Fantasy Football – Week 7 Waiver Wire – Redraft

Week 6 is in the books and we are almost to the halfway point in this fantasy football season. It’s time for team evaluations if you are 3-3 or 2-4 and roster tweaking if you are 5-1 or 4-2.

Is your team a pretender or a contender?

Either answer leads you to the waiver wire to find those bye week fill-ins and injury starters to help your team.

On bye: Bears, Bengals, Broncos, Packers

Coming off bye: Cowboys, Raiders, Rams, Bucs

All players focused on here are owned in less than 50% of all leagues and could be available in your redraft leagues. Ownership % shown in parentheses.


  1. Ryan Fitzpatrick (3.4%)Wk 6 (19-26, 253 yds, 2 TDs, 1 Int)Fitz just keeps putting up decent numbers with a good running game to lean on. The Jets travel next week to Foxboro and if the Patriots get up big, the opportunity for a bigger than normal game will be there.
  2. Blake Bortles (27.2%) – Wk 6 (30-53, 331 yds, 3 TDs, 3 Int) – If you don’t get penalized for inaccuracy, then Bortles is great for fantasy. With Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Julius Thomas, Bortles has so many weapons to choose from. The Jaguars do travel to London this week and face a tough Bills defense so temper expectations a bit.
  3. Brian Hoyer (1.1%) – Wk 6 (24-36, 293 yds, 3 TDs, 0 Int)Hoyer has taken the reins of the Texans offense and is the starter going forward. DeAndre Hopkins has been a great target for Hoyer and the chemistry for success has clearly been on display. With the Texans’ offense finally finding success, Hoyer is now a streaming option.
  4. Derek Carr (23.2%)Wk 5 (26-39, 249 yds, 1 TDs, 1 Int) – The Raiders were on bye this week so Carr could be have been dropped. He held his own against the Broncos with the running game stuck in the mud and the Denver defense playing its usual dominate game. Up next is San Diego who ranks 22nd in the league in QB passer raiting so Carr should be a great streaming option.
  5. Josh McCown (6.9%) – Wk 6 (20-39, 213 yds, 2 TDs, 2 Int) – McCown came back to Earth going up against the stout Denver defense. Gary Barnidge was the recipient of both of McCown’s touchdowns and Travis Benjamin topped targets with 13. The Rams are up next and will prove to be another tough test.
  6. Zach Mettenberger (0.1%) – Wk 6 (5-8, 63 yds, 0 TDs, 0 Int)Watch the reports on Marcus Mariota’s injury (knee) and if he is sits, Mettenberger gets the start. With the Falcons up next, the score should be high thus leading to garbage time points. If you need a bye week fill in, this is a situation to monitor and can be a sneaky pickup. UPDATE: Bleacher Report is reporting Mariota is out this week and could possibly be out multiple weeks with a MCL sprain.

Running Back

  1. James Starks (5.1%) – Wk 6 (10 carries, 112 yds) – With Eddie Lacy stuck in neutral, Starks ran all over the Chargers. The Packers have come out and said they will be going with a hot hand strategy when they come out of the bye and this bodes well for Starks. If you have the roster spot and can afford to carry a player on a bye, Starks is worth the add.
  2. Theo Riddick (2.3%) – Wk 6 (7 carries, 28 yds, 3 rec, 50 yds) – With Zach Zenner added to the IR (cracked ribs, partial collapsed lung) and Joique Bell is still hurting, Riddick is coming through for the Lions. Abdullah is still having fumbling issues and that is opening up more spots for Riddick to contribute. Look for carries and receptions to continue in the next tilt versus the Vikings making him a great PPR option.
  3. Duke Johnson (46.5%)Wk 6 (9 carries, 38 yds, 3 rec, 18 yds) The Browns added Robert Turbin to the mix on Sunday but that affects Isaiah Crowell more than Johnson. Duke lead the team in rushing average with 4.2 over Crowell’s 2.9 and Turbin’s 2.7. With Johnson getting the looks in the passing game and finding success in the running game, he is the one back to own in Cleveland.
  4. Chris Thompson (1.3%) – Wk 6 (5 carries, 12 yds, 6 rec, 26 yds) – Will have to watch the injury report as he left the game with a back injury but Thompson did return and remained involved in the passing game leading the team in targets. If he plays, count on him to remain productive.
  5. David Johnson (42.7%) – Wk 6 (3 carries, 9 yds, 1 rec, 8 yds, 136 return yds) – Johnson remains on this list as he is being utilized more than Andre Ellington with Johnson taking 23 snaps to Ellington’s 9. It is clearly the Chris Johnson show currently, but don’t expect this to continue all year. In return yard leagues, David Johnson is startable and is a sneaky stash for later on if/when Johnson starts slowing down or gets injured.
  6. David Cobb (0.6%) – IR – This is purely a speculative pickup as Cobb isn’t eligible to come back until Week 9. No running back has taken the reins in Tennessee so the job is there for the taking.

Wide Receiver

  1. Stefon Diggs (1%) – Wk 6 (9 targets, 7 rec, 129 yds) – Diggs came out of the bye and continued where he left off in the Denver game. He made a statement for playing time with Charles Johnson out with injury and is bullying his way into the starting lineup. With the Lions up next, look for Diggs to continue his dominance.
  2. Willie Snead (19.5%) Wk 6 (5 targets, 4 rec, 55 yds) – Will Ben Watson dominate the receiving game again like he did on Thursday night? The answer is definitely not as this was just a fluke. Snead was still efficient with his targets in the win over the Falcons and clearly has a role.
  3. Rishard Matthews (27.8%) – Wk 6 (6 targets, 6 rec, 85 yds) – Matthews clearly outpaced Kenny Stills (injury) and Mike Wallace for snaps in the win against Tennessee. Matthews was second on the team in targets behind Jordan Cameron (8) and is now the new WR2 behind Jarvis Landry on the new look Dolphins team.
  4. Jamison Crowder (0.7%) – Wk 6 (9 targets, 4 rec, 40 yds) – Crowder is making the most out of the absence of DeSean Jackson. Only behind Chris Thompson for targets in this contest, Crowder has been a PPR magnet the last three weeks. If Jackson sits again, Crowder will be the WR2 behind Garcon and has carved out a role going forward.
  5. Michael Floyd (21.9%) – Wk 6 (8 targets, 5 rec, 50 yds) – Floyd played a bigger part in this game as the Cardinals defense struggled to stop the Steelers. Reeling in his first touchdown of the season, Floyd is clearly behind John Brown and Larry Fitzgerald for looks but the Cardinals love the passing game so the opportunities will be there. Be prepared to the ups with the downs as this was the best game of the year for Floyd.
  6. Robert Woods (4.1%) – Wk 6 (6 targets, 4 rec, 47 yds) – Percy Harvin is out and may be missing multiple games with a hip injury. Sammy Watkins is doubtful this week after spraining his ankle thus making Woods the defacto WR1 for the Bills. This game is in London and Tyrod Taylor may still be out but the situation is worth monitoring.
  7. Chris Hogan (0.1%)Wk 6 (5 targets, 2 rec, 31 yds) – See Robert Woods above

Tight End

  1. Zach Ertz (28.5%) – Wk 6 (7 targets, 4 rec, 43 yds) – Finally getting healthy, Ertz is gaining more playing time and becoming more involved in the passing game. He was second on the team in targets behind Jordan Matthews and this bodes well going forward.
  2. Richard Rodgers (28%) – Wk 6 (5 targets, 2 rec, 34 yds) – Aaron Rodgers only completed 16 passes on the day as the ground game was hitting on all cylinders. With Davante Adams still hurt and Ty Montgomery going out with an injury, Rodgers should remain involved in the passing game as the third option behind Randall Cobb and James Jones.
  3. Derek Carrier (0.2%) – Wk 6 (4 targets, 4 rec, 39 yds) – With Jordan Reed still out, Carrier started at tight end and secured all of his targets. Reed is still not healthy and may not play again thus leaving Carrier to start again. He won’t get a ton of targets as he is low on the pecking order but the opportunity is there as Reed sits out.
  4. Eric Ebron (7.9%) – Wk 6 (Out-injured) – Stafford came back to life as Lance Moore and Calvin Johnson both topped 100 yards. Tim Wright was the only tight end targeted but does not possess the same skills as Ebron. Will have to watch the injury report to see if he will be playing this week but Ebron may be a sneaky stash if the Lions can string together some games where the passing game comes to life.
  5. Crockett Gillmore (4.2%) – Wk 6 (6 targets, 3 rec, 30 yds) – Came back after missing two games but wasn’t hugely involved even though Joe Flacco threw for almost 350 yards. Next week is a visit to take on the Cardinals that may turn into a shootout.

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