Julius Thomas (TE, Broncos)
Orange Julius is going to be THE waiver wire target this week. Every season we see fantasy owners quickly jump on big producers from Week 1 and sometimes they’re just wishful thinking (The Ogletree Factor). That’s not the case with Thomas. He’s big and athletic, and an absolute matchup nightmare. Oh yeah, and he has Peyton Manning throwing him the ball.
Joique Bell (RB, Lions)
Maybe there is some fantasy potential in the running-back-by-committee. Bell and Bush both looked great for the Lions in Week 1. Bell played a decent roll in the passing game, and stands to be a serviceable fantasy option if Stafford keeps looking his way in the pass heavy Detroit offense.
Julian Edelman (WR, Patriots)
Edelman shone in a New England offense that had some real question marks at the receiver position. You can’t argue with 7 reception for 79 yards and 2 TDs. Somebody has to catch Tom Brady’s passes. Amendola will be a primary target (when healthy) and Thompkins will likely be more involved in the future, but Edelman seem to have the coach’s and QB’s confidence. He benefits from Gronkowski and Vereen being out, and his value just goes up if Amendola can’t stay healthy. He might have a short shelf life, but he’s worth picking up.
Brian Hartline (WR, Dolphins)
I have a hard time typing this. Hartline has been one of those guys that’s been hard for me to target in the past. He’s always been low level reliable, so there’s potential. But, he looked great in Week 1 for the Dolphins. Hartline led the team in targets and that’s a big sign. While Mike Wallace may be the big outside target, Hartline is going to play a big role. He’s worth adding.
Marlon Brown (WR, Ravens)
This one smells a little Ogletree-esque, but it’s worth the risk at this point. Brown looked good filling in for Jacoby Jones in the season opener, and with Jones out with a knee sprain for a few weeks Brown is worth adding. Torrey Smith is going to see the double coverage, so Marlon has a chance to benefit from being on the field.
Note: Projections are educated guesses based on matchups, stability of performance, and other statistics. This fantasy football advice is free and based solely on the opinions of Punch Drunk Wonderland. If you have lineup questions please email The Kommish or tweet @PDWonderland.