This is an unplanned post, but I was very active on the waiver wire today.
It’s important not to overreact to Week 1’s results, but it’s also important to recognize the potential of many situations.
But here are a handful of players I made waiver claims on and/or searched for to see if they were available:
Marcus Mariota, TEN: I’m overreacting a bit here, but I went after him everywhere, even in leagues where I have two quarterbacks I already like. In 1-QB leagues. His release is impressively fast and his debut was beyond impressive.
Tyrod Taylor, BUF: Like Mariota, Taylor impressed in his debut. Unlike Mariota, I’m not sure he’s the next great quarterback in the NFL, but he shouldn’t be on the waiver wire after this week.
Carson Palmer, ARI: Palmer is going to put up massive numbers this season. If you’re still holding onto Derek Carr or Brian Hoyer (or even Ryan Mallett for that matter) swap for Palmer.
David Johnson, ARI: It doesn’t take many 55-yard touchdowns for a player to force his coach’s hand and get him the ball a lot more. Even if you’re in a dynasty or keeper league he may still be available on your waiver wire.
Bishop Sankey, TEN: I drafted way too much Sankey last season, but if Mariota’s going to be magic and Sankey can keep running like he’s been running, he needs to be owned in all leagues.
Karlos Williams, BUF: His TD run was too impressive and he ran well. Could force a full-blown committee with LeSean McCoy. Even if you’re in a dynasty or keeper league he may still be available on your waiver wire.
Darren Sproles, PHI: That Eagles backfield can support all the running backs, apparently. Sproles was second on the team with nine targets and led the team with 50 yards on just five carries.
Others to consider: Ronnie Hillman, DEN; Chris Johnson, ARI; Dion Lewis, NE
Donte Moncrief, IND: There are a handful of guys available at receiver, but Moncrief was the one I targeted most. Unless Philip Dorsett can be way more impressive than he was Sunday, Moncrief is probably the No. 2 WR in the Andrew Luck-led Colts offense. That is worth a few fantasy points. He was also available in a surprising number of my leagues.
James Jones, GB: I had James Jones on a couple teams but didn’t start him. I’m kicking myself sure. We’ll be kicking ourselves if we don’t pick him up off the waiver wire if he’s available. He’s familiar with the Packers system and has an obvious connection with Aaron Rodgers. He could score 10 TDs this season.
Stevie Johnson, SD: He’s the No. 2 receiver for the Chargers. Coupled with Keenan Allen’s re-emergence and Philip Rivers’ Week 1 performance, Malcom Floyd should be on your waiver wire and Johnson should be owned in every league.
Brandon Coleman, NO: There’s a lot of buzz in the industry about how Coleman got more snaps than Marques Colston. I’m with that crowd. I believe there is a changing of the guard in New Orleans and Coleman is part of the new crew.
Percy Harvin, BUF: Remember this guy? Obviously, there are warts all over the place here, but he was considered a game-changing force to be reckoned with just a few years ago. Would you be surprised if crazy Rex Ryan was the guy who was able to right the Harvin ship? Me neither.
Tyler Lockett, SEA: Like I said about David Johnson, you make enough big plays coaches have to consider giving you more opportunities. All Lockett has done this preseason and in the opener is make big-time returns. That should equate to offensive opportunities. If you play in a league that rewards skill players for return TDs or yards, bump up your waiver bid.
Others to consider: Terrence Williams, DAL; Cole Beasley, DAL; Philip Dorsett, IND; Tavon Austin, STL, Jerricho Cotchery, CAR; Rueben Randle, NYG, Nate Washington, HOU
Tyler Eifert, CIN: Eifert’s probably not available, but check anyway. You don’t want to be the owner who missed out on that opportunity. I was skeptical about him in the preseason. I was wrong. And it looks like the Bengals are going to go to him in the red zone.
Jordan Reed, WAS: Reed was my late TE options in quite a few leagues. He should be owned in almost every fantasy football format. The big concern with Reed is his health or potential lack thereof. But the benefits outweigh the risks at a waiver wire price
LaDarius Green, SD: I was surprised to find Green available in one of my leagues this morning. Dude has been the second coming of Antonio Gates for a couple years and he’s starting the first four games as Gates serves a suspension.
Austin Seferian-Jenkings, TB: His numbers were a bit inflated and the Buccaneers offense likes more than a bit creaky, but ASJ should get quite a bit of work. Look, if you have Ben Watson or Josh Hill, ASJ or anyone else on this list is a better option.
Others to consider: Eric Ebron, DET; Darren Fells, ARI
Kickers and defenses
Ninjas don’t waste waiver bucks or priority on kickers or defenses.