Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire for Dummies Week 1

Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire for Dummies Week 1

As a seasoned Veteran, you know that your Fantasy Football success lives and dies with the waiver wire. If you are a beginner, or didn’t know that, please take this time to re-read that first sentence. Now, I don’t subscribe to the “handcuff” approach as it pertains to injuries. Well, wait a minute Darnz, what if your starter gets hurt, or is questionable, or doubtful? Let me ask you a question. What if their back up sucks? To me, it’s best player available. Period.

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Andy Lyons/Getty Images

As with all NFL week ones, the injury bug reared it’s ugly head. Notable injuries: TY Hilton, Dez Bryant, DeSean Jackson, Josh McCown (kidding…that he’s notable….get it…never mind), Andre Ellington, Terrell Suggs, and as always Reggie Bush.

Well, my team doesn’t have injuries, so, I don’t need to worry about the waiver wire. If this is your thought process, then look in the mirror and repeat after me. “at least I’ll have a good draft pick next year.” You’ve heard of the ABCs? Always be closing. Well, you should Always Be Improving. The ABIs. I get it, not a clever acronym, but surprisingly accurate.

Next week we will cover when to give up on that sleeper pick. But, as for now, here is your Fantasy Footbal Waiver Wire for Dummies Week 1 edition.

Hold on sir, if that is your real name.

Marcus Mariota QB– While he is maybe worth a bench stash, unless you are in desperate need of a QB, you ought not waste your priority with this one just yet. Yes, his game was impressive. Yes, he broke the record for most TDs in the first half by a rookie QB. But, lets be honest, they were playing the Bucs. I want to see a little more sample size before I drink the Kool Aid.

Bishop Sankey RB– Again, very good game, but you were playing the Bucs. In addition, even if Sankey figures to be consistent, you have to wonder if Terrence West is going to vulture some of the Goal Line opportunities.

Marcel Reece RB– Ahh, Marcel. How often we have traveled this road you and I. While Marcel is an outstanding player, his production will always be feast or famine.

Darren Sproles RB– This is a very crowded backfield. Again, if you are absolutely desperate, maybe. Sorry, but that’s the best I can give. On the plus side, it seems that Bradford would rather dump the ball to his RBs than throw it downfield to a receiver. So, there’s that.

Get ’em while they’re hot!

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) runs past Indianapolis Colts safety Clayton Geathers (42) during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) runs past Indianapolis Colts safety Clayton Geathers (42) during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Tyrod Taylor QB– I have been singing Taylor’s praises since he was named the starter. While, yes, he did face a weak Colts defense, it was his

decision making that impressed me the most. Also, any time you have a QB who can run the ball, you can really see some good production.

Nick Foles QB– Needs to protect the football better, but to walk away with 18 point with 2 INTs, against a good defnese, without your number 1 and 2 RB, that’s saying something, and I’m listening.

Alex Smith QB– He is enjoying his new toy in Maclin. While he still has the moniker of “Game Manager” he was able to put up 22 with JJ Watt in pursuit. He is still available in 80% of ESPN leagues.

Carson Palmer QB– The only reason I am putting him here is that is available in 85.9% of ESPN leagues. That is insane. He is back. He is healthy, and he has all the weapons to have an amazing year.

Carlos Hyde RB– Believe the HYPE on this guy. Torched Minnesota for 29 points. Frank who?

Chris Ivory RB– Ivory has the skills/opportunity to have a phenomenal year. It will come down to 3 things: durability, durability, and durability. Only owned in 63.6% of ESPN leagues.

Ameer Abdullah RB– I have been talking about Ameer for months. Only owned in 35.4% of ESPN leagues. Get this man in your lineup if you can. I don’t care if he is listed 3rd on the depth chart. Why? Because he is 1st in carries, yards, and points.

Danny Woodhead RB– Early prediction, Comeback POTY. You can’t stop this man. Yes, Mel Gordon is number 1 out in SD, I still like Woodhead’s production over Gordon’s.

Kendall Wright WR– Putting him here, but typing with extreme caution. He had a big week against a poor defense, but his ability to separate from DBs is very intriguing.

Stevie Johnson WR– Welcome back Stevie. Having Keenen Allen pull the focus off of Johnson is going to lead to big things. Available in 93.9% of ESPN leagues.

Donte Moncrief WR– Even without TY Hilton being out 2-3 weeks, this is a great pick up here.

Terrance Williams WR– Only scored 6 points Sunday night, but with Dez out with a broken foot they have to throw it to someone, right?

John Brown WR– Targeted 7 times, and is the deep threat in AZ. Carson Palmer has shown even in Brown’s rookie season that he wants to feed him the rock, and John Brown is hungry.

James Jones WR– It’s like he never left. In fact, here is what I imagine as the ending of a conversation between Jones and Rodgers, eh hem, “no you hang up first, no you hang up first, no no no you hang up first…..”

Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE– There are 2 things in this world that I am absolutely sure of. It is impossible to lick your elbow, and Winston is going to need his safety valve all season long. Available in 90.6% of ESPN leagues.

Tyler Eifert TE– Finally receiving dividends on the 2013 first round pick, Andy Dalton finally has a reliable receiver, not named Green, in the end zone. Available in 75.8 % of ESPN leagues.

Jordan Reed TE– Injury risk warning, injury risk warning, injury risk warning. Did I mention there was an injury risk warning?

I’ve got my eye on you

David Johson RB, Karlos Williams RB, Tavon Austin WR, Travis Benjamin WR, Tyler Lockett WR, Brandon Coleman WR, Ladarius Green TE, Darren Fells TE and Eric Ebron TE.

Well, that does it for me. Always remember, if you can’t play good, try to get lucky.