Week 1 – Wavier Wire Pickups. If you are looking for a free agent or waiver wire pickup for your fantasy football team in Week 1, here are a couple of the best options likely available in your league. Waiver Wire Pickups at each starting position are posted, including QB – RB – WR – TE – K – D. Each players ownership percentage in a standard 10 team yahoo public league is posted after their name. If you have any comments or questions, you can post them in the comment box below this article. Thanks for Reading! – Hawk Michaels at Hawk Fantasy Sports Blog
Alex Smith – SF = @Sea / 63%
With an ownership rate at 63% in standard 10 team yahoo leagues, Smith is likely the best QB option available for fantasy football teams looking to pick up a QB and start him this week. I would not expect anything great in terms of stats, but 175-200 passing yards and 1 touchdown is well within reach.
Derek Anderson – Ari = StL / 19%
If Anderson has a breath of fantasy football life left in him, then this weeks matchup at home against the lowly Rams defense should be the show all tell all for fantasy teams.
Sam Bradford – StL = Ari / 23%
All in all, a decent matchup for Bradford in his first start. He could easily be surprisingly better than most would think for a rookie in his NFL debut. And better yet, he has an excellent running game in a healthy Steven Jackson to keep the defense honest.
Dennis Dixon – Pit = Atl / 3%
Tough to say just how good Dixon could be, but a home matchup against a so-so Falcons defense is not the worse scenario to start Dixon if needed in a deep league or as a QB2 play this week. And best of all, Dixon has the feet to put up solid rushing numbers. Think Vince Young, only cheaper for fantasy football teams this week.
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Tim Hightower – Ari = @StL / 61%
Likely to get the start at RB over Beanie Wells this week, Hightower at just 61% owned in 10 team yahoo leagues, is a relatively available waiver wire pickup for fantasy football teams looking to spot start an RB this week. Offering plenty of touchdown potential this week, Hightower has the potential to tally at least 50-75 total yards and 1 touchdown.
Carnell Williams – TB = Cle / 64%
Solid matchup should have Williams looking at 75 rushing yards this week with a touchdown possible as well.
Darren McFadden – Oak = @Ten / 49%
You just never know. If Michael Bush cannot play much or at all in this game, McFadden might just get 20 carries and put up 80 yards.
Sammy Morris – NE = Cin / 4%
With Laurence Maroney disappearing in the Patriots offense, Morris is the best RB option New England has to offer this week. In deep league, Morris is not the worst option if needed.
Mike Williams – TB = Cle / 33%
If the quarterback issue in Tampa Bay wasn’t an issue, then Williams could actually be ranked as an easy top 30 WR play this week. Yet even with the quarterback issue and whether Josh Freeman or Josh Johnson starts, it really should not matter as Williams is way too talented to allow the Browns secondary to slow him down. At a ridiculously low 33% ownership rate in 10 team leagues, Williams could easily have a huge coming out party this week in the fantasy football world. And if Williams does put up stats like he is capable of this week, you can for sure bet his ownership percentage will be doubled by this time next week. So go grab Williams now while you still have the opportunity. Anything from 50-125 receiving yards and 1 touchdown is possible.
Jacoby Jones – Hou = Ind / 67%
Given this weeks matchup and two high powered offenses going at it, I have no problem starting Jones as my WR2 this week in standard 10 team leagues. 50-100 receiving yards and a touchdown is definitely possible for Jones, as this could easily be a high scoring game.
Anthony Gonzalez – Ind = @Hou / 24%
If Gonzalez is healthy enough to play in a bunch of offensive plays, then he is just as valuable of a fantasy football WR as Pierre Garcon.
Nate Burleson – Det = @Chi / 22%
With the Bears defense focusing on Calvin Johnson, Burleson is easily the forgotten man. He could be a surprising factor in this game for the Lions.
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Laurent Robinson – StL = Ari / 18%
If the nerves do not get a hold of rookie Sam Bradford too much, then the speedy Robinson has an outside chance at putting up some decent numbers this week.
Mohamed Massaquoi – Cle = @TB / 49%
Solid matchup for Massaquoi who is clearly the best WR on the Browns team, but you just don’t know what Jake Delhomme will do. Maybe Massaquoi will be Delhomme’s Steve Smith?!?! Just don’t bet too much on it.
Greg Olsen – Chi = Det / 69%
While others are still ticked off at Olsen for his under performing season last year, I am one of the few who are extremely high on Olsen entering this season. A matchup against the lowly Lions defense should kick start Olsen’s breakout season this week. Overall, I am high on the radar with Olsen this week, as I think he clearly has 50-100 receiving yard and 1 touchdown potential in him for this game.
Rob Gronkowski – NE = Cin / 9%
With fellow rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez likely to miss playing time in this game because of injury, and the Bengals pro-bowl cover corner tandem of Leon Hall and Jonathan Joseph covering the Patriots wide receivers, Gronkowski could easily be the guy who will get open the most in this game. Tom Brady could effortlessly hook up with Gronkowski at least half a dozen times in this game, so anything in the range of 50-100 receiving yards and 1 touchdown is possible for Gronkowski this week.
Jermaine Gresham – Cin = @NE / 30%
In all honesty, Gresham could easily be Carson Palmer’s favorite target in this game. 50-75 receiving yards is possible, and touchdown is not out of the question either.
Michael Hoomanawanui – StL = Ari / 1%
Something about the Hoomanawanui and Sam Bradford connection is ringing a bell for me. I would not be surprised if Hoomanawanui tallies 50-75 receiving yards in this game as he becomes Bradford’s most reliable target. A touchdown is also within reach if all goes well.
Robbie Gould – Chi = Det / 52%
Adam Vinatieri – Ind = @Hou / 24%
Neil Rackers – Hou = Ind / 23%
Joe Nedney – SF = @Sea / 7%
Miami Dolphins = @Buf / 66%
Arizona Cardinals = @StL / 28%
San Diego Chargers = @KC / 57%
Chicago Bears = Det / 42%