Waiver Wire: Week 7

Cody Wagner @CwagsFantasy

Waiver Wire: Week 7

Bye week teams:  Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle.

For this on-going waiver wire article I will be breaking skill players down into 3 categories and then conclude by recommending some likely free-agent Defenses to stream.

  • Game Changers: Game changers are exactly what they sound like. Players that through injury or opportunity rise up and become real impact players immediately. They may not be the best or most well-known players, but they are in a position to impact fantasy scores on a weekly basis.
  • Depth with upside: Again, the name is fairly self-explanatory. These are players that are just waiting for that opportunity to excel. Often they possess a solid talent and elite measurables, but they just have not had the opportunity to “break out” yet. This often includes handcuffs of underwhelming players or players that have started slow at deep positionsi.e. a QB or TE, that still have you believing in their talent.
  • Hail Mary’s: This section is easily going to be the highest turnover section of your roster. And in some cases, the players will literally change from day-to-day. They are often role players that flash or deeper roster players that may have moved up due to injury, trade, or just plain old ineffectiveness.

Game Changers:

Jameis Winston – QB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I know he was on here last week, but he’s still only 42% owned, so some of you weren’t listening last week. There next three opponents are the Browns, Bengals, Panthers who are back-end defenses at best. Winston has been exceptionally accurate since coming back from suspension completing 75% of his passes. The Bucs know what their identity is this year and that is a passing team, and with the offensive weapons they have at their disposal, I wouldn’t expect that to change anytime soon.

Mitch Trubisky – QB | Chicago Bears

Well, he proved he wasn’t a one week wonder, and I believe he has the tools around him to be pretty dangerous. The host the New England Patriots next week. The Patriots have given up 15 passing touchdowns this year. which is the third most, and only behind the Falcons and Bucs. This seems to be the year of the QB. I believe QB’s has been one of the most dominant positions in this season so far. Might as well ride em while they’re hot. Again, there’s three prominent QB’s on bye this week, so if you’re looking, you could do worse than Trubisky who is only 29% owned.

Jermaine Kearse – WR | New York Jets

Quincy Enunwa left this game with what looked like a pretty decent ankle injury. Today an MRI revealed that it was indeed a high ankle sprain that should keep him out for a while. Clearly, Kearse was the replacement target that Sam Darnold preferred. He tossed 10 targets his way and Kearse came down with 9 of them for 94 yards. Again, if you’re looking for a bye week replacement, I would look into Kearse who is only 1% owned.

Albert Wilson – WR | Miami Dolphins

Wilson finally showed why the Dolphins paid him this offseason. He is quietly leading the team in Targets and touchdowns. Yes, he is small and has that kind of boom or bust feel to him, but you can’t argue that he has been the Dolphins best receiver this year. Wilson is 10 % owned.

Depth With Upside:

Chester Rogers – WR | Indianapolis Colts

With TY Hilton on the shelf and listed as week to week, most people were attaching their train to Ryan Grant in his absence, but I have been Rodgers who has been the beneficiary. He has at least 10 targets in each of the last three games. There is uncertainty about when TY will return to the lineup, so if you’re feeling froggy or need a player to put in your flex spot, Chester Rodgers could be your man. They play the Detroit Lions next week who have actually been pretty decent allowing on 222 passing yards a game, but have surrendered 10 touchdowns and only have 2 interceptions on the year. Rodgers is 16% owned.

Ito Smith – RB | Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons have already ruled Devonta Freeman out for week 7. Ito Smith basically split time with Tevin Coleman. The Falcons play the New York Giants on Monday night, which could be a high scoring game given the state of these teams defenses. If you’ll be missing a RB from any of the teams that are on Byes, Ito could be a nice plug and play in your flex. Ito is 9% owned.

C.J. Uzomah – TE | Cincinnati Bengals

Uzomah filled in nicely this week, with 6 catches for 54 yards. Tyler Croft is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his foot. The Bengals play the offense-friendly Kansas City Chiefs in week 7. Start all the Bengals you can! Uzomah is 33% owned.

Hail Mary’s:

Damion Ratley – WR | Cleveland Browns

Radley racked up 8 targets on Sunday and with Antonio Callaway continuing to fall short of expectations with a lot of dropped balls and missed opportunities, Baker could be looking elsewhere for some consistency. With the Tampa Bay Bucs coming up next week, I see an opportunity for everyone on this team to score through the air. He is currently zero percent owned.

Willie Snead – WR | Baltimore Ravens

Snead has only one touchdown on the year, but quietly has 43 targets on the year, which is third on the team and if you averaged out a whole season would be 114 targets. The play the Saints next week who give up 298 passing yards a game. The saints could outplay them early and often leaving them needing to pass often and late in the game. Not a huge urgency here, but if you’re lacking in WR depth, this could be a formidable answer.





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