NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Additions and Drops

Sep 12th 2022

Sosa Kremenjas

Week 1 of the fantasy football season has nearly wrapped up and it's time to address the waiver wire. In this article we'll highlight the best adds, drops, trades for, and trades away after Week 1.

Let's identify the most intriguing players to target on your waiver wire this week.

All stats and data are sourced from PFF and Sports Info Solutions.

Must adds of the week:

New York Jets RB Michael Carter - 77% rostered

Waiver budget: Very high

The Jets are going to deploy a running back by committee, that much is clear. Carter and Breece Hall both split work in Week 1, though a lot of the preseason hype surrounded the rookie. Carter managed to reel in a dominant 15.3% target share, in addition to leading the team with 10 rushing attempts and 60 rushing yards. Carter also edged out Hall in snaps with his 47 compared to Hall's 36.

While we shouldn't expect 17.0 full-point PPR points from Carter each week, we can expect him to be in an advantageous position more often than not. The Jets are not a very good football team and that should lead to plus game scripts for Carter to be used as a receiver in dumpoff-heavy situations. In addition, Carter took all four of the short-yardage snaps and all three of the goalline snaps:

Los Angeles Rams RB Darrell Henderson - 76% rostered

Waiver budget: Very high

Henderson is an absolute must add in every format. Going back to Week 1, Hendo rattled off a shocking 82.1% snap share. Cam Akers played just 12 snaps and while that workload may even out a bit more moving forward, the Rams made it clear they believe Henderson is the starting back until proven otherwise.

If that didn't sell you, maybe these will: Henderson also scooped up a 12.8% target share and a 76.5% rushing share. The Rams had just two rushing attempts in the red zone — both of which went to Henderson.

This is what head coach Sean McVay had to say about Akers after Week 1:

"There were some instances where there were some positive things and some things that he can do better, but we want to see just an increased level of urgency and accountability snap in and snap out from him. I know what Cam is capable of. We've all seen how talented and what a special player this guy's capable of being. And I want to see him reach his highest potential. It's more of a reflection of the confidence that I know what he can be and I'm confident that he'll be that guy that we've all seen at the right moments as this season continues to progress. And that's our job to help get it out of him."

San Francisco 49ers RB Jeff Wilson Jr. - 16% rostered

Waiver budget: Low

Starting running back Elijah Mitchell exited the game with a knee injury and gave way for Wilson to take over. We don't know the extent of Mitchell's injury, but either way, he's slowly proving to have durability issues. He struggled to stay healthy in his rookie season last year, too.

In Week 1, Mitchell registered 17 snaps to Wilson's 27 snaps. Rookie Jordan Mason was also active though he logged no snaps on offense, while rookie Tyrion Davis-Price wasn't even active. If Mitchell is forced to miss time, Mason and Davis-Price would likely rotate into the backfield to give Wilson a breather, though Wilson would be in a position to receive a massive workload.

Washington Commanders WR Curtis Samuel - 4% rostered

Waiver budget: Low

Samuel is the final must add of the week for me. There were a handful of players that could've made this spot, but Samuel participated in 55 snaps (71.4% snap share), ran a route on 36 snaps, scooped up four carries, and had a team-high 26.8% target share.

Samuel isn't going to be a "set-it-and-forget-it" type of fantasy football option. But, he's widely available in the majority of leagues, was used creatively by an offense that could use his versatility, and has been a productive player in spurts. He's worth at least a bench spot, maybe even a FLEX start in strong matchups.

Longshot adds of the week:

Kansas City Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman - 30% rostered

Waiver budget: Low

The Chiefs are an incredibly hard offense to peg, but Hardman is worth the longshot add. We all know the void Tyreek Hill's departure left. Hardman was able to fill that role in Week 1 as he was a yard or two away from scoring two 50-plus yard touchdowns. Patrick Mahomes narrowely overthrew him on both occassions.

But, Hardman still registered a 55.7% snap share while running 25 routes. The usage metrics aren't out of this world delicious, but Hardman's 15.4% target share is enough to produce some decent FLEX weeks, and his ridiculous average depth of target (aDOT) will surely lead to some massive plays.

Los Angeles Chargers TE Gerald Everett - 27% rostered

Waiver budget: Very low

The tight end position is not kind to fantasy football players. There are a handful of elite options and then not much else. Everett is a solid add in tight end premium leagues or can be utilized as a solid streaming option in plus matchups.

Wide receiver Keenan Allen doesn't sound like he'll play in Week 2, and that should free up some targets in the middle of the field. Everett scored the second-most fantasy points among the team's receiving weapons with 14.4 points. He — and a bunch of others — were tied for a team high four targets, though Everett reeled in three of them for 54 receiving yards.

Atlanta Falcons RB Tyler Allgeier - 21% rostered

Waiver budget: Very low

Allgeier could be a stash option moving forward. The rookie was inactive in Week 1, though veteran Damien Williams suffered a rib injury and was sidelined for a large portion of the game before returning to action. Williams seems fine but if he were to miss time, Allgeier would likely find himself in an actual role.

Speaking of which — the Falcons were clearly interested in rotating backs in the first half. Avery Williams replaced Damien, though both found playing time in lieu of Cordarrelle Patterson's strong performance:

Allgeier is not a startable asset yet, but he could be a goalline vulture that works into the rotation.

Cleveland Browns WR Donovan Peoples-Jones - 4% rostered

Waiver budget: Very low

The Browns are not an attractive fantasy destination with Jacoby Brissett under center, but DPJ is one of the cheapest starting options available on most waiver wires. The veteran tied for a team high 66 snaps among the receivers, and he ran the most routes (35) out of all skill position players. Not to mention, he registered an absurd 32.3% target share this past week. While we shouldn't expect that to be consistent in future weeks, DPJ has clear value, is a starting receiver, and is likely to have startable weeks moving forward.

1 to buy, 1 to sell, 1 to drop:

New York Giants WR Kadarius Toney - 70% rostered

Buy aggressiveness: Average

Every statistic from Week 1 should strike fear in managers who are rostering Toney. He played just seven snaps and ran just three routes. He wasn't even targeted in this game. But, if you are able to get Toney for pennies on the dollar, I'd suggest kicking the tires. He's a highly talented and formerly productive receiver who appears to potentially be in the new regime's doghouse.

Going back to last season, Toney ranked first in broken tackle + missed tackle per reception percentage at 46.2% among all receivers (min. 30 targets). He is genuienly special with the ball in his hands. The Giants didn't use him much in Week 1, but at some point they'll either need to utilize their best receiver, or a disgruntled Toney could find his way into a situation with a new team. No reason to panic yet, though Week 1 was alarming.

Kansas City RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire - 95% rostered

Sell aggressiveness: Average

Selling Edwards-Helaire may seem ludicrious coming off a top-five performance among all RBs this week with 19.4 fantasy points. But, with that being the case, Edwards-Helaire is unlikely to match his two-touchdown performance, both of which came in the receiving game. He looked sharp and decisive as a runner, and is in no trouble of losing any work after that type of a performance.

Yet still, Edwards-Helaire registered 27 snaps, Jerick McKinnon 27 snaps, and Isiah Pacheco 16 snaps. Some of the numbers are skewed as the Chiefs trotted Pacheco out there in garbage time in a blowout, but it's clear Edwards-Helaire won't be the only running back to work into the rotation, and he doesn't appear to be in a position where he'll consistently receive the vast majority of work, either. This situation might be worth monitoring for another week or two, but Edwards-Helaire's value may never be higher.

Baltimore Ravens RB Mike Davis - 30% rostered

Drop aggressiveness: Very high

There is no longer any reason to roster Davis. He's droppable in all formats. The veteran runner played just seven snaps with J.K. Dobbins sidelined. That was fewer than Justice Hill (11) and Kenyan Drake (33). Davis also had just two rushing attempts and wasn't targeted in the passing game. He already doesn't look like he's a part of the rotation, and will only lose more work when Dobbins returns.