Week 1 of the fantasy football season is in the books, so it’s time to start scouring the waiver wire. Here are some suggestions for players to target.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills
Fred Jackson suffered a knee injury in the Bills’ Week 1 loss against the New York Jets and appears to be sidelined for about a month. In relief of Jackson, Spiller—owned in 71 percent of Yahoo fantasy football leagues—ripped the Jets for 169 rushing yards, 25 receiving yards, and a touchdown. Get him.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
Cobb caught 9 passes for 77 yards against the San Francisco 49ers, and he returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown. In addition, the Packers had him lining up in the backfield on several plays, perhaps indicating that he could pick up some rushing yards in the future. Owned in 48 percent of Yahoo fantasy football leagues, Cobb should be a hot commodity on waiver lists, especially in PPR and keeper leagues.
Kevin Ogletree, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Way back on Wednesday night, Ogletree surprised many with his breakout game against the New York Giants, coming out of nowhere to pile up 114 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He’s the No. 4 receiving option in Dallas behind Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and Jason Witten, but that means defenses aren’t focusing on him as much. Only owned in 43 percent of Yahoo fantasy football leagues, he’s worth a flier.
Dexter McCluster, WR/RB, Kansas City Chiefs
McCluster has a lot going for him. He recorded 6 receptions for 82 yards in Week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons, he’s only owned in 15 percent of Yahoo fantasy football leagues, and he qualifies as both a WR and a RB, giving managers some rare roster flexibility.
Stephen Hill, WR, New York Jets
Owned in just 18 percent of Yahoo fantasy football leagues, Hill ripped the Bills for 89 yards and two scores in the blowout victory. Keep in mind that the Jets are a run-first offense and that Hill is a rookie, so there may be some consistency issues, but he’s an every-down starter opposite Santonio Holmes. He’s worth a flier.
Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens
While only 4 percent of Yahoo fantasy football managers benefited, Pitta gashed the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football for 73 receiving yards and a touchdown. If you need TE2 help, Pitta might be worth a grab.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings
Told ya so. Five receptions for 67 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he faces the pitiful Indianapolis Colts defense next. He’s only owned in 35 percent of Yahoo fantasy football leagues, but he’s worth an add as a TE2 option, especially in PPR leagues. Rudolph was the second-most targeted receiver on the Vikings in Week 1.
Denver Broncos Defense
Told ya so. The Broncos allowed just 19 points against a potent Pittsburgh Steelers defense, sacked Ben Roethlisberger 5 times, intercepted him once, and returned the pick for a defensive touchdown. In standard Yahoo fantasy football leagues, that tied Denver for the No. 6 defense of the week. Not bad for a unit that’s only 18 percent owned.