Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups for Week 1 of the NFL season. Many of these players are still available in a majority of leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster. Others might be worth stashing on your bench, or are simply just players to add to your watch list. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

Spencer Ware KC | RB

The uncertainty of the Jamaal Charles injury really has me concerned about his status this year. Charles had plenty of time to recover from him knee injury when you compare his timetable to others with a similar injury and it’s weird that he hasn’t seen any contact yet. There is a real chance that Charles had a setback that the Chiefs are downplaying and this could mean big value for Ware. All Jamaal Charles need to run to the wire if they don’t have Ware on their bench. (about 55% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Charles Sims TB | RB

Someone needs to explain to me why Sims is only owned in half of all leagues. He had 1,100 total yards last year and four touchdowns and there is no reason to think he won’t be heavily involved in the Bucs offense again in 2016. Another thing I like about Sims is that I think he could take over the early down work if Doug Martin were to go down with injury. Sims is the perfect running back to have on your bench to help you get through your bye weeks and he could be a weekly starter if Martin goes down. (about 55% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Bilal Powell NYJ | RB

Bilal Powell is a special player and he needs to be owned in more leagues. The aging Matt Forte will be the featured back, but Powell is going to have a big role right out of the gate. In Powell’s last four games last season he only had 22 carries, but he averaged just under 100 total yards per game during that stretch. Even if he isn’t getting many carries he can still have solid fantasy value in standard and especially PPR leagues. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Devontae Booker DEN | RB

I am a fan of Booker this year and I think he could end up pushing C.J. Anderson for carries. The rookie out of Utah looked decent during the preseason and it looks like the Broncos have plans to get him involved right away. C.J. Anderson has proven to be inconsistent during his career and if he starts to slip it’s possible that Booker could swoop in and take over that job. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

James White NE | RB

I think White is getting extremely disrespected in the fantasy world and all PPR league owners need to take notice of this guy. After Dion Lewis got hurt last year White filled that role nicely catching 36 passes during the last seven games. I expect the Pats to use White early and often and I would not be surprised if he is a top 15 running back in PPR leagues until Lewis comes back. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all PPR leagues

Buck Allen BAL | RB

The Ravens running back situation is the biggest mess I have seen in a long time and it’s hard to figure this one out. Out of all of the guys I trust Buck Allen the most in this group. Even if he doesn’t win the early down job he will still be heavily involved in the passing game and the weekly game plan in general. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

Kamar Aiken BAL | WR

I think Aiken is getting disrespected in the fantasy world and he should be owned in more leagues. I know the Ravens don’t have the best passing offense and their receiver corp is a bit crowded, but Aiken has real talent. I fully expect Aiken to be a big part of the Ravens offense this year and I think it’s certainly possible he improves on his 2015 numbers, even if everyone stays healthy. (about 65% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Tajae Sharpe TEN | WR

Sharpe has quickly becomes everyone’s favorite sleeper and at this point I think he might even be overvalued. The Titans don’t throw a ton and they will more than likely try to win as many games a possible with their one two punch at running back, but when they do throw I expect Sharpe to be involved. The rookie receiver is a great high upside guy to add to your bench until we see what happens in real game action. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Eli Rogers PIT | WR

I was shocked to see that Rogers is only owned in about 5% of leagues. Whoever does end up being the second option for Big Ben is going to have value and as of now it looks like that man is Rogers. He is the perfect guy to snag and put on your bench until we see how this situation shakes out. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Will Fuller HOU | WR

Fuller is an interesting rookie receiver and I don’t mind his upside this year. He has amazing speed and with DeAndre Hopkins demanding double teams this should leave Fuller with nothing but single coverage. Fuller will be inconsistent, but he should have some big games and he could even end the season as the top rookie receiver. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Quarterbacks

Trevor Siemian DEN | QB

Siemian beat out all of the other quarterbacks at the Broncos camp and I think he is in line for a decent season. He has had a strong preseason and he is surrounded by solid weapons. True, the Broncos could just rely on the running game and good defense to win games, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Siemian ends the year as a top 15 quarterback. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Tight End

Zach Miller CHI | TE

Miller finds himself in a great situation now that Martellus Bennett is in New England and I think he could have a productive year. The Bears love to use their tight end and Miller has proven in the past that he can produce when given the targets. I would be surprised if he gets into double digit touchdowns, but I think he could easily have over 80 catches if he stays healthy. (about 55% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Jesse James PIT | TE

Ladarius Green was supposed to be the Steelers starting tight end this year, but injuries are going to keep him off the field. This opens the door for the second year tight end Jesse James to take over. He is a monster at 6’7” 261 pounds and could prove to be a matchup nightmare for any defense. James could see a decent amount of targets right out of the gate and with his height I am sure the Steelers will use him in the red zone. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Defenses

Philadelphia PHI | DEF

The Eagles are at home against the Browns Week 1 and I like their upside. RGIII is always good for at least one mistake a game and I think the Eagles could capitalize and find a way to get a defensive touchdown. Another thing I like about the Eagles is that they play the Bears Week 2 and Cutler is prone to making similar mistakes. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play