Week 7 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles
Rather than Week 7 be a week of disappointing injuries, thankfully, it was a week of unlikely stars rising from the depths of NFL depth charts. Another nice week to look back at the NFL games and talk about who stood out with some spectacular plays, rather than who got injured.
Since we did not have a ton of new significant injuries, it’s the Bye weeks that can also create many roster problems for fantasy football owners, especially if they did not pay attention to them during the drafts. You may have players from their team off on the same bye week.
Bye Week 7: Carolina and Dallas
Week 7 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Quarterbacks
TENN QB Marcus Mariota ( at IND)- It’s not a secret that Indianapolis has one of the worst defenses in the NFL, and perhaps THE worst secondary. Even QB Brock Osweiler eventually had a good game vs the Colts in Week 6, and Mariota will in Week 7. If you are without QB Cam Newton in Week 7, Mariota should be serviceable. Only owned in 60% of Yahoo leagues
WASH QB Kirk Cousins ( at DET )- Another defense that made a quarterback looked great in Week 6 was the Detroit Lions. LAR QB Case Keenum had 321 passing yards and 3 TDs. Cousins is only owned in 72% of Yahoo leagues, with a favorable match up.
TB QB Jameis Winston ( at SF )- Having had their “Bye” in Week 6, Winston may have come available in your league. Only owned in 70% of Yahoo leagues, with a favorable match up.
deeper leagues BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor ( at MIA )
Also consider KC QB Alex Smith (vs New Orleans) Week 7 in deeper leagues
Week 7 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Running Backs
NE RB James White ( at PITT)- Recommendation Week 6 Waiver Wire- QB Tom Brady likes having RB James White on the field with him, and what Brady wants, Brady gets. White had 66 total yards and 2 receiving TDs in Week 6.
MIA RB Jay Ajayi ( vs BUFF)- Recommendation Week 6 Waiver Wire- RB Ajayi racked up over 200+ rushing yards and 2 TDs. He was the top running back for Week 6. Tougher match up in week 7, but at least he’s at home again.
GB RB Knile Davis ( vs CHI)- Packers acquired RB Knile Davis from the Chiefs. Packers have the Thursday night game. Can RB Knile Davis be ready in 2 days?
TB RB Jacquizz Rodgers ( at SF)- With Doug Martin (hamstring) out, Rodgers is expected to start Week 7 against the 49ers.
DEN RB Devontae Booker ( vs HOU)- Only a stash right now, but eventually Booker’s talent will be too much for HC Kubiak to ignore. Booker had 46 yards in Week 6 on only 5 carries ( 9.2 average) while RB CJ Anderson had 37 yards on 10 carries ( 3.7 average)
Keep an eye on RB Carlos Hyde- He has his right arm in a sling on Tuesday. If he’s not ready Sunday, RB Mike Davis (averaging 1.8 yards a carry) likely to start.
UPDATE: SF RB Carlos Hyde OUT for Week 7.
SF official 49er website, Rotoworld and Ourlads.com
showing RB Sh Draughn #2….RB Mike Davis #3 RB on depth charts
BILLS UPDATE: ESPN reports Mike Gillislee to start if LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is not able to play this week.
Week 7 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Wide Receivers
CHI WR Cameron Meredith ( at GB)- Recommendation Week 6 Waiver Wire- An Utter-Fantasy recommendation last week, but since he is still only owned in 52% of Yahoo leagues, fantasy football owners needed Week 6 to become believers….11 catches for 113 yards. He was also targeted in the end zone.
NO WR Michael Thomas ( at KC)- Fantasy football owners were justifiably nervous about starting WR Michael Thomas with WR Willie Snead returning from injury, but Thomas easily was preferred over Snead by QB D Brees. Thomas should be acquired in all formats. Only owned in 67% of Yahoo leagues.
CINN WR Tyler Boyd ( vs CLEV)- I wouldn’t blame fantasy football owners for watching another week or two to see if Week 6 was a fluke ( 4 catches for 79 yards) but QB A Dalton has got to get this speedy receiver involved in their offense, as well as LaFell.
after their Week 7 Bye-DAL WR Cole Beasley- There’s no denying that QB Dak Prescott likes Cole “Danny Woodhead” Beasley.
GB WR Ty Montgomery ( vs CHI)- new acquistion RB Knile Davis is unlikely to be ready to contribute Thursday night, meaning Ty Montgomery should once again see plenty of snaps in the backfield. 104 total yards in Week 6 ( 98 receiving/ 6 rushing yards on 3 attempts.)
MINN WR Adam Thielen ( at PHIL )- WR Stefon Diggs (groin) did not practice Monday, but Diggs is expected back this week. Remember however, that 6’2″ Thielen was the QB Sam Bradford favorite in Week 5, with 7/8 targets for 127 yards and 1 TD.
LAR WR Kenny Britt ( vs NYG in UK)- Kenny Britt caught 7/8 targets for 136 yards and 2 TDs in Week 6 against the Lions. Temper expectations going forward with Britt. This was his first game with a TD, he had 3 ALL of last year, and in 2015 only went over 100 yards once ( vs PITT Week 3- 102 yards). The Lions can make a lot of players look sensational. ( DET #32 DEF in the NFL- LAST!) In Week 4, CHI WR Eddie Royal had 111 yard and 1 TD.
Other candidates- WASH WR Jamison Crowder ( at DET)- 3/4 targets for 52 yards in Week 6 and 1 TD.
Week 7 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Tight Ends
IND TE Jack Doyle ( at TENN )- I picked up WR P Dorsett in a couple leagues in Week 6, and QB A Luck wouldn’t even look at him. Dorsett had only two lousy catches for 12 yards, and now he’s injured along with TE D Allen. This can only mean even more targets for Doyle. Only owned in 11% of Yahoo leagues.
More Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 7 coming as the week progresses.