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Week 1 of the NFL Season was even better than advertised. We had close matchups, upsets and plenty of scoring.
Unfortunately, we also had plenty of injuries. Aaron Rodgers and Cheesehead Nation thought their season was over moments after it got started, but he managed to come back out and engineer that miraculous comeback.
Doug Baldwin sprained his MCL, Marquise Goodwin hurt his quad on his first catch of the season, Delanie Walker had a season-ending ankle dislocation and Greg Olsen hurt his foot bad enough to put him in a walking boot.
Those are already four upper-tier pass catchers out after just one game, and it goes without saying that some of these guys are your fantasy team. If you are suddenly in need of a new receiver or tight end after Week 1, here's where you should be looking:
1. TE George Kittle
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Even if you didn't lose a player to injury, you might want to take a look at George Kittle on the waiver wire. He has emerged as Jimmy Garoppolo's favorite target and had five receptions on nine targets for 90 yards in Week 1. If the 49ers improve their red zone offense he'll be even better moving forward.
2. WR Dante Pettis
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Pettis is Marquise Goodwin's most likely replacement and that materialized on Sunday as Pettis had 61 yards and a touchdown after Goodwin went down. Against the vaunted Vikings defense, the 49ers offense didn't look as fluid as it did last season with Garoppolo under center, but both Kittle and Pettis should become viable fantasy starts very soon.
3. TE Will Dissly
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The Seahawks weren't exactly deep at wide receiver before Baldwin went down so the tight ends on the roster need to pick up the production. Will Dissly stepped up on Sunday with three receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. Russell Wilson already loves throwing touchdowns to his tight ends so Dissly is a high value pick up now.
4. WR Geronimo Allison
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Allison isn't on the same team as any injured receivers, but he was still one of Aaron Rodgers' favorite targets in the season-opener and he's on the waiver wire in most leagues. If you can't pick up someone that's a backup to your injured player, you can do worse than Allison, who hauled in five receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown on Sunday.
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