Be advised that the following list is not for the 12 Team League. We’re going deep. We’re talking about the bottom of the peanut butter jar type stuff here. You’re not gonna find Gio Bernard on this list. You know why? Because he was drafted with confidence by the Mixon owner. This is for the 14-16 Team Leagues, where your flex option is an absolute bum and your entire bench is a collection of handcuff running backs that you’re waiting to cash in on.
Here we go …
Danny Amendola, WR – Detroit Lions
Amendola amassed 13 targets and hauled in 7 of them plus a TD in his first game as a Lion. He also has a history of being a reliable receiver when an offense needs to move the ball at a frantic pace. Enter the Detroit Lions. Think of Amendola as a poor man’s Edelman right now. That’s what you’re looking for if you place a bid. He currently is only owned in 7% of Yahoo! leagues and he has the Chargers on deck. Not ideal, but not awful considering it’s the Lions home opener and Stafford looks healthy again (finally).
Vernon Davis, TE – Washington Redskins
Need a TE? You’re jealous of your friends that drafted Waller and T.J. Hockenson? Yea, I know. Well for a few weeks you could get a nice target share if you pick up Vernon Davis. It’s not a permanent fix, but getting wins in fantasy is the name of the game. Each week matters, and this past week Davis had 9 targets and looked very athletic on his way to pay-dirt with a spectacular play. As long as Jordan Reed is on the mend, Davis should be an option and certainly worthy of a plug and play.
Keeshon Johnson, WR – Arizona Cardinals
The rookie no one is talking about had 10 targets and hauled in half of them. Yes, he only put up 46 yards, but when a rookie QB has a connection, you better not ignore it. 10 targets means that Murray has an eye for Johnson. It’s something to monitor, but more importantly it’s something you may want to take a flier on to stash before he gets hot. He’s currently running as the 4th receiver on the depth chart, but that doesn’t mean he can’t climb it.
Terry McLaurin, WR – Washington Redskins
Yes, the second Redskin to make the list and guess what, that’s what happens when you put up 125 yards and a TD as a rookie in your debut … AND HE SHOULD HAVE HAD ANOTHER TD. Listen, the thing with rookies is that you never know what to expect. Especially with receivers, a lot of what they produce is determined by the chemistry with their QB. Now at the moment I’d say this could be a flash in the pan, but considering it was up against a Division rival and a Superbowl contender, I’d lean on the side of this guy is just freaking talented. He’s super fast and super available pretty much everywhere. (Currently owned in 6% of Yahoo! Leagues). If you need depth, he’s the play, but don’t break the bank. The Redskins should still stink.
OTHER NOTABLES: Cole Beasley, Cody Latimer
If you want to know about players I’d be cautious about, hit up my blog that I posted yesterday about the Ravens … it’s essentially the opposite I’ve what I listed above.