Keep calm. It's just week one of the 2016 fantasy football season, and you can hit the waiver wire.

Keep calm. It's just week one of the 2016 fantasy football season, and you can hit the waiver wire.

This is a waiver wire column, and my first bit of advice is: don't overreact. Don't drop underperforming studs from week 1.

The guys in this column are players with role changes going into week 2, or their role is more defined after week 1, so we can now add them with a little confidence.

Quarterbacks:

Jameis Winston (TB) - 60.1%.

I usually keep the ownership level to under 60%, but this is a special occasion. Winston is going to end as a top-10 quarterback and should be added everywhere.

Matt Ryan (Atl) - 40.9%.

Ryan looked good on Sunday, with over 20 fantasy points in standard leagues. He seems to have something with Mo Sanu, which takes pressure off of Julio Jones. Ryan is playing the Raiders, and they didn't stop Drew Brees at all. Ryan is a streamer for week 2, and add him in all 2QB leagues.

Joe Flacco (Bal) - 14.8%.

The Browns made Carson Wentz look like a veteran. They should be ripe for the picking all season long. Flacco is a great streaming option for week 2. If he finds Mike Wallace for another long pass or two, he could be that all season long.

Running Backs:

Tevin Coleman (Atl) - 51.7%.

Coleman is the top handcuff in the league right now (DeAngelo Williams, Christine Michael and Spencer Ware are technically starting). Coleman had over 100 total yards in week 1, and if Freeman struggles to run the ball, Coleman could get much more work.

Chris Thompson (Was) - 8.2%.

Finding good RBs after week 1 isn't easy. Thompson is the passing-downs back and should get additional carries since Washington doesn't completely trust Matt Jones

Jalen Richard (Oak) - .2%.

He is the handcuff to Latavius Murray. If you have DeAndre Washington, add Richard.

Wide Receivers:

Will Fuller (WR-Hou) is a top waiver wire add after NFL week 1.

Will Fuller (Hou) - 58.4%.

Fuller was targeted more than anyone could have predicted. Houston did play a bad Chicago defense, but he is every bit of the athlete that he showed on Sunday. He should be added in every league and started in 3WR leagues deeper than 10 teams.

Mohamed Sanu (Atl) - 52.8%.

Ryan and Sanu looked to have something going Sunday. Sanu needs to be added, but I would wait to start him. Sanu has an ankle thing, and we need to see if the second option in the Atlanta passing game is truly Sanu.

Tajae Sharpe (Ten) - 41.9%.

Sharpe had 7 catches in the game Sunday. Minnesota was missing their best cornerback, but that's still a pretty good volume of work. We pay for opportunity in fantasy, and Sharpe has the opportunity. Sharpe should be added in all leagues.

Tight Ends:

Eric Ebron (Det) - 46.4%.

In a week where tight ends were terrible around the league, Ebron showed why he was so highly thought of when drafted. Ebron should be added and started immediately

Dwayne Allen (Ind) - 38.4%.

Allen wasn't the highest scoring tight end on his own team. With that being said, he will be for the rest of the season and should also be added in all leagues and started immediately.

Gary Barnidge (Cle) - 95.2%.

Barnidge is not available...yet. Keep an eye on the waiver wire after adds are made. If Barnidge gets dropped, add him. Barnidge laid a goose egg in week one, but with McCown now starting at QB, he will end as a top-5 TE.

Defenses:

Jets - 58.6%.

Thursday Night Football game against the Bills. Sammy Watkins is banged up, and no passing game does all that well on Thursday. The Jets run defense is legit.

Bills - 34.6%.

Thursday Night Football game against the Jets. Without a true pounder in the backfield, the Jets could struggle to move the ball through the air.

Ravens - 9.7%.

The Ravens are playing Cleveland with a new QB, and they should be good for a couple of turnovers, if Cleveland is lucky.

There are plenty of players to add over the 60% threshold, be diligent in looking every week to the wire. Football is back!

Happy Hunting!

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