Which players deserve your waiver wire claim this week?

After Week 1, holdouts, injuries and truly terrible terrible play have many fantasy owners in a panic. Don’t worry, we got your back. Here’s are the top targets to rejuvenate your already struggling team.

Jared Cook, TE – Oakland

Owned in 28.4% of leagues

Wow, was everyone wrong about Cook or what? Going into last week, he was owned in one out of every four leagues. But after Week 1’s 27 point effort,1 he’s leaving everyone who passed him up with a Gruden-sized furrowed brow. Cook has been known to break people’s hearts with his up and down play but he was targeted 12 times in Oakland’s first game. Even if that number falls off, he’ll be seeing a high volume of targets.

Jon Gruden: Super Bowl winning coach, furrowed brow connoisseur.

Ted Ginn Jr., WR – New Orleans

Owned in 17.7% of leagues

The Saints looked up to their old ways Sunday against the Buccaneers. In a barn burner, Drew Brees threw the ball 45 times, six of which were targeted toward Ginn. While his efficiency was damn near perfect – and certainly not sustainable — Ginn showed us he’s still got it. He’ll be a TD-dependent, boom or bust option for the bottom half of your roster.

Jonnu Smith, TE – Tennessee

Owned in 0.03% of leagues

If you’re in a pinch with Delanie Walker out, it might be worth taking a chance on Jonnu Smith. He plays a similar style to Walker—albeit less effectively than the 13-year veteran and former Pro Bowler—and has a big body for Tennessee’s quarterbacks, whoever they are, to throw at. With Rishard Matthews still not 100%, Smith might become a big part of the passing game, especially if backup QB Blaine Gabbert is forced into action.

Tyrod Taylor, QB – Cleveland

Owned in 37.9% of leagues

When he’s ready, this will be Baker Mayfield’s team. There’s no question. But until then Tyrod Taylor is going to play his ass off. Tuh-rod is the star of this team until Hue Jackson says otherwise. That’s not necessarily a good thing for Cleveland but here we are. If you’re in need of a quarterback with lots of options and who is also fast as hell, look for Taylor on the wire.

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