We’ve all been there before: after what seems like a great fantasy football draft, we suddenly either get the urge to start tinkering with our roster, or find ourselves needing to fill a new need due to an injury to one of our guys.
If you find yourself in that boat, don’t worry. Here are five guys you should consider adding to your roster for Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season.
Jordan Wilkins, RB, Indianapolis — Everyone assumed Marlon Mack was going to be the starting running back for the Indianapolis Colts this season, and that may very well prove to be the case as the season progresses. But Mack has been very limited in the preseason due to a nagging hamstring injury; those injuries don’t really fare well if agitated this early in the season. Jordan Wilkins was Indianapolis’ 5th round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and has the size (6’1 an 216lbs) plus the general elusiveness to not only emerge as the starter if Mack misses any time, but potentially challenge Mack for the starting job outright.
James White, RB, New England — The running back group for the New England Patriots has always been a minefield for fantasy football general managers, and with the group they’ve collected this year, it looks like it won’t be any different. However, with rookie Sony Michel sidelined with a knee injury, and even starting running back Rex Burkhead not quite at 100% to start the season, James White is a sneaky acquisition to make in leagues that award points per reception. White is very likely going to get a lot of playing time in third down/obvious passing situations, and he’s coming off a season where he was fourth on the Patriots with 56 receptions. He’s exactly the type of back New England could use the neutralize the pass rush of the Houston Texans.
Danny Amendola, WR, Miami — If he didn’t get drafted in your fantasy league, then you might want to go and snag Danny Amendola off the waiver wire as soon as possible, especially if your league rewards any points for receptions. First off, Amendola is likely in line to get a large portion of the team-high 160 targets that were vacated with Jarvis Landry’s departure from Miami. Secondly, Amendola might become the primary receiving option for Ryan Tannehill, considering Kenny Stills is more of a vertical threat, and the DeVante Parker era in Miami keep suffering false starts (including the recent injury to Parker’s finger, which will likely keep him out for Week 1).
Mike Gillislee, RB, New Orleans — Alvin Kamara is obviously the headliner in the backfield of the New Orleans Saints, but they’ll still be cautions to not overuse him early in the season, while running back Mark Ingram is serving his suspension. While there was some thought that preseason standout Jonathan Williams might be in line for carries while Ingram was out, the Saints went out and signed Mike Gillislee, formerly of the New England Patriots. Gillislee found himself in Bill Belichick’s doghouse in New England, but he was once considered a very promising runner. He could be a sneaky acquisition to use over the first quarter of the season, until Ingram returns.
Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia — After playing in only three games last year, and entering this season at 35 years old, it was fair to wonder just how much Darren Sproles would have left in the tank, and where he’d fit in within the loaded running back group of the Philadelphia Eagles. Yet, Sproles had nine touches — including five carries and four receptions — in Philadelphia’s win over Atlanta. Those stats won’t exactly make him a starter for most fantasy teams, but certainly makes him a potential flex option to grab now, especially as thing start thinning out over the course of the season due to injury. Sproles looked very spry and capable, and could be in line for even more work as the season goes on.