• Travis Caples

Waiver Wire - Week 7


After some pretty nasty injuries in the weeks prior, week 6 wasn’t all that bad for our big name guys and I think we can chalk it up as a W. But don’t let this false sense of confidence or assurance distract you from making moves on the waiver wire to improve your team. Remember that four more teams will go on bye this week as well and you will likely need to do some roster gymnastics to adjust accordingly. The ever-looming fear of positive COVID tests hover over our heads as well in any given week. But fear not, WhisperNation! I have your back! This is my Weekly Waiver Wire Whisper column in which I will give you my take on some stash/start worthy players that are rostered in 50% or less of Yahoo leagues. That is the cutoff, so please don’t slide all in my mentions on Twitter about how I could possibly leave off Matt Ryan (88%), Rob Gronkowski (60%), or A.J. Green (54%), or Jimmy Graham (54%), or Jerrick McKinnon (71%), or Carson Wentz (60%), or from this article. As always you can find us on Twitter or Instagram and DM your waiver wire questions to us there as well. If you are curious about my preference or priority between a player in the particular positional groups, I will rank them from top to bottom priority in this article. If you are curious about my priority or preference between positions, you will need to make that decision based on your roster construction. Typically in most formats running backs are the top priority but maybe you have a deep RB corps and need WR or TE help. Make good decisions, folks.

Note: Teams on BYE include: Baltimore, Indianapolis, Miami, and Minnesota.



RUNNING BACKS:

Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers, Rostered in 47% of Yahoo leagues

This is just a reminder that prior to their bye last week the Chargers gave Justin Jackson and not Joshua Kelley the bulk of the carries and passing work out of the backfield in week 5 against the Saints. Jackson saw 20 touches in that Monday night contest and with four games against soft run defenses in his next five games he needs to be rostered in all formats.


Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles, Rostered in 14% of Yahoo leagues

On Monday, Eagles starting running back Miles Sanders was set to receive an MRI. As I am writing this details are not clear if his knee injury will cause him to miss extended time but we know he will not be in the lineup for Philly on Thursday night against the Giants. This will elevate Boston Scott to a starting role yet again for these Eagles and we have seen Scott put up RB1 numbers in relief before including a December game last year that saw him rack up 23 touches and 3 touchdowns against? You guessed it, the Giants. Scott will be a rental but in these bye-week, injury filled times, you could do worse.


Jamycal Hasty, San Francisco 49ers, Rostered in less than 1% of Yahoo leagues

So the news out of the Bay Area is that Raheem Mostert has a high ankle sprain and will be put on the Injured Reserve to miss three weeks at the very least. It is my belief that the most important add and player in relief of Mostert will be Jerrick McKinnon as we saw him get 92% of the running back snaps in a previous game without Mostert vs Philadelphia a couple weeks back. That being said, the rookie Jamycal Hasty should be added after he was able to add 37 yards on 9 carries in Sunday night’s game against the Rams this past week after Mostert left the game. He should work in tandem with McKinnon and could be a nice stash with upside if he can continue to look good with his looks.


Jeff Wilson, San Francisco 49ers, Rostered in 7% of Yahoo leagues

Similar to Hasty, Jeff Wilson will be worth a stash as Mostert and Tevin Coleman continue to miss time with injuries.


Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals, Rostered in 6% of Yahoo leagues

For the sake of getting you RB thirsty readers some potential prayer stashes on the waivers this week, I am adding Gio Bernard. Gio poached a TD last week from Joe Mixon who also left the game with an ankle issue but was able to return and finish the game for the Bengals. Keep your eye on Bernard and Mixon’s injury status.


WIDE RECEIVERS:

Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers, Rostered in 49% of Yahoo leagues

This one feels like cheating as Claypool is just under the threshold of 50% rostered percentage as he has now been a focal point for the Steelers on offense in back to back weeks. He racked up 74 yards through the air and scored another rushing TD as well. If you and your leaguemates missed the boat on Claypool last week be sure to swoop him up.


Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers, Rostered in 45% of Yahoo leagues

Be sure to check if Big Mike Williams is on your waivers because the Chargers bye week was last week and prior to that bye Williams had a monster game, racking up 108 yards on 5 catches on 8 targets scoring two touchdowns. Finally healthy and establishing a nice rapport with Justin Herbert, Williams should be added in all formats.


Henry Ruggs, Las Vegas Raiders, Rostered in 47% of Yahoo leagues

A big theme this week is looking back at previous waiver adds that immediately went on bye right after their strong performances. That is the case here with Henry Ruggs who has battled injuries this season but racked up 118 yards and scored a touchdown in the Raiders pre-bye contest against the Chiefs. Ruggs is a first round pick with game-breaking speed who will be manufactured touches in Jon Gruden’s offense.


Travis Fulgham, Philadelphia Eagles, Rostered in 31% of Yahoo leagues

Travis Fulgham now has three straight games with 50 or more receiving yards and three straight games with a receiving touchdown. Maybe more importantly, Fulgham has a pulse and he is breathing. This Eagles offense has suffered a litany of injuries and the pain did not stop on Sunday as they lost both Zach Ertz and Miles Sanders to injury. With both expecting to miss at least this next week, Fulgham is set to continue to build on his chemistry with QB Carson Wentz. Fulgham has seen 26 targets in the past three weeks and should be target of yours on the waiver wire.


Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals, Rostered in 40% of Yahoo leagues

Christian Kirk was one of my favorite breakout candidates for the 2020 season but he just hasn’t quite been consistent enough to rely on week in and week out. Kirk has been warming up over the last few weeks though as he has scored 10 or more points in ½ point PPR formats each of the last three weeks, including going ballistic against the Cowboys on Monday night scoring two touchdowns. Kirk will remain a boom or bust play on most weeks but his upside is evident in the 80 yard bomb he scored on Monday Night Football.


Adam Humphries, Tennessee Titans, Rostered in 9% of Yahoo leagues

Adam Humphries seems to be the forgotten man on the Titans offense especially after he was one of the players who was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list and missed the week 5 tilt against Buffalo. But in the 4 other games this season, Humphries has at least 6 targets and at least 4 catches in every game. He has two touchdowns in four games and as this team may miss Corey Davis and now Jonnu Smith for some time, Humphries could be in line for some increased looks.


Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars, Rostered in 29% of Yahoo leagues

With five or more targets in all but two games this year and a 143 receiving yard game last week, Keelan Cole should be on your waiver radar. This Jaguars defense is bad and Minshew and company will be forced to continue to throw in most if not all games this year. It may not be the prettiest way to rack up points but garbage time points are counted the same in fantasy football.


Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts, Rostered in 6% of Yahoo leagues

Pascal is a repeat guest on this column and should be added with some hesitation as he is going on bye and the Colts offense has left much to be desired this season. Pascal saw 7 targets in their comeback win over the Bengals, racking up 54 yards and scoring a touchdown. If you need WR depth Pascal could help bolster a weak WR corps.


DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles, Rostered in 24% of Yahoo leagues

DeSean Jackson will need to get and stay healthy for your stash to pay off but he can be added in many formats for the pure upside of volume in this seriously injured Philly passing attack.


Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles, Rostered in 15% of Yahoo leagues

Similar to Jackson, Alshon Jeffery is going to step right into a good amount of volume for this Eagles offense and could find his way into a profitable second half of the season.


TIGHT ENDS:

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles, Rostered in 41% of Yahoo leagues

As of this writing it is believed the Eagles will activate Goedert off of the IR this week when he is first eligible and he has a real shot at suiting up against the Giants on Thursday night. Goedert will now enter a Philadelphia offense that fed him 17 targets in his first two games prior to the injury and will be without starting tight end Zach Ertz for at least 3 games. Goedert has massive upside in this offense and should be a priority add.


Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts, Rostered in 20% of Yahoo leagues

The Colts seem determined to get Trey Burton involved in their passing game as he has seen 5 or more targets in the last 3 weeks. He even saw some extended red zone work last week. With Mo Alie-Cox missing time with a knee injury, Burton ran a TD in from the wildcat position and caught another in the same game. Burton and the Colts will be on bye this week but his usage continues to rise with every week and should be on your TE radar going forward.


Anthony Firkser, Tennessee Titans, Rostered in 1% of Yahoo leagues

Adam Schefter did state that he believed the Jonnu Smith injury is not serious. That being said Firkser could be a nice 1-3 week rental/streamer for your squad. When thrust into action this past week, Firkser caught 8 of his 9 targets for 113 yards and a touchdown. Jonnu Smith is this team’s main TE but his success earlier this year just means that Firkser has a shot to replace some of that value in the weeks to come or however long Jonnu is forced to miss.


QUARTERBACKS:

Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers, Rostered in 45% of Yahoo leagues

As I expected, last week was a rough one for Teddy “Two Gloves” against a stout Bears defense. Things should get better for him this week as he faces a New Orleans team that is allowing the fourth most fantasy points per game to the position on average. Bridgewater is worth a stream this week against the Saints at the very least but also plays Atlanta the following week. With Lamar Jackson and Ryan Fitzpatrick on bye, Teddy can get it done for you.

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