Fantasy Football-- Week 1 Waiver Pickups
Tarik Cohen, RB, Bears
The North Carolina A&T product received plenty of attention entering the 2017 NFL Draft despite playing on the FCS level and standing a mere 5-foot-6.
His 4.4 speed helped and the Bears snatched “The Human Joystick” in the fourth round.
Most fantasy footballers didn’t bother selecting the rookie at all.
Those that did viewed Cohen as a Jordan Howard handcuff or long-term flyer.
Week 1 standout receiving nearly as many touches (13) as Howard (16)? Nah.
That’s what happened against the Falcons and Cohen delivered with 113 yards from scrimmage, eight receptions and a touchdown.
Now it looks like the Bears have a committee situation, putting Cohen into Flex consideration.
Kerwynn Williams, RB, Cardinals
David Johnson owners are a glum bunch the day after the first Sunday of the NFL season.
Exact details remain a bit murky, but Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Johnson suffered a “dislocated” wrist in the Week 1 loss at Detroit and indicated injured reserve is a possibility.
Even if Johnson avoids the worst fate following a second medical opinion, he’s expected to miss the next 2-4 weeks at minimum.
Williams took over for Johnson against Detroit with Andre Ellington also seeing some work.
Neither appears terribly exciting, but Williams previously put up impressive yards per carry in limited work.
Arizona also signed DJ Foster off the Patriots practice squad. For now, Williams is the call for those in need.
Javorius Allen, RB, Ravens
Danny Woodhead only played two games last season with the Chargers due to injury.
His 2017 campaign is head down a similar path.
Woodhead’s lingering hamstring injury popped up in Week 1 and initial reporting indicates he could miss ample time.
Terrance West should receive more snaps most weeks, but Allen played in 33 of 66 after entering for Woodhead against the Bengals.
He’s a true dual threat option with enough talent to standout at times.
Paul Richardson, WR, Seahawks
Richardson was only owned in seven percent of CBS Sports fantasy leagues despite entering the season as Seattle’s starter opposite Doug Baldwin.
In the Week 1 loss to Green Bay, Richardson matched Jimmy Graham with a team-high seven targets and had four receptions for 59 yards.
He makes athletic plays on the perimeter and looks the part of a WR2 in Seattle more than the gadget-y Tyler Lockett.
Marqise Lee/Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars
Jacksonville’s impressive opening week win at Houston lost a bit of the celebratory vibe following the news that top receiver Allen Robinson suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Lee received some love during fantasy drafts as the Jaguars No. 2 receiver while Hurns, a fantasy notable from 2014-15, now moves into the starting lineup.
Jacksonville looked impressive in Week 1 with rookie running back Leonard Fournette working hard.
That’s how this offense will work going forward, but somebody will be on the other end of 25-30 targets each game.
Lee and Hurns offer some WR hope in Week 2 against the Titans.
Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles
Odds are the second-year passer isn’t available in your league, but check just in case.
Wentz threw for over 300 yards in a win at Washington with two touchdown passes.
What stood out beyond the numbers was the improvisation. Wentz consistently evaded pass rushers and tacklers – and then looked for more.
His 58-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor came after avoiding a potential sack.
Philadelphia will throw often, which only adds to Wentz’s weekly potential.
Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions
Preseason buzz zoomed early with Detroit’s third round pick, enough to get Golladay in play for late round draft consideration.
Turning in a debut with four receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns takes the hype to another level.
Golden Tate and Marvin Jones are the top two receivers in Detroit, but the Lions won’t be able to keep the rookie off the field.
Alex Smith, QB, Chiefs
No owner is excited about owning Smith, let alone starting him, though any daring types were dancing a jig after Smith rocked the Patriots for 368 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Those aren’t game-manager numbers.
Smith hasn’t changed, but his personnel has.
All-purpose threat Tyreek Hill and rookie runner Kareem Hunt are true playmakers capable of scoring from anywhere on the field.
Don’t thrust Smith into your starting lineup, but he’s suddenly a QBBC option.
Crazy, I know.
Charles Clay, TE, Bills
Buffalo’s passing game hierarchy post-Sammy Watkins isn’t settled science, but Clay (4-53-1) reminded all that he’s in the mix.
Clay’s nine targets matched Jason Witten and Delanie Walker as the most for any tight end in Week 1.
Targets aren’t everything, but it’s a good start and Clay has stepped up in the past.
Worth consideration for those owners without a must-start weekly option.
Jared Goff, QB, Rams
Only Alex Smith had a better QB-rating than Goff in Week 1.
Think about that sentence.
Not a bad first game for the 2016 No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick under new Rams coach Sean McVay.
Hot takes that he was doomed never truly made sense.
With an offensive mind like McVay around and a true WR1 in Sammy Watkins on the roster, Goff is worth holding as a true backup just to see what happens.