Waiver Wire Week 7 Pickups
This week’s article brings about a lot of familiar faces from previous week’s articles. At running back, JD McKissic has made it three straight games with at least six catches, Jerrick McKinnon enters relevancy once again with a new Mostert injury and even though he had a slow week, Damien Harris is still absolutely worth rostering as the Patriots lead back. At wide receiver, we saw Keelan Cole Jr., Justin Jefferson, Tee Higgins, Chase Claypool, Travis Fulgham, Zach Pascal, and Tim Patrick all have great games. At tight end, Trey Burton scored twice and looks to be the favorite for lead duties moving forward. All these guys are worth an add if still available. Now let’s get to the Waiver Wire week 7 pickups!
Running Back 10.6% rostered
Early word out of Philadelphia is that Miles Sanders will miss Thursday nights game and possibly Week eight’s matchup against the Cowboys. That gives Scott two weeks of a near-full workload as the primary runner and pass-catcher out of the backfield. Sure, Corey Clement will mix in, but he shouldn’t get enough work to make Scott not worthy enough of a flex, especially with bye weeks around. Add in the fact that Scott gets two easy NFC East matchups coming up and I think he can be a steady flex until after their bye.
Wide Receiver 27.2% rostered
Like I said in the introduction, it’s a slow week as most of the recommended pickups have already been talked about, some even more than once. But a guy who had high expectations coming into the year, especially in best-ball formats, is Desean Jackson. Well, he is finally healthy, and for a team now without Zach Ertz and Miles Sanders, Philadelphia needs all the weapons they can get. Jackson gets a very favorable matchup the next two weeks against the Cowboys and Giants. As much flack as Carson Wentz has gotten so far this year, he looks just decent enough to get production out of Desean, especially as a 1-4-1 team who should be a little more pass-heavy moving forward. Keep an eye on the return of Jalen Reagor and Alshon Jeffery as well.
Wide Receiver 29.8% rostered
It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who paid attention last year, but Cole Beasley is an insanely reliable fantasy asset in PPR leagues. He has reached double digits in five straight games now and gets the tanking Jets who just traded one of their defensive leaders, Steve McLendon, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They are in full tank mode and Josh Allen should annihilate them next week, most likely meaning that Beasley will extend his double-digit streak to six games. He is a great flex option for Week seven.
Wide Receiver 36.2% rostered
Shepard should be good to go for Thursday Nights matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. In his one full week this year, he had 6 catches for 47 yards, good enough for 10.7 PPR points. When healthy, double digits, or right under it, is usually Shepard’s floor. In the next four weeks before the bye, he gets three favorable matchups, two against the Eagles and one against Washington. With byes in full effect, he will be a welcome addition to your fantasy team as we enter the most crucial part of the season.
Tight End 3.4% rostered
Man has Fells taken advantage of the injury to Jordan Akins with a touchdown in back to back games. Fells has always shown flashes when given the opportunity and looks to be at it again. He played 88% of the snaps this week, making that three in a row over 80%, proving his value to the Texans. If you’re on the field that much, good things happen. Add in the opportunity he has with Akins still out and Fells is again a Top 15 option at the position with legitimate touchdown potential.
Irv Smith Jr.
Tight End 5.1% rostered
I have been waiting for this all year. Irv was a favorite sleeper of mine coming into the season and it looks like it just took a few weeks to come to fruition. His snaps have steadily gone up through recent weeks and he played a season-high 79%, out-snapping Kyle Rudolph for the first time this year. In the past two weeks, he has seen 10 targets, catching 8 of those passes for 119 yards. The changing of the guard is finally happening and Irv should be the number three option in this passing offense moving forward. If you are a dynasty player, trade for him now as his rocket will skyrocket if the Vikings part with Rudolph this off-season, giving him legitimate Top 10 dynasty value at the position.
- Two guys that are less than 60% rostered that should absolutely not be less than 60% rostered are Quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill and Justin Herbert. Both of these guys look like legitimate Top 12 options moving forward and are absolutely worth the add. Both have already had their byes so they are available for the rest of the year as well.
- At some point, Frank Gore has to be relegated to backup duties…right? No idea how Adam Gase is still the coach but my guess is when he gets fired, whoever takes over will start to feature La’Mical Perine at some point. He and even Ty Johnson are worth speculative adds, as both are superior options to Gore at this point in his career.
- I know he was on a bye, but don’t forget about Justin Jackson who is still available in just about 50% of leagues.
- Mark Ingram is expected to be ok following the bye, but monitor that situation closely and jump on Gus Edwards and JK Dobbins if they are available just in case Ingram has a setback and is forced to miss some time.
- Two guys who play each other next week are Adam Humphries and James Washington. Humphries has had double-digit points in all but one game so far this season and Washington looks to be a beneficiary of extra playing time while Diontae Johnson is out in that high-powered Pittsburgh offense. Both are less than 10% rostered.
- Demarcus Robinson out-performed Mecole Hardman against the Bills and could be in for some big games catching passes from Patrick Mahomes until Sammy Watkins returns. I’ve talked about Zach Pascal in previous articles but Marcus Johnson had himself a day this Sunday turning eight targets into five catches for 108 yards. He is the number two receiver until the return of Parris Campbell.
- Dallas Goedert is eligible to return this week, although I don’t think he is ready, monitor the situation as Zach Ertz is set to miss at least a month, maybe more. If their early play is any indication, Ertz could very well be returning to a backup role.
- It is most likely a flash in the pan, but it’s worth talking about Anthony Firkser’s performance Sunday with an 8-113-1 line. Adam Shaheen also scored another touchdown, making it two games in a row. Both are deep league dart throws only.
Brandon aka @Doublehfantasy1 has been playing fantasy football (and winning championships) since 2002. He has a special place in his heart for larger leagues and lives by the motto, “If you’re in a 10 team league, first thing you should do as commissioner is add more people”. Brandon is dedicated to providing deeper analysis on players after years of seeing useless vanilla takes all over the mainstream fantasy world for years. Brandon is a life long South Jersey resident but the only thing he loves more than a good beer is the Buccaneers. Go Bucs!