Welcome back for another edition of #WaiverWireFire! The NFL season is flying by once again and to channel my inner Bill Belichick – we’re on to week 7. With that, let’s jump into some brief news and notes and continue on with the Week 7 Waiver Wire article.
- The more fantasy-relevant bye weeks are starting to roll in and Week 7 includes some big names. The teams on bye are: Carolina, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Tampa Bay. Christian McCaffrey headlines the list of hits to your fantasy teams, but there are several others. Make sure you’re planning accordingly!
- Amari Cooper exited the Cowboys’ game after the first drive with a quad injury which was later diagnosed as a thigh bruise. At the time of typing this, it’s unknown whether Cooper will miss any time.
- The tight end position is thin as is, and it took a big hit Sunday when Will Dissly had to be carted off the field. It’s believed he tore his Achilles which would be a season-ender for fantasy’s TE5.
- Oft-injured and injured again, Chris Thompson suffered a foot injury and left Sunday’s primetime headliner against Miami. The extent of his injury is unknown.
- Speaking of oft-injured, Mike Williams left Sunday night’s game early against Pittsburgh after diving for a ball. As with two of the three above, whether or not he’ll miss any time is currently unknown.
- Emmanuel Sanders did not return for the second half of his game against Tennessee after aggravating a knee injury which popped up on this week’s injury report. Early indications are it’s nothing serious and the team isn’t overly concerned.
- A few offensive lineman injuries you may want to consider when making start/sit decisions this week:
- Jason Peters, T, Eagles
- Riley Reiff, T, Vikings
- Tytus Howard, G/T, Texans
- Joe Noteboom, G, Rams
*Note: All players listed below currently carry less than 60% ownership across Yahoo! fantasy football leagues. The number in parentheses beside each player indicates their ownership percentage which may help you identify players that might be available according to your league size.
- Josh Allen vs Miami (51%)
- Gardner Minshew at Cincinnati (59%)
- Daniel Jones vs Arizona (29%)
- Jacoby Brissett vs Houston (42%)
- Kirk Cousins at Detroit (47%)
- Joe Flacco vs Kansas City (8%)
- Matt Stafford vs Minnesota (59%)
- Sam Darnold vs New England (16%)
- Mitch Trubisky/Chase Daniel vs New Orleans (25%/2%)
- Teddy Bridgewater at Chicago (20%)
Depending on how your fantasy season has gone so far, these waiver wire quarterbacks may represent an upgrade for your squad. There’s a nice mix of guys that are available in smaller leagues as well as deeper options, with guys like Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold available in 70%+ of leagues. Darnold’s matchup against New England isn’t drool-inducing, but after his week 7 tilt, he gets Jacksonville, Miami, New York Giants, Washington, Oakland, Cincinnati, Miami again, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh. If you’re looking for a long-term play, Darnold’s year-end run is set up quite nicely. The top four have great matchups and most of you should be eying up Jones and Jacoby Brissett for week 7 starts.
- Frank Gore vs Miami (56%)
- Jamaal Williams vs Oakland (14%)
- Chase Edmonds at NY Giants (34%)
- Ito Smith vs LA Rams (20%)
- Alexander Mattison at Detroit (22%)
- Giovanni Bernard vs Jacksonville (8%)
- Latavius Murray at Chicago (47%)
- Nyheim Hines vs Houston (16%)
- Ty Montgomery vs New England (4%)
- Darrell Henderson at Atlanta (28%)
- Mark Walton at Buffalo (4%)
- Gus Edwards at Seattle (6%)
- Tony Pollard vs Philadelphia (19%)
- Reggie Bonnafon (bye week)
- Benny Snell (bye week)
As it has been for the past few weeks, the running back waiver wire options are pretty ugly. Frank Gore is the top option because of his matchup and he’s the only one listed who currently is their team’s lead back. On a night when Aaron Jones struggled, Jamaal Williams balled. Their snaps and touches were fairly even despite Jones fumbling and dropping a would-be touchdown, but Matt LaFleur has been telling us this. Snag Williams as a flex candidate with massive upside of Jones misses time as he has his first two years. Chase Edmonds usage has increased the past two weeks, seeing 12 opportunities in week 5 and 7 opportunities week 6, scoring in each game. If this type of usage continues, Edmonds could have standalone flex value if the bye week bug hits. Latavius Murray had his best game as a Saint with Alvin Kamara entering the game with an ankle injury. I can easily see a scenario where Kamara’s workload is scaled back with New Orleans getting the job done sans Drew Brees. The rest of the list is full of stash-and-wait, handcuff kinda guys.
- D.K. Metcalf vs Baltimore (59%)
- Jamison Crowder vs New England (42%)
- Auden Tate vs Jacksonville (23%)
- Zay Jones at Green Bay (4%)
- Demarcus Robinson at Denver (54%)
- Dante Pettis at Washington (17%)
- Darius Slayton vs Arizona (3%)
- Mecole Hardman at Denver (48%)
- Albert Wilson at Buffalo (2%)
- Anthony Miller vs New Orleans (12%)
- Allen Lazard vs Oakland (1%)
- Duke Williams vs Miami (1%)
- DaeSean Hamilton vs Kansas City (6%)
Although the wide receiver wire isn’t sexy, it feels like a goldmine compared to running backs. For those in shallow-bench leagues or 8-10 person leagues, D.K. Metcalf and Jamison Crowder should be at the top of your shopping lists. Crowder and the Jets offense were brought to life with the return of New York’s very own superhero – Monoboy! Alright, maybe that was an awful joke, but Darnold did provide a much-needed spark, and Crowder looked good because of it. Zay Jones at just 4% ownership is interesting. I’ve been a fan of his talent and now it appears he’ll be given an opportunity in an offense better suited for him. The two Kansas City receivers, Demarcus Robinsonand Mecole Hardman will hinge on the status of Sammy Watkins. Similar to those two, Allen Lazard may have a chance at a bigger role with Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison potentially sidelined, and DaeSean Hamilton if Emmanuel Sanders can’t play. Dante Pettis appears to be stepping into San Fran’s lead wideout role and his targets may increase further with the injury to Deebo Samuel. We here at TFA have wanted Anthony Miller to be a thing for quite some time, and he had his best game of the season in Week 5 against Oakland. He saw seven targets which nearly matched the total he had seen going into that game (8). We’ll have our fingers crossed for more involvement.
- Chris Herndon vs New England (27%)
- Noah Fant vs Kansas City (23%)
- Dawson Knox vs Miami (8%)
- Dallas Goedert at Dallas (9%)
First off, if you need a tight end…I’m sorry. Hopefully you didn’t lose Will Dissly this week, but if you did, pray to the Fantasy Gods for Chris Herndon to be available on waivers in your league. He’s still considered week-to-week with his hamstring injury, but he’s your best option, and that is sad.
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