NFL Waiver Wire Pickups – Week 1

An important part of a winning fantasy football team is smart waiver wire management.  If you’re in an auction league and have some fantasy budget, don’t be afraid to use it.  Don’t save it till the end of the year “just in case”.  Don’t look for a guy to blow up at the end of the year.  Take the leap but be smart.

Here are the top waiver wire pick ups by position for week 1.

QB:
Carson Wentz – PHI.  I know.  He took on the Browns.  They are horrible.  Blah blah.  He had an excellent outing in fantasy and real life football.  He moved the ball down the field.  He made some great passes to Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor (remember his hype?).  The Bears are a harder defense to crack than the Browns but the team is behind Wentz.  Maybe you should be too?

Trevor Siemian – DEN.  Keep in mind that he had a low fantasy football total.  He’s taking on the Colts horrible secondary in week 2.  Did you have your “Tom Brady week 1-4 replacement QB” do nothing for you week 1?  It may not be a bad idea to roll the dice on Trevor Siemian.  It’s a run offense in Denver but Siemian does have Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to throw to.  Paxton Lynch isn’t ready this season.

RB:
Oakland RBs (Jalen Richard / DeAndre Washington).
  There is a good chance that before week 1, Jalen Richard wasn’t owned anywhere.  DeAndre Washington was probably 1-3% owned.  I personally like DeAndre Washington more.  Latavius Murray’s production last year was based on volume.  You’ve got Carr, Crabtree, and Cooper comfortable.  Richard and Washington do have homerun ability that Murray does not.  Richard and Washington got a total of 18 snaps.  These are two guys that could be in a full fledged RBBC or even take the lead job.  The question is, who do you take?

Kenjon Barner – PHI.  The Eagles have a seemingly capable QB.  That helps the run game.  Ryan Mathews is the starter.  If Mathews goes down to injury, which is very possible, Darren Sproles is a good option too.  This is more of a deeper pick.

Alfred Morris – DAL.  Why would you take someone who is the backup to Ezekiel Elliot?  A few reasons.  One, he played very well in preseason.  Take that with a grain of salt but it does hold some weight.  Two, the offensive line is one of the best in the league.

Travaris Cadet – NO.  AKA the reason CJ Spiller was inactive.  Sean Payton sang his praises and was behind only Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead (9 targets to Cadet’s 7) in targets.  It was almost identical in snaps to Mark Ingram.  Keep in mind that this became a very pass happy game.    It’s not the worst idea to grab him now because if he has a good week against the Giants in week 2, they’ll be more people after him.

WR:
Victor Cruz – NYG. 
HE’S BACK… sort of.  He was on almost 90% of the offensive snaps.  He went 4-34-1TD.  The Giants will most likely be putting out a lot of three wide receiver sets.  You could have a week where Cruz leads the WR group in fantasy points.  Other weeks he may get you one catch for nine yards.

Cole Beasley – DAL.  He holds more value in PPR.  He saw 12 targets.  Prescott seems to have heavily favorite Beasley and Jason Witten.  As Dak Prescott gets more comfortable and/or Tony Romo returns, that could change.

Davante Adams – GB.  Speaking of three wide receiver sets, Green Bay Packers.  This will be a top 5 passing offense.  Jordy Nelson is trying to get back to 100% so Adams should benefit in the mean time.  In a deep league, I like Davante Adams.  As someone who owned him last year and saw him make bad plays and drop balls, I shy away from him.

Quincy Enunwa – NYJ.  Who had him ranked?  Anyone?  No.  He was tied for leading the team in targets and he had a TD.  He could have a breakout year.  He isn’t someone you will start if you have no bye week issues but he’s worth an add if you need a guy.

Jeremy Kerley – SF.  7 catches for 61 yards on 11 targets is nothing to sneeze at.  He seems to be “the guy” right now at WR in SF.  I don’t think they’ll be throwing it up 40 times a game however.  Jeremy Kerley plays the slot and in a Chip Kelly offense, that holds huge value.  He could be a sleeper this year.

TE:
Virgil Green – DEN. 
A young QB’s best friend is his tight end.  Virgil Green won’t be getting much double coverage.  If you started Gary Barnidge or Coby Fleener, you may be looking for someone else.  I’d advise to give it another week or two but here’s a decent pick up.

Vance McDonald – SF.  I don’t know if Vance McDonald had a farm (E-I-E-…okay I’ll stop) but he had 2 catches for 14 yards and a TD in week 1.  The RAMS defense is good.  The 49ers will probably run a ton if they have their way.