September 12, 2017
> > > Week 1 has come and gone in a fiery. While the Monday night game hasn’t happened as of the time I am writing this, there was still plenty of action! Who would have guessed Alex Smith, Carson Wentz, Tyrod Taylor and Deshone Kizer would all be top 5 options this week at QB? We are going to look at some potential waiver wire gems that could potentially be available in your league. For the purposes of this article we will be only looking at players that are available in about 50% (give or take) in Yahoo! Leagues. For The most part, I don’t like to get too crazy after week 1 and most of time I won’t make a move unless I absolutely see someone I need or I have an injury. In no particular order or ranking, let’s just dive right in while the water is warm.
Alex Smith: 39.02 fantasy points from 368 passing yards 4 TDs, 3 rushing yards. Currently QB1
Alex Smith is currently available in over ¾ of Yahoo! Leagues. Yes, he absolutely shredded the New England Patriots and yes, he looked good doing it and not to take anything away from the Chiefs but it just looked like the Patriots were more bad than anything else. They didn’t even bother covering Tyreek Hill down the sideline. If you are in a 2 QB or superflex league then you have my full endorsement but he’s likely already drafted in leagues like that. Next week he plays Philadelphia, who is coming off a 30-17 win and had what looked to be a tough defense, but I still think they have burnable secondary that Kansas City may be able to take advantage of.
Tyrod Taylor: 23.76 fantasy points from 224 passing yards 2 TDs, 1 INT, 38 yards rushing. Currently QB5
This one may not be available in your league and if he’s not then it’s okay because while he looked fine against the Jets, he has a much tougher matchup in week 2 against the Panthers. I know it was against the 49ers, but they still held Hoyer to under 200 yards with no TDs and picking Hoyer off once. Carolina is a potential top 5 defense if they stay healthy and Buffalo lacks talent on offense.
Deshone Kizer: 21.58 fantasy points from 222 passing yards 1 TD, 1 INT, 17 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD. Currently QB6
Kizer showed a lot of promise in week 1. Getting a Td with arm and his legs. Lead a 73 yard drive late in the 4th quarter to bring the Browns within a FG of the Steelers. While that’s all cool and everything, Kizer is still a rookie and will have his ups and downs and in week 2 he very well may have one of his downs. The Browns take on the Ravens in week 2. Baltimore’s defense was dominating against Cincinnati, sacking Dalton 5 times, picking him off 4 times while recovering 1 fumble. While Kizer is can be a QB2 in superflex leagues and is definitely worth the roster spot in those types of formats, he can be left on the wire in most standard leagues unless he has a good matchup on a bye week.
Jared Goff: 18.44 fantasy points from 306 passing yards, 1 TD, 2 rushing yards. Currently QB13
Alright, so Jared Goff actually looked good under Sean Mcvay but the only problem was it was against one of the least talented rosters in the league without Andrew Luck. But it was promising to see him on the page as Cooper Kupp and the newly acquired Sammy Watkins. Maybe the Rams offense is turning around or maybe they just played possibly the worst defense in the NFL, I’m betting on the latter.
Tarik Cohen: 25.30 fantasy points from 113 total yards (66 rushing, 8 catches 47 yards) and 1 receiving TD. Currently RB2
What a spark plug this guy is right! Standing at 5’6” he is not your typical back. Called the human joystick by his teammates at North Carolina A&T, this guy was making some highlight reel moves against the Falcons that might have made some people say Jordan Howard who? Cohen not only lead the Bears in targets, receiving yards but he also caught the teams only TD pass. As a runner he reversed field on the Falcons for a 46 yard gain that did most of the damage. Could this be Chicago’s satellite back?
Alvin Kamara: 7.80 fantasy points from 38 total yards (18 rushing yards, 4 catches 20 yards). Currently RB37
Not an amazing stat line by any means, but Kamara played in 31 snaps, which led the backfield and he also led the team in carries. He had just as many touches as Mark Ingram and could very well be a guy that can catch quite a few passes for Drew Brees. Not only that but they looked more willing to give carries to Kamara early, even on the first drive of the game. He can be added as a bench stash and see how things shake out.
Chris Thompson: 15.60 fantasy points from 56 total yards (4 rushing yards, 4 catches for 52 yards), 1 receiving TD. Currently RB10,
After reconstructing his contract earlier in the week, Thompson gobbled up the passing work out of the backfield spelling Rob Kelley. This included a 29 yard catch and run where he broke a few tackles and scored a TD. Thompson will be the spell for Rob Kelley for the year which could have some value as a RB3 in a high volume offense.
Shane Vereen: 14.60 fantasy points from 9 catches for 52 yards. Currently RB13
Been saying this all summer, if Shane Vereen stays healthy this year, that he will lead the Giants in fantasy points as far as PPR leagues are concerned. While most of his production came in mop up duties and the Giants offense was mostly uneffective and ineffiecient, he still has the most secure role in that backfield and will continue to rack up targets on an offense that throws the ball often.
Marlon Mack: 10.50 fantasy points from 45 total (24 rushing, 1 catch for 21 yards), 1 rushing TD. Currently RB23
The Rook! While there wasn’t a lot of room to run in this blow out and Mack may have fumbled which resulted in a safety, but it was promising to see Mack receive just as many touches as Frank Gore. He even plunged in for a 3 yard score and his day could have been even bigger if Indy was a good organization. But they aren’t, oh well. Mack really benefitted from gameflow in this one but we see the Colts losing often this year.
Javorius “Buck” Allen: 7.10 fantasy points from 71 rushing yards. Currently RB35
Kind of a surprise here, but Big Buck actually out-snapped the “starter” Terrance West 33 to 27 and had 21 carries to West’s 19. One could say gameflow had a lot to do with this one. Baltimore played with the lead all day leading to 40+ carries. Buck Allen is kind of the forgotten man in Baltimore and depending on the severity of Danny Woodhead’s hamstring, Allen could be an interesting add. Especially in deep leagues.
Chris Carson: 5.90 fantasy points from 49 total yards (39 rushing, 1 catch for 10 yards). Currently RB43
He is on here because he is basically available in nearly every redraft league. He was the only back that was worth a damn against Green Bay. Lacy looks close to done. Rawls is battling an ankle injury. Prosise wasn’t used very much, Chris Carson looks like a big physical back, that was in 26 of the 49 snaps. You shouldn’t be starting or flexing him quite yet but he is worth a stash in deeper leagues with long benches. The rest of the Arizona backfield is up for grabs with the uncertainty of the extent of David Johnson’s wrist injury. The only issue we have is that it appears like the backfield without DJ will end up being an unappealing committee of Kerwynn Williams on some early work with Ellington spelling in. Cards may also bring back Chris Johnson and they already signed former Arizona State prospect DJ Foster who possess some pass catching ability as he used to play receiver for part of college career.
Kenny “All day even on a holiday” Golladay: 22.90 fantasy points from 4 catches 69 yards and 2 receiving TDs. Currently WR3
Don’t hate on my nickname. In his debut, he got off to a slow start before catching a red zone target from 10 yards out and then icing the game by making a spectacular diving grab for a 45 yard TD. Although this is gorgeous and sexy to see the fact still remains that he was losing snaps to TJ Jones. Either way he did the most with his 7 targets and although you shouldn’t trust him in your line up, you should absolutely add him to your bench.
Nelson Agholor: 20.60 fantasy points from 6 catches for 86 yards and 1 receiving TD. Currently WR8
Where did this Nelson Agholor come from? All summer the Eagles were raving about this guy in camp and we see him catch the ball this week! Most of his yards came on his 58 yard bomb that came from a play in which Carson Wentz broke free from 2 sacks and launched it to Agholor. Can Nelson Agholor be this year’s Devante Adams? Consider him a WR3 for now.
Cooper Kupp: 17.60 fantasy points from 4 catches for 76 yards and 1 receiving TD. Currently WR8
Riley Cooper, I mean Cooper Kupp looked on the same page as Goff. I guess we should pay attention to him in PPR leagues. Caught an 18 yard strike in the 2nd quarter. Still only 6 targets in an offense that would rather run.
JJ Nelson: 15.30 fantasy points from 5 catches for 43 yards and 1 receiving TD. Currently WR12
Very misleading stat line here. JJ didn’t have any targets in the 1st half and had 3 catches including a 1 yard score on the final drive. I’m expecting him to be behind John Brown and possibly even Jaron Brown in the rotation.
Marquise Lee: 0 points.
Now, I get it. Why would you pick up a guy who went catch less? I get it, it’s not a very appealing pass offense and they only completed 11 passes. That sucks. You know what else sucks? Allen Robinson is out for the year with a torn ACL. So that means Lee will have to step up and lead his team in receiving yards again this year. Part of me wanted to put Allen Hurns here instead, but I’m planting my flag in Lee for now.
Paul Richardson: 9.9 points from 4 catches for 69 yards. Currently WR33
It was a nice game for Paul leading the team in targets (tied with Jimmy Graham with 7) and he also out snapped Tyler Lockett by 15 plays. He looks the part of Seattle’s #2 WR which puts him 3rd in line for targets. While there will be some ups and downs of owning him, he makes for a nice bench stash for a bye week.
Jason Witten: 18.90 fantasy points from 7 catches for 59 yards and 1 receiving TD. Currently TE2
Now old man Witten is probably not available in most leagues. But for those where he is available, you’re welcome. Not flashy and won’t score a TD on many weeks but should provide you a fringe TE1 stat line on most weeks. He is the staple to Dallas’ short passing game.
Austin Hooper: 18.80 fantasy points from 2 catches for 128 yards and 2 receiving yards. Currently TE3
Buyer beware with Hooper here. Only had 2 targets in this one and Atlanta is a team that typically doesn’t target the TE very often in the red zone. With, many are hoping for a break out season from Hooper and he does start in a high-powered offense. If you are looking to stream your TEs this year then there are certainly worse options than Austin Hooper next week. But keep in mind Green Bay just held Jimmy Graham to 8 yards.
Coby Fleener: 16.40 fantasy points from 5 catches for 54 yards and 1 receiving TD. Currently TE5
Fleener was probably one of the few Saints that shined Monday night. He scored the team’s only TD on the night. With the absence of Willie Snead the next two games, Coby Fleener may be the big winner in that potent offense that likes to spread the ball around. He also has a nice matchup next week against the barely there Patriots defense.
Jesse James: 22.10 fantasy points from 6 catches for 41 yards and 2 receiving TDs. Currently TE1
I feel like we all seen this last year, haven’t we? Save yourself the headache and your bench another clogger. Playing in a high-powered offense, Jesse will certainly have some appealing weeks where he is streamable. Only issue is Steelers have a lot of playmakers that are more talented than Jesse James.
Baltimore: Currently 3rd D/ST
Baltimore blanked the Bengals 20-0 in Cincinnati. Re-read that first sentence again, ouch. Baltimore had their way with Cincy and picked Dalton off 4 times and sacking him 5 times and recovering 1 fumble. Hopefully you were smart enough to draft these guys, they get Cleveland next game. Jacksonville: Currently 2nd D/ST
For some reason Houston decided to start Tom Savage and oh boy, that was a mistake! The Jags compiled 10 sacks against Houston, 1 interception, 3 fumble recoveries and a TD. They have a more difficult matchup next week when they host the Titans. Tampa Bay:
This one for no other reason than the fact that they are at home against the Bears.