Fantasy Football ’19 Week 1 Waiver Wire

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. Below is a list of seven players you may want to jump on before the rest of your league does.

1Demaryius ThomasWRPatriots
2LeSean McCoyRBChiefs
3Justin JacksonRBChargers
4John BrownWRBills
5Jalen RichardWRRaiders
6Michael GallupWRCowboys
7Keke CouteeWRTexans
Demaryius Thomas

With N’Keal Harry (ankle) headed to the Injured Reserve list, the Patriots decided to bring back Thomas less than a day after releasing him as part of the team’s final roster cuts. Thomas showed promised that he could still produce at a brisk 31 years old in New England’s final preseason game, catching seven balls for 87 yards and a touchdown. He appears to be fully recovered from the Achilles rupture suffered last year when he was with the Texans. With only Phillip Dorsett to compete with for the role opposite Julian Edelman, expect the veteran to carve out a nice role in the offense for himself while Harry heals.

John Brown

Not many receivers have the speed to match Josh Allen’s cannon of an arm. Last season, Brown blazed his way to 715 yards and five touchdowns on just 42 receptions with an aging gunslinger (Joe Flacco) and an inconsistent rookie (Lamar Jackosn) throwing him the ball. Robert Foster’s recent removal from Buffalo’s starting lineup is also a good sign for Brown’s production. He’s worth a bench stash for the first few weeks, a span in which the Bills face the unimpressive secondaries of the Jets, Giants, and Bengals.

Jalen Richard

Josh Jacobs will be the bell-cow running back for the Raiders this season. With that being said, there’s no reason to assume Oakland will choose to exclude Richard from the passing attack. Richard’s 68 receptions ranked seventh in the NFL among running backs last season. He’s a sneaky PPR grab and still largely available in leagues across all platforms.

Cole Topham is an 18-year old sportswriter from Salt Lake City, UT. He is the lead editor and founder of Besides journalism, his passions include fantasy rankings, drinking chai lattes, rock climbing, and absurd amounts of hair paste. Follow him on Twitter at @HamAnalysis.

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