2019 Waiver Wire – Week 7
Ready or not, week 7 is here. After an epic showdown between Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes and an unlikely upset of the Cowboys by Sam Darnold and the Jets, it is time to get prepped for week 7. With big name producers like Will Dissly going down and four teams set to go on bye in week 7, The Fantasy Whisperers are ready to help you attack your waiver wire and by extension, your league with total confidence.
This of course, is our weekly column on speculative waiver wire adds. Remember that for this article we only highlight players owned in 40% or less in both Yahoo and NFL or with high variance between the two. This article is designed to highlight most, if not, all the justifiable adds this week, but it is your responsibility to understand which, if any, would be best for your squad. Christopher is back with us this week and helped us craft some excellent waiver adds for week 7.
We have added some tiers to qualify how a prospective player should be viewed. A “Streamable” player is someone who has the ability to contribute to your team right now but may not provide that same allure after a few weeks. Someone who is a “Patchwork Player” has the talent and circumstance to slide into your lineup multiple weeks, dependant on matchup. “Season-Long Upside” is the most straightforward. These players may take some time to develop but could be weekly starters over time, and they provide the most upside to your championship chances. Finally, we have the “Stash-Worthy”. You won’t play these guys right now but by the time you want to, they will likely be gone. If you have the depth, be proactive and grab these guys!
Streamable (1-2 Week Use)
Auden Tate, WR – CIN (23% in Yahoo and 2.6% owned in NFL) We were skeptical of Tate last week – not so much this week. Tate had a team high 12 targets and converted them into 5 catches for 91 yards. That is serious volume. This Bengals team isn’t getting any better either, they will be in plus game script situations indefinitely.
Darren Fells, TE – HOU (4% in Yahoo and 4.7% owned in NFL) Fells is not the sexiest name on this list by any means, but he has put up some sexy numbers over the last month for the Texans (for the TE position, at least). The Texans tight end has at least 60 yards or a touchdown in 3 of his last four and is the TE7 in all of fantasy football for that time. Buyer beware: Fells could be the direct beneficiary of Hopkins’ down production so far in the offense at least in terms of the touchdown department.
Daniel Jones, QB – NYG (29% in Yahoo and 34.4% owned in NFL) Daniel Jones has been one of the more fun stories in all of the NFL this year. A first round pick that puzzled many in New York has turned out to be quite a solid option who is giving Giant fans hope for the future. Jones has shown some sparkle as a fantasy asset as well. In his first NFL start in week three against Tampa Bay, Jones was the QB2 scoring nearly 40 points in most leagues. Jones has not hit that ceiling again this year but has had a couple harsh matchups against the Vikings and Patriots since then. We like Jones in the streamable category this week because of his pristine matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. Danny Dimes is in an absolute smash spot against the Cardinals who have allowed QB1 finishes to everyone they have faced this year including just surrendering a near 40 point finish to Matt Ryan in week 6.
Jacoby Brissett, QB – IND (42% in Yahoo and 27.6% owned in NFL) Coming off a bye Jacoby and the Colts have what figures to be a pass happy matchup. He has been consistent and Hilton should be closer to full health. If you need a bye week replacement, start him.
Patchwork Players (2-4 Week Upside)
Chase Edmonds, RB – ARI (34% in Yahoo and 9.3% owned in NFL) Despite David Johnson playing on Sunday, Chase Edmonds bailed out fantasy managers who forgot to switch him out with 12.7 standard fantasy points. Chase was involved as both a runner and receiver as the Cardinals offense had its best performance to date. He is an elite handcuff and is carving out a standalone role with back to back double digit fantasy performances.
Kirk Cousins, QB – MIN (47% in Yahoo and 26.1% in NFL) Just a few weeks ago the entire fantasy industry was collectively hitting the panic button on the passing attack for the Vikings. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen were unhappy and vocal about it while Cousins was 25th passing attempts during weeks 1-4. It is amazing what a little grease will do for a squeaky wheel, ain’t it? Cousins in weeks 5 and 6 has found his groove, throwing for 639 yards and 6 touchdowns. He has been the QB6 and has elevated his stud WR duo to elite status yet again as Diggs and Thielen have been the WR4 and WR5 in PPR, respectively. Cousins will now look to build on this momentum as he faces Detroit on a short week, then he hosts the Redskins in a revenge-game tilt, before battling in a likely shootout with the Kansas City Chiefs. There is some risk that the Vikings could turn the keys to the offense back over to Dalvin Cook and the run game but with how hot the passing attack has been and these three matchups on the board Cousins could be a season saving pickup.
Jamison Crowder, WR – NYJ (42% in Yahoo and 20.5% owned in NFL) Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson needed Darnold in the worst way. Let’s not forget Crowder had 17 targets in week one, and followed with 9 targets for 98 yards. Darnold is seems to have taken the next step and Crowder’s role is established. Look for Crowder to produce weekly flex/WR2 value for the rest of the season.
Sam Darnold, QB – NYJ (16% in Yahoo and 2.2% owned in NFL) It is pretty wild what the return of a franchise quarterback can do for an offense. Sam Darnold’s return was maybe the storyline of week 6 as he led the Jets to an upset victory over the Dallas Cowboys in New York. Darnold didn’t look very rusty at all as he posted 338 passing yards and two touchdowns. This add comes with a disclaimer and you must have the roster space to pull it off, but Darnold after his terrible matchup against New England then faces the Jaguars, Dolphins, Giants, and Redskins. If you find yourself in a QB-needy spot and have the extra bench spot, stash Sam Darnold.
Dante Pettis, WR – SF (17% in Yahoo and 32.5% owned in NFL) Any pass catcher not named George Kittle has been a massive disappointment for fantasy football purposes this year. After an offseason of hype Pettis has not lived up to any of it this year as he has only amassed 83 yards receiving and hit paydirt only once. This one is a speculative add given that the 49ers run at the highest rate, and therefore throw at the lowest rate in the NFL. San Francisco does have a few nice matchups on the horizon for WRs and with his teammate Deebo Samuel battling a groin injury, Pettis is worth the add in deeper formats.
Benny Snell, WR – PIT (2% in Yahoo and .4% owned in NFL) Snell is another deeper add worth mention based purely on the lack of depth at the running back position in fantasy football. Then you add the fact that he got 18 touches last week even in a game where James Conner dominated the box score and that Conner ended that game with a quad injury among a few other designations and Snell becomes a sneak stash heading into their bye week.
Darrell Henderson, RB – LAR (28% in Yahoo and 31.9% in NFL) Henderson was Big Travy’s number one prospect in 2019’s NFL draft. Then we witnessed as, in light of Todd Gurley’s injury-filled end to 2019, the Rams traded up with one of their few picks to nabb Henderson. Henderson has since been relegated to the 3rd spot on the RB depth chart for LA but with Gurley’s injury and the Rams lacking offensive spark, Hendy could be a great upside add for those with roster spots available.
Jakobi Meyers, WR – NE (1% in Yahoo and .3% owned in NFL) Jakobi’s 4 catches on 4 targets for 54 yards isn’t flashy on paper, but he had a great pre-season and passed the eye test on Thursday. Meyer’s catches were impressive. The guy can ball and with injuries has the opportunity to create a rapport with Brady. He has stash-able upside.
Jamaal Williams, RB – GB (16% in Yahoo and 4% owned in NFL) Williams absolutely needs to be rostered by those who have Aaron Jones on their squad but he also had a very productive Monday night after Jones had a dropped TD pass and a fumble in the game against Detroit. Williams was in on multiple red zone possessions and even could have had a second touchdown had he not fallen down on a heads up play to end the game a-la Todd Gurley.
Allen Lazard, WR – GB (0% owned in both Yahoo and NFL) Lazard was a late add to this list as late in the MNF game Rodgers was looking his way early and often. Lazard even scored in the 4th quarter on a beautiful catch on a dime from Aaron Rodgers. With injuries to Adams and Allison and Rodgers Lazard is worth the speculative add. Especially when you take into account Rodgers saying the following after the W Monday night: “I may have put in a good word for him in the fourth quarter to get him some reps.”
Mark Walton, RB – MIA (4% in Yahoo and 0% owned in NFL) Disclaimer: Mark Walton plays for the Miami Dolphins. That being said, this team is searching for anything that will work and they are giving Mark more opportunities. He had 11 touches and out-gained Kenyon Drake. This isn’t a sure thing, but you have to take note of an opportunity to grab an RB off the waivers.