Most people are not playing the Waiver Wire headed into Week 1, because if you really wanted a player for Week 1, you probably would have drafted him at some point in your fantasy draft. Therefore, I am not going to devote too much time to the waiver wire, but I will talk about some players that I think are undervalued that you should be monitoring early in the season. If you are in need of some tweaks to your roster before the start of the season, here are some players I would look at for Week 1.
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer: He is only owned in 60 percent of Yahoo.com Leagues, which is an uptick of about eight percent from a week ago. Palmer was overvalued last year in a run-heavy offense, this year he is underrated as an undrafted or end of the draft player. He is going to have fantasy value this year in good matchups, he is someone that may have a big Week 1 against a bad Detroit Lions pass defense. The game is on the road, where he struggled last year, but Detroit is really banged up on defense, so it could be a nice matchup to build confidence in the new season.
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz: He is also owned in about 61 percent of Yahoo.com leagues, which is also a six percent uptick from about a week ago, his strong game against Miami probably helped raise his ownership rate. He will be an even hot waiver wire pickup if he torches Washington in Week 1. I think he is going to finish the year much better than a fringe starting quarterback, so he is someone to keep an eye on early in the season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers: I am surprised he is owned in only 50 percent of Yahoo.com leagues when he is going to be a starting running back for the first three weeks of the season. There is no reason for him to be on the waiver wire, he showed last year he could handle the ball 20 times per game for a few weeks and he will have value early in the season with a chance to win the job. There are teams that are going to be starting running backs that do not have as much upside as Rodgers in Week 1 against a questionable Miami defense. He should be owned in all leagues.
New England Patriots RB James White: White is going to be the featured running back in passing situations, yet he is owned in only 50 percent of Yahoo.com leagues. QB Tom Brady is owned in 100 percent of leagues and if he is going to have that type of fantasy value, White is going to see a lot of check downs. White could be the third-most targeted player in this offense, yet he is not owned in half of the Yahoo.com leagues. That will change in the first month of the season as people see that he is going to be a big weapon in the passing game.
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara: Given the injury history of RB Mark Ingram and the age of RB Adrian Peterson, I think Kamara is someone that could be earning carries very early in the season and see an increased role as the season progresses. Kamara is owned in only 13 percent of Yahoo.com leagues, he is someone to be monitored. He probably will not have value in the first month of the season, but I think fantasy owners will know who this guy is by the end of the season.
Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess: Funchess has had an impressive camp, yet he is owned in only 17 percent of Yahoo.com leagues and he has a great matchup in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers. I would not be surprised if he ends up having a big game in Week 1 and he ends up being a big waiver wire claim in Week 2.
Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones: WR Anquan Boldin retired after just 13 days with the Buffalo Bills, which means Jones is going to see a ton of targets as a rookie and will have a chance to make a big impact as a rookie. If he starts the season well, he will be a popular waiver wire claim. He is only owned in about 41 percent of Yahoo.com leagues.
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper: Hooper is going to have a chance to have a big role in one of the best passing offenses of 2016. He is only owned in 42 percent of Yahoo.com leagues, he could be a popular add after playing the Chicago Bears in Week 1.