Welcome to the Week 7 waiver wire!
My mother-in-law is in town for the long weekend and as such, I took Sunday off from football, hence why this is coming out Monday morning rather than Sunday night. And honestly, it’s a good thing I missed this week. Good lord was I wrong on so many levels. My two undefeated teams are on the brink of their first loss (I need at least five points from T.J. Hockenson tonight to pull through with the victory in one of my leagues), I now have to start worrying about Amari Cooper and Cooper Kupp in fantasy, and I went a terrible 1 for 5 in my top 5 plays of the week (I KNEW I should’ve made Curtis Samuel one of my guys). Yikes.
The beauty of fantasy football is a new week, a new me. And it can be a new you as well! I’m sure I’m not the only one who had a rough Week 6 and I at least had the benefit of not watching every game.
Rough weeks unite and let’s move past this week together. There’s no better way to do that then to go attack that waiver wire.
Let’s get it.
Here are 10 players you should be targeting and working hard to get onto your fantasy team this week (percent owned in Yahoo leagues).
QB Sam Darnold, New York Jets (16% owned)
Darnold bravely put his spleen on the line Sunday, throwing for 338 yards and two touchdowns against a Cowboys defense that had been rather tough to start the season. As you’ll notice in this list, the Jets offense came back in a big way with Darnold at the helm and if you’ve been streaming quarterbacks this season, Darnold is a great guy to have on your team. He faces the Patriots next but he still has games against the Dolphins (twice), Giants, Washington, Bengals and Steelers this season. That’s a pretty nice schedule for fantasy production.
RB Darrell Henderson Jr, Los Angeles Rams (28% owned)
After everyone drafting Henderson this offseason, expecting him to be the guy sharing the backfield with Todd Gurley, we finally saw a heavy dose of the rookie this week. With Gurley out, Henderson had 39 yards on six carries and caught a ball for nine yards. While this wasn’t a world-breaking performance, he led the Rams backfield in fantasy points and will be a part of the committee as long as Gurley is out. Who knows how long that’ll be, but it’s better to be save than sorry.
RB Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (22% owned)
Mattison popped up on this list a couple weeks ago when he scored a touchdown against the Raiders back in Week 3. The Vikings offense dare I say might finally be starting to click and that’s a good thing for Mattison who sees his biggest workloads when the offense is humming. He actually out-gained Dalvin Cook this week despite seeing two fewer carries (63 to 41 yards). Mattison remains one of the top handcuffs in fantasy and should be rostered across more leagues.
RB Benny Snell, Pittsburgh Steelers (2% owned)
Snell took over for injured Jaylen Samuels as the Steelers’ backup running back and quickly made the most of his touches, rushing for 75 yards on 17 carries and catching his only target for 14 yards. Stop me if you heard this before: James Conner left the game with an injury. It seems Conner has had an injury in every game and if he misses time, or even starts to have a reduced role in the offense to keep him healthy, Snell is a great guy to have on your fantasy team, especially with the Dolphins coming up after their bye.
WR Robby Anderson, New York Jets (59% owned)
Here comes them Jets! Anderson finished Sunday with 125 yards and a touchdown on five catches, with most of that production coming from a 92-yard touchdown. Darnold’s return gave the Jets offense the downfield threat they’d been missing all season and Anderson showed his elite speed, but also his elite boom-or-bust status. He’s worth rostering but he faces the Patriots this week which caps his ceiling.
WR Jamison Crowder, New York Jets (42% owned)
One thing is clear: Sam Darnold loves himself some Jamison Crowder. In Darnold’s two games this season, Crowder has seen 17 and nine targets respectively, both of which obviously led the team. Sunday, Crowder turned those nine targets into six catches for 98 yards. He’s a great guy to add in any league, but a must add if you play PPR. He’s likely to be Darnold’s go-to receiver when he’s under pressure, which means Crowder could be in line for a lot of targets and receptions rest of the season.
WR Auden Tate, Cincinnati Bengals (23% owned)
Tate is going to keep appearing on this list until he’s over 50% owned or A.J. Green officially returns. We’ll see which comes first. Tate led the Bengals in targets, catches and yards Sunday finishing with five for 12 for 91 yards. Not an efficient day by any standards but hey, fantasy points are fantasy points no matter how you get them. Tate has now gone over 50 yards or caught a touchdown in each of his last four games. Like I said to start this, he’s going to be a part of this offense and a viable fantasy commodity until Green comes back. Get him while you can.
WR Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots (1% owned)
IT’S JAKOBI MEYERS SZN!!!! After a preseason of hype, Meyers might finally be forced into a premier role in New England’s offense with both Phillip Dorsett and Josh Gordon dealing with injuries. Against the Giants, Meyers finished with four catches on as many targets for 54 yards. His status as the Patriots now number two receiver depends on Dorsett and Gordon’s health, but if either or both are out this week against the Jets, Meyers has a great shot at seeing a solid workload.
TE Ricky Seals-Jones, Cleveland Browns (3% owned)
We all know the tight end pool is shallow and way to cold to go swimming in, so when you see Seals-Jones catch his second touchdown in three weeks, you jump in to get him. The Browns are heading to their bye this week and then are set to face the Patriots, but with the Dolphins, Cardinals and Bengals twice still on the schedule, RSJ has a chance to return some decent fantasy value at a position many need all the help they can get.
TE Darren Fells, Houston Texans (3% owned)
It may blow your mind, but Fells is currently the TE10 in standard leagues and TE13 in PPR. And he’s 3% owned right now as I type this. He’s either caught a touchdown or gone over 60 yards in three of his last four games and has seen his snap count increase dramatically in his last two games. When you can get the TE10 on your fantasy team, you do it, no questions asked.