Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 1 Report
Fantasy drafts are nearly in the books and Week 1 is literally around the corner but that doesn’t mean you still can’t get a leg up on your fellow league mates. There are plenty of options left over from fantasy drafts that you should be looking to add to your fantasy teams, especially if you feel like you left some guys out there post-draft. And if you feel like your draft grades left you a bit uninspired then it’s never too late to make some changes.
Week 1 is already fast approaching with its own headaches as injury reports start to roll in and some players’ statuses are still up in the air. Hence, even though your fantasy draft has ended, there’s still work to be done whether you need to cover yourself or prepare to miss a player or two in your lineups. So let’s get straight to it and see what players you should be looking to target.
*Rostered information via NFL.com
Zamir White – RB, Las Vegas Raiders – (2.1% Rostered*)
Even though Josh Jacobs sits atop the running back depth chart for the Las Vegas Raiders, there’s already been skepticism this offseason of whether or not Jacobs would retain his lead back workload. Former Patriots offensive coordinator turned Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels prefers to use multiple backs in his offensive system but with Kenyan Drake released and now in Baltimore, Zamir White has a clearer path to work behind Jacobs and may even be able to push him for early down work as the season goes on, especially seeing more work as a pass catcher over Jacobs.
If Jacobs misses any time due to injury, Zamir White should be next in line to carry the rock for the Raiders.
Alec Pierce – WR, Indianapolis Colts – (2.3% Rostered)
Missed out on some of the bigger named wide receivers during the draft? Then here’s a name you may want to get to know. Rookie wide receiver Alec Pierce is slated to join the starters as the number two wide receiver behind rising star Michael Pittman this season. Pierce has been working with the starting unit nearly the entire time during training camp and will look to be another big target for Matt Ryan right out of the gate.
At 6’3″, 211 Lbs and downfield speed running a 4.41 40 time, Pierce should be on fantasy rosters more than he already is in an offense that looks to get back to the Andrew Luck days of passing the ball all over the place.
Mike Davis – RB, Baltimore Ravens – (1.3% Rostered)
Now I’m not a crazy fan of Mike Davis since he burned me last season when he was with the Falcons but with J.K. Dobbins’s status still unknown for Week 1, you may need to grab him off waivers especially if you’re a Dobbins owner. Dobbins is still working his way back from a torn ACL injury he suffered during the 2021 preseason that cost him the entire 2021 season and Gus Edwards is on the PUP list to start the season. Jim Harbaugh told reporters this week that his status would depend on what he was able to do this week in camp so we may still find out whether or not Dobbins will be able to go in Week 1. If Dobbins can’t go, Mike Davis and to some extent, Kenyan Drake (2.4% rostered) should be the two backs in the backfield.
Romeo Doubs & Christian Watson – WR, Green Bay Packers (9.3%/4.3% Rostered)
Allen Lazard has popped up with an undisclosed injury that may impact his Week 1 status, as head coach Matt LeFleur was “non-commital” on Lazard according to beat-writer Tom Silverstein.
Should Lazard miss Week 1, Romeo Doubs could be called up to fill in with Sammy Watkins and Randall Cobb as the presumed starters versus the Vikings. Christian Watson is another player that could see some action as he missed most of training camp with a knee injury. Doubs has gotten a lot of love during the offseason and training camp which was highlighted by praise from Aaron Rodgers himself who is notoriously known for not dealing with rookies during the season.
Watson has been playing catch-up since dealing with the knee injury in camp but he still boasts major upside with his size and speed. Watson may be the guy you want to stash on your bench if you have the space.
Jalen Tolbert – WR, Dallas Cowboys – (3.8% Rostered)
Tolbert has been receiving rave reviews in camp and with Micheal Gallup slated to miss at least Week 1 (for now) and Amari Cooper traded to the Cleveland Browns (still the dumbest move for the Cowboys this offseason), Dak Prescott is going to need to throw the ball to someone out there. Tolbert boasts some big play ability averaging 18 y/r during his final year at South Alabama and finishing the season with 1,474 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Ceedee Lamb, Noah Brown, and Jalen Tolbert are expected to be the starters in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but Tolbert may be the guy that will give you season-long value.
Cameron Brate – TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4.0% Rostered)
Rob Gronkowski is retired and O.J. Howard is now with the Bil… *checks notes… Sorry, Howard is now with the Texans after being released by the Buffalo Bills during training camp cuts. Now it looks like Cameron Brate will finally get his time to shine with Tom Brady as the Bucs number one tight end this season. Brate is hardly being drafted by fantasy managers with Brate being a late-round target, if at all. But Brate should have a path for targets and work with Brady and the Bucs’ passing attack this season. And considering the amount of volume that’s potentially there with Brady still wanting to sling the ball all over the place as he led the league in pass attempts during the 2021 season with 719.
Should Brate and Brady end up on the same page more often than not this season, Brate could be a steal at a position that’s hard for fantasy managers to come by after the bigger names come off the board.
Denver Broncos D/ST – (28.5% Rostered)
If you are looking for a defense to grab off over waivers with a solid match this week, the Denver Broncos might be just the thing you need. Denver gets the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1, revealing that the NFL does have a bit of a petty side lurking in the scheduling department. Denver finished eighth against the pass and 15th against the run but gets a Russell Wilson-less Seahawks team that will likely start Geno Smith at quarterback. Denver should have the edge in that matchup so if you need to, throw the Denver Broncos defense in for this week.