Trashman’s Garbage Grab: Week 1
Welcome back ye divers of dumpsters and finders of filth. The Garbage Grab is here to bring you hope where once there was none. It’s week 1, so you shouldn’t be in dire straits, but just in case, here are a handful of productive players you can get for a pittance on opening weekend…
Sam Bradford, 23% owned: If Bradford had started 16 games last year, it’s likely he would have topped 4,000 yards in 2016 – he finished with 3,877 yards over 15 games(he had a 259 yard average). At home against the high scoring Saints this week, Bradford gets the additional boost of a back who catches passes in Dalvin Cook, in addition to the unassuming but efficient trio of Diggs, Thielen, and Rudolph.
Brian Hoyer, 12% owned: If there’s one thing Hoyer has going for him, it’s that he’s playing in a Kyle Shanahan offense in San Fran – Shanahan was the architect of Matt Ryan’s record year in 2016. Hoyer’s never had trouble putting up yards, but he has had turnover issues in the past. He did manage to go 6 starts last season with the Bears without throwing a pick, so I have reason to think he’s largely rectified that issue. His opponent this week, Carolina, is middle of the pack against opposing QBs so Hoyer has a good chance to start the year off right at home.
C.J. Prosise, 33% owned: There are plenty of questions about who the lead back is in Seattle, but we’re certain that Prosise is the 3rd down back in an offense that we know is going to throw the ball a lot this season. His role is certain, and he’s as healthy as he’s going to be this year in an expected shootout with Green Bay.
Chris Thompson, 16% owned: Thompson caught 49 passes in 2016, and there’s no reason to think that number won’t improve this year behind a lackluster Rob Kelley and rookie Samaje Perine who is still learning the position. He’s got a solid matchup with the Eagles this week.
Kendall Wright, 14% owned: Wright hasn’t been useful in some time, but he’s going to approach a career year if he stays healthy in Chicago this season as Glennon’s most reliable option in the passing game. Desmond Trufant is going to handle Kevin White this week, leaving Wright to soak up targets over the middle.
Paul Richardson, 14% owned: The starter opposite Doug Baldwin, Richardson is a speedster who can take it to the house on any given play. He’ll get plenty of run in a game against the Packers that has a 51 point total prop.
Marqise Lee, 16% owned: Lee was arguably the most productive WR in Jacksonville for most of the season in 2016, and now he moves to the outside, where before he was in the slot. Houston’s secondary is going to work at containing Allen Robinson, so Lee should have a little breathing room.
Evan Engram, 23% owned: Engram looked like an oversized WR the Senior Bowl this year, and the Giants are treating him like one. He’s going to move all over the field and be especially viable in the red zone, where his size is going to make the difference. No training wheels on this rookie.