Fantasy Football Update 9/10/16: Week 1 Key Matchups
Fantasy Football Sleepers and Waiver Wire Picks for Week 1
September 10, 2016
Week 1 in the fantasy football season is upon us, and it’s time to start scouring the waiver wire for those matchup plays and value pickups. That said, let’s check out some of the trending players out there and see who might make a good addition to your team ahead of Sunday’s opening games.
Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Let’s start out with RB and check out West. With Jamaal Charles likely out of action on Sunday, that opens up a new avenue for West and Spencer Ware, who figure to hold a timeshare out of the backfield.
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West has plenty of buzz surrounding him in KC, and he figures to play heavily into the passing game—so PPR owners take note. He also gets a nice matchup against a flimsy San Diego rush defense their week.
James White, RB, New England Patriots: It remains to be seen what the New England offense will look like without Tom Brady, but White seems to have some upside in the Jimmy Garappolo era.
With Dion Lewis out of action, White will serve as the team’s hands out of the backfield, and Garappolo may look his way often as a check-down against a tough Arizona defense this weekend.
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears: We’re high on Miller heading into the season. He’s shown some nice chemistry with QB Jay Cutler, and should emerge as a key part of the offense in Chicago—with a healthy amount of targets coming along with it.
The matchup this weekend against Houston seems bad, but it’s actually a good thing for Miller. With Cutler trying to avoid the rush, Miller should serve as a safety valve in a lot of situations and should factor heavily.
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills: Let’s go TE one more time and check out Clay. He’s an interesting fantasy target up there in Buffalo, as he’s coming off a pretty crummy year. That said, those owners in lower-end leagues might take a chance on him this weekend against the Ravens.
Baltimore’s defense gave up a lot of passing touchdowns last year, and if Clay can work one in the red zone, he’ll be worth it.
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans: We’ll finish up today with Fuller, who is another guy we’re quite high on this season. He’s been banged up recently, but will start alongside DeAndre Hopkins against the Bears.
Chicago ceded a lot of passing yards last season, so there will be plenty of opportunities for Fuller to connect. He’s a breakout candidate in 2016 if he can stay healthy.
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