Fantasy Football Update 9/9/16: Week 1 Sleeper Picks
Fantasy Football Sleepers and Waiver Wire Picks for Week 1
September 9, 2016
Week 1 is upon us in the NFL, and we fantasy football owners are adjusting our lineups for the big games on Sunday. With that in mind, let’s check out some of the notable sleepers and waiver wire adds out there heading into the weekend.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: This won’t necessarily affect your fantasy lineup for the next month or so, but it’s worth mentioning. There have been some rumblings around Seattle that Lynch may be considering coming out of retirement and returning to football.
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Lynch would likely hit the field around Week 4 or 5 if such a scenario played out, and it’s doubtful he’d end up with the Seahawks if he did return. Still, deep-league owners with roster space to spare may want to look into this.
Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Prescott isn’t so much of a sleeper secret anymore, but he’s still available in about half the league out there and is worth checking out. The rookie has earned the respect and confidence of his teammates already, and he’s coming off a nice preseason.
Prescott should be able to highlight his skills in this offensive scheme, so he’s got a nice ceiling if things work out. Tony Romo and Tom Brady owners might want to look into Prescott as a close-at-hand option for a few weeks at least.
Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: With Jamaal Charles likely out of action in Week 1, it’s time to dig a little deeper in the Chiefs’ backfield. That brings up West, who will play No. 2 to Spencer Ware in the season opener.
West is coming off his own injury (elbow) but seems to be fine now. He’s got a great matchup against a crummy San Diego run defense and could come up with some nice totals in a sleeper role.
Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Let’s go with another West and check out Terrance from Baltimore. He’s a part of the admittedly weird Ravens backfield, that features (and hasn’t featured) Justin Forsett and a couple other guys knocking on the door for carries.
When Forsett was released over the weekend, West was presumed to be the new starter, so he’s apparently pretty high on the chart. West will likely get at least a few decent opportunities against a middle-of-the-road Bills defense this weekend.
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans: If you want a proverbial “boom-or-bust” guy, Fuller is likely a solid option in Week 1. He’s been babying a hamstring injury this week, but should be fine for the opener against Chicago.
Fuller will start opposite DeAndre Hopkins at home against the Bears, and if he can get a couple of long gainers he might be worth a low-end start. He’s worth kicking the tires on in deeper leagues as a dice-roll.
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