Well, Week 1 is in the books, and it’s time to take a look at five players that you might want to look at trading for or snatching off of the waiver wire to help your team. We’ll also look at five guys to avoid, or if they’re already on your roster, to consider benching, cutting, or trading.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City – Even before teammate Tyreek Hill was injured, Watkins was having a breakout game. He shredded the usually stout Jacksonville defense to the tune of 9 catches on 11 targets for 198 yards and 3 TDs. It’s not clear yet how much or even if Hill will miss any significant time with this injury, but even if he doesn’t, it’s pretty clear that the Chiefs intend to get the ball to Watkins early and often. He’s no doubt rostered in your league, so to get him, you’re going to have to give up something good to get him…but do it.
A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee – The Titans upset the new darlings of the NFL, the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. In the process, the Titans showed us just how much they think of rookie receiver A.J. Brown. While he never hit paydirt, he did manage to rack up 3 catches on 4 targets for exactly 100 yards. Meanwhile, Corey Davis, the supposed WR1 for the Titans was targeted only 3 times and never hauled one in. It looks like there might be a new sheriff in Nashville; and his name is A.J. Brown. Brown most likely went undrafted in your league, go get him…now.
Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore – Let me preface this by pointing out that while Jackson and the Ravens had a very good game on Sunday, they did it against the clearly horrible Miami Dolphins. Jackson managed to quiet a lot of doubters by going 17/20 for 324 yards and 5 touchdowns. Many owners avoided Jackson on draft day, citing his lack of passing skills. But the Ravens welcome the young Arizona Cardinals to town next week, and if Jackson can do to them what he did to the Dolphins, it might be difficult to trade for him. If you want him, now is the time to strike.
John Ross, WR, Cincinnati – With the oft and already injured A.J. Green sidelined, the Bengals had to look elsewhere when throwing the ball, and it appears as though they found at least a suitable fill-in with Ross. The third year man out of Washington stepped up on Sunday and torched the usually tough Seattle secondary with a final stat line that reads 7/12/158/2. While other owners were rushing to grab teammates Tyler Boyd and Tyler Eifert, Ross very well could have been overlooked in your league. Green will remain out for a few more weeks, and it certainly appears as though Ross is the guy you need to go and get — at least until Green returns.
Malcolm Brown, RB, LA Rams – At first glance, it looks like Brown had a rather pedestrian day for the Rams on Sunday, rushing 11 times for 53 yards. However, it’s worth noting that Brown, and not Todd Gurley or Darrell Henderson, was the running back of choice near the goal-line, notching two red-zone rushes for scores. If you are a Gurley owner, or even if you’re just looking for some easy points, Malcolm Brown is the running back to own for the Rams. He’s more than likely still available in your league, but he won’t be for long.