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It's A Match! Three Matchups to Exploit in Week 7
Whether it is bye week troubles, a late injury, or waiting on a rookie stash to finally get an opportunity, sometimes a warm body in the FLEX spot is all you need. Enter: It's A Match! These waiver recommendations are strictly to be considered plays for this week only. If they work out longer term than that, great. But that is not the expectation.
Also, all players are rostered in 50% or less of ESPN leagues. If there are better players still available in your leagues, go get them instead.
Washington Football Team at Green Bay Packers (1pm Sunday)
Who to add: Ricky Seals-Jones (Washington Football Team) [41.7% ESPN]
Tight end is a wasteland this year, as it is every year. Having a tight end who is a focal point of an offense is incredibly valuable, and Ricky Seals-Jones is an important piece of the Washington Football Team's offense. Seals-Jones played 100% of Washington's offensive snaps in Week 6, and 99% of those snaps in Week 5. Since taking over for the injured Logan Thomas, Ricky Seals-Jones has also taken over Thomas' role. This means he is running a ridiculous amount of routes for the tight end position and never really being asked to block. For context, Seals-Jones ran one fewer route than Terry McLaurin did in Week 5 and then ran a route on 24 of Washington's 25 dropbacks in the first half of Week 6. Seals-Jones has earned 15 targets in the last two games, and the Green Bay Packers are 18th in the NFL in terms of fantasy points allowed at the tight end position. He is in line for a big performance on Sunday.
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals (4:25pm Sunday)
Who to add: Rondale Moore, Wide Receiver (Arizona Cardinals) [38% ESPN]
Rondale Moore is one of the few players rostered in fewer than 50% of fantasy leagues that can change the outcome of an entire season. Moore measured 9.33 out of 10 in relative athletic score, with the only knock being his lack of size. More important than athleticism though, is production. Moore's breakout age of 18.2 is the third-youngest since 2000 and he had a 93rd-percentile career target share. Now on the Arizona Cardinals, Moore is on pace for over 800 receiving yards and has demanded roughly five targets per game. Plus, his snap share is steadily increasing, and he just played a season-high 56% of the offensive snaps in Week 6. In Week 7, the Cardinals are at home against the Houston Texans, and they will be eager to improve to 7-0. It is clear they like what they've seen so far, and if Moore were to be unleashed we could see an explosion similar to his Week 2 performance with seven receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown. Finally, taking a longer-term perspective, Moore could be used more than expected by Arizona this week. With no bye until Week 12 and a matchup against a weaker team that they should win comfortably, Arizona may lean more on Moore to give veterans DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green a lighter workload.
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (8:15pm Monday)
Who to add: Marquez Callaway, Wide Receiver (New Orleans Saints) [42% ESPN]
The Seattle Seahawks currently allow opponents to score roughly 25 points a game. Notably, the Seahawks' defense is performing even worse at home, with opponents averaging 29.5 points a game in Seattle. Marquez Callaway is coming to Seattle right after posting an 85-yard, two-touchdown performance and he is second in targets on the team behind only Alvin Kamara. With fellow wide receiver Michael Thomas still expected to be a few weeks away, Callaway is still the main pass catcher for the New Orleans Saints in a matchup where they will want to air it out. Callaway started the season slowly after generating a ton of buzz in pre-season but looks to be heating up again. Fantasy football managers should plug him into lineups as a WR3 or FLEX option with the upside for a multiple-touchdown game.
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