2021 Season: A Week Too Early Waiver Wire: Week 7 Moves for Week 8

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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Editor

For the first time this season, not a single player from these picks had a finish that was relevant for fantasy football. Granted, some were always a little suspect (looking at you, Randall Cobb). However, a lot of these felt like solid process selections that just did not pan out. 

Which is fine. These things happen. As bad as this week was, the only recommendation I really feel bad about is the Cobb recommendation. Were zero targets predictable? Probably not, but he was not seeing super favorable numbers. There were better options. Kenneth Gainwell was a little questionable too, though not as questionable as Nick Sirianni's coaching ability. Regardless, no choice but to brush it off and move on to the next one.

Note: All finishes are per FantasyData, and injuries will always be a push.

A Week Too Early Waiver Wire: Week 7 Moves for Week 8

Bye Weeks: Baltimore Ravens, Las Vegas Raiders

Week 6 Successes: None

Week 6 Failures: QB25 Taylor Heinicke (Washington Football Team), PPR RB66 Kenneth Gainwell (Philadelphia Eagles), PPR WR106 Randall Cobb, PPR TE17 Mo Alie-Cox, DST15 Miami Dolphins

Week 6 Pushes: K Rodrigo Blankenship (Indianapolis Colts)

Record: 9-21-3


Key Matchups: Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (1 pm ET Sunday)

Who to add: Carson Wentz (Indianapolis Colts) [20.1% ESPN/37% Yahoo]

Carson Wentz has not exactly shocked the world so far with the Indianapolis Colts. However, he has started to improve in recent weeks. Even if he had not been bordering on fantasy football relevance, his Week 8 matchup is too good to pass up. The Tennessee Titans defense has been a phenomenal fantasy football matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Even last week, when they did enough to get the win on the field, they still allowed a QB1 overall finish to Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Wentz will be viable in Week 8.

Running Back (PPR)

Key Matchups: New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers (4:05 pm ET Sunday)

Who to add: Rhamondre Stevenson (New England Patriots) [14.1% ESPN/17% Yahoo]

Only the Detroit Lions and New York Jets have allowed more fantasy football points to running backs than the Los Angeles Chargers. This matchup could not be coming at a better time for Rhamondre Stevenson, as the rookie is finally starting to carve out a role in the New England Patriots offense. In Week 5 against Houston, he saw 11 carries filling in for starting Patriots running back Damien Harris. The following week against Dallas, he did not see the same rushing volume with Damien Harris healthy. However, he did still remain involved in the offense, with five carries (including one for a touchdown) and three targets. As long as he can play mistake-free football, expect Stevenson to continue to be used by head coach Bill Belichick.

Wide Receiver (PPR)

Key Matchups: Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (1 pm ET Sunday)

Who to add: T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts) [31.8% ESPN/44% Yahoo]

Did T.Y. Hilton miss practice today? Yes. Does that matter if you are picking him up to play next week? Well, potentially, but not nearly as much. While fantasy football managers need to monitor Hilton's health, they also need to monitor his usage. In Hilton's first week back for the Indianapolis Colts, head coach Frank Reich threw him immediately into a meaningful role. Despite only seeing four targets against the Houston Texans, Hilton led all Colts in targets for the game. Against the Tennessee Titans defense, who is the best fantasy football matchup in the NFL for opposing wide receivers, that role will make him a starter for at least Week 8 in many fantasy football lineups.

Tight End (PPR)

Key Matchups: Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks (4:05 pm ET Sunday)

Who to add: Gerald Everett (Seattle Seahawks) [5.1% ESPN/30% Yahoo]

Despite being on a backup quarterback and having missed time with COVID-19, Gerald Everett is seeing some usage in the Seattle Seahawks offense. It admittedly was concerning to see fellow tight end Will Dissly see more snaps and score the lone touchdown between the two players. However, that may have just come down to not wanting to rush Everett back. The Jacksonville Jaguars are an excellent fantasy football matchup for opposing tight ends, so if Everett can re-assert his dominance in the position group, he should be in line for a potentially big performance.

Defense/Special Teams

Key Matchups: Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions (1 pm ET Sunday)

Who to add: Philadelphia Eagles DST [2.5% ESPN/5% Yahoo]

The Detroit Lions have allowed defenses to feast so far this season. No team has allowed more fantasy football points to defense/special teams (DST) units. The Philadelphia Eagles may just be a middling fantasy football DST, but even they should be able to capitalize on this matchup.


Key Matchups: Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets (1 pm ET)

Who to add: Evan McPherson (Cincinnati Bengals) [8.4% ESPN/7% Yahoo]

The New York Jets have only given up one field goal from 50 yards out. However, once teams get inside that mark, the Jets leak like a sieve to kickers. They currently give up the second most fantasy football points per game to the position, and Evan McPherson has the combination of talent and job security to continue that trend in Week 8. Plus, the high-powered Cincinnati Bengals offense should give him plenty of chances to score.

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