There is always a lot of excitement when players blow up in the first week of the season, especially when they are available on the waiver wire for your team. Here are our players we think will continue to live up to their week 1 performances the rest of the season.
Lamar Jackson – The Baltimore Raven’s QB beat the Dolphins so bad their players want out of Miami. Look for him roll next week versus the Arizona Cardinal’s. He is only available in shallow leagues but if you see him, get him now.
Chris Thompson – I featured him last week and he did exactly what was expected in week 1. With his role locked in he has real RB2/3 appeal in PPR leagues the rest of the season.
Adrian Peterson – AP was healthy scratch week 1 but now with Derrius Guice out for an extended period of time the starter. He had over 1k yards rushing last season and now is primed to possibly do it again.
Giovani Bernard – Joe Mixon went down with an ankle injury and may miss week 2. Even if Mixon returns this week Bernard has value on his own. The Bengals wouldn’t have granted Bernard a 2 year extension if he wasn’t in their every week gameplan.
Malcom Brown – The offseason concern for the durability and usage of Todd Gurley seem real. The Los Angeles Rams ran Brown 11 times for 53 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has stand alone value the rest of the year and is probably the best handcuff in the league.
Jamison Crowder – Crowder has scorned fantasy owners in the past and a move to the Jets didn’t seem like a good one. It is. The New York receiver was targeted 17 times and caught 14 of them for 99 yards. If he can keep up near his week 1 targets he will be PPR gold.
Marquise Brown – Boom or bust will likely be the theme for Brown this year. He exploded for 147 yards and 2 TD’s week one. The bad news is it was on only 4-of-5 targets. With Patrick Peterson out this week for the Arizona Cardinals, Brown will likely boom again.
DeSean Jackson – D-Jax loves revenge games and he showed it verses the Redskins. Going off for 8-of-10 catches for 154 yards and 2 TD’s, Jackson will have a solid role in the Philadelphia Eagles offense this year.
Danny Amendola – Everywhere he goes Danny Amendola does the same thing, catch a lot of balls. The Detroit Lions offense looks as stale as advertised but at least Matt Stafford has a new security blanket. Going 7-of-13 for 104 yards in week 1 makes it look like Amendola will keep doing his thing.
Darren Walker – There was a lot of preseason talk about Walker being the real deal yet he went grossly undrafted. The Oakland Raiders featured him in week 1 for 7-of-8 for 70 yards. Walker was lining up all over the place and was making big catches. Look for Walker to do his part to fill an Antonio Brown sized hole in the Raiders receiving corps.
Carolina Panthers – The Panthers had a tough matchup versus the explosive Rams offense week 1 but they are still a solid defensive play. The Panthers should rebound in a big way week 2 versus the awful Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense.