Whether it was injuries plaguing your team or you just flat-out suck, it's never too early to hop on the waiver wire train. There were some surprise performances and players making their cases, and here are the top guys to consider for your week two quest.
QB: Jared Goff, Lions
Rostered 9.8% (+4.0)
A change in scenery is clearly what Goff needed. Playing against a formidable San Francsico defense, Goff shined in his Detroit debut, going 38-for-57, completing 66.7% of his passes for 338 yards and 3 TDs/1 INT (28.92 points). Jameis Winston just dismantled the Packers, and Goff could do the same.
RB: Elijah Mitchell, 49ers
Rostered 81.3% (+80.7)
You are probably too late for this pickup, but it's still worth noting. From less than a percent of people having Mitchell on their squad, he has elevated himself to RB1 after a devasting injury to Rasheem Mostert. Don't sleep on Trey Sermon either, who was a healthy scratch, and JaMycal Hasty is also in the mix. The 49ers RB room is a revolving door, and it could be anybody's ball each week. The Eagles slowed down the Falcons, not sure if they can do the same for San Fran. Get Mitchell if you can.
RB: Saquon Barkley, Giants
Here is my Sleeper of the Week, which is surprising to many, but Saquon Barkley is due for a big game. The O-Line will make adjustments, especially against the powerful WFT front-seven. He only accumulated 26 yards, whereas Chargers Austin Eckler rushed for nearly 60 yards against Washington in Week 1. Not a bias, just a fact... Barkley > Eckler.
WR: Christian Kirk, Cardinals
Rostered 22.3% (+18.5)
Kirk is no stranger to being a fantasy sleeper. However, his fantasy value took a dip, as the Cardinals added AJ Green and Rondale Moore. That didn't matter to the Scottsdale, Arizona native, who caught all of his targets last week (5) for 70 yards and two TDs. Kirk is going to a quality stash for weeks to come.
WR: Sterling Shepard, Giants
Rostered 51.7% (+18.5)
Similar to Kirk, Shepard was being overshadowed by the additions of Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, Kyle Rudolph, and Saquon Barkley. It is a crowded offensive unit, but Shepard still generated some buzz with his connection to Daniel Jones. The slot receiver snagged 7 catches for 113 yards and a TD, averaging over 16 yards a catch.
TE: Cole Kmet, Bears
Rostered 51.7% (+18.5)
The Bears big man is going to be a highly considerable TE1 candidate against the Bengals. He was targeted seven times against the Rams, turning that into five catches for 42 yards. Vikings Tight End, Tyler Conklin, averaged similar numbers against the Bengals last week. An easy 8-12 points of fantasy right there.
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