First, do not panic.  You are OK, trust me.  Unless your draft was atrocious, you are just fine.  You cannot lose your league by going 0-1.  That, my friends, is a fact!  You had a plan heading into your draft.  Hopefully, that plan worked out in your favor. 

Second, stay the course and do not make any major adjustments based on one week unless your roster took a gut punch due to injury (see below).  Now, if you won this week, this is the time to consider small tinkering to improve your roster, but do not go crazy.  Crazy is for the owners currently in panic mode and there are a lot of them out there.

There are several stories to discuss after Week 1, including our first tie of the season (Colts/Texans 20-20).  The Packers and Cardinals were embarrassed to start the season.  Mac Jones, Trey Lance, Matthew Stafford, Dak Prescott, and Aaron Rodgers all finished with 13 or fewer points (Yahoo scoring) to bring up the rear for QBs.  Those items will wait for another day, another column, since we have more important things to address.

For me, the biggest story of Week 1 is the injuries.  Here is a quick list, as if your fantasy teams needed any additional bad news:

Dak Prescott – OUT 6-8 weeks with thumb surgery

Tee Higgins – Left Sunday’s game with a concussion (did not return)

Elijah Mitchell – Left Sunday’s game with a left knee injury (did not return; was seen leaving the stadium wearing a significant brace)

Najee Harris – Left Sunday’s game with what appears to be the dreaded high ankle sprain (did not return)

Keenan Allen – Left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury (did not return)

Mac Jones – Back injury; keep an eye on his status this week

Wan’Dale Robinson – Left Sunday’s game with a leg injury (did not return)

Chris Godwin – Left Sunday night game with a lower leg injury (did not return)

Leonard Fournette – Did not play most of the 4th Quarter (Tampa Bay was leading so there was no reason for him to come back after some discomfort in his lower leg)

With all of the injuries listed above, some down performances by other players and players we drafted that did not have the roles we planned on for Week 1, below are some waiver wire considerations for you leading into Week 2.  The list below will be different than most waiver wire articles you read.  Spoiler Alert: Not all ‘hot’ waiver wire adds should be added.

 

NOTE: Rostered percentages and scoring system is based on Yahoo! PPR league scoring.

 

Waiver Add of the Week: RB – Tyrion Davis-Price (SF, 3% rostered)Jeff Wilson has proven over the years that he is not the full-time guy.  TDP was a sneaky Week 1 inactive so is still flying under the radar and is my lock for the RB1 touches in San Francisco if (when) Eli Mitchell misses significant time.  The Shanahan offense breeds great fantasy running backs out of nowhere; Mostert and Mitchell being the most recent examples.  The issue with these backs has consistently been health.  With Mitchell down, TDP steps in to fill the role and bring points to your lineup.

 

QB:  Carson Wentz (WAS, 13% rostered) – Going undrafted in most leagues, Wentz received absolutely zero love and/or attention from the fantasy football community leading up to the 2022 season.  Wentz just lit up the Jags for 335 yards and 4 TDs.  Now, please know he will not face the Jags each week, but we should probably take account of the 30+ points (Yahoo scoring) on the board.  Wentz is a good add for owners that lost Dak/Mac on Sunday.  Though Wentz gets a lot of hate, he was the QB14 in 2021, so a return to starting fantasy QB relevance is not out of the question.

 

QB: Daniel Jones (NYG, 25% rostered) – You know better, right?!?!  Daniel Jones is Daniel Jones, and the Giants are not good at football.  Stay away from Jones unless you lost both QBs to injury on Sunday.  Not all waiver adds are good waiver adds.  Stick with the QB you drafted and leave Jones to someone else.

 

RB: Isiah Pacheco (KC; 31% rostered) – This is your long-term option at waiver wire this week.  Pacheco is probably the best NFL body type on the Chiefs roster and will pay dividends throughout the season with his biggest numbers probably coming later in the year.  With 20+ points in the blow-out win, I think Pacheco is a good add-and-hold guy.  Also, keep an eye on Najee Harris news.  Early reports out of Pittsburgh are the Najee Harris injury is ‘not serious,’ but we all need to keep an eye on this situation.  Regardless, Jaylen Warren (9% rostered) should be atop your add list as an insurance policy for Najee.  The latest reports are Najee may play this weekend, but you need to get ahead of the injury curve in case the foot issue lingers.

 

RB: Jeff Wilson Jr. (SF; 16% rostered) – Now, before you blow up the comments based on Wilson’s low point total, please understand the 49ers offense is set up to make RBs the star.  That means someone will pay too much for him.  Remember, not all adds are good adds.  The knock on Eli Mitchell (see above) is his ability to stay healthy.  Here we go again…Mitchell is down which opens the door for Wilson.  Someone will probably overpay for Wilson and that is OK because you are going in a different direction. 

 

WR: Jahan Dotson (WAS; 23% owned) – Our guy out of Penn State had a big coming-out party along with Carson Wentz in Week 1.  Coming into the season, I had Dotson significantly ahead of Curtis Samuel (and behind McLaurin, obviously).  I was disappointed, but not deterred when the first Commander’s TD went to Samuel.  After that, Dotson took over and ended Sunday with 3 catches, 40 yards, and 2 TDs.  Not the volume we want but the results are something to pay attention to.  Dotson is a solid add if Keenan, Higgins, and Godwin miss time, or for any reach WR you drafted (I am pointing at you Jaylen Tolbert!).  Also, do not forget about Jarvis Landry (NO; 42% rostered) who posted 7 catches on 9 targets for 114 yards.  This guy rarely gets any press yet continues to perform when healthy.  If you own Keenan Allen and his hamstring issue, you must own Josh Palmer (21% rostered) at this point.

 

WR: Robby Anderson (CAR; 11% rostered), Devin Duvernay (BAL; 31% rostered), Curtis Samuel (WAS; 5% rostered) – Don’t do it!  You know better!  Especially if you are in a FAAB league, do not blow your wad on these three WRs.  If you have played fantasy football over the last 3-4 years you have probably owned one or more of these names.  I beg you to go back in your memory bank to recall they did nothing for you but add confusion and frustration to your FLEX position.  Not all add are good adds and these three guys epitomize that concept.  From an analytics perspective, do we really think Robbie Anderson will run a route on 100% of drop-backs again this season?  He just might as we know he cannot block.  The reason I mention this is so you know his Week 1 pace is not sustainable.  Now, if you are down 1-2 WR (injury, bad draft, etc.) then maybe take a flier on one of these guys, but please know they are not Sunday Saviors as much as Fool’s Gold.  Allow me to deliver six names to show why you should not add these three…DJ Moore, Christian McCaffrey, Mark Andrews, Rashod Bateman, Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson (see what I did there with Dotson?).

 

TE: Robert Tonyan (GB; 23% rostered) – Bobby looks healthy, and Rodgers looks frustrated with the WR corps, especially with Lazard out.  Rodgers has a way of throwing to guys he loves and trusts and Tonyan fits both narratives.  I would much rather roster Tonyan than Sammy Watkins, Christian Watson, and Randall Cobb at this point.  I still think Tonyan is viable once Lazard comes back and now is the time to get him at a discount while others will look at the next group of names.  I also like Tyler Conklin (NYJ; 2% rostered) who should be slightly less attractive than the two names below to the ill-prepared.  Conklin ran 81% of his routes versus a DB in Week 1.  DBs are too small to adequately cover a TE of his size, so keep an eye on where he is lining up this week if you do not add him now.

 

TE: O.J. Howard (HOU; 1% rostered), Taysom Hill (NO; 10% rostered) – Nope!  Not gonna do it!  I am not believing in Howard after his abysmal time with Tampa Bay.  Sure, his TD-to-Catch rate is 100%, but that is not sustainable.  Two targets will not cut it and the Houston offense is not going to excel this season outside of Brandin Cooks.  Fool me once…not signing up for the Taysom Hill lottery ticket either.  Mark my words, Hill will be a high FAAB add, and the person that claims him will be extremely disappointed with the results.  Sure, Hill will get his from time to time, but he cannot be trusted as an every-week starter and we know this from the past results.  Michael Thomas appears fully back.  Kamara will get his.  Olave looked solid.  Jarvis Landry has a field day.  All of those things mean Taysom is just another shiny new toy.  Leave him for someone else.

 

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Draft Dodgers, Win Championships
Draft Dodgers, Win Championships
2 months ago

I have the fourth WW position in our 12 teamer. Here is the squad and potential adds. I have an open roster spot so don’t have to drop anyone as I streamed the Broncos last week to avoid the Vikes. Obviously need a reliable WR via WW or trade with Godwin out.

Please rank top three pickups. Key point: if I add a RB, I must drop an RB due to max limits on the position.
WW: Palmer, Warren, Julio, Robby Anderson, TDP.

Brady
Najee, Saquon, Dillon
Cooks, Gage
Pitts
Bench: Zeke, Pickens, Godwin, Herbert, Gainwell

Mike
Mike
2 months ago

What’s up man? Week 1 is a fine line between panic/making a dumb move and not making a move and losing out. Don’t want to be either lol. Questions are for PPR.
My RB’s Swift, Najee, Gainwell and Walkerlll.
My WR’s AJ Brown, Gabe Davis, Renfroe,T Burks, Sky Moore and Alec Pierce.

Would you add- Brian Robinson, Jaylen Warren,Jeff Wilson
-Dotson, Curtis Samuel, Christian Watson Duverney
So who would you drop/add? Thanks for the help.

Mike
Mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Please add Tyrion Davis-Price to the RB options. Thanks

Sport
Sport
2 months ago

Great stuff as always. Would you consider using Hunt for Fournette in RB2? Or you think ride with Fournette until we hear more about the leg?

Hunt seems like a good option to use against the Jets. I have him on all three teams and I’m considering using him in the Flex over guys like Cooks or St.Brown. Would you advise that?

Last question. I missed the run for QB on one team and was stuck with Stafford/Tua. I think Stafford has a better match up this, but would you rather roll with Wentz?

Thank you!

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
2 months ago

Great work Mitch.

12 team standard…

Njoku or Tonyan?

Do I add Burkhead for I. Spiller?

thanks

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
2 months ago
Reply to  Mitch Staniger

Thank you!

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
2 months ago
Reply to  RicoSuave

I guess TDP is an option or Burkhead…
what do you think?

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
2 months ago
Reply to  Mitch Staniger

thanks again

Another Dan
Another Dan
2 months ago

QB – Murray
RB – Henry
RB – Najee
WR – Brown (PHI)
WR – Waddle
TE – Pitts
Flex – Mitchell

BN – Pierce
BN – Sanders
BN – Bateman
BN – Doubs
BN – Metcalfe

I won this week but I have first claim due to the fact that I drafted 10th of 10 in the draft and the waiver wire snakes back this first week.

On the WW
Henderson (LAC)
Pacheco (KC)
Davis-Price (SF)
Landry (NO)
Dotson (WAS)

Do I have them in the right order for me with my 2 questionables going in to week 2 ? They are all better options than Doubs/Bateman right? Metcalfe? Pierce?

We play 3 x IDP players so I am tempted to drop any/all of those in favour of more BN players and work out what to do as the week gets closer. Since we are in a 10 team league and we roster 1xDB, 1xLB and 1xDL there are plenty to go round.

Thanks,

Another Dan

TPK4040
TPK4040
2 months ago

Would you trade Michael Carter straight up for Cam Akers? Either would be my Rb5

Coconut Willie
Coconut Willie
2 months ago

Looking to handcuff Jaylen Warren to Najee, but I’d have to drop Skyy Moore. Y/N? Or is a better bet Tyrion?

citizen5
citizen5
2 months ago

I’m intrigued by the possibility of the TDP stash, I watched some his highlights at LSU. Schwing!
Here are my bench players, would you drop any for your recs above?
RBs – Gainwell, Walker III, R. White, B Hall
WRs – London, Myers
Thanks in advance…

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
2 months ago

Really good stuff Mitch. It’s information like this that helps win weeks and even leagues. And I guess this may not be a Waiver Wire question as much as a WR talent question, but could lead to one.

In our Yahoo 12 Team Points League, where we are allowed a QB in the flex, I have the following wideouts:

Ceedee Lamb
Jaylen Waddle
DK Metcalf
Allen Lazard
DJ Chark

Not great by any stretch (I traded away Marquis Brown for Joe Mixon – not straight up), but I guess my concern is really with Lamb. Do you see him taking a huge hit from the Dak injury. I don’t see how he does not, which I think leaves me even thinner at WR.

And if so, do you like any of Samuel, R. Anderson (just realized he was on the WW as I typed this), Dotson or even Landry over say Chark or even Lazard?

I would feel much better if my 4th WR was better than the ones I have.

Thanks much Mitch.

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
2 months ago

And this is a PPR (1 Point) League and we use FAAB ($100) instead of Waiver position.

Thanks.

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
2 months ago
Reply to  Mitch Staniger

Thanks very much Mitch. I will put a bid in on Samuel for Chark.

And someone did offer me a trade today involving CeeDee:

My CeeDee and Mixon for his Deebo (who I really like) and Edmonds.
Not loving it, as I think Mixon is really good, but would love to get your take on that one Mitch.

Thanks.

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
2 months ago
Reply to  Mitch Staniger

Got it. And appreciate the advice.

Thanks Mitch.

howie2978
howie2978
2 months ago

10 Team H2H

WR: C. Lamb, M. Williams, A. Robinson, J. Smith Schuster, C. Godwin, T. Lockett, J. Dotson
TE: T. Hockenson

Should I drop Lockett for Tonyan to shore up my TE? Want to hold on to Dotson to see how he does.

Thanks!

howie2978
howie2978
2 months ago
Reply to  Mitch Staniger

Thanks! Between just the TEs, as things stand today, would you keep Hockenson over Tonyan long term?

Steelers OLine
Steelers OLine
2 months ago

Mitch ! 14 teamer half ppr … lost Elijah so my backfield is THINNN…. Trade My Ettienne for Breece AND Damien Harris ?? Elijah to IR … 50 fake dollars to spend for the year is tough … Tyrion is avail .. I feel like he’ll go for over 20 … whatya think?? Thank you as always !

Steelers OLine
Steelers OLine
2 months ago
Reply to  Mitch Staniger

I actually have Warren.. and James Cook… waivers is baddddd…. Hilliard, Perine, Moss, TDP, Bolden, Hubbard …

Water Boy
Water Boy
2 months ago

Hey man! Trying to decide what to do for waiver wire Wednesday tomorrow morning. It’s full ppr, 10 team.

Here’s the roster breakdown

QB Russell Wilson

RB1 Dalvin cook
RB2 zeke Elliot

WR1 Justin Jefferson
WE2 davante adams
WR3 it’ll change week to week but it’s Sutton

TE I streamed week 1 with Albert O

Flex it’ll change here week one was Dameon Pierce

D Denver

Kicker Carlson

Bench: Gabe Davis, pollard , chase Edmonds, mattison, Mostert, davante parker , Darrell Henderson, Pickens, Doubs

Gallup on IR

I’m last on waiver order , but would you still put in a claim for Jeff Wilson by dropping Mostert? Or aim for Davis-Price or Burkhead as other options?

WR hold or drop Parker , Doubs or Pickens ?
Available WRs are Curtis Samuel, Sterling shepherd, zay Jones , Treylon burks, Kyle Philips , KJ Osborn

D: hold or drop Broncos D?
Available options:
– Rams D (vs falcons )
– bengals D @ dallas

Thanks !

Cohen
Cohen
2 months ago

In what order would u pick up Samuel,Julio,Duvernay and Corey Davis and
Which two would u start next week standard league?
Michael Thomas home vs Bucs
Michael Carter at Browns
Mike Williams at KC
Metcalf at SF

Anthony Pagano
Anthony Pagano
2 months ago

WW are over, sonits a straight up pickup..
10 team/full ppr/flex

My team/rd
QB -Russell Wilson(9rd)
RB- Saquon (3rdRd)/
WR- Jefferson (rd 1)/ Diggs (Rd2)
Flex M williams(4th rd)

TE Waller(5th rd)
Bench- Akers(6th rd),D henderson(WW), J dillon (7th)/drake london (10)/A gibson (11th)/j rob 12()B Ayuk
My question is 2 parts
Pacheco(KC)/d will(det)palmer(SD) are available on WW, should i Drop Akers for 1…

And who would you [email protected] and flex?

granvillehouston
granvillehouston
2 months ago

TDP over McKinnon? 14 team, .5ppr league.

Last edited 2 months ago by granvillehouston
Mr H.
Mr H.
2 months ago

I’ve been offered Higgins and Keenan Allen for Saquan Barkley and Bateman. Would you make this trade? Full PPR

My team:

Hurts
Ekeler
Javante
DJ Moore
ARob
Pitts

Bench:

Pierce
Bateman
Hopkins
Jarvis
Dotson
Pickens