Week 1 is officially in the books and we’ve had some significant injuries already. We also had some nice play from players we didn’t see coming. Here’s who you should be targeting on the waiver wire this week.
Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams
Williams has never been much to write home about, this is just about opportunity. Following David Johnson’s injury, Williams assumed the lead back role. Don’t expect him to be a workhorse though. The Cardinals have Andre Ellington on the roster, just signed DJ Foster from the Patriots practice squad and could bring back Chris Johnson or workout DeAngelo Williams, Rashad Jennings or Ryan Mathews.
Jaguars WRs Marqise Lee or Allen Hurns
I get it, Blake Bortles is bad but someone needs to catch the ball. The Jags went up early Sunday on the Texans and never looked back so Bortles completed just 11 passes. That won’t happen every week. Hurns has had more success in the NFL but Lee was better than Hurns last year. You can pick one or the other at this point.
Eagles WR Nelson Agholor
With just 59 catches through his first 2 seasons, former 1st round pick Nelson Agholor looked every bit of a bust. He proved otherwise Sunday with a 6 catch 86 yards and 1 touchdown performance. With Jordan Matthews out of the picture, Agholor flourished while being targeted 8 times. Despite Torrey Smith in the fold in Philadelphia, Agholor looks like the true #2 option behind Alshon Jeffery.
Steelers TE Jesse James
The gang was back together Sunday for the Steelers. For the first time in awhile, Ben Roethlisberger, Le’veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant all suited up at the same time. This proved to work out to TE Jesse James advantage. James was targeted 8 times catching 6 of those for 41 yards and 2 touchdowns. At 6’7 and still just 23 years old, James has a ton of upside in what should be a high powered Steeler offense.
Bills RB Mike Tolbert
We’re wishing LeSean McCoy good health throughout the year but even when healthy, Tolbert might still be worth owning. Following the release of RB Jonathan Williams, who was slated to the #2 back for the Bills, a lot was left unknown as to who would backup McCoy. Tolbert appears to be the guy as he carried the ball 12 times for 42 yards and a touchdown while also catching his lone target for 12 yards. Tolbert is not only the #2, but he’s likely the goal line guy as well.
Other notable pickups: Ravens RB Javorius Allen, Chiefs QB Alex Smith, Rams QB Jared Goff, Falcons TE Austin Hooper, Redskins RB Chris Thompson.