Week 2 Waiver Wire Players to Target
Week 1 is in the books. In a typical season, week 1 gives you an opportunity to see what type of team you are going to have for the season. But week 1 was anything but typical this year. The top 5 QB’s were Alex Smith, Matthew Stafford, Sam Bradford, Trevor Siemian, and Carson Wentz. Tom Brady and Russell Wilson didn’t even finish in the top 20.
Demarco Murray and Leveon Bell finished as the 39th and 40th ranked running backs in PPR formats. While three of the top 4 running backs were rookies in Kareem Hunt, Tarik Cohen, and Leonard Fournette. We all knew Kareem Hunt and Leonard Fournette along with Christian McCaffery and Dalvin Cook would have established roles from day 1; but other rookies played big roles that may have been over looked. Rookies such as Tarik Cohen, Marlon Mack, and Chris Carson. More on these players to come!
Now is not the time to overreact with your big name stars that didn’t produce; however, it is the time to look at what players may be in for bigger roles than original thought of and replace those players that we know are not going to produce. I’m talking about the Ameer Abdullah’s and the Frank Gore’s of the world.
Here are the top Waiver Wire adds for week 2 to target:
- Tarik Cohen (RB Chicago Bears) – He had 5 rushes for 66 yards, 8 receptions on 12 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown. In PPR formats, this guy is the number 1 waiver add of the week. At best, he could be vintage Darren Sproles with the Saints. A guy that is going to get you 25 to 40 yards rushing a game and add in 6 to 8 receptions for 40 to 60 yards. While, the Bears offense is not even close to the Saints, the Bears lost Kevin White this week for the season. I could see Tarik Cohen getting play in the slot and appearing on downs along with Jordan Howard. This isn’t exactly a Freeman, Coleman of the Falcons time share yet; but Cohen showed he has the talent and is now looking at upside opportunity on an injury depleted offense.
- Kenny Golliday (WR Detroit Lions) – Golliday didn’t have the biggest first half, but he made up for it in the 2nd half with two touchdown receptions. He finished the day with 4 receptions on 7 targets for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Golliday’s 7 targets were tied for 2nd on the team, only behind Golden Tate. I said earlier that Golliday had a chance to over take Marvin Jones as the main man in Detroit for touchdown upside and this game proved that. Golliday had more targets than Jones, by a 7 to 2 margin. As a rookie, Golliday will be up and down. Matthew Stafford will have alot to do with Golliday’s production week in and week out. When Stafford struggles, so too will Golliday. But as we have seen, the Lions do not have a running game and Stafford prefers to air it out.
- Cooper Cupp (WR LA Rams) – Cooper Cupp tied with Todd Gurley for the team lead in targets. He finished with 4 receptions on 6 targets for 76 yards and a touchdown. Cooper had more yards, targets and touchdowns than Sammy Watkins. Granted, they played a terrible Colts team, but the targets is what I saw as the potential for Cooper in this offense. I would not be surprised if Cupp finished as the Rams number 1 wide receiver this year.
- Alvin Kamara (RB New Orleans Saints) – Before the start of last nights game who would you have picked would lead the Saints in Carries? Between Adrian Peterson, Mark Ingram, and Alvin Kamara…I just about gurantee no one would have picked Kamara. He out carried, Peterson and Ingram with a 7-6-6 rushing attempts. While he may not have done much, only compiling 18 yards on those 7 rushes, it spoke more to the type of offense that the Saints love to play. Kamara fits the offensive scheme. He also had more targets in the passing game than Ingram or Peterson. By a 6 to 5 to 1 amount. Ingram, did have more rushing yards, receiving yards and receptions than Kamara; but look for Kamara to have a bigger role than Peterson this year.
- Jermaine Kearse (WR NY Jets) – Kearse had a stat line of 7 receptions on 9 targets for 59 yards. His 9 targets led the team. We all know the Jets want to lose this year, thus the game script will be heavily in Kearses favor. If you can stomach, the lack of touchdowns and the low percentage catchable balls thrown Kearse’s way, he could be a great bye-week fill in.
It is important to not over react to what happened in week 1. Don’t go dropping Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, or Jamison Crowder for any of these players. These players will bounce back. However, players you should drop that you may be hanging onto because of their names…
- Ameer Abdullah – 15 carries for 30 yards. 2.0 average and a long run of 7 yards. He isn’t a lead back in the NFl and the Lions have Theo Riddick who is better in the passing game. Riddick had 7 targets in the passing game compared to Abdullah’s 3 targets. Again, we know what Abdullah can do, or more likely what he can’t do.
- Eddie Lacy – 5 carries for 3 yards. Granted Seattle couldn’t run the ball, or pass for that matter, but more importantly, we saw Chris Carson get 6 carries and C.J. Prosise get 4 carries. Thomas Rawls should return for Week 2 and that just creates even more of a log jam for carries.
- Adrian Peterson – I don’t want to over react with Peterson here, but he had 6 carries for 18 yards. this is more about what Ingram and Kamara could do and less about what Peterson didn’t do.
Tight End and Defense Streaming for Week 2:
Using a waiver priority add on a tight end or defense, is generally bad for business. Try and get these options after waivers go through in your leagues.
- Jesse James (TE Pittsburgh Steelers) – James had 6 receptions on 8 targets for 41 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Steelers play the Vikings @home in week 2. The vikings gave up 5 for 54 yards and a touchdown to Coby Fleener in week 1. Expect the Vikings secondary to do everything possible to contain Antonio Brown. James should be able to get looks in the middle and flats of the defense.
- Baltimore Defense – Baltimore plays home against the Cleveland Browns. Enough said, right? Cleveland gave up 7 sacks and Baltimore had 5 sacks in a shut out victory on the road against the Bengals. Pick up Baltimore and start them with confidence.
- Oakland Raiders – The Raiders play host to the New York Jets in Week 2. The Raiders were able to contain Marcus Mariota, on the road last week. And it’s the Jets! New York scored the 3rd fewest points of any team in week 1. Again, start with confidence.
Baltimore and Oakland are great defense options for managers have New England’s Defense (@Saints), Denver (home against the Cowboys), Kansas City (home against the Eagles), or Minnesota (@Steelers).
It was a crazy and weird week 1 in the NFL this year, so keep that in mind and don’t go too crazy with pickups and trades. Unless you were one of the teams, that lost David Johnson….no need to be concerned after one week.