Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups for Week 2 of the NFL season. Many of these players are still available in a majority of leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster. Others might be worth stashing on your bench or are simply just players to add to your watch list.


Carson Wentz PHI | QB

The landscape in a number of fantasy leagues provides roster relevance to only about 20 quarterbacks, with about eight to 10 of those being relegated to the bench. That said, there tends to be a few diamonds in the rough and this year’s deep quarterback class is no different. Carson Wentz is looking like a legitimate top-10 fantasy quarterback for the year. After turning in a dazzling Week 1 performance in Washington, Wentz should be viewed as a top waiver wire add at the quarterback position. Still working on establishing a rhythm with his new No. 1 receiver Alshon Jeffery, Wentz has a serious opportunity for sustained fantasy value as a back-end QB1. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Running Backs

Tarik Cohen CHI | RB

You may remember Tarik Cohen as the guy who went viral in an Instagram video from 2015, when he did a flip while simultaneously catching two footballs. Well, it’s safe to say Cohen has asserted himself as much more than just an Instagram stuntman after his Week 1 outburst. The “human joystick” rushed five times for 66 yards and added eight receptions on 12 targets, for 47 yards and a touchdown. Cohen managed to muster just three less touches than Jordan Howard, earning a 16-13 split alongside the NFL’s second-leading rusher from a year ago. With brittle-boned Kevin White set to miss the rest of the year due to a fractured scapula, the Bears will be desperate for playmakers in an offense completely devoid of them. Cohen will remain an integral part of the Chicago offense and possesses legitimate upside, especially in half-point and full-point PPR leagues. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Buck Allen BAL | RB

Before Danny Woodhead re-aggravated his injured hamstring early in the first quarter, it was evident the Ravens were focused on carving out a prominent role for him within the passing game. Woodhead hauled in three receptions on the team’s opening drive before grimacing in pain on a route around the goal line and immediately exited the game. With Baltimore expecting Woodhead to miss a significant chunk of time, look for third-year running back Buck Allen to fill the void in the passing-game. Joe Flacco loves to check it down underneath and Allen is the one most likely to reap the benefits in Woodhead’s absence. (about 2% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Kerwynn Williams ARI | RB

As we already knew, fantasy football is a dish served cold. However, no dish was served colder to fantasy owners than the news of David Johnson’s wrist injury. Conflicting reports all seem to share the sentiment that it’s of the significant variety and the Cardinals expect their superstar running back to be sidelined for several weeks. Regardless, another Arizona back will have to emerge as the next man up. With that said, Kerwynn Williams is going to get the first crack. I would advise fantasy owners to err on the side of caution, as this looks like a dreaded committee situation. With Andre Ellington in the mix and Head Coach Bruce Arians indicating the team could elect to bring Chris Johnson back, it’ll be a situation to monitor moving forward. While I wouldn’t use a top waiver add on Williams, he’s certainly worth a flier in the interim. (about 6% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

Cooper Kupp LAR | WR

Los Angeles Rams rookie WR Cooper Kupp proved why the team was high on him throughout the preseason. The former Eastern Washington superstar proved through his Week 1 performance that his collegiate resume and strong training camp was no fluke. The Rams’ third-round pick reeled in four of his six targets for 76 yards and a score and showed flashes of a chemistry that quarterback Jared Goff has frequently alluding to. With Sammy Watkins primed to take the top off the defense, Kupp should operate very effectively as an underneath option in the Los Angeles offense. He’ll be a legitimate WR4, especially in PPR leagues. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Kenny Golladay DET | WR

Like the fellow rookie Kupp, Kenny Golladay was constantly drawing rave reviews in the preseason. While the fantasy community didn’t know how that would carry over to the regular season, the Northern Illinois product answered naysayers with a resounding line that spoke for itself on Sunday. Golladay racked up four receptions for 69 yards to go along with a pair of touchdowns, including a 45-yard touchdown that he hauled in on a full-extension dive propelling him into the end zone. It’ll be hard for the Lions to write off Golladay as a part of the game plan moving forward. He’ll be one of the better wide receiver pickups on the wire this week. (about 18% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Marqise Lee JAX | WR

The Jaguars dominant performance vs. the Texans came with a big caveat when the team learned they’d lost Allen Robinson for the season, after sustaining a torn ACL. Despite the wildly erratic Blake Bortles under center for the Jags, someone is going to need to absorb Robinson’s massive volume. Look no further than fourth-year wideout Marqise Lee. Lee posted a very respectable 63-851-3 line last season, as he surpassed Allen Hurns as the team’s No. 2 option in the passing game. With Robinson out of the picture, look for Lee to command eight + targets on a weekly basis with low-end WR3 potential across fantasy leagues. (about 16% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Tight Ends

Austin Hooper ATL | TE

Despite a slow rookie year, Austin Hooper projected as an intriguing weapon for year two in the Atlanta offense. After punctuating his rookie campaign with a touchdown in last year’s Super Bowl, it was only a matter of time until Hooper broke out. Fantasy owners didn’t have to wait long to see what Hooper was capable of as he reeled in both of his targets for 128 yards and a touchdown on Sunday vs. the Bears. That performance was good enough for the top spot at the tight end position in standard leagues. While there will certainly be weeks Julio Jones dominates the production in the Atlanta receiving game, Hooper has already solidified himself as a useful option for fantasy owners. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Evan Engram NYG | TE

The New York Giants offense was in complete disarray on Sunday Night against the Cowboys, highlighted by a dysfunctional Eli Manning and an offensive line that looked significantly overmatched. One of the only positive takeaways from the Giants offense was the play of rookie tight end Evan Engram. The Ole Miss product looked spry in the open field and managed a respectable 44 yards on four receptions. With Brandon Marshall essentially a no-show in the Giants opener, the Giants may very well integrate Engram more into the offense moving forward. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues


Jacksonville Jaguars JAX | DEF

It seems that the Jaguars defense has been accumulating a young nucleus of promising stars for the last handful of years, but it just hadn’t quite materialized. Well, after their Week 1 demolition of the hapless Texans offense, it appears they’ve finally arrived. The free agent acquisitions of defensive end Calais Campbell and cornerback A.J. Bouye are already looking like shrewd moves, as Campbell recorded a whopping four sacks and Bouye shadowed DeAndre Hopkins for much of the afternoon. Throw in the playmaking abilities of Dante Fowler Jr. and Jalen Ramsey and this is a defense that looks very much on the come-up for 2017. They’ll present a difficult matchup for Marcus Mariota and the Titans offense in Week 2. (about 57% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB | DEF

The Chicago Bears entered Week 1 with one of the thinnest receiving corps in the NFL and then lost Kevin White for the season, who was operating as their default No. 1 option. The Bears will push forward with veteran castoffs Kendall Wright and Markus Wheaton in featured roles allowing opposing defenses to stack the box and dare Mike Glennon to beat them through the air. Coming off an extended week of preparation against Jameis Winston’s former backup, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to provide the blueprint in terms of suffocating the lackluster Chicago passing game. Expect the active linebacker duo of Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David to focus on bottling up Jordan Howard and preventing Tarik Cohen from getting into space. The Tampa defense has a great chance at racking up a few sacks, to go along with a couple turnovers in Week 2 against the ill-equipped Bears offense. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added as Week 2 streamer option