Welcome one and all to our regular readers and to those that are just finding this column! Now that your drafts are over, it’s time to take a peek at the Waiver Wire Wonders! Many leagues have open free agency before the first regular season game, check your league rules to see if you can jump in and correct those draft day mistakes.
Though this column usually lists pickup potentials in order of relevance, we start the season grouping the players by position. There were a lot of moves made over the weekend, as NFL teams prepare to pare their rosters down to 53. Some position battles were settled, especially at the valuable kicker position. Lots to choose from this week, on to the wonders!
QB Kirk Cousins, Washington
The Redskins have certainly made a mess of the Robert Griffin situation. That aside, someone will be throwing the rock in Washington this year. Jay Gruden has named Cousins as his opening day starter, and he will have to work his behind off to make sure that was the correct decision. He has gone largely undrafted, and those that have enough room to carry three quarterbacks can stash Cousins to see how this plays out.
QB Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo
Another quarterback who earned the opening day start out of a plethora of candidates is Tyrod Taylor. Buffalo will do their best to limit his throws, but what they will not limit is his ability to run. This is what worries defenses the most, and this is where Taylor will score the majority of his fantasy points. Taylor is worth a look as a backup or third quarterback on a fantasy rosters.
RB Josh Robinson, Indianapolis
The Colts were forced to move on from Dan Herron, waiving him after he injured his shoulder in the final preseason game. They must be confident that the rookie’s preseason concussion is not going to be an issue, as he is their only other threat at running back on the roster. With Frank Gore as the starter, Robinson will have value as his backup this season.
RB Christine Michael, Dallas
Perhaps the change of scenery will do Michael well, as he’s been buried down the depth chart in Seattle. He has a ton of promise, but again, he is in another situation where the runners are plentiful. If you have room at the bottom of your roster, Michael is worth a flier.
RB Jarryd Hayne, San Francisco
We dig extremely deep here, but we like the playmaking ability of this former rugby star. His play in the preseason bought himself a spot on the opening day roster, especially in the return game. He is worth a deep look especially in those leagues that count return yards.