2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

Is your starting player already injured?  Buyers' remorse after reaching for a player?  Looking for late round sleepers & value picks?  Look no further!  Fantasy4um is back with some value picks and late round targets to target.

RUNNING BACK

Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 59.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Frank Gore is on his last leg and TJ Yeldon could find it tough to out-play fellow rookie Devin Singletary.  Shady did not make the 53 man roster after spending years in the Bills backfield.  There's a changing of the guard and Buffalo is saying "out with the old, in with the new."  Enter rookie Devin Singletary.  This compact back posted over 2200 yards from scrimmage and 33 touchdowns during his sophomore campaign at Florida Atlantic.  Sure it's Florida Atlantic, which isn't known for being a football powerhouse, but Singletary certainly caught the attention of scouts everywhere when he posted that stat line.  He certainly survived the crucible of the NFL preseason by posting 12 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown and added 6 catches for 46 yards.  He knew he'd secured a roster spot when the Bills held him out of their preseason finale.  He'll look to carry his momentum into the regular season hopefully as the Bills' lead back.  For more on Singletary's college campaign, check out our Rookies and Redshirts post.

Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 34.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Samuels racked up 223 yards on 42 carries and added another 105 yards and a touchdown on 12 catches during his three week stint as a starter in place of James Conner.  Although his career got off to a slow start, he could be in line for an expanded role. Antonio Brown left 150+ targets for the taking.  All of the talk of the Steelers running two-back sets could be part of an attempt to recreate Brown in the aggregate.  At 6'0", 225lbs, Samuels is arguably the better receiving back of the 2 and he has the ability to step in and start if Conner goes down again.  He's a solid PPR and dynasty add at the moment and he has flex appeal in deeper leagues.  He should be rostered by all Conner owners and he could provide fringe RB2 numbers in spot starts as the season rolls on.  For more on Samuels' college career, check out our Rookies and Redshirts post

Ryquell "Rock" Armstead, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 2.4% of all ESPN leagues):
This former Temple Owl and sixth round pick is a candidate to be a sneaky sleeper.  The thing is Fournette has always had injury concerns dating back to his time at LSU.  Alfred Blue was placed on injured reserve making Armstead the only back behind Founette.  Armstead is 5'11" 220lbs and, while that's not exactly small, he runs a lot bigger than he actually is.  This one-cut, down hill basher is similar in running style and effectiveness to Henry and Fournette, and he's a great fit for the system.  He can catch it out of the backfield too, which is something Fournette doesn't usually do.  Between Fournette's injury history, lack of depth at the position, and Armstead's abilities, Rock's chances could come sooner rather rather than later.  For more on Armstead's college campaign, check out our Rookies and Redshirts post.

Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 29.6% of all ESPN leagues):
The Melvin Gordon holdout saga continues and both sides have chosen to suspend talks until after the season is over.  Moreover, the Chargers front office has given Gordon's reps permission to seek trade offers.  With that said, Ekeler has already been rostered in lots of leagues, but it's only a matter of time until he goes down.  Ekeler has yet to prove he can be a bellcow and he was out for two games while Gordon was on the mend last year.  Jackson is a hard charging back who can run it between the tackles.  He's good enough to post respectable fantasy numbers.  He helped carry the Chargers to a couple of key AFC road victories against the Steelers and division rival Chiefs.  He posted 121 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries and added another 4 catches for 48 yards during those two games.  Jackson has proven he can handle the workload when called upon, and he should get plenty of work if the Chargers go with a committee or when Ekeler goes down.  

WIDE RECEIVER

Kenny Stills, WR, Houston Texans (currently owned in 42.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Yes, that's right, Stills is now in Houston.  After a four year stint in Miami, the Dolphins decided to move on from the receiver.  While Stills was never really more than a downfield deep threat playmaker, that's exactly what the Texans need right now. Will Fuller and Keke Coutee have not proven that they are able to stay healthy and Stills would be able to step in immediately and stretch the field the same way that Fuller can.  The trade between the Dolphins and Texans also involved offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, so that should also help Houston's offensive line and give Watson more time to get the ball to Stills.  Stills is available in over half of all ESPN leagues at the moment so he's worth grabbing and stashing.

Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 3.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Someone has to catch Darnold's  passes with Anderson and Herndon both sidelined.  Enunwa could step in and be that boost the Jets' receiving corps so desperately needs.  Yes, Bell is the bellcow, but he can't do it all.  Eventually the ball needs to get pushed down field to keep defenses honest.  Reports out of camp and preseason are that Darnold has picked up Gase's new uptempo offense quickly which should work in Enunwa's favor.  Enunwa is just 3 years removed from a season during which he caught 58 passes for 857 yards and four touchdowns.  He's slumped during the last couple of years thanks to injuries and bad quarterback play, but he should get an injection of life here with some young blood under center and a new offense.  He should be worth starting during these first 3 weeks and his production should stay up as long as Anderson and Herndon are down.

Miles Boykin, WR, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 2.3% of all ESPN leagues):
We here at Fantasy4um will be beating this guy's drum all season long.  He's already drawn comparisons to Kenny Golladay and Michael Thomas.  He's been on the same page as his quarterback throughout the preseason and his big body, large catch radius and ability to adjust to the ball will be welcomed by a young and sometimes inaccurate signal caller.  He caught 5 passes for 83 yards during the preseason and took  his reps with the starters.  Boykin is 6'4", 220lbs and runs a 4.4 40.  Marquise "Hollywood" Brown is the first round draft pick and media darling thanks to his 4.2 speed, but it's tough to trust a guy who's dealing with the lingering effects of a foot injury and depends on speed to make a living.  Boykin is available in virtually all ESPN fantasy leagues so he's worth grabbing and stashing.  For more on Boykin's college career, check out our Rookies and Redshirts post.

Chris Conley, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 9.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Conley's relationship with Foles actually goes way back to their time with the Chiefs under head coach Andy Reid.  Reports seem to say that Conley has already developed a rapport and relationship with his signal caller and the two could make a dynamic fantasy duo this season.  Marqise Lee is injury prone, DJ Chark is already struggling with injuries, and there really isn't anyone else with NFL experience on that team.  Dede Westbrook is the projected favorite but the Jags lack playmakers who can catch the ball.  The opportunities should be there immediately for Conley making him a sneaky sleeper.  He's currently owned in just 9.8% of all ESPN leagues so he's worth a dart throw.

Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 44.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Antonio Brown comparisons have already been drawn between Miller's route running, contested catch ability, and competitive nature in general.  Miller was also dealing with a shoulder injury which affected his run-after-catch ability and aggressiveness.  He's fully healthy this year and he's played a full season with his quarterback in Nagy's system.  He should see his workload increase thanks to Allen Robinson's health and spotty play/availability from Bears tight ends.  Someone has to catch the short an intermediate stuff and work the middle of the field.  While it's difficult to predict game flow, Miller is listed only behind Allen Robinson on the depth chart.  He's worth rostering in all leagues, but owners may need to be patient with him because of all the offensive weapons in Chicago.  However, he's the next man up when Robinson goes down.  For more on Anthony Miller's college career, check out our Rookies and Redshirts post.

TIGHT END

Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 47% of all ESPN leagues):
Andrew's started to receive a lot of hype in the weeks leading up to training camp and in the past couple of weeks before drafts began happening. For those who don't know, Andrews is the Ravens third round pick and really started making a name for himself during the second half of last season.  At the very least, he was a big redzone targets for an inaccurate Lamar Jackson.  Predicting this year's production could be difficult thanks to the Ravens drafting Marques Brown, Miles Boykin, and the return of Hayden Hurst.  However, Baltimore is said to have upgraded their offensive line and Lamar has worked on some things during off-season to improve his game. During the offseason to improve his game.  These new developments should help improve a passing game that was among one of the worst in 2018.  All of the Ravens past catchers should see an improvement in production as a result of these changes.  However, Andrews was one of the biggest names to emerge last season and could end up being this year's George Kittle.  He's worth a look and stash on fantasy benches everywhere thanks to lack of depth at the position. 

Will Dissly, TE, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 2.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Doug Baldwin took care of most of the short and intermediate work while he was a Seahawk.  His retirement leaves an average of nearly 100 targets over the past 6 seasons that need to be accounted for.  Most of Seattle's offensive plays are scramble drills which leave Russell Wilson running around looking for an open target.  This sort of offense lends itself well to big, open targets who are fast enough to create separation and smart enough to work back to their receiver or find an opening and wait for the pass.  Dissly caught 6 passes for 147 yards and a pair of scores against Denver and Chicago during the first 2 games of 2018 campaign.  He was quiet after that until a serious knee injury (torn patella tendon) sidelined him for the rest of the last 12 games of the season.  The 6'4", 265lb pass catcher is back now and he'll be a major matchup problem for opposing defenses.  Expect him to get plenty of looks especially on underneath routes.

Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets (currently owned in 10% of all ESPN leagues):
Herndon's rapport with Sam Darnold continued to develop as the season went on last year.  His targets nearly doubled from 2.6 per game through the first ten weeks to 5 during his last 6 games.  He caught touchdown passes 3 weeks in a row against Indiana, Minnesota, and New Orleans last year.  His athletic ability was used to stretch the field on more than one occasion last year.  Although he is serving a suspension through the first four games of this year, he should have a pretty big impact upon his return.  Adam Gase loves to use his tight ends and his young QB could lean on him more often than not.  Herndon could also get more opportunities if Gase decides to limit his receivers' roles. Enunwa suffered a groin injury a while ago and Robby Anderson is still slowed by a calf injury which could linger all season.  He's someone to grab and stash for owners who have room on the roster, and he is definitely someone to pick up before his suspension is over.

Hayden Hurst, TE, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 0.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Fellow Ravens tight end Mark Andrews has received most of the preseason hype and is expected to make the leave to top 10 tight on this year. However, its it's important not to forget that the Ravens drafted Hurst in the first round last year. This waiver-wire add is thanks mostly to possibly available opportunities due to lack of viable pass-catching options for the Ravens. An inaccurate Lamar Jackson would welcome the addition the big body, large catch radius, reliable hands and athletic ability of Hayden Hurst.  Sadly, Hurst was sidelined for basically all of last year thanks to a stress fracture in his foot, but he will look to bounce back this year and make an impact on his team in his second year in the league.  He's worth a look in dynasty formats and worth monitoring if the Ravens don't find any other quality pass catchers. 

QUARTERBACK

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 20.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Second year QB Josh Allen will look to build on the success he had toward the end of last season.  It wasn't quarterback play that gave him a boost in the last 6 games of the season.  Instead, he used his legs to rush for 476 yards and 5 touchdowns during that span.  He also posted at least 21 points in 5 of those 6 games.  People forget that he's the same size as Big Ben and nearly half the age.  The Bills shockingly cut Shady McCoy at the end of the preseason which means that they'll be leaning hard on a crop of young players that includes Josh Allen, Devin Singletary, Zay Jones, and possibly Robert Foster.  Hopefully they'll have some decent leadership from veterans Frank Gore and John Brown.  In the meantime, Josh Allen should be rostered in all 2QB leagues and should be monitored in all others.  He's an intreaguing prospect who could be a sneaky sleeper this season.  Buyer beware: the second half of his schedule is one of the toughest in the NFL, and the weather in Buffalo isn't very QB friendly in November and December.

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 28.1% of all ESPN leagues):
There was a lot of hype surrounding Jimmy G going into the 2018 season.  Sadly his last season was cut short after he tore his ACL early on.  The NFL stands for "Not For Long" but Jimmy G has a real shot at making a comeback.  Kyle Shanahan's system and most of the offensive pieces are still in place in San Fran.  Jimmy G is just one year removed from a season during which he played for the Patriots and earned a 96.2 QB rating before he moved to the west coast.  The 49ers have some nice matchups early in the season which should buy some time for everyone on the offense to get on the same page.  He's certainly worth rostering in 2QB leagues and fantasy owners can grab him at a bargain.  

Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets (currently owned in 18.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Sam Darnold makes one of the deepest positions in fantasy football this year even deeper.  He's good enough to provide serviceable numbers for managers who want to draft a QB at the very end of the draft.  Head Coach Adam Gase has also been known to be a bit of a quarterback whisperer, and initial reports indicate he's running a much more uptempo offense than he did in Miami.  Then there's Darnold's weapons.  Gase loves to take deep shots down the field, work the intermediate routes, and dump the ball off to his running backs for chunk plays.  Robby Anderson, Chris Herndon / Jameson Crowder, and Lev Bell are some of the best players to fill these roles and should help set Darnold up for a great fantasy year.  Buyer beware: he has one of the toughest schedules in the NFL.  However, he's worth rostering in all 2QB leagues and worth a spot start whenever possible.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS

There really isn't a specific defense that we can recommend here. However, there are plenty of bad teams out there which can present streaming options for owners who are weak at the position. This helps makes the defense and special teams the deepest it has been a long time.  Weak offenses could make even average defenses look good.  Some of the worst offenses in the league at the moment are the Dolphins, Giants, Redskins, and Bengals.  Defenses playing against the Ravens, Bills, and Jaguars are also worth a dart throw.  The Cardinals are a wildcard because they have a new offensive system and quarterback.  All of these offenses have serious deficiencies at their offenses at one or more of their skill positions.  

KICKERS

Believe it or not, there is actually an art to picking a kicker.  First of all, be sure to take a good long look at the kicker is offense to make sure they can actually put their kicker within field goal range. Also take a look at which team has the most games indoors. Outdoor elements do affect a kickers accuracy as the season moves on.  Finally, if a kicker must be selected who plays on a team that's mostly outdoors, be sure that they are a proven commodity.  With that said, here are a few kickers to consider or stream.  

Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 16.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Bryant was ultimately re-signed by the Atlanta Falcons.  He was previously retired but everything can be bought with a price.  In addition, the Falcons had a serious problem one day were not able to find an adequate kick her in the offseason.  Atlanta plays all but one of their games indoors and they have one of the best offenses in the league.  There should be plenty of opportunities for Bryant to have a great fantasy season.  Buyer beware: Bryant did Miss three games last year and he's not exactly a spring chicken at 44 years old.  Nevertheless, he's worth adding.  

Brett Maher, K, Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 56.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Maher didn't exactly get better as his team got better, but he should have plenty of opportunities this year.  The Cowboys play 10 of their 16 games indoors this season.  The Cowboys also have Cooper hopefully for a full season this year and Michael Gallup is quickly emerging as a fantasy sleeper.  As always, Zeke is reliable out of the backfield but Dallas probably won't see a massive dip in offensive production even if Pollard is in the backfield.  As a matter of fact, this could help create more attempts for Maher if Dallas' offense stalls more because either Cooper, Zeke, or both are out.  

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