Fantasy football Week 1 waiver wire: Could Harry break out vs. Miami?


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Some fantasy managers draft their squads and kick their feet up ahead of Week 1. But not you. You're constantly looking for ways to improve your roster and know there are gems to be discovered on the waiver wire.

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Talent always slips through the cracks in drafts, and even if a player's season-long outlook didn't merit a draft pick, his opening matchup might be favorable enough to warrant consideration in your lineup.

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So, which available players can contribute for you right away? Here are the best waiver wire pickups at each position for Week 1.


Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (rostered in 51 percent of Yahoo leagues): Here's evidence that it's not worth reaching for a QB in your draft: Garoppolo is available in about half of all leagues right now and has an awesome Week 1 matchup against an Arizona Cardinals defense that allowed the most fantasy points to opposing QBs last season.

Garoppolo easily could be a top-10 fantasy QB this week.

Other quarterbacks to target: Derek Carr (LV), Gardner Minshew (JAX), Tyrod Taylor (LAC)

Running Back

James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (20 percent rostered): Meet the Jaguars' new starting running back. The undrafted rookie out of Illinois State officially is Jacksonville's RB1 following Leonard Fournette's release.


He'll share touches with Devine Ozigbo and Chris Thompson, but any starting NFL running back is worth rostering, especially one in a run-heavy offense like Jacksonville's.

Other running backs to target: Darrel Williams (KC), Tony Pollard (DAL), Boston Scott (PHI)

Wide Receiver

N'Keal Harry, New England Patriots (33 percent rostered): Harry is a huge wild card this season after his disappointing 2019 campaign. But he's developed a nice rapport with Cam Newton and has a strong matchup against a Miami Dolphins defense that allowed the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers last season.

We wouldn't be surprised if Harry scores one of the Patriots' first receiving touchdowns this season.

Other wide receivers to target: Preston Williams (MIA), Parris Campbell (IND), Bryan Edwards (LV)

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Tight End

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (28 percent rostered): New Colts quarterback Philip Rivers loves his tight ends, and recent pickup Trey Burton is expected to miss Week 1 due to injury. That's a recipe for Doyle to put up TE1 numbers against the Jaguars in the Colts' season opener.

Other tight ends to target: Jonnu Smith (TEN), Eric Ebron (PIT)


Los Angeles Chargers (45 percent rostered): Pro tip: It's always worth playing a defense facing a rookie quarterback making his first NFL start. Bengals QB Joe Burrow has plenty of potential, but history suggests he'll make plenty of mistakes. (Even Peyton Manning threw three interceptions in his NFL debut.) 

Other defenses to target: Detroit Lions (vs. Chicago), Tennessee Titans (at Denver)