Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups After Week 1

By Ben Babcock


Jared Cook-TE

Cook had the top performance for tight ends in week 1, 9 receptions for 180 yards. I don’t think many people saw this coming. Cook dominated the receiving game for the Raiders in their blowout loss versus the Rams, while Jordy Nelson and Amari Cooper were pretty much irrelevant. I wouldn’t expect Cook to be having these games regularly, but it seems like he’ll be very involved in this new Raiders offense under Gruden.


Phillip Lindsay-RB

I had no idea who this guy was before Sunday, I hadn’t heard anything about him whatsoever. Then he rushed 15 times for 71 yards and caught 2 passes for 31 yards and a touchdown. A lot of people were waiting to see who the top back in Denver would be and now we kind of have an answer. It’s only one week, don’t get too excited about him, but Lindsay could be a good flex player if he maintains this workload, with maybe RB2 upside.


Phillip Dorsett-WR

We now know who the number three receiver in New England is. The only problem is that Edelman comes back in 3 weeks and Dorsett will drop off. 7 receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown. He was targeted more than Hogan but I don’t expect that to become a trend you’re in a 12 or 14 person league Dorsett will have value these next few weeks, but can really only serve as a backup after week 4. So if you’ve got questionable receivers, Dorsett could be good for you and if you have dumb league members I’d trade him after week 3 or 4 if he keeps producing like this. He still holds value being a top option on the Patriots offense, he will produce, defenses will be focused on Gronk and Edelman when he comes back. In bigger leagues Dorsett has flex value, slightly decreased after week 4 but still worth holding onto.


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