Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2

Make sure you put your fantasy football waiver wire claims in for these players in Week 2.

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Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season is in the books, and fantasy football players everywhere are already in a panic. Between injuries and underwhelming play, rosters are already caught in a state of chaotic flux. Luckily for those frenzied folks, there’s this thing called the waiver wire that should help keep your fantasy football team from completely melting down. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 20 waiver wire pickups you should be putting in a claim for. They could all be gone by Tuesday morning, so strike while the iron is hot.

Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears
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Owned in 1.2% of NFL.com leagues

Join everyone else in holding out hope that you can secure Tarik Cohen on the waiver wire. The Chicago Bears‘ rookie runner turned in a dynamite performance in his debut, amassing 66 rushing yards, 47 receiving yards and a touchdown. Especially with Kevin White joining Cameron Meredith among Chicago’s fallen receivers, look for Cohen to emerge as one of the Bears’ top options in the passing game.

Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
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Owned in 16.3% of NFL.com leagues

Heading into the season, there was a lot of pressure on Alex Smith to perform. With the Kansas City Chiefs spending their first-round pick on fellow quarterback Patrick Mahomes, it was figured that the incumbent starter would have a short leash. Well, he didn’t wait long to prove he belongs atop the depth chart. He torched the New England Patriots defense, showing terrific poise and willingness to throw it deep. Look for him to keep his momentum rolling as the season matures.

Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens
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Owned in 1.6% of NFL.com leagues

Based on what we saw in Week 1, the Baltimore Ravens plan on taking the ball-control approach in 2017. They relied heavily on their defense while running the ball early and often, wearing out the clock while keeping the ball out of the opponent’s hands. While Javorius Allen did split carries with Terrence West, the injury to Danny Woodhead opened the door for him to handle passing-down duties. That expanded role could help him big in the fantasy football department moving forward.

Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
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Owned in 1.7% of NFL.com leagues

The hype is real with Kenny Golladay. After tearing it up during the preseason, there was some speculation that he’d have a role in the Detroit Lions passing game. Although most folks seemed to think it would take some time before he saw significant snaps, it didn’t take long to debunk that theory. Golladay was a big-time playmaker in Week 1, hauling in four passes for 69 yards and a pair of touchdowns. If you’re looking for help out wide, the rookie could be the answer.

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Owned in 12.5% of NFL.com leagues

The Ravens may have played some lackluster offense in Week 1, but they got the job done on the other side of the football. With five turnovers forced and five sacks on Andy Dalton, Baltimore snuffed out anything the Cincinnati Bengals threw at them. It was an impressive showing as they earned the shutout, proving that defense alone can put notches in the win column. If you need a quick replacement after a Week 1 defensive disaster, look no further than the Ravens.

Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams
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Owned in 1.2% of NFL.com leagues

Who was that guy under center for the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1? It certainly didn’t look like Jared Goff, who came into this season desperately trying to ward off the “bust” label. Well he’s momentarily alluded the label for now, having carved up the Indianapolis Colts secondary on Sunday. Goff threw for 306 yards and a touchdown, playing with surprising poise and confidence. It’s unclear if this type of efficiency will continue for the former No. 1 overall pick, but he may be worth stashing for later.

Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
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Owned in 4.6% of NFL.com leagues

Not interested in grabbing Goff off the waiver wire? Maybe his exciting rookie wide receiver Cooper Kupp will pique your interest? The 2017 third-round pick was a menace against the Colts, amassing four receptions for 76 yards and an impressive touchdown. Although he also had an ugly drop, he showed good chemistry with Goff and seems to have asserted himself as a capable playmaker. If you need a reliable receiver off the bench, Kupp could be your guy.

Kerwynn Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals
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Owned in 0.2% of NFL.com leagues

The potential loss of David Johnson could be devastating for the Arizona Cardinals — and his fantasy owners. Projected to be one of top fantasy scorers of 2017, Johnson went down with a wrist injury in Week 1. Early reports indicate he avoided a break, but it’s unclear if he’s going to miss time. If he does, Kerwynn Williams is next in line for starting running back duties in Arizona. He didn’t do much after stepping in on Sunday, but could break out if more touches come his way.

Kendall Wright, WR, Chicago Bears
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Owned in 1.1% of NFL.com leagues

Right now, the Bears’ receiving corps is in shambles. After losing Cameron Meredith for the year during the preseason, Kevin White was also knocked out with a broken collarbone in Week 1. That leaves the NFL’s worst group of receivers even thinner — if that’s even possible. Still, someone needs to make plays in the passing game and Kendall Wright is the next guy up. He was a productive pass catcher early in his career, so maybe this is the opportunity he needs to rediscover that effectiveness.

Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons
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Owned in 4% of NFL.com leagues

Honestly, it surprises me that Austin Hooper wasn’t already owned in just about every league. I know that he had a somewhat quiet rookie season in 2016, but he’s a superb athlete playing in one of the NFL’s most dynamic passing attacks. He flashed his upside in Week 1, pulling off an 88-yard touchdown reception highlighted by a devastating stiff arm. In this high-octane Atlanta Falcons offense, the only direction for Hooper to go is up.

Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
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Owned in 1.7% of NFL.com leagues

After two seasons in the NFL, Nelson Agholor has been little more than a disappointment. Despite flashing playmaking abilities, he’s been unable to display any sort of consistency. Prior to the offseason program, he was even seen as a potential cut candidate. That all changed during the preseason, when he finally showed up for the Philadelphia Eagles. He kept his momentum rolling in Week 1, hauling in six passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.

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Owned in 21.4% of NFL.com leagues

Not convinced Agholor is the way to go at wide receiver? Maybe you’d prefer to take a different approach to making the Eagles a part of your fantasy team. As we saw on Sunday, the Philadelphia defense could be better than expected in 2017. They did a tremendous job of keeping Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins offense in check, even scoring their own six points on top of forcing four turnovers. This could be one of the underrated defenses of the 2017 campaign.

Giorgio Tavecchio, K, Oakland Raiders
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Owned in 0.2% of NFL.com leagues

I know — a kicker, right? As crazy as it may seem to some, there are plenty of us out there who play in leagues where kickers count. It’s a guessing game as to which ones will score significant points on a weekly basis. If you’re looking for a sleeper, though, look no further than the Oakland RaidersGiorgio Tavecchio. Sebastian Janikowski‘s replacement stepped in and shined in his first action, nailing four field goals along the way. With the Raiders offense capable of exploding at any moment, he may be the leg to rely on this season.

DeShone Kizer, QB, Cleveland Browns
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Owned in 3.3% of NFL.com leagues

Yes, he’s a rookie. Yes, he plays for the Cleveland Browns. Despite that, DeShone Kizer wasn’t a complete train wreck in his first NFL start. In fact, he played rather well, especially against an opportunistic Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Kizer is going to have a tough time putting up big points on a consistent basis considering the lack of weapons around him, but brings added value as a dual-threat gunslinger.

Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
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Owned in 1.1% of NFL.com leagues

Allen Hurns has always been a boom-or-bust fantasy option since emerging as a playmaker for the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, following Allen Robinson’s potentially season-ending injury in Week 1, it’s looking like the former undrafted free agent’s stock is on the rise. Even with Blake Bortles under center, he offers enough upside to warrant a roster spot in deeper leagues. Hurns only had 41 receiving yards in the opener, but look for that number to rise with Robinson out of the picture.

Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Owned in 3.7% of NFL.com leagues

Looking for help at tight end, but options are running out? Jesse James could be an intriguing option on a Steelers offense that isn’t afraid to air it out on a weekly basis. Now I wouldn’t go as far as calling James a weekly home run, but we saw in Week 1 that he can put together a strong effort from time to time. He amassed 41 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Browns. As long as he can hold off Vance McDonald for snaps, James will be a prominent part of the passing game in 2017.

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
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Owned in 24.3% of NFL.com leagues

As mentioned earlier, the Eagles offense had a great game in Week 1. The ball was moving through the air with precision, thanks in large part to the excellent play of sophomore quarterback Carson Wentz. Although it wasn’t a perfect performance by any means, it was clear he’s taken steps since last season to improve his game. With a bevy of weapons to work with, Philadelphia’s signal caller could become a dependable fantasy quarterback option this season.

Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills
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Owned in 3.9% of NFL.com leagues

Someone is going to have to make plays for this Buffalo Bills offense. They can’t rely solely on LeSean McCoy this season unless they want to run the 29-year-old running back into early retirement. The passing game doesn’t boast any reliable options, but Charles Clay did his best in Week 1 to assert himself as such. He tallied four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown, giving Tyrod Taylor a dependable target in the middle. Expect him to stay in the role for much of 2017.

Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins
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Owned in 1.1% of NFL.com leagues

After Week 1, there isn’t a ton to be excited about as it relates to this Redskins offense. Cousins struggled to get the ball moving, turnovers came early and often and the running game was non-existent. One of the lone bright spots was Chris Thompson, who has always been known as a dynamic third-down back. With Rob Kelley struggling to move the ball on the ground, look for Washington to mix in Thompson more while continuing to rely on him in the passing game.

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Owned in 10.5% of NFL.com leagues

I know — the Cowboys defense isn’t exactly one that’s going to turn your fantasy football team around overnight. At the same time, they showed they’re ready to exceed expectations in 2017 with their dominant performance against the Odell Beckham Jr.-less New York Giants in Week 1. They shut down Eli Manning and Co., holding the Giants to three points while notching three sacks and an interception. If you’re desperate for a new defense, Dallas should be a consideration.