By Jamal Murphy, OFN Chief Fantasy Analyst
Fantasy Waiver Wire Pick-ups (Week 2)
It’s week two in the NFL, so that means there have been injuries, busts, surprises and more to keep fantasy owners working overtime on their rosters. Worry not, this week there are a collection of rookies and late bloomers you can grab off the free agent market or waiver wire to either start in a bind or stash on your bench.
Here’s a look at a few:
RB Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears…We tried to warn you in the preseason that Cohen was a kid to keep your eye on. However, even we were a bit surprised the rookie North Carolina A&T product burst on the scene so quickly. Cohen rushed for 66 yards on just five carries, caught eight passes on 12 targets, got into the end zone once and even added 45 return yards for good measure. He also was a lot of fun to watch, as he made Atlanta Falcons’ defenders look silly all day long. Don’t expect any of this to change this weekend in Tampa Bay. The Bears proved to be creative in finding ways to get Cohen the ball. If he’s still available in a deep league or if you are high on the waiver priority list, make sure to add him to your roster with the quickness.
WR Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions…The rookie 3rd round pick out of Northern Illinois jumped to the forefront in week one as one of Matthew Stafford’s favorite targets. Golladay caught four passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Stafford targeted him seven times, despite the presence of other weapons such as Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr. Go ahead and grab Golladay while you can, his stock is only going to rise.
WR Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams…Yes, another rookie graces our list this week. Kupp, a 5th round pick out of Eastern Washington, looked like a seasoned vet Sunday, catching four balls for 76 yards and a touchdown from second year quarterback, Jared Goff. Kupp is currently owned in less than 30% of leagues, so he should be attainable if you act quickly.
WR Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles…After a disappointing first two years in the league and jumping on and off of fantasy rosters nation wide, Agholor showed a glimpse of why the Eagles drafted him in the 1st round in 2015. He tallied 86 yards on 6 catches, including a scintillating 58-yard touchdown reception from rising star, Carson Wentz. Wentz targeted Agholor eight times, which is an early sign that Agholor may be a big part of the Eagles’ passing game despite the presence of Alshon Jeffery (3 receptions, 38 yards). Agholor is a nice pick up, especially if you need wide receiver help.
TE Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills…Clay has been an enigma over the years. Clearly talented, he has been an inconsistent performer during his stints with Miami and Buffalo. This season could be different for Clay, thanks to his chemistry with Bills’ QB Tyrod Taylor and Taylor’s complete lack of any other viable options. Taylor targeted Clay nine times versus the Jets on Sunday, connecting four times for 53 yards and a touchdown. He’s a good look if you’re iffy at tight end.
TE Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers…More tight end help in James, who connected with Big Ben for six catches, 41 yards and two touchdowns. Roethlisberger targeted the 6’7 behemoth eight times and James will get plenty of looks in the red zone. With a name like Jesse James, it’s hard not to want him on your team in a fantasy fight.
QB Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams…The 2016 number one overall pick played in seven games last season and left many open questions about whether he deserved the honor. Last week he showed much promise, shredding the hapless Colts for 306 yards and a touchdown on 21/29 passing, for a 117.9 passer rating. Pretty good stuff. Goff has an array of weapons, including the aforementioned Kupp, Sammy Watkins and Todd Gurley in the backfield. Goff is owned in under 10% of fantasy leagues, so it would be shrewd to bet that week one was no fluke and pick him up for QB depth.