It was a tough Week 1 for many, especially if you didn’t start Sammy Watkins.
But alas, there’s hope. This week’s waiver wire report has a ton of young studs that can help you win your league. Here’s who you should look to target.
QB: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Owned in 16.3% of leagues
With the exception of the 2014 and 2018 seasons, Stafford has been a top 10 fantasy QB every year since 2011. It seems he’s back on that track in 2019 after an impressive Week 1 showing that had him go off for 27.6 fantasy points. Stafford looked refreshed, throwing to a new crop of weapons that includes rising star Kenny Golladay, security blanket Danny Amendola, and tantalizing rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson.
RB: Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Owned in 40.6% of leagues
The 2018 second-round pick was bad last year, like really bad. In one game this season, he's already piled up more rushing yards than he did all of last year. Jones turned 13 carries into 75 yards for a pristine 5.8 YPC clip. He showed the same explosiveness and burst he promised coming out of USC. If Jones can live up to his potential and overtake plodding back Peyton Barber, Jones could end up being a huge value pickup.
RB: Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers
Owned in 0.1% of leagues
Tevin Coleman is set to miss time, and Matt Breida never seems to stay healthy. When the injury bug hit this backfield last year, Raheem Mostert produced with a strong 7.7 YPC mark, albeit on a limited workload (34 carries). Mostert could provide serious value in Kyle Shanahan’s fantasy-friendly offense. But that’s contingent on the health of this SF backfield, of course.
WR: Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens
Owned in 28.2% of leagues
“Hollywood” Brown hung a 4-147-2 line in jaw-dropping fashion. And this was most definitely not a fluke. The 2019 first-round pick boasts Desean Jackson-esque speed with explosive playmaking ability. Brown’s ADP slipped this summer with health concerns, but he’s past that now. Brown is locked in as the No. 1 receiver on a rejuvenated Ravens offense. Grab him while you can, the hype train has already left the station.
WR: Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins
Owned in 7.3% of leagues
Terry McLaurin had the best debut nobody is talking about. The third-round pick out of Ohio State went off for 21.0 fantasy points with his 5-125-1 line. The 6’0” 210 pound speedster ran a 4.35 40 time at the combine, and it really shows on tape. McLaurin played on 97% of snaps Week 1, most of any Washington receiver. He’s already the No. 1 WR on the Redskins, and a favorite of Case Keenum.
WR: John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals
Owned in 4.8% of leagues
The former top 10 pick has become a forgotten name the past few years, but he’s starting to finally put it together. Ross possesses deafening speed, the guy runs a 4.22 40 time. He’s an exciting player that has the chance to have a huge season with A.J. Green set to miss a large chunk of the season. With the expected struggles of this defense, the Bengals project to have a high volume passing attack. That sets up perfectly for the Bengals No. 2 WR.
WR: A.J. Brown, Tennesse Titans
Owned in 5.2% of leagues
The Titans spent a second-round pick on the 6’1” 225 pound slot receiver from Ole Miss. Brown was the best receiver on the field Sunday vs. the Browns. He showed out as a strong deep threat turning just three receptions into 100 yards. Brown played on 43% of snaps and saw only 4 targets, but the talent is evident. Brown outplayed both first-round headache Corey Davis and big-time FA signing Adam Humphries. After a strong debut, Brown’s snaps should skyrocket.
TE: T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions
Owned in 30.0% of leagues
If you don’t know the name, it’s time to get familiar. T.J. Hockenson is the next big thing at tight end. The No. 8 overall pick couldn’t have asked for a better debut. Hockenson set the record for rookie tight end receiving yards in a debut with 131. He rounded out the day with 6 receptions and a TD. The 6’5” 247 pound tight end soaked up nine targets Week 1, which ranked second on the team. Hockenson is well on his way to being a future All-Pro, but first, get him on your fantasy team.