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Dynasty Waiver Wire – Week 1

Week 1 is in the books! How amazing does it feel to have football back? However, your dynasty team did in week 1 it is imperative that you’re working with the Waiver Wire to scoop up potential startable options. Whilst Week 1 was not sort of its surprising fantasy performances there weren’t many Waiver Wire options to boom. Although there are a few notables. I’ve tried not to cover any players I covered last week but you can check those out here in my dynasty waiver Wire Preseason article.

Shallower Leagues

Taylor Heinicke

If you’ve been following my work and the podcast over the off-season hopefully you already own Heinicke. I am a vocal critic of Fitzpatrick as a starting QB. Although I won’t victory lap an injury it does now give Heinicke the opportunity to start for a prolonged period of time. Any starting Quarterback is worth their weight in gold in a Superflex league. When you add it Heinicke offers some ‘Konami’ potential. He’s one of the best dynasty waiver wire adds you could hope for.

Elijah Mitchell/Jamycal Hasty

It’s honestly getting a little ridiculous at this point. But I feel like Shanahan could plug an 80-year-old off the street, plug them in at Running Back and still walk into fantasy production. This backfield is going to be an absolute mess all season and I still think trey Sermon will have a role but if either of these guys is available in your league you need to rush out and grab them now. Mitchell had an opportunity share of 79.17% he seemed to be the guy once Mostert went down.

Damien Williams

Damien Williams won me my home league and for that, I will always hold him in a special place. This year he is the clear number two in Chicago with Tarik Cohen still battling back from injury. Damien Williams commanded a 12.5% Target share and had a 37.93% Opportunity share. Those are real numbers and show that he has a real role in this offence. If Williams is available he is the perfect one injury away lottery ticket but also offers some potential flex-worthy consideration due to his passing game usage. 

Tim Patrick/KJ Hamler

Jerry Jeudy suffered a high ankle sprain on Sunday. We know that they’re the type of injury that can linger. In steps Tim Patrick and KJ Hamler. For me, I prefer Patrick as a receiver that has produced and can command volume as the #3 weapon in Denver. However, KJ Hamler offers the higher upside combined with his draft pedigree. He will remain the deep threat and actually led the team with 86 Air Yards in week 1. Both are worth a flyer to see how it all shakes out over the next couple of weeks.

Deeper Leagues

K.J. Osborn

Last week I talked about the 3rd Wide Receiver role in Minnesota as having some potential fantasy relevancy. I highlighted the recently drafted Ihmir Smith-Marsette as the potential beneficiary. I identified the right role but the wrong player. Osborn commanded 9 targets and put up 7 receptions for 76 yards. That is good for a 19.1% Target share. Which was actually the same as Justin Jefferson. If he holds down that role throughout the season he’ll be boom-bust but will likely maintain some relevancy.

Deejay Dallas

Stop me if you’ve heard this before but Rashad Penny picked up an injury on Sunday. So in steps, the next injury away back and this time it’s DeeJay Dallas. Dallas is unlikely to have any stand-alone value with Carson commanding over 70% opportunity share. However, Carson has a habit of picking up niggly injuries, and should that happen Dallas would be an RB2 just on volume alone.

James O’Shaughnessy

This feels slightly ridiculous suggesting the 4th receiving option on a team with a rookie QB leading them as an add. However, TE is a mess so needs must. O’Shaughnessy had 8 targets which were tied for 2nd in the league. A lot of this is noise based on the Jaguars attempting the 3rd highest number of pass attempts with 51. However, based on Sunday the Jaguars are going to be playing from behind. Playing 79.7% of snaps O’Shaughnessy could have some garbage time upside.

I’ll be back each week with my Dynasty Waiver Wire article on a Tuesday and my Dynasty Buys and Sells on a Friday. You can follow me @DynastyIsland and the rest of the team @5YardDynasty

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