Who are this week’s top pickups after our first weekend of football action?
The first Sunday slate is in the books, and the fantasy football season is underway. It was a crazy weekend of football, and as expected, all of our offseason predictions and anticipated happenings were thrown out of the window with ensuing madness. After all the twists, turns, and injuries, who should be be targeting on the waiver wire in week one?
Last week’s selections: Torrey Smith, Phillip Dorsett, Kendall Wright, Charcandrick West, Wendell Smallwood, Jay Cutler, Chris Carson, Cooper Kupp, Ted Ginn, Paul Richardson
10. Jesse James
We all speculated about how the weapons in Pittsburgh would be used come the start of the season because of how many stars they have, but it was Jesse James who stole the show behind Antonio Brown in the passing game with two touchdowns on six catches. Brown hogged the targets and hauled in 11 balls, but JuJu Smith-Schuster was nowhere to be seen and both Martavis Bryant and Eli Rogers only grabbed two balls each.
Sure, it was the first multi-TD game by a Steelers’ tight end since Heath Miller did it in 2012, but Ben Roethlisberger has always looked to his big bodies in the middle of the field and he could find a safe target in the 6-foot-7 James. He’s not an athletic tight end, he’s not going to beat teams deep or have huge games, but if you’re looking for a streaming option at the position you could do worse than the starter in Pittsburgh’s strong offense that has firepower.
James is not worth spending blind bidding money – in fact, he might pass through waivers in most leagues – but he can be an option for struggling teams, especially if you play in a tight end-premium league. On deep benches, he could replace an injury drop.