Fantasy Football: Week 1 Waiver Wire

Arizona Cardinals Kerwynn Williams

We waited so long for the NFL season to get here and now its time to attack the Week 1 waiver wire! It’s crazy how fast time flies. The first week of the season left a lot to be desired from many of the fantasy football studs. Try and be patient. It may be hard but abandoning your play and the players you liked based upon one week is crazy.

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Obviously if you lost David Johnson, Allen Robinson or others due to injury you have some work to do. Hopefully this article can help you get a jump start on the wire. Who should you add heading into Week 2?

Kerwynn Williams | RB | Arizona Cardinals
6% Owned on Yahoo!

This is certainly a name I didn’t expect to be talking about after Week 1, but here we are. David Johnson left Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions after injuring his wrist. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting the team is fearing the worst. Coach Bruce Arians said the injury is the same prognosis as TJ Logan who is out 12 weeks.

Assuming Johnson misses 12 weeks, Kerwynn Williams becomes a must add, especially for Johnson owners. Now this becomes an approach with caution situation. While we can assume Williams is likely the “guy” heading into Week 2, expectations must stay low. He averaged only two YPC on five carries. Williams did get the goal line carry when Johnson went out, which is a good sign. The fact he was able to convert is an better sign.

This offense takes a dramatic step back without Johnson. I would let someone else blow all their FAAB or their top waiver priority on Williams. If you can land him for 5-10% of your FAAB, it’s a gamble worth taking.

There is also a non-zero chance that the Cardinals give Ryan Mathews or DeAngelo Williams a call. They already added D.J. Foster and could potentially bring back Chris Johnson. This is likely headed to a gross RBBC. Avoiding this situation is likely the best bet, unless you are desperate.

Chris Carson | RB | Seattle Seahawks
15% Owned on Yahoo!

The Seahawks did not look great against the Packers in Week 1. Their offensive line is a mess that will need to improve if they want to be legit contenders. That said, Chris Carson looked to be the best RB on the field. Eddie Lacy looked slow and terrible. Thomas Rawls was inactive for Week 1. He is still battling injuries.

Carson got the most carries of any RB on sunday and did the most with them. He ripped off a 30 yard run and averaged 6.5 YPC in a game where the offense struggled. He also got a target in the passing game.

With games coming against the 49ers, Colts and Titans, Carson would be my top RB add. He should be the first and second down RB with some 3rd down work going forward. Thomas Rawls should be active next week but that is what we heard heading into Week 1.

I’m thinking 10%-15% of your FAAB should get it done.

Tarik Cohen | RB | Chicago Bears
13% Owned on Yahoo!

Tarik Cohen was a real factor on Sunday. He ran the ball 5 times for 66 yards and caught 8 balls for 47 yards. He was targeted 12 times, twice as much as TE Zach Miller who was second on the team in targets.

With Kevin White joining Cameron Meredith on season ending IR, there is real lack of playmakers in Chicago. While I don’t think Cohen will be putting up the same amount of PPR points as Antonio Brown on a weekly basis, like he did in Week 1, I do think he will remain a part of the offense.

He will give you a safe weekly floor in PPR leagues, especially if Mike Glennon remains under center. I think the rushing production will be hit and miss. Think a poor mans Theo Riddick or Chris Thompson. Exepct a safe weekly floor in PPR formats especially if the Bears are down, which they should be a ton.

Jordan Howard owners should be a little concerned about Cohen taking snaps. The Bears were able to stay somewhat close in this game and Howard only had 13 carries. In games where the Bears are down big that number could be even worse. Last year the Bears target Howard 50 times in the passing game. If that number drops to it could be a frustrating season for Howard owners.

Cohen is a 1/2 and full PPR league add for ~5% of FAAB. I’m not running to the wire in standard leagues unless you are desperate.

Javorius Allen | RB | Baltimore Ravens
3% Owned on Yahoo!

The Javorius Allen breakout party happened rather unexpectedly on Sunday, mostly due to Danny Woodhead going down with another injury. It was also a game where the Ravens dominated and ran the ball an insane 42 times. Allen had 21 carries for 71 yards.

Going forward, I would expect to see this team run the ball more than previous seasons and for Allen to be involved. It sounds like Woodhead could be out multiple weeks making Allen a name to add. He has passing down skills that make him interesting in PPR leagues also.

He is in the same conversation as Cohen for me. I think he has more upside while Woodhead is out. ~5% of my FAAB is what i’m comfortable with.

Other RBs to consider: Shane Vereen, Chris Thompson, Marlon Mack

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Kenny Golladay | WR | Detroit Lions
18% Owned on Yahoo!

Sunday was the coming out party for Kenny Golladay. Babytron as JJ Zachariason of numberFire’s calls him, was impressive catching 4 of his 7 targets for 69 yards (nice) and 2 touchdowns. Golladay was tied for second on the team in targets stepping right into the role vacated by Anquan Boldin.

Stafford threw 41 times in a game they remained competitive in. In games where the Lions are trailing, that number could be even bigger, Golladay has real potential to be a thing this fantasy football season.

If you want a WR with upside or want to strengthen a weaker WR core, Golladay is a must add. I would be fine spending whatever it takes to land him, but 30%-40% of your FAAB feels appropriate.

Corey Davis | WR | Tennessee Titans
46% Owned on Yahoo!

While the Titans Corey Davis wasn’t the most impressive rookie WR this weekend, he left a great impression on me. He flashed all over the field against the Raiders. Davis was the most targeted Titans WR with 10. He caught 6 of those targets for a very nice 69 yards.

It was a positive sign for Marcus Mariota to show much faith in the rookie WR. It was also great to see Mariota on the field. He looked very comfortable and completely over his season ending leg injury from 2016.

Nelson Agholor | WR | Philadelphia Eagles
15 Owned on Yahoo!

On Sunday, the drum beat that built throughout the offseason continued as Nelson Agholor had a big day. QB Carson Wentz found Agholor early and often, connecting six times on eight targets. Agholor went for 86 yards and a touchdown.

There are some reasons to not go too crazy with Agholor. Alshon Jeffery was covered all day by Josh Norman. Jeffery only managed 3 catches and 38 yards against the talented corner. Agholor is a guy that will have productive weeks and should be in flex consideration often. He is still the third target at best behind Jeffery and TE Zach Ertz.

Other WRs to consider: Cooper Kupp, Sterling Shepard, Paul Richardson

 

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David Banks – Getty Images

Austin Hooper | TE | Atlanta Falcons
55% Owned on Yahoo!

Austin Hooper had the final numbers for a fantasy superstar with 128 yards and a touchdown. He did this work on only two targets with 88 yards coming on one catch. Going forward Hooper is definitely a name to add but keep expectations measured. He is a TE that can make big plays but there will be some underwhelming performances like most TEs

Other TEs to consider: Charles Clay, Jesse James, Jason Witten

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