There were some old faces that turned back the clock in the NFL's Week One (DeSean Jackson) and some new faces that came out of nowhere (Phillip Lindsay). Who, however, should you target on the waiver wire heading into fantasy football's week 2?
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You cannot win or lose your fantasy football league in the draft, but you can win it on the waiver wire. Injuries and surprise performers can tilt your team from an pretender to contender. So waiver wisely and judiciously. Here are the top picks for each position.
Note: All waiver wire candidates are players available in over 50 percent of the majority of fantasy leagues.
Any hesitation about the Cleveland Browns offense should remain heading into Week 2. One thing is for sure, there is plenty of firepower at Lake Eerie. Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon form one of the most formidable wide receiver duos in the NFL. Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson should provide a nice one-two punch at running back, and Tyrod Taylor is more than capable of heading that group.
In gale-force winds on Sunday, Taylor did not wow anyone with his numbers. One stat that did stand out is 77 yards and rushing touchdown. If Taylor can continue to mix the passing game with his legs, he could be a top-ten quarterback by season's end.
While names like TJ Yeldon and Phillip Lindsay will definitely jump off the board after Week 1, one name that should also be targeted is Jordan Wilkins. With Wilkins it is merely the law of averages that intrigues me. In the team's first week, Wilkins carried the ball 14 of the Colts' 22 run plays. Although it was for a mere 40 rushing yards, if Wilkins is the primary back, that means goal line carries, and a lot of opportunities to rack up points and yards each week.
In a league where it is more and more difficult to find a back that handles the majority of carries, it is hard to pass up a one-man running game.
Sam Darnold threw 21 passes on Monday night, 10 of them went to Enunwa. The five-year vet caught six balls for 63 yards and a score. Enunwa was an after-though coming into this season, widely because he missed 2017 with a neck injury. The Jets will be conservative with Darnold as he gets used to the NFL and limits the turnover bug that plagued him in college. Enunwa will be the preferred receiver for Darnold, and in the NFL, that's all you can hope for.
It seems we have been waiting for Cook to live up to his potential since he entered the league in 2009. It was apparent from the start the Raiders gameplan was to take advantage of Cook's size and they did it to the tune of nine catches for 180 yards.
Consistently, Cook lined up on the outside and caught a variety of hitch and fate routes throughout the course of the night. He will be a big part of the Raiders offense and it would not be completely far-fetched to make him your number one receiving waiver option.
If the Chargers are somehow available, you should take them in a heartbeat as the Buffalo Bills may rival some of the worst teams in NFL history. Should Los Angeles be taken, Washington is a nice streamer in Week 2. Against Arizona, Washington dominated the defensive side of the ball, holding Sam Bradford to 153 yards passing and David Johnson to just 37 yards rushing. Washington created two turnovers and sacked Bradford twice.
In Week 2, Washington faces Indianpolis and an offense that is still trying to figure things out. The offensive line is a work in progress. Andrew Luck is shaking off the rust of a year away from football, and two rookie running backs lead the way in rushing.