Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books, and it’s time to beef up your fantasy roster. The waiver wire is where league championships are won and loss. Picking up the right guy at the right time will lead to more points and wins. It’s important not to overreact to week 1. Darnell Mooney, Breece Hall, and Damien Pierce all has less than awesome week 1’s. But it is important not to pull the rip chord prematurely. Be patient with guys you took a flyer on. It takes time for young players to carve out their role in an offense. There are guys like Cam Akers who have more scrutiny from their coach. If a coach is saying why a guy isn’t getting touches, then it might be time to bench them until the prove their worth. When looking at waiver wire targets, I like to look for future target share, injuries to the starter, and if the young player at the position has been showing glimpses of greatness.

Dak Prescott’s injured thumb means everyone in the Cowboys offense is going to take a step back- specifically for CeeDee Lamb. Elijah Mitchell going down for an extended period of time for the 49ers opens the door for the backup- more on that to come. In New Orleans it looks like Jamies Winston does not like to throw to his running backs. Unless that changes, or the staff manufactures touches for Alvin Kamara, it is time to bench him or trade him. If you think he will eventually get his touches up from 4, then just bench him. If you think this is foreshadowing the season to come, then look to move on from him before the rest of the league catches on. Here are waiver wire targets. Boom!

  • 11. Kyle Philips- WR Ten

    Waiver Wire Targets Kyle Philips

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    Philips was targeted 9 times on Sunday! 9!!! Any player getting that sort of target share deserves to be on your fantasy roster- especially in deep leagues. The production wasn’t great for 9 targets (6 receptions for 66 yards). They clearly see something in him to leave him on the field though.

  • 10. Jahan Dotson- WR Was

    Waiver Wire Targets Jahan Dotson

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    Dotson showed why the Commanders drafted him in the 1st round. He reeled in 2 touchdowns on his 3 receptions. That sort of TD production is not sustainable, but it gives the team a reason to keep him on the field. As a rookie, he should only improve moving forward.

  • 9. Zay Jones- WR Jax

    Waiver Wire Targets Zay Jones

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    Just like Philips above, Jones was targeted a ton. He also had 6 receptions on 9 targets. He was 2nd on the team in targets behind Christian Kirk. Jacksonville’s offense started off slow, but turned up in the 2nd half against Washington. Against lesser defenses Jones’s targets should only increase.


  • 8. Rex Burkhead- RB Hou

    Waiver Wire Targets Rex Burkhead

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    This is a name that pops up every year, and we’re still surprised by it. Burkhead had 19 touches on Sunday in the Texans tie with the Colts. Maybe by the middle of the season Damien Pierce picks up some of those touches, but Burkhead should be rostered right now.

  • 7. DeAndre Carter- WR LAC

    Waiver Wire Targets DeAndre Carter

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    Carter could be one of those players to make an immediate impact on your roster. Keenan Allen is probably going to miss some time with a hamstring injury. Carter caught 3 of his 4 targets Sunday and had a touchdown. This guy could be a star and carve out a role in the explosive Chargers offense.

  • 6. Gerald Everett- TE LAC

    Waiver Wire Targets Gerald Everett

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    Like Carter listed above, Gerald Everett is a spoke in the Justin Herbert wheel. Everett caught 3 of his 4 targets and added a touchdown. there are plenty of touchdowns to go around in Los Angeles this year. Unlike Carter above, Everett is the starter in LA and will continue to see targets all season long.

  • 5. Julio Jones- WR TB

    Waiver Wire Targets Julio Jones

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    Don’t listen to Craig. Julio Jones is still a very good football player, and he showed it Sunday night in Dallas. Julio had 69 yards on 3 receptions and added 2 more rushing attempts. Chris Godwin aggravated his hamstring, so he should miss some time, and Julio will slide in nicely to that role. Tampa’s offense didn’t need to open up against the Cowboys as it never felt like that game was in jeopardy of losing. In games where the Bucs need to score more than 19 points, Julio will be there for Tom Brady.

  • 4. Jaylen Warren- RB Pit

    waiver Wire Targets Jaylen Warren

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    Najee Harris has a bum foot. It kept him out of training camp and preseason, we were told it had healed… Maybe it was, but it is reinjured now. Warren should be the guy to fill in until Harris can return to the field.

  • 3. Cutis Samuel- WR Was

    Waiver Wire Targets Curtis Samuel

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    11 targets!!! Now, those 11 targets did only result in 55 yards. But come on, 11 targets is massive. It was tied for the 12th most targets in week 1. He did score with 1 of his 8 receptions. Add in the 4 rushing attempts, and Samuel is going to be a high volume player all season.

  • 2. Darrell Henderson Jr- RB LAR

    Waiver Wire Targets Darrell Henderson

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    So this is the feature back with the Rams until further notice. Cam Akers hardly saw the field on Thursday night. Henderson had 13 rushing attempts in a game his team was trailing for basically all of the second half. He also had 5 receptions. The Rams offense will improve once they don’t play the Bills. Henderson is the guy.

  • 1. Jeff Wilson- RB SF

    Waiver Wire Targets Jeff Wilson

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    Elijah Mitchell is out for at least the next 2 months, and right now the backfield looks like it belongs to Wilson. San Francisco’s offense will improve from Sunday’s poor performance in a monsoon. Kyle Shanahan led teams will always run the ball efficiently. Wilson is the guy in San Francisco until Mitchell comes back from injury. But Wilson has an opportunity to take the job from Mitchell. Don’t walk- RUN to the waiver wire to get this guy.

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