Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups – Week 1
Can you believe it? Week 1 is finally here regardless of everything going on around us throughout the last 6 months. We’re going to be along for the ride this season presenting you weekly Fantasy Waiver Wire Add/Drop recommendations, as well as other fantasy materials throughout the year. This week we will be focusing primarily on additions to build your roster, but in weeks to come, we will be giving recommendations on who to kick to the curb.
RULES: These picks will be for players that are UNDER 40% rostered (ESPN Rankings) in standard leagues. These selections will not only be starting caliber players but will also provide bench depth for the coming weeks. Buckle up, and let’s get ready for some fun!
QB Tyrod Taylor- L.A. Chargers (3.4% Rostered)
As many people have already seen, Tyrod Taylor was marked as the QB1, outperforming rookie Justin Herbert (for now) throughout this year’s modified training camp. In a premier Week 1 matchup, Taylor takes on the underwhelming Cincinnati Bengals defense that has ranked in the bottom 10 defenses in the NFL in back to back seasons. With injuries plaguing the secondary in Cincinnati, Taylor should have a field day with Keenan Allen and the crew. Taylor has always had good mobility, but with key additions to the OLine (Bryan Bulaga & Trai Turner), he should have no issue picking up extra yardage on the ground.
RB James Robinson- Jacksonville Jaguars (7.5% Rostered)
With the fire sale that the Jacksonville Jaguars have been having over the last few weeks, Leonard Fournette got shipped out of town, later signing with the Buccaneers, leaving some uncertainty in the running backs room. Doug Marrone has named Robinson as the bell cow back to handle the majority of carries to start the season. With Ryquell Armstead back on the COVID-19 list, as well as dealing with a lower body injury, and Chris Thompson being primarily a pass catching back that will line up wide often, this is clearing the room for Robinson to handle the rock. With Robinson averaging 21.9 yards per carry and averaging 123 yards per game throughout college, Robinson is no stranger to carrying the team on his back, look forward to this being the case early this season.
RB Boston Scott- Philadelphia Eagles (38.4% Rostered)
Let it be known know, Boston Scott is one of my favorite pickups in the mid to late rounds of fantasy drafts, but with only 38.4% ownership, you should have no issue snagging him off the waiver wire. Miles Sanders has been dealing with a hamstring injury for some time now, and although he may be ready for Week 1, he more than likely will not be at 100% strength. Even with Sanders healthy and on the field, Scott will be utilized as a third down back, as well as a shifty Darren Sproles-esque back to switch up the offensive momentum. Scott is also no slouch catching out of the backfield, so in PPR formats, he adds a bit of value to the RB position. Utilize Boston Scott as an insurance policy for Miles Sanders as he has been dealing with injury, as well as a decent flex option in deeper leagues.
WR Bryan Edwards- Las Vegas Raiders (8.2% Rostered)
Bryan Edwards is a “Big Ol’ Boy”. Standing at 6’3”, weighing 212 lbs., once he gets moving off the line, he is difficult to stop. Both Jon Gruden and Derek Carr have given the rookie out of South Carolina the highest of praise throughout this adapted offseason and said he will be a force to be reckoned with throughout the NFL for years to come. With Tyrell Williams on season ending IR due to a torn right labrum, this opens the floodgates to let Edwards loose in the offense. Edwards is a bully against the secondary, and his height, weight and athleticism will set him apart from the competition. Also, opening up the season against the Carolina Panthers is a very favorable matchup for the Raiders Offense as in 2019 the team gave up the 11th most points to the WR position. Expect Edwards to ramp up and be an outstanding player in weeks to come.
WR Parris Campbell- Indianapolis Colts (31.9% Rostered)
Parris Campbell is coming off an injury plagued rookie season where he only saw 18 receptions for 127 yards and 1 TD. But do not let this push you away from the explosive slot receiver. With a MUCH better QB in town this season (Phillip Rivers), Parris Campbell will see an uptick in usage when T.Y. Hilton is in double coverage, or if he spends some time off the field due to injury (which seems to be a trend). With Rivers taking over the offense, Campbell is bound to see an increase in targets throughout the 2020 campaign. When in L.A., Rivers peppered Keenan Allen with targets out of the slot, and we should all expect Campbell to see increased volume as the Colts primary slot receiver.
TE Jonnu Smith- Tennessee Titans (22.9% Rostered)
With Delanie Walker no longer being the top TE in Tennessee, Smith will be the primary big man target for the Titans Offense. Tannehill favored Smith when he took over the offense in the 2019 season and will look to continue the hot streak into this year. With AJ Brown being the top receiving option in Tennessee, the remaining receiving corps is not clearly defined, and Smith will steal targets from the others. Throughout 2019, Smith averaged 12.54 yards per catch, and was in the top 5 in forced missed tackles, averaging 0.40 missed tackles per reception. Smith is playing in the final year of his rookie contract, and the 25-year-old Tight End is looking for a payday in 2021. Utilize Smith as a solid tight end option throughout the 2020 campaign.
D/ST Philadelphia Eagles (38.5% Rostered) vs. WFT
The Philadelphia Eagles take on the Washington Football Team at FedEx Field for a mid-day slate (1:00 pm EST) on the first Sunday of the season. Take advantage of this matchup as a streaming option to plug into your lineup. During the offseason, the Eagles front office has improved the deference with the notable addition of Darius Slay and locking up Rodney McLeod and Jalen Mills long term. Dwayne Haskins will be leading the charge this year in his first official full season as QB1, and this should not scare the Eagles Defense. Haskins had a 12.5% sack rate and threw as many interceptions last year, as he did touchdowns (7). Washington is lacking a stable of quality receivers, so with McLaurin blanketed by the secondary, it’s going to be a tossup (quite literally) as to who Haskins will try to move the ball down field with. Look to use the Eagles as a solid Week 1 waiver defense, I know I will be.
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