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Fantasy Football waiver wire adds, drops to make after wild NFL Week 1

Tyler Eifert needs to be owned in every league by the time Week 2 begins.

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Following a wild Week 1 of the 2015 NFL season, you may already be ready to tear your fantasy football team up and build a new one.

While you shouldn't go quite that far just yet, there is some dead weight you may have that needs to be released as soon as possible with some promising players on the waiver wire begging for you to snag them. With the two Monday Night games still left to be played, here is a look at the players you already need to be adding and/or dropping from your fantasy football team.


Bengals TE Tyler Eifert

The biggest fantasy football star of Week 1 may have been third-year TE Tyler Eifert. While guys like Rob Gronkowski had bigger games, this was the coming-out party for Eifert after he missed most of 2014 with injuries after playing second-fiddle to Jermaine Gresham in 2013.

Eifert dominated the Raiders to the tune of nine catches for 104 yards and two scores in a game where he pretty much sat out during the fourth quarter, as the offense tried to run out the clock. He was simply unstoppable and the clear focal point of the Bengals' passing game, and amazingly, he's still available in a lot of fantasy leagues.

As of Sunday, Eifert was owned in 59% of leagues and started in just 30% of them, per CBS Sports.

Jets RB Chris Ivory

Despite being labeled the Jets' starting RB, Chris Ivory went undrafted in many fantasy leagues as it was hard to trust New York's offense and how they would look with so much change. They looked plenty fine against the Browns, and Ivory carried the load with 91 yards rushing and two scores to go with a catch for nine yards to give him 100 all-purpose yards for the game.

He got the bulk of the carries when the game was in doubt before Bilal Powell got most of the garbage-time carries. Go check and make sure Ivory isn't still available in your league, and if he is, don't waste another second before picking him up. He looks like the guy in New York going forward for an offense that has to win games running the ball and playing strong defense.

Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Coming into the year, Bucs second-year TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins was quietly flying under the radar and was owned in just 43% of fantasy leagues as of Sunday, per CBS Sports.

The secret is out after ASJ caught  five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ Week 1 loss to the Titans. Much of his production came when the game was out of hand, which will be the case in many Bucs games this year. They're simply still a terrible team that's going to be behind and passing a lot this year, so ASJ should keep putting up solid fantasy production.

Packers WR James Jones

Remember when James Jones was a solid fantasy WR with the Packers? It looked Sunday like he'd never left Green Bay, and after failed stints with the Raiders and Giants, was already a clear favorite target of Aaron Rodgers against the Bears.

Jones caught four passes for 51 yards and two scores to help Green Bay escape with a narrow win. Assuming Randall Cobb continues to be the focus of defenses, Jones should continue to get favorable matchups that he and Rodgers can exploit.

Patriots RB Dion Lewis

To the surprise of many, Dion Lewis got the start Thursday against the Steelers and rushed for 69 yards on 15 carries to go along with 51 yards receiving on four receptions. He dazzled throughout the game as he broke tackle after tackle and consistently picked up solid yardage nearly every time he touched the ball.

Lewis is the kind of guy you need to have as your 4th/5th RB, especially in PPR leagues. Lewis will quickly get scooped up this week, so make sure he's one of the first guys you're trying to get off waivers this week.


Bengals WR Marvin Jones

If you were hoping Marvin Jones would reclaim his 2013 form, that's simply not going to happen in a Bengals offense that has more weapons than they did then. The biggest difference from then is Tyler Eifert, who destroyed the Raiders to the tune of nine catches and two touchdowns in the Bengals' Week 1 win over the Raiders.

Both scores came in the red zone where Jones did most of his damage in that 10 touchdown '13 campaign. This week, Jones caught two passes for 19 yards. He's simply going to get lost in the shuffle with Cincinnati focusing more on the ground game while having other viable pass-catchers when they do throw.

Jones will have a big game or two this year, but not enough to warrant a spot on your roster going forward.

Ravens WR Kamar Aiken

With Breshad Perriman out with a PCL injury and Steve Smith Sr. now 36, there was some thought that Kamar Aiken could end up getting a heavy dose of targets in the Ravens' offense.

Not so. Aiken had a whopping three targets Sunday and caught one pass for -1 yards vs the Broncos. Perriman should be back soon to end any hope of Aiken being a viable fantasy option.

Raiders TE Mychal Rivera

After a productive first two years in the NFL, Mychal Rivera was poised for a big jump in his third year with the Raiders. That is, until they spent a third-round pick on Clive Walford in this year's NFL draft. That led to Rivera and Walford sharing the TE duties against the Bengals in Week 1, and Rivera caught just one pass for four yards on two targets.

If you thought Rivera could serve as a nice backup TE for your roster, cut your losses now and find a better option.

Watch List

Browns WR Travis Benjamin

Cleveland doesn't have a clear-cut No. 1 WR, so it's possible Travis Benjamin ends up being their top wideout this year. He certainly was against the Jets after catching three passes for 89 yards, including a 54-yard TD from Johnny Manziel. It's not time to add Benjamin unless you're in a super-deep league in which WRs are hard to come by, but at least keep him on your watch list.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor

After a promising preseason won Tyrod Taylor the Bills' starting QB job, he played excellently in Buffalo's Week 1 upset over the Colts. He didn't light the world on fire, but against a solid Colts defense, he consistently took what was given, whether it was on the ground or through the air.

It's too early to add Taylor to your fantasy team, even in deeper leagues where QBs are hard to come by on the waiver wire, but keep Taylor on your watch list going forward.