There’s nothing like a week 1 over reaction to an unclaimed fantasy player’s unexpected performance. However, on balance, early waiver wire pickups can make or break your fantasy team’s season. Here are our top five adds low risk high reward waiver wire adds heading into week 2.
Benny Snell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Starting running back James Connor didn’t finish the game after suffering a leg injury. That paved the way for Snell to take on the lion’s-share of the work. He capitalized. He ran for over 100 yards on just 19 carries, which was good for over 5 yards a touch. The former Kentucky Wildcat showed signs of his dominant college self, and the Steelers didn’t hesitate to feed him the rock. If he is out there in your league, he is the top add for this week as an immediate running back-1.
Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Indy entered the season with a crowded backfield that featured Marlon Mack, rookie Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines, their traditional pass catching back. But, Mack tore his achilles in the first half of the season opener and is out for the year.
Colts quarterback Philip Rivers has always enjoyed throwing to pass catching backs. Think Darren Sproles and Austin Eckler. Hines fills that roll and has running back-1 upside this season, depending on match-ups. He’ll be a great flex play immediately.
Malcolm Brown, RB, Los Angeles Rams
The Rams backfield was a big question mark at the start of the 2020 season. It’s life after Todd Gurley. Malcolm Brown was expected to split carries with Cam Akers, but Brown emerged clearly as the lead back. He had two touchdowns and ran the ball well between the tackles and to the outside. Brown is a running back-2 for now, with a big upside depending on his weekly match-up.
James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
James Robinson generated some steam late in the preseason after the Jaguars released Leonard Fournette. He debuted impressively by handling all 16 running back rushing attempts for the Jaguars in Week 1. He posted 62 yards while adding one catch for 28 yards. The reservations about Robinson stem from whether Jacksonville will consistently be in tight games and whether Chris Thompson will interrupt his passing-game.
Paris Campbell, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Paris Campbell posted nine targets in Week 1, tied for the team lead. He hauled in six catches for 79 yards and 9 rushing yards as well. He’s an intriguing chess piece for Indy’s offense, a player who has his best football ahead of him. Ty Hilton is the number 1 in Indy, but with teams keying in on Hilton, Campbell can shine in that wide receiver-2 roll with Rivers throwing the ball. He’s a good flex option for now.