5 Week 1 fantasy waiver-wire claims you’ll wish you’d made early

Tyler Loechner forecasts the hot names on the wire a week from now, and why you'll wish you hadn't waited.

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5 Week 1 fantasy waiver-wire claims you’ll wish you’d made early

The NFL season is here, which means you’re finally tinkering with some Week 1 roster choices. However, by this time next week, you’ll be doing more than just setting you Week 2 lineup — you’ll likely be looking to make some tweaks to your roster in general.

There’s always a rush on the waiver wire, but the surge is the strongest following Week 1. People tend to overreact after the first slate of games.

Perhaps some of your preseason fliers didn’t pan out, and it’s time to replace them already. Leonte Carroo comes to mind. Perhaps one of your key starters will go down in Week 1 (but let’s hope not). Maybe someone has a Kevin Ogletree-like Week 1 this season. Maybe the Cowboys surprise everyone and take Ezekiel Elliott out at the goal line (probably won’t happen).

Whatever the reason, there’s going to be a mad dash on the waivers this weekend. So why not beat the rush and take some of the potential breakout players early?

We’ll take a look at players who are owned in under half of ESPN fantasy leagues — but whose ownership shares will likely rise in the coming weeks.

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens

When healthy last season, Flacco was a top-13 fantasy quarterback, which means he was performing as a borderline QB1. However, he heads into the 2016 season being owned in just 16 percent of leagues.

Flacco is not a to-die-for fantasy quarterback, but he’s a high-volume passer, which gives him a safe floor from week to week. Last year, while healthy, Flacco ranked second in passing attempts with 413 (he averaged 41.3 per game). He had five 300-plus yard games, and another outing with 299 yards.

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Tyler Loechner is a lead writer at PFF Fantasy. He has played fantasy football since 1999 and has been a part of the PFF Fantasy staff since 2010. Tyler was also previously a fantasy football featured columnist at Bleacher Report.


    I’m playing in a 2 QB league and my only QBs are Big Ben and Fitzpatrick (waited on the second one). Flacco is still available on the wire (the only even reasonable QB left) and I was contemplating dropping Fitz for Flacco because Fitz has a tough early schedule while Flacco’s is relative easy. On the other hand Fitzpatrick was solid for points last year and I have no room to bench him, I’d have to drop. Thoughts?

    • Tyler Loechner

      The Jets do have a brutal schedule to start the year. I’d think Flacco outscores Fitz through six weeks, but Fitz probably outscores him the rest of the way.


        Thanks. I think I will probably do the swap and then hope to grab Fitz off waivers after week 6 or upgrade QB through a trade.

        • Runner1967

          Flacco has a bunch of what ifs and maybes at skill positions. At least Fitz has two reliable studs.

          • Tyler Loechner

            Fitz ranked slightly higher for season as a whole, but if he’s thinking of streaming his 2nd QB all season long, then I’d roll with Flacco to start over Fitz.

    • Alec coogs

      You definitely have a droppable player ur team isnt that good i guarantee it