Week one was hit-or-miss (but mostly miss) for most fantasy teams. Some teams got hit hard with injuries early. Some teams forgot that they drafted players who were done 3 years ago. Hopefully, all teams stayed away from players playing with Blake Bortles. Without further ado, here’s the first of many waiver wire suggestions I’ll be providing to you guys on a weekly basis.
Kerwyn Williams, Ari RB
You knew we had to start with the David Johnson injury, right? Williams is a must-add in all formats as the Cardinals’ lead back for the next 2-3 months. Williams has enough of a resume to garner some trust, averaging 5.6 YPC with the Cardinals the last 3 seasons. You can expect Andre Ellington to get most of the third down work, but if you blew all your auction dollars on David Johnson it’s time to get Kerwyn Williams.
Tarik Cohen, Chi RB
The Bears might not be as awful as everyone thought. Despite the fact that he only got five carries, Cohen caught eight balls and finished with 113 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Howard is still going to be the starter, but Cohen has intriguing flex potential and flashed moments of brilliance in Week 1. With the Bears looking thin on receivers, expect Cohen to be featured a great deal and be a high-upside add in PPR leagues.
Chris Carson, Sea RB
The Seahawks running backs are a hard bunch to figure out. None of us would be surprised if Thomas Rawls was the starter a month from now, but if you want a high-upside pickup it would be Chris Carson. Carson was the best option for the Seahawks in Week 1 and led all running backs in snaps. If you have a spot on your bench, it’s worth adding Carson and taking a wait-and-see approach as the situation plays out in Seattle.
Charles Clay, Buf TE
If you passed on a top TE option in the draft with the hopes of streaming until you find a solution, your answer has arrived. Clay received nine targets from Tyrod Taylor in Week 1 and has a relatively high ceiling for the rest of the season. With almost no other options to pass to in Buffalo, expect Tyrod Taylor to rely on Clay being his safety blanket for the rest of the season.
Carson Wentz, Phi QB
Wentz had an impressive season opener, throwing for over 300 yards with two touchdowns. He struggled to connect with his deep threats downfield, but flashed his ability to evade pressure and be a pain to bring down. The connections to Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery will come as their chemistry builds, so owners should be optimistic with Wentz’s outlook this season. If you started Andy Dalton in Week 1, you should probably pick up Carson Wentz after you’re done throwing up.
Allen Hurns, Jax WR
Hurns should see an uptick in targets now that Allen Robinson is out for the season. While the team seems set to employ a conservative run-heavy scheme to try and hide Blake Bortles as much as possible, Hurns will still get a boost due to his volume of targets. He led the team in targets and yards in Week 1, but is only a must-add in 14-team leagues.
Josh Doctson, Was WR
Doctson only played 20 snaps in Week 1 and was targeted 0 times. For a 2016 first-round pick and popular sleeper prospect heading into drafts, there’s no other way to spin this other than as an embarrassing showing by Doctson. He may push for a greater role at some point this season, but I’d only wait one more week before dropping him for one of the players I mentioned above.
Wendell Smallwood, Phi RB
Owners who were hoping that Smallwood would be the Eagles lead-back got a reality check last Sunday. Smallwood only saw 15 snaps, compared to 33 for Sproles and 23 for Blount. As the odd man out in what is likely a committee situation for the rest of the season, Smallwood can be cut without hesitation.
Carson Palmer, Ari QB
Many owners were excited for Palmer’s Week 1 matchup against the Lions. An embarrassing output from Palmer and the loss of the team’s best offensive weapon is more than enough reason to cut ties with him in all formats.