With the Monday Night doubleheader in the books, we can officially say farewell to Week one of the NFL season. Lots of great games and individual performances after the first weekend, but also A LOT of significant injuries and unexpected contributions that allow us to start looking ahead to waiver claims options for the upcoming week. I will focus mostly on the guys you should be looking to add in seasonal leagues, but will let you know which ones need to be on your radar for dynasty adds, as well.
These are, in priority order, the rankings of the top waiver adds for Week two:
#1) Tarik Cohen (RB-CHI) – You should run, not walk, to add Cohen this week. That is, of course, if you are willing to spend a good chunk of your FAAB $’s, or have the top waiver spot in your priority format. I would advise spending no less than 50% of your waiver budget to claim this speedster, who wowed us in week one with an incredible performance. While he only had 13 touches, eight were receptions (PPR owners, take note) and he totaled 113 yards on the day. It was more how he got his yardage, as he showed tremendous quickness when the ball was in his hands. Playing 42% of the Bears’ offensive snaps versus the Falcons, Tarik looks to be a major part of the offense that could find themselves trailing in many games this season, which we know can make for fantasy gold. While he is likely gone in deeper dynasty formats, you should use my 50% number as the bare minimum amount to spend in this format. Especially since it’s just week two, some owners in leagues get a little cray cray after early season performances. Go get him!
#2) Kenny Golladay (WR-DET) – Calvin Johnson 2.0?? If you read some of the commentary from certain Lions’ beat writers and fans, it would suggest that this is a viable characterization for the rookie from Northern Illinois. I was not fully bought in during training camp, when he was said to be dominating the practices, or even when he scored two touchdowns in his preseason debut. However, after scoring two touchdowns in his NFL debut, along with 69 yards, consider me intrigued. I would recommend spending 30-35% of your FAAB, if you could use the wide receiver help, especially if you are an Allen Robinson or Kevin White (I hope not, for your sake). While we all have to relax on the Megatron comparison, the guy did ball out in college to the tune of 18 touchdowns and nearly 2300 yards receiving, in two years of work. There should be few, if any, dynasty leagues where he remains un-owned. Getting him in a trade there right now, would most likely cost you your first born, so be weary of buying too high after his week one performance.
#3) Cooper Kupp (WR-LAR) – Another intriguing wide receiver add for your redraft formats, Kupp was impressive throughout training camp, so his regular season debut of four catches for 76 yards, plus a touchdown, might not have come as a shock to those who have been paying attention. He is likely not available in deeper roster leagues, but if you see his name pop on your waiver wire, you can confidently bid 30% of your FAAB dollars. With a 60% snap count in the Rams opener, which slightly bested that of Sammy Watkins, it appears certain that the team plans to feature Cooper in their offense.
#4) Paul Richardson (WR-SEA) – Richardson left no doubt on Sunday that he would have a large role in the Seahawks pass game, playing in over 80% of the offensive snaps. Targeted seven times by Wilson, he finished with 4 catches for 59 yards. A great deep threat option for Pete Carroll, he might see his greatest value come in best ball formats, but will certainly have solid value in any format. Feel good about spending 25-30% to secure his rights for your fantasy squad.
#5) Chris Carson (RB-SEA) – I won’t be spending many dollars on Carson this week, mostly because I already have a ton of shares in him. Watching him do work in the preseason, he was already a must snag for me in the later rounds of redraft and dynasty leagues. Leading Seattle running backs in both carries (6) and yards (39), Carson outplayed Eddie Lacy and let it be known that he will have a role in the Hawks’ backfield. While I wouldn’t anticipate consistent touches or production for Carson this year, he certainly warrants a high bid this week. I would comfortably bid 25% of my FAAB to grab him, perhaps reaching deeper in my pocket if I’m a David Johnson or Danny Woodhead owner.
#6) Shane Vereen (RB-NYG) – He likely is gone in many moderately deep leagues, but would be worth a 20-25% bid, if not. Catching 9/10 targets for the night will set him up for some great PPR value this season, as he played nearly double the snaps as the next RB for the Giants on SNF.
#7) Nelson Agholor (WR-PHI) – Admittedly, this player was dead to me in fantasy football coming into this season, but he started to show off those skills on Sunday that made him a star at USC. He caught 6 of 8 targets for 86 yards, plus a touchdown where he had to shed what should have been a surefire tackle in the red zone. Chalk up this showing, at least to a certain degree, on Alshon Jeffery’s tough matchup with Josh Norman, but this was still a performance worthy of shelling out 20% of your FAAB this week. He should also be considered back on the radar in dynasty formats.
#8) Javorius Allen (RB-BAL) – If you are Woodhead owner, this is almost a must add for you, and I would also encourage you to send out some trade feelers for Terrance West. Yeah, I know, it’s not pretty in Baltimore’s backfield. You will be happy to note that Buck actually out snapped West, 33-27, rushing 22 times for 72 yards. Not overly impressive yards per rush attempt but, as we learn every year, volume is extremely important for fantasy value. You can look to spend 20-25% of your FAAB, perhaps closer to 40% for the Woodhead owners.
#9) Marqise Lee (WR-JAX) and Allen Hurns (WR-JAX) – Because it’s the Jaguars, I am not granting these two their own spot in the rankings. Both of these players stand to have decent value, with the knowledge that Allen Robinson will miss the entire season. Lee is the more talented player, but both receivers will be on the field a lot now and be heavily targeted. Whether or not Blake Bortles can find their hands with a football remains to be seen, but this is another case of volume playing here. 15% of FAAB would be my limit in seasonal formats, though I do like the talents of Lee for dynasty leagues.
#10) Kerwynn Williams (RB-ARZ) – Some will have Williams higher than this on their waiver wire rankings, but I simply don’t feel as confident in this add. He only played 9 snaps, which could be irrelevant since David Johnson’s injury happened later in the game, but I don’t know if I see definite volume coming his way. Andre Ellington is likely the guy to add in PPR formats, but I have a strong feeling that Bruce Arians will not let either of these two players be the primary replacement at RB for his squad. Jeremy Hill, are you there? For now, carefully spend your money on this backfield situation, especially since Johnson could be back by late October. 15% would be my max as a non-Johnson owner, but would likely approach 25% of my FAAB to secure, if I own him.