Welecome to the first in-season fantasy football waive-wire addition of the 2017 campaign. This list of players will likely be more extensive the earlier in the year compared to when the season really gets going in October and November.
Injuries we saw around the league definitely impact who we decided to go with as our top-10 waiver-wire pickups for Week 2 of the NFL season.
On a related note. Information interms of rosters and the like are still a bit too clouded for us to utilize that as a context for who might be available in leagues around the fake football world. It's in this, that we decided to go with the Fantasy Pros (partner site) preseason ADP.
So, here goes.
Alex Smith, Quarterback, Kansas CIty Chiefs (ADP: 26)
If Smith's Week 1 performance is any indication, he might very well put up the best fantasy performance of what has already been an under-the-radar great career. Taking on a Patriots defense that yielded the fewest points in the NFL last yer, Smith completely outplayed Tom Brady to the tune of 28-of-35 passing for 368 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Needless to say, he finished as Week 1's best fantasy quarterback.
There's not a whole lot of reason to believe Smith will regress a whole lot moving forward, either. Sure, regression to the mean makes sense here. But it's readily apparent that he has the best supporting cast of his career. Rookie running back Kareem Hunt went off for 246 total yards, including five receptions for 98 yards through the air. He's a multi-dimensional threat the Chiefs haven't had since Jamaal Charles was in his prime. Add in Tyreek Hill's otherworldly talent at receiver and Travis Kelce at tight end, and there's a whole heck of a lot to like here.
Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Houston Texans (ADP: 24)
While Texans head coach Bill O'Brien wouldn't commit to Watson as the starter for Week 2's outing against the Cincinnati Bengals, it's looking more and more like he will go with this rookie over Tom Savage. If that's the case and assuming you're in a pinch at quarterback, maybe pick this youngster up as a QB2 option. After replacing an ineffective Savage in the second half of Houston's humiliating loss to Jacksonville on Sunday, Watson led a touchdown-scoring drive in his first possession. The reigning national champion would ultimately completing 12-of-23 passes for 102 yards with a touchdown and a pick.
These are in no way great numbers. But we can expect improvement from Watson moving forward should he be given first-team reps with the likes of DeAndre Hopkins and Lamar Miller. There's definitely enough talent on Houston's offense for Watson to be a top-24 fantasy quarterback in a league with so many horrible signal callers starting on a weekly basis.
Tarik Cohen, Running Back, Chicago Bears (ADP: N/A)
The running back situation could ultimately proved to be interesting in Chicago moving forward this season. In terms of ADP, second-year running back Jordan Howard is being relied on as a top-10 option. He responded by putting up 66 total yards and a score on 16 touches. Meanwhile, Cohen — a rookie fourth-round pick from North Carolina AT&T — put up 113 total yards and a touchdown on 13 touches. The two were either targeted or attempted a run on over half of Chicago's offensive snaps against Atlanta on Sunday.
Expect this to continue as the season progresses. Chicago lost former first-round pick Kevin White to a season-ending injury on Sunday and saw returning No 1 receiver Cameron Meredith go down with a season-ending torn ACL during the exhibition slate. Think about this for a second. Cohen put up eight receptions on 12 targets in Week 1. That's a PPR stud if we've ever come across one.
Buck Allen, Running Back, Baltimore Ravens (ADP: N/A)
Now that Danny Woodhead is lost for an undetermined amount of time, Allen will share duties with Terrance West in Baltimore. In Sunday's shutout win over Cincinnati Allen touched the ball 21 times compared to 19 for West. He also saw four more snaps than his counterpart.
Whether this remains the case moving forward remains to be seen. And while 40 touches for the two in a single game was more indicative of playing with a multi-score lead, it's most definitely something to keep an eye on here. For his part, Allen did put up just 71 yards on those 21 touches, but that came with Cincinnati expecting run throughout the second half.
Kerwynn Williams, Running Back, Arizona Cardinals (ADP: N/A)
We have no idea how long David Johnson will be out with what's being described as a dislocated wrist. Though, the Cardinals pretty much indicted he could land on injured reserve (designated to return). If so, Williams is the only true running back on the Cardinals' roster able to pick up the slack. Andre Ellington has played more in the slot since the starting job was taken from him. Meanwhile, Arizona is contemplating bringing Chris Johnson back and has signed D.J. Foster off the Patriots' practice squad. Yuck.
Having put up 545 rushing yards in his first five NFL seasons combined, Williams is definitely a risky play. Though, he did score a touchdown in garbage time on Sunday and will have the usage rate to be fantasy viable. Whether that translates to actual production on the field remains to be seen.
Kenny Golladay, Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions (ADP: 62)
At this point, it would not be a dramatic leap to conclude that this rookie has taken over as the Lions' No. 3 receiver behind Marvin Jones and Golden Tate. The former Northern Illinois standout played 62 percent of Detroit's offensive snaps on Sunday. Comparatively, T.J. Jones only played 19 snaps.
And for his part, Golladay made the most of his snaps. He caught four passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets. Outside of the obvious production, this means the rook was targeted 15.9 percent of his snaps. That's a higher rate than anyone not named Golden Tate. You can do the math from here.
Nelson Agholor, Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles (ADP: 89)
Sure a 58-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz helped pad Agholor's stats in Week 1. But that's how it goes in today's NFL. Just look at the aforementioned Golladay and his long score against Arizona. All said, this former first-round pick caught 6-of-8 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins in Week 1.
This comes on the heels of what was described in Philadelphia has a strong training camp and preseason for a player many considered to be a bust after last year's struggles. It's also important to note here that Agholor played just six less snaps than Eagles No. 2 receiver Torrey Smith and was much more productive than his veteran counterpart. Just some food for thought when going through the waiver wire heading into Week 2.
Allen Hurns, Wide Receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars (ADP: 73)
Remember when it looked like the Jaguars were looking to trade Hurns after he put up a disasterous 2016 performance? Well, that seems like ages ago. Since then, Jacksonville has lost rookie Dede Westbrook to injured reserve (designated to return) and saw No. 1 receiver Allen Robinson go down with a season-ending torn ACL.
Now that everything is settled on that front, it's both Hurns and Marqise Lee who promise to see an uptick in production for a Jaguars offense that's going to run through rookie No. 4 pick Leonard Fournette.
This may limit what they can do statistically, but Blake Bortles has to have someone (on his own team) to throw to, right? Hurns led Jaguars receivers with three catches for 42 yards against Houston on Sunday. He also saw a whopping 51 snaps on the afternoon. If nothing else, pick this former 1,000-yard receiver up as a deep bench option heading into Week 2.
Cooper Kupp, Wide Receiver, Los Angeles Rams (ADP: N/A)
Not only is Kupp a fantasy relevant option after just one regular season NFL game, the rookie could be considered for a FLEX role in PPR-heavy leagues. In his NFL debut on Sunday against a horrible Colts team, Kupp caught 4-of-6 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. This enabled him to finish the day as a top-five fantasy receiver.
Having already built a solid relationship with second-year quarterback Jared Goff, Kupp played the second-most snap of any Rams receiver behind Robert Woods. The usage will be there. And Kupp has more than proven himself to be productive when given an opportunity.
Austin Hooper, Tight End, Atlanta Falcons (ADP: 16)
Much like Agholor before, Hooper's stats for Week 1 are somewhat of an outlier considering he scored an 88-yard touchdown on broken coverage by the Redskins. Hooper was also targeted just twice in the game and played in less than half of Atlanta's offensive plays. He, however, also added a 40-yard catch in the game. This type of play-making ability at tight end simply can't go unnoticed, especially in a league where there's not a lot of tight ends that can stretch the field.