The NFL is off and running, with the first week’s worth of action now in the books. There weren’t many injuries in the opening week, so not a lot of depth chart movement. Those that grabbed the backup to a fragile starter on draft day will have to continue to hold those players and wait for their opportunity.
There were several players that did stand out in Week 1, with quite a few worth considering as additions for fantasy owners. Most of those on the list this week are wide outs, which is often the case early in the season as teams sort out who exactly will be their second, third and fourth options in the passing game.
On to this week’s Waiver Wire Wonders!
WR Randall Cobb, Green Bay
The Packers have a ton of offensive weapons, but they have clearly recognized that Cobb is a special player that they need to make sure gets the ball in his hands as often as possible. His Week 1 numbers, which include nine catches for 77 yards as well as a touchdown on a punt return, make him one of the most sought after fantasy players this week. Green Bay even found a way to line him up in the backfield behind Aaron Rodgers on over a dozen occasions, most of those were third down or obvious passing situations. He will continue to see a steady dose of action in the explosive Packers offense.
WR Danny Amendola, St.Louis
After missing all of last year, Amendola quickly re-established himself as the go-to player for Sam Bradford. Bradford threw in his direction nine times, connecting on five of those passes for 70 yards. Of more importance, is that the Rams moved him around the formation. His play in Week 1 confirms that he is 100%, look for him to continue to be a force for the St.Louis offense.
RB Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh
Players on the waiver wire that are fantasy starters at the running back position are very rare, and based on his Week 1 numbers, Dwyer has established himself as the starter for the Steelers. Though the final numbers of 43 yards rushing appear disappointing, the fact that he was on the field for twice as many snaps as Isaac Redman makes him the man to own in the Steelers backfield. Rashard Mendenhall is out for at least 3-5 more weeks. Until he returns, Pittsburgh will ride with Dwyer as the starter.
WR Dexter McCluster, Kansas City
Though most leagues list McCluster as a wide out, several still have him as running back eligible. Regardless of the position, he is worth owning in all formats, especially in PPR formats. The pre-season was a small taste of what the Chiefs were going to run for McCluster, as Matt Cassel threw in his direction a team high ten times on opening day. This resulted in a nice line of six catches for 82 yards, weekly numbers that we expect to continue for the duration of the season.