By Eric Schmidt

The first week of Fantasy Football has come to an end. On Tuesday morning, you will either be reveling in your success or second guessing your draft strategy. If your team came out on the losing end of things this weekend, take solace in knowing that it’s a long season and the next few weeks, championship teams can be built by scouring the waiver wires for a player or two that might have been overlooked in your draft.

These suggestions are for season long leagues with standard scoring. Percentage shown is percentage owned in ESPN leagues.


Carson Palmer, Arizona (48%) Second leading quarterback in fantasy scoring in Week One. 3 scores and 307 yards. Juicy matchup in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati (19%) Remember him? Obviously 81% of players in ESPN leagues didn’t. 2 scores and 269 yards on Sunday. A solid QB2. Faces some stiff defenses prior to the bye week, but he is now running a healthy offense with lots of targets.

Alex Smith, Kansas City (19%) Smith put up as many fantasy points as Tony Romo did in Week One. He’s not going to deliver three touchdowns every week but will be solid in spot starts.

Nick Foles, St. Louis (11%) Threw for 297 yards against the Seattle defense and managed 18 points. Won’t put up huge numbers in the St. Louis offense, but solid for spot starts given the matchups.

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo (12%) Intriguing prospect. Adds the dimension of mobility. Stash in deeper leagues.

Running Backs-

Carlos Hyde, San Francisco (89%) Whats wrong with the 11% of leagues that don’t own the highest scoring player of the week?

DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh (66%) Interesting option as a flex player in Week Two, but LeVeon Bell returns after that.

Ameer Abdullah, Detroit (91%) See Carlos Hyde. I predict Abdullah takes the lead back role away from Joique Bell by Week Four.

Benny Cunningham, St. Louis¬† (15%) Received the start when Tre Mason (hamstring) couldn’t go Sunday. Added 11 points against a stout defense. Mason might be able to go this Sunday, if not, start Cunningham as your RB2 against the Redskins

Chris Johnson, Arizona (11%) One game into the season and Andre Ellington is already injured. No surprise there. Head coach Bruce Arians told reporters that Johnson will be the Cardinals “lead dog” while Ellington sits for 2-3 weeks.

Dion Lewis, New England (17%) Buyer beware. Yes, he had 11 points in the season opener, but he’s a Patriots running back and could fall off the radar screen for the next three weeks. LeGarrette Blount returns for Week Two and will vulture goal line carries.

Wide Receivers-

James Jones, Green Bay (30%) Will be the highest claimed player this week on waivers. Obvious chemistry with QB Aaron Rodgers. Tough matchup this week versus Seattle.

Terrence Williams, Dallas (44%) WR Dez Bryant broke his foot on Sunday night and according to ESPN, the Cowboys are preparing to be without the receiver for 8 weeks. He will see an increase in targets during that time. With contests against Philadelphia, Atlanta and New Orleans looming, a very solid WR2.

Kendall Wright, Tennessee (70%) 4 receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown against a poor defense Sunday. I don’t like him this week against a stout pass defense in Cleveland but he has some interesting matchups upcoming and could fill the role of a flex in various contests moving forward.

Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis (32%) Targets 11 times against the Bills Sunday. T.Y. Hilton is dealing with a knee injury so he should continue to see plenty of balls thrown his way and is a must start flex player. It doesn’t get any easier for the Colts offense this week as they face the New York Jets secondary on Monday night but then Indianapolis has Tennessee and Jacksonville.

Tight Ends-

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay (24%) The only bright spot in an otherwise dismal outing for the Buccaneers on Sunday. ASJ was the second highest scoring tight end of the week, posting a 5-110-2 line. Given the poor offensive line play of Tampa, look for Seferian-Jenkins to see a lot of targets each week. Big, physical target who could likely be the leader in targets this season for the Buccaneers.

Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati (43%) Put up a monster line on Sunday, 9-104-2. Slipped off the radar screen after dealing with a dislocated elbow last season after being a 1st round selection in 2013. If you need a tight end, Eifert is your guy.

Ladarius Green, San Diego (7%) Green was targeted 6 times and logged 5 receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown on Sunday while starting for Antonio Gates. Gates returns in Week Five after his suspension but in the meantime, Green is an interesting option for flex play.







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