The waiver wire offers an opportunity at every position. Lurking in the murky waters of fantasy free agents are the gems that can transform a roster with a lowly record to a fantasy champion. Popular picks off the waiver wire last season include Deshaun Watson, Carson Wentz, Alvin Kamara, Jerick McKinnon, Nelson Agholor, and Robby Anderson, who all helped win a number of leagues.
Who will be this year’s waiver wire gem? Below is a list of seven prospects you may want to jump on before Week 1 hits. Thank me later and don’t forget to follow STF on Twitter at @Snack_TimeFS for personal advice and more articles like this one!
Week 1 Waiver Wire Targets
Adrian Peterson: If Peterson hasn’t already been scooped up in your league by now, close this article and immediately add him to your roster. The 33-year old running back has looked like the best pair of legs in the Redskins backfield and is expected to open Sunday’s matchup versus the Cardinals as the starter. His only major competition is Chris Thompson, who isn’t believed to be 100% recovered from a 2017 leg injury and will be exclusively utilized on passing downs. Could this be a late-career resurgence from AP? I’d be on it.
Alfred Morris: With news breaking Saturday that 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon tore his ACL on the last play of practice, Morris is now expected to fill in as the starter. Even before McKinnon’s injury, Morris looked like the best player in the backfield during the preseason. Although Matt Breida is expected to cut into his workload, Morris will receive the bulk of the carries and will see looks on the goal line. Check, check, and check.
Tyler Lockett: Lockett has never reached more than 600 receiving yards in a season, but due to a banged-up Doug Baldwin and limited competition behind him on Seattle’s depth chart, the 25-year old wideout could be in for his best season yet. Having signed a new three-year deal with the Seahawks worth $38 million, it’s clear Lockett is in Seattle’s long-term plans. Something tells me you don’t pay an underwhelming WR that much to not use him to his full potential this season. Watch out for Lockett on the sleeper horizon.
Chris Godwin: Godwin seems to all but supplanted DeSean Jackson for the no. 2 receiver role on the Buccaneers. Head coach Dirk Koetter had plenty to say about the second-year wide receiver, saying that “Chris is playing really well right now. We look at it as if we have four starting receivers. All four of those guys, the only guy that really hasn’t been a starter (in the NFL) is Chris. The other three have been, and we believe Chris is every bit in that same category.” With Mike Evans drawing the majority of the attention from opposing teams’ secondaries, Godwin should enjoy a fairly healthy amount of targets.
Mike Gesicki: The tight end market isn’t the greatest at the moment, but Gesicki wasn’t drafted by Miami in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft to block for Ryan Tannehill. Head coach Adam Gase isn’t hiding his intentions for Gesicki either, saying that the 22-year old “isn’t a hobby” and is ready for a starting role in the offense. He’s worth stashing in deeper leagues should he open the season with a large role in Miami’s aerial attack.
Anthony Miller: One of the preseason’s biggest human highlight reels, Miller has done everything he can to convince new head coach Matt Nagy he should be one of Mitchell Trubisky’s top targets this season. Over his last two seasons at Memphis, Miller recorded 191 catches, 2,896 yards, and 32 touchdowns. That alone should give you an idea about his volume potential. He’ll start opposite of Allen Robinson this upcoming Sunday.
Eli Manning: Yes, Manning hasn’t always been the most reliable quarterback for fantasy. But with an offense like New York has this season? The Giants’ stars in Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and rookie running back Saquon Barkley could be its own fantasy team by itself. Manning has all the weapons in the league to be an asset against the right team. While he may not be the best play against the NFL’s top pass defense in Jacksonville, Manning should be one signal caller sitting on waivers that you should keep your eye on.
Cole Topham is the lead editor for snacktimefantasy.com and covers the MLB and NFL. He enjoys watching his opponents suffer as he defeats them week after week in his fantasy football/baseball leagues.