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Take'em or Leave'em

One week down and what a first week it was! With the end of the first week comes the first official Fantasy Waivers of the season. There were many unexpected performances from players that are most likely out on your Waiver wire. Let’s take a look to see which ones are legitimate and which ones might just be a one-week wonder.

Russell Gage

Rostered in just 31% of Yahoo leagues.

Russell Gage was one of my favorite under the radar players coming into the season. Last year, he saw 66 targets in the Falcons last 9 games. Over a 16-game season, that adds up to 117 targets. Atlanta is going to be a team that airs the ball out all year and if week one is any indication, play at a very fast pace. Gage, at only 24, will never have to worry about the opponent’s best defenders on him with Ridley and Jones playing on either side of him.

Verdict: Take’em! Gage isn’t a guy you will be able to start every week unless there is an injury, but is still worth picking up. I’d be willing to spend up to 5% of my FAAB on him.

Sammy Watkins

Rostered in 49% of Yahoo leagues

We have seen this before, Sammy Watkins with a big game early in the season. People always get excited about him, but then he tends to disappoint. Although he plays on the most explosive offense in the NFL with the best quarterback, he just cannot be trusted.

Verdict: Leave’em! Need to see him perform consistently for another week or two before I would consider picking him up.

Nyheim Hines

Rostered in just 20% of Yahoo leagues.

Nyheim Hines is a guy that many people saw having a big role this season and it appears that is going to happen. Phillip Rivers loves dumping the ball off to his RB and Hines seems to be playing that role on this team. With Mack out for the season, Hines is now the number two guy behind Taylor and has plenty of standalone value every week in PPR leagues.

Verdict: Take’em! Hines would be my highest priority pick up this week and worth at least 20% of your FAAB.

Malcolm Brown

Rostered in just 27% of Yahoo leagues.

Malcolm Brown is a difficult call. Brown made the most of his opportunities in week one and out-touched rookie teammate Cam Akers 21 to 15. Brown also looked like the better back and could certainly be the Rams lead. However, they could have used their first pick of the 2020 draft on a number of positions of need, but they choose Akers and because of this, I think he will slowly take over the job and Henderson, who often looked good last season, will take over the number 2 job once he returns from injury.

Verdict: Leave’em, unless! If Henderson is out again week 2, Brown is definitely a guy you can pick up and start, but I don’t believe he has long term value for this season.

Robby Anderson

Rostered in just 31% of Yahoo leagues.

Robby Anderson appears to be getting the role that everyone hoped Curtis Samuel was going to have the last two seasons. Even though they had the same amount of targets in week 1, Anderson is the guy you want to own in Carolina after DJ Moore. Anderson should receive over 100 targets in this offense that will probably be playing from behind quite a bit this year. Anderson, a perpetual underachiever in New York, signed a 2 year 20 million dollar contract this offseason and seems finally ready to break out. You don’t spend $10 million a year on a guy you don’t plan on heavily using.

Verdict: Take’em! He is the number 2 in Carolina and seems to already have a good rapport with Teddy Bridgewater. I’d be willing to spend about 5-10% of my FAAB on him.

Honorable Mention: Quintez Cephus - worth taking a look at especially if Golladay misses any more time.

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