Waiver Wire Wishlist - Week 7 (Fantasy Football)
We’ll be missing a ton of fantasy football relevant players this week during the Week 7 bye week stretch. Fantasy managers will be without the likes of Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, Zeke, Dak, Dalvin Cook, Najee Harris, Justin Herbert and Austin Ekeler, just to name a few. This means a lot of plug-in players will be needed and the need to play the waiver wire that much more. Week 6 gave us great performances such as Darrel Williams and Devontae Booker didn’t play all that bad. Let’s see what Week 7 has in store for us!
I typically like to keep my suggestions around, or below, the 40-percent owned mark in both Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. The format I’ll follow is one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers and one tight end. As always, the Streamable Defenses of the Week article will drop tomorrow (Tuesday) and Nate’s B-Team series will drop every Saturday. Be sure to follow We Know Fantasy (@WeKnowFantasy) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to keep up-to-date with all of our fantasy football content.
Geno Smith was a bit underwhelming for the Seahawks this week. He didn’t turn the ball over but managed just 209 yards and one touchdown. Booker ran the ball 12 times for 41 yards and caught all four of his targets for 28 yards. Williams scored two touchdowns on his 21 carries. As long as Clyde Edwards-Helaire is out, Williams is a must play. Kadarius Toney came back to earth as he caught three balls for 36 yards and left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and didn’t return. Van Jefferson caught three-of-four targets for 27 yards. David Njoku caught just one pass for six yards.
Week 6 Results
Geno Smith (Seattle Seahawks) - 10.26 points
Devontae Booker (New York Giants) - 10.9 points
Darrel Williams (Kansas City Chiefs) - 23.9 points
Kadarius Toney (New York Giants) - 6.6 points
Van Jefferson (Los Angeles Rams) - 4.9 points
David Njoku (Cleveland Browns) - 1.6 points
Week 7 Bye Weeks: Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Chargers
Week 7 Suggestions
Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins) - Owned in 17% of Yahoo and 25.3% of ESPN leagues
Week 7 Matchup: vs. ATL
Not only is Tua a quality stream this week against the Atlanta Falcons, he has a favorable upcoming schedule as well. Following this Falcons’ game, he has a tough one with the Buffalo Bills but then gets the likes of the Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets. Even beyond that he gets the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants before hitting the Dolphins’ bye week and then getting the Jets again. He threw the ball 47 times in his return for 329 yards and two touchdowns. For those streaming quarterbacks, this could be the end of that for a bit.
J.D. McKissic (Washington Football Team) - Owned in 42% of Yahoo and 46.2% of ESPN leagues
Week 7 Matchup: @GB
I know J.D. McKissic is owned in more than our 40-percent cap, but due to his importance and being close to the cut-off, we’re going to include him this week. Antonio Gibson was in-and-out of Sunday’s tilt with the Kansas City Chiefs and when he was in, he was rather ineffective (10 carries, 44 yards, 2 receptions, 0 yards.) As Gibson continues to deal with a shine injury and even if he isn’t to miss time, McKissic will still be involved. McKissic carried the ball eight times for 45 yards and caught eight-of-ten targets for 65 yards. It’s time to make McKissic your top waiver priority.
Rhamondre Stevenson (New England Patriots) - Owned in 11% of Yahoo and 11.5% of ESPN leagues
Week 7 Matchup: vs. NYJ
The Patriots may have found their new receiving back after losing James White to the IR with a hip injury. Many (including myself) thought it may be Brandon Bolden’s job, but if Sunday has proven anything, It’s Stevenson’s job. He caught all three of his targets for 39 yards. He also carried the ball five times for 23 yards and a touchdown. Damien Harris has established himself as the lead back by some distance, but Stevenson is set to still be involved. If you need a plug in RB2 or flex for Week 7, Stevenson is a bit risky but with getting the New York Jets this week, he could have another decent week.
D'Ernest Johnson (Cleveland Browns) - Owned in 2% of Yahoo and 1.4% of ESPN leagues
Week 7 Matchup: vs. DEN
Surprise, you get a bonus runningback suggestion this week With Nick Chubb already sidelined and Kareem Hunt being carted off Sunday’s game, D’Ernest Johnson may be the Brown’s lead back by default. The Browns have an early week playing on Thursday, reducing the time for both Chubb and Hunt to be ready. His value is contingent on both Chubb’s and Hunt’s availability.
Donovan Peoples-Jones (Cleveland Browns) - Owned in 2% of Yahoo and 1.2% of ESPN leagues
Week 7 Matchup: vs. DEN
Odell Beckham Jr. is banged up with a shoulder injury and Jarvis Landry remains on the IR. Although the rest of the Browns’ receiving corps has been inconsistent, Donovan Peoples-Jones has been a bit consistent. He’s seen 11 targets across the past two games and went over 100 yards in Week 6 after going for 70 yards in Week 5. He hauled in two touchdowns last week as well, although one was a hail mary, but they all count. As the remainder of the receiving corps and the running game are battling injuries, DPJ’s chances should increase.
T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts) - Owned in 39% of Yahoo and 23.8% of ESPN leagues
Week 7 Matchup: @SF
Hilton made his season debut this past week and hauled in all four targets from Carson Wentz for 80 yards. That was the first time the two played together. We can only expect this connection between the two to grow more and more. Hilton is a proven NFL talent that has someone with an arm such as Wentz throwing to him. It’s time to scoop up Hilton before it’s too late!
Ricky Seals-Jones (Washington Football Team) - Owned in 29% of Yahoo and 20% of ESPN leagues
Week 7 Matchup: @GB
As Logan Thomas remains on the IR, Ricky Seals-Jones has been making the most of his absence. Over the past three weeks, Seals-Jones has seen 19 targets and scored a touchdown last week against the Chiefs. This type of volume can’t be ignored. As long as Logan Thomas is sidelined, RSJ will flirt with top 12 tight-end numbers weekly.
Week 1 Results
Jameis Winston (New Orleans Saints) - 34.62 points
Kenneth Gainwell (Philadelphia Eagles) - 11.3 points
James White (New England Patriots) - 9.1 points
Amon-Ra St. Brown (Detroit Lions) - 3.3 points
Bryan Edwards (Las Vegas Raiders) - 12.1 points
Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles) - 4.4 points
Week 2 Results
Mac Jones (New England Patriots) - 7.44 points
Elijah Mitchell (San Francisco 49ers) - 7.3 points
Kenneth Gainwell (Philadelphia Eagles) - 7.2 points
Christian Kirk (Arizona Cardinals) - 9.5 points
Terrace Marshall Jr. (Carolina Panthers) - 4.7 points
Juwan Johnson (New Orleans Saints) - 3.3 points
Week 3 Results
Daniel Jones (New York Giants) - 16.54 points
Cordarrelle Patterson (Atlanta Falcons) - 16.2 points
J.D. McKissic (Washington Football Team) - 5.8 points
Rondale Moore (Arizona Cardinals) - 2.4 points
Zach Pascal (Indianapolis Colts) - 5.1 points
Evan Engram (New York Giants) - 2.1 points
Week 4 Results
Sam Darnold (Carolina Panthers) - 33.54 points
Chuba Hubbard (Carolina Panthers) - 9.1 points
Peyton Barber (Las Vegas Raiders) - 0 points
Emmanuel Sanders (Buffalo Bills) - 13.1 points
Hunter Renfrow (Las Vegas Raiders) - 16.5 points
Tyler Conklin (Minnesota Vikings) - 5.8 points
Week 5 Results
Sam Darnold (Carolina Panthers) - 9.08 points
Damien Williams (Chicago Bears) - 16.4 points
Kenneth Gainwell (Philadelphia Eagles) - 3.4 points
Jamison Crowder (New York Jets) - 8.4 points
Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers) - 5 points
Dawson Knox (Buffalo Bills) - 20.7 points