Waiver Favors™: 2020 Week 7 Fantasy Football Pickups
By Ha Kung Wong Week 7 Fantasy Football Pickups
Twitter: @FBGarbageTimeAs I do every year over the last 8 years, I’m here to help with waiver wire adds via my weekly Waiver Favors article! And 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 for after Week 6 of the 2020 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 – Carolina Panthers – 44% Owned
You’re probably all set at QB in shallower leagues, but if Teddy Bridgewater is somehow still out there in a league you’re in and you could use a backup, you should take a look. He’s developed a great rapport with D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson, and you know he’ll have even more upside with Christian McCaffrey comes back. He managed to complete 23 of 28 passes for 254 yards and 2 TDs against the Saints and gets to face the dismal Falcons defense in Week 8. You could do worse in 12-team leagues or deeper.
RB – Seattle Seahawks – 11% Owned
Uh oh. Chris Carson is “week-to-week” with a foot injury and Travis Homer even went out this week with knee injury. In their place, starting late in the second quarter, Carlos Hyde rushed 15 times for 68 yards and a TD against the Cardinals. Maybe he doesn’t get all the passing down work, depending on what happens with Homer, but he’ll definitely get the lions share of carries in Week 8. Go grab him in all 10-team leagues or deeper.
RB – San Francisco 49ers – 20% Owned
The 49ers looked dynamite today, but they’re running out of running backs. After Raheem Mostert was placed on IR, we all thought that Jerick McKinnon would get most of the touches in the backfield, but that turned out to be dead wrong as Jeff Wilson rolled up 3 TDs on the day before going out with what looked to be a serious ankle injury. But even that didn’t get McKinnon on the field, as JaMycal Hasty ended up rushing 9 times for 56 yards along with one catch for 16 yards. Who knows is perhaps McKinnon was still banged up, but if both Mostert and Wilson are out next week, Hasty makes for a nice pick up in all 12-team leagues or deeper.
RB – New York Giants – 2% Owned
After Devonta Freeman appeared to incur an ankle injury on the second drive of the third quarter, Gallman took over carries in the backfield and managed to carry 10 times for 34 yards and a TD, also catching all 5 targets for 20 yards. Freeman wasn’t used much even before the injury, but he’ll get will have extra time to heal up ahead of a Monday night, Nov. 2 contest against the Buccaneers in Week 8, but if he’s unable to go or limited, Gallman appears to be the favorite to take on the bulk of the rushing workload in that contest.
WR – New York Giants – 28% Owned
Sterling Shepard was back for the Giants and it certainly made a difference. He had the second most targets and caught 6 of 8 for 59 yards and a TD. There’s potential for Shepard to get back to WR2 status, so go ahead and grab him in all 10-team leagues or deeper.
WR – Las Vegas Raiders – 4% Owned
Look who’s back? Nelson Agholor had a little bit of a slow start to the season targets-wise, but has been on fire recently and managed to catch 5 of 9 targets for 107 yards and a TD in Week 7 against Tampa Bay. Quietly, he’s now caught a TD in 3 straight games with 4 total for the year, and more than doubled his previous highest targets after the bye. Is this a trend? I don’t know, but he’s definitely worth a speculative grab in all 12-team leagues or deeper to see if this continues.
WR – Cleveland Browns – 0% Owned
After Odell Beckham left the game due to a knee injury in the first drive of the game, every TE in Cleveland stepped up. But along with that, Rashard Higgins also stepped in and caught all 6 of his targets for a team leading 110 yards. It’s hard to tell if this will continue, as he only had 5 receptions all season before Week 7, there should be some opportunity if OBJ remains out in Week 8, meaning Higgins would be an interesting pick up 14-team leagues or deeper.
- UPDATE – 10/26/20 – OBJ is out for the season with a torn ACL, making Higgins interesting now in all 12-team leagues or deeper.
WR – New Orleans Saints – 3% Owned
With Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders out, I thought Tre’Quan Smith would have a bigger share of targets. But if was Donte Harris who impressed catching 4 of 5 targets for 46 yards and a TD, along with 51 return yards. Now Marquez Callaway also may have a leg injury, meaning even more opportunity may be available in Week 8. If you’re hurtin’ from injuries and need a WR/Flex rental to carry you over Week 8, you could do worse in 12- team leagues or deeper.
TE – Cleveland Browns – 1% Owned
As I mentioned above, with no OBJ, and Austin Hooper already out due to appendicitis, every TE stepped up, including Harrison Bryant and David Njoku. But it was Bryant who got the start and more targets, catching 4 of 5 targets for 56 yards and 2 TDs. If you’re looking for a bye week replacement in 14-team leagues or deeper, give Bryant a look.
UPDATE for Monday Night Football
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And here’s who I’ve recommended in previous weeks that I still think deserve a look:
QBs – Justin Herbert
WR – Justin Jefferson
RBs – Mike Davis, Chase Edmonds, Devonta Freeman, Myles Gaskin, Damien Harris, Darrell Henderson, Justin Jackson, Joshua Kelley, Alexander Mattison, La’Mical Perine, Boston Scott (subject to Miles Sanders injury)
TE – Jimmy Graham
QBs – Andy Dalton
WR – None
TE – Drew Sample
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