Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: October 15 *UPDATED*
Dan Malin brings you his top waiver wire adds for Week 7 of the fantasy football season!
Similar to last week, the waiver options are few and far between. Unlike last week there are some players we should jump on that are available. There are two quarterbacks that stand out in most waiver wire pools and this is a great week for a few wide receivers that may still be available. Waivers have been frustrating the past few weeks because there haven’t been any debilitating injuries to star running backs or wide receivers. We aren’t necessarily cheering for those kinds of injuries, but waivers have been boring. As always if you’re not content with what is on the wire in your league, just be patient and wait it out. See who gets dumped in your league and make a move for a dropped player. We’re only six weeks in, there will be better weeks for waivers. Patience is a virtue.
Kirk Cousins MIN; FAAB Bid: 10-15% - Ever since he was called out by Adam Thielen , Cousins has been performing better as a passer. In his last two games he has 639 passing yards with six touchdowns and just one interception. And the schedule isn’t awful for Minnesota going forward. They play the Lions, Redskins, Chiefs, Cowboys, and Broncos before their Week 12 bye. The downside to Cousins is the volume. He’s been incredibly efficient the past two weeks, but he’s only attempted 56 passes. Mike Zimmer has expressed interest in being a run-first team, but they’ll still need to move the ball through the air. Unfortunately, it just might not be as much as fantasy owners would like.
Sam Darnold NYJ; FAAB Bid: 5-7% - You can make the argument that Darnold might be the better quarterback to add off waivers if you’re looking at more of a long-term play. Darnold returned after missing a month with mononucleosis and looked solid against Dallas. He managed to throw for 338 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He has solid weapons at his disposal with Robbie Anderson, Jamison Crowder , Le’Veon Bell, and Chris Herndon . These are players that can be of use for your fantasy team even in an Adam Gase-run offense. The schedule gets very friendly for the Jets starting in a couple weeks. From Weeks 9-to-16 the Jets will play the Dolphins, Giants, Redskins, Raiders, Bengals, Dolphins (again), Ravens, and the Steelers. That’s a pretty good schedule to have and you can bet the Jets are going to try and remain competitive for all those games. A playoff run is likely out of the picture, but the Jets can put a quality product on the field for the remainder of the season.
Jamaal Williams GB; FAAB Bid: 15-25% - So Williams had a big game last night after this article was published. This impacts Aaron Jones ' value a little bit, but more importantly, it indicates the Packers may go with the hot hand as opposed to trying to give one guy a bulk of the carries last night. Jones lost a fumble and dropped a wide open touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers . It just wasn't his night. Williams made the most of his opportunities with over 130 all-purpose yards and a touchdown. He had the hot hand last night and it showed with more touches than Jones. Running back depth is hard to come by and Williams is a big-time add this week.
Frank Gore BUF; FAAB Bid: 12-14% - It seems outrageous that Gore is being mentioned again, but he was dropped in enough leagues where his ownership is under 60% across ESPN and Yahoo formats. One can only assume that his ownership dipped due to the fact that the Bills were off last week. However, this week they’ve got the Dolphins coming to town this week and they’re so bad that they made fellow AARP member Adrian Peterson look like a top 12 running back last week. Frank Gore should be able to run all over the Dolphins Sunday afternoon before his afternoon chamomile tea and nap. Gore’s a solid flex play this week.
Alexander Mattison MIN; FAAB Bid: 10-12% - Mattison’s workload was pretty eye-opening on Sunday even if he did lose a fumble. When Mattison is on the field, he’s likely getting a carry. But Dalvin Cook is still getting a majority of the snaps so it would take a devastating injury to Cook, which he’s no stranger to, for Mattison to see a significant increase in workload. Mattison is at least averaging 5.25 yards per carry so he’s definitely worth a stash, but they just won’t give him the workload as of right now. If you’re a Cook owner, you’ll want Mattison because he’s proving to be one of the better handcuffs that’s available on waivers right now.
Chase Edmonds ARI; FAAB Bid: 8-12% - It’s difficult to gauge Edmonds’ value, but he managed to get work last week with seven touches for 67 total yards and a touchdown. The week before he had 11 touches with 86 total yards and another score. So as a backup, he’s found the end zone in back-to-back weeks. Can that consistency be trusted? No. Edmonds’ has only been on the field for about 30% of Arizona’s snaps in the last two weeks. But he is worth owning especially if you’re a David Johnson owner knowing the injury history that DJ has.
Mark Walton MIA; FAAB Bid: 7-8% - Walton’s a very interesting add in deeper leagues. Go figure that Kalen Ballage played just four snaps and would get the touchdown over Walton and Kenyan Drake . But Walton was on the field for 32 snaps and finished with six carries for 32 yards and five receptions on six targets for 43 yards. The spike in snaps is hopefully a sign of things to come. He’s mostly only worth rostering in deeper leagues, but his workload is definitely worth monitoring over the next few weeks.
Benny Snell Jr. PIT; FAAB Bid: 3-5% - This isn’t a “must add” by any means. Snell saw an increased workload with Jaylen Samuels out, but he made the most of it. On 17 carries he totaled 75 rushing yards and added a 14-yard reception as well. Jaylen Samuels had his knee scoped so he’s going to miss about a month, which leads to more work for Snell. Another reason Snell isn’t a priority this week is because the Steelers are on Bye in Week 7, but the Dolphins come to town the following week to kick off three straight home games for Pittsburgh. He’s obviously still behind James Conner on the depth chart, but he’s worth stashing.
Golden Tate NYG; FAAB Bid: 15% - The Giants have wasted no time getting Golden Tate up to speed. He has nine catches on 15 targets through two games and the Arizona Cardinals come to town next week. What’s nice about this matchup is the offense for Arizona has been doing better of late so this could be a competitive game. The Giants might be a little more healthy than their last game against New England, but Tate should see roughly seven-to-nine targets at the minimum and it wouldn’t be too surprising if he found the end zone again.
Auden Tate CIN; FAAB Bid: 12-15% - Two Tate’s are better than one and Auden has been used more and more over the last couple weeks. He has 255 receiving yards over his last four games with 34 targets in that span. The knock against Auden Tate will be his catch rate. Through 12 games he’s caught just 23 of his 48 targets. But there’s no denying his workload as of right now and Andy Dalton has shown a desire to get him the ball. A.J. Green has yet to resume practicing and there’s no sign of his return anytime soon so Tate is a safe play for the foreseeable future.
Robby Anderson NYJ; FAAB Bid: 12% - Anderson’s threat as a big play receiver is well documented especially this past Sunday with his 92-yard touchdown catch. He finished with five catches for 125 yards and a score on eight targets against the Cowboys. The Jets have a fairly difficult schedule in the coming weeks (as mentioned above), but a very inviting schedule as your fantasy team makes its playoff push. Anderson’s a boom-or-bust play, but with Darnold back he’s got a little more boom potential.
Allen Lazard GB; FAAB Bid: 4-5% - It's difficult to tell what the Packers really have with Lazard since his production has come with Davante Adams out and Marquez Valdes-Scantling hurt as well as Allison. But with the big players out, Aaron Rodgers rallied behind Lazard and the two connected for a key touchdown in the fourth quarter. Lazard only had five targets, but there's a big opportunity ahead with all the injuries surrounding the Green Bay pass catchers.
Scotty Miller TB; FAAB Bid: 1-2% - This was a target of Jameis Winston ’s on Sunday that made absolutely no sense, but for whatever reason, Winston kept trying to feed him the ball. Winston targeted Miller seven times, but they only connected thrice for 39 yards. Winston even tried getting him the ball on a few deep passes, which made little sense when he has guys like Mike Evans , Chris Godwin , and O.J. Howard for those opportunities. Regardless, he was on the field for 48 offensive snaps so if there’s the slightest chance he evolves into an Adam Humphries -esque target for Winston, then he has some deep league appeal.
Hunter Henry LAC; FAAB Bid: 20-30% - Henry is probably the best waiver wire option this week. In a year where tight end has been tough to find consistency, Henry is in line for a very nice workload. He returned from a knee injury this past week and caught eight-of-nine targets for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns. In two games he’s caught 12-of-14 targets for 160 yards and the previously-mentioned two touchdowns. It looks like the Chargers might be playing from behind more often than not so Henry is shaping up to be a top five tight end the rest of the season.
Luke Willson SEA; FAAB Bid: 7-8% - If Will Dissly truly did tear his ACL then he’s done for the year and Luke Willson could step into an increased workload. Prior to Sunday’s game against the Browns, Dissly had four straight games with at least 50 receiving yards and four touchdowns in that span. Willson likely doesn’t reach that same production, but Dissly is leaving about six targets per game on the table and Willson should see an increase in snaps.
Honorable Mentions: Chris Herndon and Benjamin Watson have been mentioned numerous times before. Herndon was eligible to return last week, but he was inactive with a hamstring injury. The Jets are optimistic he’ll play next Monday night against New England and the Jets will likely find him more work as the season progresses. You can spend roughly 10-12% of your FAAB on Herndon, but if Henry’s out there you should bid heavy on him. Ben Watson served his four-game suspension, then was cut by the Patriots, and as of Monday afternoon it sounded like the Patriots were going to bring Watson back again. No need to bid as much on Watson, but a solid 5-8% bid in deeper leagues is fine if you’re in need of a tight end.
San Francisco 49ers – San Francisco will be the chalk D/ST claim this week. They’ve been a popular streamer for weeks and have been mentioned numerous times as a DFS play, but this is the week when they’ll see a massive ownership spike. They face the Redskins in Week 7 following a dominant performance against the Rams who they held to just seven points and under 170 yards of total offense. The 49ers defense is legit and should easily handle the Redskins on the road this week. The over/under for this game opened at 42.0 and the 49ers are ten-point favorites.
Tennessee Titans – If playing on ESPN, the Titans are likely unavailable, but they’re about 50% owned on Yahoo! Most of the production from the Titans D/ST will come from the fact that they don’t give up many points to the opposing offense. The Titans D/ST hasn’t allowed anybody to score more than 20 points and they’ve shown they can go out and get three or four sacks in a game. That didn’t happen last week, but the Chargers offense couldn’t get anything going until it was too late against the Steelers. The Titans should register six-to-seven points for your team next week.
New York Jets – This is a deep league recommendation, and yes the Jets are facing my beloved Patriots. The Jets D/ST actually did pretty well against the Patriots back in Week 3. Granted, they did score on a fumble recovery in the end zone and a fourth quarter pick six off Jarrett Stidham. If you take those two plays away the Jets D/ST probably gets you zero points in fantasy. But the Patriots offense hasn’t looked strong of late, as painful as it is to type that. They’ve largely been riding the coat tails of a great defense. It’s a home game for the Jets and they should be pretty competitive after they just held the Cowboys to nine points through three quarters last week before the officiating crew did its best to give the Cowboys a win.