Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups' Week 1 Snap Count Could Point to Future Value

Jason Schandl
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Coming out of Week 1 of the NFL season it can be tough to determine which big games we should really buy into, and which performances we should write off as flukes.

There's no foolproof method for this, but one thing that's incredibly useful is looking at volume and playing time. If a player happened to break off a big play or two but was barely on the field, they're likely a long shot to repeat the performance. If someone dominated while seeing heavy playing time, that's the kind of thing we should get excited about.

Terry McLaurin and Jamison Crowder playing at least 90 percent of their teams' snaps is a great sign for both of them, as only 22 WRs hit that threshold in Week 1 (pending Monday night's two games). Crowder also led the NFL with 17 targets, while McLaurin turned his seven into five receptions, 125 yards and a touchdown. With huge snaps backing up their production, both can be considered top waiver options this week.

In the 80 percent range, John Brown solidified himself as the Buffalo Bills' top wideout, with none of their other WRs cracking even 70 percent. A deep threat that meshes well with Josh Allen's affinity for heaving the ball downfield, Brown caught seven of his 10 targets, racking up 123 yards and one touchdown against the New York Jets.

John Ross appears to be making a push for the No.1 WR spot while the Cincinnati Bengals wait for A.J. Green to get healthy, as he out-snapped Tyler Boyd 63 to 61, seeing 12 targets to Boyd's 11. This isn't an offense to get excited about yet, but scoring any team's top wideout off the waiver wire is a valuable move.

On the extreme opposite end of the spectrum we have Marquise Brown. Hollywood had an absolute monster performance against the Miami Dolphins, and there's no denying how impressive his 147 yards and two touchdowns were.

He racked up those stats on only five targets though, and he played only 14 snaps in the game. He's proven himself to be an outstanding playmaker, and that could certainly earn him increased playing time moving forward, but for now it's hard to trust a guy that ranked fifth in snaps among Baltimore Ravens WRs.


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