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Fantasy Football waiver wire acquisitions that may just pay off in Week 1

If you're like me, you already have a few players you need to replace from your fantasy football draft.

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The first game of the 2015 NFL regular season starts Thursday night, so getting your last minute waiver wire acquisitions in could mean the different between a win or a loss this weekend.

Personally, I made exactly one move. In my 14-team league I was forced to pick up Reggie Bush in case Joique Bell was going to be a no-go this Sunday. Literally all available running backs are gone in this league, so this post won't help you much if you are rolling in the larger leagues.

Still, there might be some diamonds in the waiver wire rough this week that may even be better to roll with Week 1 over some of the guys you drafted.

QB - Tyrod Taylor

Tyrod Taylor was named the starter in Buffalo and is only owned by 8% of fantasy football teams on Yahoo. He could be a lightning in a bottle type of player, but for Week 1 you may want to just stash him away as a backup quarterback and play the wait-and-see game with him.

During his 74 snaps this preseason (roughly a full game), he was 24/31 for 236 yards. He also ran 11 times for 108 yards with a touchdown. Whether or not the four years on the bench has turned him into more of a pocket passer remains to be seen, but he could be a fantasy machine in 2015.

RB - Tevin Coleman

Rookie running back Tevin Coleman was listed as the Atlanta Falcons starting running back as of 9/8 and is already owned by 75% of the fantasy football teams on  Yahoo. You better act quick if you are fortunate enough to be in a league that hasn't yet caught on.

All of my leagues tend to be 12+, but Coleman was drafted late in every one of them (one of those times it was me drafting him). That was before he was named the starter, so don't sleep on this guy. Get him why the getting is good.

WR - Doug Baldwin

Sometimes you just need a solid No. 3 wide receiver starting on your fantasy team. Doug Baldwin is owned by just 35% of fantasy teams in Yahoo and has produced a steady amount of fantasy points over the last two seasons. When the difference between winning and losing is about five fantasy points, you'll be glad you stuck with Baldwin over a feast or famine kind of receiver.

Oh and yes, I am one of those 35% of owners.  In that league we have three wide receivers starting each week, so having enough talent at the position is critical to overall success throughout the season. It just depends on your situation, but I guarantee you'll be looking for an emergency starter at wide receiver at some point this season. Just remember this post when you do.

TE - Josh Hill

Josh Hill figures to be a feast or famine kind of tight end. He is mostly being used in goal line situations, which will likely translate to a few touchdowns this season. However, he is struggling to get on the field ahead of Ben Watson for every down work. Still, he is only owned by 40% of fantasy teams in Yahoo and could be an excellent option this week against the Arizona Cardinals, who were torched pretty good by tight ends in 2014.

TE - Richard Rodgers

A better fantasy option might be Richard Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. He faces the Chicago Bears this week who gave up the most fantasy points to tight ends in 2014 and with Aaron Rodgers chucking the rock it figures we'll hear the "Rodgers to Rodgers" connection a few times on Sunday.

It also helps that Richard Rodgers is only owned in 10% of all fantasy teams. He's probably available if you need some tight end help.

K Brandon McManus

There are several golden rules for kickers that I try to adhere to. It's pretty basic, which I've outlined below.

  1. Dome kickers equal points in the playoffs
  2. Kickers on offensive power houses
  3. Kickers on offensive power houses who can't score touchdowns
  4. Or, go with Peyton Manning's kicker

Forget last season, Brandon McManus changed his kicking style and has become far more accurate inside of 50 and will only get better from beyond. He's my sleeper/waiver wire acquisition pick, because I think the Denver Broncos are going to kick more field goals than they did in years' past and Peyton Manning is the quarterback. The Broncos will get into position to score something on most days and that's what you are looking for when trying to fill that kicker slot on your fantasy football team.