As a fantasy football owner, it’s very easy to overreact to a player’s performance in Week 1 and be ready to totally revamp your roster based on a few disappointing or out-of-nowhere terrific performances. While we generally recommend a “wait-and-see it’s only Week 1” approach, a shrewd add after the season’s opening week can help your fantasy team get back on track. Even if the player (or players) you add doesn’t turn out to be a long-term solution, he might have enough juice to help you get over your lineup woes. On that note, here are the Bruno Boys’ recommended “Fantasy Football Waiver Wire – Pick Them Ups” for the week ahead.
Quick Note: Not all players that had strong Week 1 outings are on this list, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have value. If you have any questions about free agents not discussed in this article, head over to the forums and we’ll help you with the answers.
QUARTERBACKS – PICK THEM UP
Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers)Newton had an excellent NFL debut against the Arizona Cardinals, going 24-for-37 for 422 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for 18 rushing yards and leaped over the pile for a short-yardage touchdown run. No quarterback had a bigger fantasy day than Newton and while he won’t repeat this feat weekly, his playmaking ability is worth opening up space on your roster for.Arizona does not have the strongest defense and things stand to get tougher in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers, but due to his ability to make things happen with his legs fantasy owners should still take notice.
In Week 3, Newton and the Panthers have a favorable matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars and fantasy football owners should target Newton now if they want to take advantage of the matchup in Week 3. Owners in need of an upgrade to their backup quarterback should grab Newton, as there is not another signal caller with more potential upside right now.Consider Adding In: 10-Team, 12-Team and 14-Team Leagues
Kerry Collins (Indianapolis Colts)In his first start for the Colts in place of Peyton Manning (neck), Collins went 16-for-31 for 197 yards and one touchdown against no interceptions. While he lacked accuracy, it’s positive to see that Collins took care of the football during the Colt’s blowout loss to the Houston Texans in Week 1.Collins clearly is no Manning and you can tell he doesn’t have full command of the team’s offense at this point, but he does have a nice array of pass targets at his disposal.
If you take a look at the Colts’ schedule, you will find that three of Collins’ next four matchups are against favorable passing defenses. Outside of the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4, Collins gets the Cleveland Browns next week and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4-5.Owners that are stuck without should consider adding Collins and he should be easy to snag off the waiver wire. Collins is available in over 80 percent of leagues hosted by Fleaflicker.com and he will make for a good bench option in deeper leagues.Consider Adding In: 12-Team and 14-Team leagues, particularly if you drafted Peyton Manning