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“Big Rigg” Waiver Pickups for Week #7

This week was devastating for fantasy owners who invested a high draft pick in Aaron Rodgers or rolled Jameis Winston out there against the Cardinals.  Rodgers is a true difference maker and if you lost him, you aren’t likely to completely replace his production, all you can do is stream from here on out and do your best to replace his value.  If you are a Winston owner, he plans to play in week 7 but it’s always good to have a backup plan.  Other than Rodgers and Winston, there weren’t many serious injuries this week.  Heading into week 7, the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans will be on bye, meaning we will lose the following fantasy relevant players:

Detroit Lions – Matthew Stafford, Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, Golden Tate, Marvin Jones

Houston Texans – Deshaun Watson, Lamar Miller, DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Ryan Griffin

Jared Goff – QB LA Rams – Goff is owned in only 38% of leagues and faces off against the Arizona Cardinals this week.  Goff started off the season alright and may have been discarded over the last few weeks in your league because he had the Seahawks and Jaguars back to back.  With more favorable matchups on the horizon (anything is better than Seattle and Jacksonville right now), you may be able to turn to Goff if needed.  The Rams skill players are all healthy, and Patrick Peterson was banged up for the Cardinals on Sunday, so if Peterson’s week 7 status is in question it makes Goff’s matchup a little more enticing.

Josh McCown – QB NY Jets – McCown was almost able to pull off the upset against the Patriots on Sunday but a questionable call stalled those hopes for the Jets.  In the losing effort McCown had over 300 yards passing and tossed 2 touchdowns.  McCown is more than serviceable as long as the matchup is right, and he faces Miami this week.  Miami is solid against the run but vulnerable against the pass.  McCown threw for 249 and a touchdown against the Dolphins in week 3.  McCown is only owned in 8% of Yahoo leagues.

Andy Dalton – QB Cincinnati Bengals – Dalton appears to have his chemistry back with AJ Green as the Bengals have been getting it done on offense since they switched offensive coordinators.  Historically, Dalton has been up and down against the Steelers, making Dalton a risky proposition this week in a game that figures to be a divisional slug fest.  Dalton is owned in 45% of Yahoo leagues.

Tyrod Taylor – QB Buffalo Bills – Taylor is owned in 36% of Yahoo leagues and if he has the right matchup, he is quite viable.  The Bills face off against the Buccaneers this week who have been absolutely shredded by opposing defenses lately.  The Bills don’t have the best play makers on offense but it seems like everybody has been producing against the Bucs lately.  As long as he adds 50 yards with his legs, Taylor is serviceable.  If the lack of Bills play makers worries you, just file this away: the Bucs let Mike Glennon throw for 301 yards and a touchdown in week 2.

Running Backs remained fairly healthy this week, for once.  Although there aren’t any glaring options that you need to add off the waiver wire this week, there are a few guys who you could add proactively.  In other running back news, Devonta Freeman was one bye week 5 and had an extremely underwhelming week 6 performance.  That being said, Freeman owners may be a little frustrated because they haven’t seen production from him since week 4 when he found the endzone against the Bills, so you may be able to buy relatively low on him right now.

Rob Kelley – RB Washington Redskins – Samaje Perine hasn’t been getting it done in Kelley’s absence, running the ball at 3.0 yards per run, and Kelley may assume his role back once he returns to the Redskins lineup.  Many fantasy owners have cut ties with Kelley and he is now only owned in 44% of Yahoo leagues.  If you are having issues at the position or forecast bye week struggles, you may want to snag Kelley now, before he returns to the lineup.

Chris Ivory – RB Jacksonville Jaguars – If you have been rolling through the 2017 season on the back of Leonard Fournette and you don’t own Chris Ivory, notice has been served as of October 15, 2017, you need to get him on your roster.  Fournette owners had a huge scare put into them in the 4th quarter on Sunday against the Rams when Fournette planted his foot into the ground and went down in awkward fashion.  An in game report advised that Fournette could have returned to the game but the Jaguars opted to keep him out while in catch up mode.  If you own Fournette and you were wondering what you were going to do moving forward if Fournette were to miss time, then you answered your own question, you need to snag Ivory off your waiver wire who is owned in only 4% of Yahoo leagues.

Gio Bernard – RB Cincinnati Bengals – Bernard is the Bengals highest scoring fantasy back and he is only owned in 23% of Yahoo leagues.  Bernard has been putting up RB2 numbers yet he is available in 3 out of 4 leagues.  Although he doesn’t get consistent volume and may be a little touchdown dependent, during bye weeks he is a more than competent fill in player.

Dion Lewis – RB New England Patriots – Lewis is only owned in 10% of Yahoo leagues and he saw 11 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown in week 6.  I know it’s hard to trust a Patriots running back but Burkehead has been inactive lately and Mike Gillislee was seemingly in the dog house for at least part of the game against the Jets on Sunday.  That being said, Lewis may give your team some juice in a high powered offense if you’re desperate.

Alex Collins – RB Baltimore Ravens – Alex Collins has been getting consistent volume but you had to wonder how sustainable it would be.  This week, the Ravens gave Collins the ball 15 times while Buck Allen only touched it 13 times.  I think we can all agree that Collins has an early down role on this team moving forward.  He remains owned in only 31% of Yahoo leagues and if he can find the endzone he should come through for you.

Sterling Shepard – WR New York Giants – After all of the Giants injury woes in week 5, Shepard still remains owned in only 52% of Yahoo leagues because he had a banged up ankle heading into week 6 and was inactive.  Shepard should be the man for the Giants moving forward, so if he is available, go get him, especially with the Giants offense looking somewhat reborn with their new play caller.

Marqise Lee – WR Jacksonville Jaguars – Blake Bortles doesn’t look great out there and the Jaguars don’t want to throw the ball unless they have to, but this week they had to after finding themselves down to the Rams.  This adverse game script led to 10 targets for Marqise Lee.  Unfortunately, more so than with other teams, game script will dictate Lee’s targets in a big way, because they won’t have Bortles throw the ball unless they need him to.  This week they needed Bortles to throw, and Lee came through for you if you used him.  Lee is only owned in 33% of Yahoo leagues, so if you are having wide receiver problems he may be a target of yours this week.

Bennie Fowler – WR Denver Broncos – On the season, Fowler has hauled in 13 of 24 targets for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns.  On Sunday night, Emmanuel Sanders appeared to go down with a potentially multi week injury.  In Sanders’ absence, Fowler was targeted 8 times.  He only hauled in 3 of them for 21 yards but the matchup was not favorable against the Giants.  If Sanders misses time, adding Fowler could be a nice addition for you, he is owned in only 1% of Yahoo leagues.

TJ Jones – WR Detroit Lions – Golden Tate went down with a shoulder injury this week and in his absence TJ Jones saw a healthy 9 targets from Matthew Stafford.  If Tate misses week 8 out of their week 7 bye, Jones will be an intriguing option.  He is owned in 0% of Yahoo leagues, so he should be available for you.

Cooper Kupp – WR LA Rams – Kupp started off the season doing fairly well, but over the last two weeks he has cooled off considerably, coming off back to back brutal matchups against the Seahawks and Jaguars.  Kupp is owned in only 43% of Yahoo leagues so there is a good chance he is available in your league.  Kupp is a good bet to bounce back moving forward, especially since he is the Rams second most targeted receiver with 32, behind only Woods who has 37 targets on the season.  It should be noted that over the last few weeks Goff has targeted Kupp in tough situations when the game is on the line and on 3rd downs.

John Brown – WR Arizona Cardinals – John Brown is owned in 43% of Yahoo leagues.  Look, if he’s healthy, fully healthy, use him.  If he’s not, then only roll him out there if you need to.  That’s all.  When healthy, Smoky Brown is legit, when banged up, he’s not the real Smoky.  Brown has scored two weeks in a row and is a home run waiting to happen making him especially valuable in leagues that reward big plays.

Austin Hooper – TE Atlanta Falcons – Hooper is owned in 50% of Yahoo leagues.  He had 7 catches on 9 targets for 48 yards on Sunday against the Dolphins.  Hooper almost doubled his 2017 target total in this game and that can be attributed to Sanu’s absence.  As long as Sanu remains out of the lineup, Hooper should continue to see an increase in target share making him very viable.

Ed Dickson – TE Carolina Panthers – Dickson is only owned in 51% of leagues and continues to see targets in Greg Olsen’s absence.  To be clear, Dickson is not Olsen, but he has been getting volume lately.  Given the current landscape of the tight end position, you need to roll with guys who are getting consistent volume.  I would rather have Dickson than Hooper because Hooper’s volume may go down once Sanu returns.  If you already have Dickson on your team and have another viable tight end on your team, you may want to consider trading him in the event Greg Olsen returns from the IR in 4 weeks.

George Kittle – TE San Francisco 49ers – Kittle emerged as a legitimate fantasy contributor in week 5 and regardless of his week 5 performance, he remained owned in only 8% of Yahoo leagues heading into week 6.  Kittle had a healthy 8 targets this week and was targeted by CJ Beathard which is good in the event the 49ers turn to Beathard moving forward.  Without consistent receivers on the outside, and with the 49ers likely to be playing from behind for a majority of the season, Kittle is a solid option at tight end moving forward, especially if you are having issues at the position.

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