After an exciting and surprising first week of official NFL action, many fantasy owners are scrambling to the waiver wire to replace injured studs. After injuries to studs David Johnson, Allen Robinson, and other big names, now it is time for fantasy owners to start looking to add some replacements early this week.
Top Waiver Wire Players:
Tarik Cohen, RB (vs. TB)
Although he has superstar Jordan Howard ahead of him on the depth-chart, the rookie received plenty of opportunity to impress in week 1. Against Atlanta, Cohen lined up in the backfield as well as the slot and was heavily used throughout the contest. He finished with 66 rushing yards (on 5 touches) and 47 receiving yards and 1 TD (on 8 of 12 catches). Although Howard is fully expected to be the main bell-cow, Cohen will likely continue to see the field often.
Kenny Golladay, WR (vs. NYG)
The rookie received high praise all offseason and he finally got the chance to back it up in week 1. He finished with 2 TDs on four catches while playing 44 offensive snaps. Detroit has plenty of weapons on offense, but expect Stafford to continue feeding Golladay after the impressive start. There is plenty of potential with this speedster, and he is a must-own in deeper leagues.
Cooper Kupp, WR (vs. WAS)
The preseason was a warning sign for Kupp’s inevitable explosion in week 1. The rookie was heavily targeted by Jared Goff throughout the entire preseason, where he showed off elite speed and precise route-running. He finished his NFL debut with four catches and a TD. The rookie is going to continue to produce and it is clear Goff has chosen his favorite target. Expect Sammy Watkins to steal some targets, but Kupp is going to be a threat every play.
Other Key Waiver Wire Players:
Carson Wentz, QB (vs. KC)
All signs pointed to Wentz having an excellent campaign, and he opened with an impressive performance. He threw for over 300 yards and escaped Washington’s pressure effectively. If you have an uncertainty at the position, such as Carson Palmer or Cam Newton, look for Wentz in week 2. He could put up similar numbers in a shootout against the Chiefs.
Danny Amendola, WR (vs. NO)
An angry Tom Brady could spell trouble for an unimpressive Saints defense. Amendola reaped the benefits of an injured Julian Edelman in week 1, and it is reasonable to expect more of the same this week. The Saints’ secondary was exposed in week 1, and it is expected Brady will spread the ball to each of his receivers. Before leaving the game at the half, Amendola racked up 6 catches for 100 yards in week 1. His precise route-running ability will be fully on display against the Saints.
Alvin Kamara, RB (vs. NE)
The rookie actually played more offensive snaps in week 1 than Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson. Frankly, he is the only running back on the depth chart that really produced. Sean Payton used Kamara in multiple ways throughout the game, and it is expected that this will continue. If he has already carved out a significant role while competing with the likes of Ingram and Peterson, he is a must own in all leagues. The rookie can do it all out of the backfield; Payton will likely try to use him to beat the Patriots similar to how Kareem Hunt was used in week 1.
What a week for rookies, right?