The 2017 NFL season is just three weeks old and while many might think it’s premature to start picking up people from their fantasy football waiver wire, they are wrong. Every year a no name blows up in Week 1 and ends up being a top-20 fantasy football player over the remainder of the season. So, instead of letting your competition beat you to the punch, use your fantasy football waiver wire to find the next big thing.
Roger Lewis, WR, New York Giants
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The Giants’ wide receiver group resembled a MASH unit by the end of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, with Odell Beckham (leg), Brandon Marshall (ankle), Sterling Shepard (ankle and Dwayne Harris (foot) all succumbing to injuries. Beckham looks likely to be out for the year, while Marshall, Shepard and Harris were unable to return to action.
Lewis was the only of the team’s top five wide receivers to emerge unscathed on Sunday, and he finished the game with a 29-yard touchdown catch on two targets.
Two tough matchups are coming in Week 6 (Denver Broncos) and Week 7 (Seattle Seahawks), but Lewis could find himself match up against a No. 2 or No. 3 corner or atop the depth chart as the only fully healthy wide receiver for the Giants.
Lewis had 85 catches for over 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns during his final college season at Bowling Green in 2015. But he only has 15 NFL catches in 18 career games, due mostly to being buried on the depth chart.
Some clarity on Marshall and Shepard in particular should come in the next few days. But Lewis is set to climb the depth chart in some fashion with Beckham out, and as three wide receiver-heavy as the Giants are that puts him in line for an opportunity. In 12 and 14-team leagues, under the assumption at least Beckham will be out for a while, Lewis is worth adding as WR4 or WR5. — John Ferguson