Week 2 Pickups: Forgetting David Johnson

If you are patrolling the waiver wire this week with tears in your eyes, we know the feeling. Losing your first round draft pick is always painful.

Don’t expect to get David Johnson-esque numbers from these options, but the consensus opinion for replacing him seems to be his direct backup, Kerwynn Williams.

That said, the top target on most waivers this week will be Tarik Cohen, the electrifying runner in Chicago involved in the passing game. With Chicago Bears’ receivers dropping by the second, Cohen could see a great deal of usage this season.

If I had to replace Johnson, I would target Tarik Cohen first, followed by Javorius (Buck) Allen, in line for more work for the Ravens with the injury to Danny Woodhead. Williams would be my third pick to replace Johnson, even if the poll audience preferred him over Buck. And, secretly, I think Andre Ellington could be the true beneficiary of David Johnson’s missed time if the Cardinals play from behind much this season.

Chris Johnson will also have a role in the committee that Arizona is putting together, but, considering the Cardinals cut him to start the season, I imagine the other options will get the first chances to succeed. All three Arizona RBs are worth rostering if you have the space to add them.

If you need depth at wide receiver and don’t have the option of adding Kenny Golladay because someone already drafted him or picked him up, Cooper Krupp of the Rams is a nice stash and potential starter this week. Jared Goff looked his way often in Week 1, and that trend should continue.

At tight end, Austin Hooper stood out with his splashy touchdown reception (and stiff arm). There are likely safer options like Charles Clay on your waiver wire, but I’d stash Hooper if you can afford to camp on a tight end to see if he pans out with season-long value.

On defense, I’m looking to stash the Jaguars anywhere that I can even if I don’t stream them this week in case this #Sacksonville name sticks. Streamers should look to the Baltimore Ravens this week as they face the Browns and their rookie quarterback in just his second week of NFL play.

Good luck in Week 2!

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