WAIVER WIRE WEEK 1
Hello Rush Nation! Yes, it’s true – NFL football is here! But, for those unhappy with their draft, now is the time to pay attention to the Waiver Wire week 1. Over the years, many league championships have been decided by a player picked off the waiver wire.
We will be looking for players that are rostered in 30% or less of total leagues. Ownership data is coming from ESPN.com Fantasy Football.
Let’s get started!!!
MATT RYAN (IND) – 22.3% ROSTERED – @ TEXANS
There’s a new sheriff in town, and his name is Matty Ice.
After 14 years in Atlanta, Matt Ryan comes to the Colts to team up with Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman. His first game is against the Texans. Houston gave up 242 passing yards per game in 2021. The Texans drafted CB Derek Stingley with the #3 overall pick, trying to get an edge in the secondary. However, it won’t be enough to hold back Matt Ryan. His newest weapon is Michael Pittman. Michael Pittman had an average of 25.7% target share last season.
In addition, Alec Pierce joins the team as the 53 overall pick from this years draft. He has tremendous upside playing the WR2 in this offense.
BAKER MAYFIELD (CAR) – 13.3% – VS. BROWNS
Here it is! Baker Mayfield going against his old team, the Cleveland Browns.
The former number 1 pick has never been one to have a loss for words. Feeling betrayed by the way the Browns signed Deshaun Watson in the off-season. He feels that he has something to prove. Don’t count him out just yet.
And, as much as I am not a big fan of the Quarterback, I really love this game. He is projected to have 13.6 FPPG against the Browns. However, coming back from last season’s injury, he should finish better than that with the weapons he has with the Panthers. Christian McCaffrey at Running Back and D.J. Moore at Wide Receiver. They will lead the way to the promised land for Baker and the Panthers.
MIKE DAVIS (BAL) – 9.5% – @ JETS
Looking to take a shot on a dark horse? Mike Davis is it.
After a year in Atlanta, the Falcons released him at the end of the season. With the devastation to the backfield from last year, Davis is a good addition to help bring balance. JK Dobbins is coming off an ACL injury to his knee, and there are questions on how much he will play in Week 1. However, with the Jets giving up 138 yards per game on the ground, Davis is a good play this week.
MARK INGRAM (NO) – 18.4% – @ FALCONS
After two seasons with the Ravens, Mark Ingram comes back to a role he has played with the Saints in the past, backing up Alvin Kamara.
They start with a tasty divisional match against Atlanta. The Falcons defense gave up an average of 25.32 FPPG to running backs in 2021. They also ranked last in FPPG to the wide receivers with an average of 38.95 last season. Looking for the Saints to get the lead and turn the offense over to the run game.
Don’t look for him to be the RB1 over Kamara. However, he should be able to help if you need a Running Back for Week 1.
ISAIAH McKENZIE (BUF) -11.5% – @ RAMS
Being in one of the best offenses in the league is always a good place to look for Waiver Wire players. In 2021, Cole Beasley had 112 targets for the year playing out of the slot for the Bills. It seems like Isaiah McKenzie has taken that spot.
As fantasy players, we should be looking at targeting targets. The Rams are known for their defense. However, they gave up an average of 242 receiving yards per game in 2021. In other words, those are not stats that would move me away from taking McKenzie for this game. With Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis being the WR1 and WR2 for the offense, don’t hesitate to get a share of Isaiah McKenzie against the Rams.
A.J.GREEN (ARI) – 9.5% – VS. CHIEFS
With DeAndre Hopkins having to sit out his first 6 games for being suspended, it opens the door for A.J. Green to get the chance to play a key role in the passing game. Last year he saw a 16.1% target share with 92 targets behind Christian Kirk’s 18%, which led the team.
This year, Kyler Murray is reunited with college teammate Marquise Brown. He should fill the role that Christian Kirk played last year. However, don’t hesitate on taking a chance with A.J. Green in week 1.
CAMERON BRATE (TB) – 1.5% @ COWBOYS
With no sign of Gronk coming out of retirement any time soon, Cameron Brate looks to be the guy in Tampa. Tom Brady is known for throwing to his Tight Ends. Brate looks to be the next in line to catch touchdowns from the G.O.A.T.!
Cameron Brate isn’t the name most people are looking for in a Wavier Wire target. However, the Tight End position has always been a boom or bust play. If they don’t get the yards, they get a touchdown or vice versa. In the situation with Brate, there is an upside for, both against any team on any given night.
RYAN SUCCOP (TB) -24.5% – @ COWBOYS
Ryan averaged 7.82 points per game in 2021. Steady and consistent is always good for the kicker. He might not win you the game. However, you don’t want him to lose you the game either. Coming off the Covid-19 IR this week. Everything looks to be a go for him in week 1 making him a last minute Waiver Wire week 1 addition.
TITANS – 14.3% – VS. GIANTS
The Titans start the season against the New York Giants. They averaged 7.2 FPPG last season. The Giants are in a rebuilding year with new coach Brian Daboll. Daniel Jones is back for his fourth year as their starting quarterback. With his wide receivers all on the mend, look for Saquon Barkley to play a big role as the only weapon with upside. However, the Titans were ranked second last year against the run, only allowing 15.18 FPPG.
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