This article is part of our NFL Barometer series.
Week 1 gave us plenty to think about in terms of surprises and disappointments, setting up what should be a busy waiver-wire week in many leagues. We'll try to break down who's rising and plummeting after a week's worth of games. Additionally, keep in mind that players such as Cooper Kupp and Tarik Cohen highlighted a week ago won't be included this week.
Deshaun Watson, Texans - Watson was named the starter for Thursday's game against the Bengals, and it's unlikely he gives up the job unless it's due to injury. The dual-threat dimension he offers helps make up for some of the inevitable rookie mistakes, and a solid supporting cast should help keep defenses honest against him.
Matthew Stafford, Lions - Stafford shook off an ominous pick-six on his first attempt of 2017 to rack up four touchdown passes against the Cardinals in Week 1. Some eyebrows were raised when he signed a five-year extension in late August, but he has three quality wideouts with the addition of rookie Kenny Golladay and plenty of weapons at tight end/running back to keep putting up big numbers.
Sam Bradford, Vikings - Bradford quieted skeptics Monday night, slinging the ball downfield more than usual for 10.8 yards per attempt. Last season's dink-and-dunk offense averaged 7.0 YPA as passes of 20-plus yards accounted for a league-low 6.8 percent of Bradford's attempts. Rookie RB Dalvin Cook looks more than capable of keeping defenses honest, while wideouts Stefon Diggs and