2020 Season: Week 7 Waiver Wire

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Charles Herrmann (@HermsNFL)
The Lateral Chief Editor

Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)

The Lateral Writer

Did someone kill it last week only to be sitting in the free agent pool of your league? Did that sleeper you were so sure about turn out to be the third part of an RBBC, and now you cannot use him as a FLEX? Well, good news! You do not actually have to keep any of the players on your roster!

Okay, so that's not completely true. Sure, in most leagues you can, in fact, drop all the players you drafted and then replace them with new ones, but that would be dumb. What you can do though, is replace under-performing players and replace them with ones that you did not realize were going to have a significant role this season. You could also stream a player based on a match-up, but be careful, as the player you dropped is not necessarily someone you can get back.

Below you will find one player at each position that is available from Malcolm McMillan that is available in 50% or more of all Yahoo leagues and one player from Charles Herrmann at each position that is available in 50% or more of all ESPN leagues. Each name will be accompanied by a brief description of why you should add that player this week.

Week 7 Waiver Wire

Quarterback (QB)

Yahoo: Kyle Allen (3% rostered)

I had Andy Dalton penciled in here and... well, that happened. Philip Rivers on a bye next week may be a better option than Dalton against a surprisingly tough Washington pass defense. Also on bye are Kirk Cousins and Ryan Fitzpatrick, so the pool is shockingly thin at QB for Week 7.

Which is why I find myself recommending... Kyle Allen? Yes, Kyle Allen, who was my "Boom" pick for Week 6, and in a surprise to everyone delivered with 17 points against the New York Football Giants. Given that Dallas just got steamrolled by the Cardinals, have an awful defense, and give up more PPG to QBs than the Los Angeles Rams, who are the Week 7 match-up for waiver wire candidate Nick Foles. Allen is nothing but a streaming option, especially given his Week 8 bye, but he is the streaming option to target if you are in a Yahoo league. 

NOTE: Charles' pick Derek Carr is widely available as well if you want a better ROS option.

ESPN: Derek Carr (22.3% rostered)

Eagles QB Carson Wentz is 50.7% rostered on ESPN and faces the Giants and Cowboys in the next pair of weeks before the bye. I'd lean that direction, but as evidenced by his rostership percentage, there's a good shot he ain't out there. In the event Wentz is not an option, give me Derek Carr. I don't love Week 7 vs Tampa Bay, but Week 8 @ Cleveland is a good one for Las Vegas. If you roster Cardinals QB Kyler Murray or Texans QB Deshaun Watson and want to go ahead and plug that bye week hole ahead of time, Carr is your guy.

Running Back (RB)

Yahoo: J.D. McKissic (12% rostered)

It is worth mentioning that if you prefer to stash handcuffs, Giovani Bernard is widely available in most leagues and the clear handcuff for Joe Mixon. Plus, unlike Eagles RB and Miles Sanders handcuff Boston Scott, Gio actually performs well when called upon.

But if you prefer someone with standalone value, the Fightin' Football Team's J.D. McKissic is really the only option widely available in Yahoo leagues. Game script could be an issue for McKissic, but Riverboat Ron may not be ready yet for the Antonio Gibson breakout experts were all expecting against the New York Football Giants in Week 6. Game script was supposed to be an issue in that match-up as well, but McKissic managed to get decent work in both the run game and the passing game, with only one less rushing attempt than Gibson and one more target. Given that the Cowboys were just torched by the Arizona Cardinals ground game, McKissic should be able to thrive if given the opportunity.

ESPN: JaMycal Hasty (0.1% rostered)

Hopefully you listened to me a while back and cautiously snagged Washington RB J.D. McKissic as a name in my fantasy ice fishing piece, but in case someone already went ahead and added him, I'll give you another deep, deep, deep option. 

Dynasty players out there are plenty aware of Niners rookie JaMycal Hasty, but for those redraft players who don't go too deep with rookies, the former Baylor back is a pretty nimble pass-catching type who might have earned himself a shot with RB Raheem Mostert likely headed to IR. Already without RB Tevin Coleman, the Niners are basically down to bare bones. Take a shot here and see how it plays out.

Wide Receiver (WR)

Yahoo: Travis Fulgham (31% rostered)

Ok, so this take is going to feel counterintuitive when I recommend the New York Giants DST later, but bear with me. 

What if I told you that Travis Fulgham was averaging 21.47 PPR points over the past three weeks? Now, what if I told you that over that same period, the defenses he was up against were the San Francisco 49ers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Baltimore Ravens? These are three of the tougher defenses in the league and in the case of the Niners and Ravens, two of the stingiest when it comes to points allowed to WRs. Now take all that, and add the fact that with the absence of Miles Sanders and Zach Ertz, Carson Wentz may have no one else to throw to, and that is not being hyperbolic. Fulgham is the real deal, and the opportunity is going to be enormous as long as the Eagles remain injured everywhere in their offense. He is borderline match-up proof at this point.

ESPN: Tim Patrick (18.6% rostered)

Another ice fishing pick of mine from a while back, we've seen Patrick perform well for the Broncos with three different QBs now.

Also want to note that Bengals WR Tee Higgins is still only 43.9% rostered on ESPN. No use in being condescending as any level of interest in fantasy football is good, but assuming you may be in a league with people whose level of intensity is not matched by that of you the reader, there's a shot Higgins might be available to you to acquire. I'd snag him if he's still out there.

Tight End (TE)

Yahoo: Anthony Firsker (1% rostered)/Trey Burton (20% rostered)

I talked about Firsker pretty heavily when recapping Jonnu Smith's injury, so read more there if you want my take on the Titans TE. Smith's status is only "Questionable," so this may not be viable once Sunday's game against Pittsburgh rolls around.

Now, time for some really sideways advice: Trey Burton is the TE to target on waivers despite being on bye for Week 7. I talked about Burton as an add leading into Sunday's games, and if you picked him up you would have started the TE4 for Week 6. I think his target share continues and unlike the brief phenomenon that was Antonio Gates 2.0 (I will never forget you Mo Alie-Cox, even if Frank Reich has), this one feels like a permanent trend. Get Burton while everyone sleeps on him because of the bye, then pick up someone like Cole Kmet or Logan Thomas as a streaming fill-in for Week 7.

ESPN: Irv Smith Jr. (5.1% rostered)

Seems kind of odd to include a player headed into a bye, but for anyone who's been following me on Twitter knows how weirdly attached I am to the idea of Big Irv getting an opportunity for a 2020 breakout. I had hoped that the Vikings would've been more inclined to give him a run earlier on, but it seems that Minnesota is looking to try and install Smith Jr. as more of a consistent fixture and the bye week only gives the team more time to evaluate how to keep this ball rolling.

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

Yahoo: New York Giants (38% rostered)

Charlie got this one exactly right in his Week 6 waiver pick for DST, and given that the Giants get a Carson Wentz that will have to throw the ball with Miles Sanders out, I expect another good game from their above-average pass defense, and I guarantee that Wentz throws an interception in this game.

ESPN: Kansas City Chiefs (37.6% rostered)

Broncos QB Drew Lock tried his absolute damnedest to force-feed the Patriots the win on Sunday by making a number of stupid decisions. Just because I'm in on Tim Patrick doesn't mean I'm in on the Broncos offense as a whole. The Chiefs should be able to do very well in this matchup.

Kicker (K)

Yahoo: Randy Bullock (20% rostered)

The last time Bullock faced the Browns, he scored 14 points and was K4.

ESPN: Pick 'em

I go by Vegas over/under odds and pick a kicker based on the highest expected point totals when possible. As Week 7 odds are incomplete as of the writing of this piece, check in with me again on this in a few days when I make my boom/bust picks. 

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