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Luckily we dodged a week of major injuries, but overall the waiver wire is pretty mediocre right now. Bye weeks are going to start to piling up soon, as we have four this week. Buffalo, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Oakland are all on byes for Week 6. Keep an eye on teams dropping players to fill spots, as there could be some key names to hit the waiver wire. Be sure to catch all our Week 7 rankings and fantasy football advice.
Malcolm Brown – RB – Los Angeles Rams
Average Ownership: 25%, FAAB: $7
The San Francisco defense is for real, and it was no surprise to see Malcolm Brown struggle. Overall it was just a bad day for the Rams offense. Todd Gurley had a thigh contusion pop up mid week and ended up missing this week. This is a bit odd and I believe we will see Gurley end up missing a few weeks over the course of the season. Brown will get that backup appeal, and in line with the rest of the running backs here, we need to pick up backs where there is smoke, and Los Angeles is certainly an area with it.
Auden Tate – WR – Cincinnati Bengals
Average Ownership: 18%, FAAB: $2
Auden Tate was in the waiver wire article last week, and posted a 5-91-0 line on 12 targets this past week against Baltimore. He has 34 targets over the last four weeks, and will continue to receive a strong workload until healthy bodies come back. Positive game script for passing volume will continue to be in the Bengals pass-catching options’ favor. Tate’s ownership should take a jump this week as the Buccaneers, Panthers, and Browns leave a lot of wideouts on bye.
Frank Gore – RB – Buffalo Bills
Average Ownership: 57%, FAAB: $2
For those looking for a back to fill in over the next few weeks, Frank Gore is available in 40% of leagues. He is coming off a Bye Week, and gets Miami, Philadelphia, Washington, Cleveland, and Miami again over the next five weeks. Philly is the only bad matchup for him. Gore has been effective on the ground rushing for 4.4 YPC, and has been getting over 15 touches in the last four games. Given the favorable matchups and 15+ touches, Gore deserves a spot in your lineups over the next few weeks.
Chase Edmonds – RB – Arizona Cardinals
Average Ownership: 17%, FAAB: $4
There was a possibility that David Johnson would sit, but he ended up playing against Atlanta. I like Chase Edmonds as a pick up even with Johnson remaining healthy. His workload over the last few weeks has been on the rise, and I believe the Cardinals will continue to use him in this time of role. He has 17 and 14 PPR point games over the last two weeks, sporting a touchdown in each. Given the volume this offense is running at, Edmonds is a nice grab at a position that doesn’t have a lot of waiver wire options.
Mark Walton – RB – Miami Dolphins
Average Ownership: 1%, FAAB: $2
Mark Walton saw 11 touches this past week against the Washington Redskins, as all three backs were involved. Walton is a name to keep an eye on, or if you are in dire need of a back in deeper leagues. He was the most productive back, and might be a receiving down option at times. He had 12.5 PPR points, and because the running back market is so dry, taking a stab if you missed out on the names above is at least worth a shot.
Jacoby Brissett – QB – Indianapolis Colts
Average Ownership: 49%, FAAB: $2
Jacoby Brissett‘s ownership went down as expected following the Bye Week. I love him over the next few weeks facing some plus secondaries. They will get Houston twice over the next six weeks, but also have a matchup with Miami thrown in there. Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, and Denver are also in the mix, and not as daunting of matchups as they were in prior seasons. Brissett’s volume will fluctuate some weeks as the Colts are a ground and pound style team, but as they get healthier, the upside is still there for Brissett.
Diontae Johnson – WR – Pittsburgh Steelers
Average Ownership: 19%, FAAB: $2
Diontae Johnson is in a good spot to get consistent volume now that another body is out for the Steelers. James Washington wasn’t getting a ton of looks, but his absence over the next week or two will free up some room. Johnson was already getting solid work with 20 targets over the last few games. The quarterback play is going to be below average, but if you are in need of a low owned wideout, Johnson is the one I would take a flyer on.
Mohamed Sanu – WR – Atlanta Falcons
Average Ownership: 43%, FAAB: $2
Against Arizona it was more Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, and Austin Hooper. I mentioned this last week that where will be some frustrating weeks, but Mohamed Sanu is going to churn out decent weeks. Atlanta will continue to favor the passing attack, and will be in good spots most weeks. Sanu is still less than 50% owned, and is worth a pickup given there are a ton of wide receivers on bye over the next few weeks.
Other Noteworthy Adds
- Josh Allen, QB, 50%
- Gardner Minshew, QB, 49%
- Matthew Stafford, QB, 48%
- Ronald Jones, RB, 58%
- Jamaal Williams, RB, 20%
- Jamison Crowder, WR, 59%
- John Brown, WR, 58%
- Cole Beasley, WR, 27%
- Keke Coutee, WR, 25%
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