Welcome to the first fantasy football waiver wire column of the NFL season here at Pro Football Action. After each week of action, we will take a look at a variety of players who should consider picking up off the waiver wire.
To begin this week’s column, we are going to spotlight multiple players from Week 1, who absolutely dominated their competition and warrant a waiver claim in your respective leagues.
Week 1 is always the toughest to gauge in fantasy because you do not know if certain performances are real or fake.
Thankfully, these 10 players will be playing essential roles for their teams going forward and could be the difference between a win or loss in fantasy. So without further adieu, here are the players you need to pick up off the waiver wire as soon as possible:
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton got off to a great start on Sunday, leading his squad to a 21-11 victory over the Miami Dolphins. The veteran dual-threat quarterback was not only effective through the air, but made his presence felt on the ground.
Newton completed an outstanding 78.9-percent of his passes (19 attempts) for 155 yards against a revamped Dolphins’ defense. Despite not having a passing touchdown, the 6-foot-5 dynamo had two rushing touchdowns and 75 yards on the ground.
Newton put up 25.7 fantasy points (FantasyPros) which is pretty good for a quarterback who only played in two games last season.
Newton is reportedly owned in 86-percent of Yahoo leagues and 85-percent of ESPN leagues. However, if he isn’t picked up yet in your league, put in a waiver claim with a favorable matchup against Seattle next week.
Heading into this season, second-year wide receiver D.J. Moore was looked at as a player you need to draft, along with Curtis Samuel as a potential flex option.
However, not enough attention was paid to Robby Anderson, who signed a two-year deal in free agency with Carolina. The undrafted wideout from Temple had three-straight years in New York Jets, where he was targeted on average 101 times.
On Sunday, Anderson showcased his speed against the Las Vegas Raiders, racking up 115 yards on six receptions (eight targets) and a touchdown. If you had the speedy wideout in your lineup as a FLEX option, he gave you 19.5 fantasy points (standard league) and 25.5 fantasy points (PPR).
According to Fantasy Pros, Anderson was only projected to bring in 5.5 fantasy points (standard) and 8.7 fantasy points (PPR). As of right now, he is available in 32 percent of ESPN and 69 percent of Yahoo leagues.
The former NC State standout had a good Week 1 performance for the Indianapolis Colts. Hines had two total touchdowns and 73 yards of total offense against the Jaguars.
He’s the perfect change of pace back for Frank Reich’s offense as they will turn the starter reigns over to rookie Jonathan Taylor. Taylor is replacing Marlon Mack, who suffered a season-ending torn Achilles injury.
The 23-year-old running back had 19.3 fantasy points (standard) on Sunday and is a viable weapon in PPR leagues with his pass-catching abilities.
The former UCLA Bruin might be the perfect complement to the versatile Austin Ekeler in Los Angeles. Kelley rushed for 60 yards on 12 carries (5.0 YPC) and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals.
In terms of fantasy, he had 12 points (standard), which exceeded his projection of 3.8. With that being said, is he worth making your RB2 or FLEX anytime soon?
Not yet because you want to see if this performance holds merit. However, with an injured Justin Jackson, the 22-year-old might receive the same workload against Kansas City in Week 2.
Other names to consider are Parris Campbell (IND), Dallas Goedert (PHI), Jamison Crowder (NYJ), and Marques Valdez-Scantling (GB), Malcolm Brown (LAR), Lavishka Shenault (JAX).