Remember when Cam Newton went off for 422 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and a rushing score in Week 1 of 2011, but everyone screamed “Don’t pick him up for your fantasy team”?
Remember when he did it again (432 passing yards, one passing touchdown, one rushing touchdown and 53 yards rushing in Week 2)? Remember when he finished his rookie year as a top-five fantasy quarterback?
Because I listened to the guys who screamed not to add Cam. I didn’t add Cam, and that turned out to be a major mistake.
Sure, some guys pop in Week 1 and aren’t heard from again for the remainder of the season. But the lesson to be learned is this: don’t let anyone tell you not to take a chance on a player you like. It’s your team. The farthest I’ll go in that vein is to suggest which guys I wouldn't draft , pick up or start.
Week 1 of the NFL season is a time of overreaction. There are certain to be players who surprise in their first games of the regular season.
If you have one of those on your roster before Week 1 in an expendable role, he could become instant trade bait. You won’t even have to waste a waiver claim on him if you’ve got the foresight to add him prior to the start of the season.
Here’s who I expect to be in demand from the waiver wire after Week 1.
Two rookie kickers make up the Honorable Mentions: