Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups for Week 1 of the 2018 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. For a more in-depth look at the players on this list, watch our our Week 1 waiver wire video.
Top QB pickup: Dak Prescott (70% owned)
Prescott built on his impressive rookie campaign with a white-hot start to 2017 season, throwing 16 touchdowns to just four interceptions through the first eight games. As his supporting cast crumbled and Ezekiel Elliott served his six-game suspension, Prescott’s fantasy value tumbled and he managed just six touchdowns and nine interceptions over Dallas’ final eight games. Prescott’s running ability keeps him relevant and with Zeke back in the lineup, he may just return to the level of production we saw his rookie season.
Top RB pickup: Aaron Jones (70% owned)
Last season, in his brief stint as Green Bay’s lead back, Jones rushed for 342 yards and three TDs over a four-game span. Jones will miss the first two games of the 2018 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. In his absence, Jamaal Williams is expected to see the bulk of the carries for the Packers and he could maintain a significant backfield role throughout the season if he does well. However, if he falters, Jones could see a more sizable role in the Green Bay offense when he returns for Week 3.
RB priority list: Aaron Jones (70% owned), Marlon Mack (65% owned), Alfred Morris (55% owned), James Conner (30% owned), Matt Breida (45% owned), James White (50% owned), LeGarrette Blount (45% owned), Jeremy Hill (5% owned), John Kelly (5% owned), Kalen Ballage (5% owned)
Top WR pickup: Keelan Cole (50% owned)
With Marquise Lee out for the 2018 season with a knee injury, Cole’s fantasy stock has skyrocketed as he enters the year as the favorite to lead Jags’ receivers. At the end of last season, he produced 442 yards and three TDs over a four-week stretch (Weeks 13-16) during the fantasy playoffs. With Donte Moncrief, Dede Westbrook and rookie D.J. Chark in the fold in a run-heavy offense, Cole’s upside may be somewhat limited, but he certainly has some breakout appeal and is worth a long look in most leagues.
WR priority list: Keelan Cole (50% owned), Mike Williams (65% owned), Tyler Lockett (50% owned), Kenny Stills (70% owned), Dede Westbrook (20% owned), Allen Hurns (40% owned), Cameron Meredith (35% owned), Anthony Miller (30% owned), John Ross (25% owned), Geronimo Allison (15% owned), Brandon Marshall (10% owned), James Washington (10% owned), Tre’Quan Smith (5% owned), Tavon Austin (5% owned)
Top TE pickup: Benjamin Watson (45% owned)
Despite dealing with multiple injuries in 2017, Watson played in every game as a 36-year-old and managed a 61/522/4 line as one of Joe Flacco‘s only reliable targets. Watson is another year older but is out of Baltimore and gets a massive upgrade on a Saints offense. In 2015 with the Saints, Watson posted a 74/825/6 line while ending the season as the No. 6 tight end. While those numbers are a bit unrealistic for the 2018 season, Watson does have streaming appeal with Drew Brees under center.