Winning Waiver Wire Tiers Entering Week 7
Each and every week in fantasy football there are surprise performances and there are injures. Both of these occurrences tend to lead to opportunity. Opportunity leads to touches, and touches tend to lead to fantasy points. Every week there is something to pay attention to in the NFL. At times it is injuries, others it’s bye weeks, and in 2021, the Covid-19 pandemic lingers and could possibly impact NFL teams and your fantasy rosters. All of these scenarios highlight the waiver wire and your need to pay attention to it.
Entering Week 6, the injuries are piling up and the player pool is getting smaller and smaller. In addition to navigating injuries, bye week season has arrived. In Week 7, Buffalo, Dallas, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, and Pittsburgh are on bye.
1. PLAN A
Plan A is the cream of the crop off the weekly waiver wire. These are the players that you should prioritize adding to your fantasy rosters. These players most often can be added and inserted into your starting lineup.
JD McKissic – Washington Football Team
Rostered: ESPN – 46%, Yahoo – 42%, Sleeper 52%
J.D. McKissic had eight rushes for 45 yards in Washington’s Week 6 loss to the Chiefs, adding eight catches for another 65. Antonio Gibson may miss some time after he finished Washington’s Week 6 game on the sideline. Gibson out bolsters McKissic’s value.
JD McKissic has PPR upside mainly when Washington in a a negative game script, but has also show his ability to be a ball decent carrier when called upon. With all the injuries at running back and the bye weeks in full swing, McKissic is a must add.
Sterling Shepard – New York Giants
Rostered: ESPN – 67%, Yahoo – 51%, Sleeper – 64%
Sterling Shepard returned to the Giants lineup in Week 6 and picked up where he left off after his hot start at the beginning of the year. Shepard caught 10-of-14 targets for 76 yards, and is clearly a favorite target of QB Daniel Jones. Shepard is rostered in more than half of ESPN, Yahoo, and Sleeper leagues. If he was dropped or is available in your league Sterling Shepard is a priority add.
Alex Collins – Seattle Seahawks
Rostered: ESPN – 46.6%, Yahoo – 51%, Sleeper 64%
Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson has been diagnosed with a herniated disc in his neck. The injury forced Carson to miss Week 5, and he was placed on IR entering Week 6. Alex Collins started slow on Sunday night before heating up in the second half. Collins rushed 20 times for 101 yards and a touchdown, adding one catch for -3 yards. He was noticeably absent as the game entered overtime, dealing with a hip aliment.
If Collins is healthy and able to play the next two weeks, he is a priority add with Carson on IR. Should Collins miss time, both Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas enter the conversation as Plan B/C type assets.
Khalil Herbert – Chicago Bears
Rostered: ESPN – 63%, Yahoo 65%, Sleeper – 66%
Khalil Herbert rushed 19 times for 97 yards and one touchdown in the Bears’ Week 6 loss. Herbert has looked good the last two weeks, turning his 37 carries into 172 yards and a touchdown. He should stay involved for as long as Montgomery is out, which is expected to be another two to three weeks. Khalil Herbert is a priority add, but we carful starting him in Week 7 when the Bears face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tim Patrick – Denver Broncos
Rostered: ESPN – 40.4%, Yahoo – 35%, Sleeper 86%
Tim Patrick caught 3 of his 6 targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in Denver’s to Las Vegas. It was an interesting game for Patrick as he had two of his three catches and his touchdown on the Broncos opening drive. The remainder of the game was one catch for 12 yards. Patrick is a fairly trustworthy add off the waiver wire and provides a solid floor for you to use in your flex spots as we work thru these bye weeks and deal with all the injuries to notable fantasy assets.
2. PLAN B
Plan B are the next guys. If you took a swing and missed at the Plan A tier, or you simply wanted to keep as much of your FABB as possible, these players are for you. They are good enough to roster and at times good enough to plug into you lineups.
Ricky Seals-Jones – Washington Football Team
Rostered: ESPN – 19%, Yahoo – 29%, Sleeper 39%
Ricky Seals-Jones caught 4 of his 6 targets for 58 yards and a touchdown in Washington’s loss to the Chiefs. Seals-Jones once again proved to be the No.2 target in the Football Team offense. RSJ is averaging 9.4 PPR points a game versus Logan Thomas’ 11.2. RSJ has for all intents and purposes assumed the Logan Thomas role in this offense. If Thomas was thought to be out long-term, RSJ would have been a Plan A add.
Rashod Bateman – Baltimore Ravens
Rostered: ESPN – 14%, Yahoo – 28%, Sleeper 44%
Rashod Bateman made his NFL debut on Sunday, after opening the season on IR. He was targeted 6 times, hauling in 5 of them for 29 yards. The receiving yards won’t wow you, but the involvement in the offense should. Bateman ran a route on 67% of QB Lamar Jackson’s attempts on Sunday. Bateman is the No.3 passing option in this offense, and should be rostered in 65%+ of leagues.
Kenyan Drake – Las Vegas Raiders
Rostered: ESPN – 58%, Yahoo – 59%, Sleeper – 92%
Kenyan Drake rushed four times for 34 yards and one score, adding two receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown in Las Vegas’ win over Denver. Drake was becoming an afterthought in the Raiders offense after totaling three touches the previous two weeks. Josh Jacobs remains the Raiders top back, but Drake looks to be the next man up with Peyton Barber scratched. Drake’s talent has never been in question, but his usage often is. Drake should be He should be stashed ahead of the team’s Week 7 matchup against the Eagles.
Zach Ertz – Arizona Cardinals
Rostered: ESPN – 48.4%, Yahoo 60%, Sleeper – 72%
Zach Ertz of the Arizona Cardinals sounds weird. Zach Ertz the fantasy relevant TE does not. After turning in a 4 catch 29 yard and a touchdown performance for Philadelphia this past week, Ertz was dealt to Arizona. The Cards need a TE to replace the injured Maxx Williams. Ertz is no longer the TE1 of years past, but Williams out up 16 catches for 193 yards and a touchdowns on 17 targets five games. There is a role here for Ertz and as a result he needs to be rostered.
Donovan Peoples-Jones – Cleveland Browns
Rostered: ESPN – 1.2%, Yahoo 1%, Sleeper – 7%
Donovan Peoples-Jones caught 4 of his 5 targets for 101 yards Sunday. DPJ’s stat line looks better than it really was. he recorded 57 yards and one score on a Hail Mary to close out the first half. Odell Beckham missed some time in this one and when he did, DPJ was the Brown’s No. 1 WR. If OBJ is at less than full health for Cleveland’s Thursday matchup with the Broncos, DPJ will continue to play a larger role in the offense. He is worth adding to your roster and he is basically available everywhere.
3. PLAN C
Plan C are the dart throw guys; a group of players that you add, likely stash and are pleasantly surprised you roster when something good happens. These guys are the $20 bill you find in the pocket of your winter jacket in November.
Jared Cook – Los Angeles Chargers
Rostered: ESPN – 63%, Yahoo – 59%, Sleeper 63%
Jared Cook is a fairly rostered TE in most leagues. That said he is under our 65% rostered threshold so check you leagues. Cook remains a relevant target in the Chargers passing game especially in the red zone. Cook is heading to his bye week this week, so only add him if you don’t need the TE in week 7.
KJ Osborn – Minnesota Vikings
Rostered: ESPN – 8%, Yahoo – 8%, Sleeper – 15%
It would appear that the Minnesota Vikings have three viable pass catching wide receivers for the first time since Randy Moss, Cris Carter, and Jake Reed. KJ Osborn caught 6 of his 7 targets for 78 yards and the game winning touchdown in overtime in Week 6. KJ Osborn is on bye in week 7, but if you are looking for a WR to stash you could do much worse.
Demetric Felton – Cleveland Browns / D’Ernest Johnson – Cleveland Browns
Rostered: ESPN – 20%, Yahoo – 29%, Sleeper – 62% / Rostered: ESPN – 11%, Yahoo – 12%, Sleeper – 41%
Johnson and Felton make the list due to opportunity. Cleveland is down both their top backs in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Hunt is expected to be out 4-6 weeks and Chubb’s return is unknown. Also unknown is the usage that these two backs will see should they be the only two available. I would add one or both if you can to your roster this week. If both are out they are a flex play and if Chubb plays sit them both
Demarcus Robinson – Kansas City Chiefs
Rostered: ESPN – 1%, Yahoo – 0%, Sleeper – 4%
The past two weeks, Robinson has 3 catches, 46 yards and a touchdown in each contest. If the expectation was that this production continues, Robinson would be atop the Plan A list this week. Relevant pieces of a Patrick Mahomes led offense need to be rostered. It is possible that Robinson is on his way to becoming the Chiefs No.2 WR ahead of Mecole Hardman. that possibility alone is worth rostering.
The back up to the back up. The Bears rookie looked good yesterday, and if you are RB desperate, he is worth a bench stash. David Montgomery is out upwards of 4 more weeks, and Damien Williams is not exactly a youngster. Stranger things have happened.
Jaret Patterson – Washington Football Team
Rostered: ESPN – 1%, Yahoo – 1%, Sleeper – 4%
As noted Antonio Gibson, left this week’s game against Kansas City during the fourth quarter. On Monday he underwent a MRI on his injured shin. Should Gibson miss time, Jaret Patterson would likely handle most early-down touches. Patterson is a boom bust waiver wire add that is worth a dart throw should you have an available roster spot.
Devonta Freeman – Baltimore Ravens
Rostered: ESPN – 2%, Yahoo – 2%, Sleeper – 3%
Devonta Freeman rushed nine times for 53 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ Week 6 win over the Chargers. Freeman was part of a three-man rotation with Le’Veon Bell, and Latavius Murry in this one. Freeman out-gained Murray 53-44, and looked like the best back on the field. The Ravens backfield is a tough one to figure out, but it does appear that Freeman has a weekly role. He is widely available for the RB needy fantasy managers.
4. PLAN D
Plan D is the desperation tier. The “OMG, my players are all hurt and/or on bye this week” group. These guys are the dart throws for dart throws, players rostered in nearly zero percent in your leagues. The key to this group, however, is the upside. Things could very well fall into place, and they are worth your desperate addition to your lineup.
Parris Campbell – Indianapolis Colts
Tyler Conklin – Minnesota Vikings
Chris Evans – Cincinnati Bengals
Quez Watkins – Philadelphia Eagles
Dynami Brown – Washington Football Team
Jamal Agnew – Jacksonville Jaguars
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