Each week I’ll be taking an early look at the waiver wire and pointing out a few guys you might want to add or stay away from.
Since this is week one, if you do make a move you need to be careful about who you are dropping. Peyton Manning only had three points yesterday, but I doubt his owners are looking for a new quarterback this week.
Let's start with a few guys you might want to add
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TE Tampa Bay Bucs
A rookie quarterback's best friend in the passing game can be a solid pass catching tight end. There are a bunch of tight ends in the league these days, but Seferian-Jenkins clearly has talent. He battled injuries most of the year last year but in week one he had five catches for 110 yards, including that impressive 41 yard touchdown. Keep in mind that once Mike Evans comes back, his targets will most likely decrease. He is currently available in 42 percent of leagues
Jordan Reed - TE Washington Redskins
Reed is another extremely athletic pass-catching tight end who has a history on injury problems. But when he is healthy and when Cousins is in at quarterback for the Redskins, Reed puts up numbers like he did yesterday. Seven catches, 63 yards and a touchdown. He is currently available in 45 percent of leagues.
Donte Moncrief - WR Indianapolis Colts
If you add anyone this week it should be this guy. He is currently available in 90 percent of leagues. When you look at the Colts wide receiver corps, you've got TY Hilton, Andre Johnson, and Moncrief. Hilton might be out for a few weeks. Andre Johnson played his first game for the Colts yesterday and it showed. Johnson was an elite WR for years in Houston, but he and QB Andrew Luck just looked like they were on a different page all game. So in the meantime Moncrief could see plenty of targets and put up more games like he did in week one. He had six catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.
David Johnson - RB Arizona Cardinals
You might be thinking why would I say you should add a running back that didn't get one carry this week. Well, this is more of a pick and stash move. He is a guy who in the next few weeks could slowly inch his way in more playing time. The Cardinals starting RB coming into the season is Andre Ellington, but he had a knee injury last week so he could miss some time. Next in line is Chris Johnson, who hasn't been very productive in the last few seasons. That leaves David Johnson. He touched the ball one time this week on a pass play, quickly showing his explosiveness as he turned it into a 55-yard touchdown. Johnson is currently available in 80 percent of leagues.
One more guy I want to quickly mention is someone that a lot of people might pick up but I'm staying away from for now. That is Nate Washington - WR Houston Texans. He is available in 98 percent of leagues and had a huge game in week one with six catches for 105 yards. When you take a closer look at his production in week one, all of it came when the Texans had Brian Hoyer in at QB.
During the second half the Texans made a change at QB and Ryan Mallet came in. Mallet didn't complete one pass to Washington so if you are looking at Nate Washington you might want to wait until the Texans make a formal announcement on who will be their starting QB in week two.