from a year ago but I think he is a low end starter in leagues rostering multiple QBs.
Honorable Mentions: Josh Allen-20.5%
CJ Uzomah-.4% owned
Coming off a 4 catch 66 yard game against a solid Seattle defense Uzomah is a deeper league add but could serve you well on a TE needy team.
TJ Hockenson-30% owned
He had the second most targets on the team behind Ammendola. That defense looked about as bad as Miami so I do want to be cautious but I am very optimistic in what we saw from him week 1. Although rookie tight ends tend to not put up points I believe Hockenson will be an exception to this trend. If tight end is your biggest weakness on your roster Hockenson should be your number 1 waiver add!
Jimmy Graham- 48.6% owned
Jimmy Graham is older but looked to prove the doubters wrong this week by catching 3 of 6 targets for 30 yards and a TD. Yes Jimmy needed the TD to be relevant, but the 6 targets were encouraging and usage at a position as shallow as TE is a premium even if it does not lead to production every week.
Darren Waller- 26.8% owned
Waller look like a primary target in the Raiders pass attack and was able to turn in a solid performance against a good defense. Combine that usage with the lack of depth at the TE position and the usage of the TE in Oakland last year and you get a perfect storm for a strong waiver add.
Honorable Mentions: Vernon Davis-.6%
Greggory Cline and Trevor Calvert Contributed to this Article.