Your lineup was finally set. You were ready to watch your favorite team win, and wishing your fantasy players could do amazing as well. We all had that brief minute of hope before the ball was put on the tee to kick off the new NFL season.

Then, everything fell apart. Someone didn’t hold up their end of the bargain. Now, if your favorite team lost, got nothing for you, maybe find new hobbies. If one of your star players didn’t contribute, just stick it out. On the off chance you still have reason to read this, it probably means you’re looking for fantasy advice about your fringe players, those picks in the last few rounds of your draft, or are currently soaking up useless fantasy points on the waiver wire.

Well, if that is what you’re looking for, I think we might be in business, cause I’ve got three players worth picking up for the win, and three worth letting loose to the waiver wire. Even though it’s barely a week, every week counts. (All values come from ESPN standard scoring leagues)

Winner: Willie Snead, WR New Orleans

Last Week: Nine receptions, 172 yards, touchdown, 21 fantasy points

Percentages: 78% ownership, 12% starter

Why He’s A Winner: Snead had an under the radar phenomenal season with Drew Brees last season as an undrafted rookie. As the 3rd wide receiver in the lineup, Snead will see favorable matchups compared to teammate Brandin Cooks. The Saints will see relatively favorable matchups until their Bye Week, but beware afterwards as they go Carolina, @ Kansas City, and Seattle after Week Five. Consider flex option until further notice.

Waiver: Baltimore Ravens Running Backs

Last Week: Justin Forsett: 10 carries, 41 yards, five fantasy points. Terrance West: 12 carries, 32 yards, three fantasy points.

Percentages: Justin Forsett: 63% ownership, 16% starter. Terrance West: 43% ownership, 3% starter

Why You Waive Them: Sure they played the Bills, who are among the top half of rushing defenses. And sure, Forsett was waived from the team a week before the season opener. But think about that for a minute. If Baltimore felt like it was okay to waive their starter before the opener, your faith in their run game shouldn’t be much stronger. While the Ravens have favorable matchups against upcoming defenses, approach with caution, and avoid starting at all costs

Winner: Travis Benjamin, WR San Diego

Last Week: Seven receptions, 32 yards, three fantasy points

Percentages: 67% ownership, 5.1% starter

Why He’s A Winner: Unfortunately, Benjamin isn’t a winner by his own talents, as his stat line in Week One showed. Benjamin is a winner of opportunity since Keenan Allen went down with a torn ACL, Benjamin will now take over WR1 duties. How successful he will be in that role is yet to be seen, but if you had Allen and Benjamin is in the free agent pool, swoop in now.

Waiver: Gary Barnidge, TE Cleveland

Last Week: Zeroes across the board, but he was targeted twice

Percentages: 95% ownership, 78% starter

Why You Waive Him: Obviously, a top ten tight end seeing only two targets and reeling in none is concerning. Yes, Robert Griffin getting hurt for a large chunk of the season is a big issue going forward. Yes, I’m telling you to drop him. And yes, he is still a Brown. But if you are looking for a reason to hang on to a big chunk of your fantasy team, second strings generally rely on tight ends more than usual.

Winner: Rashad Jennings, RB New York Giants

Last Week: 18 carries, 75 yards, no touchdowns, 7 points

Percentages: 92% ownership, 44% starter

Why He’s A Winner: Jennings saw the majority of touches against Dallas, yet most backfield receiving was left to Shane Vereen. New Orleans defense is currently ranked in the bottom tier of the NFL to put it lightly, putting Jennings in a solid position this coming week. While the percentages say he’s likely unavailable in your league this week, consider him in at least a flex role if you’ve got him.

Waiver: Tavon Austin, WR Los Angeles

Last Week: Four receptions, 13 yards, no touchdowns, one fantasy point (cringe here)

Percentages: 80% ownership, 15% starter

Why You Waive Him: Last night the LA Rams looked pitiful. I left that bold for a reason. They were that bad. And unless Jared Goff is given a fair shake at starting, I doubt that Austin’s prospects improve. Stop starting him if you want to invest long term, drop him if you want to sell low.


Shawn Valdrighi

Spark Sports Editor