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Football season is officially underway, and if your fantasy team survived Week 1 without a hiccup, you’re lucky.
With an injury to David Johnson and lackluster performances from stars like Le’Veon Bell, Julio Jones, and A.J. Green, Sunday featured several unpredictable results that changed the course of matchups.
Now that we’ve had a first look at most of the league’s 32 teams, it’s time to take advantage of the standout players who remain available via your league’s waiver wire. Even if you’re not ready to give up on the team you drafted just yet, it’s always worth it to take a look at the breakout performers who could give your squad that extra boost.
Here are 10 names you should consider adding to your roster for Week 2. All are underrated options who either impressed during Week 1 or are expected to see more touches going forward.
Tarik Cohen, RB
Team: Chicago Bears
Week 1 stats: 66 rushing yards, 47 receiving yards, 8 receptions, 1 touchdown
One thing to know: A fourth-round pick in April, Cohen overshadowed his teammate and fellow running back Jordan Howard in the Bears’ 23-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He amassed 158 total yards in his NFL debut, breaking a 73-year-old franchise record.
Alex Smith, QB
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Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Week 1 stats: 368 passing yards, 4 touchdowns
One thing to know: The Chiefs’ offense was explosive on Thursday night, torching the New England Patriots for three fourth-quarter touchdowns en route to a 42-27 win. Smith was outstanding under center, and the numbers – 80% passing, a 148.6 passer rating – back him up.
Kenny Golladay, WR
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Team: Detroit Lions
Week 1 stats: 69 receiving yards, 4 receptions, 2 touchdowns
One thing to know: Just one game into his NFL career, Golladay has already become one of Matthew Stafford’s preferred options. He made a pair of touchdown receptions in the fourth quarter, including a 45-yard bomb that led to a spectacular diving catch.
Jesse James, TE
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 1 stats: 41 receiving yards, 6 receptions, 2 TDs
One thing to know: The Steelers brought in Vance McDonald late in training camp to compete for touches at tight end, but it was James who impressed on Sunday. The third-year pro caught 75 percent of his targets.
Nelson Agholor, WR
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Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Week 1 stats: 86 receiving yards, 6 receptions, 1 TD
One thing to know: The Eagles spent a lot of money on wide receiver upgrades over the offseason, but it was Agholor, entering his third year in Philadelphia, who ended up being Carson Wentz’s favorite target. He thrilled the crowd his 58-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter.
Jared Goff, QB
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Team: Los Angeles Rams
Week 1 stats: 306 passing yards, 1 TD
One thing to know: After being pegged as one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the league heading into this season, Goff did a solid job of running the Rams’ offense, posting a passer rating of 117.9. If he keeps it up, this week could be your best opportunity to snag him for a long while.
Austin Hooper, TE
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Week 1 stats: 128 receiving yards, 2 receptions, 1 TD
One thing to know: Hooper got just two targets on Sunday, but he made the most of them. One of his receptions was an 88-yard touchdown catch highlighted by a brutal stiff arm, while the other came on a short pass he stretched into a 40-yard gain.
Chris Thompson, RB
Team: Washington Redskins
Week 1 stats: 4 rushing yards, 52 receiving yards, 4 receptions, 1 TD
One thing to know: Thompson never does much on the ground, but Jordan Reed’s lingering toe injury should make him a reliable receiving back going forward. He scored the Redskins’ only offensive touchdown on Sunday.
Kerwynn Williams, RB
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Team: Arizona Cardinals
Week 1 stats: 10 rushing yards, 2 receiving yards, 1 reception, 1 TD
One thing to know: The totals may be unimpressive, but Williams should start to see significantly more action in light of David Johnson’s wrist injury. That inevitable increase in touches, along with his Sunday touchdown, is enough reason for optimism going forward.
Chris Hogan, WR
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Team: New England Patriots
Week 1 stats: 17 rushing yards, 8 receiving yards, 1 reception
One thing to know: Hogan’s stats should receive a boost due to a head injury to fellow wideout Danny Amendola. If Tom Brady can rebound from Thursday’s mediocre showing, the Monmouth product will look like a savvy pickup.
Now check out all the big plays and moments from Week 1.