Dollar Free Agents 2018 Week 1

By Matthew Cherrin
Matthew Cherrin Will Dissly- TE- Seattle
For Delanie Walker owners who need to pick up a new tight end this week, Will Dissly might be someone to target for a buck. He only caught three passes, but he recorded 105 yards and a score against the Broncos last Sunday. Seattle’s starting tight end Ed Dickson looks like he’ll be out for a couple more weeks with a quad injury, which gives Dissly an opportunity to see a lot more playing time. The Seahawks are in trouble after Doug Baldwin suffered an MCL tear, and last year’s popular red zone target for Russel Wilson is in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers. Dissly might end up being a popular target for Wilson in the next few games. Pick him up for a buck.

Phillip Lindsay- RB- Broncos
The Broncos are using a running back by committee approach, but that didn’t stop Phillip Lindsay from having a productive game on Sunday. Lindsay had 15 carries for 71 yards, and also caught two balls for 31 yards and a score. Not many fantasy owners expected Lindsay to have the same number of carries as fellow rookie running back Royce Freeman, who also had 15 carries for 71 yards. But Lindsay out touched Freeman and scored a touchdown to solidify his spot ahead of third year running back Devontae Booker. The Broncos face the Raiders in Week 2, who defense allowed the second highest yards per attempt in week 1. Pick up Lindsay for a buck this week.

Austin Ekeler- RB- Chargers
Second string running back Austin Ekeler might be the new Danny Woodhead for quarterback Phillip Rivers. Ekeler had a great fantasy game last week against the Chiefs as he recorded five rushing attempts for 39 yards, and also had five catches for 87 yards and a touchdown. While Melvin Gordon will get the majority of the touches this year, Ekeler is a great player to pick up in PPR leagues. He might be a player you want to start this week as a flex option since the Chargers face the Bills, whose defense gave up 47 points to Baltimore in week 1. Fantasy owners should stash Ekeler on your bench in case Gordon goes down with an injury. You might be able to get him for a buck this week.

Dante Pettis- WR- 49ers
The 49ers’ rookie wide receiver from Washington, Dante Pettis, had a good debut last Sunday against the Vikings. He only managed two receptions, but he recorded 61 yards and a touchdown off of five targets. Pettis also dropped a touchdown in the first half, so it seems like 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garappollo has Pettis on his radar. Starting wide receiver Marquis Goodwin missed the majority of the snaps on Sunday, which led to the high value of looks Pettis received. If Goodwin misses this week against the Lions, Pettis could be a valid flex option for fantasy owners. Pick Pettis up for a buck this week. He is definitely a player dynasty owners want to target.

Joe Flacco- QB- Ravens
Many people assumed Lamar Jackson would end up being the starting quarterback for the Ravens after a disponing season for Joe Flacco in 2017. Flacco made those same people think twice after a stellar performance against the Bills in week 1. Flacco threw for 236 yards and three scores as the Ravens routed the Bills. The Ravens’ supporting cast looks like an upgrade compared to last year. All new wide receivers Willie Snead IV, Michael Crabtree and John Brown scored a touchdown on Sunday. The Ravens face the Bengals on Thursday night, whose defense allowed over 300 yards in the air in week 1. Flacco might be a player you want to consider picking up this week for a buck if you are an Aaron Rodgers owner.

Courtland Sutton- WR- Broncos
A good prospect to target this week would be third string wide receiver Courtland Sutton. Although he plays behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, Sutton could make an impact later in the season or next year if you are playing in a dynasty or keeper league. He only managed two receptions in his debut, but he was targeted five times. If Thomas or Sanders gets hurt, Sutton could make an immediate impact to your fantasy team. He’s 6’4 and 216 pounds out of Southern Methodist. Case Keenum had good chemistry with Sutton in the preseason. Pick him up for a buck this week.