Week 1 is in the books and fantasy owners could be looking for options on the waiver wire with injuries to guys like Shane Vareen and those with fumbilitis like David Wilson. We already took a look at the studs but who are the possible duds on the wire? Let's take a look.
5 catches, 7 targets, 80 yards, and 1 touchdown
Hankerson put up big numbers in week 1 but at this point isn't a reliable fantasy option. He is at best the 4th option in the passing game and Pierre Garcon is going to get the most looks. If you want to stash him on your roster as a potential sleeper I guess that's fine but I suspect it will be a long wait. He is behind Josh Morgan on the depth chart and while that could change RG3 targeted 10 different receivers on Monday Night Football against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Winslow hasn't played a full season since the 2011 season when he last played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His best year came in 2007 when he caught 82 passes for 1106 yards and 5 touchdowns (he would fumble twice and lose one). In his last full season he caught 75 passes for 763 yards and 2 touchdowns while fumbling twice and losing one. Buyer beware.
9 receptions, 15 targets, 114 yards and 1 touchdown
Hartline had a big game against the Cleveland Browns but you are right to question whether he can put up those numbers consistently. Mike Wallace wasn't shy about discussing his lack of targets following the game and you might question that decision but he is still the most talented receiver on the roster. Look for Miami to get Wallace more involved in the offense going forward. In his 5 year career, Hartline has never found the end zone more than 3 times in a season.
3 catches, 6 targets, 24 yards and 2 touchdowns
Royal found the end zone twice in the Chargers loss to the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football but color me skeptical of his ability to be a good fantasy option. Royal's best season came as a rookie in 2008 when he caught 91 passes for 980 yards and 5 touchdowns as a Denver Bronco. He joined the Chargers in 2012, played 10 games and caught 23 passes for 234 yards and 1 touchdown. I still don't think the Chargers skill players are to be trusted.
7 catches, 8 targets, and 140 yards
Simpson's best year was also his last year in Cincinnati as a Bengal and the only year he ever played 16 games. In 2011, he caught 50 passes for 725 yards and 4 touchdowns. Simpson had better numbers than Greg Jennings and rookie Cordarelle Patterson but don't be fooled as they are the best receiving targets. It will take Patterson more time to acclimate to the NFL but Simpson isn't likely to reproduce these numbers.