Wednesday, September 16, 2015


By Will Hoover

Already after week one many owners can tell they don’t have the depth they’d hoped for after their

draft. For some it’s due to poor performance, for others it was unfortunate injuries. There were some

big names injured in the NFL this past week so they’re replacements should be hot on the wire. This

week’s list features some young upcoming talent and some old names I never thought would be on this

list this early in the season. Some players may be considered plug and play while others should be added

to your bench as prospects. Below I’ll list my players by name, position, percentage owned (ESPN

leagues) and their week 2 opponent.

1) Terrance Williams WR 44.5% owned, WK2 @ Eagles

Terrance Williams is already a solid bench player in most fantasy formats. The Dez Bryant injury

boosts William’s value considerably. The Cowboys can’t rely solely on their run game anymore

so expect Williams to be heavily targeted as the Cowboys #1 WR for 6 to 8 weeks or as long as

Dez is out of action. I consider Williams to be the #1 waiver wire add this week and definitely a

starting WR in all fantasy formats.

2) Donte Moncrief WR 31% owned, WK2 vs Jets

Considered at best the Colts WR3 or WR4 this preseason. Moncrief was surprisingly highly

involved in week 1 receiving 11 targets for 6 catches and 46 yards, one of those going for a

touchdown. The second year WR out of Mississippi will only see more targets with the Colts

starting WR T.Y. Hilton’s injured knee holding him out 1 to 2 weeks. The Colts pass happy

offense will make Moncrief a valuable fantasy asset even after Hilton’s return. Sign and start

Moncrief this week with confidence.

3) Tyler Eifert TE 43% owned, WK2 vs Chargers

This preseason the Bengal’s head coach Marvin Lewis and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson

both raved about how good Tyler Eifert was looking. Finally healthy and no longer competing

with Jermaine Gresham for targets and playing time. Eifert was primed for last Sundays break

out where he had 12 targets equaling 9 receptions for 104 yards and 2 tds. The gap from Rob

Gronkowski to every other TE is huge but if Eifert can stay healthy and remain a favorite target

of Andy Dalton he could definitely finish as a top 3 TE. You can consider him a poor man’s Gronk

with a waiver wire price tag.

4) Chris Johnson RB 11.3% owned, WK2 @ Bears

For immediate RB help look for Chris Johnson. Once called CJ2K for the two thousand yards he

rushed for in 2009. Johnson spent his offseason unemployed and recovering from gunshot

wounds which occurred in a drive by shooting in which he was involved. Andre Ellington’s mild

PCL sprain will only keep him out for at most 3 weeks. Chris Johnson will start in Ellington’s place

and will be the primary ball carrier over that span.

5) David Johnson RB 37.1% owned, WK2 @ Bears

For long-term RB value add David Johnson. This big (6’1”, 224lbs)) rookie RB will be considered

CJ’s backup while Ellington is out. Johnson was drafted in the third round out of the university of

Northern Iowa where he holds career rushing, career rushing touchdowns, and career all-

purpose yards records. His size and soft hands allow him to catch the ball out of the backfield as

well as run tacklers over. Johnson only saw 5 snaps in week 1 (one of which was a 55yd td). His

snap count will increase now that he’s #2 on the depth chart and showed some playmaking

ability. Add David Johnson as a prospect who will gain snaps in the coming weeks and could be a

big factor at some point this season.

6) Marcus Mariota QB 35.7% owned, WK2 @ Browns

The 2nd pick of the first round in 2015 Marcus Mariota has high expectations. In week 1 Mariota

exceeded most expectations by going 13 of 16 for 209 yards and 4 TDs along with a perfect

passer rating. While I don’t think he’ll do this every week I do like his confidence, accuracy and

the Titans not putting too much on his plate too soon. Pick up Mariota as a backup QB with the

potential to be a weekly starter. I do however like his match up this week at Cleveland.

7) Dion Lewis RB 17.1% owned, WK2 @ Bills

Last week was the first game action Dion Lewis had seen since 2012. The Patriot running back

has bounced around the league since being drafted by the Eagles in round 5 of the 2011 NFL

draft. Lewis’s 69 rushing yards and 51 receiving yards led the way for the Patriots in week 1.Even

with the return of Legarrett Blount I still like Lewis, his speed and shiftiness is something the

other Patriot running backs don’t have. Sign Lewis as I expect him to be the lightning to Blount’s

thunder and should play the Shane Vereen role in the Patriot offense.

8) James Jones WR 30.8% owned, WK2 vs Seahawks

It’s funny that James Jones can’t even make the Giants 53 man roster but can sign with the

Packers and one week later have 4 catches, 51 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Packers week 1

win in Chicago. Chemistry is something that can’t be measured on the football field but

definitely is a huge benefit to those who have it like Rodgers and Jones. With Jordy Nelson out

for the season Jones will play a big role in the Packer offense and will continue to put up stats.

Add Jones for WR depth and a nice bye week fil in.

9) Brandon Coleman WR 16.8% owned, WK2 vs Bucs

An undrafted rookie free agent last year Coleman has become one of Drew Brees’s newest

weapons this year. At 6’6” and 220lbs Coleman could line up at tight end but instead has the

speed to play WR. An obvious red zone threat Coleman will be targeted often near the goal line

especially since Jimmy Graham was traded in the off season. 4 receptions, 41 yards and 1

touchdown is a good start to build on for the young Rutgers product. Sign Coleman for WR

depth and watch for a continued break out.

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