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 who was just placed in IR with a designation to return by New England. So who are the possible studs on the wire? We take a look here at the top 5 options here.
Julius Thomas Denver TE
5 catches, 7 targets, 110 yards and 2 touchdowns
I only added Thomas after looking at waiver wires other than Yahoo where he sits low because he is usually owned. If you are in a league where he is available he is one of the most attractive waivers out there. Peyton Manning and the Denver offense won't put up record setting numbers every week but Thomas
Julian Edelman New England Patriots WR
7 catches, 9 targets, 79 yards and 2 touchdowns
Unless Julius Thomas is available in your league, Edelman is the most attractive waiver option out there. AT 6' 5" and 250, Thomas looks to be a mismatch against all but the most physical defensive backs in the league and has the athleticism to win matchups. He will likely take Eric Decker's targets, who Peyton looked for 7 times but only caught 2.
Brent Celek Philadelphia Eagles TE
2 catches, 3 targets, 56 yards, and 1 touchdown
Celek was the second leading receiver Monday Night in the Philadelphia Eagles high octane offense and was second only to Desean Jackson in production. He is a solid add as a TE2 option in any fantasy league.
Jordan Cameron Cleveland Browns TE
9 catches, 13 targets, 108 yards and 1 touchdown
Cameron is another player I added only after looking at multiple waiver wires as most fantasy players were already onto his potential. He was Brandon Weeden's most targeted receiver and with Josh Gordon serving a two game suspension he will continue to get looks. He is a safe pickup if he is still available in your fantasy league.
Joquie Bell Detroit Lions RB
6 rushes, 25 yards, 2 touchdowns, 5 catches, 6 targets and 67 yards
Reggie Bush is nursing some nagging injuries though he did play Sunday but Bell got enough work to justify being a viable fantasy option on his own. He should get a lot of goal line carries and was active in the passing game as well. He is a must add in any fantasy league.
Andre Roberts Arizona Cardinals WR
8 catches, 9 targets, 97 yards
He didn't find the end zone Sunday but he was Carson Palmer's most targeted receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald (14) plus he also led the team in receiving yards. With Fitzgerald getting the bulk of the attention Roberts is going to get targeted by Carson Palmer and he is a solid WR2 option in most leagues.
Greg Zuerlein St. Louis Rams PK
If you are in need of a kicker for some reason Greg Zuerlein is looking like a good fantasy option this year and is available on most waiver wires. Zuerlein didn't finish his rookie year on a good note but he was perfect in Sunday's game, converting all 4 of his field goals including a 48 yarder. Zuerlein has a big leg and the Rams are looking to score points this year. He is a solid fantasy option.