For real or for fake? Flash in the pan or true lasting potential? Week 1’s first batch of Sunday games allowed several players most owners passed over during fantasy drafts to show why they maybe deserved a draft selection than a waiver-wire pick up.
Still, owners, novice or expert, should temper expectations and only pull the trigger on a Week 1 star when they consider several factors: previous track record, the depth chart/injuries, and if the guy you’re about to pick up is worth dropping the one you drafted.
Too often fantasy owners make rash, emotional decisions. It’s easy and understandable, but also avoidable.
To help make your decisions prior to Week 2 easier, here are our early waive-wire picks following the first wave of games. Keep in mind, others can emerge and injuries will likely happen later in Week 1, but give these guys a close look.
Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets
Jets quarterback found Enunwa early, often, and for a touchdown in the first half against Cincinnati, until he found Eric Decker. Enunwa doesn’t have a strong track record and he and fantasy owners will see the same scenario week after week. If Decker’s covered, than Eunwa, at least in Week 1, is the third option. He’s worth a waiver pick up only in very, very deep roto leagues at this point.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons
For four years Sanu was an excellent second or third fiddle beside A.J. Green, so we should’ve known he’d do the same for the Falcons and Julio Jones. Sanu’s best season was 2014 when he hauled in 56 receptions for 790 yards and five touchdowns. It seems quite reasonable he can hit those numbers or even exceed them this season, obviously to the chagrin of Jones’ owners. Sanu is owned in just 44 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Plainly put, Ware’s quite valuable if Jamaal Charles is hurt. Considering he’s already owned in 78 percent of Yahoo leagues, he’s probably not available in yours. But, with Charles’ injury history in mind, if he’s on the wire snatch up Ware. Especially in PPR leagues since the Chiefs have few options in the passing game and quarterback Alex Smith is far more effective with shorter throws.
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Yeldon’s a powerful back who’s best served in third-down or short-yardage situations, or even in the passing game. But if Chris Ivory’s out like he was in Week 1, Ivory’s going to get the bulk of the carries. At this point, if you’re in need of an RB2 or perhaps a FLEX2 in very deep leagues, aim for Yeldon before Week 2.
Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens
After blowing up with Pittsburgh in 2011, Wallace was a reliable WR2 or WR3 in fantasy leagues as he averaged 125 targets a season over the next three years with the Steelers and Miami. Then he went to Minnesota and cooled off. But with Baltimore, a team in desperate need of playmakers, the opportunities will be there for Wallace. He’s going to be a hot and expensive commodity in Week 2 since Wallace is owned in just 34 percent of Yahoo leagues. If your league’s waiver system is based on bids, don’t break the bank but do try and grab Wallace.
Others to monitor: Jalen Richard, RB, Oakland Raiders; Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons; Terrelle Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns; Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints; Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans