QB Sam Darnold, NYJ (8.3%)
Fresh off of his first NFL win, Darnold may be the waiver wire add to help QB-needy teams achieve victory. With several defensive and special team scores by the Jets, Darnold was not asked to do a lot. After throwing a pick-six of his own (his first pass attempt of the game) he responded well by tossing two touchdowns. Darnold used his scrambling ability to buy time for his receivers and he seemed to read the field well. He is ready for the NFL, are you ready to pick him up on your fantasy team?
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB (1.6%)
The expectation for Fitzpatrick was to hold the fort while Jameis Winston served his suspension. What occurred was something not even the most diehard Fitzpatrick supporters could have seen coming. The veteran QB tossed four touchdowns and ran in another against what was last year, a very good Saints defense. If the Fitzmagic continues, Winston might not have his starting job in three weeks. Fitzpatrick is worth an add for fantasy teams looking for a QB.
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RB T.J. Yeldon, JAC (8.0%)
The one-time lead back in Jacksonville might get another shot at the job. Leonard Fournette left the Jaguars opening game with a hamstring injury. Yeldon came in and had 69 scrimmage yards and a TD. He had 14 rush attempts and was targeted 7 times. With that type of workload, Yeldon can be useful to fantasy teams in most formats.
RB Phillip Lindsay, DEN (2.0%)
Lindsay is not the RB everyone thought would be fighting for work. Rookie Royce Freeman got a healthy dose of touches but *spoiler alert* Devontae Booker was a non-factor in week 1. Lindsay matched Freeman’s 15 carries and he was targeted three times. He even took one of those passes 29 yards for a TD. With another performance like this, Lindsay will solidify his third-down role, with enough carries to be a flex play in most formats. For a breakdown of the Broncos backfield in week 1 with snap counts, click here.
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