Waiver Wire Adds for Week 7
Updated: Nov 21, 2020
A few key injuries in Week 6 of the NFL season has thrown a wrench into some fantasy football lineups. In this article, I’m going to discuss a handful of players you should consider picking up to give your team a better chance to win in Week 7. I’ll only be recommending players who have under 50% consensus ownership per FantasyPros in order to make sure that the players I’m recommending are readily available in a fair portion of leagues. At the end of each brief description of the player, I’ll also recommend a percentage range of FAB I’d be willing to spend on a general level, meaning not considering team weaknesses. If I recommend an RB at 10% FAB but you’re weak at RB, generally speaking, I’d be adding about 5-10% FAB to that range. Let’s get into it.
WR: Mike Williams, LAC (44%)
The Chargers just had their bye this past week, so chances are Williams is still sitting around on your waiver wire right now despite posting 5 catches for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 5. When Keenan Allen went down with an injury in their Week 5 matchup at the Saints, it was clear that Herbert was not afraid to target Williams, even throwing a few 50/50 balls his way, which with Williams is more like a 75/25 ball in favor of him catching it.
Personally, I’ve never really been a fan of Williams for redraft fantasy purposes because he’s often injured and doesn’t get many targets due to sharing the field with Keenan Allen. Williams gets JAX, at DEN, LV, at MIA, and NYJ for his next five. If you’ve got Justin Jefferson, AJ Brown, DJ Chark, Adam Thielen, etc, Williams is a solid replacement this week. I’d be looking to spend anywhere between 10-20% FAB on Williams.
RB: Boston Scott, PHI (13%)
As ugly as it may seem, Boston Scott is going to have a fair amount of opportunity to score fantasy points in the coming weeks. This week he gets the Giants who are the 10th best matchup for Running Backs, followed by an average matchup with the Cowboys. These are two very winnable games for the Eagles, so we can expect there to be a touchdown opportunity for Scott. The Eagles have a Week 9 bye, which I wouldn’t expect Sanders to return before then, so you’re looking at 2 games of usage minimum from Scott. You should spend 10-15% on Scott.
TE: Dallas Goedert, PHI (32%)
While Goedert may not play this Thursday night, Ertz is expected to miss multiple weeks due to injury and Goedert is likely to return soon.
This is more of a stash play, but if Goedert were to return this week, his next five matchups would be NYG, DAL, at NYG, at CLE, and SEA. Those are 4 games where the Eagles will likely be favored. Similar to the reasoning for adding Scott, Goedert has shown to be one of Wentz’s favorite targets in the red-zone while healthy, and there should be plenty of points available to be scored in the coming five matchups. If Ertz ends up on IR, you’ll have a weekly TE1 who might fly under the radar this week. I’d be going around 5-15% for Goedert this week, depending on the competency of your league.
QB: Tua Tagovailoa, MIA (5%)
Miami is on bye this week, but surprisingly they announced Tagovailoa as the starter for their week 8 matchup against the Rams. If you’re in a Superflex league, adding Tagovailoa is a must-add. If you’re in a regular league, this may be the week where you’re able to get him cheapest due to him being on bye. If the Dolphins are willing to put the rookie in for week 8 against the Rams, they must’ve been impressed with him throughout his time spent in Miami so far. If the Dolphins are willing to bench the QB8 in fantasy for Tagovailoa, I’m willing to add him as a “wait-and-see”. I’m not so sure he’s going to fare well against the Rams, but stranger things have happened this year. Right around playoff time, Tua gets at NYJ and vs CIN, which could help you sneak into a playoff spot. This week, I’m spending around 10-15% on Tua.
RB: Justin Jackson, LAC (50%)
Jackson is lower on the list simply due to his availability across your leagues. Jackson was a waiver add back when Ekeler got injured, but now is even more of a curious add for me as he not only led the RB group in snap percentage but opportunities (targets+carries) as well.
If Jackson is going to get 15-20 touches a game while Ekeler is out, Jackson could very well have RB1 upside next week against a Jacksonville defense that is allowing 24.7 fantasy points per game to running backs. Since Justin Jackson probably only has this week as a startable RB (top-24), his appeal is slightly lower than the others mentioned, but I’d still spend around 10-15% FAB on Jackson due to the matchup this week.