Week 7 Waivers: Replacement woes
It’s the kind of play you hate to see. Aaron Rodgers takes a snap out of shotgun, rolls to his right and throws the ball, but it’s too late for Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr to pull up and avoid the quarterback. Barr takes Rodgers down, driving his shoulder into the turf. The result? A broken collarbone for one of the league’s best quarterbacks in reality and fantasy. What should Rodgers owners do? The bad news is that the pickings off waivers are slim. A good strategy may be to propose a trade to a team with two quarterbacks. Perhaps buy low on someone you think can turn their season around (i.e. Matt Ryan or Ben Roethlisberger).
A few candidates stand out off waivers. Jared Goff would be my top choice, head coach Sean McVay has this offense humming and Goff is surrounded by talent. He’s coming off a couple poor stat lines from bad matchups but down the stretch things look good. Goff has the 4th-easiest strength of schedule rest of season per scout.com’s fantasy football toolbox.
The guy with the 6th-easiest strength of schedule would be another target. Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has a lot to cheer about in the desert. The additional of Adrian Peterson and an improved run game will only compliment Arizona’s passing attack.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is owned in a majority no leagues but given that he just got back from injury, someone may have dropped him.
Other waiver targets:
Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants
Prior to Monday the Broncos hadn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher this season. Then Darkwa carried the ball 21 times for 117 yards and Denver stacked the box against him. I have to think that Darkwa will be the player to own going forward in the Giants’ muddied backfield.
Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots
Mike Gillislee owners should be nervous because Lewis is starting to look like the star he was in 2015 before he suffered a season-ending injury. Lewis got the start and carried the ball 11 times for 52 yards and a score against the Jets Sunday. Gillislee fumbled late in the first quarter and wasn’t heard from much after that. Lewis needs to be rostered in all leagues immediately because he might be taking over the Pats’ backfield.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, PIttsburgh Steelers
Another case of a player trending up as another player trends down. Smith-Schuster’s snaps have increased all season, while Martavis Bryant's have decreased. With recent reports saying Bryant is unhappy with his role in Pittsburgh and has requested that the Steelers trade him, rookie talent Smith-Schuster may be in line for more work.
Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden, RBs, Dallas Cowboys
Being completely honest, both McFadden and Morris could be non factors before Sunday when the 49ers host the Cowboys, but right now, the bottom line is Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension has been reinstated. There’s a bit of confusion as the who will be the guy in Dallas in Elliott’s stead. McFadden has been a healthy scratch all year and Morris has been getting the backup carries with Zeke in but it’s likely that the Cowboys will activate McFadden and he’ll get in the mix. Both players should be rostered where possible.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
It seems that the hype surrounding a rebirth for Agholor, the Eagles’ first-round pick in 2015, was accurate. Through six games this season, Agholor is second in receiving yards and tied for first with tight end Zach Ertz for most touchdowns on the team. Week after week, the connection between Agholor and quarterback Carson Wentz seems to improve. Agholor needs to be added in all formats.
Bennie Fowler, WR, Denver Broncos
Fowler is in line for more work following an ankle injury to Emmanuel Sanders. He had 3 catches for 21 yards Sunday night against New York but he tied Sanders for second in team targets with eight. With a soft matchup against the Chargers on deck, Fowler could be a nice spot start for those in need.
Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
The Lions are on bye this week but a sneaky pickup may be Golladay. He blew up in Week 1 with four catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns and then cooled off in Weeks 2 and 3 and has since been out with a hamstring injury. However, with receiver Golden Tate expected to miss a few weeks with a shoulder injury, Golladay could return to fantasy relevance after Detroit’s break if he returns before Tate.
Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins
Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots
C.J. Beathard, QB, San Francisco 49ers
Week 6 Takeaway
Silver and Black...and Blue- It’s been a brutal crash down to earth for the Oakland Raiders and their fanbase. The team is 2-4 after it was thought they would contend for a title this season. As hope evaporates from this team so does the fantasy value of its players. Quarterback Derek Carr, who broke three transverse processes in his back against Denver in Week 4, is outside the top 25 for quarterbacks. Amari Cooper is wide receiver 73 according to fantasypros with a bad case of the drops. Finally, Marshawn Lynch, the iconic back who came out of retirement to play for his hometown team, is not even a top-30 fantasy running back. The only viable option on this team is receiver Michael Crabtree who miraculously is WR 10 after despite all the chaos but who knows how long that will last. At this point, Cooper and Carr are droppable, Lynch should be benched or traded away as part of a package deal. Fantasy owners should still play Crabtree but this whole situation has been very disappointing in fantasy and reality.