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Week 7 Waiver Wire Rankings

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Week 6 is in the books! Which means Week 7 Waiver Wire Rankings are here!

The biggest injury of the week was easily Aaron Rodgers. He broke his collarbone after being landed on by Anthony Barr. His season is likely over and the loss is also a pretty big hit to Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb owners. There is no replacing the impact Aaron Rodgers has on an offense. I wouldn’t go to the extreme to replace him via trade. I would work the waivers. Don’t go out and give up another valuable asset for production you could probably find through streaming QBs.

Leonard Fournette scared us all after hyperextending his knee. After the game, Doug Marrone said he could have returned. We appear to have dodged a bullet with this one. I would consider adding Chris Ivory for the week just in case Fournette’s injury turns out to be worse than the head coach let on.

Another fantasy QB that blew up owners’ day was Jameis Winston. He too took a hit to the shoulder as well, but his leaves him day-to-day with an AC sprain on his throwing side. The team has said that it’s mild. AC joint sprains can linger and could render Winston less effective. It will be a situation to monitor this week. I would consider hitting waivers for an emergency option if he can’t suit up this week against the Bills.

While the ankle injury suffered by Emmanuel Sanders appeared to be bad after he was carted off, he’s only been labeled week-to-week, though he will miss Week 7 against the Chargers. Expect Demaryius Thomas to shoulder the load and Benny Fowler to be a low-end WR4 option.

Tyreek Hill was destroyed on a punt return and left with a possible concussion. Andy Reid said after the game that Hill could have returned but was held out for precautionary reasons. Either way, his status is uncertain against the Raiders on Thursday night. If he can’t go, Demarcus Robinson and Albert Wilson become dart throws against a Raiders defense that can be had.

Golden Tate left the game with a shoulder injury. Luckily for him, the Lions are on bye this week, but he is expected to miss a few weeks. If he indeed misses Week 8, Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones become valuable assets against the Steelers on Sunday night football.

Below is as big of a list as you will find for players to pick up. The goal is to illuminate players that fantasy owners can pick up outside of the most obvious targets. We don’t all play in small leagues, so upping the ante and shedding light on players who would otherwise be ignored is optimal. I have included a color code highlighting what type of add priority they possess.

Week 7 Waiver Wire Rankings

Color Coding

Green = Top Waiver Option

Red = Players to who are currently out/injured

Gold = Streaming Target

Blue = Bench Stash

Purple = Deep League Stash

Quarterback

Week 7 Waiver Wire Adds

  1. Tyrod Taylor
  2. Teddy Bridgewater
  3. Jared Goff
  4. Josh McCown
  5. Trevor Siemian
  6. DeShone Kizer
  7. CJ Beathard
  8. Brett Hundley
  9. Case Keenum

Tyrod Taylor – It’s so hard to trust Taylor with such horrible weapons. Fortunately, his running ability is what will allow him to be a weekly streaming option. The Bills will take on a Bucs defense that has hemorrhaged points to the QB position at a rate of 20 points per week. Through their first five weeks, they have allowed the eighth-most passing yards and the eighth-most passing touchdowns. Which is terrible considering many of these teams have played in one more game due to the Bucs’ reschedule game in Week 1. While I don’t feel extremely confident with Tyrod and his bare cupboard, the matchup is too good to pass up.

Teddy Bridgewater – He’s been cleared to begin practicing. He has to be activated within three weeks but could return as early as this week against the Ravens. While Sam Bradford continues to miss time with a knee injury, Bridgewater could return and turn the Vikings offense around. He’s worth an add for any team hurting at QB or in a 2QB league.

Running Back

Week 7 Waiver Wire Adds

  1. Marlon Mack
  2. Orleans Darkwa
  3. C.J. Prosise
  4. Dion Lewis
  5. Andre Ellington
  6. Matt Forte
  7. Darren McFadden/Alfred Morris
  8. Chris Ivory
  9. Gio Bernard
  10. D’Onta Foreman
  11. Wendall Smallwood
  12. Wayne Gallman
  13. James Connor
  14. Matt Breida
  15. Jamaal Charles
  16. Alex Collins
  17. Samaje Perine
  18. Elijah McGuire
  19. Devontae Booker
  20. Shane Vereen
  21. Charles Sims
  22. Mike Tolbert
  23. Corey Clement
  24. Rod Smith
  25. Charcandrick West
  26. Brandon Oliver
  27. Jalen Richard
  28. Robert Turbin
  29. Akeem Hunt
  30. Zach Zenner
  31. Corey Grant

 

Marlon Mack – The boy good. He continues to look like the most explosive back the Colts have in their stable of running backs. He’s somehow available in over 50% of Yahoo leagues. If he’s still available in yours, add him now. It’s only a matter a time until he takes over as the teams featured back, unless HC Chuck Pagano doesn’t play him for three quarters after another explosive 20-yard run.

Frank Gore has been one of the most consistent backs we may have ever seen but if the Colts want to win they should feature Mack, who gives them a player who can score any time he gets the ball in his hands.

Here’s to hoping Pagano actually makes the right choice and starts featuring their most explosive back.

Orleans Darkwa – The NFL is so weird man. Orleans Darkwa just ran wild on a Broncos defense that had been elite the five weeks prior. Orleans Darkwa was running behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league, well, until Darkwa rushed 21 times for 117 yards on Sunday. With so many injuries to the Giants wide receiver group, look for the Giants to continue to play the ground and pound style. I would say playing a Seahawks defense in Week 7 would make Darkwa a fringe RB3, but after what we just witnessed against the Broncos, anything is possible for the 1-5 Giants.

C.J. Prosise – Will return from injury this week and should retain his role as the pass-catching back. He could take over as the teams lead back. The problem is he can never stay healthy. At worst, he should hold some flex appeal in PPR leagues as the team’s most explosive back. This week the Seahawks will take on a Giants defense that appears to be regaining their form as a stingy run stopper.

Dion Lewis – It seemed inevitable didn’t it? All the preseason hype surrounding Mike Gillislee figured to end in disappointment. I spent week after week battling Ben Cummins on the TFA podcast. He was extremely high on the former Buffalo Bill running back, while I pounded the table to limit expectations for Gillislee. Since Week 1, he’s RB33 and averaging 3.8 YPC and has zero targets. He’s completely touchdown dependent. Enter Dion Lewis. He finished with 11 totes for 53 yards and a touchdown. If we are being honest, I don’t know if you can trust Dion Lewis on a week-to-week basis. We are officially back to a frustrating time-share with the NE running backs.

Andre Ellington – I want to start off by saying something. I was as low as you could be on the Adrian Peterson trade to the Cardinals. He balled out this week against the Bucs. He rushed 26 times for 134 yards and a touchdown. If you started him, then kudos. Now, let’s be real. He’s 100% a sell-high candidate. DO NOT hold onto him. This game was the most favorable game-script the Cardinals have seen all season and will likely be one of few they see again. Which makes Andre Ellington a strong buy-low/ waiver add. He received one target last week after scoring double-digit PPR points the previous three weeks. The Cardinals will face the Rams, 49ers, Seahawks, and Texans their next four weeks. Not to mention, David Johnson could return starting Week 11 or 12. To sum it up: sell AP and buy Andre Ellington in PPR formats.

Matt Forte – He’s a worthy flex option until Bilal Powell returns. He received eight targets and carried the rock nine times for a measly 22 yards while playing 58% of the snaps. The Jets will take on a Dolphins defense that has allowed the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game, although they have yielded 5.6 receptions per game to pass-catching backs. Forte is a borderline flex option in PPR formats as long as Powell sits.

Cowboys Backfield – With Ezekiel Elliott now looking to serve his six-game suspension after the courts overturned the suspension handed down by the NFL. The popular add will inevitably be Darren McFadden, however, Alfred Morris has served as the teams No. 2 back through the teams first five games. Still, beat reporters out of Dallas believe that DMC will serve as the teams lead back. We should receive more clarity as the week moves along. If either were still available, I would likely pass. Once the news broke last week, both were still available on my league’s waivers. I passed. I don’t think either is priority adds.

You will hear folks talk up the Cowboys offensive line, however, they haven’t been the run blocking offensive line that we have grown accustomed too. The Cowboys currently hold the leagues 24th ranked line. Darren McFadden is an aging back who no longer possesses the same explosion he once did. If I had to pick one, I would consider Rod Smith in deeper leagues, who looked solid during the preseason. The problem with any of them is, at worst, they are six-week options, or if Zeke is able to get his suspension put back on hold you could burn way too much FAAB or a high priority waiver add. I’m a firm pass on this situation.

Chris Ivory – We received a scare from Leonard Fournette at the end of the game after he went down with what looked like a significant leg injury. He didn’t return on the final drive, although, the head coach spoke after the game and said he could have returned. As for Ivory, I’m at a loss for words. He tied for the team lead in targets with 10 and he turned that into 74 yards and a touchdown. I wouldn’t count on this to continue. He’s a worth a spot on your bench to see if the Jags plan to involve him in the passing game.

Wendall Smallwood – Should return to the offense this week after 10 days off from playing on Thursday night. He should resume his role as the pass-catching back and receive enough totes to make him the best option in PPR formats.

Devontae Booker – Hauled in four passes for 78 yards. He spent the first few weeks injured and remains behind CJ Anderson and Jamaal Charles on the depth chart. However, he could find himself in the RB2 territory if anything happens to Anderson.

Wide Reciever

Week 7 Waiver Wire Adds

  1. Sterling Shepard
  2. John Brown
  3. Kenny Golladay
  4. Marqise Lee
  5. Benny Fowler
  6. JuJu Smith-Schuster
  7. Cooper Kupp
  8. Jemaine Kearse
  9. Ricardo Louis
  10. Paul Richardson
  11. Taylor Gabriel
  12. Roger Lewis
  13. Nelson Agholor
  14. Chris Moore
  15. Robert Woods
  16. Donte Moncrief
  17. Corey Davis
  18. Jordan Matthews
  19. Kendall Wright
  20. Jaron Brown
  21. Robby Anderson
  22. Tyler Lockett
  23. Aldrick Robinson
  24. Albert Wilson
  25. J.J. Nelson
  26. Cole Beasley
  27. Demarcus Robinson
  28. Kenny Stills
  29. Josh Gordon
  30. Josh Doctson
  31. Mike Williams
  32. De’Anthony Thomas
  33. Adam Humphries
  34. Tre McBride
  35. Kasen Williams
  36. Brice Butler
  37. Zay Jones
  38. Jeremy Kerley
  39. Bruce Ellington
  40. Trent Taylor
  41. Justin Hardy
  42. Jordan Taylor
  43. Rashard Higgins
  44. John Ross
  45. Chad Williams
  46. Laquon Treadwell

Sterling Shepard – Worth an add in all formats. Has a shot to return this week. Will receive the largest target share among the ragtag group of wide receivers. Could carve out a weekly WR3 role if the matchup is right. The Giants will take on a Seahawks defense that has allowed the 10th-fewest points to the position.

John Brown – I don’t really need to go into depth here. He’s a home run waiting to happen and continues to see heavy targets. He’s a weekly WR3/4 and should be owned in all formats.

Kenny Golladay – With Golden Tate out for at least a “few weeks” with a shoulder injury, Kenny Golladay could see a big boost in value. The Lions are on bye this week, but with a matchup against the Steelers on Sunday Night Football in Week 8, he could be the Lions No. 2 WR with Tate on the shelf.

Benny Fowler – With Emmanuel Sanders out with an ankle injury, Benny Fowler figures to hold some flex appeal. He received eight targets against the Giants on Sunday Night. He’s limited in terms of upside but should see the more favorable matchup opposite Demaryius Thomas against the Chargers on Sunday.

JuJu Smith-Schuster – With Martavis Bryant seemingly falling out of favor with the Steelers decision-makers and news coming out that he requested a trade, we have seen rookie WR JuJu Smith-Schuster become more and more involved in the offense.  He has two double-digit scoring weeks but is probably better served on your bench while we wait for this situation to clear itself up.

Ricardo Louis – While he continues to see the targets, he hasn’t been able to do a ton with them. Some of the that is because of the shitshow that is the Cleveland Browns QBs at the moment. He’s received 30 targets the last three weeks but is a fringe flex-option until the Browns show any sign of life. This week, the Browns take on a Titans defense that has allowed fourth-most points to the position.

Taylor Gabriel – He received a season-high eight targets with Sanu sidelined. He also leads the team in red zone targets with five on the season. If Sanu misses Week 7, then Gabriel is a strong flex option against a Patriots defense that can’t stop anybody right now.

Nelson Agholor – Very boom-or-bust, but has scored double-digit PPR points in each of the last two weeks. Agholor is having a great bounce-back campaign on the high-scoring offense. He saw the most targets on the season this past week against the Panthers and should be involved with a Monday Night matchup against the Redskins.

Tight End

Week 7 Waiver Wire Adds

  1. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
  2. George Kittle
  3. Cameron Brate
  4. Hunter Henry
  5. Austin Hooper
  6. Zach Miller
  7. Tyler Kroft
  8. Jack Doyle
  9. Daniel Fells
  10. Ben Watson
  11. David Njoku
  12. Coby Fleener
  13. Tyler Higbee
  14. Vernon Davis
  15. Vance McDonald

Austin Seferian-Jenkins – In a world where the tight end position has been a complete dumpster fire, Austin Seferian-Jenkins is balling with back-to-back double-digit PPR points. He also received 19 targets over that span and continues to be the Jets’ best weapon. He’s turned into a top-five option while he’s seeing this kind of market-share.

George Kittle – He’s probably the most athletic tight end in this past year’s rookie class. He’s received 17 targets the last two weeks and should be a TE1 against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Cameron Brate – All this man does is score touchdowns. He has now scored in four straight games and is seeing a heavy dose in targets. He’s another weekly TE1 option who may have Ryan Fitzmagic starting against the Bills on Sunday.

Austin Hooper – Received eight targets and will continue to be involved in the offense with Sanu sidelined. Should see red zone looks and is a strong streaming option against a Pats defense that has allowed the fourth-most points to the position.

Defense/ST

 

  1. Buffalo vs Tampa
  2. Chargers vs Broncos
  3. Saints vs Packers
  4. Rams vs Cardinals
  5. Titans vs Cleveland
  6. Steelers vs Bengals
  7. Jets vs Dolphins

 

Kicker

  1. Will Lutz
  2. Jake Elliott
  3. Harrison Butkner
  4. Graham Gano
  5. Blair Walsh
  6. Chandler Catanzaro
  7. Jason Meyers

Hello, my name is Kevin Steele. I enjoy long walks on the beach and cuddling up with a good glass of scotch and The Fantasy Life book by Matthew Berry.

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