Fantasy Football 2014: Week 1 Waiver Wire Update
Taking a Look at the Week 1 Waiver Wire Trends
September 3, 2014
Now that the fantasy football draft season is complete, it’s time to start looking forward to the Week 1 action. If you’re noticing a few holes in your roster already, it’s never too early to hit the waiver wire and try to compensate for your perceived draft mistakes. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the trending names out there on the wire and see if anyone’s worth picking up before the season officially begins.
Philadelphia Defense: Up near the top of the waiver wire rankings over the past couple of days sits the Eagles defense. It’s pretty easy to see why: They’ve got a pretty easy opening matchup in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
There’s not much to fear on the Jags offense: Blake Bortles ranks near the bottom of the QB list, and Toby Gerhart doesn’t seem to be much more than a mid-level rusher. The team doesn’t have much of a receiving corps to speak of (Cecil Shorts, anyone?) so there’s very little to fear here.
Philly’s defense will have some good matchups here and there throughout the season, but it remains to be seen if they can keep up with the offense or not. Right now, they’re a plug-and-play type squad for your bench.
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Knowshon Moreno, RB, Miami Dolphins: Ex-Bronco Moreno took his talents to South Beach this off-season amid high hopes. Knee surgery derailed those expectations, and he consequently tumbled down the RB rankings.
Now, with the announcement that Lamar Miller will be relegated to the backup role, Moreno is hot stuff in fantasy once again. He gets the Patriots in Week 1, which is kind of a “meh” matchup, but given the fact that he’s a No. 1 guy you shouldn’t leave him hanging out there on the waiver wire.
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: This one’s a no-brainer. With supposed starter Matt Schaub ailing, and Carr balling in the preseason, it’s a wonder the Raiders took so long to name their hotshot rookie as the starter.
Even better, Carr will face a beat-up Jets secondary that’s likely to be without their top cornerback (Dee Milliner) due to injury. Even as a rookie, he shouldn’t have much trouble moving the ball against Gang Green.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Here’s an interesting--and potentially valuable--play from out of Kansas City. Kelce is getting a lot of healthy buzz as a big-time playmaker in the Chiefs offense, and that’s led many fantasy owners to seek him out on the waiver wire.
KC’s No. 1 wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe, is suspended this week. That means Kelce will be stepping into an immediately active role within the offense. He’ll have to--there really aren’t that many other notable WR names on the Chiefs roster.
We like Kelce as a TE2, and if things go well this weekend against Tennessee he could surprise a lot of people.
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