Fantasy Football Week 7

Waiver Wire Pickups, Adds, Stashes & Streamers

Heyo! Welcome to TheFantasyScout, I’m Tal, and this is the week 7 waiver wire “show”

Quarterback

It seems like there’s always a good streaming option at the Quarterback position that has season long upside too.

Eli Manning should feast against the Atlanta Falcons. I mean, I like every Quarterback against the Falcons because they are as easy as a smile. Plus, Eli has one of the most prolific Wide Receivers in the league in Odell Beckham, a first round beast of a human being Running Back in Saquon Barkley, and coming back from injury, an uber talented Tight End in Evan Engram. Sterling Shepard is pretty damn good too! Vegas has the over/under at 54.5 points. Eli is a good streaming play and a cheap Daily Fantasy play.

Mitchell Trubisky is at home against the Patriots. This should feel like the Kansas City/New England game from last week, except Trubisky is not Pat Mahomes. Meaning, Trubisky will make more mistakes, leading to a more turnovers. So, Trubisky will have to throw all game because the Patriots will likely be ahead, capitalizing on Chicago’s mistakes. I expect a bunch of points in this one, over 49.5 points. I like Mitch for this game and rest of season, despite his perceived difficult schedule. Khalil Mack may have a concerning injury, which may make the Bears Defense a bit less dominant, and that may cause the Bears to throw more too.

Anyone playing against New Orleans seems to be a good start. So, naturally, Joe Flacco is a good streaming option with huge upside. His weapons are capable: Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Willie Snead, at least 3 gifted TE’s, including Hayden Hurst, Mark Andrews, and Maxx Williams; Not to mention Running Backs Buck Allen, Alex Collins, and up-and-comer Gus Edwards. The Ravens Defense is top notch, which may limit Flacco’s upside, but they are playing The Saints, who tend to score a lot of points. So, Flacco has a really high floor with a chance of upside.

Honorable mention for Baker Mayfield because his schedule is sweet over the next 3 weeks: Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, and Kansas City. If you need a QB, and he’s still there, why not? Tampa may surprise with their Defense since changing coordinators, but if their Defense doesn’t improve, points will be scored. Many, many points will be scored.

Running Back

I keep teetering on Ito Smith, Marlon Mack and Latavius Murray for my top Waiver pickup of the week. Ito Smith is a longer term play with Devonta Freeman being put on Injured Reserve today. Meanwhile, Latavius Murray will get the majority of the RB work while Cook is out. I’m not sure what’s happening with him this season, but Murray is the prime beneficiary. That said, Ito Smith is in a high scoring offense, and they have been using him on the Goal line. He has a rushing Touchdown in each of the last 3 games. Ito Smith is really good, has the opportunity, on a high scoring team, with no defense. He checks every box for me. 

After Ito Smith, Marlon Mack is my second option to pick up this week. He was highly involved in his game back from injury. Luck and company always seem to have to come back from deficits. Marlon Mack is a talented pass catching back with 20 plus point upside, especially in PPR. If his Hamstring holds up, he’s going to be a RB 2/3 rest of season.

Jaylen Richard is the eighth ranked Running Back in targets through 6 weeks. Now, Marshawn Lynch may have a serious groin injury, which just put Devonta Freeman on IR. The Raiders are in shambles at the moment, and on a bye week, but if you are lacking in RB strength on your team, and play in any PPR format, consider Jaylen for a stash using a waiver claim or if no one else takes him, a late week grab before the next round of waivers.

Do you sign Peyton Barber or Ronald Jones? Yes, and Yes. Running backs that are on such potent offenses, and that start are hard to come by. So, if these two are available, especially Peyton Barber, despite not being the actual more talented RB – the team favors him at the moment – pick em up!

Keep watching D’onta Foreman because he should be coming back soon. Lamar Miller has been disappointing, and Alfred Blue has never stepped up. Foreman is coming back from an Achilles injury, which is not an easy thing to come back from, but he’s young. His talent and opportunity make him worth a stash, sooner than later.

Also, I haven’t given up on Nick Chubb, but I’ll start getting excited again as soon as they give him more than 3 carries in a game.

Wide Receiver

Everyone’s going to run to grab Albert Wilson, which is not a bad pickup, but he may be another boom/bust wide receiver, which is not worth rostering. Although, he may be for real, but is the team for real? I don’t know what to think anymore. Of all the available Wide Receivers, Albert Wilson seems to represent one of the highest upsides based on his skill set and opportunity, being one of the top options on the team. While at the same time, he may be a wasted pickup because you’ll never know when to start him. Plus, Brock Osweiler.

I was not bought into Taylor Gabriel to start this season, but the team is bought in, and he’s performing. So, I guess I was wrong. I’m into it now. I mean, Anthony Miller was supposed to do what Gabriel is doing. Is there room for both with Allen Robinson, Tarik Cohen, and Trey Burton also demanding receptions? I think there is room for all to do well, especially this week against New England.

Quincy Enunwa may be out for several weeks. So, one of these wide receivers should emerge as fantasy relevant: Terrelle Pryor, Jermaine Kearse or Robby Anderson – all likely available in your league. I like Kearse because he’ll play in the slot and get targets like Enunwa was prior to Kearses return.   

Willie Snead has been getting a serious amount of targets. Enough to warrant a spot on a bench in 12 team leagues.

One of my favorite waiver wire pickup options at the Wide Receiver position is Rashard Higgins. Antonio Callaway has had bad drop problems. When Higgins is back, his sure hands will be used. I would bet on 7 plus targets this week, with a high chance of a Touchdown.

If Goodwin is available, snatch him up! Otherwise, Marquez Valdes-Scantling is intriguing, but on a bye week. Christian Kirk is my boy. I think he’s going to be a WR3/4 with upside every week going forward with Rosen at the helm. Oh, and don’t fall for Tyrell Williams because next week it’ll be Mike Williams or someone else available to the talented Mr. Rivers.

So many receivers I like…David Moore, DJ Moore, The Moore family (JK), Paul Richardson, Cam Meredith, Tre’Quan Smith, and Courtland Sutton are all talented Receivers, when given the chance.  

Tight End

I had high Hopes for Cameron Brate last week. I was wrong. Talent won out. OJ Howard is the better pass catching TE in Tampa Bay, but that doesn’t mean Brate isn’t really good too. ANyway, I wouldn’t start Brate after last week, and If Howard is out there, take him as soon as possible. He’s a super athlete.

Ricky Seals-Jones gets a handful-plus of targets a game, but he has had some trouble with drops. I think he’s a beast once the ball is in his hands. I am counting on his catch rate going up, and getting more looks in the redzone on second and third down opportunities.

Jeff Heuerman has been getting the targets. The touchdowns will come. They will. I swear it. Right?! The touchdowns should come with all those targets, right?!

If you can figure out the Tight End situation in Baltimore, you may have a top notch player the rest of the way…unless, they do the TE timeshare thing. That’s a thing, right? Between Maxx Williams, Hayden Hurst, and Mark Andrews, you have a top tier TE, maybe two of them. Side note: The more I think about it, the more I realize that the Ravens are a really good team – super bowl bound perhaps, even.

Defense

The Cowboys Defense is really damn good, but they’re on the road this week, and if I’m going to stream the position I want to take a home team, preferably. Still, the cowboys should find ways to give you a nice fantasy week.

The Bills are on the road, as well. They go up against the Colts. Buffalo’s defense has been making everyone look silly lately.

My favorite option is the Cardinals at home. They have produced a touchdown in the last two games, both on the road. They come home this week, and the 12th man should make a difference.

Kickers

Don’t be surprised to see Mason Crosby dropped this week. My recommendation is to wait until saturday, if no one claims him, stash him for next week. He’s a difference maker. As annoying as a kicker being a difference maker is, Mason Crosby could be the difference between winning on a weekly basis and losing because he will get you 10 points a week (except in fluky one off instances, like last week). He’s Green Bay’s all time leading scorer. 2-3 field goals a game with 2-4 extra points is great. He should consistently do that. 

Giorgio Tavecchio is my favorite Kicker for the week because he’s on the Falcons, where he was signed this week when Matt Bryant was considered injured and out this week. This is a weekly stream or DFS play. It’s risky because the team may want to stay away from field goals, but he hit just over 75% of his kicks last season.

For season long, I like Brett Maher on Dallas, and Dan Bailey on Minnesota. Dallas looks like they got their shit together enough to get the ball down the field, but not always score. Kind of like the Texans, and the reason I like Ka’imi Fairbairn. Dan Bailey is in a Domed stadium and he’s a veteran on a team that is lead by Kirk Cousins, and a slew of studly offensive weapons. There will be points. Yes, I like that. I really do like that Kirk.

Lastly, if Greg Zuerlein is on the waiver wire, claiming him wouldn’t be the worst use of a claim. If I’m later than 6th in the order, I wouldn’t feel silly using a claim on a kicker.

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