We've been waiting since February, and thankfully, the NFL season is finally here. Here are some week 1 waiver guys that might help Band-Aid that team you auto-drafted.
Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
Taylor is an easy call among the guys available on the waiver wire week 1. Alex Smith and Kirk Cousins have tough matchups against the Texans and the Dolphins respectively. Taylor and the Bills will be hosting the Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
Taylor showed great mobility in the pre-season, and I expect he'll have a nice rushing day. I think the Bills defense is for real, and so I do not expect the Colts to go wild. But, I do expect the Colts to do enough to force the Bills to throw toward the end of the game. The Bills are a 3 point underdog at home to the Colts, with the over/under for the game set at 46.5 so Vegas expects some scoring.
Lance Dunbar, Dallas Cowboys
I hope you're not already going to the waiver wire for RB, but if you are, Lance Dunbar might score you a few points this week. The Cowboys backfield is a mess, and Dunbar proved to be a nice receiver out of the backfield for Dallas last year. With the Cowboys facing the New York Giants, a game with an over/under set at 51, Dunbar may be on the field a lot. He's a better play in PPR, but even in standard, he has a chance to leak out of the backfield and in find the end zone.
Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
Someone has to catch the ball for New England and why not Danny Amendola? We know Gronk will get his, but with Edelman's battling injury in the pre-season, and a very pissed of Tom Brady under center, Amendola may see a lot of action against the Pittsburgh Steelers when the NFL kicks off Thursday night. Since this article is scheduled to go live Thursday, I'll add another receiver here for those that read this a little late.
Leonard Hankerson, Atlanta Falcons
Hankerson had an impressive pre-season, and he may get the nod to start over a banged up Roddy White. Julio Jones is expected to have a big game, but with the Philadelphia Eagles in town, Atlanta will need contributions from someone else as a receiver. Hankerson is a solid wide out who's expected to see a good chunk of time in a game expected to be a track meet. If you're desperate, plug in Hankerson and cross your fingers.
Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams
Cook has great athleticism but he's never really put it together for a full season. With the Rams playing the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Nick Foles may lean on his tight end instead of going after Richard Sherman. This game has one of the lowest over/under for the week, so keep in mind, you are really taking a chance here. But, if you passed on TE in your draft and the waiver wire is bare, give Cook a chance.
The Bengals play the Oakland Raiders. We're done here, right?
Josh Brown, New York Giants
The Giants and the Dallas Cowboys square off week 1, and if history is any indicator, there will be plenty of points scored. I'd throw Brown in and hope for the best if I was kicker needy.