The Commanders are thrilled to have Curtis Samuel back from injury. Anyone watching the game knows he is ‘the guy’ on that offense. He has incredible speed and reliable hands. Consider him Washington’s version of Deebo Samuel. He was able to haul in a touchdown for them early in the game and you should continue to see more and more red zone looks from him.
Elijah Mitchell is unfortunately added to the list of 49er RBs to get hurt early on in the season for San Francisco. However, this is good news for owners who are still in need of filling out some roster spots. Wilson should be the lead back while Mitchell is out and definitely has the opportunity to get you points every week. The only thing I would worry about is that the 49ers still love to run the ball with Deebo Samuel and Trey Lance, also Jordan Mason and Tyrion Davis-Price have the potential to step in as the RB from time to time. But regardless, Wilson should be in your lineup week to week for the time being.
Value: Fringe RB2/Flex
Two things that Carson Wentz reminded us this past weekend was that 1) He loves to take chances; 2) He loves to spread the ball out. For the past couple of years, Terry McLaurin has been Washington’s go-to receiver, but not anymore. McLaurin only had 2 catches all day and saved a poor fantasy performance by catching a deep ball on the sideline for a long touchdown. However, Dotson proved he belongs in the NFL with 2 amazing touchdown grabs. The first one, he had a great route where he cut to the inside, lost his defender and made a high catch. The second one was a third down, at the end of the game, all the pressure in the world, and reached around his defender to make a deep, clutch game-winning catch. This kid has hands, great footwork and nerves of steel.
Value: Fringe WR2/Flex
This is the only waiver wire pickup I am suggesting that did not actually play Week 1. Due to a hamstring injury earlier on in the week, he was not able to suit up for the game. He is not for certain to return this Sunday, but if he does, expect him to have a good target share. The Cardinals love to throw the ball and although Ertz and Brown did well this past week, they would love to add Moore back into the rotation while Hopkins is still suspended.
Rex Burkhead came out hot as the lead back for Houston on Sunday and seemed to take the majority of the rush attempts as well as the targets in the backfield. He rushed for 40 yard on 14 attempts and caught 5 out of 8 targets for 30 yards. This comes as a shock because most believed Dameon Pierce would have the role mostly to himself. Now you should still expect Pierce to creep in with more and more touches as the season progresses and he becomes more comfortable in the NFL. But for now, Burkhead is Houston’s main RB and you should be able to get full use out of him for a while.
Duvernay had an amazing opening game against The Jets this past weekend. He had 4 catches on 4 targets resulting in 54 yards and 2 TDs. Now I do not expect him to continue this production every week, but he has made himself a potential threat to get a TD in any game this year. Consider him the new Marquise Brown with a little more downside. Remember, Andrews did not do well in Week 1 but that will certainly not be the case the whole year. I view him as a boom-or-bust player for right now.
It is clear the Titans can not rely on Derrick Henry to run the ball for the whole game, and with Robert Woods and Treylon Burks being new to the system, they are lacking in the passing game. Hilliard emerged as a reliable outlet for Tannehill on Sunday, proving he can be a viable starter for your fantasy football roster. Although he hauled in 2 touchdown passes, that was probably his ceiling. Consider him a boom-or-bust player as well as a solid handcuff for Henry.
Value: Fringe Flex
Keenan Allen and Mike Williams have benefitted from being in a pass heavy offense over the past 2 years. And with Allen going down with an injury, it has created a void for the Chargers. Palmer should be able to jump in right away and start producing for this team while Allen is recovering.
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