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Fantasy Football: Which wide receivers to add on waiver wire

Pete Davidson
September 10, 2019 - 12:25 pm

It was a crazy Week 1 in the NFL, on so many levels, and one was the rookies—the guys starting out at ground level.  In this waiver wire segment, we’re looking at three rookie receivers you can target with this week’s waiver bids and or claims.  I’ll be back soon with a look at some running backs, quarterbacks and tight ends who you can target this week.

For my take on all of this week’s top pickups, check out my free expanded waiver wire—posted later today at

Terry McLaurin, Washington

McLaurin is one of my favorite rookie receivers, and he’s looking like he’s a little bit ahead of schedule with five balls for 125 yards and a touchdown in Week 1.  The Ohio State product is bigger than many realize, at six feet tall and weighing 208 pounds.  He looks like he’s already Washington’s number one receiver—unofficially playing 93 percent of the offensive snaps.  I watched that game end-to-end and he rarely left the field.  McLaurin is my number one receiver target this week, but he has plenty of competition for the top spot.

Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Ravens

Brown played sparsely, but when he was targeted, it was a fireworks display.  Granted, the Dolphins defense was an abomination, but we saw that old Hollywood explosiveness that we saw at Oklahoma.  We also saw a solid connection building between Brown and Lamar Jackson, to the tune of four catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns.  It won’t be like this every week and unlike with McLaurin, we have health risks with Brown.  Still, the upside was on full display even though Hollywood is just getting healthy.  This kind of talent is always a priority add.

A.J. Brown, Titans

He played less than half (unofficially) of the Titans offensive snaps, but he made, by far, the biggest impact.  What was telling was that he out-snapped free agent signing Adam Humphries by a decent margin.  That’s a great sign this early in the going.  Tennessee is a conservative team, so targets are hard to come by for any receiver, but if Brown continues to earn more time, and specifically, time in the slot, he could become a weekly starter in 12-team leagues.  He’s a player to add this week in all PPR formats and all leagues with 12 or more teams.