Waiver and FAAB Tips for Week Seven
This week’s column has a nice mix of players that can help you navigate through the NFL’s bye weeks. I’ve also included one player owned in just one percent of Fantasy Football leagues who could eventually see an uptick in playing time as the season progresses. While most of the players in this week’s column might not be considered must-haves, they will help you stay the course as you continue in your quest for a Fantasy Football championship.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns, (68% ownership in CBS Sports leagues)
Mayfield’s ownership percentage is a bit higher than the players usually featured in this column, but if you have to replace a QB due to bye weeks, his upcoming schedule makes him a must-grab if he’s available. His next four games are @ the Buccaneers, @ the Steelers, vs. the Chiefs, and vs. the Falcons. All four of those teams are Top Five in Fantasy Points Allowed to opposing QBs. His performance this past week may not have been inspiring, but if you play in a deep league and need QB help he should be able to get his season back on track over the next few weeks.
Waiver Priority: Try to gauge if there are other teams that need a QB in your league and then determine how aggressive you should be.
FAAB – Anywhere 10 to 15 percent should do it.
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts (62%)
Without a legitimate running game QB Andrew Luck came into Week Six averaging 49 pass attempts per week. With Marlon Mack seeing game action for the first time since Week Two, Luck “only” threw the ball 40 times this past weekend. Although Nyheim Hines played the most snaps of any Colts RB (30), Mack played 36 percent of the Colts’ offensive snaps and rushed the ball 12 times for a 7.42 YPC. Mack rushed for 6.2 YPC in his college career and has the skill set to eventually be a major player in the Colts’ backfield. If healthy, it would make sense for the Colts to use Mack as their early-down back with Hines playing in pass-catching situations. Depending on the seriousness of the shoulder injury RB Robert Turbin suffered in Week Six, that scenario could eventually play out.
Waiver Priority: High. Mack will be highly sought after. Fantasy Football owners are always looking for RB depth, especially during bye weeks.
FAAB – You may need to invest up 20 percent.
Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons, (20%)
Smith was featured in the Week Three edition of this column and was only owned in three percent of CBS Sports leagues back then. He hasn’t exactly lit the Fantasy world on fire, rushing the ball 32 times for a 3.2 YPC, but he has scored a TD in three straight games. He’s also provided owners with double digit Fantasy points in traditional PPR scoring formats in two of the last three weeks. Tevin Coleman has been adequate at best as Devonta Freeman’s replacement, and the fact that Smith logged a season high 11 carries in Week Six might be a telling stat. Remember, Smith caught at least 40 passes in his last three college seasons and rushed for at least 1,400 yards in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He has the skill set to eventually become the Falcons’ primary RB
Waiver Priority: Medium. The secret is out!
FAAB – 10 to 15 percent.
Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets, (53%)
It’s a bit surprising to see Anderson’s ownership at just 53 percent, but the news that Quincy Enunwa will be out three weeks or more due to the dreaded high ankle sprain should cause his ownership rate to spike. Anderson should also see an uptick in the five targets he’s been averaging over the past five weeks.
Waiver Priority: Medium. His productivity should increase pretty quickly due to Enunwa’s injury.
FAAB – 10 to 15 percent.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets, (2%)
Kearse is another Jets receiver who should benefit from Enunwa’s injury. Kearse caught 65 passes last season and his nine catches for 94 yards on 10 targets in Week Six could be the start of a little somethin’, somethin’. Terrelle Pryor is owned in just three percent of leagues and has scored TDs in each of his last two games. He suffered a groin injury in Week Six. If you feel more comfortable adding Pryor, keep an eye on the injury report as game time approaches.
Waiver Priority: Low. Fantasy Football owners should look to invest in Jets receivers because of their potential increase in targets, but buyer beware. They play the Vikings and Bears in the next two weeks. Both team defenses have good reputations, but both have been scored upon this season as well.
FAAB – Up to 10 percent.
David Moore, WR, Seattle Seahawks (7%)
Three TDs in two weeks makes you kind of sit up and take notice! He’s making the most of his limited targets and Moore’s 17.7 yards per catch is helping him establish himself as a big-play receiver who has the ability to make contested catches. He has clearly leap-frogged over Marshall to become QB Russell Wilson’s third option at WR.
Waiver Priority: Low but heading towards medium in deeper leagues. His Week Six Fantasy production will get the attention of your league mates.
FAAB – 7 to 12 percent
Chester Rogers, WR, Indianapolis Colts (21%)
Rogers has developed into one of QB Andrew Luck’s favorite pass-catchers. He has been targeted 32 times in his last three games and responded with double digit Fantasy points in PPR scoring formats during that time frame. With Ryan Grant potentially missing time due to an ankle injury, T.Y. Hilton’s Week Seven status up in the air, and the Colts still trying to establish their run game, Rogers could have another productive game in Week Seven against the Bills.
Waiver Priority: Medium. Rogers has the potential to nab double-digit targets and double-digit Fantasy points in Week Seven.
FAAB – 10 to 15 percent.
Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys (8%)
It seems every week we always say that other than Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys have no offense. Well, it was widely reported that Beasley texted QB Dak Prescott and predicted that he’d have a big game against the Jaguars…and he did. He caught nine passes for 101 yards and scored two TDs. Don’t expect that kind of production every week, but Allen Hurns has been a big bust and other than TE Geoff Swaim (who was already featured in this column), poor Prescott doesn’t have anyone to play catch with. For Fantasy purposes we can only hope that the Cowboys will pepper Beasley with a steady diet of five to 10 targets a week going forward. If they do, he should put up WR3 or Flex type Fantasy production.
Waiver Priority: Low, but bordering on medium. You know how reactionary some Fantasy Football owners can be.
FAAB – Up to 10 percent
Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills (1%)
There’s not much to like about the Bills offense, but Jones has been targeted at least seven times in two of his last three games and scored a TD in Week Six. If the rumor that WR Kelvin Benjamin didn’t want to get in some extra practice time with QB Josh Allen is true (and Benjamin denies it by the way), if I’m the Bills I cut him. If they do, look for Jones to get even more involved in the Bills offense. This is just a speculative add and only if you have a dead spot on your roster. If you don’t, just keep Jones on your Watch List.
Waiver Priority: Extremely low.
FAAB – You should be able to get him for free.
C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals, (29%)
Uzomah was one of the hot TE waiver wire picks after Tyler Eifert was placed on the I.R. Now with fellow TE Tyler Kroft out indefinitely with a foot injury, Uzomah will surely be the Bengals’ primary pass-catching TE for the near future. He was targeted seven times in Week Six and caught six passes for 54 yards. Look for similar type of Fantasy production going forward.
Waiver Priority: Medium. With the lack of depth at the TE position in Fantasy Football and the news that Kroft could be out for a while, he will be sought-after this week.
FAAB – 10 to 15 percent