Week One of the NFL season is in the books, and if you're a Fantasy Football player that means you're scanning the waiver wire for players to help take your team to the next level. Fortunately, I've already done that for you. Each week I will be listing players owned in less than 50% of Fantasy Football leagues that can help turn your team into a Championship contender.
Gardner Minshew (26% rostered)
If you've read my article on Minshew being a QB2 before the season started, it's no surprise to find him on this list as well. On a team expected to tank, Minshew has proved he is 'tank proof'. Against the Colts he threw 3 TDs with only 1 incompletion, and I don't expect him to slow down anytime soon. With a plethora of talented receivers to throw to, expect Minshew Mania to be in full effect this season.
Derek Carr (18% rostered)
After Jon Gruden signed Marcus Mariota this off-season, it looked like Carr might have been on his way out of a starting gig. Week One showed that Carr is capable of great QB play, and sliced up a Panthers secondary prone to doing so. With Josh Jacobs commanding defenses to be honest, it will open up passing lanes throughout the year. Even if the Raiders find themselves behind, his supporting cast will keep him fantasy relevant throughout the season.
Nyheim Hines (21% rostered)
Even before Marlon Mack went down, the Colts utilized Hines more than most expected after drafting Jonathan Taylor in this years' draft. He scored the Colts' only touchdowns against the Jaguars, and with Philip Rivers at QB expect him to have a similar role as Austin Ekeler did with Rivers at QB. Taylor may be the better pure runner but Hines will remain in the Flex conversation all year.
Malcolm Brown (28% rostered)
Akers may have gotten the start, but it was Brown who led the Rams in snaps and touches. Looking like the better runner of the group, Brown dominated 3rd down opportunities and scored twice on the Goal Line. The Rams may go with the 'hot hand' approach going forward, but as long as Brown maintains the results he had on Sunday you can expect him to be the back to go to in Los Angeles.
Benny Snell (17% rostered)
With James Conner going down with an ankle injury, it was Benny Snell who stepped in and provided the Steelers with great production; getting 113 yards on 19 rushes. Snell only conceded one rush attempt to Jaylen Samuels post-Conner injury, which means that he will be the bell-cow back as long as James Conner isn't playing. While his vision didn't look the greatest, he showed tremendous burst hitting the hole with breakaway speed. Given how often the Steelers like to run the ball, Snell is a must-add in any league.
Joshua Kelley (12% rostered)
Kelley saw numerous RZ touches on Sunday that included the Chargers only touchdown on the game. He also showed he will be part of the gameplan going forward as he managed 12 rushing attempts for 60 yards. While HC Anthony Lynn suggested that the team wouldn't target RB's as much in the passing game, it doesn't take away how often they like to run the ball. As of now, Kelley has some standalone value as a Flex play, and would instantly be in the RB1 conversation if Ekeler ever got injured.
Laviska Shenault Jr (12% rostered)
All off-season the Jaguars said they would get Shenault involved in a multitude of ways, and they showed as much in Week One. Laviska got the start over DeDe Westbrook and managed to haul in a TD grab. Though he only received 4 targets, the rookie also saw snaps in the Wildcat in the RZ. His dual-threat ability will make him an appealing option going forward and gives him a solid floor.
Preston Williams (38% rostered)
Even with Stephon Gilmore covering him, Williams still saw 7 targets against the Patriots. While he has another touch matchup with Tre'Davious White in Week 2, the injury to DeVante Parker instantly makes Williams a must-add in Fantasy leagues. With gun-slinger Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB, Williams will have plenty of opportunity to pick up where he left off last year after an injury cut his season short.
Parris Campbell (23% rostered)
T.Y. Hilton may be the stud-WR in Indy, but it was Parris Campbell who had the better day against the Jags in Week One. Tied for the most targets on the team (9), Campbell showed an instant connection with new QB Philip Rivers and made the most out of it. An injury-laden rookie year had caused him to fly under the radar, but expect the 2nd year wide-out to be heavily involved in Indy's gameplan going forward. Look for the Colts to try getting him the ball in space as much as possible.
Logan Thomas (2% rostered)
Thomas was a player that was hyped up throughout the off-season by Washington and he showed why in Week One. He led the team in targets (8) and capped it off with a touchdown. After taking time to transition to the TE position, it seems like Thomas has the potential to put up similar numbers as a healthy jordan Reed. After showing he will be heavily involved in the gameplan as a pass-catcher, Thomas should be in for a solid year in Washington.
Jack Doyle (26% rostered)
While production is a main reason players end up on Waiver Wire lists, future potential is just as important. Doyle didn't have a bad Week One (3-4 with 49 yards) but that performance did leave more to be desired. With Trey Burton on IR, Doyle has no competition for targets at the TE spot. With a QB in Philip Rivers who targets TEs on more than 20% of his passes, Doyle is poised to have a good 2020 campaign.
* Players to keep an eye on moving forward: Russell Gage, Corey Davis, Allen Lazard, Peyton Barber, Eric Ebron, James Washington, Keelan Cole, OJ Howard, Scotty Miller, Corey Clement. *
Each week I'll be here to give you the who's who for waiver wire pickups to help lead your Fantasy team to the ultimate goal: To bring home a championship. Hopefully some of the names on this list find their way onto your team, and may the odds forever be in your favor.