Week 1 of any NFL season tends to bring us a ton of change and surprises. That was especially true this year, because we had no preseason games to set up our expectations.
These surprises mean there are a ton of interesting fantasy football options up for grabs on the waiver wire in most leagues right now.
The following players, on rosters in 60 percent or less of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues, are the top waiver wire pickups heading into Week 2.
1. Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (20% Rostered)
Philip Rivers has a reputation for getting his running backs heavily involved in the passing game, and he did just that in his first game with the Indianapolis Colts, targeting RBs on 17 of his 46 pass attempts. As the primary receiving back in Indy, that means big things for Nyheim Hines' season-long fantasy outlook. Making things even better for Hines, Marlon Mack's ankle injury could have him done for the season. Jonathan Taylor will take over the bulk of Mack's early-down work, but reducing this three-headed backfield to a two-man committee should increase Hines' workload significantly.
2. Parris Campbell, WR, Indianapolis Colts (22% Rostered)
It was clear entering the season that T.Y. Hilton was a safe bet to continue serving as the Colts' top wideout. The questions was around who the No. 2 option would be, and Parris Campbell answered that emphatically in Week 1. Campbell was tied with Hilton for the team lead in targets (9), and he caught 6 of them, leading the Colts with 71 receiving yards. Week 1 brought Campbell an easy matchup, but Campbell is a big-play threat (4.31 second 40-yard dash), and volume like he saw on Sunday gives him a ton of upside.
3. Malcolm Brown, RB, Los Angeles Rams (26% Rostered)
The Los Angeles Rams' backfield is still a messy committee, but for now Malcolm Brown appears to have the RB1 job. Brown tallied 22 opportunities (18 caries plus 4 targets) against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, while rookie Cam Akers was second with 15 (14 carries and 1 target). He also out-snapped Akers 44 to 24. Browns' 2 TDs obviously boosted his output significantly, but even without those scores his 79 rushing yards, 31 receiving yards and 3 receptions showed the value of getting big volume like he did. Brown won't get a long leash if he starts to struggle, but for now his volume makes him a solid fantasy option.
4. Jalen Reagor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (39% Rostered)
Jalen Reagor wasn't even certain to suit up for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1 as he was nursing a shoulder injury. Not only did he play, but he led Eagles WRs in snaps, playing 59 percent. Considering he's a rookie coming off an injury with no preseason, a share that low is probably just about his floor. He only saw 4 targets, but those were high-value targets on deep passes, at an average depth of target of 34 yards. Volume like that could make Reagor's production volatile, but that kind of upside makes him well worth an add heading into Week 2.
5. Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (55% Rostered)
A more consistent receiving option in Philly, tight end Dallas Goedert led the team in targets (9), receptions (8) and yards (101) on Sunday. He played only 4 fewer snaps (54) than Zach Ertz (58), showing the team has no issue having both TEs on the field at the same time. Going back to 2019, Goedert has now seen at least 8 targets in four straight games (including playoffs), averaging 7.0 receptions and 82.5 yards per game in that stretch. Getting WR-type volume at TE could make him an every-week fantasy starter.
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