Week #7: Waiver Watch of Truth
Same intro every week folks, if you’re new to this series carry on, if not drop down to the QB
section. Some fantasy players believe leagues are won in drafts, others believe they’re won through trades, I personally believe championships are won on the waiver wire. Every league is different and it’s undoubtedly a combination of the three but let’s make sure you’re up to speed on this week’s top waiver wire adds.
Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts
Old Man Rivers finally started flowing in week #6 after putting up pretty pathetic numbers for the first five weeks. The father of multitudes broke out with 371 yards and three touchdowns to the tune of nearly 25 fantasy points. This is hopefully a sign of things to come for Rivers owners but I wouldn’t hold my breath. You could definitely do worse than taking a chance on a possibly rejuvenated Rivers fresh off the bye against Detroit in week #8. He’s rostered in just 8.3% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Jimmy Garoppolo SF,
Kirk Cousins MIN, Nick Foles CHI.
Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles
Workhorse running back Miles Sanders went down with a minor knee injury against Baltimore on Sunday. Sanders will reportedly miss 1-2 weeks so if you’re a Sanders owner and don’t have Scott as a handcuff or are just in need of a back to play for a week or two go check the wires for Boston, he’s rostered in 10.6% of ESPN leagues. If he’s not available and you’re desperate, Corey Clement should take some of the workload as well.
Frank Gore/La’Mical Perine, New York Jets
These backs haven’t accomplished much so far even with Le’veon Bell sidelined for the majority of the young season but now that Bell is in KC one of these guys could have long term value down the stretch especially with how thin the RB position is this year. You obviously shouldn’t rely on them but they’re definitely worth stashing and letting it play out. Gore is rostered in 27% of leagues and had his most productive game as a Jet with 11 carries for 46 yards and was also a surprise in the passing game catching all four of his targets for 24 yards. Perine carried the ball 7 times for 27 yards and caught 2 of 3 targets for 9 yards. It was nothing of note but head coach Adam Gase did state earlier in the week that the 4th round rookie would get a large role in the offense. Scoop him up just in case. He’s rostered in 11.9% of ESPN leagues.
JaMycal Hasty, San Francisco 49ers
Starting RB Raheem Mostert went down with a high ankle sprain and is likely headed to injured reserve for at least three weeks. The Niners backfield has been depleted with Tevin Coleman and Jeff Wilson JR. both remaining out. That opened the door for undrafted rookie JaMycal Hasty out of Baylor to show what he's got. He looked great carrying the ball nine times for 37 yards in The Niners 24-16 win over the LA Rams. He’s rostered in 0.1% of leagues. If Wilson returns from injury he could also be valuable alongside McKinnon.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens
Edwards led the Ravens in carries with 14 and scored a seven yard touchdown vs Philadelphia. Baltimore has taken a committee approach with this backfield but there’s a chance that could change if Mark Ingram misses time after the bye week with the ankle injury that knocked him out of Sunday’s game. Rookie J.K. Dobbins received his career high in touches making either Gus Bus or himself a very valuable play if Ingram ends up missing their week #8 game. Edwards is rostered in just 1.4% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Royce Freeman DEN, Jeremy McNichols TEN, Chris Thompson JAC.
Keelan Cole Sr. Jacksonville Jaguars
Cole has been a regular here in this weekly series due to his consistency and the fact that he remains available in over 85% of leagues. Why he’s not being scooped up in that many leagues is beyond me but that should change drastically after his stellar performance against Detroit. Sunday’s contest was a game of season highs for Cole, with six catches on nine targets for 143 yards and 20.3 fantasy points. Go pick him up if possible!
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos
I know I’ve been on the Tim Patrick bandwagon for awhile now but it’s about time more people hop on. So far it’s been Patrick, not rookie 1st round pick Jerry Jeudy who’s been the main beneficiary of the absence of top targets Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant. Patrick has been the leading receiver by a healthy margin with back to back 100+ yard performances on a combined 10 catches of 15 targets. Now that Drew Lock is back things should only improve for the former undrafted rookie. He’s rostered in 18.2% of ESPN leagues.
Marcus Johnson, Indianapolis Colts
Johnson emerged as the top receiver for Indy in their thrilling come from behind win over the Bengals on Sunday hauling in five of eight targets for 108 yards including a 55 yard bomb from Rivers resulting in Johnson being tackled just shy of the goal line. Johnson led his team in targets, receptions and yards and will look to continue his success after his week #7 bye. The former undrafted rookie is rostered in 0% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Adam Humphries TEN, James Washington PIT, Zach Pascal IND, Demarcus Robinson KC, Dontrelle Inman WAS.
Darren Fells, Houston Texans
Fells has been a solid receiving option for the Texans and has continued to display his red zone prowess catching his tenth touchdown since the
beginning of last season and his third of this season. Fells may not be a great option for fantasy owners especially if Jordan Akins comes back from his concussion but 6 catches for 85 yards and a score is something that shouldn’t be overlooked if you’re desperate for a tight end. The 34 year old veteran is rostered in 2.8% of ESPN leagues.
Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts
I included Burton as an honorable mention last week and he continued to impress on Sunday, breaking out with a two touchdown performance for nearly 22 fantasy points in PPR formats. It was his third game of the season and his third game with 5+ targets, what makes that even more encouraging is the fact that fellow Tight Ends Jack Doyle and Mo Ali-Cox have been in the mix in that span. Rivers loves throwing to his TEs and looks like he has built some chemistry with Burton. If you’re desperate at this position I’d stash Burton. He’s owned in just 5.2% of leagues.
Honorable mentions: Anthony Firkser TEN, Logan Thomas WAS, Richard Rodgers PHI, Dallas Goedert (IR) PHI.
Here’s a list of players that I either included in the previous week’s article or are obvious adds that are owned quite a bit more but still have a decent chance of being available in your league. These guys are definitely worth checking the wires for.
Top Priority list:
QB Ryan Tannehill TEN 53.4%
QB Carson Wentz PHI 51.2%
QB Justin Herbert LAC 45.4%
WR A.J. Green CIN 60.6%
WR Travis Fulgham PHI 45.5%
WR Tee Higgins CIN 43.9%
WR Christian Kirk ARI 43.4%
WR Mike Williams LAC 41.5%
RB Jerick McKinnon SF 62.3%
RB J.K. Dobbins BAL 56.5%
RB Adrian Peterson DET 54.7%
RB Justin Jackson LAC 51.9%
RB Damien Harris NE 43.9%
RB J.D. McKissic WAS 22.7%
TE Rob Gronkowski 63.7%
TE Dalton Schultz 42.2%
TE Irv Smith Jr. 5.1%
Take all of this with a grain of salt as I obviously don’t know the details of your specific situation, what you need, who you’d drop and who else is available in your league.
Thanks for reading and as always, stay true.