Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups: Remember Those Dropped Players?
Welcome to hangover waiver week – where we regret earlier decisions and see dinner coming back up in a grosser fashion than before. Did you really eat that? Did you really drop that player only to have him explode in Week 6? Ugh, let's get into the Fantasy Football Week 7 waiver wire pickups and regret how we got here.
As a reminder, these waiver wire players aim for the 50 percent or less ownership on average across the major sites and have Yahoo! ownership listed. They're also good for DFS too, as they will often have a lower cost and present values.
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Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups QBs (Streaming Quarterbacks)
Marcus Mariota, TEN (60%) – Those who reaped the rewards of streaming Mariota last week will want to hang on to the man. The Titans go from the Browns to hosting the Colts and Jaguars the next two weeks, and then they head to San Diego. Uh, yea, I'll take that! Only the Raiders have allowed more passing yards than the Colts, putting Mariota in a nice spot to repeat QB1 value.
Alex Smith, KC (28%) – I didn't recommend or buy into Smith last week because he's just not a good Fantasy option despite great matchups. This week, this matchup is actually worse from a Fantasy points allowed perspective, but the Saints are easily beatable. Unless the Chiefs defense steps up in a big way, Smith and the Chiefs will need to play keep up. Plus… the streaming options aren't that great this week.
Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups RBs
You Should Have Picked Them Up (players atop the list that shouldn't we on the waiver wire):
Terrance West, BAL; Bilal Powell, NYJ; James White, NE
(Update: Knile Davis, GB – Needs to be owned in all leagues, but don't go crazy. Remember, Davis couldn't crack the rotation with the Chiefs and no Jamaal Charles. Also, Don Jackson is a metrics darling and could push Davis for touches if Eddie Lacy hits the IR.)
Jay Ajayi, MIA (31%) – Welp, we're back to this again. Hopefully, you picked up Ajayi after the recommendation last week, even with Arian Foster's return, but that's looking doubtful since his ownership actually dropped. While that's good news for those chasing running back help, it's also bad because you'll have to pay up now. I would be hesitant to use the No. 1 waiver spot or 25 percent of my FAAB because we've seen the Dolphins jerk around the running backs already. On top of that, it's conceivable that Foster just wasn't 100 percent. Ajayi must be owned in all leagues, but understand this is as risky as DeAndre Washington was two weeks ago.
Chris Ivory, JAX (43%) – After two weeks of T.J. Yeldon leading the backfield, the Jaguars went back to Ivory more, and he even scored a touchdown. The Jaguars signed Ivory to be the early down and goal line option, and Yeldon has done little in his opportunities. Ivory could find RB2 value down the stretch if he can stay on the field.
[caption id="attachment_113443" align="alignright" width="300"] After his Week 6 performance, Ajayi is back to being a must-own. Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire[/caption]
Jacquizz Rodgers, TB (22%) – Doug Martin should return, but we've made assumptions about injured players this year only to see them sit out extra games. Even if Martin plays in Week 7, Rodgers showed that he can near Charles Sims' value in PPR leagues, and that could be flex worthy over the bye weeks, especially in matchups such as this week's against the 49ers.
Matt Asiata, MIN (17%) – This is what we expected with the Vikings. Jerick McKinnon is the more explosive option, but Asiata is the goal line back and better bet for touchdowns. It's tough to predict touchdowns any given week, but the Eagles defense struggled to stop the Redskins rushing attack.
Devontae Booker, DEN (27%) – Don't mistake this for an endorsement of Booker over C.J. Anderson. After all, Anderson had a huge day lost to three penalties and significantly out-snapped Booker. However, a few more rough games (or injury, as CJA has a history of them) and Booker could take over the Broncos backfield.
Mike Gillislee, BUF (4%) – Every LeSean McCoy owner probably had their you-know-what pucker up with that injury scare. Gillislee performed well in McCoy's absence and needs to be stashed by McCoy owners and even picked up by thin running back teams looking for a potential home run.
Mike Davis, SF (0%) – Turns out that the 49ers are using Davis as the backup to Carlos Hyde, not Shaun Draughn. I would expect Draughn to remain in the mix for pass-catching downs if Hyde missed time, which happened for a brief time last week. As with McCoy and Gillislee, let this be a warning to grab the backup plan.
Deep Leagues/Watch List: Dion Lewis (time to stash), Dwayne Washington, Thomas Rawls
Handcuffs to Consider: Derrick Henry (should be owned in all leagues), Alfred Morris, Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley, Kenneth Dixon, Andre Ellington
Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups WRs
You Should Have Picked Them Up:
Michael Thomas, NO; Quincy Enunwa, NYJ; Sammie Coates, PIT; Jamison Crowder, WSH
Cameron Meredith, CHI (52%) – As with Mariota, I'm cheating a bit here, but Meredith deserves one more mention in case your league is part of the 48 percent that didn’t pay attention last week. As previously mentioned, Meredith is filling the Kevin White role, which just happens to be the most targeted and consistent option for the Bears. Grab this man now! Or, was a second straight game of double-digit targets and at least 113 yards not enough to convince you?
Kenny Britt, LA (11%) – What else does the man have to do to get you all to pick him up? Britt had at least 67 yards in four of five games and finally had a breakout performance. Britt is simply on pace for 1,312 yards. While he likely won't reach that upper-echelon level with Case Keenum at quarterback, he can easily post the first 1,000-yard season of his career.
Ty Montgomery, GB (1%) – Eddie Lacy still doesn't look 100 percent, it's a short week for the Packers and Montgomery provided high value working out of the backfield. Montgomery is mainly a PPR option, but think about his ceiling if Lacy were to aggravate his injury and Montgomery turned into a hybrid running back/receiver with another double-digit reception game. (Update: Montgomery has enormous upside this week with Lacy now rumored out for weeks. If you need someone this week, he's arguably a higher ceiling option than Meredith.)
Chris Hogan, NE (37%) – Hogan had just one catch for 39 yards against the Bengals, but that's what happens in the Patriots offense… sometimes you're just not needed. The upside of his 114-yard Week 5 game is always there with Tom Brady at quarterback, and that alone makes Hogan a decent bye week option.
Kendall Wright, TEN (3%) – Maybe this is what Mariota and the Titans offense needed… or, and more likely, it had something to do with facing the Browns. Nevertheless, you have to take a shot on Wright, who is just two years removed from his 94-catch, 1,079-yard season. Just don't expect much consistency or significant value outside of PPR leagues, especially when other teams don't sell out to stop Delanie Walker as much as the Browns did.
Cole Beasley, DAL (45%) – Beasley has been a solid PPR option for most of the year, and with his finding the end zone the past two weeks, Beasley is turning into a standard league value as well. He's still more of a WR4/flex option, but PPR owners can feel safer with Beasley in their lineups.
Robert Woods, BUF (22%) – The last three games show the volatility of owning Woods with 89 yards, 26, then 44 and a score. Still, Woods is the top receiver in the offense, and the Dolphins are an enticing matchup in Week 7.
Deep Leagues/Watch List: Corey Coleman, Donte Moncrief (need to stash both as returning soon), Rishard Matthews, Torrey Smith, Tyler Lockett
Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups TEs
You Should Have Picked Them Up:
Jimmy Graham, SEA; Zach Miller, CHI; Zach Ertz, PHI
Hunter Henry, SD (35%) – Henry is not only bucking the "rookie tight ends struggle to provide Fantasy Football value" trend, but also the worry about two tight ends in the same offense. Even with Antonio Gates back, Henry has found the end zone in two straight games (three overall), and is showing great chemistry with Philip Rivers.
Cameron Brate, TB (19%) – Even with a quiet Week 5, Brate still second on the Buccaneers in red zone targets (six) behind only Mike Evans. In fact, the next closest is Vincent Jackson with four, and Brate didn't truly see significant work until Week 3 of the season after the team jettisoned Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Jack Doyle, IND (11%) – With Dwayne Allen likely out for a few weeks, we have the Colts tight end situation cleared up a bit again. We have to assume Doyle will see the majority of tight end targets, and in this offense, that puts Doyle in the Top 15 for tight ends. However, word of caution… Andrew Luck looked Erik Swoope's way a few times late in the game. It appears we may never have a certainty with the Colts tight end value.
Vernon Davis, WSH (4%) – This is contingent on Jordan Reed missing Week 7 due to his concussion. If Reed plays don't worry about Davis, but if he's out, well, I don't need to remind you that the Lions hand out tight end touchdowns like the flyer freaks in Time Square.
Deep Leagues/Watch List: Eric Ebron, C.J. Fiedorowicz
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