Waiver Favors: 2019 Week 7 Fantasy Football Pickups
By Ha Kung Wong Week 6 Fantasy Football Pickups
Twitter: @FBGarbageTimeAs I do every year over the last 7 years, I’m back to help with some waiver wire adds via my weekly Waiver Favors article! I’m assuming if you’re a returning reader, you won your fantasy football championship last year, so congratulations!
But it’s a new year, so I’ll make a couple suggestions after Week 7 of the 2019 fantasy football season. You’re welcome. Again.
As usual, all pickups are available in at least 50% of Yahoo standard fantasy football leagues (with some minor exceptions) as of Sunday evening.
QB – Tennessee Titans – 5% Owned
Listen, he’s Ryan Tannehill, so let’s not get too excited. But his first start in place of Marcus Mariota went as well as could be expected as he completed 23 of 29 passes for 312 yards, two TDs, and an interception in a narrow win over the Chargers. The Titans will certainly stay grounded around Derrick Henry, but Tannehill lifts the entire passing offense and could be usable as a bye week fill in in 14-team leagues, or a QB3 in two QB leagues, particularly next week against the Buccaneers.
RB – Detroit Lions – 1% Owned
Unfortunately for the Lions, Kerryon Johnson left with a knee injury in Week 7 in the first half and didn’t return. In stepped 6th Round Draft Pick Ty Johnson. There wasn’t much efficiency but he he did have a team-high 14 touches (10 carries for 29 rush yards and 4 receptions for 28 receiving yards). He’s worth a pickup for all Kerryon Johnson owners, and worth a speculative stash in 14-team leagues as we wait to see what happens to Kerryon.
WR – Tennessee Titans – 41% Owned
There were high expectations for Corey Davis, then there was nothing as Mariota squashed his value. But as I mentioned above, Tannehill lifted the entire pass offense and Corey Davis was one of the primary beneficiaries as he caught 6 of 7 targets for 80 yards and a TD. Both the 7 targets and 6 receptions are season-highs. Need a WR4/Flex in 12-team leagues? I’m starting to believe, at least enough to stash him.
WR – Tennessee Titans – 17% Owned
Essentially, ditto everything I said about Tannehill and Davis, but Brown actually flashed with Mariota as well in a 100 yard game in Week 1 and a 2 TD game in Week 4. He managed to catch 6 of 8 targets for 64 yards in Week 7, and can break a big play at anytime. It won’t be consistent, but he’s an stash interesting WR4/Flex in 14-team leagues.
WR – Indianapolis Colts – 1% Owned
I’m not totally sold on Zach Pascal, but someone else in Indy needs to catch passes, so which not Pascal? Pascal caught six of seven targets for 106 yards and two TDs in Week 6, which is probably an outlier for the run-heavy Colts, but Pascal has shown athleticism and showed reliability when targeted. It likely will be inconsistent, but feel free to take a flier if you need a WR5/Flex in 14-team leagues.
WR – Cincinnati Bengals – 2% Owned
Here’s another long shot. Both AJ Green and John Ross remain out, and now it’s rumored that Green won’t come back before the end of the month at the earliest. So who stepped up in Week 7? Alex Erickson did, catching 8 of 14 targets for 137 yards. And, in fact, Erickson had the Bengals first 6 receptions and first 110 receiving yards on the day. I’m not expecting Erickson to be consistent, and the return of Green or Ross likely dissolves his role, but he did catch 4 of 6 targets for 47 yards adding a carry for 17 yards in Week 6 prior to this breakout, so he’s trending in the right direction. Desperate for a WR5/Flex in 14-team leagues? You could do worse.
UPDATE due to Injuries
WR – Houston Texans – 13% Owned
With Will Fuller ruled out for several weeks on a serious hamstring injury, Kenny Stills looks like an interesting option once again. Stills caught 4 of 5 targets for 105 yards in Week 7 through 3 quarters without Fuller. Keke Coutee will also be in the mix, but Stills has been a consistent deep ball target for Deshaun Watson, so he’s a nice upside play as a WR4/Flex in all 12-team leagues or deeper.
WR – Minnesota Vikings – 0% Owned
With Adam Thielen ruled out for Week 8 with a hamstring injury, it looks like Olabisi Johnson will step in once again to play WR2. In Week 7, the rookie caught 4 of 8 targets for 40 yards and a TD, tying Stefon Diggs for the lead in team targets. He’s a very interesting plug-and-play for Week 8 against the terrible Washington Redskins defense, and is thus worth a look for all Thielen owners and WR-needy teams in 14-team leagues and deeper.
UPDATE for Sunday and Monday Night Football
And here’s who I’ve recommended in previous weeks that I still think deserve a look:
WRs – John Brown, Terry McClaurin
QBs – Jimmy Garoppolo, Gardner Minshew
RBs – Chase Edmonds, Carlos Hyde, Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Williams
WRs – Cole Beasley (PPR), Marquise Brown, DJ Chark Jr., Mecole Hardman, DK Metcalf, DeVante Parker, Demarcus Robinson, Golden Tate, Preston Williams
TE – Gerald Everett, Chris Herndon
QBs – Kyle Allen, Daniel Jones, Sam Darnold
RBs – Ronald Jones II, Jalen Samuels, Ito Smith, Mark Walton
WRs – Jamison Crowder (PPR), Diontae Johnson, Mohamed Sanu, Auden Tate, Demaryius Thomas
TE – Noah Fant, Dawson Knox, Ricky Seals-Jones
RB – Raheem Mostert, Darrel Williams
WR – Phillip Dorsett
TE – Darren Fells
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