2020 Season: Week 7 Movers & Shakers

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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Writer

Following the free agent market is incredibly important for fantasy football success. First, you scour the blogosphere (that is still a thing right?) for articles about the "waiver wire" (you should check out our waiver wire article every Tuesday!) and see what previously unknown stud will replace one of your duds from the past week.

But what if you did not manage to snag one of those players? What if you had low waiver priority, not enough time with a busy work week, or too much to drink watching Monday Night Football? Well, then you would probably want to know who is still left once the first batch of add/drops clear early Wednesday morning.

Luckily for you, we at The Lateral had the same thought, so every Wednesday we are going to let you know the top players still left in over 50% of Yahoo leagues and 50% of ESPN leagues. Below you will find one for each position, and why they are the addition your team needs. You will also find who were the players everyone added to get ready for their next match-up, and which players got left in the dust to make way for the new guys. 

Week 7 Movers & Shakers

Top Players Left on the Board Yahoo Leagues

QB: Kyle Allen (4% rostered Yahoo/2.3% rostered ESPN)

Keeping the same pick here as I did for the waiver wire article this week. Derek Carr is still widely available as a ROS (rest of season) option, and you could still take a shot on Andy Dalton as a bounce pack candidate on a talented offense.

RB: Boston Scott (25% rostered Yahoo/37.5% rostered ESPN)

Okay, since we know Miles Sanders is out, I guess I have to mention Boston Scott here. I picked him up in a league where I have Sanders, and that was only because I am hoping that if he has a good performance on Sunday he will remain Sander's handcuff ROS. If I did not have Sanders, I would probably have targeted Washington RB J.D. McKissic instead, who was my pick in this week's waiver article. As a one week option Boston Scott is boom/bust, but more likely to boom than JaMycal Hasty, who should also be considered as a deeper pick.

WR: Christian Kirk (42% rostered Yahoo/47% rostered ESPN)

Is it possible to be both a streaming pick, and a ROS pick? Kirk has finally started showing the promise that led fantasy managers to draft him as WR38 in PPR. Part of why he is so available is that people are slow to trust him after a slow start that had Kirk at WR117 in PPR through three weeks, but since then Kirk has been WR14 (weeks 4-6), slightly ahead of teammate DeAndre Hopkins. 

Is he better than Hopkins? Hell no. But, he is the second best WR on the Cardinals, and that is a valuable position to hold. It is even more valuable going up the Seattle Seahawks, who have allowed a league worst 64.2 PPR PPG to WRs so far this season. At worst, he is the streaming pick of the week at WR, and at best he will be a valuable piece ROS as the WR2 on Arizona.

TE: Eric Ebron (50% rostered Yahoo/50.5% rostered ESPN) and The Bye Week Bros

Ok so given the TE landscape I am going to do this a little differently. Eric Ebron is the guy to get if you need a TE this week, and we have talked about him in the past. Anthony Firsker is also still widely available and worth a look if you think Jonnu Smith will be out against the Steelers.

If you do not need a TE this week though, any one of the following are worth the add for ROS: Dallas Goedert (not on bye, but coming off IR [NOTE: he could potentially play this week], and Ertz is out for 3-4 weeks), Trey Burton (mentioned him in this week's waiver wire article), Irv Smith Jr. (Charles' waiver pick).  

DST: New York Giants (39% rostered Yahoo/40.1% rostered ESPN)

The Giants were my pick this week, and are still fairly available. Go ahead and scoop them up.

K: Randy Bullock (27% rostered Yahoo/46.1% rostered ESPN)

Bullock was my choice for waiver add at kicker this week, and is still out there. Joey Slye is now on the COVID-19 reserve list, so fantasy managers with him on their roster should replace him with Bullock ASAP.
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Top Players Left on the Board ESPN Leagues

QB: Derek Carr (24.8% rostered ESPN/27% rostered Yahoo)

Keeping the same pick here as Charles had for the waiver wire article this week. Kyle Allen is still widely available as a streaming option, and you could still take a shot on Andy Dalton as a bounce pack candidate on a talented offense.

RB: J.D. McKissic (32.4% rostered ESPN/20% rostered Yahoo)

McKissic was my pick at RB for Yahoo leagues this week, and he is still an option there. However, since Boston Scott is my Yahoo pick for this article (for the record, Scott is also widely available in ESPN leagues), I moved McKissic here. Charles' pick JaMycal Hasty, is still a boom/bust option here, but McKissic should provide a safer floor.

WR: Tim Patrick (23% rostered ESPN/20% rostered Yahoo)

I like Tim Patrick in general, but since he was Charles' ESPN waiver pick for this week, I decided to leave him in the ESPN spot. Grab him if you cannot get Christian Kirk.

TE: Dalton Schultz (41.4% rostered ESPN/53% rostered Yahoo) and The Bye Week Bros

Same as with the Yahoo picks, doing things a little differently. Dalton Schultz, who I mentioned in my "Week 6 Sunday Morning Preview," is the guy to get if you need someone for Week 7. He was fine in what was an awful game for Dallas, so in theory he should be able to get you at least 7-8 points. Not great, but a really safe floor. Anthony Firsker is also still widely available and worth a look if you think Jonnu Smith will be out against the Steelers.

If you do not need a TE this week though, any one of the following are worth the add for ROS: Dallas Goedert (not on bye, but coming off IR [NOTE: he could potentially play this week], and Ertz is out for 3-4 weeks), Trey Burton (mentioned him in this week's waiver wire article), Irv Smith Jr. (Charles' waiver pick).  

DST: Kansas City Chiefs (50% rostered ESPN/84% rostered Yahoo)

Heavily rostered in Yahoo, and just on the cusp of not being eligible for this article, the Chiefs were Charles' pick for ESPN leagues this week. Other options available are the Cleveland Browns with a good match-up against a no longer superhuman Joe Burrow and a porous Bengals offensive line, and the New York Giants who were my pick for Yahoo leagues this week. 

K: Daniel Carlson (15% rostered ESPN/16% rostered Yahoo)

Carlson has been largely match-up proof, at K9 through 6 games and 11.2 PPG. His only week without double digits points was Week 3 against NE, where he missed a FG, and he has already had his bye week, giving him ROS potential. Randy Bullock is also a widely available option, but in my league he was not, so I personally picked up Carlson as a bye week fill in for Justin Tucker. I am putting my money where my mouth is here.

Top 5 Adds Yahoo Leagues (Daily Moves)

1. Boston Scott (340,927 adds)
2. Philadelphia Eagles DST (318,386 adds)
3. Los Angeles Chargers DST (197,773 adds)
4. Buffalo Bills DST (186,574 adds)
5. Tampa Bay DST (185,295 adds)

Top 5 Adds ESPN Leagues (7-day Moving +/-)

1. Chase Claypool (80.7% increase)
2. Travis Fulgham (62.5% increase)
3. Younghoe Koo (46% increase)
4. Jason Sanders (42.5% increase)
5. New York Giants DST (38.8% increase)

Top 5 Drops Yahoo Leagues (Daily Moves)

1. Miami Dolphins DST (90,972 drops)
2. Rodrigo Blankenship (82,568 drops)
3. Jason Sanders (70,169 drops)
4. Indianapolis Colts DST (52,323 drops)
5. Ryan Fitzpatrick (47,595 drops)

Top 5 Drops ESPN Leagues (7-day Moving +/-)

1. Dak Prescott (70.4% decrease)
2. Jason Myers (31.3% decrease)
3. Arizona Cardinals DST (25.9% decrease)
4. New Orleans Saints DST (25.2% decrease)
5. Russell Gage (24.6% decrease)

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