Finally healthy, Victor Cruz is ready to help your fantasy team
Week 1 of the fantasy football season had many surprises, tragedies and plenty of the same ol’ same ol’. We saw disappointment with superstars such as Dez Bryant and Adrian Peterson. Tragedy also has struck for fantasy owners that have already lost Keenan Allen for the season and those who may have to make do without Sammy Watkins, Demaryius Thomas and Zach Ertz for a brief or extended period of time.
Meanwhile stars like Antonio Brown, David Johnson, A.J. Green, Lamar Miller and Brandin Cooks appear to be on track or at least off to a hot start.
I will be here to guide you each and every week with some players who are owned less than 45 percent (ESPN.com leagues) and could have an impact on your squad for the particular week or the rest of the season.
Here are a few other gems who should be added ASAP if they are still lingering on your league(s) waiver wires but owned in more than 50 percent of leagues:
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans (58.1 percent) — 20.2 fantasy points in Week 1
Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (67.9 percent) — 8.3 fantasy points in Week 1
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens (15.1 percent owned in ESPN.com leagues)
Dixon’s ownership percentage is a little surprising to me even though he is injured. Baltimore’s backfield is as murky as they come, and Dixon clearly has the talent and potential to take the lead back role quickly upon his return. Bench spots are meant for players like Dixon.
Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans (41.8 percent owned)
Sharpe appears to be at minimum the Titans' No. 2 receiver (if he's not already No. 1) after just one game. Mariota's comment of saying Sharpe makes it easy wasn't a stretch in Week 1. The volume (11 targets, 7 catches, 76 yards) alone is nice. Touchdowns will come.
Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants (19.3 percent owned)
Cruz hopes to be a weapon once again for a Giants offense that doesn't need to rely on him. If Eli Manning continues to spread the ball around, Cruz could be fantasy relevant after a two-year hiatus. Cruz had a pedestrian four catches for 39 yards on Sunday, but one of his grabs went for a touchdown towards the end of the game. He's worth a bench stash if space allows.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks (10.3 percent owned)
This is a total flyer here and you should only do this if you have an expendable player. The Seahawks’ backfield of Christine Michael, Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise (before he injured his wrist) was not great, but serviceable (28 carries, 96 yards) Sunday, so the need for Lynch to return isn’t as strong. However, if he were to get signed by another team at his price tag he could carry a fantasy squad. Week 4 sounds like the rumored return date if there is one so snag him now and cut if needed when the time comes.
DST Streamer(s) of the Week
I am a part of the streaming DST movement. I don’t typically waste a draft pick, unless I need to, in my drafts and instead cut someone and add a DST. Clearly the top defenses will be owned and not available, but streaming is always an option when it comes to DSTs. So each week I will be providing a DST that is owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN.com leagues and can be useful.
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns (9.7 percent owned in ESPN.com leagues)
Cleveland may be switching to Josh McCown at QB, which could actually lead to fewer turnovers, however there is still plenty of opportunity if the Browns are playing catch up to make mistakes. If you are a DST streamer look to the Ravens in Week 2.
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including dailyfantasycafe.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.