5 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups You Should Make Right Now

You’ve likely already finished your fantasy football draft, but that doesn’t mean your roster is set in stone. The best owners know that it’s never too soon to hit the waiver wire. Whether you’re searching for a favorable week one match-up or a sleeper pick to stash on your bench, there are solid options available in every league’s free-agent board. These five players, in particular, are standing out from the rest of the pack.

SAM BRADFORD, QB, VIKINGS

If you’re stuck with a less than desirable quarterback situation — either through poor draft strategy or unfavorable week one match-ups — you should consider picking up Bradford. The Vikings will host the New Orleans Saints, who — in case you live under a rock — featured the worst pass defense in football last season. Bradford may not be the most attractive fantasy option, but his week one match-up certainly is. Even if it’s just for one week, he’s worth a shot if he can help lead you to an opening win.
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JAMES CONNER, RB, STEELERS

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell will be one of the elite fantasy players this season, but if you have room to stash a player with good upside on your bench, consider his back-up, Conner. The rookie has impressed during Bell’s absence in the pre-season and, while he won’t receive enough touches to earn a spot in your starting lineup anytime soon, is in an intriguing situation. While he’s been great when he’s on the field, Bell has yet to play a full NFL season due to a combination of injuries and suspensions. In the weeks when he was out in 2015 and 2016, his back-up DeAngelo Williams was fantasy’s top-scoring running back. With Williams now out of the picture, Conner will be in line to take advantage if a similar opportunity presents itself.
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ROBBY ANDERSON, WR, JETS

No one will confuse the Jets with a competent offensive squad this season, but there’s a lot to like about Anderson’s fantasy upside. Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa combined for 254 targets last season, but all three are gone, leaving Anderson as New York’s No. 1 receiving option. There’s not much competition for touches either, with a mix of rookies and journeymen making up the rest of the receiving group. As a rookie, Anderson hauled in 42 passes for 587 yards and two touchdowns. Another year of seasoning and a larger role in the offense should mean bigger numbers.
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KENNY GOLLADAY, WR, LIONS

Golladay, a big-bodied rookie out of Northern Illinois, should have an immediate impact as the Lions’ replacement for Anquan Boldin. The third-round pick has been impressive from the get-go, which isn’t all that surprising considering he accumulated 2,285 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns in just two seasons for the Huskies. As Detroit’s No. 3 receiver, the 6-foot-4 Golladay could see a lot of red zone targets (Boldin had eight TDs in 2016), giving him more upside than most other free-agent receivers.
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C.J. FIEDOROWICZ, TE, TEXANS

Fiedorowicz is currently battling a quad injury, but if he returns healthy, he has a lot of value. The Texans ranked second in the NFL in tight end targets last season and Fiedorowicz should get the majority of them again in 2017 after hauling in 54 passes (out of 89 targets) for 559 yards and four touchdowns. Furthermore, the third-year pro had the most targets inside the 10-yard line (seven) on the team last year.
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