Week 1 of the NFL season has come and gone, and as is tradition, there were a few unheralded players who stepped up and had big games for their respective teams. The fantasy football waiver wire is always at its craziest going into Week 2, so which players do you need to put a waiver claim on before your friends do? Here are the top six players to pick up this week:
Tyrell Williams, WR, San Diego Chargers
With star wide receiver Keenan Allen out for the season with a torn ACL, Williams is now set for a starting role in his second season. He demonstrated big play potential against the Chiefs, catching two passes that both went over 30 yards. He also has high upside as a red zone threat, thanks to his 6'4", 205-pound frame. Philip Rivers has to throw the ball to someone, so Williams is worth a flyer on a team without any other consistent options. Plus, he's owned in just 0.9 percent of ESPN leagues.
Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens
West didn't have a great opening game, rushing for 32 yards and 12 carries, but if you need a running back, there aren't many better options that are available. He won't carry your team, but he is a guy that will get plenty of carries every week (around 15 per game). That will give him more opportunities to produce than virtually every other back available.
Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts
We know the Colts are going to throw the ball with Andrew Luck under center, and Allen's performance in Week 1 showed he will get a lot of targets throughout the course of the entire season. He had 53 yards and a touchdown, and with Coby Fleener gone, he's the biggest red zone threat on this team. Owned in less than 40 percent of leagues, Allen is a high-upside player you may want to take a gamble on.
Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans
Sharpe garnered a lot of buzz with his performance in the preseason, and after being targeted 11 times by Marcus Mariota in their loss to the Vikings, it's clear he's their No. 1 guy. He ended up with seven catches for 76 yards on Sunday, and while he didn't get into the end zone, he could easily have a 1,000+ yard season. The opportunity is there for him, and he is owned in just 41.7 percent of leagues.
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
DeAndre Hopkins is the unquestioned No. 1 guy for the Texans, but Fuller showed out in his NFL debut, catching five passes for 105 yards and a score. He took advantage of softer coverage with defenses focusing on Hopkins, something that he'll enjoy for the rest of the year. Now, it is just a one game sample, but Fuller's combination of soft hands and blazing speed provide plenty of reason for optimism.
Brock Osweiler, QB, Houston Texans
If your starting quarterback was a disaster in Week 1 - or if you aren't getting enough production from your backup before Tom Brady comes back - Osweiler is definitely a guy to consider. He put up 16 fantasy points this past week, and with the aforementioned Fuller and Hopkins at his disposal, those numbers should only get better as he becomes more comfortable with the offense.Back to the Fantasy Football Newsfeed
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