Fantasy Football waivers: Week 1 waiver wire, streamers and more

Greetings, friends. This is everything you need for weekly fantasy football waivers. Do yourself — and me! — a favor and check the “Heads Up” (explanations) before dropping in your waiver question.

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  • Players must be under 60% rostered on Yahoo
  • Players are listed in order of preference — I’ll often prioritize potential upside over immediate middling production
  • No FAB suggestions: It varies wildly by league tendencies and is always relative (ex: if you lost your RB1 to injury and there is a clear backup, you’re going to be more aggressive)
  • Streaming QB and TE are grouped together— their rankings might change slightly once projections/ranks run
  • Tiers! You’ll see breaks at Running Back and Wide Receiver. They show similarly grouped players if you like one a bit more than I do.
  • Emojis
    • 😤 = I Tried to Tell Ya — players included for several weeks (not much more to add if you don’t want them)
    • 🧐 = Check if Dropped — players whose managers might have cut for other needs or they’re simply impatient
    • 😒 = Meh — don’t see long-term upside (possible temporary fill-in/mediocre starter if needed)

🦆 (1-5) = More Concern (woo-hoo!)
🥚 = 1/2… or about to birth a new concern duck

  • Matthew Stafford, LAR 🦆🥚 — Stafford played through the elbow discomfort and underwent a procedure this offseason to help the pain, but he’s been on a “pitch count” of sorts. If the Rams have Stafford throwing it 35-40+ times a game, the aftereffect will be the issue, which could lead to missed games or more team rushing.
  • Trey Lance, SF 🦆 — With Jimmy Garoppolo unexpectedly back, the 49ers might not have patience if Lance starts 1-3 with more interceptions than touchdowns.
  • Cam Akers, LAR 🦆🥚 — This feels a bit Belichick-ian for the reports, as people covering the team have mentioned Akers is running well with Darrell Henderson. The Rams gave Akers bellcow work after he came back in a ridiculously short amount of time, and it was with the playoffs and Super Bowl on the line. I still believe he’s the clear lead.
  • Josh Jacobs, LV 🦆🦆🥚 — Josh McDaniels has visions for everyone in the backfield and Jacobs’ doesn’t include much passing game work.
  • Antonio Gibson, WSH 🦆🦆 — Brian Robinson is out at least four weeks. If Gibson regains the coaching staff’s faith, he could get back inside the Top 20.
  • David Montgomery, CHI 🦆🦆🦆 — I’m a believer in Khalil Herbert, who showed last year he could handle the load if Montgomery missed time. With reports of split work and/or Herbert fitting better, concern is warranted.
  • Breece Hall, NYJ 🦆🦆 — While the Jets could copy the Broncos’ usage pattern from 2021, that’s not the end of the world with both finishing in the Top 20.
  • Diontae Johnson, PIT 🦆🦆 — The injury sounds minor, but Mitch Trubisky could spread the ball around more than Ben Roethlisberger did, especially with George Pickens on the roster.
  • Jaylen Waddle, MIA 🦆 — Reports are the injury is no longer a concern, and that was the only reason to worry, as Waddle could outperform Tyreek Hill and it wouldn’t be a shock.
  • Allen Lazard, GB 🦆🦆 — Mysterious injury, and there are quite a few options for Aaron Rodgers. That said, Lazard already has Rodgers’ eye, especially in the end zone.
  • Kadarius Toney, NYG 🦆🦆🦆 — Can’t stay healthy. Still the most dynamic receiver for the Giants.
  • Zach Ertz, ARI 🦆 — If healthy, should pick up where he left off, but the injury raises an eyebrow.
  • Brevin Jordan, HOU 🦆🦆🦆🥚 — Still has a chance to be Davis Mills’ second target, but O.J. Howard is a superior blocker, which could take snaps away. Frustrating.


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  1. Khalil Herbert, CHI — As mentioned in the worry section, Herbert is a nice talent with high potential. He should be in the Tony Pollard conversation.

  2. Kenyan Drake and Mike Davis, BAL — With Kenyan Drake signed, this could be a short-lived experience. If you don’t need a Week 1 starter, I’d stash Drake for the upside over Davis. Additionally, J.K. Dobbins should take over when 100%, but that might take all of September. Drake and Davis are worth the gamble for RB2 value as long as either is the starter… no matter how angry Davis (and/or Drake) made you last year… which is certainly a possibility again.
  3. Kenneth Gainwell, PHI — Whether Miles Sanders or Boston Scott is the lead, Gainwell is the constant and in a pass-catching role with weekly Flex value and Top 20 upside.
  4. Jeff Wilson, SF — If Elijah Mitchell isn’t ready for Week 1, enter Wilson, who has No. 1 upside and plenty of risk (if it’s not him).
  5. James Robinson, JAX — Robinson is apparently ready for Week 1, and there is talk he’s the “starter,” but in Doug Pederson’s offense, roles don’t mean as much as production. Travis Etienne is the better option, but Robinson is worth stashing while seeing how he looks.
  6. Raheem Mostert, MIA — Backfield could be a full-blown committee, but a stash on Mostert is warranted on the chance he leads the group. Also, never forget that he almost had a surfing scholarship to college.

  7. Rachaad White, TB — The Buccaneers want to ease off Leonard Fournette some, White is a good pass-catcher, and he would be the lead over Giovani Bernard.
  8. Jaylen Warren, PIT — Steps up behind Najee Harris, who is dealing with offseason Lisfranc issues, and Mike Tomlin prefers to lean on a primary back.

  9. J.D. McKissic, WSH — Obviously, McKissic is a Half and Full-PPR play who has some Flex appeal.
  10. Jamaal Williams, DET — Williams is replacement level, but D’Andre Swift has missed time, and the Lions have turned to Williams before — he’s put up RB2 numbers when needed.
  11. Eno Benjamin, ARI — Likely similar to Gainwell in that his role wouldn’t change much if James Conner missed time — Williams would take the lead.

  12. Sony Michel, LAC 😒 — Joshua Kelley got some buzz and Isaiah Spiller is a long-term play, but if Austin Ekeler got hurt, Michel would be the Chargers lead option, currently.

  13. Boston Scott, PHI — If Sanders can’t go, Scott has provided RB2 value with RB1 upside in the past.
  14. Rex Burkhead, HOU — You’re welcome to your Dameon Pierce shares, but Burkhead is the complement, could see more passing-game work than Pierce and have RB2 value if Pierce got hurt.
  15. Zamir White, LV — High-end backup. White could be the lead with a Jacobs injury, or he could begin pushing Jacobs aside altogether.
  16. Travis Homer, SEA — Until Ken Walker returns, Rashaad Penny is the clear lead, but Homer has a slight edge on DeeJay Dallas for weekly use and potential lead work if Penny missed time.
  17. Jerick McKinnon, KC 🧐 — The Chiefs like McKinnon, who has McKissic-like appeal… on a better offense.
  18. Damien Williams, ATL 😒 — Currently, Williams is the lead for the timeshare with Patterson, but it’s a mediocre ceiling.

  19. Isiah Pacheco, KC — Pacheco flashed plenty in the preseason and might make Ronald Jones a castoff, but for now, he’s an upside stash.

  20. Dontrell Hilliard, TEN — Hilliard has the edge on being the “next man up” if Derrick Henry got hurt again.
  21. Tyrion Davis-Price, SF — More of the long-term play if Mitchell misses time, Davis-Price is the style of running back the 49ers prefer.
  22. Ameer Abdullah, LV — If Abdullah is truly McDaniels’ “new James White,” we know what that can bring.
  23. Tyler Allgeier, ATL — Williams is next up as of now, but Allgeier has more upside and could push Williams aside to be a one-two punch with Cordarrelle Patterson.
  24. Matt Breida, NYG — If Saquon Barkley gets hurt, Breida is up but likely shares with Gary Brightwell and others in a bleh offense.

(Might be over 60% rostered — try not to drop them)

Tyler Allgeier, ATL; James Cook, BUF; Samaje Perine, CIN; Jerome Ford, CLE; Snoop Conner, JAX; Isiah Pacheco, KC; Isaiah Spiller, LAC; Zamir White, LV; Jaylen Warren, PIT; Tyrion Davis-Price, SF; Jordan Mason, SF; Rachaad White, TB; Hasaan Haskins, TEN; Brian Robinson, WSH

DUMPSVILLE (listed in the order I’d drop)

  • Chuba Hubbard, CAR — If needed, as D’Onta Foreman appears more in the lead but what will likely be a timeshare anyway.


  1. D.J. Chark, DET — Until Jameson Williams is back, Chark is a top-two receiver with Amon-Ra St. Brown. It wasn’t long ago that Chark was a Top 20 receiver overall.
  2. Tyler Boyd, CIN — What?! Boyd was a WR3 last year with eight double-digit scores. Sure, you don’t want to start him with Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins healthy, but if either missed time… WR2 upside is waiting.
  3. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, KC — MVS has a top-two position with JuJu Smith-Schuster, giving him major upside as the main deep option.
  4. Alec Pierce, IND — Pierce is in the conversation for the most-valuable rookie receiver. Yes, the odds are with Drake London and even a few others, but as Matt Ryan’s potential No. 2, Pierce could post a DeVonta Smith-like rookie season.
  5. Treylon Burks, TEN — Despite his health and inconsistencies, Burks has real high-end ability as a receiver. As I covered during the draft and this preseason, Burks could make a bigger impact in 2023 if he comes along slowly, but there is still hope he makes a WR3 impact in 2022.

  6. Jalen Tolbert, DAL — With Michael Gallup out to start the year, Tolbert — profiling similarly to Gallup — can start alongside CeeDee Lamb and bring WR3 value.
  7. Nico Collins, HOU — Collins is a big-play threat and potential No. 2 for Davis Mills across from Brandin Cooks. A Top 40 finish isn’t out of the equation.
  8. Jahan Dotson, WSH — Dotson spent more time outside than in the slot, where Curtis Samuel played nearly all of his preseason snaps. That potentially points to Dotson already being above Samuel. Even if not, Dotson’s ability should push him past Samuel eventually.
  9. Garrett Wilson, NYJ — Extremely-talented, Wilson should move past Corey Davis with the ease in which he moves past coverage.
  10. Christian Watson, GB 🧐 — The Packers receiver corps has been all the talk this preseason, but Watson missed most with an injury. He could take a few weeks to move up the depth chart and into a Top 2-3 role, but once there, Watson has WR3 potential and then some.
  11. Isaiah McKenzie, BUF — The new slot option for the Bills, McKenzie’s injury might limit his snaps early in the season with Jamison Crowder working in. However, reports had McKenzie leaping Crowder on the depth chart, and the Bills have provided three receivers with value in past years.
  12. Romeo Doubs, GB — Doubs had his time as the most-hyped Packers receiver this preseason. He’s worthy of a stash, but the highest ceiling is with Watson.

  13. Rondale Moore, ARI — With DeAndre Hopkins out six weeks, Moore has post-hype sleeper potential.
  14. Sammy Watkins, GB — Lazard has the leg up on the No. 1 role, but he’s dealing with an injury, and Watkins could step in… at least for Week 1.
  15. DeVante Parker, NE 😒 — Atop the depth chart, healthy, more upside than Jakobi Meyers.
  16. Kenny Golladay, NYG 😒 — Yes, Golladay had some mysterious procedure, and he doesn’t mesh well with Daniel Jones, but even Devin Funchess had 112-63-840-8 for WR20 in 2017. Honestly, I don’t expect it, but if Golladay shows any sign of his pre-injuries (plural) ability, he could be the No. 1 for the Giants, and he’s a free stash.
  17. Marvin Jones, JAX 😒 — If Trevor Lawrence takes a bit step forward and throws for 4000/25 or more, Christian Kirk isn’t going to be the only beneficiary.
  18. Robbie Anderson, CAR — Anderson finished one spot behind D.J. Moore as WR23 two years ago. Baker Mayfield is enough of an improvement to stash Anderson for WR3 potential.

  19. Jarvis Landry, NO — If Michael Thomas isn’t ready to go, Landry is the vet with rookie Chris Olave forming the top two options for Jameis Winston.
  20. Joshua Palmer, LAC — Not only could Palmer have deeper-league value with the right matchup, his ceiling is inside the Top 20 if Keenan Allen or Mike Williams missed time.
  21. Van Jefferson, LAR 🧐 — Dealing with an injury, yet we know the potential of the Rams No. 3 receiver, especially if that opportunity turned into a top two role due to someone else’s injury (though he could miss Week 1 with his own injury).
  22. Mecole Hardman, KC — Hardman sits behind JJSS and MVS, but he still carries stash potential if either were to get hurt or struggle to find consistency.
  23. Parris Campbell, IND 🧐 — Don’t forget about Campbell with the shiny new toy, Pierce, on the roster. Campbell had people whispering WR3/4 potential when he was a rookie.
  24. KJ Hamler, DEN — All the focus is on Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy, and rightfully so, but don’t forget about Hamler and his skills. He’s in the No. 3 receiver conversation with the likes of Van Jefferson and would be a highly-coveted waiver grab if someone got hurt.

  25. Nelson Agholor, NE 😒 — Pure bench stash in deeper leagues in case Parker bombs, as Agholor saw a decent amount of preseason buzz from Patriots reporters.

  26. Wan’Dale Robinson, NYG — Toney can’t stay healthy, Golladay can’t get in sync with Daniel Jones, Sterling Shepard is returning from an Achilles injury, and Robinson has some Toney to his game, but is diminutive.
  27. Velus Jones, CHI — While no one on the Bears might have receiving value after Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet, Jones — even though he’s exceptionally old for a rookie — has the potential to be the underneath, reliable option for Justin Fields.

(Might be over 60% rostered — try not to drop them)

Isaiah McKenzie, BUF; Terrace Marshall, CAR; David Bell, CLE; Jalen Tolbert, DAL; KJ Hamler, DEN; Jameson Williams, DET; Christian Watson, GB; Romeo Doubs, GB; Nico Collins, HOU; Alec Pierce, IND; Skyy Moore, KC; Joshua Palmer, LAC; Van Jefferson, LAR; K.J. Osborn, MIN; Wan’Dale Robinson, NYG; Danny Gray, SF; Treylon Burks, TEN; Jahan Dotson, WSH

DUMPSVILLE (listed in the order I’d drop)

  • Devin Duvernay, BAL — Doesn’t have the No. 2 receiver role locked in ahead of Tylan Wallace and James Proche (though, maybe the edge) but even so, hard to find a third useful option, especially when Isaiah Likely looks to be the “three.”


Top Streamers

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  • TEN vs NYG
  • CIN vs PIT
  • CLE at CAR
  • MIA vs NE
  • JAX at WSH
  • CAR vs CLE
  • WSH vs JAX
  • PHI at DET
  • KC at ARI

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