This article is part of our NFL Waiver Wire series.
Week 1 is behind us and, as there is almost every year, a lot of fantasy surprises took place. The key is to not overreact to a big performance from a mediocre player and don't panic if a stud didn't live up to expectations. There's a fairly big list this week with many surprise performances Week 1, so let's get started.
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.
Gardner Minshew, JAC - It's hard to imagine having to use Minshew in standard formats, but he's definitely in play in superflex/two-QB formats. He had an excellent showing in relief of an injured Nick Foles on Sunday, going 22 of 25 for 275 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He'll get to work with the first team this week; Foles will miss at least the next eight games after being placed on IR on Monday. FAAB: $10-$20 in league formats mentioned, $1-$2 in standard formats
Adrian Peterson, WAS - Peterson was a surprise omission from the actives Sunday but will work his way back into the early down mix with Derrius Guice (knee) slated to miss time. Peterson went from 2018 Week 1 starter to inactive Week 1 of 2019, which likely will give him a chip on his shoulder. Despite the years