Week one is in the books. Many fantasy GMs are reacting (or overreacting) to their team's performance this week. Where are their deficiencies? Is it time to trade? Usually, I'm a proponent of holding pat, and not overreacting after one week. But, that does not mean you should ignore players who might be on your waiver wire. Here's a few players to watch and grab that might be on your waivers.
Mark Sanchez, NYJ - I'm in four fantasy leagues, and Sanchez only got taken in one, and that's my deep 16-team league. Even Tim Tebow got taken before Sanchez. Everyone believed the inept performance of the preseason, and passed on Sanchez. If you need a backup QB (I still can't recommend starting Sanchez), I'm on board with picking up the Jets QB, especially after his 266 yards, 3 TD performance. Now, just be prepared for inconsistent play and know that he plays the Steelers this week.
Alfred Morris, Was - Morris rushed for 96 yards and two TDs in his NFL debut. And head coach Mike Shanahan (who breaks the hearts of fantasy football owners) said that Morris is officially the starter, but then finished it off with "right now." Pay extra mind to those last two words. Shanahan cannot be trusted to care about your fantasy team, and Morris, can, at any time, lose touches to any of the other Redskins running backs. It is safe to pick up Morris, and start him - - - for now.
C.J. Spiller, Buf - Like GSI's own Dan Clasgens frequently said, Spiller should not have been considered merely a backup or handcuff option. Spiller showed why with a phenomenal week one performance. With Fred Jackson for a while, Spiller is the best waiver wire grab of the week, at a postion so thin as running back. Grab him and start him.
Dexter McCluster, KC - You gotta love when a waiver wire gem leads his team in targets. That's what McCluster did last week as he was targeted 10 times with 6 catches for 82 yards. He's qualified as a RB and a WR in most leagues. McCluster has value in deeper PPR-only leagues. In non-PPR formats, his value will be very limited.
Kevin Ogletree, DAL - Remember how good Laurent Robinson was last year as Dallas' third WR? Yeah, well meet the new Robinson as Ogletree racked up 8 catches for 114 yards and 2 TDs versus the Giants. Most didn't have him, and even less started him. Owners will run to the wire to grab him, and may have already processed the claim, since he played nearly a week already. Expect more of the same from Ogletree who is now a WR3-type of fantasy player.
Stephen Hill, NYJ - Week one was the time for rookie WRs to break out. Hill busted out for the previously impotent Jets. He had two TDs, and 6 catches. He averaged 17.6 yards per catch, which shows his big-play potential. But, be weary of Hill. He's still an inexperienced rookie, who has a history of dropping passes even collegiately. His opponent gets much tougher this week. Hill has immense value in keeper leagues though as he has the makings of a future NFL talent.
Randall Cobb, GB - In my fantasy preview of the Green Bay Packers I touted Cobb as a nice bench builder. We saw flashes of his greatness last year. In week one, he had 9 catches for 77 yards and also returned a punt to the house. If your league rewards individuals for special team performances, Cobb is the guy to grab, and if you drafted someone like the over-hyped Devin Hester, go ahead and drop him, and pickup Cobb. In PPR formats, Cobb has more value.
Alshon Jeffery, CHI - As the Bears offense finally came alive, so did this rookie who went mostly undrafted in fantasy football. Jeffery had a 42-yard TD catch, 5 targets and 3 catches for 80 yards. I'd like more targets before I get excited for Jeffery, but owners who are desperate could do worse than snagging Jeffery. In dynasty leagues, Jeffery is a great grab. Do it now, before he breaks out again. But I'd hold off on starting him until he shows he can do it again, and more regularly.
Honorable mention (put on your watch list, but don't grab yet): Andrew Hawkins, WR Cin, Jeremy Kerley, WR NYJ, Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN, Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL