Trashman’s Garbage Grab : Week 1
Can you believe RW Nation?! It’s already week 1 of the NFL season, and it’s time to start sifting through the trash! For those of you who are new to the GG, this is a run down of readily available players on your waiver wire who are in prime situation to provide fantasy value this week and perhaps beyond. You’re probably rolling with your studs this week, and I don’t blame you, but these are guys who you can add for depth or use in DFS as well.
Blake Bortles, Jaguars: It’s rare that I advocate for the rollercoaster ride that is Blake Bortles, but his opponent this week is a Giants team that allowed the most points to QBs in 2017. Yes, he’s minus Marqise Lee, but Donte Moncrief, Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook and Austin Seferian-Jenkins should offer Bortles plenty of options.
Andy Dalton, Bengals: Dalton threw for 243 yds and 2 TDs against the Colts last season, which is pretty respectable for him. He gets a new toy in now healthy speedster John Ross as his no.2 WR, and he has oft injured TE Tyler Eifert at his disposal, for now. I figure it’s only a matter of time before the wheels fall off in Cincy, but this opportunity as about as good as it gets for them.
Jaylen Samuels, Steelers: Looks like Le’Veon Bell is out for at least the first week of the season, and everyone is talking about James Conner in his backup role. Conner isn’t available in your league, if it’s any good, but it’s likely that Samuels is. He’s an asset in the passing game, so it’s likely he’s going to see action along with Conner. He played all over the field in college, and is actually listed as a TE in some leagues, so Samuels could be in line for even more time on the field now that Vance McDonald is out.
Jeremy Hill, Patriots: Sony Michel is likely to sit and Rex Burkhead may be eased in. Look for Hill to see the goal line and maybe more in the highest over/under game of the week.
Mike Gillislee, Saints: Gillislee is playing the Mark Ingram role, except for the exercise bike, for the first 4 games of the season. He was very effective in a limited role while he played behind LeSean McCoy in Buffalo, and I don’t see him being a dud in New Orleans. He and Alvin Kamara are literally the only RBs on the Saints’ roster – Strike that. Jonathan Williams was added this morning. Even so, he’s going to get snaps. Hopefully, a handful of them will be at the goal line.
Jordan Wilkins, Colts: Marlon Mack is questionable at best to face the Bengals this week, and I don’t like his chances. Wilkins is the Colts’ best option at RB in his absence as rookie Nyheim Hines can’t seem to hold onto the ball. Working in Wilkins’ favor is a Bengals run defense that allowed the 2nd most points to RBs last season.
Danny Amendola, Dolphins: DeVante Parker just broke his pinky finger, so you’ll have to wait awhile before he can disappoint you this season. This just frees up more targets for Amendola who will do his best to make up for the massive target share that was Jarvis Landry.
John Ross, Bengals: Ross is all upside, as possibly the fastest player to ever enter the NFL. Too bad he has perennial game manager Andy Dalton as his QB. I don’t know, maybe he’ll be a breath of fresh air to the stale Bengals offense. If there was a player who could be just that, it’s Ross. He should have an easy enough time getting open against the Colts.
Anthony Miller, Bears: If you’ve been a member of RosterWatch nation for any length of time, you know that Miller is one of our golden sons, but I would be remiss not to include him in the inaugural Garbage Grab, as he’s still unowned in the majority of leagues. Green Bay gave up the 3rd most points to WRs last season, not that Miller should have trouble getting open anyway, but the Pack actually defend TEs pretty well, so Miller may just be the primary option in the middle this week. Either way, he needs to be owned.
Geronimo Allison, Packers: Allison is one of those physically unspectacular but hard-working players who I liked before he entered the league, if only he would get a chance to thrive on the next level. Allison has gotten that opportunity and has played himself into the no.3 WR role in Green Bay of all places. If you’ve been listening to our radio broadcasts or podcasts, you’d know that fellow WR Davante Adams has arguably the toughest schedule for a no.1 WR in the league. That means that Aaron Rodgers is going to have to look elsewhere more often than you might otherwise think, and Allison is going to be a beneficiary. He gets a talented Bears secondary this week.
Eric Ebron, Colts: The Colts have two good TEs in Ebron and Jack Doyle, which might make targets hard to predict or come by, but they only have a couple decent WRs so we should see a lot of two TE sets. We’ve seen two TEs be productive in Indy in the past with Doyle and Dwayne Allen anyway, and that was with a better WR corps, so it’s well within the realm of possibility for Ebron and Doyle to both thrive. They get the Bengals this week, and they’re easy on TEs.
Ricky Seals-Jones: RSJ is young and largely unproven, but it says something that the Cardinals didn’t add any TE help this offseason. They fully expect him to be the guy in Arizona, and based off of his almost 17 YPC average last season, he is a big play waiting to happen. Look for him to stretch the field early and often for the Cardinals.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins: ASJ has yet to live up to his pedigree as a 2nd rounder in 2014, but he’ll get his best chance yet to produce in Jacksonville’s short throwing game. He’ll get some help against a Giants team that was dead last at defending TEs, amongst other positions, last year.