I know this may not seem to be the most necessary post since the NFL season nor fantasy football has yet to officially begin. However there have actually been enough moves with trades and injuries to make the waiver wire something to be utilized already.
Perhaps you lost Jordy Nelson or Kelvin Benjamin for the season. Or maybe you assumed Robert Turbin was the backup for Marshawn Lynch prior to being put on the PUP list along with the Fred Jackson trade. Either way, a dominant draft is the first step in winning your fantasy football league, but dominating the waiver wire is equally as important each and every week.
I will be here to guide you each and every week with some players who are owned in less than 40 percent of ESPN.com leagues and could have an impact on your squad for the particular week, or rest of season.
Remember, many leagues were won last season with waiver wire additions of Odell Beckham Jr. and Justin Forsett. It may not happen that way this year, but each season there is always someone who comes out of nowhere to bring owners to fantasy glory!
I also should mention that I tend to utilize my bench spots for upside players, and a handcuff or two rather than filling it with solid but not start-worthy players. I would rather own Matt Jones than a Shane Vereen for example. You don’t have to employ the same strategy, but that is just how I do it. That being said we will jump right in to it, and I wish you all the best of luck this week and entire season.
1. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (38.4 percent owned per ESPN.com)
Johnson really should be owned everywhere. He had a fantastic training camp, and he is the backup to a well-known injury risk in Andre Ellington. If for some reason you own Ellington, or the owner who does did not add him I would put in a claim right away. Johnson is the definition of upside and just needing an opportunity to be an impact fantasy player.
2. Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Carolina (14.6 percent owned)
Payne like Johnson above had a nice training camp and is playing behind the equally injury-prone Jonathan Stewart. Payne should already be owned by all Stewart owners, but if they slipped up? Pounce on Payne like a cat with a catnip toy.
3. Danny Amendola, WR, New England (8.2 percent owned)
Amendola was a big part of the Patriots’ postseason run and with Brandon LaFell being placed on the PUP list (will miss at least the first six games), he should be a key cog in the offense. Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski will remain Tom Brady’s top targets, but Amendola can be another weapon.
4. Brandon Coleman, WR, New Orleans (13.6 percent owned)
Coleman is projected to be the No. 3 target in the Saints’ offense. Drew Brees spreads the ball around as well as anyone and with tight end Jimmy Graham gone the wide receivers should be plenty busy. Coleman looked great in the offseason and should provide some big weeks alongside Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston. Once again, this is an upside bench stash.
5. Ty Montgomery, WR, Green Bay (16.1 percent owned)
Montgomery isn’t getting the attention or Twitter love Jeff Janis (13.3 percent owned) is this offseason. Janis has had a solid camp, but he is still fourth on the Packers’ depth chart. Montgomery is No. 3 meaning he WILL be a regular piece of Green Bay’s potent offense that will be without Jordy Nelson. Let folks fawn and jump on Janis while you take Montgomery and hope for the best.
DST Streamer 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 30 percent of ESPN.com leagues and can be useful.
Tennessee Titans at Tampa Bay (1.1 percent owned per ESPN)
The Buccaneers have plenty of weapons on offense, but they also have a rookie quarterback who is likely to be making a few mistakes. When it comes a DST that is what you are hoping for. Sacks, fumbles and interceptions are the key, and although nothing is guaranteed the Titans make an appealing play this week.
(David Johnson photo courtesy of www.azcardinals.com)
— 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 socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.