Here are this week’s top Waiver Wire options that are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues. I’ll list any players at the top who are above the 50% threshold (or are household names) but are still somewhat widely available for those who might be in smaller leagues.
Best Options if Available: Kirk Cousins (Min, 61% ownership), Jimmy Garoppolo (SF, 55%)
Josh Allen (Buf, 32%) — We got the full Josh Allen experience in the opening game of the season. He threw two INTs and lost two fumbles in the first half but he did enough with his arm and legs late to pull out the victory for the Bills. He completed 24/37 passes for 254 yards and one TD and he added 10/38/1 rushing in their dramatic comeback victory. Allen is going to make plenty of mistakes so be careful if you’re in leagues that dock points for turnovers, but he also showed his upside potential in the opener because of his scrambling ability. Allen also has a juicy upcoming schedule (@NYG, vs. Cin, vs. NE, @Ten) starting this week.
Derek Carr (Oak, 29%) — If you’re looking for a streaming option already, Carr could be your guy this week with his matchup against the Chiefs. Carr looked sharp even after a tumultuous training camp, completing 22/26 passes for 259 yards (9.9 YPA) and 1 TD against the Broncos. Carr had strong connections going with Tyrell Williams (6/105/1 receiving) and Darren Waller (7/70), which is a huge positive since they’re both essentially new targets for him. Carr is on the fantasy radar this week against a Chiefs defense that allowed 347/3 passing to Gardner Minshew and Nick Foles last week. Carr’s matchups get a little tougher after his Week 2 matchup (vs. KC, @Min, @Ind, vs. Chi) so he’s just a one week option.
Andy Dalton (Cin, 10%) — Dalton reminded us that he’s better than your average quarterback, throwing for 418 yards and 2 TDs in a tough loss to the Seahawks in Week 1. Dalton will still be without his top WR A.J. Green for the foreseeable future but this offense could run through Dalton’s arm while Joe Mixon plays through an ankle issue. He gets a pretty favorable matchup this week against the 49ers before the schedule gets a little tougher (vs. SF, @Buf, @Pit, vs Ari).
Jacoby Brissett (Ind, 12%) — Brissett put the Colts in position to win against the Chargers but his Hall-of-Fame kicker let him down. He completed 21/27 passes for 190 yards with both of his touchdowns going to T.Y. Hilton, who saw one-third of his attempts. Brissett absorbed only two sacks and he didn’t turn the ball over, as well. Brissett gets another tough matchup next week against the Titans, but his schedule lightens up after that if you’re looking down the road a couple of weeks (@Ten, vs. Atl, vs. Oak, @KC).
Matthew Stafford (Det, 26%) — Stafford came through in a prime spot against the Cardinals in Week 1 (385/3 passing), but I wouldn’t exactly be running out to scoop him up off the waiver wire. His schedule gets a little tougher going forward (vs. LAC, @Phi, vs. KC, bye), and OC Darrell Bevell will certainly look to get this running game on the right track. At least it looks like Stafford might have one of the league’s best TEs already in rookie T.J. Hockenson.
Case Keenum (Was, 2%) — Keenum had one of the most bizarre games we’ll see this season. The Redskins raced out to a 17-0 lead behind his gunslinging before Washington eventually collapsed, which then gave him the chance to pad his stats late in garbage time. He finished with 380 yards and 3 TDs on 30-of-45 passing against the Eagles. Keenum isn’t likely to keep up his pace from Week 1 going forward (vs. Dal, vs. Chi, @NYG, vs. NE).
Marcus Mariota (Ten, 7%) — I’m not going to get too excited about Mariota throwing for the three touchdowns in the season opener because he attempted just 24 passes and he completed only 14 of them. Still, he looked a little more comfortable in the season opener than he did at the end of last season because he has Delanie Walker (two TDs) back in the lineup and an intriguing rookie WR A.J. Brown stretching the field for him. At their core, the Titans want to pound the rock with Derrick Henry while using Mariota as a game manager. Mariota is only worth considering in pristine matchups and I don’t see one in the near future (vs. Ind, @Jax, @Atl, vs. Buf).
Gardner Minshew (Jax, 0%) — The Jaguars got some devastating news in the season opener as Nick Foles broke his collarbone just 10 minutes into his Jacksonville career. The mustachioed Minshew played well in his stead, completing 22/25 passes for 275 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT against the Chiefs. Much of his production did come in some garbage-time action, but at least this passing game didn’t fall off a cliff with him in the game. Foles is likely looking at 6-8 week absence and he’s a candidate to land on the IR-Return Designation. Minshew will likely make his first career start in a decent spot against the Texans but his slate gets a little tougher after that (vs. Ten, @Den, @Car). The Jags traed for Josh Dobbs this week, but he’ll only be a backup option unless Minshew starts to struggle.
Malcolm Brown (LAR, 5%) — It was Brown and not Darrell Henderson that served as the #2 RB for the Rams, and he started the season by vulturing two goal-line TDs from Todd Gurley and company. Brown finished with 11/53/2 rushing on 21 snaps (27%) while Henderson saw just one carry for no yards on just two snaps. If Week 1 was any indication, it looks like the Rams plan on limiting Gurley’s touches and snaps throughout the season. It was also curious that the Rams chose to use Brown and Henderson down at the goal line. Brown has some weekly standalone value while being one of the best handcuffs in the league.
Rex Burkhead (NE, 5%) — In case you forgot, as soon as you think you’ve figured out the Patriots backfield HC Bill Belichick is about to flip the script on you. Burkhead finished just behind James White in snaps (33 to 32) and he finished well ahead of an ineffective Sony Michel (23) in the season opener — rookie Damien Harris was inactive. Burkhead was the best back against the Steelers, posting 8/44 rushing and 5/41 receiving on eight targets. Trying to figure out how Patriots will divvy up the touches and the snaps from week to week is difficult, but Burkhead clearly looks healthy again and he can fill in as a replacement for both Michel and White. It looks like he could have a pretty healthy role going forward in one of the league’s best offenses.
Carlos Hyde (Hou, 32%) — I faded Hyde all summer in Kansas City but I have to admit he had a little juice in his debut with the Texans in Week 1. He led the Texans with 10/83 rushing (8.3 YPC) and he added a two-yard catch while playing 37% of the snaps behind Duke Johnson. I’m skeptical about Hyde keeping up his strong play going forward, and he’s going to be touchdown-dependent for fantasy since he brings very little to the table as a receiver.
Adrian Peterson (Was, 37%) and Chris Thompson (Was, 12%) — The Redskins are a mess once again (shocker!) as HC Jay Gruden wanted nothing to do with Peterson just a few days ago. Thompson is going to be a factor in many second halves this season as the Redskins play from behind. He’ll also be their top option on third downs and in their hurry-up offense. Thompson led the Redskins in targets in the season opener with 10, finishing with 7/68 receiving and 3/10 rushing. And just when it looked like Peterson was dead and buried, AP has risen from the fantasy dead once again. The Redskins made him a healthy scratch in Week 1 but they need him now after Derrius Guice came out of the season opener with another knee injury (meniscus), the opposite one from the one he tore last season. It’s yet another setback for Guice after he made his pro debut, and it once again looks like Peterson will handle a significant workload for the next few weeks while he’s out.
Giovani Bernard (Cin, 14%) — It looks like Joe Mixon (ankle) will be able to play this week, but Gio is a must-own in any week that Mixon is out of the lineup. Bernard is a capable runner and receiver who can take on a big role as we’ve seen in the past when Mixon has missed time. Gio is a must-add for any Mixon owners this week just in case he’s unable to play against the 49ers this week. Gio is one of the best handcuffs in the league and it looks like he could have some low-end standalone value playing next to Mixon.
Raheem Mostert (SF, 1%) — RB Tevin Coleman left Week 1 with a high-ankle injury that could keep him out several weeks. That means Mostert is the next man up to play alongside Matt Breida while Jeff Wilson will likely be called up from their practice squad. Given Breida’s extensive injury history, HC Kyle Shanahan is unlikely to give him a full workload while Coleman is out of the lineup. Heck, Mostert even saw 29% of the snaps in the opener even with Coleman leaving midway through the contest.
Justin Jackson (LAC, 42%) — NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Melvin Gordon is likely to report to the Chargers between Weeks 6 and 8, which means Jackson should stay relevant until that time. Jackson didn’t get much work in the season opener with Austin Ekeler dominating the Colts through the air and on the ground. Still, even in his limited chances, Jackson turned six carries into 57 yards and he added a four-yard catch on three targets. I’m expecting a more even workload split between Jackson and Ekeler going forward until Gordon returns so he’s worth rostering for now.
Ito Smith (Atl, 21%) — Smith and Devonta Freeman worked in a timeshare in the season opener with Freeman seeing 27 snaps and Smith seeing 25. Smith also outperformed Freeman against the Vikings (40 to 31 yards) but neither player was exactly impressive against a stout Minnesota front seven. This game did get a bit out of hand, which might explain Smith’s bigger-than-expected role, but this backfield is worth monitoring if Freeman can’t get on track after a couple of injury-plagued seasons.
Justice Hill (Bal, 32%) — The Ravens didn’t need to fully unleash Hill in their season opener because of the sound beating they gave to the lowly Dolphins. OC Greg Roman liberally used all three of his backs, with Mark Ingram leading the way with 14/107/2 rushing. Hill finished with just 7/27 rushing on 30% of the snaps while Gus Edwards posted 17/56 on 38% of the snaps as Roman elected to lean more heavily on Edwards because of the lopsided nature of the contest. HIll has a difficult path to weekly standalone value in this backfield, but I think he’ll be more involved once the Ravens get into some tighter contests where they can utilize him as a receiver out of the backfield. If someone drops Hill after the first week, I would scoop him up for my last roster spot.
Mike Davis (Chi, 14%) — HC Matt Nagy outwitted himself with the usage of his three backs in the season opener. Tarik Cohen played 70% of the snaps as essentially the team’s slot receiver. Meanwhile, Davis outpaced rookie David Montgomery in backfield snaps (56% to 38%) and in touches (11 to 7). Nagy is one of the best offensive minds in the league and I’m expecting him to do some soul searching when it comes to this backfield. Montgomery should start seeing more opportunities than Davis starting in Week 2, but Davis is clearly going to be a bigger factor than initially expected in Chicago, especially in hurry-up/passing situations.
Jamaal Williams (GB, 9%) — I was curious to see how new HC Matt LaFleur would split up the workload in this Packers backfield and, after Week 1, it looks like he’s handling Aaron Jones and Williams very similarly to the old coaching staff. According to our pal Graham Barfield, Williams outsnapped Jones on third downs (9 to 5) and he ran just two fewer routes than Jones (16 to 14) against the Bears. Williams doesn’t have much standalone value but he would have a ton of value if Jones went down.
Ty Montgomery (NYJ, 10%) — If you own Le’Veon Bell, it would be wise to scoop up Montgomery just in case Bell’s shoulder issue continues to be an issue later this season. Montgomery would have RB2 potential as the lead back in New York but Sam Darnold’s absence the next couple weeks would hurt his fantasy ceiling.
Alexander Mattison (Min, 21%) — Starting RB Dalvin Cook looks primed for a huge season, but he has had some injury issues throughout his career dating back to his days at Florida State. Mattison actually got some run in the season opener with the Vikings opening up a four-touchdown lead as he posted 9/49 rushing. The Vikings have just Ameer Abdullah behind Mattison so I’d expect Mattison to see a heavy workload if Cook missed time.
Tony Pollard (Dal, 40%) — Pollard played just 32% of the snaps in Week 1 even with Ezekiel Elliott returning less than week before gameday. Pollard’s role should continue to evaporate as Zeke works his way back into shape. Elliott owners would be wise to scoop up Pollard if he’s thrown to the scrapheap this week.
Chase Edmonds (Ari, 4%) — David Johnson has the potential to finish as the RB1 this season if Kliff Kingsbury continues to use him all over the field as he did in Week 1. Edmonds played on just 11% of the snaps in the season opener but he would have top-12 weekly potential if he’s thrust into the starting role.
Best Options if Available: Tyrell Williams (Oak, 63%), DeSean Jackson (Phi, 65% ownership), John Brown (Buf, 49%), Courtland Sutton (Den, 55%), Jamison Crowder (NYJ, 46%)
Marquise Brown (Bal, 30%) — Brown was one of my most-draft WRs in Best Ball drafts because of his cheap price tag, and I urged our loyal readers to draft him in my Hail Mary Picks article. If you were fortunate enough to draft him, he exploded for your team in the season opener. The first two catches of his career went for touchdowns of 47 and 83 yards on his way to 4/147/2 receiving on 5 targets against the hapless Dolphins. Brown missed most of the off-season because of a Lisfranc surgery, but he looked healthy and showed off his electric speed in Week 1. Granted, Brown’s matchups are going to get a lot tougher going forward but Brown showed he’s going to be an important part of this passing attack with Lamar Jackson. One thing to watch was his lack of usage after they opened up a big lead, which may have been a precautionary decision. He played just 14 snaps and ran just eight routes, so he averaged a ridiculous 18.4 yards per route run.
Terry McLaurin (Was, 2%) — McLaurin didn’t get much hype coming into the season after a relatively quiet preseason and training camp. Well, the league and fantasy owners know him now after he lit up the Eagles secondary for 5/125/1 receiving on 7 targets while playing 93% of the snaps. McLaurin, who runs a 4.35, dusted the Eagles secondary for a 70-yard touchdown and he should have had another 70+ yard touchdown but Case Keenum overthrew him. McLaurin routinely got open against the Eagles secondary, which should bode well for him going forward. I’d have McLaurin higher on this list if I had more confidence in his quarterback, but I think Keenum will hold him back a bit from reaching his full fantasy potential.
D.K. Metcalf (Sea, 37%) — Metcalf’s knee looked perfectly fine in the season opener and he led these Seahawks WRs with 6 targets and 4/89 receiving while playing 77% of the snaps against the Bengals. Jaron Brown also saw 77% of the snaps but he didn’t see a single target. It looks like Metcalf should be second in line for targets behind Tyler Lockett, and Metcalf is a great match with the downfield passing ability of Russell Wilson.
KeeSean Johnson (Ari, 2%) — The Cardinals had four WRs finish above the 75% snap threshold in the season opener, so Kliff Kingsbury is going with a full spread attack. Johnson finished third in targets behind Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk against the Lions, posting 5/46 receiving on 10 targets. Kyler Murray is unlikely to put it up 54 times as he did in Week 1, but Murray could push for close to 40 attempts per game going forward. Kliff already said Michael Crabtree will be active for their Week 2 showdown with the Ravens, but the rookie Johnson has more upside potential going forward.
Mecole Hardman (KC, 15%) — Star WR Tyreek Hill suffered a collarbone injury in Week 1, which means second-round pick Hardman is the next man up for the next couple weeks in this potent Chiefs offense. Hardman saw just one target in his professional debut, but he did play on 78% of the snaps and he ran 27 routes. HC Andy Reid has no choice but to speed up Hardman’s learning curve early in the season with Hill’s injury. Hardman was the fastest player at the Combine last year and he could become the new primary deep threat for Patrick Mahomes, which gives him some fantasy upside potential the next couple weeks.
D.J. Chark (Jax, 2%) and Chris Conley (Jax, 1%) — If you’ve been following the site since this summer, you know that I liked using a late-round selection on Chark because of his big-play ability and his lack of competition for targets. Chark showed out in the season opener, catching all four of his targets for 146 yards (36.5 YPT) and a touchdown. Unfortunately, his QB Nick Foles broke his collarbone on his 35-yard touchdown strike, which is going to limit the upside of Chark going forward. Free-agent signee Conley actually led the team in targets with seven on his way 6/97 receiving. Chark played on 71% of the snaps and ran routes 27 times while Conley played on 76% and ran routes 29 times. Backup QB Gardner Minshew will likely be the guy for the next 6-8 weeks while Foles heals. He at least looked competent in the season opener but he’s clearly a major downgrade from Foles going forward.
John Ross (Cin, 10%) — Ross had the single biggest WTF! game of Week 1, destroying his previous single-game highs with 7/158/2 receiving on 12 targets against the Seahawks. Ross also stayed on the field for 82% of the snaps. I’m hesitant to buy-in to Ross going forward but, at the very least, his performance in the season opener has to give him a shot of confidence. The Bengals drafted Ross in the top 10 of the 2017 draft so he clearly has the talent to be a major contributor, but his career has been littered with potholes. I’m going to let others use their FAAB/waiver position to add Ross this week, especially since his role could shrink in the near future when A.J. Green (ankle) gets back.
James Washington (Pit, 35%) — There’s a reason Donte Moncrief is on his third team in six seasons at just 26 years old. He’s loaded with talent but he’s never lived up to expectations, and Steelers fans have quickly turned against him after his drop-filled performance in the season opener. Meanwhile, Washington continues to make plays despite the coaching staff actively keeping off the field. The second-year WR Washington finished with 2/51 receiving on 6 targets against the Patriots while playing just 52% of the snaps. If this Steelers coaching staff is smart — you have to question their decision-making skills after Week 1 — they’d elevate Washington ahead of Moncrief sooner rather than later. If Washington is dropped this week, I would be quick to add him.
Kenny Stills (Hou, 23%) — Stills caught just two pop passes for no yards in the first 59 minutes of his debut with the Texans, but he saved his biggest play for last, catching a 37-yard touchdown strike down the seam from Deshaun Watson. Stills played just 42% of the snaps in his first game as he continues to pick up the offense and he was helped out by Keke Coutee’s absence with an ankle injury. Stills is going to be a volatile weekly option but he’s going to produce some big weeks playing with Watson.
Deebo Samuel (SF, 17%) and Marquise Goodwin (SF, 31%) — This 49ers WR depth chart is somehow an even bigger clusterf*ck after Week 1 than it was coming into the season. Supposed top WR Dante Pettis served as a backup and played just 3% of the snaps. All of Kyle Shanahan’s bluster about Pettis in the preseason apparently wasn’t BS, although Shanahan did say his groin injury may have played a role in his limited snaps. Deebo led the group by playing 88% of the snaps followed by Goodwin at 74%, but they each saw just three targets. Samuel is the player to scoop up off the waiver wire in this passing game, but I don’t feel safe playing any receiver outside of George Kittle in a fantasy lineup until Jimmy Garoppolo plays better.
Parris Campbell (Ind, 6%) — Campbell played on just 27% of the snaps in his professional debut against the Chargers, but he’s looking at a bump in playing time starting this week. Free-agent signee Devin Funchess broke his collarbone in the season opener and landed on the injured reserve, which is going to open up opportunities for Campbell. Chester Rogers and Zach Pascal are also going to see jumps in playing time, but Campbell is the player with a pedigree to bet on.
Preston Williams (Mia, 2%) and DeVante Parker (Mia, 14%) — The Dolphins are going to be a tire fire this season, which is good news for Williams since it’s in their best interests to let their talented rookie take his lumps as they tank this season. That’s exactly what the Dolphins did in Week 1 as he earned the start next to Parker. Williams didn’t disappoint either, scoring their only offensive touchdown on his way to 3/24/1 receiving in five targets. Williams showed a great connection with Josh Rosen in the preseason, which is something to file away since Rosen will be starting games very soon. Williams is massive (6’5”, 218 pounds) and a former five-star recruit who had his college career derailed by failed drug tests and a 2017 domestic violence charge. Meanwhile, Parker led the Dolphins with 3/75 receiving on seven targets in Week 1. Williams (42% of the snaps) and Parker (76%) could be locked into the starting lineup with Albert Wilson (calf) hurt once again and the Dolphins will be playing in a lot of garbage-time situations this season.
A.J. Brown (Ten, 3%) — The Titans got TE Delanie Walker back off an ankle injury this season and they signed Adam Humphries to man the slot, but it was second-round pick Brown who made the biggest impact in the season opener. The rookie WR opened things up for this offense by hauling in a 47-yard and a 51-yard pass against the Browns in Week 1 while playing 43% of the snaps (18 routes run). QB Marcus Mariota completed just 14 passes and attempted only 24 passes in the victory so it’s tough to get too excited for Brown just yet, but he’s certainly now on the radar after an impressive professional debut.
Tre’Quan Smith (NO, 17%) and Ted Ginn (NO, 11%) — Smith and Ginn are the #2 and #3 WRs in New Orleans and they’re capable of going off at any time with Drew Brees. Both guys came through in the season opener with Smith posting 2/26/1 receiving while Ginn caught all seven of his targets for 101 yards. Brees and his secondary receivers are typically better options when they’re on the SuperDome turf like they were in Week 1.
Demaryius Thomas (NYJ, 14%) — The Patriots traded DT to the Jets for a 2021 sixth-round pick to help their extremely thin WR corps. It was announced that Quincy Enunwa is done for the season with yet another neck injury, which puts his career in jeopardy. Thomas did play under Adam Gase in Denver and he should pick up the offense relatively quickly. The Jets desperately need him to play immediately in their primary, 3-WR sets. The problem is Thomas hasn’t been on the decline since 2015 and he’s a 31-year-old player coming off a major Achilles injury. He should play a lot but he has almost no upside as the fourth-fiddle in this offense once Chris Herndon returns in Week 6.
Cody Latimer (NYG, 0%) and Bennie Fowler (NYG, 0%) — WR Sterling Shepard suffered a concussion in Week 1 and is in jeopardy of missing this week’s contest. If you’re truly desperate for help in Week 2, Latimer and Fowler could see heavy workloads. Then again, if you’re in a 12-team league and desperate enough to consider Latimer or Fowler already, your team is probably in sad shape going forward (but I do admire your perseverance).
Cole Beasley (Buf, 6%) — Josh Allen is going to chuck it deep to John Brown or he’s going throw it underneath to his safety-valve Beasley. Those two combined for 19 of Allen’s 37 targets in the season opener, and Beasley finished with 5/40 receiving on 9 targets while playing 70% of the snaps. Beasley provides a solid PPR floor but he’s not going to offer much of a weekly ceiling.
Mohamed Sanu (Atl, 39%) — Sanu is never a sexy option off the waiver wire but he’s typically an effective PPR option in a pinch. It was no different in Week 1 as he posted 5/57 receiving on six targets in a disappointing loss to the Vikings. Sanu provides a decent PPR floor with a limited fantasy ceiling, and he actually paced the Falcons WRs in snaps rate in the season opener (85%).
Randall Cobb (Dal, 10%) — Cobb looked past his prime in his final couple years in Green Bay, but he did have a little extra pep in his step in Dallas debut. He finished with 4/69/1 receiving on five targets against the Giants while playing 71% of the snaps. He’s still a distant #3 WR and #4 option in this offense, but Cobb should have some Cole Beasley type performances out of the slot this season.
Danny Amendola (Det, 6%) — You gotta love sports! Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones had dream matchups against the Cardinals perimeter CBs but they combined for 8/98/1 receiving on 13 targets. Meanwhile, Amendola and rookie TE T.J. Hockenson combined for a whopping 22 targets for 13/235/2 receiving against the Cardinals. Amendola is unlikely to top his Week 1 fantasy performance going forward but at least he has the chance to be a PPR factor if the Lions are projected to play from behind and/or in a shootout.
Trey Quinn (Was, 1%) — Quinn is the starting slot WR for the Redskins, and he did very little in the season opener until their final garbage-time drive of the game. He finished with 4/33/1 receiving and he scored the final, meaningless TD of the game to break many Eagles bettor’s hearts (including mine). Quinn could be a threat to catch 4-6 passes for 40-60 yards per week going forward, and he did lead the Redskins WRs by playing 97% of the snaps.
Best Options if Available: T.J. Hockenson (Det, 52%)
Darren Waller (Oak, 44%) — There’s a good chance you already own Waller if you’ve been a loyal follower of the site the last two months — he finished the summer inside our top 15 at the position even before all of the Antonio Brown drama. Well, this is officially your last chance to own Waller after he caught seven of his eight targets from Derek Carr for 80 yards against the Broncos in Week 1. With AB now out of the picture, Waller has a clear path to a top-10 finish at the position this season.
Jimmy Graham (GB, 48%) — Graham was a classic post-hype sleeper after being selected as a top-five fantasy TE before 2018. Graham was also clearly due to regress off his 10-TD campaign with the Seahawks back in 2017, but his backslide went too far in the other direction with just 2 TDs in his first season with Aaron Rodgers. This season, he was clearly due for a positive regression and, after Week 1, he’s already halfway to his 2018 season total. Graham is moving like he has an anchor trailing behind him so you can’t expect much from him in terms of receiving yards, but at least he’s going to be a weekly red-zone threat in this offense.
Noah Fant (Den, 14%) — Fant had a quiet professional debut but the Broncos did get him on the field (81% snap share), and they even gave him a carry early in the game that went for a five-yard loss. Fant ended up seeing five targets but he finished with just 2/29 receiving. Fant’s usage was positive in the season opener and Joe Flacco has shown a knack for leaning on his tight ends heavily in the past so there’s room for growth here.
Mike Gesicki (Mia, 3%) — The Dolphins are going to really stink this season and it’s in their best interests to let Gesicki play to see what they’ve got going forward. He managed just 2/31 receiving on six targets in the season opener but the good news is that the Dolphins will be playing in a lot of garbage-time situations. He played on 68% of the snaps and ran 27 routes in the season opener.
Jordan Reed (Was, 42%) or Vernon Davis (Was, 2%) — Reed suffered yet another concussion in the preseason and he’s currently in the concussion protocol. Reed has no timeline for a return but he could certainly be helpful for owners desperate for help at TE in PPR formats. Davis is viable while Reed is out of the lineup as he showed us in Week 1, posting 4/59/1 receiving on seven targets.
Tyler Eifert (Cin, 9%) — Eifert is still hanging around and he’s healthy for now if you’re looking for TE help. He finished third in targets in Week 1 but he managed just 5/27 receiving on his six chances. C.J. Uzomah actually played more than Eifert (70% to 49%) and he outproduced him (4/66 receiving), but Eifert still ran more routes (26 to 24) and I still favor Eifert because of his red-zone prowess.
Jack Doyle (Ind, 29%) — Doyle saw 68% of the snaps compared to Eric Ebron’s 40% snap share in the season opener, but Doyle saw just two targets for 1/20 receiving against the Chargers. Doyle could be in a better spot to succeed going forward with Devin Funchess landing on the injured reserve with a broken collarbone. HC Frank Reich will likely look to use more of his talented TEs while Funchess is out of the lineup and with Marlon Mack running well in the opener, so Doyle should get more opportunities in the future.
Houston Texans (vs. Jax, 52%), Carolina Panthers (vs. TB, 7%), Buffalo Bills (@NYG, 45%), Kansas City Chiefs (@Oak, 34%)
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