Here we are with our Week 1 waiver wire pickups for the 2021 season. I know what you are thinking, you just finished your draft you love your team, why would you look to change it already? Well, if you want to be a winner this is how you win your league, on the waiver wire.
As with last season, each week we will take a look at the top options that are available in the majority of leagues. The write-ups are in order of rostered percentage, not priority. (Using Yahoo percentages)
Jameis Winston (NO) 41% rostered
The QB battle has been concluded in New Orleans, at least for the time being, and Winston won. The issue is that for the start of the season he is without some of the teams best receiving weapons. Michael Thomas isn’t going to play for a while and the young duo of Adam Trautman and Tre’Quan Smith are not looking like they are going to suit up for Week 1.
Carson Wentz (IND) 21% rostered
After the drama of the offseason, it looks like Wentz might be there to play in the opening week. Wentz struggled in the stale (and banged up) offense of the Eagles and is looking to get back on track behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. Might be better to pick up once you’ve seen him on the field.
Sam Darnold (CAR) 15% rostered
Darnold starts the season facing the team that just let him go. In the pre-season Darnold has looked good in the Panthers offense. However, it remains to be seen if that’ll translate to the regular season. If he looks good, then the next few matchups he has are pretty soft for fantasy.
Others to Consider
- Derek Carr (LV) 24% rostered
- Zach Wilson (NYJ) 18% rostered
- Teddy Bridgewater (DEN) 10% rostered
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