Each week I’ll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football — I define “widely available” as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues — and some guys who are probably better off in the free agent pool than collecting dust on your roster.
Here's my best bets for Week 2:
RB Tarik Cohen, Bears (ESPN: 24%; Yahoo: 15%): “The Human Joystick” could be this season’s Tyreek Hill, which makes him your best option if you’re still reeling from the loss of David Johnson. Remember, there’s no crying in fantasy football — okay, maybe a little (I lost him in two leagues). Even if you didn’t lose DJ, Cohen is a must add if you own Jordan Howard or if you’re in a full PPR league.
WR Kenny Golladay, Lions (ESPN: 21%; Yahoo: 20%): I said this in my sleepers column: “At 6-foot-4, the rookie could become Matthew Stafford’s most reliable red zone threat since Calvin Johnson retired.” I’d like to upgrade that assessment to Stafford’s best receiver since Johnson retired.
QB Alex Smith, Chiefs (ESPN: 41%; Yahoo: 23%): It’s fair to be skeptical, but isn’t it possible a former No. 1 overall pick who has finally been in an offense for more than 10 seconds, and has scary offensive weapons at every position could be poised for a career year?
QB Sam Bradford, Vikings (ESPN: 11%; Yahoo: 25%): See Smith, Alex. At very least these guys should be rostered.
RB Javorius Allen, Ravens (ESPN: 1%, Yahoo: 4%): With Danny Woodhead injured, Allen should fill in as the pass-catching back for Baltimore, which is usually a reliable producer. There’s upside here too, considering he also had 21 carries in the opener.
BONUS: TE Austin Hooper (ESPN: 51%, Yahoo: 56%): If the 88-yard touchdown romp didn’t catch your attention, know this: He’s a top five tight end if his target total increases to match his talent. My gut says it will.
RB Latavius Murray, Vikings: Murray only had two carries on Monday night, including a fumble. You only drafted him because you figured he might develop into a touchdown vulture. Dalvin Cook’s performance on Monday night says that is unlikely.
TE Eric Ebron, Lions: Ebron was nonexistent against Arizona, and Matthew Stafford looked towards Golladay and Theo Riddick for scores when he entered the red zone.