Waiver Wire—Week 1 
 
Ryan Graham, QB-Northern Illinois
There wasn’t a lot of certainty about Graham be cemented as the Huskies starting quarterback heading into the 2017 season, but the junior performed well against a solid Boston College defense, passing for 190 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 99 yards rushing, in a 23-20 loss to the Eagles.

 

Justice Hansen, QB-Arkansas State
Hansen is probably one of several quarterbacks that were on fantasy owners’ draft boards, but not selected on draft day.  After completing 46-of-68 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns in the Red Wolves 43-36 loss at Nebraska, Hansen would be a solid addition to a roster in 2-QB leagues.

 

James Williams, RB-Washington State
It’s unlikely we would target a RB in Mike Leach’s offense, but after Williams caught 13 passes for 163 yards and 2 TDs in the Cougars’ 31-0 win over Montana State, he should be given strong consideration in PPR formats. 
 
Nate Hopkins, RB-Connecticut
Even though the Huskies needed a second-half rally to beat Holy Cross, Hopkins showed why he is UConn’s top option at running back, rushing for 130 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-20 win.

 

JK Dobbins, RB-Ohio State
Dobbins may already be on a roster in some leagues because Weber was questionable to play leading up to Ohio State’s season opener at Indiana on Thursday.  After rushing for 181 yards on 29 carries, the freshman back may be the most coveted player on this week’s waiver wire.

 

Jonathan Taylor, RB-Wisconsin
Taylor ran for 87 yards on nine carries in the Badgers’ 59-10 rout of Utah State Friday night.  After averaging 9.7 yards per carry, the freshman back seems destined to assume the RB2 spot, at the very least, behind Bradrick Shaw.


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Qadree Ollison, RB-Pitt
There was some skepticism about Ollison heading into 2017 after a subpar 2016 season.  In the Panthers’ season-opening win against Youngstown State, Ollison rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns and added five receptions for 35 yards in the passing game.

 

Jeremy Cox, RB-Old Dominion
Let the Ray Lawry injury watch begin in 2017.  The senior running back left the game early due to an injury concern, so if you have Lawry, we highly suggest making a claim for Cox, who finished as the Monarch’s second-best receiver in ODU’s 31-17 win over Albany.
 
Kelvin Harmon, WR-North Carolina State
It isn’t often that a player who catches 10 or more passes in a game becomes available on the Waiver Wire.  Harmon caught 10 passes for 114 yards in the Wolfpack’s 35-28 loss to South Carolina and should be given waiver consideration, even as the team’s second-best receiving option behind Jaylen Samuels.
 
Tyler Johnson, WR-Minnesota
Now that PJ Fleck is at Minnesota, the Gophers will throw the ball more than they have in years past and Johnson looked the part as Minnesota’s top receiver.

 

Jaleel Scott, WR-New Mexico State
Scott caught 8 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns in the Aggies’ 37-31 loss at Arizona State Friday night.  Quarterback Tyler Rogers put the ball in the air 57 times, and if that trend continues in 2017, Scott could potentially be a fantasy difference maker this year.
 
Jackson Anthrop, WR-Purdue
We were on Anthrop, Gregory Phillips and Anthony Mahoungou as the Boilermakers top three receivers going into 2017.  In Purdue’s season opener against Louisville, Anthrop was the most productive receiver on the field.

 

AJ Brown, WR-Ole Miss
Give Brown the Breakout Performer of the Week award after catching 8 passes for 233 yards and 2 TDs in Ole Miss’ 47-27 win over South Alabama.  Brown’s 233 receiving yards in Week 1 accounted for 56% of his 2016 yardage total.

 

Others to Consider
James Blackman, QB-Florida State
Jake Fromm, QB-Georgia
Kasim Hill, QB-Maryland
Tyler Rogers, QB-New Mexico State
Ross Bowers, QB-Cal
Stephen Carr, RB-USC
Jordan Ellis, RB-Virginia
Jaxson Kincaide, RB-Nevada
Darius Tice, RB-South Florida
John Lovett, RB-Baylor
Darrell Henderson, RB-Memphis
Mike Epstein, RB-Illinois
John Humphrey, WR-Arizona State
Darrell Stewart, WR-Michigan State
Marcell Ateman, WR-Oklahoma State
Vic Wharton, WR-Cal
Gary Jennings, WR-West Virginia
Caleb Wilson, TE-UCLA
Kendall Blanton, TE-Missouri

  

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