This article is part of our NFL Waiver Wire series.
Week 1 is in the books, and if you had a rough week (50 percent of us did), now isn't the time to panic. There'll be better days ahead for managers who underperformed, but it's never too early to look at the waiver wire with the opportunity to roster a viable, weekly starter who could be waiting there. The inevitable Week 1 injuries happened, so let's see who's out there.
This columns is geared toward "standard" 12-team leagues and based upon a $100 free-agent budget. Please adjust for your league based on both the number of teams (I'm in a 24-team league, for example) and remaining budget.
Kirk Cousins, MIN - Albeit in garbage time, Cousins turned in a decent fantasy performance (24.4 fantasy points) Sunday even using his legs to rush for 34. While there are a lot of questions about his receiving corps outside of Adam Thielen, either Justin Jefferson or Bisi Johnson should emerge as a reliable second option. The Vikings defense might be below league-average, providing similar game flows as Sunday's with Cousins throwing a lot in the second half. This week he gets the Colts, a team that lost to Jacksonville and allowed Gardner Minshew to go 19-for-20 while throwing for three touchdowns. FAAB: $3-$6