Week 1 of the NFL season has come and gone, and with that also comes the inevitable injuries that plague our fantasy teams. Of course, The most notable injury was New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who ruptured his Achilles.
Below, we'll dive into the waiver wire and offer suggestions for players you should consider adding to your teams.
For this, we'll only advise players with ownership percentages of 35% or less in Yahoo! Leagues.
Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers (32% Rostered): Taking on the Chicago, the heir apparent to the Packers throne slaughtered the Bears. He threw for 245 yards and three touchdowns while adding 12 rushing yards. He did this without second-year wide receiver Christian Watson and pushed downfield on 14.1% of his attempts, per PFF. He doesn't have the greatest collection of weapons around him, but Love showed the talent he possesses. He also flashed his mobility, which could prove to be a great asset especially if you were, ironically, a Rodgers owner.
Sam Howell, Washington Commanders (22% Rostered): While you'd like to see more domination against a team like the Arizona Cardinals, Howell also showed off some of that dual-threat ability, rushing for a touchdown while throwing one. He had 202 passing yards and 11 rushing yards. He didn't push the ball downfield, but with this collection of receivers and the chance he could get off and run, Howell is an enticing streaming option.
Justice Hill, Baltimore Ravens (4% Rostered): With Dobbins out for the season with a ruptured Achilles, you better believe that players in your league will be flocking to the waiver wire to grab the backups for him. After Dobbins' departure, Hill had eight carries for nine yards but scored two touchdowns. He played just eight snaps, but this Ravens offense should put them in the lead more often than they're behind. No, it won't be how it was against the Houston Texans each time, but Hill should get some work.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens (21% Rostered): The other option, though more rostered, is Gus Edwards. We've seen it from Edwards, and he'll have another shot here. He played ten snaps, tallying eight carries for 32 yards and converted on a two-point conversion.
Keaton Mitchell, Baltimore Ravens (0% Rostered): If you're in an FAAB league and want to conserve some of it, you can forego paying up for Edwards and Hill and likely skate by with Mitchell for free. Mitchell is currently on injured reserve, a rookie running back who was undrafted. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Mitchell ran a 4.37 40-yard dash and caught 60 passes in three seasons at East Carolina. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry. We've seen Edwards and Hill for years, and it's possible the Ravens let the rookie get some run here.
Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers (7% Rostered): In a highly competitive game, Kelley had the same number of carries as Austin Ekeler. Kelley had 91 yards on 16 totes, but of course Ekeler had a much better day statistically. Ekeler is also dealing with an ankle injury, so we could see Kelley continue to cut into his workload.
Zack Moss, Indianapolis Colts (7% Rostered): After missing Week 1, Moss returns to a Colts backfield devoid of talent, especially after the Evan Hull injury. Moss has experience as a starter and will likely get an opportunity to take the job from Deon Jackson and the rest for now.
Kyren Williams, Los Angeles Rams (7% Rostered): Cam Akers may have been the "starter," but Williams was far more effective. With only 15 carries, Williams had 52 yards and two touchdowns. He played 17 snaps as a running back to Akers' 23 and saw two targets. Williams has standalone value and could pull away if Akers continues to be inefficient, such as his 29 yards on 22 carries.
Zay Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars (31% Rostered): Based on the Week 1 snap counts, Jones is the starting outside receiver opposite Calvin Ridley—not Christian Kirk, who appears to be the steady slot receiver. Jones ran 33 routes, just one less than Ridley, with seven targets. He caught five of them for 55 yards and a score. He'll get plenty of opportunities in an offense led by Trevor Lawrence that can support multiple weapons.
Rashid Shaheed, New Orleans Saints (17% Rostered): Running 25 routes in Week 1, Shaheed is the No. 3 wide receiver for the Saints, but he provides an element to the offense that Michael Thomas does and, to some extent, Chris Olave doesn't. He's a big-play threat, with three of his targets coming on passes 20+ yards downfield. He caught all of them for 82 yards and a score. There could be some volatility week to week, but you can do much worse as a flex or fill-in option. He finished Week 1 with five catches for 89 yards and a touchdown.
Puka Nacua, Los Angeles Rams (9% Rostered): Without Cooper Kupp in the lineup, quarterback Matthew Stafford must've been seeing his last name on the back of Nacua's jersey because he had Kupp-like volume. He caught ten passes for 119 yards. He didn't score, but he had targets in all levels of the field and caught at least one pass from 0-9 yards, 10-19 yards and 20+ yards. He ran the same number of routes as Tutu Atwell and Van Jefferson, but Nacua stuck out and should have plenty of opportunities to contribute moving forward without Kupp.
Allen Robinson II, Pittsburgh Steelers (3% Rostered): With Dionate Johnson likely out for a bit with a hamstring injury, Robinson is ready to step into the No. 2 role, with George Pickens probably becoming the favorite for quarterback Kenny Pickett. Week 1 was a trainwreck for the Steelers, but Robinson ran 46 routes, catching five passes on seven targets for 64 yards. Hopefully, The Steelers will not be playing from behind in that way many times this season, but Robinson is obviously experienced and can easily step into that role.
Luke Musgrave, Green Bay Packers (19% Rostered): Christian Watson didn't play in Week 1. Musgrave, a rookie tight end, ran the most routes on the team with 24. He caught three of four targets for 50 yards. Musgrave even caught a 37-yard pass downfield from Love.
Hunter Henry, New England Patriots (17% Rostered): With Mike Gesicki coming to town, many expected Henry to be more phased out, but it was the exact opposite in Week 1. Henry ran 42 routes and caught five passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots offense, minus the pick-six, didn't look bad under offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, and the lack of wide receiver options allows for Henry to emerge more.
Hayden Hurst, Carolina Panthers (12% Rostered): Having a reliable weapon as a rookie quarterback is vital to their development, and Hurst is that for Bryce Young. Running 27 routes, Hurst saw seven targets, caught five of them, and went for 41 yards and a touchdown. He's a bargain-basement add.
Zach Ertz, Arizona Cardinals (5% Rostered): Even with Trey McBride on the roster, Ertz led the Cardinals against the Washington Commanders with ten targets. He caught six of them for 21 yards. Of course, the yardage wasn't great, but he'll get plenty of volume. If you're in a PPR league, he could be a nice bench piece for a fill-in or flex in the right matchup, as quarterback Josh Dobbs runs an efficient, low-stakes offense. It won't be glamorous, but he'll have opportunities.
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