Welcome back to another trek to the highest peak. If you followed me last year, you’ll know that I am going to be your guide through this fantasy season. The first checkpoint in 2020 feels like the 50th as we have all already weathered a storm much more dangerous than fantasy football. However, we’re here now and ready to work. 

Take a sip of your morning coffee, brewed extra strong for the journey ahead. Week 1 is behind us and now there is much work to be done. I will group the adds by position and then within the position, rank them in order of preference. You’ll also be able to tell who is more valuable by the free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) suggestion, assuming a $100 budget. The sherpa will only advise players who are rostered in less than 33% of ESPN leagues. DISCLAIMER – at press time Tennessee and Denver had not kicked off yet. 

QBThese suggestions are based on single QB leagues as all are rostered in a superflex format

Philip Rivers ($1) – Rivers performed in line with how he did in 2019 throwing for a lot of empty yards and some interceptions. I love the volume in a competitive game, where he threw it 46 times en route to 363 yards. Unfortunately he still only had 1 touchdown and threw 2 picks. At this point he’s a low end starter but for fantasy I’d take the erratic volume over the way Tom Brady’s efficient, game management style. 

Gardner Minshew ($1) – There’s not doubt this was a strong showing and he had 3 scores but 20 attempts is a razor thin margin for fantasy relevance. He did chip in a little on the ground and the Jags should need more passing in most contests. He’s another low end streamer in certain matchups.

Mitch Trubisky ($1) – Like Rivers, I’d rather Trubisky’s style of play with a little extra on the ground than what Brady is doing. He’s definitely not a preferred option, but in games where the Bears will need to keep up he can still have spike weeks for those desperate. 

RBWe have one potential huge situation in Pittsburgh but otherwise a bunch of RB2/FLEX type adds

Benny Snell ($5-35) – As I write this James Conner is nursing an ankle injury but was wholly ineffective before going out. Enter Benny Snell, who had a [rocket ship emoji] of a training camp and now looks stellar in relief. This is a tricky situation for fantasy managers as we may not know the extent of Conner’s injury by waiver run but refresh those browsers all day tomorrow. If you’re in a league with Tuesday morning waivers, throw some FAAB at Snell and hope to sneak him on to your team before Conner’s update. Pittsburgh will feature one bellcow and if Conner is out they clearly want it to be Snell.

Nyheim Hines ($12) – The big news is that with Marlon Mack’s season ending injury, Jonathan Taylor may become a league winner sooner than we thought. But also of note is that Hines was showing off even before Mack went down. He had 15 touches in all with a whopping 8 receptions and 2 scores. His role may be game script dependent, but unless the Colts are comfortably leading it appears he will be part of most weeks. Extra bump in PPR formats. 

Malcolm Brown ($12) – Brown did this last year, scoring 2 twice in week 1 and making everyone think he would take over a feature role for the Rams. However, Todd Gurley wound up scoring 12 touchdowns and Brown only matched his 11 week 1 carries one other week during the season. This year is different as the Rams don’t have a financial commitment to anyone else in the backfield, and Brown looked adequate enough turning 18 carried into 79 yards and 2 scores. He also showed in the passing game turning 4 targets into 3-31. Akers got plenty of (less effective) looks as well and I still believe he will overtake Brown. At this time though, I would view Brown as a low end RB2 for the next few weeks at least. 

Adrian Peterson ($10) – Simply incredible. AP walked on to the Lions and stole all the carries from Kerryon Johnson and D’Andre Swift and frankly looked good en route to 115 total yards including 3 receptions. Swift is the future, but Peterson will be able to bridge RB needy teams in the short term. 

Joshua Kelley ($10) – Clearly the second back in a Chargers offense that wants to run the ball. A lot. As a team they ran it 39 times while trailing most of the game. The former FCS running back Kelley looked like he belonged in the NFL, going for a 12-60-1 line. His score showed a nice blend of agility and power. As long as Ekeler is healthy, Kelley will be a FLEX play only but he’s absolutely worth adding. 

Frank Gore ($5-7) and La’Mical Perine ($1)Le’Veon Bell left with a hamstring injury and was quickly ruled doubtful to return. Neither of these players nor the Jets’ offense as a whole inspire me to write much about them. If you’re needing to full a RB spot in week 2, take a half swing on Gore. Perine is more interesting due to youth and receiving upside, so in deep leagues add him at the minimum. 

Peyton Barber ($1-3) – I am not endorsing adding Barber and his 1.7 yards per carry. I see no upside and think Gibson will take over eventually. But for now, if you’re desperate, Barber got good enough volume to be considered as a reserve on your roster. I wouldn’t chase the 2 TDs though. 

Myles Gaskin ($1-3) – A 4 year starter for the Huskies, his college production is outstanding with 5,788 total yards and 62 scores but had an ugly combine and went undrafted. For this contest, he put up a modest 9-40 rushing line but caught 4 balls for 26 additional yards. He led the backfield in touches and was the only RB to get a target. Jordan Howard left Sunday’s contest for a period of time but was wholly ineffective when on the field. Should Gaskin continue to carve out a dual threat role, he will be worth a look in fantasy leagues.  If you have an open bench spot, add him before any hype builds.

Jerick McKinnon ($1-3) – He did score a touchdown, so perhaps a stronger bid is needed in some leagues. However I wouldn’t go overboard. Mostert looked great and McKinnon was almost exclusively a receiver, registering only 3 carries. The 5 targets is nice and he did parlay those into a 3-20-1 line. At this point he’s emergency bench depth but you can never have too many pass catching running backs, especially in PPR. 

WRNothing league winning in my opinion, but some quality depth adds

Russell Gage ($5-7) – This performance was likely game flow dependent but still 12 targets for 9-114 cannot be ignored. I think there will be more games with similar scripts with this team. The Falcons have been airing it out for years and will continue to do so. Gage offers a quality bench player who can jump into your starting lineup in pinch. Additionally should something happen to either of the top 2 receivers, he’s a smash add. 

Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($3) – After a lot of off-season buzz from quarterback Aaron Rodgers himself, MVS made good on his 6 targets for 4-96-1. He can be a legitimate field stretcher while Adams goes berserk everywhere else. His skill set is desperately needed on the Packers and I see this as something he can really build on. At one point, the WR2 in Green Bay was a viable fantasy option. Perhaps it can be again. 

Parris Campbell ($3) – It was nice to see Campbell get out there and command a healthy 8 targets. The final tally was a modest 6-71 line, which won’t blow anyone away. I think Campbell will have similar games like this but TY Hilton is still he WR1 and there are a bunch of mouths to feed in the short and intermediate areas. He’s a quality priority bench piece but I don’t think he’s going to have a huge ceiling.  

Scotty Miller ($1-2) – Miller finally made good on so much Twitter scout buzz since he was drafted in 2019. With Mike Evans ailing he was second on the Bucs with 6 targets and converted that into 5-73. His fantasy relevance is likely tied to Evans’ health. In fact, you can probably add Miller after your waiver run.  

TEThis is a good week to shuffle up your tight end with some upside if you didn’t draft a secure option

Dallas Goedert ($5-7) – With the receiving corps still in flux, Goedert forced his way into a team leading 9 targets and finished with 8-101-1. This kind of volume for a tight end is pure gold and even if he settles in at around 6 targets per game, that’ll play. It’s rare but Philly has one of the most likely situations to support 2 tight ends. 

Logan Thomas ($3-5) – By gawd that’s Darren Waller music! Like Waller a year ago, this uber athletic journeyman found himself on a team starved for play makers and saw a beautiful 8 targets in week 1. He converted 4 into catches and finished with 73 yards and a score. This team has only one sure option in the passing game and Thomas may be next in line. As far as the bar for tight ends go, he’s met it as far as I’m concerned and there’s more meat left on that bone.  

O.J. Howard ($3) – Is Howard Brady’s new Gronk? Let’s not get carried away, but this was a promising debut after a completely demoralizing 2019 season. If you are unhappy with your tight end, give Howard a shot. His 6 targets will suffice and he’ll be looked at in the red zone given Brady’s history.

Jordan Reed ($1-3) – With the news late Monday that all-everything George Kittle has an ankle injury, Reed becomes next man up for the 49ers. We know he’s got star potential when healthy, and right now he’s healthy. With every other pass catcher injured on San Francisco, I’d be happy to fire up Reed in week 2 if necessary. 

Stragglers – This is the group we’re going to have to leave behind in order to make it to the top

Kerryon Johnson – Just got outplayed by a 35 year old and got vultured by the future of the franchise. I think its over. 

Christian Kirk – Picked up where he left off in 2019, only this time with fewer targets.

  1. Donkey Teeth

    Donkey Teeth says:
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    Nice work, Boof! I’m going way more aggressive on Snell, Hines, Kelley and Brown fwiw.

    • Alex says:
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      I bid $111 out of $200 FAB for Hines in 12 team 1/2 ppr you think that’s enough? Not sure how my league mates bid yet

      • Jingle Dahl the Way says:
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        I’m struggling with how much to bid for Hines as well. 12 team 1/2 ppr and he’s a must have for my team. $100 budget.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          If he’s a must have and you can make $0 adds then I wouldn’t skimp. You can’t take the fake money with you!

          • Nic Romero

            Nic Romero says:
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            I agree with DT here, need to be aggressive with your FAAB if its a real position of need. I would be more aggressive on Snell and Hines, if you want to make sure you get your guy. Great Article Boof, thanks for the read!

      • Donkey Teeth

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        I think it’s a strong bid and has a good chance.

        The thing about FAAB is that every league is different and you know your league best. In each given league, positional valuations are different, bench sizes are different and other managers bidding styles are different. It makes generalizing very difficult and I prefer to be on the more aggressive side if I want a guy.

      • al_FF_red

        al_FF_red says:
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        I think over 50% will land Hines

        But like DT said every league is different you know how your mates bid…

        That being said personally I would let someone else get him for that much FAAB

  2. Allan says:
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    In a dynasty 10 team ppr league if I have Ertz is Goedert a must add? Seems like the Eagles have no interest in giving Ertz a new contract and frankly Goedert looked way more explosive Sunday.

    • al_FF_red

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      Yeah for sure. I’d go get him… surprised he’s not rostered in a dynasty

      Maybe 10-15% is a keep em honest bid. Not sure you need to break the bank tho

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      i did exactly this in a 16 teamer 1 year or late 2018 having ertz. probably late 2018 when ertz was hurt for some period of time. albeit in my case the bye week guys can be stashed so it doesn’t hurt me too much when PHI has it’s bye.

  3. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work al_FF_red!

    12-team PPR league…

    This is my team;

    J. Allen – Q
    E. Elliot – RB
    C Carson – RB
    J. Edelman -WR
    AJ Green – WR
    T McLaurin – WR
    G Kittle – TE
    M Andrews R/W/T

    This is my bench:

    J Kelley – RB
    L Murray – RB
    B Scott – RB
    B Aiyuk – WR
    J Brown – WR
    M Hardman – WR
    A Lazard – WR

    Should I consider dropping any of the players in my bench for Gage – WR or Snell – RB?

    • al_FF_red

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      I’d drop Scott, Hardman or Lazard for Snell just because he’s got major upside in that offense if Conner misses time

      I think you’ve got enough depth to not worry about Gage

  4. Andre says:
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    In a 12 team, Half-PPR league that allows anyone drafted after the third round to be kept for next year at the round you kept them, waiver wire guys for your last pick….two questions about this weeks waiver wire.

    1. I already have James Robinson on my bench, but Hines, Kelley, Brown, Snell are all available on the wire. Is Hines the better add and worth dropping Robinson? My other backs are Elliot/Carson/J. White/ and T. Pollard….. I could also potentially drop someone like J. Jeudy as he is my only other worst bench option.

    2. Dallas Goedert is available on waivers as well and my current TE is Hayden Hurst. Is Goedert worth adding over Hurst?

    Thanks!

    • al_FF_red

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      Tough decisions!

      I’d add Snell, Hines , Kelley or Brown over Pollard for now if you think they’d get into your starting lineup. Pollard only a handcuff and thats not very valuable once the season is in full swing imo

      I’d keep JRob over Hines, Kelley & Brown

      • al_FF_red

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        I think either TE is ok.

        Goedert has a great start but not sure he’s a lock for targets over Hurst

  5. Cowturd says:
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    Any thoughts on James Robinson? 16 carries and only RB on the team that got carries? Kind of surprised he’s not on this post. Only 29% owned in ESPN

    • al_FF_red

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      I missed that, assumed he was rostered prior to week 1

      I think the volume is nice and he should be useful! Similar to Malcolm Brown or Josh Kelley’s outlook probably

  6. Lindorphins says:
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    Would you add Malcolm Brown and drop either Michel or Boston Scott? Thanks and love your work!

    • Lindorphins says:
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      I don’t think it makes too much of a difference but I meant to mention this is in a standard / non-PPR league. Thanks again!

      • al_FF_red

        al_FF_red says:
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        I don’t believe in Brown long term but would add over Scott I think

  7. Adam says:
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    I have #1 waiver claim..
    Malcom brown.Sammy Watkins,Benny snell,dallas goedart?
    10 team standard
    Thanks

    • Matt says:
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      Brown

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      Snell for me then Brown

      If you don’t feel you have to add someone maybe hold that top spot

  8. lerry says:
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    Do you think I should drop Stephen Sims of the WAS FOOTBALL TEAM for Scotty Miller in a 1pt PPR league?

    • al_FF_red

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      Toss up

      Think I’d keep Sims because Miller is meh if Evans is full go

      Add Tre’Quan if he’s around! That was late breaking after I put the article up

  9. help says:
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    missed out on joshua kelley via waivers.

    would you trade baltimore D and Jordan howard to get him? I have Buffalo D and San Fran is on the waivers to pick up instead.

    • al_FF_red

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      Yes I’d make that trade. Defense doesn’t matter and Kelley > Howard

  10. Matt says:
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    10T PPR

    Drop Engram/Hurst for Goedert?

    Drop Fournette for Snell/M.Brown?

    • al_FF_red

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      Hold Engram imo… Hurst vs Goedert is coin flip

      I’d add either RB over Fournette he looked bad & I don’t know what that backfield will look like

  11. Bobby’s world says:
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    Hey man! Can’t believe we are on to week 2! Full ppr I’m torn who to make my first priority. My waiver order is 10 out of 10.

    RBs I’m looking at : old man Adrian Peterson, Snell , Josh Kelley

    WRs I’m looking at Russell Gage, amendola, Keelan Cole , Corey Davis ,

    TE: Dallas goedart

    Rb If I want to add any RB I’ll have to drop one , my worst RB is James Robinson

    To add a WR thinking dropping Bryan Edwards

    To add Goedart or another WR dropping Blake Jarwin

    My RBs are Dalvin Cook, CEH, Mark Ingram, Dobbins, Darrell williams, James Robinson, Zach moss, mattison,

    My WRs are DeAndre Hopkins, Ridley, Edelman, Will fuller, Terry McLaurin, N’Keal Harry , Bryan Edwards

    My TE is jonnou smith

    Thanks man!

    • al_FF_red

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      If add Snell or Kelley over Harry

      Kee the rest stats quo

  12. JC says:
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    Thoughts on the following:

    1. Please rank for long term impact in standard scoring league: Hines, Snell, Brown, Kelley.

    2. Would you trade your Higsbee and Cohen for his Engram and Akers?

    3. Logan Thomas, Gesicki or Goedert. Please pick one.

    Thank you.

    • al_FF_red

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      Kelley & Hines safe but called roleA
      Snell upside
      Brown I’m not sold he keeps that gig

      2. I’d make that trade in a heartbeat

      3. Thomas, Goedert, Gesicki

      • al_FF_red

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        capped roles***

        • JC says:
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          If I make the trade for Akers, I then have Cook, Taylor, Montgomery and Akers for three spots.

          Adding one more RB is fine of course and I would still grab one of the Week 1 upstarts. I think he would have to be a high upside guy since Hines and Kelley are unlikely to crack my current group. So Brown and Snell I think for me even though I think they have the most risk. Open to your critique of that thinking!

          • al_FF_red

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            Personally I like both Engram > Higbee and Akers > Cohen

            so regardless of team construction I like both players on one side better

            Id go Snell if you want to go upside

  13. i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    s.miller over shenault, really? or was his ownership % too high to put here.

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      Im not sure I looked but assumed Shenault wouldnt be rostered low enough… may have been a miss on my part!

      Id much rather Shenault!

      • i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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        if godwin’s out s.miller for this week anyway is probably better anyway though.

  14. JB Barry

    JB Barry says:
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    Great column Boof!

    But… But… My boy Akins tho!! ;-)
    8+ TDs coming, dont let the Kahale lovers jade you! Haha

    • al_FF_red

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      hahha

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