Waiver Wire Gems After Week One

Waiver Wire Gems After Week One

Fantasy Football players are masters at over reaction. Their stud draft pick has a bad day and suddenly they go shopping for a replacement. More Fantasy Football rosters are screwed up after week one than any other week. I have a simple rule: If I take a player in the first ten rounds of the draft, there is no way I will replace that player for a minimum of five weeks. This does not include injuries, of course. Don’t let one bad week or one good week ruin your plans for your fantasy football team. However, let’s take a look at some waiver wire gems after week one.

Finding Those Gems

Each league is different, but the smaller your roster size, the more you have to be aware of the gems available on the waiver wire. A player has to be available in 60% of Yahoo leagues in order to be eligible. Yahoo is only being used as a consistent reference. At least one player each week will be a deep sleeper available in 80% of Yahoo leagues. Don’t clog the last spot on your roster with an average player. Invest in a player in a “Next Man Up” situation before everyone notices him.


In redraft leagues, if a player is going to miss more than 3-4 weeks he is worthless to you this season. Here is a look at some of the injuries that will impact your fantasy football teams after week one.

  • Nick Foles – Broken collarbone will remove him from having fantasy football value this season.
  • Derrius Guice – Knee injury might not be as bad as previously thought but will be out for several weeks.
  • Joe Mixon – Ankle sprain should not be serious but could slow him down even more.
  • Tyreek Hill – Significant but not season ending injury but will miss 2-4 weeks.
  • Mike Williams – Hurt a knee but status unknown at this time.


Matthew Stafford – 74% Available

Most of you reading this article have been burned by Stafford’s inconsistency in the past. Heading into the season, I was taking a wait and see approach. Stafford had a strong game against a pretty good defense, so he is worth a roster spot in all formats.

Jacoby Brissett – 88% Available

It wasn’t a great fantasy football week one for Brissett because the Colts were able to run the ball at will most of the game. But when they needed him to pass, he looked good in the pocket and distributed the ball to many different targets.

Running Backs

Adrian Peterson – 62% Available

AP was a healthy scratch in week one which ticked him off. Now with Guice hurt, it is worth a shot picking up the cagey veteran. Temper your expectations for greatness though, because the Redskins offense could be erratic.

Alexander Mattison – 79% Available

The Vikings offense showed they will be able to move the ball on the ground this season. Week one was a great start for Dalvin Cook but he has struggled to stay healthy in the past. Mattison got 9 carries and his workload could exceed 12 touches a game, even with Cook healthy.

Malcolm Brown – 87% Available

Todd Gurley didn’t look like the old Gurley, but he also didn’t look horrible either. Brown got 11 touches to 15 for Gurley, but most importantly Brown got all five red zone touches. This is a trend that could continue.

Dare Ogunbowale – 92% Available

If you want to show off to players in your league, then you need to grab Dare off waivers this week. He already is the 3rd down back and saw 5 targets week one. Ronald Jones had a decent game but history says that won’t last, so Ogunbowale could get a chance.

AP Photo – Mark J. Terrill

Wide Receivers

John Ross – 89% Available

Last year, I expected a breakout season from John Ross and was disappointed by this former first round draft pick. Don’t get suckered to think that 12 targets will be the norm for Ross this season. But conversely, his issue was catching the ball, and he looked good week one.

Randall Cobb – 89% Available

Don’t expect the Dallas Cowboys to throw for 400 yards or more every week, but Cobb looked healthy again in week one. He is an excellent choice in PPR formats to get the possession catches. He also has a knack for finding the end zone. Amari Cooper is nursing an injury too.

Deon Cain – 99% Available

The injury to Devin Funchess will open up opportunities for a second wide receiver in the Colts offense. Cain has come back from his injury a lot quicker, and looked good in limited work week one.

Tight Ends

Chris Herndon – 86% Available

If you have a spare spot on your roster due to an injured player, then pick up Herndon before his suspension is over. Once he is eligible, he will be the waiver wire hot pick that week. It pays to get this kind of a player before he is in high demand.

Tyler Higbee – 99% Available

If I needed a tight end, this is the guy I would pick. In week one he got 5 targets on an offense that includes three amazing wide receivers and great running backs. The team signed him to a big contract and it appears they plan to use him in the passing game.


It’s always a good idea to check the waiver wire in all of your leagues each week. In one of my leagues, DeSean Jackson was available but didn’t make this list because he is only available in about one third of all Yahoo leagues right now. John Brown is only available in about half of all leagues and would also be a great pick up going forward. Good luck with your waiver wire pick ups this week.


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