Fantasy Football: Who to add on Week 7 waiver wire?

Pete Davidson
October 16, 2018 - 1:27 pm
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As we head into Week 7, things are getting much more defined. The great stash options are fewer and further between and most fantasy teams are searching for immediate help. This week’s wire will reflect these trends.  As always, if you play in deeper formats, head over to Rotobahn.com this afternoon for my expanded waiver wire. It’s still 100 percent free.

And look for a waiver wire podcast later today with my partner in crime and dead references, Jim Hackett. This week’s pod will be here at WEEI. I’ll post a link on Twitter as soon as it’s available. My handle is @Rotobahn.

The Week 7 bye teams are Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Oakland and Seattle. So if you are getting hit hard this week, don’t wait to act. Get involved in tonight’s bidding and or claims.

Alright, let’s get to the Week 7 targets.

Last Chance Options:

Evan Engram, TE, Giants

O.J. Howard, TE, Bucs

Corey Clement, RB, Eagles

Tarik Cohen, RB, Bears

Robby Anderson, WR, Jets

Jameis Winston, QB, Bucs

David Njoku, TE, Browns

Engram was let go in some leagues due to his knee injury, but he should be back at peak performance level soon. Cohen can he had in some leagues so check his status out. Anderson is going to lead the Jets receivers the rest of the way. Go get him. Winston is still out there in nearly half of Yahoo leagues. Howard is obviously healthy now and has been dumped in far too many leagues. Clement and Wendell Smallwood need to be owned in all leagues, but Clement seems to be their preferred guy so I’d add him first. Njoku is available in one out of four leagues and he looks like he is about to break out. Love him going forward.

QUARTERBACKS

Baker Mayfield, Browns

Joe Flacco, Ravens

Mitchell Trubisky, Bears

Blake Bortles, Jaguars

Dak Prescott, Cowboys

Eli Manning, Giants

C.J. Beathard, 49ers

Derek Anderson, Bills

Mayfield visits Tampa Bay this week, followed by tilts at the Steelers and at home versus the Chiefs. That’s pretty tasty stuff. Trubisky is past his bye and has solid matchups right up until Week 11. Flacco has playable matchups most of the rest of the way. Prescott was a nightmare early on, but he has picked things up in recent weeks. Dak has a solid matchup this week with Washington, and a favorable schedule the rest of the way. There are six teams on their bye on Week 11. There will be big demand for QBs that week and Manning gets the Bucs at home. Get him now if your starter has a bye that week. Beathard has looked solid and is a functional matchup play who can be had in almost all leagues. In super deep formats and 2QB leagues, Anderson could be a find this week. He’s the likely starter with Josh Allen’s elbow injury.

RUNNING BACKS

Marlon Mack, Colts

Nick Chubb, Browns

Latavius Murray, Vikings

Peyton Barber, Bucs

Wendell Smallwood, Eagles

Nyheim Hines, Colts

Ito Smith, Falcons

Mike Davis, Seahawks

Frank Gore, Dolphins

Ronald Jones, Bucs

D’Onta Foreman, Texans

Theo Riddick, Lions

Darren Sproles, Eagles

Mack didn’t play a ton of snaps versus the Jets in Week 6, but he established himself as the Colts most effective early down runner, and perhaps more importantly, he showed that he’s healthy. He should have a solid share at the goal line and I suspect he’ll handle most of the early down work. He’s a great add in all leagues. I’ve been pimping Mack for a while now, so hopefully most of you already have him on board. If not, this could be your last shot. Chubb is still my favorite stash and the Browns are saying they will get him more involved. I think it’s about to happen, for what that is worth. Murray looked good last week and is an essential handcuff for Dalvin Cook, who is a good bet to return this week, but is also a good bet to get re-injured. Barber looks like he may be able to hold off rookie Ronald Jones for a while longer. Barber is playable in the Bucs’ upcoming matchups and makes an excellent add in leagues that are less than full PPR. Ito Smith is viable as a bye week option because Devonta Freeman is going to miss another game. Foreman should return this week and with no clear lead guy in Houston, he could make a big impact. Of course, he could also be less than expected coming off of a serious achilles injury. Still, he’s worth a speculative add in any league where you need help at running back. Hines led the Colts backfield in snaps so still a viable option, especially in deeper PPR formats. Riddick and Sproles are pure PPR backs in leagues with 12 or more teams. Sproles (hamstring) should be back soon.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Marquise Goodwin, 49ers

Chris Godwin, Bucs

Taylor Gabriel, Bears

Keke Coutee, Texans

Paul Richardson, Washington

Christian Kirk, Cardinals

Antonio Callaway, Browns

Jermaine Kearse, Jets

Albert Wilson, Dolphins

Willie Snead, Ravens

Cole Beasley, Cowboys

Chester Rogers, Colts

Josh Reynolds, Rams

D.J. Moore, Panthers

David Moore, Seahawks

Cameron Meredith, Saints

Tre’Quan Smith, Saints

Justin Hardy, Falcons

Damion Ratley, Browns

Goodwin is back to full health and based on Monday night’s performance, he’s found some chemistry with C.J. Beathard. He’s a high priority add and he’s the 49ers’ number one option when healthy. It’s pretty clear. Chris Godwin keeps making big plays and has a nice schedule going forward. Gabriel is hot right now and has strong weekly flex appeal. Just don’t expect consistently big volume as there are so many good options in the Chicago offense. Beasley finally has the breakout game we figured he had in him. What does it mean going forward? Hard to say, but he’s an add just in case they sustain his involvement. He has 11 targets in Week 6 and has only 13 in the three previous outings. Callaway gets Tampa this week and that could the thing that unlocks the raw rookie playmaker. Reynolds is on the wire for the second consecutive week—this time due to Cooper Kupp’s knee situation. If you lean on Kupp, you can protect yourself this week by adding him. Kearse is now healthy, and with Quincy Enunwa nursing a potential high ankle sprain, his targets should be there in the short term. As with Reynolds, Hardy makes the list as a cautionary option. With both Mohamed Sanu (hip) and Calvin Ridley (ankle) banged up, Hardy could be in for increased time in Week 7. D.J. Moore is getting closer to being a weekly flex play, but is still more of a stash option. I’d add him in all leagues with 12 or more teams.

TIGHT ENDS

O.J. Howard, Bucs

Jack Doyle, Colts

Ricky Seals-Jones, Cardinals

Austin Hooper, Falcons

C.J. Uzomah, Bengals

Vance McDonald, Steelers

Geoff Swaim, Cowboys

Howard is the clear top target now that he’s healthy. Doyle should be back soon and will be a weekly starter immediately. The Colts offense needs his steadiness badly. Seals-Jones has some upside in an offense with no clear lead option. He’s a converted receiver, so he’s not in there to block. Hooper disappears too often but is a cog in a great offense, so he has appeal as a guy who can always start for you. Uzomah is a safe bet for mid-level production. He’s the clear lead dog for now. Swaim had a quiet Week 6, but is still dominating playing time and has shown solid play-making ability.

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