Week 7 Waiver Wire: AFC Options Abound
Week 7 Waiver Wire: AFC Options Abound
The Week 7 waiver wire is ripe with options from the AFC. With four teams on a bye this week, you may be left scrambling for starters for your lineup. There are some big names that will need to be replaced with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all off for the weekend.
The premise of this weekly article is to point out key players at every position who are readily available (less than 40% owned) in Yahoo! and ESPN leagues that you may be able to add to your roster for upside. Percent owned is shown in parentheses. Keep in mind, each fantasy team is unique, as are scoring and roster formats.
Think of this as a road map to your team’s success. Factor in whether or not your league uses PPR scoring, allows you to play two quarterbacks or other variables that impact your decisions to claim a player off of waiver. Let us get started.
There are some upside quarterbacks still owned in less than 40% of leagues. Go get them.
Sam Darnold-New York Jets
It was a pretty good return to the lineup for Sam Darnold (16% Yahoo!, 7.9% ESPN). The second-year quarterback put up 22.6 fantasy points on a defense that had allowed the sixth-fewest points allowed to the position entering Week 6. Darnold threw for 338 yards on the day. While 92 of those yards came on a long completion to Robby Anderson, it was still an efficient performance.
The USC alumn finished 22 of 32 (71.9%) with 2 touchdowns and just 1 interception. In two games played this season, Darnold is averaging 17.8 points per game. The upcoming schedule is the most intriguing reason he may be worth an add. With matchups coming up against the likes of the New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins (twice) there is a reason to be optimistic.
Darnold did struggle a bit with consistency as we see by the Point Per Game Chart courtesy of FFStatistics. However, a strong showing in the preseason and the first two starts of the regular season show the upside the signal-caller brings to the table. Pick him up if he is available in your league.
Quarterback Honorable Mention
Andy Dalton (27% Yahoo!, 15.7% ESPN), Mitchell Trubisky (25% Yahoo!, 25.3% ESPN)
The Week 7 waiver wire report continues with the running back position. There were no injuries at the running back position in Week 6 that will open up many new opportunities. One player’s usage change is worth noting however and there are a few players lingering out there that may provide value. Let us take a look.
Mark Walton-Miami Dolphins
New offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea said early last week that Mark Walton (4% Yahoo!, 1.0% ESPN) deserved more work. It was one of the rare occurrences where a coach actually meant what he said. The beleaguered running back responded with a modest 12.5 PPR point performance on just 11 touches.
Neither Kalen Balage nor Kenyan Drake has been able to run away with the starting running back job in South Beach. This leaves the door wide open for the former University of Miami product to breakthrough. The efficient performance turned in on Sunday against the Washington Redskins may have pushed that door open even more. A look at Walton’s college numbers shows that he is no stranger to making the most of his touches, going for 8.2 yards per touch his injury-shortened junior year.
Running Back Honorable Mention
Chase Edmonds (34% Yahoo!, 22.6% ESPN), Benny Snell (2% Yahoo!, 2.1% ESPN), Jamaal Williams (15% Yahoo!, 25.5% ESPN)
We roll on with the Week 7 waiver wire feature with the wide receiver position. As was the case last week, there are just a couple of wideouts out there worth highlighting. Monitor the Dallas Cowboys receiver injury situation as Randall Cobb and Amari Cooper may both be out for Week 7.
Cole Beasley-Buffalo Bills
There was a quietly consistent three-game stretch of double-digit PPR games from Cole Beasley (15% Yahoo!, 25.2% ESPN) before his tough Week 5 matchup against the Tennessee Titans. Prior to that game, Josh Allen targeted the shifty slot receiver 10 and 13 times respectively. This was good for 14.80 and 14.50 points in consecutive weeks.
Since then, the Buffalo Bills have traded wideout Zay Jones. The schedule is even tastier than that of the aforementioned Sam Darnold. Four of the next five weeks are mouthwatering matchups for a wideout with two games against the Miami Dolphins as well as a matchup versus the swiss cheese secondaries of the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. You may also want to consider trading for John Brown if you can before this stretch of games.
Cole Beasley has flashed WR3/WR4 potential over the course of his career but was always buried towards the bottom of the Cowboys target pecking order. Using the player data tool from FFStatistics, we can see that Beasley had a high finish of WR32 in 2016 and a respectable WR44 in 2018. Roll the dice on Beasley finally getting his shot to prove what he can do with volume with some juicy matchups on the docket the next few weeks.
Wide Receiver Honorable Mention
N’Keal Harry (6% Yahoo!, 6% ESPN), Auden Tate (23% Yahoo!, 21.4%), Adam Humphries (5% Yahoo!, 17.6% ESPN)
We close the Week 7 waiver wire report with the Tight End position. The injury to Will Dissly may open up some opportunities for Luke Wilson in Seattle but has underwhelmed throughout his career. This is a position that may make or break rosters in 2019. With the spot in flux most weeks, it is important to scour for opportunities when they present themselves.
Chris Herndon-New York Jets
Let us go back to the well from Week 5 for the tight end position. The Chris Herndon (27% Yahoo!, 17.8% ESPN) hype train was temporarily derailed by a hamstring injury that kept him out Week 6. Herndon has only 12 games of NFL experience but has made the most of those opportunities. The second-year tight end from the University of Miami actually is better on a point per opportunity basis than Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz.
The injury does not appear serious and Herndon is expected back soon. With the season-ending injury to Quincy Enunwa, there should be enough targets to go around for Herndon to be viable. The strong showing from Sam Darnold can only increase the upside of the big target. If you are thin at the position or need a bye week fill-in for after Week 7, he could be your winning lottery ticket.
Tight End Honorable Mention
Darren Fells (4% Yahoo!, 2.4% ESPN), Rickey Seals-Jones (3% Yahoo!, 1.7% ESPN), Cameron Brate (1% Yahoo!, 0.6% ESPN)
The waiver wire is light again this week, but as always, we still need to be active on the wire to stay relevant all season long. The hope is that this article helps make your waiver wire decisions a little bit easier. Come back every Tuesday for the latest rendition of this series to help you build your fake team into a contender if you happened to miss on some draft picks. Injuries play a vital role in fantasy and one of the biggest advantages you can have is to be active on the wire every week.
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