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Don't be fooled by Cam Newton's record-setting performance Week 1. The rookie gunslinger did it against perhaps softest defense league.

Don't be fooled by Cam Newton's record-setting performance in Week 1. The rookie gunslinger did it against perhaps the softest defense in the league.

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Updated: November 26, 2011 12:28AM

I can just hear the blowhards around the water cooler today.

“Dude, I’m grabbing Cam Newton off waivers and riding Steve Smith and him to the promised land.”

“No joke, man. I’m dumping all my Colts and flipping Chris Johnson for Ray Rice.”
“I’m all over Ben Tate ’cause I heard Arian Foster’s hammy is really messed up.”
“Two words, baby: Kenny Britt.”

Every year, like clockwork, the games of the first weekend set off a frenzy of waiver-wire jockeying and panic-induced trading. Rather than viewing this as little more than the first glimpse of a long, roller-coaster season to come, we race to the conclusion that what we just saw is what we’ll be seeing all year. That’s a prescription for disaster.

Don’t make an ill-advised decision you’ll soon regret.

With the exception of the Packers’ and Saints’ offenses, I think it’s premature to project greatness for any shining stars of the first weekend.

On the flip slide, it’s way too early to give up on any offense, other than perhaps the woeful Seahawks. Let’s give the Colts one more chance, against the visiting Browns, before we bury them.

The Steelers can’t be that bad, on both sides of the ball. Can they?

Remember, the best trades are often the ones you don’t make. And other than replacing an injured player or taking a flier on a potential free-agent gem, the waiver wire is best used in moderation.

To win a fantasy championship, it helps to start with a great draft. But filling in your roster throughout the season with the right free agents is also important. Here’s a look at players worth considering and others who would look better in someone else’s lineup.

Check our gallery for six players you should consider picking up, and four you shouldn't get fooled by:

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