RotoViz provides advice on players to target and fade on your fantasy football waiver wire.
Week 7 Waiver Wire Advice
I’ll present players by positional tiers, from most desirable to acquire (1) to least (3). Availability in ESPN leagues is shown in parentheses.
Quarterbacks – Tier 1
Check out Giana Pacinelli’s weekly Streaming QB column for more advice.
There are five widely available quarterbacks with top-10 matchups according to the Fantasy Streaming App. No more than a small bid for any of them though.
Joe Flacco (81%) has the week’s ninth-best matchup, which is also one of the week’s top matchups for wide receivers.
Andy Dalton (38%) has the fourth-best quarterback matchup. Dalton is a perfectly fine fantasy QB, despite his reputation as the middling sort.
Quarterbacks – Tier 2
Alex Smith (41%) has already had his bye and gets the fifth-best matchup this week.
Baker Mayfield (57%) and Sam Darnold (97%) have the week’s second and eighth-best matchups respectively. However, they also play for the Browns and Jets respectively.
Tight Ends – Tier 1
I’ll let Neil Dutton do the heavy lifting in his weekly GLSP column, but here are two names that intrigue me at tight end.
Vance McDonald (50%) has a bye, so hopefully, he’s available for a small bid. After the bye come three plus matchups: Cleveland, Baltimore, and Carolina.
Austin Hooper (43%) has a top-12 matchup. Two big games have probably made him pricey (for a tight end) which means I’ll probably pass since his rest-of-season schedule is just neutral.
Tight Ends – Tier 2
C.J. Uzomah (85%) has the seventh-best matchup this week. If Tyler Kroft misses another game, Uzomah is playable.
Ricky Seals-Jones (84%) has the fourth-best matchup and has seen six targets in back-to-back games.
Running Backs – Tier 1
Even the best options this week aren’t that great. Barring desperation, only a modest bid for Mack and small bids for the rest.
Marlon Mack (74%) obliterated Nyhiem Hines.
Hines still received a good amount of work in the pass game so don’t give up on him yet. But Mack’s usage was good to see. His next two games (Buffalo, Oakland) are also favorable matchups.
Running Backs – Tier 2
Austin Ekeler (32%) Faces Tennessee before his bye. He’s still a decent bye-week fill in with huge upside if Melvin Gordon misses time.
Jalen Richard (91%) – If Oakland keeps playing like it has the past two weeks, expect this to continue.
Richard is currently eighth in RB receiving expected points for the season. After a Week 7 bye, which should keep Richard cheap, Oakland faces Indianapolis, a nice matchup.
Wendell Smallwood (53%) Also acceptable: Corey Clement (38%). Here’s how Week 6 looked without Jay Ajayi.
Not pretty from an efficiency point of view, but enough expected work for both to be viable players. Smallwood is more widely available, so presumably costs a bit less. Clement has been the better back over the past two seasons however.
Peyton Barber (57%) – Rookie Ronald Jones earned just a single carry in Week 6, after getting 10 in his previous game. Barber isn’t exciting but seems to be holding on to some workload.
Bilal Powell (31%) – See every week’s column. A reliable low-ceiling player with two poor matchups (Minnesota, Chicago).
Latavius Murray (53%) finally had a big game. But his next two matchups are poor and Dalvin Cook is inching closer to returning. If Cook misses more time, at least Murray will have a decent workload.
Running Backs – Tier 3
- Ito Smith (86%) – Has a poor matchup and Devonta Freeman is back.
- Duke Johnson (53%) – It was only one game. It’s still 2018. Cleveland’s next game against Tampa Bay is just neutral for Johnson.
Wide Receivers – Tier 1
Robby Anderson (48%) – Other than Week 1, Anderson has gotten consistent, if modest volume all season. The loss of Quincy Enunwa (seven targets per game) should vault Anderson’s usage even higher. Last year, sans Enunwa, Anderson garnered a 23 percent share of targets. Anderson is outplaying the next most likely target in the Jets WR corps.
Next week’s game is also favorable for Anderson from a streaming point of view. Anderson is my favorite pickup this week. He’s got a clear opportunity to be a team’s leading WR.
Cameron Meredith (88%) – This is risky, and a tough matchup this week doesn’t help. But in the three games he’s played, Meredith’s targets have gone from one, to four, to five. Meanwhile, Tre’Quan Smith has never cleared three targets and Ted Ginn is still out. The chance that Ginn is ineffective and Smith isn’t ready means Meredith could be a valuable rest of season WR.
Chris Godwin (88%) – Check out the Buccaneers’ WRs since Week 3.
Godwin is neck and neck with Mike Evans in expected points, and somewhat more efficient than DeSean Jackson. At nearly 17 percent of targets, it’s a good role with some upside.
Keke Coutee (61%) – The bad news is that his targets have fallen three games in a row. On the other hand, he’s still getting more work than Will Fuller.
Wide Receivers – Tier 2
There are so many potentially useful wide receivers available this week, that I’ll just drop a quick note on each. They all have potential for more work, but a lot of obvious drawbacks too.
Christian Kirk (86%) has pulled away from Chad Williams and drawn close to Larry Fitzgerald.
Since Week 4, Kirk is far and away the best option in Arizona’s passing game. Let’s hope it leads to more work.
Cole Beasley (92%) – Dallas doesn’t really have any other options, and Washington is a plus matchup. On the other hand, Beasley got a third of seasonal targets in just last week’s game. I’m not sure he sees that kind of volume again.
This image illustrates just how poor Beasley’s target competition is. It also shows where he fits compared to some of the other WRs in this article. As with all of them, there’s potential but no guarantees.
Willie Snead (91%) – As mentioned, Baltimore WRs have fantastic matchups this week. He should be free or nearly so, if you just want a one-off dart throw.
Antonio Callaway (80%) – As long as Rashard Higgins is out, he’ll keep getting chances. I’m passing until he figures out what to do with those chances.
Tyrell Williams (98%) – This is the type of game Williams has from time to time. Next week’s matchup against Tennessee is less favorable, and Williams hasn’t had more than five targets in a game this year.
Albert Wilson (94%) – Wilson is probably Miami’s top WR. Since Week 4.
Wilson has an edge in expected points and a massive lead in efficiency. I’m not sure how much Miami’s WR1 role is worth, but Wilson is worth adding in deeper leagues.