Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
If you were a David Johnson, Allen Robinson, Danny Woodhead, or Kevin White owner, your season took a hit. That's why we draft for depth. Unless your first round pick was Antonio Brown or LeSean Mccoy, you had a rough week as well. Here are a few guys to put waiver claims on for Week 2.
1. Tarik Cohen, RB - CHI
Cohen was easily one of the most explosive players that we saw on Sunday. His cuts and speed were so impressive that comparisons to how Jordan Howard took over the lead role last season began almost immediately. While Howard is not in danger of losing his position atop the depth chart right now, it would have helped his situation immensely if he could have caught the last second touchdown pass late in the 4th. Howard is the starter but Cohen looked better and will likely be eating into his touches each week. In fact, Cohen had just 3 fewer touches than Howard and led the team with 12 targets. Cohen will probably be the first guy to go off waivers this week and should be owned as an RB3 or potential flex play in PPR formats.
2. Kerwynn Williams, RB - ARI
David Johnson is expected to miss several weeks with an injured wrist, and while Kerwynn Williams will be atop the depth chart, let's be clear here: Williams is not David Johnson. He is not going to deliver you 300 fantasy points. By all indications, it would appear that the Cardinals are going to be going with a committee approach. In PPR formats, Williams will lose work to Andre Ellington. There are a lot of question marks surrounding Williams at the moment as he doesn't have a long history for us to make a qualified judgement on.
3. Javorius "Buck" Allen, RB - BAL
Terrance West is the starting RB in Baltimore, but Allen played 6 more snaps than West in Week 1. With Danny Woodhead injured (hamstring), we would anticipate Allen's role getting a boost.
4. Kenny Golladay, WR - DET
The Lions had a big day through the air on Sunday and Golladay was one of the reasons why. His 4-for-69 and 2 scores have a lot of folks talking. He's clearly ahead of T.J. Jones in the pecking order, but it's difficult to not fall victim to recency bias here. It's unlikely that Golladay puts up 2 scores again in the same week, and we'd still rather have Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, but his 7 targets on Sunday was certainly intriguing.
5. Austin Hooper, TE - ATL
Like Golladay above, we don't want to fall victim to recency bias with Hooper. His 2-for-128 and a score was impressive, but he only saw 2 targets in the whole game. He made the most of them obviously, but what happens when he doesn't? Until we see his targets rise, he'll remain a potential starter in deeper leagues and certainly makes for a great bye-week option.
6. Chris Carson, RB - SEA
When the Seattle offense came out at Lambeau on Sunday afternoon, it was Chris Carson starting in the backfield - not Eddie Lacy or C.J. Prosise. Carson also lead the backfield in snaps. We didn't get to see much out of the Seahawks offense as they struggled against Green Bay, but even with Thomas Rawls expected back for Week 2 at home against the Niners, Carson should have a solid role as the RB2 on that team.
7. Kendall Wright, WR - CHI
If you look at the Chicago version of CraigsList, you'll find a help wanted ad for the Bears. The wide receiving corp is banged up and depleted. Looking to snag Wright off the waivers in your league is more about opportunities than talent. With Meredith and White out and Markus Wheaton still recovering, Wright is one of the only viable receiving options right now in the Windy City.
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