Working the Wire: Will Fuller Shines in Debut

Texans Will Fuller

Week 1 of the NFL season is not quite in the books yet with two games to be played on Monday night but we already have some names emerging that can help fantasy owners. Unfortunately already we have a serious injury to deal with. Keenan Allen went down after making a cut running an out route against the Chiefs. While there was no official information of the injury many fear it is a torn ACL that will sideline him for the rest of the season. He was visibly upset while being taken off the field on a cart. Assuming he does miss time Travis Benjamin is likely the WR1 in this offense and should be owned in all leagues. He could have another season where he gets 100 plus targets. If he is available in your league absolutely add him but his 75% ownership rate means he is owned too many leagues to be mentioned in this article. Let’s look at the players you should be putting claims on that are owned in under 50% of leagues.

Will Fuller | WR | Houston Texans
(49% Owned in Yahoo)

It was an impressive Week 1 for rookie Will Fuller who had 5 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. The more impressive part for me was the 11 targets he received in this game. Quarterback Brock Osweiler clearly trusts the rookie to target him so often. It also helps to have DeAndre Hopkins on the other side the ball garnering much of the defense’s attention. It will be interesting to see if Osweiler continues to throw it as much as he did in Week 1. The Bears got up early in this game which forced the Texans to lean a little more pass than they would like. I think double-digit targets are not something to expect but there will be plenty of opportunities for Fuller to produce. He should be owned in all formats.

Mohamed Sanu | WR | Falcons
(49% Owned in Yahoo)

It seems the Atlanta Falcons have finally found a weapon opposite Julio Jones. Mohamed Sanu caught five of his eight targets for 80 yards and found the end zone. Sanu has the size and athleticism to be a reliable option for the Falcons and for fantasy owners. Atlanta is awful and Matt Ryan will need to throw often. This should set up Sanu to get plenty of work. He should be a guy in your flex consideration on a weekly basis. I wouldn’t expect these numbers on a weekly basis but he can be a guy with a safe floor that owners can rely on.

Phillip Dorsett | WR | Indianapolis Colts
(39% Owned in Yahoo)

I told you about Phillip Dorsett in the preseason as a guy worth grabbing at the end of your drafts. With the Colts going to a lot more three wide receiver sets, he is poised to have a larger impact in 2016. He had six targets in the Week 1 opener for the Colts, catching four balls for 94 yards. He is a deep threat that should continue to get work. The Colts defense is poor and will force them to throw early and often. Dorsett is likely more boom or bust but can be a player owners can play when looking for upside. His deep ball skills will give him the opportunity to score on a weekly basis.

Mike Wallace | WR | Baltimore Ravens
(35% Owned in Yahoo)

We might be watching the return of Mike Wallace to fantasy relevance. He is on an offense that will give him plenty of opportunities to produce. In Week 1 Wallace caught three of his six targets for 91 yards and a score. Consistency does not describe Wallace and if that is what you’re looking for from the waiver wire look elsewhere. However he will give fantasy owners the potential for big weeks. Think of him as a DeSean Jackson light.

Falcons Tevin Coleman

AP Photo – John Bazemore

Tevin Coleman | RB | Atlanta Falcons
(42% Owned in Yahoo)

While buying into off-season coach speak will often leave you disappointed, somethings are worth paying attention to. There was a consistent message coming out of Atlanta during training camp and the preseason. The Falcons were going to give the work to more productive back and “ride the hot hand.” This was what happened last year when Devonta Freeman stole the show after Coleman was injured. In Week 1, Freeman was very underwhelming rushing for 20 yards on 11 carries. Coleman also had issues getting going on the ground with 22 yards rushing on eight carries. Unlike Freeman who caught 4 passes for 20 yards, Coleman caught five passes for 95 yards. Coleman is explosive and can make plays when he has the ball in space. If he continues to make plays in the passing game and produces more on the ground, he could earn a larger role and be a reliable weapon for fantasy owners. Coleman is a must add for Freeman owners this season.

Theo Riddick | RB | Detroit Lions
(34% Owned in Yahoo)

Theo Riddick was impressive in the Lions Week 1 game. Not only did he catch all five of his targets for 63 yards and a touchdown, but he was effective on the run gaining 45 yards and a score on seven carries. Riddick is a guy that should be on the field a ton for Detroit and be more than just a PPR option. The Lions are another team that needs their offense to carry the team if they want to win games this season. Riddick has shown so far he can be a guy that produces in all formats. He should have a safe floor but can be a guy that has more upside that some may have thought. He is absolutely worth an add if your roster is in need of running back depth.

Deep League Finds

Chargers Tyrell Williams

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Tyrell Williams | WR | San Diego Chargers
(1% Owned in Yahoo)

With Keenan Allen likely done for the season, it’s Tyrell Williams that has a huge opportunity to step up and be a real difference maker. He had two catches for 71 yards in the opener against the Chiefs. Nothing mind blowing but impressive enough to garner more work. I am curious to see if he is utilized more with the ability to scheme him in before Week 2. With games coming against the Jaguars, Colts, Saints and Raiders there should be opportunities for this passing attack to be productive and Williams to earn a consistent role.

Brandon LaFell | WR | Cincinnati Bengals
(5% Owned in Yahoo)

Guys, Brandon LaFell might be a fantasy football thing again this season. He has a golden opportunity to earn work opposite A.J. Green in Cincinnati. He caught all four of his targets which is not typical for him. However that kind of efficiency should get the attention of quarterback Andy Dalton. If he can continue to show an improved catch rate and Dalton continues to look his way he could provide multiple useful weeks for fantasy owners. He is worth a stash to see if he can carve out a role as the WR2 in this offense.


Jalen Richard | RB | Oakland Raiders
(1% Owned in Yahoo)

We spent the offseason talking about DeAndre Washington as the likely handcuff to Latavius Murray for the Raiders. However it was Jalen Richard that opened eyes in Week 1. Richard only had 3 carries but tallied 84 yards including a 75 yard touchdown run. He also caught two passes including a key first down conversion. While i’m likely not dropping Washington for Richard, I’m definitely keeping an eye on that backfield. In deep leagues Richard is absolutely worth stashing. The explosiveness he posses could allow him to produce even on limited touches. Richard has the skills to be a three down back and should garner plenty of passing down work while Murray is the starter.

Dwayne Washington | RB | Detroit Lions
(0% Owned in Yahoo)

The Detroit Lions have an option for goal line work and his name is Dwayne Washington. There are a ton of mouths to field in Detroit including the aforementioned Riddick and Ameer Abdullah. This offense should move the ball up and down the field. If he gets the work when they get in close, Washington could be a touchdown machine.

Jack Doyle | TE | Indianapolis Colts
(0% Owned in Yahoo)

Nobody loves a good tight end more than Andrew Luck especially when the Colts get in the red zone. Indianapolis had their tight ends catch three touchdown on Sunday against the Lions. Unfortunately for Dwayne Allen owners, he only caught one of those touchdown passes. The other two went to Jack Doyle. A name that has made appearances when Allen or Coby Fleener missed time. While Doyle is on the bottom of the list when it comes to tight end adds, he is someone who can help fantasy owners in deep leagues. There will be more opportunities for Doyle to make plays in the future.

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