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What a wild Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season! Several positional players were lost to injury last week, including one David Johnson, whose timetable for return is still up in the air. Let's take a look at some waiver wire targets for Week 2.
Bye Weeks: none
Alex Smith (KC) vs. PHI
Smith will likely be the most popular target for those in search of a quarterback this week, but I'd be cautious in acquiring him. His Week 1 performance was almost certainly an anomaly, so things likely won't remain like that for long. That being said, he does have ultra-talented options to work with (as long as the three stay healthy). All in all, someone is bound to overpay for him and you should let them. He's still nothing more than a streamer for me.
Jared Goff (LAR) vs. WAS
Goff and the new look Rams shredded a bad Colts team in Week 1, with Goff himself throwing for 306 yards and a touchdown. He likely won't find things to be so easy in Week 2, but a soft Week 3 matchup does await against the 49ers.
DeShone Kizer (CLE) @ BAL
Kizer is likely the most appealing of the three quarterbacks listed, as I think he carries the most upside. The problem is his Week 2 matchup stinks, but the does have a dream matchup in Week 3 against the Colts.
Tarik Cohen (CHI) @ TB
Cohen backed up a solid preseason with a strong Week 1 showing, as he carried the ball five times for 66 yards, while hauling in eight of his 12 targets for 47 yards and a score. With Kevin White out of the picture (again) and no one else to challenge Jordan Howard for touches, I look for Cohen to continue seeing work for the Bears.
Theo Riddick (DET) @ NYG
Riddick mustered just one carry in Week 1, but he did see seven targets in the passing game and he caught six of those while scoring a touchdown as well. His value lies in PPR formats because of the volume he sees in the passing game, so be sure to leave him on the waiver wire in standard scoring leagues.
Javorius Allen (BAL) vs. CLE
Danny Woodhead went down with a hamstring injury, and it sounds like he could be on the shelf for some time. Allen carried the ball 21 times for 71 yards in relief duty, although he was targeted just once in the passing attack. Terrence West doesn't offer much upside in the passing game, so I look for Allen to see more looks in Week 2.
Kerwynn Williams (ARI) @ IND
Williams will be a hot commodity this week, especially given the juicy matchup on deck in Week 2. However, be cautious here as the Cardinals could consider bringing Chris Johnson back, which would really muddy the backfield situation.
Corey Davis (TEN) @ JAX
Davis sure didn't look like he was dealing with any sort of injury prior to Week 1, as he hauled in six passes for 69 yards on a team high 10 targets. He showed his athleticism on one catch in particular and he surely looked like the best option in the passing game. He will still be sharing plenty of targets, but that couldn't have been a more promising debut.
Kenny Golladay (DET) @ NYG
Well, apparently the hype was real, as Golladay burst onto the scene in his NFL debut. He had seven targets in Week 1, while he found the end zone twice. His crazy athleticism was on display as well, which will surely only fuel the hype. Don't go overboard on spending your free agent acquisition budget, as someone will surely spend a ton this week. However, in waiver priority systems, I'd make him my top target.
Nelson Agholor (PHI) @ KC
After a rough start to his NFL career, Agholor finally showed a glimpse of promise in his 2017 debut. He tied for the team lead in targets with eight, while he hauled in six of those for 86 yards and a touchdown. While he's still third in the pecking order among receivers, Carson Wentz did a good job of spreading the ball around. If you have a bench spot that's expendable, consider Agholor for that spot.
Kendall Wright (CHI) @ TB
Wright was a complete letdown in Week 1, after I thought he would be especially useful in DFS leagues. That didn't pan out, but with Kevin White headed to injured reserve for the third straight year, someone will have to step up. Wright should be the top target in terms of volume, and he is a compelling option for PPR leagues as a result.
Jared Cook (OAK) vs. NYJ
Cook is always an injury risk, but he looked good in Week 1, as he was targeted five times against the Titans in Week 1. He still has to compete for targets in a crowded offense, but the next two matchups are appealing for opposing tight ends, making him a decent streaming option.
Charles Clay (BUF) @ CAR
Clay should remain a popular option in the passing attack for Buffalo, but he too is an injury concern.