Demaryius Thomas, WR – Denver Broncos (Owned in 34 percent of leagues)
Plagued by foot injuries that kept him off the field during the preseason, the first receiver taken in the 2010 draft had an impressive pro debut pulling in eight catches for 97 yards and a touchdown.
Last season, Orton found a similarly built receiver (Brandon Marshall) over 100 times for ten scores. With a WR corps primarily of role players, the Broncos will give Thomas every opportunity to get on the field and establish himself as Orton’s new go-to receiver.
If his foot problems are behind him, and they appear to be, Thomas should be a solid WR3 with tremendous upside as he develops a rapport with Orton.
Jason Snelling, RB – Atlanta Falcons (Owned in 27 percent of leagues)
Snelling will no doubt be the hot waiver pickup this week after ably filling in for Michael Turner. But all reports indicate that the Burner will be back next week so don’t expect to get immediate production with this add.
However, he is a crucial handcuff for all Turner owners and could be a great stash if you have the bench space to hold onto him in case Turner’s injury turns out to be less “mild” than reported.
Marshawn Lynch, RB – Buffalo Bills (Owned in 20 percent of leagues)
After spending all offseason as the forgotten man in Buffalo, Marshawn Lynch got the start against Green Bay and tallied 17 carries (compared to just one for CJ Spiller and nine for Fred Jackson). Is Marshawn now the clear starting back for the Bills?