The waiver wire begins late Tuesday, so it is time to figure out your best options. We’ve got rankings for all four major positions: QB | RB | WR | TE
The first week of the 2017 regular season is just about coming to a close with two Monday Night games remaining. Most fantasy football leagues will run their waiver wires late Tuesday or early Wednesday, but we are here to help you get a jump on the best options to consider.
We will be ranking the top five players likely to be available in your league at each of the four major positions. Some weeks there might not be five good options available, but we’ll scour for the best we can find. Additionally, throughout the week, we will update each of these articles as ownership percentages change and news arrives. The following ownership percentages come via CBS Sportsline after Week 1.
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (36 percent owned)
Kupp was another preseason star, but he likely fell off the radar in drafts because of a groin injury late in camp. He returned on Sunday and led the Rams in targets with six, catching four for 76 yards and a touchdown in the Rams’ romp. Kupp looks like a perfect complement to Sammy Watkins and has tremendous upside going forward.
Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions (34)
Like Kupp, Golladay exploded onto the scene in the preseason and he kept right on producing in the season opener with a pair of touchdown receptions. He caught 4-of-7 targets for 69 yards and was the second-most targeted receiver after Golden Tate. He should continue to emerge as a favorite target for Matthew Stafford as the season goes on.
Marquis Lee, Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars (18, 15)
Allen Robinson is out for the season after tearing his ACL early in Sunday’s game against the Texans. That instantly boosts the viability of Lee and Hurns, especially with Dede Westbrook also gone for the year. Hurns and Lee were each targeted four times on Sunday, which doesn’t sound impressive, but that actually led the team. Obviously, the situation here is rough under ideal circumstances, so while opportunity knocks, don’t expect miracles.
Paul Richardson, Seattle Seahawks (7)
After the Seahawks traded Jermaine Kearse to the Jets, Richardson moved up the depth chart to No. 2 behind Doug Baldwin, and he was a major factor in the passing game on Sunday, matching Jimmy Graham for the team-lead in targets (seven), catching four for 59 yards. Baldwin had four targets, so Richardson is certainly someone who will be active in this offense.
Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets (4)
Did we mention Kearse? In his first game with his new team, and not a lot of time to prepare for it, Kearse was a busy man, hauling in 7 of 9 targets for 59 yards, all team highs by a healthy margin. Not much is going to go right for the Jets, but Kearse is poised to be the lone bright spot.