Fantasy Football 2015: Week 1 Key Matchups
Taking a Look at the Week 1 Waiver Wire Trends and Matchup Plays
September 9, 2015
The NFL regular season is upon us, so that means we fantasy football owners need to start looking ahead to the opening round of games. Let’s check out a few waiver-wire level players out there who seem to have favorable matchups and situations ahead of them in Week 1 and see if anyone might be a good fit for your team.
Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: With the complete absence of bankable talent at the TE position (aside from Gronk), it’s a little surprising that more people aren’t jumping on the Miller bandwagon.
Ol’ Heath is a mainstay in the Pittsburgh offense, and he should get a healthy dose of action Thursday in the opener against the Patriots, considering the team will be without starting RB LeVeon Bell.
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Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots: Now let’s dig a little deeper down the ownership chart and check out Amendola. He definitely benefits from getting starting QB Tom Brady back, and with the question marks at New England’s RB position this week, we’d imagine they’ll go to the passing game.
The Steelers were near the bottom third of the league when it came to giving up fantasy points to wide receivers, so Amendola seems like a nice lower-end daily or weekly pickup.
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys: There’s been a lot of talk surrounding the Cowboys’ running game this off-season, mostly centered around which guy will come out as the team’s RB1 in the absence of DeMarco Murray.
Even though he’s got Joseph Randle to contend with, the team seems to really like McFadden. He’s set up to succeed this week: he’ll be behind that stellar offensive line against a Giants team that gave up the seventh most fantasy points to running backs in 2014.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans: There’s talent all over the wide receiver position in fantasy this year. Case in point: Green-Beckham, who is a little green as a rookie but has more than enough physical tools and raw talent to impress.
Green-Beckham is still a couple notches down the depth chart, but he goes into a favorable matchup against Tampa Bay this week. The Bucs gave up the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers last year.
Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins: If you’re in search of a lower-end flex play this week, look no further than Jones, who has given fantasy owners quite a bit to think about this preseason.
Even though he’s got Alfred Morris ahead of him on the depth chart, there are plenty of indications that Jones will get a healthy dose of the workload. He goes into a matchup against an improved Miami defense in Week 1, but should come away with a good line for his fantasy level.
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