Week 1 is in the books! Hopefully you pulled out a “W” and you escaped without an injury. Win or lose, fantasy owners will be ready to spend those FAAB dollars up on the next big waiver wire grab. Here are 5 guys you might want to stash, add or even use as trade bait:
Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans
(46.63% owned in FFPC Leagues)
Vs Houston, @ Jacksonville, Vs Philadelphia
It sucks for Delanie Walker owners, but he suffered a disgusting ankle injury Week 1 vs Miami and is out for the season. Insert Jonnu Smith. Before the injury to Walker, Smith was seeing a 52.2% snap share in the Titans offense. Now due to Walker’s injury, that number will increase drastically. Smith is a pass catching tight end like Walker, and has scored an average of .36 fantasy points per route. Last season, he had 18 receptions for 157 yards (104 YAC) and 2 TD’s and was stashed in a lot of Dynasty leagues due to his potential. Week 1 vs Miami, he was targeted 3 times and caught 1 pass for 12 yards. With more usage coming his way in upcoming weeks, he’s a definite add if he’s available.
Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos
(13.93% owned in FFPC Leagues)
Vs Oakland, @ Baltimore, Vs Kansas City
Lindsay, the undrafted rookie out of Colorado had a fantastic Week 1. Going into this game, most fantasy owners were looking to see what Royce Freeman would do. What they got was a heavy dosage of both Freeman and Lindsay. The Broncos went with Royce Freeman as the starting running back and he received 29 total snaps. However, Phillip Lindsay was right there with him with 26 total snaps. Both running backs rushed for 71 yards on the day, with 15 carries each. What separated the 2 running backs was Lindsay’s pass catching ability. He was targeted 3 times, catching 2 for 31 yards and a nice 29 yard touchdown off of a screen, which he sped down the left sideline to pay dirt. Fantasy owners should take note of not only Lindsay’s speed, but also his versatility. He will make Devontae Booker an afterthought sooner rather than later. Go nuts with your FAAB on him. He should have a role in the offense going forward.
Ian Thomas, TE, Carolina Panthers
(8.8% owned in FFPC Leagues)
@ Atlanta, Vs Cincinnati, Bye
Greg Olsen was seen in a walking boot after Week 1’s game against Dallas. Carolina will now have to try to replace Olsen’s production in the offense. When Carolina drafted Ian Thomas, they may have drafted Olsen’s replacement. Thomas is a 6’4”, 240lb rookie drafted in the 4th round out of Indiana. So far, he has received rave reviews from coaches in practice for his route running, blocking and pass catching abilities. After Olsen exited the game, Thomas was targeted twice and caught both passes for 4 yards. His production and usage will increase in the coming weeks and it’s possible that the extent of Olsen’s injury would make Ian Thomas an asset to your team. Spend that FAAB folks!
Jakeem Grant, WR, Miami Dolphins
(1.3% owned in FFPC Leagues)
@ New York Jets, Vs Oakland, @ New England
No DeVante Parker? No problem when you have Jakeem Grant at wide receiver. Grant played 25 snaps and was targeted 7 times (the most of any Dolphins wide receiver) during Sunday’s rainy contest vs Tennessee. Not only did he catch 5 passes for 38 yards, but he also took a kick return 102 yards for a touchdown. Grant has ridiculous speed with a 4.42 40 time, and also efficient with a career catch rate of 71.4%. Going forward the Dolphins should try to get Jakeem on the field more as he is electric when the ball is in his hands. Right now, he might be a bargain, so grab him early and stash him.
Will Dissly, TE, Seattle Seahawks
(0% owned in FFPC Leagues)
@ Chicago, Vs Dallas, @ Arizona
When Jimmy Graham departed Seattle, it left a gaping hole at tight end for the Seahawks. Did Seattle find their tight end of the future in this past April’s draft in Will Dissly? Most draft experts thought he was a pass blocking tight end. After Week 1 vs Denver, Dissly certainly made a case for himself as a pass catcher. He scored the Seahawks first touchdown of the game on a 15 yard reception and finished with 5 targets, 3 receptions for 105 yards and a score. I’m not sure if this was a fluke or not as most experts had Nick Vannett as the pass catching tight end for the Seahawks. Dissly might be a name for you to remember. Add Dissly as a wait and see option for your squads.
Honorable mentions: Brandon Marshall, WR, Seattle Seahawks (49.43% owned), Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (16.88% owned) and Marcus Murphy, RB, Buffalo Bills (8.82% owned)