Week 1 is OFFICIALLY IN THE BOOKS! With that, we get into my personal favorite part of the weekly grind: the waiver wire. Whether you play in a league that does standard waivers or FAB (free agent bidding), we will highlight players below based off roster percentages in ESPN leagues. For the sake of this article each week, I will focus on players owned in less than 40% of leagues. Fantasy football leagues come in all shapes and sizes, as some play in leagues with as little as 8-10 owners, while others, like our Betting Predators listener league, has 20 (!) teams. You should do your best to prioritize these adds based on your roster's most glaring needs OR the most glaring needs of your main opponents, which in Week 2 is tougher to visualize so early in the season, but can prove extremely valuable down the stretch. RB's, which are at a premium in 2020, especially due to COVID-19 related risks, are often our main targets, to add both trade value and depth/insurance to our rosters. We want to constantly chase volume and usage, which for WR's/TE's will be primarily tracking snaps, targets and air yards, as opposed to raw touchdowns and raw fantasy points. The opportunity and the volume are the keys here.
We had a Week 1 chock full of important injuries and scheme revelations. While we don't want to overreact to just a one-week sample size, we do want to jump on the opportunity to improve our rosters as often as humanly possible, through waivers, trades and streaming multiple positions like QB, TE, D/ST and Kicker. The ability to drop these players at the start of the week and make at least one additional, speculative add can be the difference in picking up a league-winner off the waivers each week. Don't be afraid to drop multiple guys after Week 1, either. It's the owners who stand pat and stay stagnant who often see their fantasy fortunes fade down the stretch each year and into the playoffs. Again, it's so important to stress not chasing touchdowns, but chasing opportunity (air yards, targets, carries, goal-line work, etc.). TD's are fluky and you cannot bet on them from week to week when looking at which guys to add off waivers.
Have a specific add/drop question or anything more specific that isn't covered below? Hit me up on Twitter @maddjournalist or @betpredators. I will do my best to address each one of you before our first set of claims go through on Tuesday night. Without further adieu, here is our first weekly addition of "Hunting The Waiver Wire" below. I will do my best to keep this short and sweet, with just one paragraph or less on each of the guys listed below: