By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports
All the poor performances by big-time players, injuries and emerging young players are going to make the waiver wire a busy place this week. There are a lot of options out there after the first week of the season. We have two rookies that really could make an impact the rest of the way and a running back that will try to fill the shoes of the No. 1 overall fantasy pick this season. Just remember that last week was just one week. A lot can change going forward. Don't waste all your free agent money the first week of the season. Be smart with your bids.
Alex Smith, Chiefs. Smith was the top fantasy quarterback this past week and is available in about 68 percent of leagues. He had four touchdown passes without an interception and threw for 368 yards. The Chiefs offense looked great in the preseason and seem to be carrying that over to the regular season. We aren't sure if Smith will be an every-week starter but he can certainly help fantasy teams in a spot start role going forward.
Jared Goff, Rams. Goff had maybe his best game as a pro in Week 1, going 21-of-29 for 306 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. Remember, he did play a very bad Colts team, but the performance was still encouraging for the second-year quarterback. He showed he could help fantasy teams in the right matchup. This is an improving offense.
Tarik Cohen, Bears. Cohen will be the hot item on waivers this week and for good reason. He ran five times for 66 yards, and caught eight passes for 47 yards and a score. He outplayed starter Jordan Howard and showed his explosiveness throughout the game. Cohen is going to get his weekly chances in this offense. He is an exciting player capable of the big play every time he touches the ball.
Javorius Allen, Ravens. Allen didn't start last week but actually led the Ravens in carries. He ran 21 times for 71 yards. He did get a lot of carries late in the game with the Ravens up big, but his amount of work was still encouraging for fantasy owners. He could be carving out a weekly role with this team. And if Terrance West shows any struggles, Allen is up next to start for the team.
Kerwynn Williams, Cardinals. Williams is next up to start for the Cardinals if David Johnson misses any time because of his wrist injury. Obviously, a starter in a good offense carries fantasy value. Williams won't produce like Johnson by any means but could be a decent low-end No. 2 or flex play on a weekly basis as long as he is starting.
Chris Carson, Seahawks. Carson was clearly the most effective back for the Seahawks in Week 1, building on his solid preseason. Carson ran six times for 39 yards and caught a pass for 10 yards. Carson is a good speculative add for fantasy teams. He could be the starter for the Seahawks very soon.
Gio Bernard, Bengals. The Bengals running back situation is a mess right now with three backs getting almost equal work. But if he had to choose a back right now to use, it would be Bernard. He had 79 total yards last week and gets the most work in the passing game, which is another good sign for him. He is still available in about 47 percent of leagues on our site.
Allen Hurns, Jaguars. Hurns wasn't looking so good for fantasy teams just a few weeks back. But now his value is much, much better because of injury. Allen Robinson is out for the year because of a torn ACL. And rookie Dede Westbrook was placed on Injured Reserve just before the start of the season because of an injury to his core muscle. Hurns is going to get his chance to play a big role in this passing game once again. His targets should be high going forward.
Nelson Agholor, Eagles. Agholor had an impressive showing in the opener, catching six passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. He is looking to put last season behind him and has a chance to play a big role in an improving offense. Agholor has an impressive skill set, so don't be surprised if he bounces back this year. This game might not be a fluke.
Danny Amendola, Patriots. Amendola was hurt already in the opener and is in the concussion protocol. But before he was injured, Amendola had six receptions for 100 yards. He was the top receiver in the offense and could have a big role all season with Julian Edelman out. The key will be Amendola staying healthy, which is the big issue with him.
Cooper Kupp, Rams. Kupp was drafted in many leagues but is available in about 36 percent. He won't be out there long in those leagues, though. Kupp caught four passes for 76 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. He had a great preseason and continued that in Week 1. Kupp is going to get his targets on a weekly basis for the Rams.
Kenny Golladay, Lions. Golladay flashed his great skill set in Week 1. He caught four passes for 69 yards and a touchdowns, including a spectacular diving touchdown reception late in the game. Golladay is another player that shined in preseason and camp and is carrying that over to the regular season. He could be a top red-zone target in this offense all season long.
Jermaine Kearse, Jets. Kearse was just acquired by the Jets but got playing time right away and led the team in receptions. Kearse caught seven passes for 59 yards. He could wind up being the No. 1 receiver in this offense all season. There is not a lot of talent at receiver and Kearse might be the top option for the Jets.
Austin Hooper, Falcons. Hooper had just two receptions in the opener but made the most of them, finishing with 128 yards and a touchdown. Many thought he could have a breakout year and this game certainly didn't dispel that thought. Hooper could be a solid starter all season long in this explosive offense. Hooper is available in 35 percent of leagues on our site.
Charles Clay, Bills. Clay was targeted nine times in Week 1 and caught four passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. The Bills are looking for some options in the passing game, so Clay could have a big weekly role as the starting tight end for the team. Clay could finally live up to his potential with the Bills.
Evan Engram, Giants. Engram was targeted five times in the opener and finished with four receptions for 44 yards. He didn't have a big game but it was encouraging to see him involved right away in the offense. Engram is going to have big-game potential all season and could be worth some spot starts for fantasy firstname.lastname@example.org