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Fantasy Waiver Wire Week 1: 5 to add, drop, buy low, sell high

2RT4DE8 Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams celebrates after scoring against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Add Kenneth Gainwell: Gainwell was the main running back for Philadelphia in every situation in Week 1, and he should be more productive when the entire Eagles offense plays better.

• Cut Devin Singletary: The former Buffalo Bills RB received the third-most offensive snaps among the Houston Texans’ running backs.

• Buy low on Chigoziem Okonkwo: The second-year tight end set career marks in terms of offensive snaps and now just needs to see the targets to go along with his playing time.

Estimated reading time: 18 minutes

This piece is a fantasy manager's one-stop shop for managing their fantasy roster early in the week. For more players to add, check out the weekly waiver wire, and for more on this past week's games in general, check out the fantasy football recap.

WR:CB Matchup Chart


1. RB Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles

Gainwell was the Eagles' every-down back, and D’Andre Swift served as the primary backup.

  • Gainwell ran the ball 14 times for 54 yards and caught four passes for 20 yards.
  • This was good for the 23rd-best fantasy performance of the week by a running back.
  • Swift was restricted to one carry for three yards and one reception for zero yards.
  • Boston Scott also received a few snaps — enough to match Swift in carries and receptions. He recorded only 10 total yards, though.
  • Rashaad Penny was a healthy inactive.
  • Everything from beat writers pointed to Gainwell being the lead back in Philadelphia, so we could see him continue as the every-down back and have even more success when the Eagles’ offense is playing better. This makes him one of the top waiver wire options of the week.
  • This role is arguably better than that of Miles Sanders last season in Philadelphia since Sanders played only on early downs and not third downs. Gainwell is playing in all situations.
  • The Eagles’ offense didn’t play very well, including eight drives where they were held to 10 yards or less. We can expect better fantasy performances out of Gainwell once the offense is performing better.
  • Gainwell’s upside throughout the season will be limited due to quarterback Jalen Hurts often handling short-yardage duties, but that is something you can live with when getting a running back off the waiver wire.

2. RB Kyren Williams, Los Angeles Rams


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