2018 Waiver Whispers – Week 7

Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers(Rostered in less than 57% of NFL.com leagues) His rostered percentage is still quite high but if Goodwin was dropped in your league you need to snag him up as he looks completely healthy from a nagging hamstring injury and absolutely torched the Green Bay secondary for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns on Monday Night Football. He only saw 5 targets, but Goodwin’s olympic speed means he can do damage with the low volume. With plenty of byes on the dockett this week, Goodwin’s big play ability is worth an add.

Taylor Gabriel, WR, Chicago Bears(Rostered in less than 4% of NFL.com leagues) Gabriel has now made it two straight weeks of over 100 yards, and as you know, I have suggested him on this waiver wire piece as well as on our podcast. He only saw 5 targets last Sunday against Miami, his lowest in the last 3 weeks, but he turned those targets into 110 yards. This was not a great matchup, yet Gabriel still did work and showed he can be effective in the newly potent Bears aerial assault.

Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets(Rostered in less than 2% of NFL.com leagues) Kearse is a very intriguing stash as the injury to Quincy Enunwa has allowed Kearse to step up and into quite a sizeable workload. He garnered 10 targets catching 9 of them for 94 yards against the Colts on Sunday. With Enunwa’s injury being described as a high ankle sprain, Kearse figures to stay a big part of the Jets passing offense.

Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys(Rostered in less than 3% of NFL.com leagues) It feels like we have been waiting a lifetime for a rosterable/startable piece of this Dallas air attack to surface. Well Sunday, against what was thought to be a vaunted Jacksonville secondary, Cole Beasley showed up and showed out! As Tony Romo so eloquently pointed out during the broadcast, the Jaguars seemed to not game plan for Beasley at all. Cole racked up 101 yards on 9 receptions, being targeted 11 times. There was thought coming into this season that Beasley could have value as a number one outlet for Dak in this Cowboys offense. Dallas had everything working this past week, and it is fair to wonder if Beasley’s production is sustainable. With four teams on bye, including the formidable WR corps of the Steelers and Packers, Beasley could fill in nicely as bye week coverage.

Chester Rogers, WR, Indianapolis Colts(Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) Rogers has been a speculative add for a few weeks given the lack of health in Indy’s receiving corps. He finally cashed in on the lack of depth around him this past Sunday as he turned 10 targets into 55 yards and a touchdown. Rogers has now hit double digit targets in each of his last 3 games, either clearing 65 yards or scoring in each of those 3 contests. If Hilton is forced to miss even more time with injury, Rogers could continue to be a favorite heavily targeted option for Luck going forward.

Albert Wilson, WR, Miami Dolphins(Rostered in less than 2% of NFL.com leagues) Wilson was a mention in this piece after his week 2 performance of 74 receiving yards on 2 catches in which he also scored. The difference in that performance and Sunday’s, where he caught 6 balls for 155 yards and two scores, is that he was targeted 9 times! Clearly Adam Gase saw something in the Chicago defense that he felt confident he could exploit. Wilson is an absolute burner with top end speed and is a big play threat every time he touches the ball. With how deep WR is, it is hard to trust his big game and not feel like you are chasing points by scooping him up. In looking at Wilson’s upcoming schedule, however, you can see that he will face Detroit and then Houston. These defenses are set up similar to that of the Bears in that they have fierce pass rushes, and their question marks lay in their secondaries. I think Wilson could see similar usage as the quick outlet for Miami against these defenses and is worth a look as manager prepare for byes.

Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals(Rostered in less than 2% of NFL.com leagues) Incredibly similar to Gabriel, Kirk has become quite the cog in his team’s offense. Kirk now has at least 75 yards in two straight contests. The Cardinals offense is one that projects to be down in quite a bit of contests this year and will need to throw to stay relevant, leading to plenty of good game scripts. Kirk could be a nice fill in for those with the Packers or Steeler receivers on bye.

Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers(Rostered in less than 53% of NFL.com leagues) His rostered percentage is over 50%, but he may have been dropped in your league. If so, you need to scoop Peyton Barber up immediately. After consistently underperforming during their first 4 games, Barber responded well to the quarterback change. In Winston’s first start of the year (and against a solid matchup), Barber rushed 13 times for 82 yards and caught 4 passes for 24 yards and a score. The offense seems a tad more balanced under Winston, and although the Buccs will face tougher matchups down the line, Barber is a starting RB for this team and after Sundays effort will look to remain as such.

Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings(Rostered in less than 19% of leagues) Similar to Barber, Murray may be rostered in your league, but if managers got sick of his underperforming prior to week 6, you may want to snag him as Dalvin Cook cannot seem to make a full comeback just yet this season. In a cake matchup against the Cardinals, Murray amassed 155 yards on 24 carries while hitting paydirt in the process. If Cook is forced to miss another week, Murray could slide right into lineups as a potential starter again, especially when you note that the Vikings play a Jets team that just allowed a fresh-off-injury Marlon Mack to post 89 yards on 12 carries against them.

Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons(Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) As I write this article, Dan Quinn has stated that Devonta Freeman will likely miss his 4th game of the year due to injury. This is essentially his 5th missed game after exiting week 1 very early as well. What does this mean? Well two weeks ago against Pittsburgh, with Freeman on the field, Ito Smith got a goal line look and cashed it in for a score. He followed that up with another scoring effort against Tampa this past Sunday as he ran for only 22 yards on 11 carries. The numbers are not eye popping, but it seems as if Smith has a role in the red zone offense. Given the Falcons propensity to put up a lot of points, that could hold some value. An interesting note in regards to the backfield split was that Smith received one more carry and target than backfield mate Tevin Coleman. Given the way Atlanta trended last year to a more 50/50 split between Coleman and Freeman, they could continue to split Coleman and Smith’s work in a similar fashion.

Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers(Rostered in less than 2% of NFL.com leagues) Although the “too many mouths to feed” narrative may be true for the Chargers, Williams deserve some consideration here. Not only did he score 2 touchdowns and light up the Browns defense for 118 yards on Sunday, but the Chargers have some attackable secondaries on their upcoming schedule. After playing Tennessee this upcoming week, the Chargers will serve their bye and then come back to face Oakland, followed by Seattle. None of these teams scare off opposing wide receivers, and those desperate for wide receiver help could pick up Williams who could continue his big play ability for the Chargers.

Torrey Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers(Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) I feel like, given the depth at the position, I am writing about a  handful of wide receivers every week as potential adds. The story is the same here with Smith as he saw 5 targets last Sunday against Washington, caught them all for 43 yards, and scored a touchdown.The Panthers, similar to the Dolphins or Cowboys, have yet to find a consistent guy week in and week out to lead them in receiving. Smith is an interesting case as his skillset as a deep ball WR fits Cam’s repertoire quite nicely.  

Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers(Rostered in less than 52% of NFL.com leagues) Winston was a hot add over the last couple weeks, but if managers in your league dropped him due to his bye or other roster needs (and/or you have Rodgers, Wilson, Roethlisberger on your roster), Jameis Winston should warrant consideration for your roster. In a high flying shootout in Atlanta, Winston threw for 395 yards, completed 30 of his 41 attempts and tossed 4 touchdowns. With the solid collection of weapons at his disposal, Winston will look to build on that success as the Buccs host the Browns this Sunday.

Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears(Rostered in less than 13% of NFL.com leagues) A similar streaming option, with some potential season-long upside, is Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky followed up his 6 TD pre-bye week performance with a 316 yard and 3 TD performance against a usually stingy Miami Dolphins team. This was a solid follow up to his incredible afternoon 2 weeks ago, and it warrants a closer look at Trubisky if you are looking to fill the QB position rolling into bye weeks. The Bears will host the Patriots, and although young QBs don’t typically fare well against Belichick and company, Trubisky will be at home against Pats D that just gave up a 29 point performance to Patrick Mahomes.

Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons(Rostered in less than 23% of NFL.com leagues If you saw my Play or Stay Away article last week then you know I was extremely high on Austin Hooper, and he did not disappoint. Hooper caught 9 of his 12 targets for 71 yards and even found the end zone on a nice catch and run to the end zone. More importantly, this usage looks to be sustainable as Hooper has now averaged 8 targets over his last 3 games.

Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Arizona Cardinals(Rostered in less than 6% of NFL.com leagues) The tight end landscape for fantasy football purposes continues to be a wasteland. With the likes of Vance McDonald, Jimmy Graham, and Jared Cook all on bye this week, fantasy managers will need to hit waivers to address their tight end needs. A streamer I am a fan of is Ricky Seals-Jones, who saw 6 targets last week against the Vikings and caught five of them for 69 yards. These are not earth shattering numbers; however, couple that with the fact that his week 7 opponent, the Denver Broncos, have surrendered the 5th most yards to opposing fantasy tight ends, and you could have yourself a savvy tight end play this week.

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