Running backs Morris, Spiller top waiver targets after Week 1
You can't possibly do this again, Mike Shanahan.
Every year, Shanahan baffles fantasy players with his running back carousel. He did it in Denver, and he's done it in Washington since arriving in 2010. That year, he used Clinton Portis, Ryan Torain, James Davis and Keiland Williams; last season, he shuffled through Tim Hightower, Torain, Roy Helu and Evan Royster. Some of the shuffling has stemmed from injuries and the lack of a feature back, but regardless, Shanahan seems to find a new starter every couple of weeks.
Case in point: Alfred Morris.
Morris, a sixth-round draft choice from Florida Atlantic University, won the starting job with 195 yards on 39 carries and one touchdown in three preseason games. In his first NFL game, Morris rushed 28 times for 96 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins' 40-32 upset of the Saints.
Shanahan says Morris has the job for Week 2.
Morris' Week 1 stats aren't great from a per-carry standpoint, as he managed just 3.4 yards per carry. But no other Washington back sniffed Morris' workload: Royster, Helu and fullback Darrel Young got two carries each.
Even though Shanahan's history tells us a shakeup will come before long, fantasy players who need running back help almost have to take a flier on Morris, who is only owned in 15 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Yards-per-carry don't matter in fantasy football, and running backs who get the ball that often are rare. Morris won't get the ball 28 times every week, but he's starting this game. Grab him and hope Shanahan sticks with him.
Here's a position-by-position look at the other players to target after Week 1. There aren't many options at quarterback, but there are some decent pickups at every other position.