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With Week 1 in the books, this is one of the most critical weeks to find free agents on the waiver wire. You have the possibility of picking up a player who can give you 15 productive weeks and lead you to a fantasy title. If you have the No. 1 waiver spot, don't hesitate to use it if you like someone on the waiver wire. Blowing that pick is fine; you can make some speculative picks in the future you otherwise wouldn't have by holding onto that pick.


Joe Flacco, QB, BAL - While it's hard to predict a breakout for a quarterback in year five, Flacco could be the exception. Flacco is running more of a no-huddle offense using more three-set receivers than in the past. He has a trio of good wide receivers in Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin and Jacoby Jones while Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson are a solid duo at tight end. The first play from scrimmage Monday night was one of the better deep balls thrown to the aforementioned Smith and the touchdown pass to Boldin was thrown off his back foot, which was ridiculous. While it's is easy to overreact to one week, it appears Flacco is breaking out this season.

Running Back

Alfred Morris, RB, WAS - While Morris is likely owned in most leagues, he might be available in shallower formats or in leagues that froze waivers until after Week 1. The rumors of Morris starting came to fruition, and he did little to disappoint the fantasy community or Mike Shanahan. Morris finished with two touchdowns and 96 rushing yards. For now it appears the lion's share of carries will be given to Morris, who has the luxury of playing with a running quarterback. Playing with Robert Griffin III will open up running lanes as defenses have to respect the possibility of Griffin pulling down the ball and taking off. Just keep in mind that while Morris is the man now, Roy Helu and Evan Royster are waiting in the wings should a fumble or missed blocking assignment occur.

C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF - Initial reports have Spiller's teammate Fred Jackson out for a minimum of three weeks. That means Week 1's leading rusher with 169 yards will be the focal point of the rushing attack for the Bills. Spiller is another player who probably isn't on the waiver wire in most leagues but should be aggressively gone after if he is in shallow leagues. A threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball, Spiller has even more value in PPR leagues considering his receiving ability. Just remember the Bills have never viewed Spiller as a bell cow as his career-high rushes in a game (even after Jackson went down last season) is 19.

Wide Receiver

Stephen Hill, WR, NYJ - Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas and now Stephen Hill; I'm starting to think Georgia Tech is a good place from which to draft wide receivers. Hill is one of the more obvious sought-after waiver adds after catching five balls for 89 yards and two touchdowns. The second-round pick is a huge target at 6-foot-4 and should continue to be a favorite target of Mark Sanchez. To illustrate that, look no further than Plaxico Burress' 12 targets inside of the 10-yard line. Burress turned those into eight touchdowns and finished the season with 612 receiving yards. That's where Hill's floor is; he could turn in a season that ends up with much better numbers.

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Kevin Ogletree, WR, DAL - In a game that showcased such great wide receivers as Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, Ogletree stole the show Thursday night. Ogletree finished with eight catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns and was the talk of the fantasy world Friday morning. There was a battle for the third wide-receiver spot during camp and it should have been telling that Tony Romo was campaigning for Ogletree to win that role. He doesn't have great size at 6-1, 198, but showed good speed while running precise routes. Laurent Robinson was a fantasy monster in the No. 3 wide receiver role last season, and it's not like Austin and Bryant are models of perfect health.

Aldrick Robinson, WR, WAS - Robinson was targeted a team-high six times against the Saints after Pierre Garcon left with a foot injury. He finished with four catches for 52 yards and a touchdown, showing his potential upside. While the matchups don't come easier than the New Orleans secondary, Robinson should be considered in deeper leagues, especially if Garcon misses time. Robert Griffin has proven to be an excellent passer and Washington should be in closer games during the second half of this season, which means more passing for the offense.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI - With Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd having quiet first games, Jeffery made a big splash after getting past both the corner and safety for Indianapolis on a 42-yard touchdown catch. Jay Cutler went repeatedly to Brandon Marshall inside the 5-yard line, and teams will be onto that soon. Expect a corner and safety to cheat to Marshall's side (a la Calvin Johnson), which means Jeffery at 6-3 could get some red-zone looks. His upside is greater than any wide receiver outside Marshall for the Bears.

Andrew Hawkins, WR, CIN - With eight catches for 86 yards, it was obvious Cincinnati tried to get Hawkins involved in the passing game. The second-year player was widely targeted as a screen player and has the agility and quickness to make an impact. His nine targets were second to A.J. Green, which means he has a big role in the passing game. Obviously, take a long look here especially in PPR formats.

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Danny Amendola, WR, STL - Amendola was a PPR target all preseason but has risen to fantasy relevance in standard formats. He had five catches for 70 yards on nine targets in Week 1, which suggests he'll be contending for the top receiver spot in St. Louis. It's easy to forget that Sam Bradford is only in year three of his professional career. If Amendola is his main target, he could be in for a big season. Keep in mind that Amedola isn't the biggest target in the red zone but runs an almost uncoverable five-yard out.


Blair Walsh, K, MIN - It's not a weekly occurrence that a kicker is listed. Walsh hit an impressive 4-of-4 field goals, but his 55-yarder to send the game to overtime is especially worth noting. If you watch his field goal tries, you'd see he was not only good with plenty of leg, but they were straight down the middle. He doesn't have a ton of outdoor weather to contend with, and the Vikings are a little underrated on defense with Adrian Peterson looking healthy as well as Christian Ponder being more comfortable with the offense.


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