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Waiver Wire: Week 7

by John Daigle
Updated On: October 15, 2019, 12:08 pm ET

 

Welcome to the Week 7 edition of Waiver Wired for the 2019 season. Although the wire lacks solid starting options for the third consecutive week, several backups are in a position to help as FLEX plays immediately. There are also numerous choices at tight end if looking to pour one out and find a permanent replacement for Will Dissly (torn ACL), and more injuries to take into account before setting your final bids. We’ll also dig to suitable fillers for Christian McCaffrey, Nick Chubb and James Conner.

As a reminder, the drop list consists of players who are rostered in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues and are no longer must-have assets, recommended adds are available in over 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, the watch list contains in-depth notes on players who are worthy of roster spots if possible, and deep cuts includes player notes on those rostered in five percent or fewer of Yahoo leagues.

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The Drop List

QB: Baker Mayfield, Jimmy Garoppolo, Drew Brees
RB: Kenyan Drake, Duke Johnson
WR: Demarcus Robinson
TE: O.J. Howard, Will Dissly, Eric Ebron

Baker Mayfield finished among the Top 10 quarterbacks for the first time all year in Week 6 due in part to his unprecedented 10-yard rushing score. Having qualified as a QB2 in 2-QB leagues only once prior to last week, we can confidently cut ties with him during his bye. Not only is he carrying a potentially substantial hip injury into the break, the Browns return against the Patriots, in Denver, and against the Bills. It’s not a longshot to think he finishes outside the Top 25 in two of those three matchups. Kenyan Drake out-touched Mark Walton 16-11 against Washington but it’s a bad sign the latter got the start. Kalen Ballage also mixed in on the fruitful goal line work, making this a true three-man RBBC moving forward. With Sammy Watkins likely back on Thursday, Demarcus Robinson returns to his unpredictable timeshare with Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle.

 

Overall Top 5

1. Jamison Crowder
2. Jamaal Williams
3. Latavius Murray
4. Chase Edmonds
5. Darrell Henderson

For those simply looking to roster the best player available regardless of position, the rankings above take into account every factor from the positional lists minus the actual positions. These are listed in the precise order I’d prioritize waiver claims in Week 7. Latavius Murray (see below) would move ahead of Williams if Alvin Kamara's (ankle) ruled out.

 

Handcuff Top 5

1. Alexander Mattison
2. Tony Pollard
3. Chase Edmonds
4. Rashaad Penny
5. Darrel Williams

For those refusing to stand pat and itching for an end-of-roster stash, the above list was carefully assembled to highlight league-winners in the event the player ahead of them misses any time. Presumed snaps, carries, targets, and the play-calling each are tied to have been factored in. This list could adjust weekly based on current situations. With Chris Carson handling 24.3 carries and three targets per game the past three weeks, Penny has clearly become a handcuff with no standalone value. Same goes for Williams, who continues to make single splash plays on limited snaps but needs either LeSean McCoy or Damien Williams to be phased out or miss time to peak.

 

Quarterbacks

1. Josh Allen
2. Sam Darnold
3. Daniel Jones

Running Backs

1. Jamaal Williams
2. Latavius Murray
3. Chase Edmonds
4. Darrell Henderson
5. Benny Snell
6. Rex Burkhead

Wide Receivers

Robby Anderson rostered in 60 percent of Yahoo leagues. No. 1 add if available.
Mohamed Sanu rostered in 60 percent of Yahoo leagues. No. 2 add if available.

1. Jamison Crowder
2. Auden Tate
3. Phillip Dorsett
4. Jakobi Meyers
5. Dante Pettis
6. Jaron Brown
7. DaeSean Hamilton

Tight Ends

Hunter Henry rostered in 63 percent of Yahoo leagues. No. 1 add if available.
1. Chris Herndon
2. Dawson Knox
3. Darren Fells
4. Cameron Brate

Defense/Special Teams

Buffalo Bills rostered in 65 percent of Yahoo leagues. No. 1 add if available.
San Francisco 49ers rostered in 65 percent of Yahoo leagues. No. 2 add if available.
Jacksonville Jaguars rostered in 65 percent of Yahoo leagues. No. 3 add if available.
New Orleans Saints rostered in 61 percent of Yahoo leagues. No. 4 add if available.

1. Denver Broncos
2. Arizona Cardinals

Kickers

1. Brandon McManus - 5

QUARTERBACKS

1. Josh Allen, Bills – Rostered in 51 percent of Yahoo leagues (Suggested 10% FAAB Bid)

Even Case Keenum managed to find success against a Dolphins Defense that remains stone-last in hurries (6), sacks (5) and pressure rate (10.2%). Allen cracked the code the last time he saw Miami in tossing for three scores and piling on 9/95/2 rushing, and this re-match presents fewer challenges than the first. Bid high with the utmost confidence you’re getting a Top 10 option for the next three weeks as Buffalo hosts the Eagles and Redskins after this one.

2 Sam Darnold, Jets — Rostered in 16 percent of Yahoo Leagues (6%)

Unlike Allen, Darnold’s semi-useless for Week 7 since New England’s historic defense rests at the end of the tunnel. But the 22-year-old showed just enough in his 338-yard performance against Dallas to ride him in Week 8 against the Jaguars before settling in for New York’s upcoming schedule against the Dolphins, Giants, Redskins, Raiders, Bengals, and Dolphins again from Week 9 on. Allen and Darnold should arguably be trade targets for 2-4/3-3 teams in 2-QB and SuperFlex formats.

3. Daniel Jones, Giants – Rostered in 29 percent of Yahoo leagues (1%)

Jones hasn’t provided much confidence since looking like an All-Pro against the Bucs, but Arizona’s defense is a similar tie that binds production. Not only have the Cardinals permitted the most fantasy points per game (28.1) to Jones’ position, their 160 leaked rushing yards from under center are the second-most and bode well for the rookie’s skillset. Saquon Barkley’s pending return would gift another option to avoiding Patrick Peterson’s blanket coverage on one side of the field.

Watch List: Joe Flacco’s yards per attempt (7.3) have plummeted a full two yards when under pressure (5.3), but that may not matter if both Chris Jones (groin, doubtful) and Xavier Williams (ankle, IR) are inactive on Thursday. The 34-year-old veteran isn’t the worst 2-QB streamer if you lost Baker Mayfield or Jameis Winston this week…Cam Newton may be under center when the Panthers return from bye in Week 8, but his matchup against the Niners makes him an end-of-roster stash for Week 9 rather than his first game back from injury.

 

RUNNING BACKS

1. Jamaal Williams, Packers — Rostered in 18 percent of Yahoo leagues (Suggested 10% FAAB Bid)

Williams had previously averaged 8.7 carries on 48.5 percent of Green Bay’s offensive snaps in the three games he finished, so it wasn’t shocking to see him return Monday night and immediately handle 18 touches on 39 snaps (53%) to Aaron Jones’ 15 on 36 (49%). This is an expected timeshare moving forward, which at the very least plugs Williams atop Week 7’s backfield additions since he can offer immediate production (as opposed to the rest of the runners on this list who are simply grasping at straws in waiting or stuck in lesser timeshares). Sunday’s game script (-7) versus Oakland and Green Bay’s ensuing matchup against the Chiefs in Week 8 project as on-paper wins for Williams.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team leagues

2. Latavius Murray, Saints – Rostered in 47 percent of Yahoo leagues (8%)

Murray spiked season-highs in snaps (28, 42.4%), carries (8) and catches (3) against the Jags due in part to Alvin Kamara making a trip to the medical tent mid-game. The former’s four touches on the team’s second drive still shine a light on the fact Murray was always going to be involved once Kamara — a game-time call coming in — injured his ankle in Thursday’s practice. The team worked out RB Travaris Cadet Tuesday morning, an ominous sign Kamara will either be limited or held back entirely until New Orleans’ Week 9 bye. Murray’s also a forward-thinking speculative add since he could be integrated back into the offense by default if Drew Brees were to return in Week 10. Move to No. 1 overall if Kamara's ruled out.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 10-team leagues

3. Chase Edmonds, Cardinals – Rostered in 34 percent of Yahoo leagues (8%)

Edmonds was a sunk cost once David Johnson returned to practice on Friday, but the former’s six carries and three targets per game the past two weeks highlight the importance of stashing the second-year pro as a cross-your-fingers FLEX option even if Johnson stays healthy. Edmonds projects as an RB4 against the Giants this upcoming week even if Johnson’s a full-go.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team leagues

4. Darrell Henderson, Rams – Rostered in 28 percent of Yahoo leagues (3%)

Watching Henderson effortlessly explode for runs of 22 and 14 yards was like watching the first brushstrokes on the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling. Unfortunately, Todd Gurley’s (quad) likely return shoehorns Henderson back into the same two-snap role he played coming into Sunday. He’s merely a stash unless Gurley’s out another week, in which case the rookie’s ceiling arguably outmatches Malcolm Brown’s on fewer touches. Brown would still be the floor play among the two since he (unsuccessfully) handled both goal line carries against the Niners.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team leagues

5. Benny Snell, Steelers – Rostered in 2 percent of Yahoo leagues (2%)

James Conner (quad) has two weeks to heal before taking to the field again, but his three injuries and limited practices through six games is all the more reason to snatch Snell before you’re forced to pay premium for his inevitable starts. With Jaylen Samuels (knee) out for the foreseeable future, note that no other back touched the ball behind Snell once Conner exited against the Chargers Sunday night.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 14-team leagues

6. Rex Burkhead, Patriots – Rostered in 20 percent of Yahoo leagues (2%)

Assuming he walks into Monday fully healed from his nagging foot injury, a whole 22 days will have passed since the last time Burkhead got a touch (and 29 days since he was 100 percent). Reminder he previously averaged eight carries and 5.7 targets on 47.7 percent of offensive snaps in New England’s first three games. The losses of FBs James Develin (neck, IR) and Jakob Johnson (shoulder, IR) also spell a decrease in carries for Sony Michel long-term.

Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team leagues

Watch List: Mark Walton’s shocking 11 touches against Washington were still second to Kenyan Drake’s 16 despite technically opening as the team’s starter. The issue is Kalen Ballage also worked in as the primary goal-line bruiser on two carries inside the five. Walton offer minimal value in a three-man committee on a bad offense…Darrel Williams’ 52-yard catch up the seam continued to highlight his ability if/when given a shot. He’s merely a handcuff (albeit a league-winning one) until LeSean McCoy or Damien Williams is phased out or injured…Justice Hill’s five touches were the most he’s received since Week 1 and all notably occurred with the Bengals within 10 points, including two on Baltimore’s first two possessions. It’s purely skeptical, but it makes sense the Ravens get the explosive No. 113 overall pick involved moving forward since Mark Ingram’s totaled a lowly six catches over the last three games.