Note: Only players listed outside of our preseason Top 50 were considered for the Week 1 waiver wire.
Seth Collins, QB-Oregon State
Collins was 10-of-18 passing for 92 yards and two touchdowns in the Beavers’ 26-7 win over Weber State, but it was the freshman’s rushing performance (17 carries/152 yards) and future potential that makes him such a hot waiver wire target.
Chad Kelly, QB-Ole Miss
We’re trying not to read too much into Kelly’s performance in Week 1 against Tennessee Tech, but if you play in a Power 5 league, he’ll add depth to your bench if the need is there.
Ahmad Bradshaw, QB-Army
While it’s not encouraging that Army was beaten by Fordham on Saturday, Bradshaw was the entire Black Knights offense. The sophomore quarterback tossed a pair of touchdowns and added another two scores and 143 yards on the ground. Army’s future schedule should present some decent matchups for Bradshaw, which makes him a valuable add in leagues requiring two starting quarterbacks.
Josh Rosen, QB-UCLA
Rosen’s Week 1 performance lived up to the hype as the freshman completed 28-of-35 passes for 351 yards and 3 TDs in his collegiate debut against Virginia.
Tanner Mangum, QB-BYU
Starting quarterback Taysom Hill was lost for the season with a fractured foot and Mangum is next in line. While it would be expecting too much from Mangum to match Hill’s fantasy output, there may not be many better options on the waiver wire this week if you play in a deep league.
LeShun Daniels, RB-Iowa & Madre London, RB-Michigan State
If you were following us leading up to the beginning of the season, you likely nabbed one of these guys before Week 1. If either one of them are still available, make your move now.
Elijah Hood, RB-North Carolina
After rushing for 138 yards on 13 carries against South Carolina on Thursday night, Hood is likely to see his workload increase so quarterback Marqise Williams won’t have to shoulder the offense.
Peyton Barber, RB-Auburn
The Tigers leaned heavily on Barber in the second half of Saturday’s win against Louisville after Roc Thomas and Jovon Robinson were dinged up. After finishing with 115 yards on 24 carries, Barber may have earned a spot at the top of the RB depth chart.
Jahad Thomas, RB-Temple
Thomas ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns in the Owls’ 27-10 win over Penn State. What was most telling about the junior running back’s performance was his ability to log 29 carries, proving he can be a workhorse back in 2015.
Darius Jackson, RB-Eastern Michigan
Jackson ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 67 receiving yards on six catches, in Eastern Michigan’s 38-34 loss to Old Dominion. Playing in the MAC makes Jackson a nice addition for fantasy owners looking for running back depth, especially if he’s going to be a factor in the passing game.
CJ Prosise, RB-Notre Dame
Starting RB Tarean Folston was lost for the season after tearing his ACL in the first quarter of the Irish’s season opener against Texas. Prosise, who figures to be next in line to earn the starting role, finished with 98 yards on 20 carries in Saturday’s 38-3 win.
Tra Carson, RB-Texas A&M
While the Aggies seemed uncertain at times on who would steer the ship from the quarterback position, the running back picture seemed quite clear. Tra Carson’s 29 carries against Arizona State was a telling sign that he’ll likely carry the load in the foreseeable future.
Christian Kirk, WR-Texas A&M
We listed Kirk in our 2015 Freshmen to Watch section and he didn’t disappoint in the season opener against Arizona State, catching 6 passes for 106 yards and a score, while adding a punt return touchdown to his totals. If you passed on Kirk during your draft, hopefully others did too, but he seems very valuable to the Texas A&M offense and is a must add.
Demarcus Ayers, WR-Houston
Even though Ayers’ numbers came against an overmatched opponent, Tennessee Tech, his versatility is what jumped out at us. Ayers caught ten passes for 121 yards, gained 44 yards on four rushing attempts, and added another 25 yards on punt returns. That kind of utilization makes Ayers a must add in full FBS formats and he has the potential to be one of the top fantasy receivers in the AAC.
Rashon Ceaser, WR-UL-Monroe
Not only was Ceaser’s 13-153-2 performance impressive because it was at Georgia, but the fact that he had more than four times the catches than the next receiver on the UL-Monroe roster tells us that he’s clearly their No. 1 option in the passing game.
Johnell Barnes, WR-Duke
Barnes eventually overtook teammate Max McCaffrey in our receiver rankings leading up to the start of the season. Now, it seems as if he and TJ Rahming will be quarterback Thomas Sirk’s top wideouts in 2015.
Devin Lauderdale, WR-Texas Tech
Lauderdale displayed his big-play ability on Saturday, catching eight passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns, in Tech’s 59-45 win over Sam Houston State. The speedy junior is definitely the top outside receiver and has potential for more big games this season in the Red Raiders’ Air Raid offense.
Courtland Sutton, WR-SMU
If you purchased our draft guide, you may have grabbed Sutton on draft day since he was listed in both our Sleeper and Freshmen to Watch sections. The 6-4 freshman may be the Mustangs best play-making receiver.