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.
|1||Jamison Crowder||WR||New York Jets|
|2||Marquise Brown||WR||Baltimore Ravens|
|3||John Brown||WR||Buffalo Bills|
|4||Darren Waller||TE||Oakland Raiders|
|5||Terry McLaurin||WR||Washington Redskins|
|6||Ronald Jones||RB||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|7||Marcus Mariota||QB||Tennessee Titans|
Talk of Sam Darnold’s chemistry with his new weapon bubbled throughout training camp and it was proved on Sunday when Darnold targeted Crowder 17 times for 14 connections and 99 receiving yards in a close loss to the Bills. Crowder has dealt with health problems throughout his career, but his Week 1 explosion puts him on track for a very productive season in the slot. That’s good news for those in PPR leagues, which is why Crowder is my no. 1 pickup of the week.
Waller was stellar in his Oakland Raiders debut on Monday. He was Derek Carr’s most targeted option on the field, hauling in seven catches for 70 receiving yards against a solid Denver Broncos secondary. With many fantasy owners starving for productive tight ends, Waller should be a popular add this week. This week, Waller plays a Chiefs secondary that gave up 350 yards in the air and three touchdowns to the Nick Foles/Garrett Minschew-led Jaguars tandem in Week 1. He has the potential to become one of the top options at his position by the end of the season.
The Redskins jumped out to a surprising early lead over the Eagles on Sunday and their new rookie wide receiver had a lot to do with it. McLaurin looked like Washington’s no. 1 receiver, recording five catches for 125 receiving yards and a score. The Ohio State product also played nearly all of Washington’s snaps and is expected to remain involved in the Redskins’ passing attack. He should be a matchup-based WR3 moving forward.
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