A new NFL regular season is upon us, and as always, fans will swoop to the waiver wire to pick up players who had a surprising Week 1. Some of those players may pan out, while others will remind everyone why they weren't drafted in the first place.

Here are the Week 1 fantasy football stars who were likely unowned. Bleacher Report lists all these players but one as waiver-wire targets to add for Week 2. To be on this list, the player must have been owned in less than 25 percent of ESPN leagues entering their game. Each week, one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, and one tight end will be highlighted.


  • Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buccaneers (417 passing yards, four passing touchdowns, 36 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown)

If Fitzpatrick keeps this up, Jameis Winston may not even get his starting job back after his three-game suspension. In his 120th career start, Fitzpatrick's 417 passing yards were the most of his career. It is the eighth time that he has thrown at least four touchdown passes in a game. According to ESPN, he was in the starting lineup of just 0.47 percent of fantasy teams.

Running backs

  • Austin Ekeler, Chargers (39 rushing yards, five receptions, 87 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown)

Ekeler had a solid rookie season as a reserve back in 2017 totaling 537 yards (rushing and receiving) as well as five total touchdowns.

His 87 receiving yards and 126 total yards in Week 1 are both new career-highs.

  • Phillip Lindsay, Broncos (71 rushing yards, two receptions, 31 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown)

The running back on Denver most were high on going into Week 1 was Royce Freeman, but it was Lindsay who did the most damage. They both finished with 71 rushing yards on 15 carries, but Lindsay found paydirt via a touchdown reception.

Wide receivers

  • Geronimo Allison, Packers (5 receptions, 69 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown)

Allison was expected to see more action with Jordy Nelson now on the Raiders, but he ended last year with just 23 catches for 253 yards and no touchdowns. Only one other time in the third-year receiver's career has he reached both his reception and receiving yard total from Week 1.

  • Phillip Dorsett, Patriots (7 receptions, 66 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown)

Dorsett took advantage in Week 1 of Julian Edelman serving for the first game of his four-game suspension. The first round pick in 2015 had a disappointing first three years of his career and caught just 12 balls in 15 games for New England in 2017.

Tight end

  • Will Dissly, Seahawks (3 receptions, 105 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown)

A fourth-round pick by the Seahawks in 2018, Dissly had quite the first game of his career. Not only did he catch a touchdown, but he hauled in a 66-yard catch-and-run.