Jameis Winston was dropped in literally thousands of leagues over the past week. If he was dropped in your league go get him.
I don’t blame his owners. Winston was on bye this week and since lighting up the Rams in week three, he has exactly two touchdowns–one rushing and one passing. He doesn’t even have 400 passing yards combined his last two games. But that’s about to change.
In addition to playing New Orleans twice during the playoffs, Winston’s next four opponents are the 49ers, Raiders, Falcons, and Bears. All four of those teams are in the top half of the league in giving up fantasy points, especially Atlanta and Oakland who are both in the top four in giving up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
I mention Winston for two reasons.
One, we had a reader who asked about looking ahead to matchups down the road and Winston is the ultimate look ahead player.
Two, we are at that point of the season where situation dictates a lot of your free agency moves.
Perhaps you are undefeated and just need to secure some cuffs for your studs. Maybe you haven’t won yet and need an absolute high risk/high reward player. Or maybe you are in keeper league and looking to add a piece or two for next year so you can make a run this year.
Point is determine your situation and then make your choices. This week is probably another B- week, so there is no one that you pick up regardless of situation.
But let’s look at a few options this week, including some other QBs to grab given that universally owned Cam Newton will be out this week and we have some six team byes coming up both of the two weeks after that one.
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 7
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs (37.1% ESPN, 28% Yahoo)
If Aaron Rodgers was a free agent in your league, you’d grab him, right? Well, what if I told you that there is QB probably available with more passing yards, less interceptions, a better completion rate, and a higher yard per attempt than Rodgers?
That’s right, no BS, I’m talking about Alex Smith. Go ahead, look it up. I’ll wait….surprised, huh? Keep doubting him. And when you lookup and see he is a borderline QB1 like he currently is, please don’t be aghast.
Speaking of quarterbacks that have caused a reaction…
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers (8.5% ESPN 9% Yahoo)
You didn’t actually think Blaine Gabbert was going to start all 16 games this year did you? I know Kap’s premiere was not exactly spectacular but he did throw a 53-yard touchdown strike to Torrey Smith and his 66 rushing yards is a morceau of what he can do.
He should probably just be on your radar for now, but his opponent this week is Tampa Bay.
Until facing the Newton-less Panthers, Tampa was giving up 32 points a game. Don’t forget we are talking about a player who has accounted for over 3600 yards of total offense and 25 touchdowns before. Just because he’s been taking a knee pregame, doesn’t mean you can’t plant him in your lineup.
Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins (42.4% ESPN, Yahoo 30%)
Speaking of standing on principle, I still am questioning everything Miami does, but it’s hard to argue with 200+ rushing yards in one day. Plus, this is not the first time I’ve recommended Ajayi.
Unless you have three set-it-and-forget-it RBs, which I doubt you do, you should try and grab Ajayi. However, I would expect whomever has the number one priority is going to get him.
Running back is really thin on the free agency pool, so here’s one other that might be available:
Mike Gillislee (ESPN 2.1% Yahoo 4%)
Well…that answers that question as to who is McCoy’s handcuff. Okay, nothing more to see here. Let’s move on.
Kenny Britt (13.1 ESPN, 9% Yahoo)
For your deep leaguers, I would still add Brian Quick whose ownership in both Yahoo and ESPN are still in the single digits. But Kenny Britt is starting to make a name for himself…again.
He has been a constant in PPR leagues, having caught at least four balls in every single game this season. Unfortunately he had not scored, but he ended that with a flourish this weekend scoring twice and was just inches away from a third. He had seven receptions for 136 receiving yards this past Sunday and is about to face the New York Giants who have given up the third most fantasy points to wide receivers.
The Rams do seem to be getting better like they do each year and it is time to start investing in their players. We go from Britt’s current team to his former team.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titants (ESPN 1.1, Yahoo 3%)
Well hello stranger! I remember you! Aren’t you the guy who had over 700 yards in back to back seasons only to see your 2015 season derailed by injury?
Didn’t you get the memo that Sharpe and Matthews are the WRs on the Titans to have? Oh, I guess your eight catch 133 yards and a touchdown says otherwise.
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins (11.7% ESPN, 4% Yahoo)
I said it in the preseason–Jordan Reed is overrated. Just too many injury questions and his being held out for concussion reasons this past Sunday is exactly what I’ve been referencing.
Enter Vernon Davis. Davis scored and picked up 50 yards receiving. Just as the Gronk owners needed to consider Martellus Bennet, Reed owners need to consider owning Davis.
Ladarius Green, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (4.5% ESPN, 9% Yahoo)
If you can wait to play him one more week, I would. He’s another one with injury woes and I want to see him produce him on the field before I put him into my starting lineup. However, if you can stash him, I would given the upside potential of Green, especially if the Steelers defense continues to get beaten to a pulp.
Serge’s Pick of the Week
Yes, I’m getting cute with my “don’t even think about it” section; but it’s a reminder for you not to get cute.
Tyler Montgomery, WR, Green Bay Packers
Yes, 10 catches on 12 targets for 98 yards is nice. But with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb ahead of Montgomery, not to mention Davante Adams, Richard Rodgers, and even Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis, that receiving line will stick out like a sore thumb by the end of the year.
Don’t even think about it. You are NEVER going to start him. There are a lot better picks to pluck from the waiver wire week seven
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