Here are the top 10 most-added players in fantasy this week, per CBSSports.com:
- K Nate Freese, Detroit Lions
- RB Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
- WR Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
- WR Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
- WR Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints
- TE Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
- WR Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
- RB Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans
- WR Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- K Cody Parkey, Philadelphia Eagles
Note: This list doesn't traditionally reveal much in Week 1, since most of these are players who just weren't owned at the end of last season (rookies and injury returnees). It will prove more useful in finding the popular fantasy pickups as the season wears on.
QB Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans (at Kansas City Chiefs)
Projected Stat Line: 280 yards passing, two touchdowns and 30 yards rushing
Locker, owned in just 26 percent and starting in a mere 2 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, is one of the best sleeper plays in two-quarterback formats this week. The Chiefs figure to have one of the worst secondaries in football this season, judging by their second-half collapse a year ago and their inability to significantly improve a secondary that was in the bottom 10 of the NFL against the pass.
Locker's preseason passer rating of 119.9 was fourth-best among qualifiers, according to The Tennessean's John Glennon, who wrote Locker has said he's "more comfortable in Ken Whisenhunt's system than he was under any of his previous play-callers, so if he stays healthy, Locker might be ready to put up big numbers."
This is a good matchup to start.
RB Chris Ivory, New York Jets (vs. Oakland Raiders)
Projected Stat Line: 15 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown
As stated in the Top RB Matchup Plays slide, the Jets should get off to a nice start, pounding the rock at the Raiders run defense. Ivory and Chris Johnson are going to share carries, with Ivory doing most of the short-yardage and goal-line work. The Raiders are going to miss defensive end Lamarr Houston against the run this season.
Ivory is owned in just 58 percent of leagues (active in just 5 percent), so he is a solid sleeper or flex play because of the matchup.
WR Stevie Johnson, San Francisco 49ers (at Dallas Cowboys)
Projected Stat Line: Four catches for 60 yards and a touchdown
No one is expecting much from Johnson right now. He is owned in just 17 percent of leagues (active in 2 percent), but as we mentioned, that Dallas Cowboys defense might be legendarily bad. If they overcompensate for Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and the running game, Johnson can slip behind the secondary for some big plays and a touchdown or two.
TE Tim Wright, New England Patriots (at Miami Dolphins)
Projected Stat Line: Four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown
We didn't mention it explicitly before, but the Dolphins were a bottom-five defense against fantasy tight ends a year ago, per FFToday.com. Regardless of whether Rob Gronkowski (knee) suits up in Week 1, he will be play something significantly less than 100 percent of the snaps. There should be some throws for Wright here, which is noteworthy amid his mere 26 percent ownership in fantasy.
D/ST New York Jets (vs. Oakland Raiders)
Projected Stat Line: Five sacks, three turnovers, one touchdown and just 10 points against
We already hyped this as a Top D/ST Matchup Play, but we left this pearl out of the discussion: The Jets are available in three-quarters of fantasy leagues. They should be starting in 75 percent of leagues in this matchup.
K Nate Freese, Detroit Lions (vs. New York Giants)
Projected Stat Line: Three field goals and two extra points
The rookie kicker has some nice sleeper value this season, but a big Monday night performance has the potential to make him the most-added kicker in fantasy next week. The fact he kicks more than half of his games in domes this season is mere gravy. Freese is available in more than half of fantasy leagues, but that doesn't figure to last long.
QB Shaun Hill, St. Louis Rams (vs. Minnesota Vikings)
RB Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks (vs. Green Bay Packers)
WR Andre Caldwell, Denver Broncos (vs. Indianapolis Colts)
TE Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts (at Denver Broncos)
D/ST Washington Redskins (at Houston Texans)
K Cody Parkey, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)
Eric Mack, one of the giants among fantasy writers, is the Fantasy Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, where you can ask him endless questions about your team, rip him for his content and even challenge him to a head-to-head fantasy game.