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Fantasy Football 2016: Week 1 Sleeper Picks

Fantasy Football Sleepers and Waiver Wire Picks for Week 1

September 6, 2016

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We’re heading into Week 1 in the NFL, and the fantasy football waiver wire is heating up. Let’s take a look at a few sleeper options who are being added right now and might be able to help your team get that all-important opening-week win. 

Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens: With the surprise release of Ravens RB Justin Forsett over the weekend, the race is on to find his replacement. Terrance West is the odds-on favorite to get the first- and second-down snaps, but Allen should factor into the equation as well. 

Fantasy Football 2016: Week 1 Sleeper Picks

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Allen has pretty good hands out of the backfield, and might be a guy the Ravens look at in third-down and passing situations. He’s a dice-roll Sunday against the Bills. 

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Wentz earned the starting QB job yesterday and will go under center in Week 1 against the Browns. He’s supposedly recovered from his rib injury, sustained in the first preseason game. 

The good news here is that Wentz gets the shaky Cleveland defense out of the gate. If you’re stringing quarterbacks while you wait for Romo or Brady to come back, this matchup-based play isn’t too bad. 

CJ Spiller, RB, New Orleans Saints: Moving back to RB for a moment, let’s look at Spiller down in New Orleans. He got quite a bit of work in with the first-team offense this preseason, and looked pretty good catching passes out of the backfield. 

Spiller is a deeper low-end sleeper guy for sure, but a couple of big catches and a TD or two could work wonders in PPR leagues. If he stumbles out of the gate, just cut ties with him. You won’t lose any sleep there. 

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, New England Patriots: To Garoppolo or not to Garoppolo? That is the question plaguing Tom Brady owners right now. Garoppolo didn’t play particularly well in the preseason, and to make matters worse he’s facing a rough Arizona defense in Week 1. 

All of that said, Garoppolo has a stellar cast of receivers and backs around him, and the plug-and-play Patriots offense is easy on newcomers and vets alike. Sure, he could fall flat on his face, too, but he’s not the worst option out there. 

Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans: Let’s finish up today with Matthews, who has been getting more work in the slot with Kendall Wright’s hamstring ailing. 

Matthews figures to see a lot of action right off the bat, so he’ll have plenty of opportunities to see targets. He’ll get a middle-of-the-road Minnesota defense in Week 1 and is available in almost 60 percent of leagues out there right now. 

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