WAIVER WIRE STUDS - WEEK 1
Having success on the waiver wire is integral part of any championship fantasy football campaign. Still smarting from that David Johnson injury? Looking to replace Allen Robinson? Streaming your Quarterback or Defense? Here are the Waiver Wire Studs we are recommending for Week 1.
Note: if you are an owner who lost DJ or Robinson, you might want to crank the suggested bids up a few bucks to make sure you get your man.
Tyrod Taylor / BUF - $4-5
The Buffalo Bills QB threw for 2 touchdowns and ran for another in week 1 against the Jets. Tyrod is not going to light it up threw the air against anyone, but he racks up rushing yards in bunches and is always a danger to score with his legs.
Sam Bradford / MIN - $4-5
Bradford started the season hot against a revamped Saints' defense. Bradford ended the game with 346 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, while completing over 84% of his passes. These numbers are probably a bit inflated due to his opponent, but if you are looking for an Andrew Luck replacement, Bradford should have another decent fantasy week against a Steelers defense that let Deshone Kizer rack up nearly 20 fantasy points in Week 1.
Tarik Cohen / CHI - $8-12
TLC said it best - don't go chasing waterfalls. In this case, don't go chasing last week's fantasy points. Cohen had a fantastic week in fantasy, but don't blow all of your FAB chasing the past. Cohen is much more valuable in PPR leagues than Standard. Kevin White's old-man body failed him again, and Jordan Howard can't catch. Cohen will fill a Sproles/Vereen/Riddick role for the Bears.
Kerwynn Williams / ARI - $7-10
The best thing Kerwynn has going for him is that he will inherit the majority of touches of a RBBC split with Andre Ellington. Whoever takes over for DJ will not be DJ. Do not overpay and expect a savior here.
Alvin Kamara / NO - $3-5
Kamara is more of a stash candidate at this point. He is splitting work with both Ingram and Peterson. Saints Coach Shawn Payton raved about Kamara all offseason - he even compared him to Marshall Faulk. Then he used him in Week 1. Kamara will get 10-12 touches, and is in line for more if either of the injury prone backs in NO go down.
Kenny Golladay / DET - $7-10
Kenny Golladay had a great pre-season this year. He kept that momentum rolling into Week 1 as he put up a 4 - 65 - 2 line against the Cardinals. Don't count on the touchdowns, but it is reassuring to see Golladay receive 7 targets in an offense that likes to throw it and throw it often.
Cooper Kupp / LAR - $7-10
Kupp is another player who impressed in the offseason. He has great hands and should receive around 5 targets each week for the Rams. I don't trust Goff yet. The Colts offense couldn't give their defense a rest in Week 1, for that reason, it was easy picking for the Rams. The Kupp hype might be real, I'm not buying the Rams' O just yet. They won't have it that good again the rest of the year.
Coby Fleener / NO - $5-7
Fleener is still available in approximately 35% of leagues. If he is free in yours and you are looking for some help at TE, you could do worse. Fleener seems to have FINALLY gotten a grasp of this offense. He won't be a target monster, but he has some big play ability.
Jesse James / PIT - $3-5
The Road Dog Jesse James might be filling in that Heeeaaatthhh role in Pit. He was targeted 8 times and caught 6 balls for 41 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 1. James is a legitimate red zone threat - especially if defenses fall asleep on him and key in on Bell and Brown.
Note: Austin Hooper has potential, but I am not jumping on him just yet. He had a crazy week, but was only targeted twice. I'm not giving up a valuable roster spot yet, but I am keeping my eye on him. You should pass now too, whoever grabs him this week will likely drop him soon.
The Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, and whoever the hell is playing the Colts.
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