Matthew Stafford- Maybe it’s the Colts shoddy defense, or maybe Stafford is going to be a top 10 QB again. He had a great second half last year and squeaked into the top 10 fantasy QB’s and started 2016 off the same way. He was the 4th best QB in week 1 and the 6th best player overall. He may not be universally owned but needs to be.
Matt Ryan- If you need immediate help for the position I would give Ryan a shot. His next two opponents are the Raiders and Saints, who just finished a 35-34 shootout this week, giving up 423 yards and 4 TD’s to Drew Brees and 319 yards and a TD to Derek Carr. He may not be a good long term option because of his consistency problems but I would imagine he is a top half QB at the least the next two weeks.
Spencer Ware- He is Jamaal Charles. Ware did everything for the Chiefs at RB against the Chargers. He had 18 touches(11 carries, 7 catches on 8 targets) for 199 total yards and a TD. Charcandrick West had 9 touches( 3 carries, 6 catches on 6 targets) and was clearly the change of pace to Ware. As long as Charles is out Ware is a must start and a must own.
Theo Riddick- He’s finally usable in standard! Those who play PPR are probably familiar with Theo Riddick but not everyone may be. He’s the primary receiving back for the Lions. He scored a TD on the ground and in the air in week 1 and Ameer Abdullah only had 5 more touches than him(all carries) which is encouraging. Riddick has been a reliable receiver for a while now but if he can get more volume(especially in the running game) he could be a very good fantasy option going forward.
Willie Snead- Snead exploded to start the year against the Raiders with 9 catches on 9 targets for 172 yards and a TD. Snead was used heavily in the game and had just as many targets as Brandin Cooks(who also had a huge game). Snead is available in a few leagues, but as a starter on the Saints offense needs to be rostered in all leagues.
Mohammad Sanu- Just like Ryan above Sanu has a potential to be a good part of your line-up now. Sanu equaled Julio Jones with 8 targets and caught 5 of them for eighty yards and a TD. He got hurt at the end of the game but if he is a full go he could be a strong flex against the Saints and Raiders.
Mike Wallace- He’s going to be the deep threat of this offense, and try to fill the gap left by Torrey Smith a few years ago. Wallace caught a 66 yard TD which, which was the bulk of his day, but those long TD’s are enough for fantasy football. He ended up with 4 touches for 102 yards on the day(1 carry for 11 yards and 2 other catches for 25 yards). Steve Smith and Kamar Aiken are more possession receivers and Perriman is still just starting to play, Wallace could be the best Ravens receiver this year.
Will Fuller/Tajae Sharpe- Both rookies established themselves as starters in the NFL with good week 1 performances. Fuller had the bigger day, getting targeted more than DeAndre Hopkins and ending with five catches on eleven targets for 101 yards and a long TD. I’m curious to see if Fuller, and the Texans offense in general, can continue their quality play against better teams than the Bears but he’s worth an add. Sharpe didn’t score but established himself as the #1 receiving option on the Titans, for what that’s worth. Sharpe had a team leading 7 catches on 11 targets for 76 yards against a good Vikings defense in his debut. Sharpe and the Titans will only play two teams(the Texans and Packers) that finished above .500 last year through the remainder of the fantasy football regular season, and they could find success against some of those bad defenses.
Travis Benjamin- With Keenan Allen tearing his ACL in the opener, Benjamin is now the de facto #1 WR in San Diego, which is always worth an add.
Eric Ebron- He caught all 5 of his targets for 46 yards and a score on Sunday, and looks to be a consistent part of the Lions offense this year. Tight end feels really thin this year and Ebron could sneak his way to a top 12 year if he can stay involved in the offense like this.
Dwayne Allen/Jack Doyle- They both lead the position in scoring after Sunday with a combined 3 TD’s, 10 targets, 7 catches and 88 yards between them. If you remember when Allen and Coby Fleener did this dance then you’ll remember they were both usable for fantasy during that stretch. I lean towards Allen, who did have more targets, catches and yards, but if Doyle keeps his nose for the end-zone he can be a solid option at tight end.
Vikings D/ST- They scored two touchdowns and single-handedly won the game for the Vikings. They’ll have to play this good this year to support whatever play they are getting at QB this year from Shaun Hill/Sam Bradford.
Blair Walsh- He wasn’t particularly accuarte(he missed two field goals and an extra point) but with this offense figuring itself out with Shaun Hill at QB, he got the volume to have a good day, and I think the volume will persist. Adrian Peterson had a really bad game, I expect him to play better and score TD’s, but the Vikings will be kicking a lot of field goals this year on stalled drives in opposing territory.
On the Fantasy Radar
Jameis Winston- He threw for 4 TD’s against the Falcons in his debut and is a good pick-up for a QB needy team. Winston was the most consistent player in fantasy last year, going over 20 points just once but never going below 10 fantasy points. If he continues to progress he could finish as a top 12 QB.
Alex Smith- He’s been a high floor, very low ceiling QB in fantasy during his time with the Chiefs, but had a big fantasy day during the Chiefs historic comeback against the Chargers. I’m skeptical he keeps it up, mostly because Smith threw the most passes of any QB in week 1 and he is usually not a big volume QB. He’s a good deep league add, and he’s worth keeping an eye on to see if he can be more than that this year.
Carson Wentz- He looked sharp against the Browns, throwing for 278 yards and two scores with no turnovers. However, it’s the Browns and we need to see more before he can be trusted. Monday night’s game against the Bears will be a better test.
Jalen Richard- He exploded for a 75 TD run on his first carry of the game and ended up with 4 more touches(two carries and two catches) for 20 more yards. He could figure to remain a part of the running game with Latavius Murray and DeAndre Washington.
Nelson Agholor- For whatever it’s worth, he’s the #2 WR on the Eagles. He had 4 catches for 57 yards and a TD on 5 targets against the Browns, and only Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz received more targets than Agholor. Like Wentz, I want to see what the Eagles do against a team that isn’t the Browns though.
Eli Rogers- He stepped into the #2 receiver role for the Steelers Monday night with 6 catches for 59 yards and a TD on 7 targets. Between Rogers, Sammie Coates and Markus Wheaton I’m not sure who will be the 3rd receiving option in the offense behind Antonio Brown and DeAngelo Williams/Le’Veon Bell but Rogers got the jump on it with a good first game.
Jermaine Kearse- He’s been a solid deep league play for a while now but it bears repeating, he is the #2 receiver in Seattle, despite all the Tyler Lockette hype. Kearse had five catches for 57 yards on 7 targets compared to Lockette catching 3 of his 8 targets for 17 yards.
Quincy Enunwa- He emerged as the 3rd receiver on the Jets, which is something they didn’t have last year. He tied Brandon Marshall with a team leading 8 targets and caught seven of them for 54 yards and a TD. Marshall and Eric Decker(along with Matt Forte) will still get their share of the receiving work, but a good starting performance could be a sign of fantasy relevance for Enunwa.
Tyrell Williams- With Keenan Allen out and Travis Benjamin assuming the #1 WR role someone else has to step up to fill the #2 slot, and that might be Williams. He was targeted 5 times and caught two passes for 71 yards against the Chiefs. He might be worth a deep league add and is on the radar now.
Davante Adams- He caught three passes for 50 yards and a TD against the Jaguars, and I’m intrigued. With Jordy Nelson out of the line-up the expectation was that Randall Cobb and Adams would step in seamlessly and take over those roles, that didn’t happen. Now with Nelson back however, Cobb and Adams are going to get better match-ups and can capitalize against them. I would keep my eye on it.
Jeremy Kerley- He led the 49ers in targets(11), receptions(7) and receiving yards(61) in their first game against the Rams. If he is the #1 option on the 49ers he will have some fantasy value, it’s still hard to tell however with Torrey Smith and Quinton Patton also being involved.
Jesse James- James was one of only 5 Steelers who were targeted against the Redskins, and was the only TE on the roster who was thrown to. He caught 5 of his 7 targets for 31 yards, but should be the starting TE on a good offense going forward.
Kyle Rudolph- TE looked really ugly in week 1, with only four players scoring 10+ points in standard scoring. For what it’s worth Rudolph was tied for 4th among TE’s in targets in week 1 with 8, and caught four of those targets for 65 yards against the Titans. Shaun Hill targeted Rudolph only one less time than his leading target Stefon Diggs. Rudolph has been a TD dependent fantasy player in years past, but if he can start putting together some more consistency then he could be a solid option at TE.