Week #7 Waiver Watch Of Truth
Week #7 Waiver Watch of Truth
Welcome back Truth Serum Members, week 6 will officially be in the books by the time most of you read this and we have begun to suffer through bye weeks where your fill-ins will often make or break your fantasy season. I know I experienced both the good and bad from it this week and it’s always bitter to leave large point totals on the bench where your starters under delivered. Hopefully some of these waiver wire fill-ins will bridge the gap for you as your starters get some much deserved rest. Also as someone mentioned last week one of my waiver recommendations ended up on the Covid-19 list after the article was published. I understand that can be frustrating, please understand though that it was not intentional and I often research and write these articles on Sunday night since I have to go do my actual job on Mondays so sadly I don’t get to spend all my time analyzing fantasy football players, although I would very much like to do so. So please bear with me, when it eventually happens again, since it is bound to happen again this season. With that housekeeping out of the way and my not so subtle hint that Joey and Jordan need to start paying me, (just kidding this is way too much fun, to not be willing to share my knowledge), let’s get into waiver adds for Week 7.
Tua Tagovailoa, 27% rostered on Sleeper
Tua is finally back under center in the Fins offense and the Dolphins are a much better team with him playing over Brissett although it just didn’t work out for them when they took on the Jaguars across the pond this morning in London. Add in the fact that Tua was without Will Fuller and Devante Parker and his offensive output was even more impressive considering he had not played since week 2. Tagovailoa played great in this loss from a fantasy perspective, if not a real life one, he completed 33 passes on 47 attempts for 329 yards, 2 touchdowns, just one pick and another 22 yards rushing. He also gets another weak defense next week playing the Falcons so if you are in need of a quarterback to plug in on a bye week, Tua is a viable option this week and may not be widely owned since he has been on the shelf for the last 4 weeks.
Carson Wentz, 41% rostered on Sleeper
Wentz had a rough 2020 season and he has bounced back a bit this season but make no mistake, starting Wentz as a fill-in for a bye week is a big risk and don’t expect a ton of fantasy production from Wentz. The Colts are a run first team behind Jonathan Taylor and everyone else is an afterthought, including Carson Wentz and the passing offense. Wentz has only cracked 20 fantasy points one time this season and he is averaging about 17 fantasy points per game. Today for example, Carson completed 11 of 20 attempts for 223 yards and 2 touchdowns, the TDs saved his fantasy production but it’s clear who the star of the Colts offense is and it’s not the QB. If you are desperate and need a fill-in though that 17 point ceiling is relatively stable but don’t expect Wentz to win you a week 7 matchup.
Quarterback Honorable Mentions
Taylor Heinicke (38% rostered) Although this is a desperation add as well
Justin Fields (50% rostered)
J.D. McKissic, 52% rostered on Sleeper
We are running somewhat low on fantasy running back sleepers this week but we do have plenty of dad jokes and puns in their place. In this case J.D. McKissic could have a big role if Gibson is forced to miss time and certainly did today with Gibson in and out of the lineup throughout today with his injury. J.D. didn’t do a ton on the ground with only 45 yards on 8 attempts but he had 8 receptions on 10 targets for 65 yards, making him very valuable in PPR. It should also be noted that if McKissic is taken in your league Jaret Patterson is only 4% rostered on Sleeper and would see more usage as well if Gibson misses time.
D’Ernest Johnson, 15% rostered on Sleeper and Demetric Felton, 13% rostered on Sleeper
This is a rare double add and you will be taking a gamble regardless of which one you chose to add but with Chubb and Hunt both banged up and might be missing time means this is a backfield situation that needs to be monitored closely. I wish I could tell you which one is more valuable but I just don’t have a crystal ball that will give me that answer, believe me if I did I would have ‘won’ the lottery a long time ago. In my opinion though, Felton is the better add, he is considered both a receiver and a running back in most platforms so you have added flexibility and with the Browns defense not playing well the odds are good the Browns will be passing a lot more rather than trying to chew clock on the ground so Felton is who I would chase as well, despite the small sample size.
Running Back Honorable Mentions
Rhamondre Stevenson (23% rostered)
Rashaad Penny (13% rostered)
Jaret Patterson (4% rostered)
Donovan Peoples-Jones, 7% rostered on Sleeper
Peoples-Jones has quietly been building some good fantasy outings the past two weeks. In this case he has went over 70 yards both last week and this one and he gets the beatable Denver secondary next weekend as well. This week was somewhat overly inflated because Donovan caught a Hail Mary touchdown at the end of the first half but four receptions this week and 101 yards and 5 receptions last week are pretty good and with him often going for significant yardage makes him a viable add so long as Landry is on IR.
Jamal Agnew, 0% rostered on Sleeper
I cannot believe on a team with James Robinson, Marvin Jones Jr., and Laviska Shenault that I am discussing a converted defensive back turned wide receiver but for some reason the Jaguars coaching staff and Trevor Lawrence seem to love what Agnew gives them out of the slot position and he has delivered over the past two weeks. This week he had 5 receptions on 6 targets for 78 yards and last week he had 6 receptions for 41 yards. Although it seems like it will be wildly inconsistent who Lawrence will target on any given week, Agnew seems like a consistent PPR target receiver regardless of whether or not Jones Jr. has a good game. The Jaguars are off next week but the following week they will be playing Seattle so expect to see a lot of passing from Jacksonville against a weaker secondary.
Wide Receiver Honorable Mentions
T.Y. Hilton (46% rostered)
Rashod Bateman (46% rostered)
Ricky Seals-Jones, 40% rostered on Sleeper
Seals-Jones has played well while Logan Thomas is on IR and this week he added to his stats by catching a touchdown as well. He caught 4 passes on 6 targets for 58 yards and a TD and last week he had 9 targets and 5 receptions so he is definitely being targeted by Heinicke in this offense and with the Washington Football Team playing the Packers next week so more than likely they will need to throw the ball a lot against the Green Bay offense.
Pat Freiermuth, 18% rostered on Sleeper
Freiemuth may have turned a rookie corner on Sunday night as a tight end as he caught 6 passes on 6 targets, while only catching 11 over the past 5 games before the Seahawks game. He also made some impressive catches and had 56 yards on the night eclipsing his next closest yardage total by 20 yards. If you didn’t watch the nail biter on Sunday night you missed out because Freiermuth played great when he was targeted and showed a lot of poise and consistency. This is another case where he has a bye next week but he may be useful as fill-in following his week off, especially since the Steelers will probably have to air it out in the second half of the season as they face some high octane offenses down the stretch.
Tight End Honorable Mentions
Tyree Jackson (0% rostered)-Risky add but with Ertz in Arizona might be worth it for Eagles
Tyler Conklin (20% rostered)
I hope this information helps and as always Stay True.
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