So week one of the NFL regular season is in the books. If you’re not quite happy with the way your roster is shaking out, we have the top 5 players for you to target on your league’s waiver wire for week 2.
Kerwynn Williams, RB Arizona Cardinals (owned in 8% of yahoo, 1.8% of ESPN leagues):
With David Johnson expected to miss an extended period of time due to a wrist injury, Williams is first in line to pick up the bulk of the work. Stepping in for the injured Johnson in week one, Kerwynn did little to impress, but managed to score a touchdown to go along with five carries for 10 yards. He will most likely leave the field on passing downs in favor of Andre Ellington, but he should be in line for 15 carries a game going forward, even with the re-signing of veteran Chris Johnson.
Javorius (Buck) Allen, RB Baltimore Ravens (owned in 3% of Yahoo, .6% of ESPN leagues)
After Danny Woodhead went down with a hamstring injury, Allen stepped in as the primary passing-down back for the Baltimore Ravens, and even ended up leading the team with 21 carries (albeit with most of those coming in garbage time). Though Terrance West will remain the primary ball-carrier, Allen will see a large uptick in usage and should lead the Raven’s backfield in catches. With Woodhead out for the next 4-6 weeks, expect Allen to see 10-12 carries and 3-4 catches a game.
Kenny Golladay, WR Detroit Lions (owned in 19% of Yahoo and 10.4% of ESPN leagues)
While playing behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones in the Lions’ offense, Golladay, with his 6’4″ frame showed up as a red-zone monster in week 1 vs. the Arizona Cardinals, scoring from 10 yards out on a fade route early in the 4th quarter. He also added a 45-yard scoring catch on Detroit’s next possession, though to be clear, his game is more conducive to jump balls and 50-50 throws. The Lions face several tough secondaries over the next three weeks (NYG, ATL and MIN) but will have a much easier road from week 5 on. While a boom or bust prospect, Golladay is a must-add if you are looking for a high-upside player.
Allen Hurns, WR Jacksonville Jaguars (9% yahoo, 1.5% ESPN)
Running behind rookie Leonard Fournette, the Jacksonville Jaguars completed only 11 passes in the week one victory over the Houston Texans. Three of those completions went to Allen Hurns for 42 yards. Now with Allen Robinson sidelined for the year with a torn-ACL, Hurns will see an even bigger share of the targets as the Jaguars’ co-#1 receiver alongside Marquise Lee. The Jaguars will inevitably resort back to throwing more than they run as 2017 continues, and Hurns should be in line for at least 6-8 targets a game.
Baltimore Ravens D/ ST (48% yahoo, 17.2 % ESPN):
After shutting out Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals in week 1, the Ravens get the gift of matching up with the Cleveland Browns in week 2. The Browns and rookie QB Deshone Kizer gave up 7 sacks, one interception and one blocked punt that was returned for a TD against the Steelers last week. Expect the Raven’s D to sack Kizer at least 4 times with 2 turnovers this week.
Here’s how our waiver-wire advice for week 1 turned out:
Robby Anderson, WR New York Jets: Week 1 results: 8 targets, 4 catches for 22 yards.
Cooper Kupp, WR Los Angeles Rams: Week 1 results: 6 targets, 4 catches for 78 yards and 1 touchdown.
Charcandrick West, RB Kansas City Chiefs: Week 1 results: 1 catch for four yards, 1 rush for 21 yards and 1 touchdown.
Buffalo Bills D/ST: Week 1 results: 12 points allowed, 1 sack, 2 interceptions.
Jamaal Williams, RB Green Bay Packers: 2 carries for 9 yards.