Tarik Cohen RB CHI 15% – There are a lot of nervous fantasy owners that spent a first round pick on Jordan Howard. Cohen came in and lit up a very solid Atlanta defense. He looked shifty and explosive any time he touched the ball as he broke the franchise record with 158 total yards in his first game. Not only has he earned a good share of the workload, he clearly has stand alone fantasy value. Look for the Bears to get Cohen more involved every week, and if Howard stumbles, he will run away with the starting gig. For now, treat Cohen as a very high upside RB3
Kerwynn Williams 9% RB ARI- It’s always difficult losing a player to injury, especially one as dynamic as David Johnson. There isn’t one running back that will replicate what he does, but Williams will get the opportunity to take over as the lead back. When he has gotten the chance as lead back in the past, he’s done well as he has averaged 5.6 YPC. Williams Should be considered an RB3/Flex
Jarvious Allen 4% BAL RB – Allen could end up being a waiver wire gem as he got the majority of touches after Woodhead exited the game with an injury. He ended the game with 21 carries for 74 yards, and was on the field for half of the snaps. While he will share duties with Terrance West, Allen should have a big role both rushing and catching the ball out of the backfield as he is really the team’s only option for a pass catching back. Along with Cohen and Williams, he should be treated as an RB3 with upside. If you’re in a PPR treat him as a RB 2/3 .
Kenny Golladay 20% WR DET- The third round draft pick had a monster 4th quarter as he flashed some serious big play potential. After week one he has shown that he can run every route well, and he has great hands which were on display on a ridiculous diving 45 yd touchdown catch. He’s made it extremely difficult for the Lions to take him off the field, and I think he will emerge as Stafford’s go to receiver. For now, he’s an upside flex.
Nelson Agholor 15%- Well that took long enough for Agholor to show what he can do. He was the guy that Wentz trusted the most throughout the game as he hauled in 6 of his 8 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown. Agholor showed good hands, and some game breaking speed. He should continue to build on his excellent week 1, especially since Wentz and Jeffery are still trying to get on the same page. For now, he’s a WR 3/Flex, but that could quickly change after next week.
Coby Fleener 53%- A few tight ends had really nice games this week, but most of them should just be considered a flash in the pan. Fleener really has a chance to have prolonged success throughout the season. When the Saints couldn’t move the ball, Brees looked to Fleener over and over again as he finished the game with 7 targets. The team’s best pass catcher is clearly Michael Thomas, but without a clear number 2 (Snead is suspended) Fleener should be relied upon weekly. He’s a TE2 with upside.
Keep an eye on Cooper Kupp, while he had a great week one. It was against a team that might lose to Alabama. Also, keep tabs on Corey Davis (TEN) as he had a solid opening game. More importantly he ended the game with a whopping 10 targets which shows the faith that Mariota already has in the rookie.