Week 1 Waiver Wire
Just because draft season just ended, doesn't mean fantasy footballers get a week off from the waiver wire. There are several players that should have solid week 1 performances that did not get drafted in many leagues. Take advantage of your snoozing opponents and pull off a nifty week 1 waiver move that could strike fear across your league.
1. Zach Sudfeld - The Patriots offense showed very convincing signs that it is still a very potent machine during the preseason. The entire Fantasy Football World knows how big Gronk has played over the last few seasons, and now Sudfeld may be the first true Tight End handcuff. Sudfeld is 6-foot-7, weighs 260 pounds, and has shown very impressive pass catching abilities, and that is why he is the perfect fit to take over the void left by the injured Gronkowski. Sudfeld may not be very productive once Gronk gets back in the lineup and Sudfeld has injury concerns of his own, but he is starting the season with an extremely enticing opportunity that could lead to dominate fantasy numbers. If Sudfeld is still on your league's waiver wire, pick him up and ride the Tom Brady wave of success for as long as Gronk is on the sidelines. (Then trade him to your league's Gronk owner as a much-desired handcuff.)
2. Brent Celek - It's not often that two tight ends top a waiver wire add list. There are numerous reason to pick up Celek off the waiver wire and, unlike, Sudfeld, Celek should remain a viable starting option all year. The Eagles lost their top route running possession receiver when Maclin went down, and now someone has to step up and fill that void. Celek has been a reliable receiver across the middle of the field for many seasons. Celek leads all tight ends in yards after the catch since 2009. Celek has shown the ability to put together big seasons, and has been a solid fantasy contributor in the past. Celek is also an excellent blocker and will be on the field for the overwhelming majority of the Eagles' offensive plays. The Eagles fast paced offense led the preseason in plays per game. So is a tight end with great hands who will consistently be on the field for an offense that could lead the league in plays and has a possession receivers void to fill worth picking up off waivers? YES!
3. Ronnie Hillman - Another unusual scenario is having the top back on the depth chart of a Peyton Manning led super offense being available on waivers. The Broncos backfield is a jumbled mess and the word "committee" is scaring many fantasy owners. However, the Broncos running back depth chart has been the same since it was first released during the preseason. Ronnie Hillman has been the only running back in Denver to hold the honor of being called the top dog on paper. The reason for doubts around Hillman were his preseason fumbles and not his pass protection. If Hillman had a turnover free preseason, then the Fantasy Football World would be salivating over a Hillman show to start the season, but now he is getting dropped at an alarming rate. If Hillman is sitting on the waiver wire as a free agent in your league, snatch him up before someone else makes you look silly for hesitating. There is a chance that he does not perform well in 2013 and there is a chance that Moreno becomes Denver's league dog. There is also a chance that Hillman gets the ball to start the season for the Denver Broncos and he never gives it up. That is a great gamble to take, especially when all it cost is a spot on your team's bench.
Waiver Wire Sleeper
4. Nate Washington - The scene is set for Washington to have a very productive game against the Steelers in week 1. Washington should be motivated to go against his former team, and he has become a reliable target for Locker. Pittsburgh is a very intense place to play, and Locker will be under a lot of pressure from the Steelers' defense and fans. Washington should get lots of targets from Locker in order to quiet the crowd by keeping the chains moving and to keep the Steelers' defenders from putting Locker in the dirt. The Titans have some very hyped WR names on their roster, but Washington has been a very solid and reliable performer that has the ability to step up during big games.