With week 1 of the 2017 NFL season in the books, numerous big-name players are dealing with injury issues. Wide receivers Kevin White and Allen Robinson are done for the year. Running backs David Johnson and Danny Woodhead are going to miss significant time. Quarterback Andrew Luck is still dealing with injuries and will miss week 2. Clearly commissioner Roger Goodell has done a phenomenal job making the league safer for players, and should be applauded. OK that sarcasm was intended. That being said, it's already becoming an interesting season for fantasy players! It's time to make some moves that can help you win now. Who am I targeting this week? Here are some options. Hope this helps, and happy streaming! -- Mike B.
Sam Bradford, QB, Minnesota Vikings. Bradford once again showed that he is a fantasy starter-caliber quarterback in week one. If you need help at the position this week, then he is a legitimate option. He could be in for a big year for the Vikings.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs. Smith had a huge week one performance against the Patriots, and could be in for a respectable week 2 against the Eagles. He's not an every-week starter, but he's a guy that has value this week. Take a look if you need help at the position.
DeShaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans. I'm usually against starting rookie quarterbacks in their first career NFL start, but this week the Texans face the Bengals in prime time. The Bengals have historically struggled in prime time games under head coach Marvin Lewis, and if Watson pulls a start this week, he could be in for a surprisingly big game.
Javorious Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens. With Danny Woodhead missing up to 8 weeks due to injury, Allen is the likely beneficiary. Snag him if you want to roll the dice on a player with upside.
Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears. To me, Cohen was one of the top three running backs in the 2017 NFL draft. The Bears snagged him and are capitalizing on his talent early. After a big week 1, he deserves a spot on all rosters. If you lost Danny Woodhead, Cohen's a great replacement.
Kerwynn Williams/Chris Johnson, RBs, Arizona Cardinals. Williams is the guy to target here, but Johnson is back in Arizona and could see carries here. If you can't get WIlliams, snag Johnson if you have an extra spot and want to take a gamble.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles. Nelson Agholwho?! Prior to the season Agholor looked like a huge bust for the Eagles, but broke out in a very real way in week . If he can continue that breakout, he could be a steal as a waiver claim. Grab him if available.
Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans. After a dominant week 1 performance, Davis has shown that he should be owned in ALL leagues. Go get him.
Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions. Golladay had a great week 1 performance for the Lions, and could continue to impress, especially with Golden Tate already dinged up. Worth a stash and even a potential start this week if you're needy at the position.
Allen Hurns/Marquise Lee, WRs, Jacksonville Jaguars. Hurns and Lee will benefit from the Allen Robinson injury in Jacksonville. One of them might even emerge to put up WR1 numbers for the team. I'm leaning towards Hurns since he's had strings of big games here and there, but both guys are viable options.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, New Jersey Jets. If you need a guy that has the potential to put up 7 or 8 points a game down the stretch, Kearse might be your guy. He's a talented receiver playing in an offense with very little receiving talent. Give him a look.
Cooper Kupp, WR, LA Rams. As a Montana State grad, I've been on Kupp since his early days in the Big Sky Conference with Eastern Washington University. This kid can play and has the talent to develop into a Julian Edelman-type of fantasy asset, and his fantasy floor is Brian Hartline. He needs to be rostered in all formats, and he needs to be rostered now. Go get him.
Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons. Hooper is one of those talented players that nobody has heard of. Then again, he had over 100 yards receiving and a TD in week 1. The kid has talent, but will not always get a ton of opportunity in Atlanta with a lot of talent in that offense. If he starts to build a rapport with Matt Ryan, however, his value will skyrocket. Snag him now.
Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers. In week one, James had two TD receptions and showed that he can develop into a trusted target for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Grab him now, before his price goes through the roof after someone else claims him.
Houston Texans D/ST. Somewhere, somebody dropped the Texans defense after week 1's horrendous loss. If that somebody is in your league, grab this unit immediately. They should put up some huge numbers against Andy Dalton and the Bengals on Thursday night.
LA Rams D/ST. In week one, the Rams showed that they are a formidable force on defense. If they're available for week 2, snag them immediately. This unit should be terrifyingly good throughout the season.
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