Waiver Wire Wishlist – Week 7
Waivers are looking awfully thin this week, which is a bit unfortunate considering we’ve got teams headed into a bye week. Big teams with major fantasy weapons will be missing from action this week as the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles are all entering a bye. This leaves teams without the likes of Stefon Diggs, Cooper Kupp, Justin Jefferson, A.J. Brown, Miles Sanders and the list goes on. Hopefully by this point in the season you’ve picked up enough pieces to have a fairly deep roster that can fill your team’s voids. If not, you’ve come to the right place! Read below to see who I’d add this week if I’m looking to pick up some plug-and-play starters.
Week 7 Suggestions
Jimmy Garoppolo (San Francisco 49ers) - Owned in 17% of ESPN leagues
Week 7 Matchup: vs. KC
I’m once again asking you to pick up Jimmy G and play him in fantasy. I know… he’s not that great for fantasy, he wouldn’t even be playing if it wasn’t for the Trey Lance injury, yada yada yada… Jimmy G has a plus matchup this week against a Kansas City secondary that has been fairly generous against opposing passers, and I’m expecting San Fran to be playing from behind in this game. This opens the door for Garoppolo to throw the ball early and often in this game. Coming off a game in Atlanta where Garoppolo completed over 70 percent of his passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns. He’s produced back-to-back 20+ point fantasy performances, so I think owners could do worse if they’re looking for a weekly streamer.
I’ll also briefly mention Matt Ryan here. He seemed to figure something out last week, though he had to throw the ball 58 times to amass his 389 yards and three touchdowns. This one feels like a trap, though he could do something against the Tennessee defense. I think he’s riskier than Jimmy G, nonetheless still an option.
Other options: Teddy Bridgewater (5%).
Rachaad White (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - Owned in 26% of ESPN leagues
Week 7 Matchup: @CAR
White isn’t the most exciting add this week, but if you need someone that likely won’t get you a zero in the RB slot, White might be your guy. He’s a stud if anything unfortunate were to happen to Leonard Fournette, but even with Lenny running strong White has gotten a handful of touches each week. Last week White had four carries and three receptions for seven total touches in the game. He’s got good hands out of the backfield and has a solid matchup this week against the Carolina Panthers who have allowed four of six teams to run for at least 110 yards in a game this season. They’ve also allowed six rushing touchdowns through six weeks including a pair to the Rams last week.
Caleb Huntley (Atlanta Falcons) - Owned in 5% of ESPN leagues
Week 7 Matchup: @CIN
Huntley’s opportunities have been increasing over the weeks as Cordarrelle Patterson’s absence from the offense continues. Huntley got 16 opportunities on the ground this past Sunday and turned that into 59 rushing yards against a tough San Francisco front seven. The problem with Huntley is that he has yet to record a reception on the season, so he may be a better option for standard leagues for now. No receiving upside makes him tough to trust in any kind of PPR lineups.
Quick mention for Deon Jackson here. He looked good in the place of Jonathan Taylor last week, but Jackson himself is banged up, plus JT should be returning. You can likely let someone else waste their FAAB to acquire him. Don’t chase the points. Also, with Cam Akers’ future with the Rams in flux, look to acquire Malcolm Brown. He’s on bye this week, but he had eight touches last week. Worth keeping an eye on. Other options: Deon Jackson (45%), Malcolm Brown (1%).
Alec Pierce (Indianapolis Colts) - Owned in 25% of ESPN leagues
Week 7 Matchup: @TEN
Did you add Pierce last week when I told you to? If not you missed out on yet another double-digit fantasy point performance. Though Pierce was a few less looks this past week, he still hauled in three receptions for 49 yards and a score on seven targets. The touchdown was Pierce’s first of the season. Pierce seems to be Matt Ryan’s second-favorite wide receiver target behind Michael Pittman Jr. which should keep him fantasy relevant. He’ll be hit or miss as the season goes on, mostly dependent on how well Ryan plays.
Wan’Dale Robinson (New York Giants) - Owned in 7% of ESPN leagues
Week 7 Matchup: @ JAX
Robinson made his return from injury last week and made an impact on the field for the New York Giants. Robinson caught three of four targets for 37 yards and a score in his first game back. With it being game number one, his usage will likely be going up from here. Grab the rookie now and see if he can take advantage of a beaten and battered Giants wide receiver room. Robinson and the Giants get to take on the Jaguars this week who were just torched for 389 yards through the air by Matty Ice.
Check the guys below. They’re likely rostered in competitive leagues, but its always worth checking out.
Other options: Rondale Moore (47%), Michael Gallup (51%), Jahan Dotson (53%).
Robert Tonyan (Green Bay Packers) - Owned in 28% of ESPN leagues
Week 7 Matchup: @WSH
This feels a little like chasing points, but that’s almost what you have to do with the tight end position in fantasy, especially if you don’t have a top option. Check the wire for Tonyan this week who hauled in 10 receptions on 12 targets for 90 yards in Green Bay’s loss to the Jets Sunday. Tonyan was targeted a ton while playing from behind most of the say. Are the Packers likely to be trailing a lot this season. Perhaps… Perhaps not… but they shouldn’t have been trailing to the Jets, yet they were. Tonyan isn’t a safe option by any means, but he's just shown what kind of upside he possesses, especially in PPR leagues.
Other options: Evan Engram (30%), Hunter Henry (37%).