In a moment of vulnerability, I must confess there have been times when I left my draft and wasn’t happy with my team. Maybe you’re in that same boat, and your wide receiver group is barren of talent. Well, today is your lucky day! Let’s analyze Marvin Mims and his potential to make an impact in the 2023 season for fantasy football managers.
Should Marvin Mims Be a Fantasy Waiver Wire Add in Week 1?
Sean Payton was signed in the offseason as the new head coach of the Denver Broncos, who had an incredibly dysfunctional season in 2022. There were plenty of needs for the team heading into the draft, and the NFL world would be watching closely. Payton wasn’t bashful about who he wanted as he traded up in the second round to select former Oklahoma Sooner Marvin Mims Jr.
Mims was an electric producer at Oklahoma. It was clear from the beginning of his freshman season when he totaled 600 yards receiving to go along with nine touchdowns. He improved on his statistics his sophomore season, but his junior year was his big breakout as he crested 1,000 yards receiving.
The Broncos have lost receiver Tim Patrick to a torn Achilles tendon and will now be out for the entire 2022 season. Even more concerning, Jerry Jeudy had an unfortunate hamstring injury where he had to be carted off the practice field on Aug. 24. The initial prognosis was that it was a Grade 2 strain, and he would likely miss time. However, he has been practicing on a limited basis this week.
Hamstring injuries can linger, so the Broncos may be inclined to rest Jeudy while he continues to work back to 100%. Here is where Mims can contribute.
Outside of Courtland Sutton, there are no other receivers on the depth chart that demand a high target share. Even if Jeudy does play, the coaching staff may want him to split time with Mims so his hamstring injury does not become reaggravated.
When you can find a starting wide receiver on an NFL offense on the waiver wire, it can be a profitable choice to add them to your bench. You want to add a receiver that will be running plenty of routes and has a high target share.
We do not yet have that information, but Mims looks destined to see the field and be involved often.
If you are able to add Mims to your team, you should be aware that he is a rookie, and he is acclimating to the professional level. We might not see the height of his talent until around Week 6 or 7, once he’s had some experience and the coaching staff has seen him operate in a live game setting.
So, should you pick up Mims off the waiver wire in Week 1? Yes! He showed plenty of promise during his college days. With a team that lacks wide receiver depth, we could see him climb as high as the starting slot receiver, with the potential to become the WR2 if Jeudy were to miss time. Mims has the potential to have a big fantasy breakout in his rookie year — now is the time to take him before it’s too late.
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