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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout Chris Godwin was one of many players to suffer injuries in Week 1, forcing fantasy managers to scramble for alternate options on the waiver wire.

Godwin “could be sidelined for a few weeks” due to a hamstring strain he suffered in Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, per Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network. He had three catches for 35 yards on his return from a torn ACL, but it was short-lived before he suffered another injury.

Julio Jones should take advantage of it in Tampa Bay, although he is already held in 62% of Yahoo’s fantasy leagues. Those in the deeper leagues might need other options at receiver, especially with Tee Higgins and Keenan Allen also injured on Sunday.

Here are some quality waiver cable mics available in over 50% of the leagues.

Curtis Samuel, Washington Commanders (5% registrants)

After a lost 2021 season, Curtis Samuel has bounced back big time to start the 2022 campaign. The former Carolina Panthers wide receiver caught passes for 55 yards and a touchdown, adding four carries for 17 rushing yards.

There’s plenty of competition for touches in Washington from Terry McLaurin and first-round pick Jahan Dotson, who combined for three touchdowns on Sunday, but Samuel led the way with 11 targets. The rushed attempts also show how much the coaching staff want to involve him.

Samuel had 1,051 scrimmage yards in his final healthy season of 2020, and he twice had seven touchdowns in a season. This could make him a reliable flexible option in the future, especially in the points per reception leagues.

Jarvis Landry, New Orleans Saints (42%)

There was a lot of hype surrounding first-round pick Chris Olave and returning All-Pro Michael Thomas, but it was Jarvis Landry who led the Saints in catches (seven), receiving yards (114 ) and targets (nine).

It was also Landry who made some of the game’s biggest plays, including a 40-yard grab that set up the game-winning field goal. A 31-yard catch earlier in the fourth quarter also led to a key touchdown to get back into the game.

Landry struggled with injuries in 2021 as he faced a poor passing offense from the Cleveland Browns, but the five-time Pro Bowler appears to be back and ready to be a reliable weapon in the PPR leagues.

Robbie Anderson, Carolina Panthers (11%)

Yet another player fantasy managers forgot about after a 2021 drop, Robbie Anderson is apparently back.

The 29-year-old caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Baker Mayfield and finished with five catches for a team-high 102 yards on eight targets. He also played 100% of the offensive snaps in the narrow loss to the Browns.

Carolina has other mouths to feed with Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore, but the two were mostly held in check in Week 1. That led Mayfield to seek out Anderson, and he’s stepped up considerably.

Anderson will likely be up and down over the course of the season, but his upside can’t be ignored after showing better chemistry with Mayfield than Sam Darnold.

Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns (4%)

With Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. no longer in Cleveland, Donovan Peoples-Jones could become the team’s best option.

The third-year player had six catches for 60 yards in Week 1, doubling the production of four-time Pro Bowler Amari Cooper. Peoples-Jones also led the team with 11 targets, five more than anyone else on the list.

The Browns’ passing offense will likely be very conservative with Jacoby Brissett at center, but Peoples-Jones could be the difference maker after averaging 18.8 yards per catch in his first two seasons. If he also has his quarterback’s confidence on the short pass, the Michigan product could be a valuable fantasy commodity.

Zay Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars (12%)

Only posted six catches for 65 yards in Week 1, but Zay Jones could see a lot of action on a team that’s going to throw the ball a lot this year.

Trevor Lawrence had 42 pass attempts on Sunday, with Jones getting nine targets. Lawrence threw it 602 times as a rookie, many of them to players no longer on the roster like Laviska Shenault (100 targets), Laquon Treadwell (51), Tavon Austin (37) and DJ Chark (22).

Christian Kirk is the clear No. 1, but Jones can be a quality No. 2 with plenty of chances for the big numbers.


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