NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 09: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up before a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 9, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Waiver Wire Weekly: Week 1 Fantasy Football Pickups

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Fantasy football season is officially here, and now it's time to make some moves. Your draft may have went well, but every roster has room for improvement. Many of those rosters will have holes with injuries to big-time players like Aaron Rodgers, Doug Baldwin, Delanie Walker and more.


Hitting the panic button early may not seem ideal, but there are some players you simply can't pass up on. Here are a handful of pick-ups you should make following the first week of football.

10. Brandon Marshall, WR, Seattle Seahawks

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Brandon Marshall barely made the 53-man roster, but showed he has a big role on this team. He had just three catches, but made it all matter thanks to a big score. Marshall nearly had a second touchdown, but it was called back by a penalty. With Doug Baldwin out for the foreseeable future, Marshall is going to receive even more targets from here on out.

9. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Ladies and gentlemen, your handcuff of the week award goes to T.J. Yeldon! There are plenty of players you should pick up as insurance, and Yeldon is at the top of the list. After Leonard Fournette left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, Yeldon came in and showed he has true RB1 potential when given the opportunity. Fournette's injury seems minor, but that shouldn't stop you from scooping up Yeldon as hamstring issues typically linger.

8. Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts

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Nyheim Hines may have received fewer touches than fellow backfield mate Jordan Wilkins, but carries are not the issue right now. What stood out about Hines was his ability to impact the game as a receiver, with seven catches on nine targets for 33 yards. Marlon Mack is expected to be the top dog when he comes back, which will take carries away from Wilkins, but Hines will likely keep his role as a passing option. That makes him a viable fantasy pickup in PPR leagues.

7. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Luck is certainly a factor, but you can't ignore the day Ryan Fitzpatrick had on Sunday. He was the highest scoring quarterback, which means he should be picked up in any and all leagues. He'll be the starter for at least another two weeks and could possibly keep the starting job if he continues to put up big numbers. Fitzpatrick is certainly worth the pick up as he proved his upside in Week 1.

6. DeSean Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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We've seen DeSean Jackson put up gaudy numbers in the past, and he can definitely can do it again considering how often the Buccaneers threw the ball on Sunday. With two scores and 146 yards, it's not just the Mike Evans show down in Tampa Bay. Jackson is currently in concussion protocol, so his status must be monitored, but he's a big-play monster who has a nose for the end zone.

5. Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

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You wouldn't think Austin Ekeler would have the day he had considering the huge performance by Melvin Gordon. But in a strange way that might make Ekeler's performance ever more eye opening. The back still found his way to 10 touches with five of those coming through the air for 87 receiving yards. Plus, he had 39 rushing yards and a score. Even with Gordon getting the lion's share of the touches out of the backfield, Ekeler made his touches count for a considerable scoring day. That will only increase if Gordon gets hurt, but he's proving he's more than just a handcuff. 

4. George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers

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There is no reason that George Kittle should be available in as many leagues as he is, but that won't last long. It shouldn't be his five catches for 90 yards that stand out for you. It should be the fact that Jimmy Garoppolo targeted him nine times, the most out of any player on the 49ers. He's going to continue to rack up targets, which equals points. See where this is headed?

3. Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots

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Remember when everyone was curious about who Tom Brady would throw to this season? Well, we have our answer now, and it's Phillip Dorsett. The former first-round pick is on his way to proving he's not a bust thanks to his new role in New England. With six catches for 77 yards and a score, he's getting a ton of chances in one of the best passing offenses in the league. Julian Edelman will likely take away from his chances when he comes back, but for now, enjoy the spoils of playing with Brady. 

2. Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens

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Joe Flacco is an afterthought in a QB-heavy league. There are a slew of players who you might pick ahead of him, but this past Sunday he proved he's not just a backup option anymore. With the additions of wide receivers like Willie Snead, John Brown, and Michael Crabtree, Flacco now has the weapons to be a serviceable fantasy option.

1. Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos

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There was a lot of question marks about Denver's backfield heading into the season, and it's safe to say we're surprised about the answer we received. Nobody thought Phillip Lindsay would lead the Broncos in touches, but here we are. With 15 carries for 71 yards, an identical line to Royce Freeman, plus two catches for 31 yards and a score, Lindsay proved he's a viable fantasy option. Handing someone the ball 15 times in a single game is no fluke, and it proves it's a backfield shared between him and Freeman.

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