Inevitably, there will be more hits than misses when dealing with waivers. As the season progresses, statistics regress to the mean, and we all have a better understanding of who will and won’t succeed. But the fact of the matter is that bye weeks have started, and we all might have to ride with players we don’t exactly like, even if it’s just for one week. That’s not to say you can’t find gems on the Week 7 Waiver Wire.
Looking back at this article so far, we’ve hit on Darrell Henderson, Jamaal Williams, Jeff Wilson, Khalil Herbert, and Curtis Samuel…and that was all from the Week 2 article! We’ve certainly had our misses, but the goal here is to survive the bye weeks and hope that these guys provide just a little value moving forward, even if it’s only that extra piece you throw in to get a trade done.
When scouring waivers today, pay special attention to players from the Lions, Texans, Raiders, and Titans. They were all on bye last week, and someone may have cut their better players out of desperation. That said, the Bills, Rams, Vikings, and Eagles will take Week 7 off, so you might want to avoid adding their fringe players this week, but watch the drop list tomorrow in case anyone drops their better players. In particular, I will be looking for the Eagles DEF/ST. They will be viewed as expendable but can be started from Week 8 all the way to your fantasy championship.
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Quick Note: All players listed are available in around 50% of ESPN leagues. While not everyone plays on ESPN, studies show most do. So, if they’re available there, they’re likely available on your platform. Pick ‘Em Up!
Week 7 Waiver Wire
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Fair Warning: I’m not sure I would blow a waiver priority on any QB this week. Your best bet is to wait out waivers and see who you can get for free tomorrow. I will give a couple of options for those leagues that use FAAB, but I wouldn’t bid more than a dollar or two.
Jared Goff (50% Available)
Goff is the QB13 on the season and is only available in this many leagues because he was on bye last week. His next four matchups are against teams that can surrender plenty of points to the QB, starting with Dallas in Week 7. The Cowboys can force turnovers, but Goff should be able to score a TD or three to make up for that.
Trevor Lawrence (50% Available)
Not quite sure why Lawrence, the QB9 on the season, is this available, but I stand by my stance that he will only improve as the season progress, and he is coming off a great Week 6. His bye isn’t until Week 10, and the schedule lines up pretty nicely for points until then.
Brian Robinson (50% Available)
I always try to avoid one-week wonder plays when putting this list together, but that is not the vibe I’m getting from Robinson. In his second game off of the IR, he handled almost 70% of the RB carries for Washington. It appears he will be the primary runner, and Antonio Gibson will now split the J.D. McKissic role. However, Washington just lost Carson Wentz, so their offense might struggle, but you should always go after starting RBs.
Khalil Herbert (50% Available)
Herbert beats David Montgomery in every running category, but Monty returns, and everyone drops Herbert. In Week 6, Herbert recorded eight more yards than Monty on eight fewer carries. Get used to stat lines like that. Herbert is an RB3 with massive upside.
Tyler Allgeier (62% Available)
Speaking of starting RBs, Allgeier should hold his role for two more weeks while the Falcons wait on Cordarrelle Patterson. He is splitting time with Caleb Huntley, but Allgeier has the draft capital, and the schedule now gets much easier than it was in his first two starts.
Rachaad White (74% Available)
It’s a very heavy rookie-RB week for waivers. You need to have patience with these rookies, and White is a prime example. While his usage behind Leonard Fournette is sub-optimal, his involvement in the passing game warrants a roster spot. His 13 targets over the last three weeks ranked in the Top 10 for RBs over that span. He is still an RB4, but his upside is great, especially if Fournette gets hurt.
Chuba Hubbard / D’Onta Foreman (96% Available)
This is more speculation than anything, but it appears the Panthers might go full fire-sale soon, and Christian McCaffrey is the most likely to move. Neither Hubbard nor Forman has done anything this year, but they could split McCaffrey’s work if he’s traded. I would bet on Hubbard, but Foreman has already seen more opportunities this year. If you have a deep bench, either is worth a stash.
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Alec Pierce (74% Available)
With 22 targets over his last three games, Pierce appears to be finding his footing. In Week 6, with Matt Ryan looking like a real NFL QB, Pierce scored the first TD of his career. He is a WR3 with significant upside if Ryan can stay hot.
Rondale Moore (53% Available)
Moore was already getting more involved, and now Marquise Brown will miss time. Yes, the Cardinals get DeAndre Hopkins back and just traded for Robby Anderson, but neither of them plays the same role as Moore. With 23 targets over his last three games, Moore already has a substantial role in his offense.
George Pickens (50% Available)
While Chase Claypool had the better Week 6, Pickens was still targeted six times and will remain a big part of this offense. Of course, the Steelers are terrible, so that will come with good and bad weeks, but he is worth a deep roster spot.
Zay Jones (73% Available)
As long as Trevor Lawrence plays well, Zay Jones will have value. He is undoubtedly more of a bye-week fill-in than an every-week starter, but Jones has shown enough, with four games of 5+ targets, to earn him a spot on WR-needy teams.
Tyquan Thornton (99% Available)
This is probably the 2nd time you’ve said “Who?” when hearing Thornton’s name. The first was when the Patriots took him in the 2nd Round of the NFL Draft. In his 2nd game since returning from the IR, Thornton showed his versatility, scoring both a receiving and rushing TD in Week 6.
Robert Tonyan (78% Available)
Chase those targets. Tonyan was already averaging four targets per game before his Week 6, 12-target game. There are not many TEs in fantasy you can ever expect a 12-target game, let alone one available on waivers. Tonyan was the TE4 in Week 6 and is getting the job done without TDs. TE-needy teams should prioritize him because if he starts scoring TDs again, he will be a weekly top-10 option.
Evan Engram (69% Available)
Much like Zay Jones, Engram will succeed as long as Trevor Lawrence plays well. Engram averaged over five targets per game and is the TE17 on the season without scoring a TD. He is more of a streaming option than a trustworthy starter, but if you’re desperate, he is worth a spot on your team.
Mike Gesicki (60% Available)
Gesicki is boom-or-bust, but his boom weeks make him interesting. He has two games with 14+ fantasy points and three games where he failed to hit five fantasy points. Like Engram, unless you’re desperate, I wouldn’t blow much FAAB and leave him as a streaming option.
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