The “Bye Week Gauntlet” marches on this week and things are about to get worse. Week 7 is the first of five weeks with four or more teams on a bye. Here are the teams on bye for Week 6:
FFStatistics Waiver Wire: Week 7
This article was developed to provide actionable advice for rosters and leagues of all sizes. At the conclusion of each section, there will be a “Next Player Up” that includes quick hitters on deeper league/dynasty league targets.
Christian Kirk, WR Arizona Cardinals
A changing of the guard is taking place in Arizona. Unfortunately, after all these years it looks like Larry Fitzgerald has finally lost a step. Enter one of my favorite dynasty draft picks, Christian Kirk. Kirk not only brings a reliable target to the Cardinals offense, but he also is an above average athlete. With the exception of Week 1, Kirk has either above four receptions or 80 yards. Kirk is a more than serviceable WR3 and can step in during the upcoming tough bye weeks.
ESPN Ownership: 13.9%
Yahoo Ownership: 14%
Cole Beasley, WR Dallas Cowboys
The lack of pass-catching options in Dallas has never been the question. The question has always been who will step up and provide a secondary option to Ezekiel Elliott. While Beasley’s two overall air yards standing is unsustainable, we can expect his 20% target share to continue.
ESPN Ownership: 8.4%
Yahoo Ownership: 9%
Jermaine Kearse, WR New York Jets
Ahhhh. Quincy Enunwa suffered a high ankle sprain on a catch/run and fumble. This news is already bad, but what is worse for Enunwa is losing snaps in the slot to Jermaine Kearse. This shift has made Kearse is must own in all formats and will provide a high weekly floor for a WR2 position.
ESPN Ownership: 0.9%
Yahoo Ownership: 1%
Albert Wilson, WR Miami Dolphins
Things seemed to take off this week for the Miami Dolphins with Osweiler at the helm. It could be as simple as the Bears were not ready for Osweiler and his tendencies, but it was obvious Albert Wilson has Osweiler’s attention. In fact, Wilson ranked number two in air yards for Week 6 and was stepped into an almost Jarvis Landry like role. Assuming rational coaching, we can hope something similar will continue. Wilson will most likely be the waiver wire darling of Week 7, but I would not go all-in here.
ESPN Ownership: 6%
Yahoo Ownership: 10%
Jameis Winston, QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I don’t like making recommendations on players who have an ownership of higher than 50%. I will make an exception for Winston since quarterbacks are generally a single starting position. Winston is a gunslinger and there will be peaks and valleys. Part of those peaks will be passing for almost 400 yards, completing 73% of his throws, and will finish as a top-5 quarterback for Week 6. The valleys will come and we need to be ready for them.
ESPN Ownership: 57.1%
Yahoo Ownership: 59%
Equanimeous St. Brown, WR Green Bay Packers
This is purely speculation and is being written before the Week 6 Monday night game. St. Brown is healthy and played on 74% of Green Bay’s snaps in Week 5 and was targeted five times. St. Brown has more physical upside than any other Green Bay wide receiver and with another strong performance could supplant Geronimo Allison in the starting lineup.
ESPN Ownership: 0.4%
Yahoo Ownership: 0%
Ito Smith, RB Atlanta Falcons
I have been waiting for the right opportunity to move Ito Smith up and I’m finally there. Devonta Freeman has gone through a setback with his foot and groin injuries and we don’t know how long he will be out for. Smith has shown everything I need to see. Smith’s snap count continues to rise in Freeman’s absence, involved at the goal line and is even out touching Tevin Coleman. Smith may be quietly overtaking the backup role from Coleman and is likely the running back to own in this backfield.
ESPN Ownership: 13.7%
Yahoo Ownership: 9%
C.J. Uzomah, TE Cincinnati Bengals
Tight end has been a wasteland for 2018 and if you are in a rough spot Uzomah could be a nice addition. With Kroft in a walking boot and Eifert out for the year, Uzomah has all the opportunity to himself. In Week 6 Uzomah was able to haul in a 17% target share and 24% of Andy Dalton’s passing yards. Also, according to Pro Football Focus, Uzomah made his first shift from playing more snaps inline to more snaps in the slot.
ESPN Ownership: 15.4%
Yahoo Ownership: 33%
Taylor Gabriel, WR Chicago Bears
When I am planning my roster for the week I take a close look at who are my floor plays and who adds punch to my roster. There is no denying the punch Taylor Gabriel adds to our rosters and the Bear offense each week. What makes Gabriel even better is his regular involvement in the offense. Gabriel has five or more targets in every game this season and is currently 30th in air yards for 2018. If Gabriel isn’t available on the waiver wire then he could prove to be a nice add on to a trade.
ESPN Ownership: 32.6%
Yahoo Ownership: 22%
Jalen Richard, RB Oakland Raiders
Richard is the exact reason why going zero running back can be so effective for our teams, especially in PPR. Even with a limited role Richard is currently on pace for almost 100 targets and over 80 receptions. What makes Richard an ever better play is the team. The Oakland Raiders will likely be in negative game scripts and Richard will be involved rather than the other options on his team.
ESPN Ownership: 9%
Yahoo Ownership: 8%
Frank Gore, RB Miami Dolphins
Truly the ageless wonder. Gore left a bigger day on the field when he was pulled at the one-yard line for Kenyan Drake who promptly the fumbled the ball. Gore’s usage profile is quizzical since his snap share is 40.7% (47th in the league according to playerprofiler.com). If we assume Frank Gore continues to take away opportunities from Kenyan Drake then Gore can be a great flex play during bye weeks.
ESPN Ownership: 9%
Yahoo Ownership: 10%
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