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NFL fantasy football waiver wire: 6 adds and 4 drops following Week 1

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A star rises, while another may already be lost for the year.

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Week 1 in the NFL is over and you’ll soon be making your first fantasy football waiver wire moves. It’s been a wild week, and there’s been a lot of movers and shakers on the fantasy football front. Let’s take a look at the additions and subtractions you need to be making based on surprisingly good, and surprisingly bad performances in the first week of the 2018 NFL season.

Fantasy Football Week 1 Adds

Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

What about Fitzmagic? If the wily old vet keeps playing like he did against the Saints, Tampa Bay will have no choice but to keep him the starter, even Jameis Winston returns from suspension.

Against the Saints, Fitzpatrick threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns while running for one score. He led all quarterbacks during the 1 p.m. ET games with 42.3 PPR fantasy points, the second-best single-game performance in his career, per ESPN.

If you’ve got some bad quarterback matchups coming up or your starters just stink, Fitzpatrick is someone to consider for at least the next two weeks.

Patriots RB James White

White is actually getting s boost due to suspension and injury. The suspension is to Julian Edelman, who is out for three more games and leads to more targets for White, even though he’s a running back.

But White is also going to get more touches now after Jeremy Hill suffered what looked like a significant knee injury in Week 1. All of this led to White catching four balls for 38 yards and a score on eight targets. He also ran for 18 yards on five carries and should get a workload about this big as long as Edelman and Hill are out.

Eagles WR Nelson Agholor

With Alshon Jeffery likely to remain sidelined for several more weeks, Agholor is going to remain a focal point in the Eagles’ passing game. In Week vs. the Falcons, Agholor was targeted 10 times and caught eight passes for 33 yards with one rush for 16 yards in what was a bad weather game.

As long as Agholor is getting 8-10 targets per game, he’ll be a viable fantasy option, especially in PPR leagues, though expect that to change once Jeffrey and Carson Wentz are healthy and running the offense.

Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon

Perhaps the biggest news on the fantasy football landscape in Week 1 involved Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette going down with a hamstring injury. That led to Yeldon becoming the featured back against the Giants, who he gained 51 yards on 14 runs against while grabbing three balls for 18 yards on eight targets.

If Fournette misses all of Week 2 and other upcoming games, Yeldon will get bigger workloads and be even more productive. He’s shown in the past that he has the talent and potential to produce if he has a good offensive line to work with. He has that now, and he’ll be a dangerous weapon as long as Fournette is out.

If nothing else, add him as a high-upside handcuff moving forward.

Washington RB Chris Thompson

With Adrian Peterson winning the starting running back spot and getting most of the touches, Chris Thompson is still showing he can be a viable fantasy option, especially in PPR leagues.

Against the Cardinals, Thompson was a featured weapon in the passing game while also getting several big runs in, finishing with 128 total yards and one score on 11 touches. He’s an easy add to make this week.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes

Folks, Mahomes is the real deal. Against a tough Chargers defense, Mahomes was arguably the best quarterback of Week 1. He finished the game with 256 passing yards and four touchdowns to go with 21 yards on five runs. It’s one game, but you couldn’t have asked for a better debut, and frankly, he should perform like a QB1 with the pass-catchers and offensive-minding head coach he has.

If he keeps playing like this, Mahomes will be a QB1 every week. He definitely needs to be on your fantasy team moving forward, so go get him before it’s too late.

Fantasy Football Week 1 Drops

Titans TE Delanie Walker

One of the best tight ends in football may already be lost for the season. According to Ian Rapoport, Walker suffered a dislocated ankle in a loss to the Dolphins. His season is very likely over, which is a really terrible situation. He’s been one of the game’s best tight ends in addition to being one of the true good guys.

Cowboys WR Allen Hurns

With no Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, the Cowboys added Hurns to boost their pass-catching group this offseason. While he was once a fantasy option in Jacksonville, he looks lost in the shuffle in Dallas. After failing to do much in the preseason, Week 1 was more of the same, as he recorded just one catch on three targets.

Combined with Dak Prescott continuing to look like a shell of his rookie form, dropping Hurns is a smart move to make in Week 2.

Broncos RB Devontae Booker

At one point this offseason, Booker looked primed to be Denver’s top running back after CJ Anderson left to sign with Carolina. But Week 1 came, and Booker was the third-string back behind Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. Booker only got two carries for four yards and two catches for 11 yards on two targets. He needs to be dropped ASAP.

Bills TE Charles Clay

The Bills are an unmitigated disaster, as evidenced by their 47-3 loss to a Ravens team that’s not even been to the playoffs in four years. Everything about Buffalo is bad, but the offense has been especially horrific throughout the preseason and into Week 1. That makes any pass-catcher droppable after just one week, especially Charles Clay, who did not catch a pass on two targets. He’s been reliable in the past, but it’s time to cut bait.

Bonus: Bengals RT Bobby Hart.

Because he’s so bad I had to mention him here, even if we can’t cut him.