Week 7 Waiver Wire (and Wake Early Wednesday)
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Week 7 Waiver Wire
Below are the players I'm considering adding to my rosters before week 7 kicks off. All of these players are near or below 50% rostered in Yahoo leagues and therefore likely to be available in most leagues.
Important note: I'm typically pretty frugal with my waiver priority and FAAB, usually only spending on a player that can win me the week. In other words, if they're just "depth" adds and nice-to-haves that might not even see my lineup, then I'd rather wake up early on Wednesday morning and add them for "free" instead of using a waiver claim for them.
Pro Tip: It's a little extra effort, but I have a recurring Wednesday morning "appointment" (reminder) on my calendar with a link to a Google Doc. Inside that google doc are the links to alllllll 20+ of my leagues followed by a bulleted list of who I plan to add/drop in each one. This helps me keep track without spending waiver priority for convenience, a short-sighted move.
As is almost always the case, there aren't any QB's I'd use waiver priority or FAAB dollars on. But there's a few guys in mind for streaming purposes:
Derek Carr - 79% rostered - on the off chance he's available in your league, Derek Carr's Raiders are expected to score a healthy 26.25(ish) points in week 7, the 7th most on the 28 team slate.
Tua Tagovailoa - 68% rostered - IF he's available in your league, Tua Tagovailoa's Dolphins are expected to score a solid 25.5(ish) points against a Steelers defense that was allowing the 8th most fantasy points per game to QBs coming into week 6.
Jimmy Garoppolo - 39% rostered - Jimmy Garoppolo's 49ers host the Kansas City Chiefs in week 7, an offense that's certain to force the 49ers into a pass-heavy game script and a defense that was allowing the 5th most fantasy points per game to QBs even before Josh Allen dumped 329 yards and 3 TDs on them in week 6.
Bailey Zappe - 2% rostered - Bailey Zappe scored 17.86 fantasy points on 309 yards and 2 TDs in a week 6 demolition of the Cleveland Browns. IN week 7 his Patriots are expected to score a decent 23.75(ish) points—the 9th most on the 28 team slate—in a 7-8(ish) point victory over a Bears defense that was allowing the 15th most fantasy points per game to QBs coming into week 6.
If you're in a 2 QB league, Carson Wentz looks like he'll miss between 4-6 week, bumping Taylor Heinicke back into the top spot on Washington's QB depth chart. Heinicke averaged 14.5 fantasy points across 15 fantasy football games as the Commanders' signal caller last season. He's nothing special in fantasy football, but he did hit 20 or more fantasy points in 33.33% of his fantasy football games last year.
Last week was the Kenneth Walker sweepstakes. This week, there's not a single RB I'd spend waiver priority on. Here are some guys I'd look at adding after waivers run:
Latavius Murray (14% rostered) and, to a lesser extent, Mike Boone (41% rostered) - Melvin Gordon was straight up benched in the 2nd half and overtime of last night’s game. He played just 9 snaps and had just 3 touches while Latavius Murray played 47% of the backfield snaps, getting 16 touches—including 1 target/catch—for 64 scoreless yards (7.4 PPR points). Mike Boone had just 2 touches (but 4 targets), but played 37% of the backfield snaps compared to Gordon’s 16%. There’s no sign or word of a Melvin Gordon injury, and he appears to have plummeted to RB 3 on the depth chart even WITHOUT Javonte Williams. Things could certainly be temporary and change in an instant, but Murray appears to be the lead dog in Denver heading into week 7 (and Boone figures to have PPR (flex value in games the Broncos will face negative game script).
Kyren Williams - 8% rostered - Hopefully you added him before kickoff on Sunday but if you didn't, Kyren Williams makes for a mighty fine upside stash after it was announced that Cam Akers has likely played his last snap with the LA Rams. I don't know if Williams is the answer LA is looking for, but it seems clear that Darrell Henderson ain't it. The 5th round rookie might get his chance.
Kenyan Drake - 5% rostered - JK Dobbins played just 27% of the snaps in week 6 as he his knee "tightened up" on him in New York. Kenyan Drake played 58% of the snaps and used them for 19.7 PPR points on 11 touches—including 1 catch on 2 targets—for 127 yards and 1 TD. If Dobbins misses time—we don't know yet—then Drake would be the biggest beneficiary. Then again, that didn't matter much earlier this year.
Rachaad White - 34% rostered - Yet to hit 9 touches in a single game despite seeing Leonard Fournette rack up 23+ touches four times, Rachaad White still isn't seeing quite enough volume to be a valid fantasy football option. But he carries massive, league-winning potential if the Buccaneers current workhorse goes down.
Deon Jackson - 43% rostered - Deon Jackson balled out on Sunday with 28.1 PPR points. That said, he left the game early with an injury and never returned. Jonathan Taylor and/or Nyheim Hines seem likely to return in week 7. If Taylor plays, Jackson won't have any fantasy value. If Taylor sits, Jackson may still be involved as an RB 3 in week 7.
There are not any wide receivers that I'd use priority on this week, but there are several I'll consider adding to my rosters after waivers clear:
Alec Pierce - 39% - Averaging 14 PPR points on 7.33 targets, 5 catches and 70 scoreless yards over the last 3 games with 1 TD. Played a season high 65% of the snaps in week 6.
Wan'Dale Robinson - 8% rostered - Wan'Dale Robinson played just 15 snaps in his week 6 return, but he made them count with 4 targets, 3 catches, 37 yards and 1 TD (12.7 PPR points). With one of the easiest depth charts to climb in football, it may not be long before Robinson is the WR 1 in New York.
Rondale Moore - 46% rostered - Rondale Moore has 24.7 PPR points over the last 2 games on 18 targets, 13 catches and 117 scoreless yards. DeAndre Hopkins is back and the Cardinals traded for Robbie Anderson, but Marquise Brown and his 10+ targets per game potentially suffered a serious injury.
Michael Gallup - 50% rostered - Played a season high 76% of the snaps and garnered 7 targets. Should be in for some big Sundays with Dak Prescott on his way back.
Josh Reynolds - 33% rostered - averaging 17.3 PPR points on 9.33 targets, 6.33 catches and 89.67 yards with 1 TD in 3 games. That includes three straight games of 8 or more targets, 6 or more catches and 81 or more yards.
As usual, there are no tight ends I would use waiver priority on. Here's who I'd consider in a week 7 pinch however:
Hayden Hurst - 64% rostered - If he's available in your league, Hayden Hurst's Bengals are expected to score 26.75(ish) points (the 3rd highest on the 28 team slate) against a Falcons defense that was allowing the 6th most PPR points per game to tight ends before George Kittle dropped 8 catches for 83 yards on them.
Robert Tonyan - 42% rostered - Robert Tonyan was a rare bright spot for the Packers on Sunday, garnering 12(!) targets, 10 catches, and 90 scoreless yards. There's nothing especially pretty about his matchup, but there's nothing especially pretty about the TE position in general.
Hunter Henry - 36% rostered - Hunter Henry appears to be a favorite of Bailey Zappe's, getting 5 and 7 targets in the last two weeks, each of which has been a season high (he's caught 8 of the 12 targets for 115 yards and 1 TD. There's nothing especially pretty about his week 7 matchup, but his Patriots are expected to score 23.75(ish) points, the 9th most on the 28 team slate.
I'll never use waiver priority on a defense, but there are several defenses I'd be looking to stream in week 7 if I can find them. Assuming I can't get the Buccaneers or Packers, I'd be going for
New England Patriots - 64% rostered - their opponent, the Bears, are implied to score just 16.25(ish) points in week 7, the 2nd fewest on the 28 team slate.
Miami Dolphins - 16% rostered - their opponent, the Steelers, are implied to score just 18.5 points in week 7, the 4th fewest on the 28 team slate.
Las Vegas Raiders - 3% rostered - their opponent, the Texans, are implied to score just 19.25 points in week 7, the 5th fewest on the 28 team slate.
Denver Broncos - 67% rostered - their opponent, the Jets, are implied to score just 19.75 points in week 7, the 6th fewest on the 28 team slate.
Jacksonville Jaguars - 63% rostered - their opponent, the Giants, are implied to score just 19.75 points in week 7, the 6th fewest on the 28 team slate.