This article is part of our NFL Waiver Wire series.
The NFL is back! Whether you won or lost Week 1, hitting the waiver wire early in the season is critical to keep the momentum going or quickly right the ship. The key here is not to overreact; many players had outstanding games that will be one of their best (if not their best) fantasy output this season. Getting a player now could pay dividends the rest of the season, maximizing the amount of time he'll be on your team. The other side of the coin is to pass this week on picking up players and saving the first waiver spot or your FAAB to acquire players in a future week who might be a greater fantasy asset.
If there are questions about the players mentioned or in general, feel free to hit up the comments section.
This column is geared toward "standard" 12-team leagues and based upon a $100 free-agent budget. Please, please adjust for your league based on both the number of teams (I'm in a 24-team league, for example) and budget.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB - It's tough to read the tea leaves and figure out Fitzgerald's value. Few backup quarterbacks are capable of going into New Orleans and throwing for more than 400 yards and accounting for five touchdowns. Fitzpatrick always has the ability to scramble in his back pocket, and he's had at least a 6.7 YPA in each of his last eight seasons. While he's obviously not going to put