In writing last week’s waiver wire report, I altered the format a little bit, including a “Key Statistic” with every player as well as a priority list included at the bottom. There are no new alterations to report for this week’s article, but I’ve maintained last week’s additions as they seemed to be well received.
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Week 7 Waiver Wire Touts
Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers — Vance McDonald has seen enough targets in his first 5 games to warrant being one of the more owned TEs in Fantasy Football. Just like he was dropped in many leagues following his year low 1/6 performance against Atlanta, he should be added in many leagues after getting 7 receptions for 8 targets in Cincinnati. His Red Zone usage is a bit concerning for a TE, so perhaps he is a better add in more PPR-based formats. Key Statistic: McDonald has 5 Targets in 4 of his 5 Games this season.
Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers — Injured with a waning ownership%, Allison may not be appealing for the short term or owners reeling from injuries. That said, Aaron Rodgers is still a QB who produces huge numbers for the WR position. Stash him and hope he pays off in the long run. Key Statistic: Adding in MNF, Packers Wide Receivers not named Davante Adams have combined for 137.8 Fantasy Points, or roughly 23 Points Per Game in 1/2 PPR scoring.
Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles — While he didn’t produce very many fantasy points in Ajayi’s absence, and while he isn’t the back to own in my opinion (Clement), Smallwood still saw enough carries and has a large enough role with the Eagles that he warrants a higher ownership%. Key Statistic: 19 Touches on Thursday with no Ajayi.
Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers — As much as I was ready to give up on Barber entirely last week, the Tampa Bay running back finally put together a good game coming off the bye. He has been used as a primary Running Back throughout the year and still has an inside track to a good amount of carries. Key Statistic: Despite a rough beginning to the season, Barber is still pacing around 221 touches.
Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans — While the hot start to Coutee’s career did take a bit of a decline this past Sunday, it’s still important to remember that this is a rookie who has only played in three games, and will perhaps have his best football ahead of him this year. Key Statistic: Coutee’s bad 3rd game simply made his seasonal pace look mortal. Coutee is pacing 107 Receptions, 1029 Yards, and 5+ TDs based on his first three game sample.
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Chicago Bears — Third week now covering Gabriel, and the target share remains far greater than what it was in Atlanta. Will he be a bit boom or bust? Sure. But his near 7 targets a game is very different from what we saw in Atlanta, and Trubisky has showed some modest growth early on in the season, and is now pacing 4000+ yards. Key Statistic: Same as last week but updated. Gabriel had 3.45 Targets per Game in Atlanta, and now has 34 in 5 games (6.8 Targets per Game) as a Bear.
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts — The Colts RB situation is very fluid, and if Mack can stay healthy he has a chance of earning a greater role with strong performance. More than other backs on the team, it would seem Mack has a greater opportunity to earn work both between the tackles and in the passing game. Key Statistic: Mack was finally a very effective back with his touches this year, with 7.4 YPC on Sunday. The Colts need to sustain an effective Running Game if they want to have a chance at turning their season around or even looking decent moving forward this year.
Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts — I’m adding Doyle to a watchlist depending on how badly I need a potentially high floor Tight End. The Colts offense has featured a lot of short to intermediate pass attempts and at a high volume. This should play into Doyle’s skill-set well. Key Statistic: Jack Doyle had 80 Receptions in only 15 games in 2017.
Under 15% Ownership
Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals — Kirk has continued to grow into a more and more consistent role for the Arizona Cardinals. They may not put up many points compared to other teams, but it would seem the young Cardinals offense in terms of Rosen and Kirk is trending upward. Key Statistic: Kirk’s 16 Game Pace based on Weeks 2-6 is 77 Receptions on 93 Targets, 982 Yards, 3 TDs.
Frank Gore, RB, Miami Dolphins — Had at least 10 Carries for the third time in a row, and ran up good numbers against a defense that coming into the game had been very stingy. Gore may not have the same sized role he’s had the last few years, but he’s still producing fantasy numbers at a better rate than his ownership% would suggest. Key Statistic: Frank Gore is averaging about 13 Carries and about 68 yards on the Ground in his last three games.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers — It’s strange choosing a player like Valdes-Scantling for this column, as when I wrote the rest of the blurbs, MVS had not yet played his Week 6 game. But 100+ yards later and Valdes-Scantling again proves to be a worthwhile play for as long as Cobb and Allison are out, and may have a role if either one or the other is missing. Key Statistic: See: Geronimo Allison. A Rodgers lead offense produces numbers for the WR position, even outside of “the” guy.
Chester Rogers, WR, Indianapolis Colts — He didn’t continue his PPR pace in terms of receptions, but Rogers got into the End Zone. He is on a nice three game stretch. The return of Doyle and Hilton may take him down a notch, but in a high volume offense he seems to be one of the most consistent early reads of Andrew Luck. Key Statistic: Chester Rogers has now received 10 or more targets in 3 straight games.
Albert Wilson, WR, Miami Dolphins — Absolutely torched the Bears defense on big plays Sunday. Wilson didn’t run anything particularly complex, but he did show an explosiveness with the ball in his hands. Miami has been a bit of a revolving door in terms of fantasy relevance, but Wilson’s Sunday performance deserves some attention. Key Statistic: Jarvis Landry had 160 targets as a Dolphin last year and where those targets ultimately end up is still unclear on this offense.
CJ Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals & Rickey Seals-Jones, TE, Arizona Cardinals — TE Fliers seeing expanded roles. This is just a quick heads-up of two TEs growing into expanded roles. In the case of Uzomah, he can’t quite fill the expectations and upside of Tyler Eifert, but he can be a fantasy-worthwhile piece of the Bengals offense. And then while RSJ hasn’t had anything as direct happen to boost his role size, the Rosen offense has produce a few more fantasy stats the last couple weeks, and I expect that to continue as Rosen progresses as a QB.
Priority List (No TE listed)
Geronimo Allison – Bonus: Can hold with injury. Potential consistent WR with upside.
Marlon Mack – Bonus: Short-Term RB. Potential for Long-Term Value. Health Concern.
Frank Gore – Bonus: RB Depth + Bye-Week RB.
Peyton Barber – Bonus: RB Depth + Bye-Week RB.
Taylor Gabriel – Bonus: Anything that rewards Best-Ball type weeks. 3-WR Start Leagues.
Keke Coutee – Bonus: Floor+Ceiling at WR with the potential for more consistency. Still 3 Games Played in NFL Career.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Bonus: Value Hinges on Health of Others. Easier to predict.
Wendell Smallwood – Bonus: RB Depth + Bye-Week RB
Christian Kirk – Bonus: Rookie with Best Days ahead. Rookie QB with Best Days ahead. +KR Yardage Leagues.
Chester Rogers – Bonus: Need short-term value. Value hard to gauge as Hilton/Doyle Return.
Albert Wilson – Bonus: PPR Leagues. Keep an eye on further increased targets.