Since last week, things got a little bit brighter on the wire. At the same time, a few of last week’s targets popped up again on the Week 7 Waiver Wire list because they’re under-owned. In two cases, players proved their value last week and deserved another mention here.
Unfortunately, no running back situations cleared up enough to overwhelmingly suggest a particular player. In fact, the Green Bay Packers are now starting whichever RB performs the best. As a result, James Starks out carried and outperformed Eddie Lacy in Week 6, whose ankle might be bothering him again. So even though the Packers have a bye this week, I still included Starks as an add because by next week that news will push his ownership above our threshold; 30 percent owned or less in ESPN leagues.
Also, the Kansas City Chiefs’ replacement backs—Charcandrick West and Knile Davis—did little to reassure Jamaal Charles’ owners that they can fill even one of Charles’ shoes. On 16 carries, the duo rushed for 47 yards. Yikes. Here’s hoping you did not overspend your FAAB to acquire either RB. Charles owners really need to pursue trades if they want to recoup any of Charles’ value.
Dallas Cowboys’ RB Christine Michael narrowly missed making this list because he’s owned in 31 percent of leagues. He could get the start in Week 7 since he reportedly took first-team snaps at practice on Monday. For more on what happened around the league, check out the the Monday Morning Hangover.
Take a look at all the Week 7 Waiver Wire targets as each position offers a couple of suggestions. The RB pool remains super shallow, so feel free to suggest matchups or players you forecast to have a solid Week 7. If you’d like, put the Fantasy Football: Strength of Schedule Comparison Tool to the test, too.
Week 7 Waiver Wire Targets
Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (11 percent owned)
Please do not take this endorsement the wrong way, as Fitzpatrick has been mediocre at best (235.4 YPG, nine TDs, seven INTs and zero 300-plus yard games). However, he’s barely owned and leads the league with only two sacks. Even though the Jets play the New England Patriots, Fitzpatrick holds mid-tier QB2 value off the Week 7 Waiver Wire.
Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans (6 percent owned)
This is not the first time I’ve repeated a recommendation. I like Hoyer more than Fitzpatrick, for sure, especially now that Hoyer has secured the starting QB job in Houston with authority. In Week 6, Hoyer completed 24-of-36 passes for 293 yards and three TDs. He should have plenty of time to drop back this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, who are tied for a league worst seven sacks.
Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (26 percent owned)
Like last week, I’m suggesting Riddick. With Joique Bell nursing an ankle injury and Ameer Abdullah fumbling four times this year, Riddick’s snap count should rise even more. Already a decent PPR play, Riddick’s value boosts slightly this week as the Lions play the Minnesota Vikings in Detroit. The Vikings have allowed RBs to run an average of 97.5 YPG.
James Starks, Green Bay Packers (22 percent owned)
Even though the Packers have a bye this week, if you need a RB and have room on your bench, Starks is worth a pickup off the Week 7 Waiver Wire. Lacy totaled four carries for three yards last Sunday, but Starks ran for 112 yards on 10 carries and a TD. Aaron Rodgers also targeted Starks for a shovel pass and TD inside the 10 yard line. It’s conceivable that Lacy’s ankle hurts and the Packers will stick with the RB who performs. Add Starks despite his bye, as he’ll get a majority of the playing time in Week 8 and is worth a FLEX play.
Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings (3 percent owned)
In the first two NFL games of his career, Diggs earned nine targets in each game from Teddy Bridgewater. Diggs has caught 13 of those targets for 216 yards, but zero TDs. Now is the time to acquire him while he’s hot. There’s no telling when he’ll cool off, but read what Vikings WR Mike Wallace told the StarTribune about Stefon Diggs:
“You can tell from Day One who can play football or not. They have some exceptions where guys get better drastically over time. But for the most part, you can tell from Day One, can he play or can he not play? And I always felt like he could from Day One. … Just the skill set, the way he runs his routes, the energy that he has. It reminds me of [Antonio Brown].”
Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins (12 percent owned)
Since Week 3, Kirk Cousins has targeted Crowder at least six times every game, and Crowder’s hauled in at least four in each of those games. DeSean Jackson is questionable for this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which gives Crowder a chance to remain consistent in PPR formats. As a FLEX or WR4, Crowder is a worthwhile Week 7 Waiver Wire addition.
Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts (26 percent owned)
This week, Allen is a matchup play since the Colts play the New Orleans Saints who have the worst defense against TEs; 35 receptions, 486 yards and four TDs. Coby Fleener is an option as well, but Allen is atop the depth chart. Overall, the Saints defense leaves much to be desired and Andrew Luck is on the mend. You could do worse on the Week 7 Waiver Wire than Allen as a par TE2.
Ben Watson, New Orleans Saints (4 percent owned)
Do not expect a repeat of Watson’s Week 6 performance (10 receptions for 127 yards and a TD). But low-end TE2 value is all you can expect from a barely-owned player. Nevertheless, Drew Brees has targeted Watson inside the red zone four times in the last three weeks, including twice inside the 10 yard line. Both of those went for TDs.
Pittsburgh Steelers (9 percent owned)
Even though the Steelers go to Kansas City to play the Chiefs, it’s still a favorable matchup with Jamaal Charles out of the picture. The key will be for the Steelers to shut down Travis Kelce, as the Steelers have allowed TEs to haul in six TDs. The Chiefs have limited offensive weaponry now, and rank 19th in the league in total yards per game. Although the Steelers struggle against the passing game, they’ve allowed the fourth fewest rushing yards (560) among teams with six games played. If they force the Chiefs to rely solely on the aerial attack, the Steelers defense could turn in a nice stat line.
Washington Redskins (6 percent owned)
Among teams that have played six games this year, the Redskins have allowed the fourth fewest total yards (2,044) and the sixth fewest penalty yards (325). The Redskins stay at home to take on the Buccaneers, whose QB, Jameis Winston, has just as many TDs (seven) as INTs and a completion rating below 57 percent. He’s also been sacked 11 times. If you desperately need to stream a D/ST, the Redskins are an OK option.
There you have it, the Week 7 Waiver Wire targets are in the books.
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