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.


Sam Bradford MIN | QB

With Andrew Luck owners and others entering Week 1 in a bind, Sam Bradford tops our list as available streaming options to stop the bleeding at the quarterback position. A tasty Week 1 matchup against the Saints awaits the Vikings offense and Bradford should have no problem moving the ball with consistency. He’ll have a floor of about 15 fantasy points when the Saints travel to Minnesota for the opener on Monday Night. (about 18% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Running Backs

Jamaal Williams GB | RB

Jamaal Williams is a handcuff who will operate in one of the league’s most potent offenses. Playing behind Ty Montgomery in the Packers offense, Williams will benefit from spelling a converted wide receiver with durability issues as he enters his first full season at running back. Montgomery is a sneaky candidate to struggle early in the year and Williams remains an intriguing pick-up to monitor as the NFL seasons kicks off on Thursday Night. (about 26% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wendell Smallwood PHI | RB

The Eagles shuffled up the backfield during the offseason, as they showed Ryan Mathews the door and brought in LeGarrette Blount from New England. Blount struggled in the preseason and displayed difficulties when being asked to run outside the tackles. While Blount continues to go through some growing pains, second-year back Wendell Smallwood could be asked to shoulder a heavier load within the Philadelphia running attack. There’s a lot to like from a stash perspective, as the Eagles sport an elite offensive line. It’ll be anyone’s guess which Eagles running back takes control moving forward and it’s worth taking a flier on Smallwood who should tote it 10 + times in the early going. (about 8% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Rex Burkhead NE | RB

As soon as the Cincinnati Bengals let Rex Burkhead walk as a free agent this past offseason, it didn’t take rocket science to figure out Bill Belichick and the Patriots would express interest. Burkhead is a tailor-made match for the Patriots, as a swiss-army knife weapon who excels in the passing game and can be relied upon at picking up the blitz. It’ll be a week-to-week situation within the Patriots backfield, but Burkhead should be able to carve out a permanent role, regardless. (about 32% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

Robby Anderson NYJ | WR

While the New York Jets project to be one of the most anemic offenses in recent NFL history, you can easily expect this offense to be pass-heavy. With Josh McCown opening the year as the starter, the Jets will rely heavily on Robby Anderson to command the volume in the Gang Green offense. With Quincy Enunwa gone for the season, Anderson should be the No. 1 option and should command double-digit targets. Anderson is a solid sleeper who offers potential WR3 upside. (about 36% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Chris Hogan NE | WR

When the division-rival Bills decided to let Chris Hogan walk as a free agent in 2016, it was anyone’s guess whether or not Bill Belichick would maximize his production. While Hogan is someone who would only conceivably be available in shallow-leagues, he’s an absolute must-add in any league where he’s available. After dropping a monster 9-180-2 line on the Steelers in the AFC Championship, Hogan cemented his rapport with Brady that was increasingly strong throughout the end of the 2016-2017 seasons. With Julian Edelman lost for the season in New England, look for Hogan to be the main beneficiary for Edelman’s workload as Brady trusts he will get the job done. Hogan is shaping up to be a viable pick right around the 100 pick range. If he’s somehow still available in your league, he should be stashed. (about 80% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Tight Ends

Coby Fleener NO | TE

With WR Willie Snead suspended for three games, the pass-heavy New Orleans offense is going to have additional targets up for grabs. This Saint offense has a massive void to fill with the departure of Brandin Cooks in the offeseason. Coby Fleener is one of the first options Brees will rely on. Despite posting a pedestrian 50-631-3 line last season, Fleener now has a season under his belt alongside Brees. I fully expect Fleener to have top 10 value at the position and is a solid pick up in the early season. (about 49% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

C.J. Fiedorowicz HOU | TE

Despite a nagging quadriceps injury, Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz should be ready to rock for the season opener against the division-rival Jaguars. Fiedorowicz was a solid source of production last season and will continue to offer back-end TE1 value to fantasy owners in 2017. With Tom Savage under center for the Texans, it’ll be a steady dose of underneath passes and Fiedorowicz will continue to operate as a primary safety valve for Savage and the pass-challenged Houston offense. (about 41% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues


Los Angeles Rams LAR | DEF

As Andrew Luck is set to miss the opener for the Colts, the Los Angeles Rams defense has to be catapulted towards the top of the Week 1 Defense rankings. While superstar Aaron Donald’s holdout situation looms, the team should still turn in productive numbers against Scott Tolzien and a battered Indianapolis offense. I’m expecting 10 + fantasy points from this solid streaming option in Week 1. Owners should continue to target the Indianapolis offense while Andrew Luck recovers from his shoulder injury. (about 57% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added as Week 1 streamer option

Buffalo Bills BUF | DEF

While the Buffalo Bills don’t project to measure up with the top defensive units of 2017, they have an overwhelming advantage doing battle with the division-rival Jets offense in Week 1. The Jets will be a frequently targeted offense for defensive streamers this season and with Josh McCown under center in a complete defunct New York offense, fantasy owners would be wise to roll with the Bills as a viable play in the season opener. (about 36% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added as Week 1 streamer option