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Fantasy Football Week 1 Waiver Wire: Players You Should Pick Up

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NFL: Preseason-New York Giants at Buffalo Bills
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It’s finally back. Football. A full slate of college football this weekend was a great appetizer, and marked the beginning of "real" football. I love that Christmas Eve anticipation feeling you get when it’s just days away. Soak it up ladies and gents.

OK, down to business. We will be doing two weekly fantasy posts this year — waiver wire early week and Start/Sit on Fridays. Every post will include Giants. I realize it may be odd for a waiver wire before Week 1, but honestly, things change constantly, and for those early drafters, there are moves to make before your week one matchup. I realize everyone plays in different size leagues with varying bench sizes, so I will try to include players that are available in 50 percent or more of fantasy leagues. Let’s jump into some ideas, and as always, please leave comments below. The activity has been great this year, and I look forward to another awesome year together. Thank you for reading!!

Ted Ginn Jr., WR, NO

I’ll never forget watching Ginn in the high school All-American Army Navy game way back when, and thinking I’d never seen a faster 18 year old in my life. Ginn has since been labled a one-trick pony as a lid lifter for Cam Newton, but now will be catching precision darts from Drew Brees. Ginn has been the starting as the WR2 alongside Michael Thomas this preseason, and the news of Willie Snead’s three game suspension only solidifies Ginn’s playing time and target opportunity. He’s been undrafted in my leagues so far, and that needs to be rectified.

Robby Anderson, WR, NYJ

Gross. I know. But I also know he is the only receiver on the TankJets, who may roll out the worse team this century. They will be playing catchup all year, and Anderson had a knack for monster garbage time stat lines a year ago. It’s obviously a repugnant thought, but this Jet may become a weekly WR3/Flex option. Grin and bare it. And while we’re on that subject....

Wendell Smallwood, RB, PHI

I admit there is a lot of mystery around the Beagles running back room, but Legarrette Blount looks out of shape and uninterested, and you have to question how many touches Darren Sproles can handle in his age 34 season. That leaves Smallwood, who’s shown flashes of bell cow back traits in limited action. You may need to wait a few weeks for clarity, but I envision some RB2 ranking weeks for Smallwood by October.

Shane Vereen, RB, NYG

One could say that the Giants have a similar quagmire in the backfield. Paul Perkins has been anointed the starting running back, and I hope that he proves me wrong. But from what I’ve seen so far, I’m not sure I see "it." Again, I hope I’m wrong. Vereen, when healthy, can be dynamic. He’s obviousy better in a PPR league, but I think once McAdoo realizes the air raid style is what’s working, Vereen will play the most snaps of all our RBs. He’s reliable against the blitz, and fantastic out of the backfield. Coach can’t tip his hand by playing Perkins on obvious running downs, and Vereen on passing ones, so Vereen should turn into our most productive RB. IF he stays healthy.

Buffalo Bills DST

The Bills also appear to be tanking this season, but to appease their loyal fans, a beatdown of the TankJets at home sounds like the perfect elixir. You will get bored reading it, but stream your defenses, and I’ll speculate that north of 75 percent of my DST adds this year will fall under the "whoever the ____ the Jets are playing this week."