A Week Too Early Waiver Wire: Week 6 Moves for Week 7

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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Editor

Well, that could have gone better. 

Week 5 definitely represented a step back for the "A Week Too Early Waiver Wire." While some picks still feel a bit justifiable despite failing (Zach Wilson against a bad Atlanta Falcons defense in London), others were definitely a bit of a moonshot. Unfortunately, they did not pay off, and in the worst possible way. New England Patriots running back J.J. Taylor was a healthy scratch after a brutal Week 4 performance, and Detroit Lions wide receiver Kalif Raymond scored literally zero points on two targets. Big yikes.

Hopefully, Week 6 will go better. At the very least, it seems so far that nobody from that article will be a healthy scratch (though Indianapolis Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship is dealing with a hip injury). For Week 7, the goal is to find some reliable players still out there in free agent pools despite the brutal slate of bye weeks.

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

A Week Too Early Waiver Wire: Week 6 Moves for Week 7

Bye Weeks: Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 2 Successes: PPR TE11 Evan Engram (New York Giants), K1 Nick Folk (New England Patriots)

Week 2 Failures: QB30 Zach Wilson (New York Jets), PPR RB82 J.J. Taylor (New England Patriots), PPR WR121 Kalif Raymond (Detroit Lions), DST23 Las Vegas Raiders Defense/Special Teams

Week 2 Pushes: None

Record: 9-16-2


Key Matchups: Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns (8:20 pm Thursday)

Who to add: Teddy Bridgewater (Denver Broncos) [17.6% ESPN/20% Yahoo]

Honorable mention here to Trey Lance or Jimmy Garoppolo from the San Francisco 49ers, who have an excellent matchup against the Indianapolis Colts coming off their Week 6 bye. However, since it is currently unclear who will be the 49ers quarterback in Week 7, only those with incredibly deep benches should try to roster them.

Instead, go pick up Teddy Bridgewater, who bounced back a little last week despite the Denver Broncos loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Cleveland Browns have been a positive matchup for quarterbacks so far this season, but just as importantly, are a terrible matchup for the Broncos rushing attack. The Broncos will need to rely on their receivers to beat the Browns in Week 7, and that means there will be plenty of opportunity for Bridgewater.

Running Back (PPR)

Key Matchups: Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders (4:05 pm Sunday)

Who to add: Kenneth Gainwell (Philadelphia Eagles) [34.5% ESPN/36% Yahoo]

The choices here were Kenneth Gainwell or Rhamondre Stevenson. While Stevenson's 11 rushing attempts this past week against the Houston Texans seem enticing, they mostly came with New England Patriots starting running back Damien Harris out with a chest injury. Gainwell at least is getting consistent (if admittedly disappointing) usage, particularly in the passing game. The Las Vegas Raiders represent a good matchup in Week 7, so unless some injuries happen in Week 6 (which they probably will) Gainwell is currently the best bet for fantasy football managers. He is also theoretically the handcuff for running back Miles Sanders, so there is value in rostering Gainwell for that reason as well.

Wide Receiver (PPR)

Key Matchups: Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4:25 pm Sunday)

Who to add: Darnell Mooney (Chicago Bears) [49.2% ESPN/43% Yahoo]

The only reason Darnell Mooney is so widely available is that he is on the Chicago Bears. The talent is there, but for some reason Bears head coach Matt Nagy runs a baffling conservative offense. Over half their total plays have been run plays. However, when they do throw the ball, Mooney has been the top target, and with a healthy 8.4 yards per target, Mooney's targets have been valuable in point-per-reception (PPR) fantasy football leagues. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Bears and Nagy will have no choice but to throw the ball, as the Buccaneers have been a stifling run defense and a terrible pass defense. Mooney will be startable in this matchup.

Tight End (PPR)

Key Matchups: Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers (8:20 pm Sunday)

Who to add: Ross Dwelley (San Francisco 49ers) [0.7% ESPN/1% Yahoo]

The case for adding Ross Dwelley this week is simple. First, George Kittle is on the injured reserve list for the next two games, including this one against the Indianapolis Colts. Second, Dwelley was the clear starting tight end for the 49ers in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals. The targets were not great, but the snap count difference between Dwelley and fellow tight end Charlie Woerner was overwhelming. The 49ers still throw to the tight end a fair amount, and while Dwelley will not earn the same level of targets that Kittle did, he will be used in the 49ers offense. Third, the Colts are an incredibly good fantasy football matchup for opposing tight ends. Finally, the 49ers are on a bye week, so nobody else will bother adding Dwelley. Go get him while other fantasy football managers are not paying attention.

Defense/Special Teams

Key Matchups: Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders (4:05 pm Sunday)

Who to add: Philadelphia Eagles Defense/Special Teams (DST) [2.1% ESPN/4% Yahoo]

Philadelphia has had a quietly good fantasy football defense/special teams (DST) unit. The Eagles are currently DST12 per FantasyPros and DST10 over the past three weeks. In that period, the Eagles DST generated five turnovers, including three against the Carolina Panthers in Week 5. The Las Vegas Raiders have been giving up the ball a bit too much this season, with an interception in almost every game. If the Eagles can force Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to continue to make mistakes, they could continue playing like a startable fantasy football DST.


Key Matchups: New England Patriots at New York Jets (1 pm Sunday)

Who to add: Nick Folk (New England Patriots) [35.5% ESPN/33% Yahoo]

In this week's episode of "The Lateral Show: 2021 Week 6 Waiver Wire!" I told everyone to just roster New England Patriots kicker Nick Folk already, and apparently, fantasy football managers listened. In ESPN leagues alone Folk saw a 23.5% increase in rostership. Luckily, he is still available in a majority of leagues, and the New York Jets are an excellent fantasy football matchup for opposing kickers. Got get Folk now.

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