12 Sep Fantasy Football: Week 1 Waiver Wire Targets
By: Mike Stromme – @stromme_93
The drought finally came to an end, Week 1 is officially in the books! So, let’s find some guys to replace those we lost (Edelman, Allen Robinson, Kevin White, David Johnson, etc.) We discussed these players and others on our Fantasy Football Week 1 Recap Podcast that we do every Tuesday of the NFL season.
1) Danny Amendola, New England Patroits:
Yes, I understand that he’s currently in concussion protocol and may not be active this week. But, he’s a hell of a stash in PPR formats.
With his teammate Julian Edelman out for the season with a torn ACL, there was a ton of speculation that WR Chris Hogan was the guy to take the reins as Tom Brady’s main man up the middle. Turns out, that the honor went to Danny Amendola. The veteran slot receiver caught 6 passes for 100 yards on 7 targets before leaving the season-opener with a concussion.
While his status is tentative this week v.s. New Orleans, his concussion surely won’t last all season. Brady clearly has a rapport with Amendola, and constantly looked his way last Thursday night.
Due to the uncertainty surrounding him, you can probably sneak him through your waiver wire without many of your rivals giving the move much thought. Amendola is a difference-maker when he’s healthy.
2) Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions:
The Lions kind of made me raise my eyebrows when the likes of Jeremy Maclin and Eric Decker became available last June and the Lions seemingly didn’t bat an eye at either of them. At the time, I really questioned the lack of urgency from this team to pursuit either veteran given how well Anquan Boldin played for this club as a red zone threat.
Then, I dug a little deeper and came to the conclusion that the Lions might consider third-round WR
Kenny Golladay the answer to fill the void left by Boldin. My concerns were put at ease in the preseason when he caught a couple of scores (albeit, against inferior defenders). After his Week 1 performance, I am certain that Golladay is a younger version of what Anquan Boldin was to this offense a year ago. The 6′-3″ WR out of Illinois caught another couple TDs in last Sunday’s rout of the Arizona Cardinals.
His Week 1 breakthrough was no fluke, he’s certainly worth an add in just about any format.
3) Kendall Wright, Chicago Bears:
When Cam Meredith’s season was lost to a torn ACL in Week 3 of the preseason, there was much debate amongst fantasy football enthusiasts as to who would be the beneficiary of targets on the Bears going forward. Was it Kevin White? Or Kendall Wright?
Those questions were immediately put to rest the second Kevin White was placed on IR for the third time in his
three-year NFL career. Not only is Kendall Wright the last man standing in this receiving core, he’s familiar with this offense. He and OC Darrell Loggains were together in Tennessee from 2012-2014.
Look for an increase in volume from Kendall Wright going forward.
4) Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams:
There was a ton of buzz surrounding this WR out of Eastern Washington following a strong showing from him in the 2016 Senior Bowl. However, the air was let out of the balloon as soon as the perpetually-inept Los Angeles Rams drafted him in the third round this spring.
Some of those concerns were put to rest following a strong OTAs/offseason workouts. But then, the Rams traded for Sammy Watkins, and then the Cooper Kupp hype-train disappeared as quickly as it arrived.
In the Rams’ 46-9 thrashing of the Indianapolis Colts, Kupp finised with a team-high 4-76-1 on 6 targets. While he won’t ever be the definitive number-one option for the Rams, I think he’ll still have some flex-appeal in certain matchups.
Look for Kupp to be used similarly to the way Pierre Garcon was utilized during his time in Washington. Coincidentally, where HC Sean McVay was the OC.
5) Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars:
With Allen Robinson ending up on season-ending IR this week, there’s an obvious void at WR1 in Jacksonville. And, while Allen Hurns received just as many targets than his teammate Marqise Lee last week v.s. Houston, it’s still Lee who sits atop the Jaguar depth chart.
Yes, Hurns possesses big-play ability. But, in an offense that’s going to run the ball more often than not, you want shares in the WR that projects to get the most volume. In my opinion, that’s Marqise Lee. Lee, who stands at 6′-0”, 196 LBS should be more of a factor in the Red Zone should the Jags decide to go that route upon entering the red zone.
A WR1 in a Marrone/Hackett offense should still see 100+ targets, and my money would be on Lee to fill that void upon the absence of Allen Robinson.