Week 1 of the 2017 NFL Season is upon us. The Dolphins and Buccaneers will miss their week 1 matchup (postponed until week 11 due to severe weather). Zeke Elliott will play in week 1, although his suspension has been upheld by the NFL. Julian Edelman is out for the season. It's already a productive time to hit the waiver wire. Who do I like this week? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills. Taylor is a guy who should be owned in all formats, but is often available on waivers. He's a better fantasy quarterback than a real world one, but he's someone that will help you win matchups this season. Snag him if he's available.
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals. Palmer is a guy who will help you early this season. If you're dealing with Andrew Luck or Jameis Winston, Palmer is a legitimate plug and play guy that can help you win this week. If you need help early at the position, snag him.
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz is a guy who could break out this week against a weak Washington defense. He had a solid rookie season and has the tools around him this year to take the next step in his development. He's worth a stash, or even a spot start this year.
Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots. Burkhead is already being forgotten in New England. That's just the way Bill Belichick likes it. Given Belichick's random way of starting and using RBs, Burkhead should have a few big games this season. When? Your guess is as good as mine. Stash him and trade him to your league's token Patriots fan when he has a big game, and then watch as the token's hopes and dreams are deflated.
James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers. Conner will be a league winner if (when?) Le'Veon Bell goes down with an injury this season. He also could see carries right out of the gate. He's a guy that should be rostered now.
Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns. Johnson is a guy that I expect Cleveland to rely on heavily this season. He's also a guy that gets overlooked a lot due to Isaiah Crowell. If you're in a bind at the moment, Johnson is worth a snag if he's available.
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys. Zeke is playing this week, but not next week. That makes McFadden immediately fantasy relevant. If he's on waivers now, grab him and start him in Zeke's absence.
Zach Zenner, RB, Detroit Lions. Zenner has shown that he can be a bell cow back in Detroit. Detroit's other running backs have shown that they are injury risks. Snag him now, and plug him in when he plays this year.
Philip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots. The Patriots traded for Dorsett on cut day. He's essentially T.Y. Hilton 2.0. He didn't do much in Indy, but the Colts already had Hilton. Dorsett can help you win throughout the season.
Ted Ginn, WR, New Orleans Saints. Ginn is one of the streakiest players in fantasy, but he could be poised for a great season this year as a Saint. He's a guy I'm starting to cover Mike Evans this week.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets. The Jets made a move for Kearse to open the season, and he could see meaningful snaps starting this year. He's a talented player who was hidden in a run-based scheme in Seattle. Now he goes to an offense with few weapons. Expect a big year out of him.
Sterling Shephard, WR, New York Giants. Shepard is the forgotten man in the Giants receiving corps. He could also have a productive season. Get him now while he's cheap.
Tyrell Williams, WR, LA Chargers. Williams needs to be rostered right now with Mike Williams injured. He generated more than 1000 yards last season, and could be a major contributor this season as well.
Kendall Wright, WR, Chicago Bears. With Cameron Meredith out for the season, Wright could emerge as the #1 WR in Chicago. He's worth a look in most formats.
Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants. Engram looked amazing in the preseason and should play a key role in the Giants offense. He's a guy who should be on your radar.
Greg Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers. Kittle won the starting job with the 49ers. He's not a guy I'd start in week 1, but from a metrics approach, Kittle could have a breakout year this year. Expect him to break out late in the season.
Baltimore Ravens D/ST. The Ravens travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals this week. Cincy has a ton of offensive weapons, but a very lackluster offensive line. No offensive line means an underperforming offense. This is a gamble, but a play that could pay off if you want to roll the dice a bit.
LA Rams D/ST. This week, the Rams face opposing quarterback Scott Tolzien. Tolzien was a decent quarterback for Wisconsin. He's not a decent quarterback in the NFL.
Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST. This week, the Steelers face the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland is going to be an improved team this year, but this is Kizer's first career start.
Younghoe Koo, K, LA Chargers. This is the first time I've recommended a kicker in my streamer post. This is also the first time that Younghoe Koo has been available. I recommend that he be rostered in all leagues.
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