San Francisco 49ers starting running back Raheem Mostert the most impactful news of the week.
As a result, there’s a clear No. 1 priority for fantasy football managers on this week’s waiver wire. And remember, the players you add early in the season have the greatest impact, so don’t be afraid to spend big.
Recommended bids based on a free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) of $100 for the season.
RB Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers ($67): There’s gold in that backfield! Raheem Mostert and rookie Trey Sermon were expected to share the workload entering the season, but Mostert only carried the ball twice before his injury … and Sermon was inactive.
However, another rookie — drafted three rounds after Sermon — stepped forward in Week 1. Mitchell earned the No. 2 role after outplaying Sermon in the preseason and he showed why, rushing for 104 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. He will take over as the starter, with Sermon and JaMycal Hasty also in the mix for now. But make no mistake, Mitchell could have the job long-term on one of the better rushing teams in the NFL.
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RB Carlos Hyde, Jacksonville Jaguars: The veteran was more effective than starter James Robinson, but not by much. Under new coach Urban Meyer and rookie QB Trevor Lawrence, the Jags have a ways to go before gaining respectability. But Hyde should have some fantasy value by getting consistent touches.
TE Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears: Whether it’s Andy Dalton or Justin Fields under center, the Bears offense seems geared toward the short passes. Kmet was targeted seven times in the opener, catching five for 42 yards.
TE Juwan Johnson, New Orleans Saints: Johnson may be the fluke of the week with two touchdowns on three receptions, but keep an eye on this converted wide receiver, especially while Michael Thomas is out.