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Fantasy Football Week 1: 5 to waiver wire add, 5 to drop, 5 to buy low, 5 to sell high

Estimated reading time: 14 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.

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1. RB Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers

49ers starter Elijah Mitchell suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s game. He will reportedly miss about two months.

  • Wilson will see significant playing time on third downs regardless of the injury. He played on eight of 18 third downs in Week 1.
  • He played 29 of 38 snaps in the second half. The only time he was off the field was when Kyle Juszczyk played some of the third-down snaps. 
  • Wilson should start and receive the majority of carries for as long as Mitchell is out.
  • Wilson's ceiling is somewhat lower than other running backs due to all the carries Trey Lance and Deebo Samuel handle.
  • He can still be a fantasy starter in the right matchups, and the 49ers’ running back matchups range from average to great in four of their next five games.
2. RB Damien Williams, Atlanta Falcons

Williams injured his ribs in the middle of the first quarter. He returned in the fourth quarter briefly and is expected to be fine for Week 2.

  • Williams played on seven of the Falcons' first 10 snaps, playing more snaps than Cordarrelle Patterson on first downs, second downs and third downs in the limited sample.
  • Fifth-round rookie Tyler Allgeier was a healthy inactive.
  • Patterson proceeded to rush the ball well, but a majority of his carries likely would have gone to Williams if he stayed healthy.
  • It’s unclear how much Patterson would have rotated in later in the game to give Williams a break, but he is currently slated to see at least half of the offensive snaps going forward.

3. WR Robbie Anderson, Carolina Panthers

The Panthers wide receiver led the team in targets (eight) and caught a 75-yard touchdown pass.

  • The Panthers threw the ball only 27 times, so Anderson could garner even more targets when the offense is passing more.
  • Two-thirds of the Panthers’ passes went to their top three receiving options, which is great news for those players' fantasy football managers.
  • It was predictable that Anderson would be on the end of more big plays in the pass game, as was the case Sunday; therefore more big plays should be in his future.
4. TE Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers


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