Week 2 Waiver Wire Pick-Ups

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Alex Smith

Smith may have 1st Round Draft Pick “Patrick Mahomes” in the rear-view mirror, but it obviously won’t be much of an issue after a strong Week 1 performance against a more than an impressive foe. Smith torched New England for an 80% Completion Percentage, 368 Passing Yards and 4 TDs. Smith will host the Eagles in Kansas City for Week 2 and with both sides of the offense clicking, consider Smith another hot-start. (22% Yahoo Owned)

Kerwynn Williams/Andre Ellington

It appears that RB David Johnson escaped without a broken bone, but sustained a significant sprain leaving his return date up in the air. We have seen reports toggling between a few weeks, half of the season or even more. This is a situation that is completely up in the air, however what should be taken away is that Johnson will see a multi-week absence. Duties will likely be shared between Williams and Ellington. Don’t expect anything near David Johnson numbers and with the dismal play of QB Carson Palmer, this situation could spiral out of control quickly without Johnson in the lineup. Stay Tuned!

Tarik Cohen

Cohen didn’t see a ton of volume, but produced for 66 Rushing Yards on 5 Attempts and caught 8 of 12 Targets for 47 Yards and 1 TD. Don’t expect a coup d’etat or changing of the guard in Chicago, but do expect Cohen to eat even more into Jordan Howard’s workload. In other news, Benny Cunningham left the game with an injury, leaving even more volume potential in the passing game for Cohen. The Bears will square off against Tampa Bay in Week 2. We recommend Cohen being one of your top choices for waiver priority this time around.

Buck Allen

RB Danny Woodhead left Week 1 with an aggregated hamstring injury, which should put him out for several weeks. This was an injury he was also battling during the pre-season. Woodhead has been a fantasy nightmare for the past several years due to injury concerns and this year has already shown to be no different. In his absence, Buck Allen ran for 71 Yards on 21 Attempts, whereas Starting RB Terrance West ran for 80 Yards and 1 TD on 19 Attempts. This could be chalked up to game flow as Baltimore ran a methodical offense on Sunday, with Flacco going a yawning 9 for 17 with 121 Yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. Allen will see bump in volume and his usage within the offense shouldn’t be ignored. We don’t recommend starting him next week, but he is an interesting stash play going forward.




Chris Thompson

Washington’s Offense was a mess on Sunday, but Thompson emerged as a bright spot for the team. Thompson totaled 4 Rushing Yards, 52 Receiving Yards, 4 Receptions and 1 TD. Thompson is a speculative add and only necessary in PPR Leagues where you may have been stung with injuries this week. He should hover within that 4-5 Reception area from week-to-week with anything beyond that considered a bonus.

Corey Coleman

Kizer, Coleman, Crowell and the Browns actually looked like an NFL Team on Sunday, giving the Steelers a run for their money along the way. Coleman grabbed 5 of 6 Targets for 53 Yards and 1 TD. Each of these receptions were earned for Coleman as he was stung with tough hits from Pittsburgh with each catch. If Coleman can stay on the field and healthy, there is no doubt that he will be a solid WR3 for fantasy owners in 2017. Kizer showed poise and a solid connection with Coleman. Look for this chemistry to only grow throughout the years and these two should be a decent 1-2 punch for Cleveland going forward. If available, Coleman should be a top pickup.

Kenny Golladay

Stafford and the Lions inched along to start the game, but put 35 Points on the board to finish the game. Golladay was hyped in pre-season and delivered in Week 1 for 4 of 7 Targets, 69 Yards and 2 TDs. At 6’4″ / 213 lbs, Golladay offers another element for Detroit to go along with Tate, Marvin Jones, Ebron, Abdullah and Theo Riddick. The offensive pieces are in place for Stafford to have a phenomenal season and the Rookie WR is already off to a phenomenal start.

Kendall Wright

Chicago suffered another major blow to their WR Corps on Sunday as Kevin White suffered a fractured collarbone, potentially requiring season-ending surgery. With both Cam Meredith and White now out for the season, Kendall Wright is now the next man up for Chicago. Wright emerges as the default WR1 with not even much competition from the Tight End position for targets. He’s not the sexiest of points, but this is an offense that isn’t expected to lead many games, making Wright a potential flier going forward when necessary. Obviously, let this thing play out for a few weeks before putting him in a lineup.

Cooper Kupp

Kupp was listed as the WR3 for St. Louis, but the Rookie led the team in receiving with 4 Receptions for 76 Yards and 1 TD. Goff had somewhat of a coming out party, tossing 306 Yards and 1 TD against a miserable Colts team. This offense hasn’t won our heart, but Kupp is one to monitor going forward.

Marqise Lee/Allen Hurns

WR Allen Robinson will miss the entire 2017 Season with a Torn ACL. This is a huge blow to Jacksonville after such an impressive victory over Houston. The Jacksonville Defense cleaned up and Fournette was fed 29 Total Touches for 124 Yards and 1 TD. Lee went catch-less and Hurns totaled 3 Receptions for 42 Yards in Week 1. If you were caught off guard by Joe Flacco’s stat-line, Bortles totaled a miserable 11 of 21 Passes for 125 Yards and 1 TD. Without Robinson, things will get even uglier in Jacksonville, because they’re not going to be able to hide Bortles week-after-week. That said, remember Hurns did total +1,000 Receiving Yards and 10 TDs in 2015, whereas Lee yielded +850 Yards in 2016, however Bortles is just a ticking time bomb and will probably crush your spirit from week-to-week.

Austin Hooper

Somewhat of a jedi mind trick stat-line here, as Hooper tagged Chicago for 128 Yards and 1 TD, but only on 2 Targets. It shouldn’t make you shy away from Hooper as Atlanta will likely expand his role even more. QB Matt Ryan completed 21 of 30 Attempts for 321 Yards and 1 TD. The ratios may seem off after a second look, but the talent and potential for even more is ripe for the picking in Atlanta. Pick Up Alert!

Baltimore Defense

Baltimore embarrassed the Bengals during their “Home Opener” in Cincinnati, lighting up the stat sheet for a shut-out, 5 Sacks, 4 INTs and 1 Fumble Recovery. The Ravens will host the Browns in Week 2 at Baltimore for their “Home Opener.” Keep in mind that the Steelers sacked Kizer 7 Times in Week 1. Baltimore will most likely be a Top 3 Defense in Week 2. Consider Baltimore the best defense to add going into next week!

Jacksonville Defense

Expect a tougher contest in Week 2 against Tennessee, although the Defense won the game for the Jags in Week 1 providing 7 Points Allowed, 10 Sacks, 3 Fumble Recoveries, 1 Defensive TD. What a resume! I think I got everything … 10 Sacks?!?

Rams Defense

Another “Game of Thrones” murder scene against Scott Tolzien and the Colts with the Rams returning 2 INTs for TDs.

Oakland Defense

Oakland will probably hit all of the “Waiver Wire Pick-Up” articles due to the fact that they host the Jets in Week 2.




Jordan and Michael Tozzi were 2013's Most Accurate Fantasy Football Experts in the nation. Owners of LegionReport.com

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