Charles Clay – At 6’3” and 250 pounds, Clay reminds me a bit of Brandon Myers. Last year, Oakland had serious offensive line issues and a lack of reliable offensive weapons, particularly in the red zone. This provided the opportunity for the former Raider, current Giant, to emerge from relative obscurity to have a decent fantasy season, at least for an undrafted asset. Miami has some common elements and Clay provides a big reliable target that’s hard to bring down. If you drafted Zach Sudfeld to be your number one, Clay is worth a look.
Kellen Winslow – Fantasy nation slept on this one. Winslow looked solid in the preseason, and it stood to reason that a rookie quarterback combined with Winslow’s overbearing personality would lead to a lot of targets for this soldier from “the U.” Seven catches for 79 yards will play in any format, and 1.5 PPR is just gravy. The only question here is how long his knees will hold up.
Mychal Rivera – The rookie from Tennessee was on the field for 46 of Oakland’s 67 offensive snaps and hauled in two of three targets. He’s not worth a bid now, but whoever emerges as Pryor’s security blanket (Mychal Rivera, David Ausberry, or Nick Kasa) is worth monitoring as they follow in Brandon Myers’ footsteps.
Davone Bess – Fitting the mold of a stop gap filler, the Dolphin castoff received nine targets, second only to Jordan Cameron among Browns receivers. Josh Gordon will be suspended one more game, which means Bess has at least one more week as an adequate fill-in if you are in need.
Julian Edelman – If Edelman is available in your league, please send me an invite for next year. I would not hold back trying to get him as Amendola is hurt more often than healthy, and even when both were on the field Edelman was still heavily targeted (seven receptions from nine targets and two touchdowns). Rob Gronkowski could return Week 3, tempering expectations slightly, but Julian is still worth the grab.
Jerome Simpson – Last year’s popular 2012 sleeper woke up on Sunday, busting out seven catches for 140 yards. Insert appropriate squirrel/acorn cliché here. The athleticism has always been there. The route running and consistency have not. Still, any 21-point week is worth taking notice. Jerome is a buck as a stash and see play.
Ace Sanders – Three catches on seven targets is not going to make you do cartwheels, but that was with Blaine Gabbert at the helm. One can only hope the Jaguar brass has finally seen the light (though it has been shining for quite some time) and realize that Henne is the better quarterback. I suspect they’ve known this but just don’t want to admit that they were wrong. Justin Blackmon won’t be back for three more weeks. I’ve stashed Sanders as a part of a handcuff-by-committee waiting for the sophomore’s return. In 14-team formats, Sanders is worth a look if you are desperate.
Jonathan Dwyer – Released just over a week ago, Pittsburgh’s leading rusher from a year ago is reunited with those who spurned him. It remains to be seen if Redman’s two fumbles and 1.1 yards per carry in Week 1 will be enough to keep him in the starting role. Despite Le’Veon Bell’s looming return, Dwyer is worth a pickup for those desperate to fill their RB2 slot.