Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books. There were letdowns everywhere but we're not going to focus on that in this article. Instead, we'll spend our time looking at the players who excelled in Week 1 who might be on your waiver-wire. If these fellas are on waivers should you add them? Furthermore, if you do have an interest in adding them what should you pay to attain their services? Read on to find out.
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(Assuming a $100 Budget)
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Raiders
I've said it for years. The fact is that in fantasy football, when it comes to quarterbacks, we often reward the wrong things. In the case of Pryor, look at the facts. His team lost the game. The Raiders only scored 17 points. He threw for only 217 yards and tossed two interceptions. However, he also ran 13 times for 112 yards making him a QB1 in Week 1 in the fantasy game. The offense of the Raiders is bad and there will likely be significant growing pains. I'd really hope you did the smart thing and rostered a guy like Eli Manning or Andy Dalton to be your backup quarterback. I just don't trust Pryor.
FAAB BID: $10-15
Joique Bell, RB, Lions
My 37th ranked runner coming into the season, Bell went out and scored twice while grabbing five balls for 67 yards. With Mikel Leshoure inactive, it's clear who is the next in line when Reggie Bush gets hurt (he's already beat up with a dislocated thumb and sore groin). Bush tore it up in Week 1 against the Vikings with 90 yards and the ground and 101 receiving with a score, but I simply cannot see how he will make it through 16 games this season. If you didn't listen to me and draft Bell, make sure you add him if you can.
FAAB BID: $15-25
Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers
With LaRod Stephens-Howling done for the year (knee), Felix Jones missing blitz pickups, and Le'Veon Bell still working his way back from injury, the Steelers needed depth so they brought back the guy they cut less than two weeks ago in Dwyer. Bell could be back in mere days, and as long as he's healthy he's going to dominate a Steelers' backfield in touches that saw Issac Redman run for nine yards on eight carries in Week 1. Dwyer is barely worth even bidding on. In fact, I wouldn't bother.
FAAB BID: $1-2
Da'Rel Scott, Giants
David Wilson was a mess on Sunday night football blowing blocking assignments and fumbling the ball twice. Just like last season when he turned the ball over, Wilson was removed from the game and he was never heard from again. The Giants, with Andre Brown down with his broke leg, featured a lot of Scott as he ran five times for 23 yards and caught five balls for 51 yards. The Giants, and astute analysts, know that Scott simply isn't the answer in the backfield for the Giants. If HC Tom Coughlin really wants to make a point, or if he has lost faith in Wilson already (which seems foolish), Scott would likely share touches with Michael Cox who is the better speculative add (though the team is running tryouts in the backfield with names like McGehee and Jacobs coming in to work out for the club).
FAAB BID for Scott: $2-6
FAAB BID for Cox: $8-10
Alfonso Smith, RB, Cardinals
There's nothing to see here. The least talented RB option the Cardinals have, Smith somehow convinced the Cardinals' coaching staff that he was worth given 10 carries to (he only went for 26 yards). He's a moderate talent who would need 20 touches a week to be fantasy relevant. He's not getting that.
FAAB BID: $2-3
Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
I'll be the first to admit that there is really no way to know what to do with Edelman. You would think he would have no role unless Danny Amendola were on the sidelines, but then you note that Edelman played 83 of 94 snaps in Week 1 on his way to seven receptions for 79 yards and two scores even with Amendola going for 10 grabs. That's snap total is a flipping massive mark for a wideout. The Pats seem enamored with Julian, but don't forget Rob Gronkowski still isn't in the mix, Kenbrell Thompkins failed, we didn't see much of Aaron Dobson or Zach Sudfeld, and with Ridley's fumble the dynamic of the offense changed a bit when they went heavy Shane Vereen (if you missed it Vereen will miss 2-3 weeks after needing wrist surgery). Add in though that Amendola has struggled to stay healthy at times and that reports suggest his groin injury will keep him out of Week 2 action at least, and I think folks would be wise to try an add Edelman, the smallish Pats' wideout.
FAAB BID: $15-20
Andre Roberts, WR, Cardinals
While everyone is talking about Fitzgerald's two touchdowns, we should note that Roberts hauled in eight of his nine targets for 97 yards. Michael Floyd looked sharp on a few plays out wide as well and he likely has a higher ceiling than Roberts, but if the club attempts to stretch the field frequently, and this offense is set up to do just that, it's quite possible that Roberts could end up being someone you could consider as a potential flex play much of the time in PPR leagues. The upside is limited, he's not going to burst out and become Victor Cruz, but that doesn't mean that Roberts isn't a nice depth add.
FAAB BID: $10-$15
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Steelers
Someone has to catch passes, right? Sanders hauled in seven of 12 targets. It's hard to know whether the seven or the 12 stands out more? Probably the 12. You cannot expect him to see so many balls moving forward, but this outing should cement in your mind the fact that Sanders is going to be a significant part of the Steelers 2013 aerial attack.
FAAB BID: $10-15
Jerome Simpson, WR, Vikings
So much for rookie Cordarrelle Patterson making a splash in Week 1 (he caught his lone target for 10 yards). It was Simpson who blew up as Greg Jennings (three catches, 33 yards) and Kyle Rudolph (two catches, 27 yards) did nothing. Simpson had the best game of his career with seven receptions for 140 yards, and he has the look of a potential fantasy star. Too bad that position just isn't reflective of reality. Last season Simpson caught 26 balls for 274 yards, and only once in four seasons has he appeared in even 13 games. He's seemingly always dealing with some injury, has never been very productive (his best season was 2011 when he caught 50 balls for 725 yards and four scores), he's in an offense that won't exactly be lightly the world on fire most weeks through the air and simply put he's no where near as gifted physically as Patterson is. Simpson could be this years Kevin Ogeltree – a guy who has a fast start who you add only to discard a month later when you realize that he hasn't been doing anything at all that is helpful.
FAAB BID: $5-10
Dallas Clark, TE, Ravens
Clark caught seven balls for 87 yards in his first game with the Ravens. Don't be misled by the numbers. The 34 year old end looked bad. He dropped a sure-fire touchdown at the goaline, lost a fumble that was wiped out because of a penalty and generally lumbered all over the field. I'd suggest you target Kellen Winslow Jr. if you're looking for a cheap add at tight end this week.
FAAB BID: $5-8
Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos
When anyone goes for 5-110-2 everyone takes notice. When that guy likely wasn't drafted in about half the leagues out there the radar goes on full alert. We all know Peyton Manning isn't ever going to throw for seven scores again. We also know that Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker are all likely 80+ catch receivers. How many passes does that leave for Julius? He'll be a huge add this week in fantasy, people will be spending wildly to add his services, and while there's a change he's a tight end one this season it just seems foolish to me to overspend on a tight end off waivers when there's just as good a chance that Jermichael Finley, who you drafted in the 9th round this season, ends up a top-5 option this season.
FAAB BID: $8-$14
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