Welcome to the first Garbage Grab Bag of the 2019 NFL season! If you’re not familiar with the context, I find players who are owned in 35% or fewer of fantasy leagues, who are likely to be available on your waiver wires come Sunday morning, that can be the difference makers for your teams on the week and perhaps beyond. Hopefully you won’t need them this early in the season, but it never hurts to deepen your benches.
Justice Hill, Ravens @ Dolphins: The Ravens are going to be in competition to lead the league in rushing attempts, and they’ve already been explicit in saying Mark Ingram wouldn’t be the only back involved. The rookie Hill ran a 4.40 forty and makes for a prime candidate for 3rd down duties. He’ll get the opportunity to break some big plays against the Dolphins unintimidating defense.
Carlos Hyde, Texans @ Saints: Hyde’s best days may be behind him, but he’ll have a crack at the starting job in Houston, as Duke Johnson isn’t really viewed as a 3 down back in the league. Even if Hyde doesn’t achieve starter status, he’ll still work in a committee for the Texans. The Texans are in line to put up a lot of offense against the Saints this week. They’ll have to.
Gio Bernard, Bengals @ Seahawks: Bernard benefits from a new head coach, the absence of A.J. Green who’s out healing from ankle surgery, and a shaky John Ross who’s missed the entire preseason with a hamstring injury. Word out of Cincy is that he could flirt with double digit touches in this new look offense, and while that may just be conjecture, he’s worth taking a long look at while Green is sidelined.
Tre’quan Smith, Saints vs Texans: Smith could work his way into the no.3 receiving option behind Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, if he can surpass an aging Ted Ginn and a newly added Jordan Cook. He’s one big play away from fantasy relevancy as a deep threat for the Saints.
Hunter Renfrow, Raiders vs. Broncos: Tyrell Williams may be the most obvious beneficiary of Antonio Brown’s mind boggling departure, but Renfrow could end up leading the Raiders in receptions. He’s worth grabbing now to see what shakes out.
Randall Cobb, Cowboys vs. Giants: Cobb and Prescott are reported to have a strong connection already. The question is whether there will be enough action in the passing game to sustain Cobb in fantasy. Cole Beasley had 672 yards and 3 TDs in that role last season, and I see Cobb as an upgrade on the former Cowboy. If he can make a dent against any team, it’s the Giants.
Nick Foles, Jaguars vs. Chiefs: Foles has had shaky career in the NFL, but he seems to be on an upswing these days. The Jaguars are going to have to score pleny to keep up with the Chiefs, and Foles figures to be a considerable part of that endeavor.
Darren Waller, Raiders vs. Broncos: Waller is an athletic specimen who has a new lease on football life after starting his career in Baltimore where he struggled with addiction. Now clean, Waller drew rave reviews from his teammates in camp, and he comes into an Oakland offense now that is reeling from the loss of Antonio Brown. He could feast.