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Fantasy Football 2016: Week 1 Waiver Wire Update

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Picks for Week 1

September 5, 2016

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We’re just a few days away from the official start of the 2016 NFL regular season, and the fantasy football waiver wire is already humming with promising pickups. Let’s check out a few of the notable adds out there right now ahead of Week 1 and see if anyone makes sense as a last-minute addition to your team. 

Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens: With Justin Forsett unexpectedly released a couple of days ago, the Ravens need a new starter at running back. That starter appears to be West, who will be the presumed No. 1 guy in the backfield in Baltimore. 

Fantasy Football 2016: Week 1 Waiver Wire Update

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West was better than Forsett in camp and the preseason and looks to be the first and second-down guy for the Ravens. He’ll have to compete with Buck Allen for catches out of the backfield, though.

Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: After an impressive final preseason game, James is on the radar as a TE add in deeper leagues. In that last meaningless game, he logged four catches on five targets for 25 yards and a score. 

James was all over the first-team offense in that final game, and could very well end up as a red-zone weapon in the Pittsburgh scheme this season. Those owners in 2TE or touchdown-heavy leagues should take notice here. 

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Those owners looking for a fill-in while Tony Romo is sidelined (or while Tom Brady is suspended) should kick the tires on Prescott. He’s getting rave reviews from his teammates, and the rookie should be able to fit right in to the Dallas offensive scheme. 

Prescott seems to be a definite upgrade from, say Brandon Weeden or Matt Cassel, and was great in the preseason. Prescott might make a nice No. 2 QB in fantasy leagues everywhere right now. 

Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans: As the first-round pick for the Texans, there are already some high hopes placed on Fuller this season. He’s already got the confidence of his quarterback Brock Osweiler, and has some great speed to go along with it. 

Fuller was great in the preseason, grabbing eight balls for 144 yards and two scores. He’s cemented into the starting lineup, and could be a breakout waiver wire pickup. 

James White, RB, New England Patriots: As a later-round RB pickup, White can make a bit of sense. He’s got the goods to be a serviceable third-down back, so PPR owners should take note if you’re in need of a flex player. 

Dion Lewis is out of commission right now (knee) so White will get plenty of time to show off his stuff. In this plug-and-play New England offense, that’s good news. 

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