NFL Waiver Wire: Week 1 Deep Dive

NFL Waiver Wire: Week 1 Deep Dive

This article is part of our NFL Waiver Wire series.

We've hit one of the most exciting days of the sports calendar with the first day of a meaningful NFL game. As has been the case, the purpose of this article will be to supplement the primary Waiver Wire article that runs on Tuesday. We'll try to hit on a number of options in each, both functioning as streaming options for the week and also as a deeper watch list or stash candidates. This week, the focus will be on a number of backfields and wide receiver depth charts where roles aren't so clear - particularly for plenty of talented rookie wideouts. 

Quarterback

Kirk Cousins at Bengals – 24 percent

Cousins finished 12th in points per game at the quarterback position last season and has gotten little respect by often being left undrafted in standard leagues. While he won't compete among the elites at the position in 2021, he faces a strong Week 1 matchup against the Bengals – who will be without cornerback Trae Waynes. Cousins should be usable for several of Minnesota's games early in the season, as he also draws matchups against the likes of the Cardinals, Lions, Panthers and Cowboys by Week 8.  

Jimmy Garoppolo at Lions – 3 percent

The countdown is on for Garoppolo to lose his starting job, but he should have the chance to start the season strong. The Lions allowed 285 passing yards and 2.4 passing touchdowns per game last year (31st and last in the NFL, respectively) and

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Dan Marcus
Dan started covering fantasy sports in 2015, joining Rotowire in 2018. In addition to Rotowire, Dan has written for Baseball HQ and Rotoballer.
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