Week 7 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups
As in the real game of professional football, injuries are a huge part of fantasy football. Aaron Rodgers injury on Sunday could be the straw that broke the camels back for many fantasy owners who rostered him. Trying to find a replacement in week 7 is next to impossible. However, using the streaming quarterback fantasy football strategy (similar to streaming defenses) one can at least put up a fight for a playoff spot. With our Week 7 fantasy football waiver wire column, we will address the quarterbacks which you could begin to stream with this week as well as the other positions.
I firmly believe that fantasy football championships are won on the waiver wire. Often times it is difficult to make a trade with a colleague because owners tend to overvalue their players and devalue your players. Upgrading your team each week can add to the strength of the depth of your team which is critical to playoff success.
Percentage owned is for ESPN Leagues as of week 6.
Week 7 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Quarterbacks
Tyrod Taylor QB / Bills (39.8% owned)
The schedule for the Buffalo Bill’s for the rest of the season is extremely favorable. Both Jordan Matthews and Charles Clay are out but Taylor can contribute with his running skills which could open up the passing game. You could do much worse at the quarterback position and he should be a priority add for anyone who lost Aaron Rodgers and possibly Jameis Winston (will know more on Winston on Monday).
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB / Buccaneers (0% owned)
Jameis Winston left Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury and the wily veteran Fitzpatrick took over for Winston on Sunday and nearly performed a miraculous comeback by leading the Bucs to 33 second-half points. Fitzpatrick finished with 290 yards and three scores in just about three-quarters of play against a good Cardinals defense. He did throw a couple of interceptions but that’s expected with Fitzy.
Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said X-rays on Winston’s injured right shoulder came back negative, adding that the quarterback is scheduled to have an MRI when the team gets back to Tampa Bay, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. With DeSean Jackson, Cameron Brate, Adam Humphries and of course Mike Evans at his disposal, If Winston’s injury is multi-week, then Fitzpatrick could step right in and have an excellent shot to produce similar type numbers on a weekly basis.
Brett Hundley QB / Packers (0.1% owned)
On Sunday when pushed into the game after Rodgers injury, Hundley produced 18-of-33, 157 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions versus the Vikings tough defense. Hundley has the mobility to step up and get to either side of the pocket and can run but he definitely isn’t on the same level as Rodgers.
Hundley will certainly be added in many leagues but beware playing him unless the matchup is good. Saints will come to Lambeau Field in week 7, not a bad time to try out Hundley’s skills on your fantasy team. Make sure you temper your expectations with him in your lineup.
Josh McCown QB / Jets (10.3% owned)
McCown completed 31 of 47 passes for 354 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Patriots. He added three carries for 21 yards and had a third touchdown pass overturned on a dubious call. The Jets travel to Miami in week 7 which will keep McCown on the fantasy relevance radar. He should be a decent start for the rest of the season.
Week 7 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Running Backs
Orleans Darkwa RB / Giants (32% owned)
Darkwa took a huge step this past Sunday to claim the lead back role for the New York Giants. On Sunday night he had 21 carries for a career-best 117 yards. The 21 carries were the most by any single Giants RB this year. The Broncos are no pushovers on defense, especially at home and Darkwa seem to have his way with them.
If your in a spot for an RB, Darkwa is worthy of consideration even if you have to play him against the Seahawks in week 7.
Dion Lewis RB / Patriots (13.5% owned)
Weel, Mike Gillislee fumbled in the first quarter of the Patriots’ win at the Jets and was ceremoniously placed in Belichick’s doghouse for a quarter and a half. Then the Dion Lewis show took over as the veteran rusher played 29 snaps and took 11 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown, leading New England on the ground.
The question is; Do you trust any Patriot running back with Belichick in command? Lewis has proven before that he can take over a game with his talent, as long as Belichick will let him ride. However, this may have been the opportunity Lewis needed to show that he still has it and deserves more touches.
Week 7 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Wide Receivers
John Brown WR / Cardinals (51.3% owned)
Down-Town John Brown is looking like he is back as the most dangerous receiver for the Cardinals. if and when healthy, Brown is nearly unstoppable with his quickness and speed. He’s scored in his last two games and has finished second among wide receivers in targets in every game he’s played in.
Keep your fingers crossed, as long as he and Carson Palmer are healthy, Brown is worth considering as a Flex/No. 3 receiver and should be own in all leagues (as long as he stays healthy).
Week 7 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Tight Ends
Austin Hooper TE / Falcons (40.8% owned)
On Sunday, Hooper snagged 7 of 9 targets against the Dolphins. He now has caught 12 of 16 targets over his last two games. Week 7, it’s the Super Bowl rematch and we all know what he did against them then. Hooper is a solid start in PPR leagues as his targets have risen in recent weeks. He nearly catches everything Matt Ryan can throw his way. I’m all in on the Hoop Train.