Waiver-wire pickups: 9/1/17

So you’ve finished your draft and are left waiting for week one to roll around.  If you’re not quite happy with the results of your draft, we have the top 5 players for you to target on your league’s waiver wire.

1.Robby Anderson, WR New York Jets: 

Owned in only 6.2 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues and 29 percent of Yahoo leagues, Anderson should be one of your top targets on the waiver wire.  The clear #1 receiver for the Jets, albeit a terrible offense, Robby is in line for plenty of targets as the Jets will play from behind a lot, probably throwing 35-40 times a game. New Yorks’ anemic QB play probably won’t lead to many TD’s for Anderson, but expect around 7 receptions a game.  If you are in a PPR league, Robby Anderson is a must-add.

2. Cooper Kupp, WR Los Angeles Rams:

Available in 84.1 percent of ESPN leagues and 75 percent of Yahoo leagues, Kupp is another player to target if you are in a PPR league, as he has quickly established a rapport with Rams’ QB Jared Goff.  Through the first two weeks of the preseason, Goff has targeted Kupp nine times, with Cooper hauling in seven grabs for 89 yards and a touchdown.  While currently out with a minor groin injury, Kupp should be the number one target for the Rams over the middle of the field when he returns.

3. Charcandrick West, RB Kansas City Chiefs:

While the season ending knee-injury for the Chiefs’ Spencer Ware elevated rookie Kareem Hunt to the starting job, West is in line for a larger share of touches as well.  Last season West totaled over 480 yards on 116 offensive touches with two touchdowns, and should easily exceed those numbers in 2017.  While Chiefs’ Head Coach Andy Reid seems to love Hunt, he is still just a rookie, and is unlikely to carry the whole load early in the year.  Expect 12-15 touches a game for West as he splits time with Hunt, and as the Ware injury showed, Charcandrick is just one play away from being the number one guy, making him worthy of a bench stash.

4. Buffalo Bills Defense/Special-Teams:

If you’re a manager who likes to stream defenses, or just don’t like the one you drafted, take a look at the Buffalo Bills Defense and Special Teams this week.  While by no stretch a dominant unit, the Bills’ D get to enjoy a matchup with the New York Jets and the most anemic offense in the NFL.  The Jets, who averaged just 15 points a game in four preseason contests this year will start journeyman Josh McCown at QB, who saw a very limited number of snaps in the exhibition games.  New York is almost completely devoid of offensive weapons and McCown is known to hold on to the ball too long, resulting in plenty of sacks.  Owned in only 32 percent of Yahoo and 12.9 percent of ESPN leagues, expect Buffalo to hold New York under 17 points with two turnovers and at least three sacks.

5. Jamaal Williams, RB Green Bay Packers:

Ty Montgomery is the starting running back in Green Bay, but the rookie Williams should still see plenty of touches this week. While Williams won’t see the field on passing downs and in the hurry up offense, expect Jamaal to get the carries when it’s time to kill the clock.  As Jamaal is Green Bays’ only real power back on the roster, he should also get the majority of short yardage and goal-line carries this year.  And with an explosive Green Bay offense, that should equal plenty of opportunities. Available in 72 percent of Yahoo and 88 percent of ESPN leagues, Williams is definitely worthy of adding to your bench, if not a flex spot.

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