Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Wishlist - Week 7 (2023)
We’re entering the portion of the season where fantasy football managers start to become complacent. Don’t be that guy. Continue to play the waiver wire to improve your rosters. Even if you started the season 2-4 or even 1-5, there’s still time to make improvements to make a push to the playoffs. Some of our suggestions a week ago offered some immediate value. As always, I’m back this week to suggest who to add via the waiver wire for Week 7!
Each week, I will develop a list of must add targets for fantasy football leagues. My goal is to keep each suggestion under 40-percent owned in Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. At least one of my suggestions will be owned in less than 10-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. I will also strive to have at least one player per position (QB, WR, RB and TE.)
Week 6 Results
Sam Howwell, QB, Washington Commanders - 18.34 Points
Gardner Minshew, QB, Indianapolis Colts - 12.56 Points
Roschon Johnson, RB, Chicago Bears - 0 Points
Tyjae Spears, RB, Tennessee Titans - 7.3 Points
D'Onta Foreman, RB, Chicago Bears - 7.7 Points
Emari Demercado, RB, Arizona Cardinals - 2.7 points
Josh Downs, WR, Indianapolis Colts - 13.1 Points
Rashee Rice, WR, Kansas City Chiefs - 11.2 Points
Quentin Johnston, WR, Los Angeles Chargers - Played Monday Night
Wan'Dale Robinson, WR, New York Giants - 14.2 Points
Jonnu Smith, TE, Atlanta Falcons - 15.6 Points
Week 7 Suggestions
Sam Howell (Washington Commanders) - Owned in 38% of Yahoo and 19.1% of ESPN Leagues
Sam Howell seems to have been included in this series every single week and rightfully so. He currently sits as the QB11 on the entire season. A borderline top-ten quarterback through the first six weeks of the season is sitting on the waiver wire in over two-thirds of leagues. That blows my mind. He also gets two great matchups coming up with the New York Giants (who have allowed the 16th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks) and the Philadelphia Eagles (seventh most.)
Derek Carr (New Orleans Saints) - Owned in 25% of Yahoo and 15% of ESPN Leagues
This suggestion has nothing to do with his recent play which, to be kind, has not been great. He seems to be allergic to scoring touchdowns in the redzone. What has me excited about Carr and why I have him in this week’s article is his next four matchups which may be the greatest four game stretch for a streamable quarterback we have ever seen. He gets the Jacksonville Jaguars (who have allowed the sixth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks,) the Indianapolis Colts (tenth most,) Chicago Bears (the most,) and the Minnesota Vikings (ninth most.)
Elijah Mitchell (San Francisco 49ers) - Owned in 28% of Yahoo and 26.4% of ESPN Leagues & Jordan Mason (San Francisco 49ers) - Owned in 6% of Yahoo and 1.4% of ESPN Leagues
Christian McCaffrey will undergo an MRI to know the extent of the oblique injury that forced him out of the 49ers’ Week 6 matchup with the Cleveland Browns. Either way, at this point, McCaffrey may miss some extended time and therefore we have a collection of 49ers’ runningbacks to target. Mason saw five carries for 27 yards and a score last week when McCaffrey left the game. He also saw ten carries the week prior. Mitchell saw just two carries last week and has been dealing with his own injuries to start the season. There obviously is value here for 49ers’ runningbacks it’s just the matter of which one will get the workload on any given week.
Kareem Hunt (Cleveland Browns) - Owned in 36% of Yahoo and 26.8% of ESPN Leagues
Hunt saw 12 carries last week against the 49ers rushing for 47 yards and a score. He also caught all three of his targets for 24 yards. He also gets a pretty fair schedule coming up with the Indianapolis Colts (who have allowed the 13th most fantasy points to opposing runningbacks,) Seattle Seahawks (15th most,) Arizona Diamondbacks (fourth most,) Baltimore Ravens (22nd most,) Pittsburgh Steelers (11th most) and the Denver Broncos (the most.) With Deshaun Watson continuing to deal with injuries and the team cycling through quarterbacks (Dorian Thompson-Robinson and P.J. Walker) they will continue to lean on the running game with Hunt and Jerome Ford.
Craig Reynolds (Detroit Lions) - Owned in 2% of Yahoo and 6.5% of ESPN Leagues
The Lions’ lead back in David Montgomery is expected to miss “some time” according to Dan Campbell. Jahmyr Gibbs is trending towards playing this weekend but also missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. What I’m getting at is there is going to be some opportunities for Reynolds to get some touches in the next few weeks. Reynolds has 17 carries across the last two weeks for 67 yards and a touchdown.
Ezekiel Elliott (New England Patriots) - Owned in 43% of Yahoo and 40.1% of ESPN Leagues
It’s odd to say this but Elliott may be the best fantasy option the Patriots’ offense has to offer. Zeke ran the ball seven times last week against the Raiders for 34 yards and a touchdown. He also has eight targets, seven receptions and 38 yards across his last seven games. He gets a good matchup this week with the Bills who have allowed the ninth most fantasy points to opposing runningbacks.
Kendrick Bourne (New England Patriots) - Owned in 17% of Yahoo and 20.4% of ESPN Leagues
Bourne started the season with a large number of targets and receptions before cooling off. Well, he had another big target week in Week 6 against the Las Vegas Raiders. Bourne saw 11 targets, catching ten of them for 89 yards. This Patriots’ offense has been so stagnant thus far this season and they’ll have to force the ball into the hands of their better players, which at this point, includes Bourne.
Josh Downs (Indianapolis Colts) - Owned in 33% of Yahoo and 32.7% of ESPN Leagues
I included Downs in my Week 6 edition of this series as I was all over him as the Colts had Gardner Minshew start for the injured Anthony Richardson. Downs saw 12 targets in Week 3 when Minshew started for Richardson and now saw eight targets in Week 6 with Minshew back under center. Downs also scored his first NFL touchdown this past week.
Curtis Samuel (Washington Commanders) - Owned in 34% of Yahoo and 28.6% of ESPN Leagues
If I’m high on Sam Howell I have to be high on some of his targets. Samuel has seen 19 targets over the last three weeks. He’s caught 17 of those targets for 158 yards. Samuel, along with Howell, gets a very favorable stretch of games coming up with a game against the New York Giants (who have allowed the tenth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers,) Philadelphia Eagles (second most,) New England Patriots (20th most,) Seattle Seahawks (third most) and New York Giants (tenth most.)
Rashee Rice (Kansas City Chiefs) - Owned in 45% of Yahoo and 30.4% of ESPN Leagues
This is the final call on Rashee Rice. He needs to be rostered in nearly every league. I mean, he is Patrick Mahomes’ top option for goodness sake. He caught all four of his targets last week for 72 yards. He now has 28 targets, 21 receptions, 245 yards and two touchdowns on the season. He also gets the best possible matchup this week against the Los Angeles Chargers who have allowed the most points to opposing wide receivers on the season.
Michael Mayer (Las Vegas Raiders) - Owned in 5% of Yahoo and 1.4% of ESPN Leagues
After a really quiet start to the season for the highly touted rookie out of Notre Dame, Mayer is starting to come around. He caught two-of-three targets in Week 5 for 39 yards. The best game of the season and therefore career for Mayer came this week as he caught five-of-six targets for 75 yards. Mayer also gets a great stretch of games coming up with the Chicago Bears (who have allowed the tenth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends,) Detroit Lions (third most,) New York Giants (21st most,) New York Jets (the most,) Miami Dolphins (11th most) and the Kansas City Chiefs (15th most.)