The fantasy football season is back! And so is our weekly waiver advice column. Week One showcased the potential of several young stars while injuries propelled backups to the top of the depth chart. These are a few of this week’s best options available on the waiver wire.
DISCLAIMER: This column will go up on Tuesdays in the future so you can make your claims before they process on Wednesday mornings. These are the top pickups for this week. If you can still grab them, do it!
Tarik Cohen, RB - CHI (23.7% owned)
Cohen will remain the RB2 to Jordan Howard (55 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries) in Chicago. But in Week One, Cohen flashed his multi-dimensional skillset by adding 47 yards and a score through the air (on top of 66 rushing yards on five carries). His ability to contribute to both the run and receiving games makes him a solid add, particularly in PPR leagues.
Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington, Chris Johnson, RBs - ARI (5.5%, 0.8%, 0.2% owned)
Top three pick David Johnson is out for 2-3 months following wrist surgery. That one hurts. It also means that the Arizona backfield just blew wide open. Williams will be the featured back in the wake of David Johnson’s injury and will take the bulk of snaps moving forward. Ellington could prove an asset in the passing and rushing games, so he is worth considering as well. The Cardinals have also brought back Chris Johnson, but his level of contribution is still unclear. It seems that Williams is the safest add for now, though both Ellington and Chris Johnson are worth watching at the situation develops.
Kenny Golladay, WR - DET (21.3% owned)
Detroit’s third round pick had an impressive NFL debut, scoring twice and amassing 69 yards on four receptions. Golden Tate saw more targets than Golladay, but it was the rookie who found the end zone. Golladay will clearly be a big part of the offense moving forward. He is a great pickup in all leagues.
Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns, WRs - JAX (22.3% and 2.3% owned)
Allen Robinson is out for the season with a torn ACL. That means an increase in targets for both Lee and Hurns, who will be the top options in Jacksonville moving forward. Lee was the Jaguars’ WR2 last season, racking up 851 yards and three scores. Hurns broke 1,000 yards and hauled in ten touchdowns in 2015 before posting a more disappointing 2016 campaign. Both are capable of being solid fantasy options with Robinson sidelined indefinitely.
Cooper Kupp, WR - LAR (20.8% owned)
The Rams’ rookie receiver had four receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown in Week One. While Sammy Watkins will be the WR1 in LA this year, Kupp had more receptions than every other wideout on the roster. He should be owned in all leagues moving forward.
Coby Fleener, TE - NO (16.7% owned)
The Saints’ tight end had five receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown in Week One. He has Drew Brees throwing to him, and Jimmy Graham did pretty well with that before being traded to Seattle. Keep an eye on Fleener moving forward.
What are your thoughts, fantasy owners? Who are you targeting on the waiver wire this week? Are there any hyped players that you’re going to avoid? You can discuss pickups, strategy and anything else fantasy football in the comments section below.