Wednesday’s Waiver Warriors – Week 7

For the majority of fantasy football leagues, waivers run on Wednesdays. AEE Fantasy is here to help you prioritize the guys you need to be picking up to help improve your fantasy football team. 

Top Priority

QB

Kyle Allen – It’s possible Kyle Allen was dropped by a team who had him as a second option due to the bye week. If that happened, you should consider stashing Kyle Allen depending on your quarterback situation. However, he’s virtually unplayable in an upcoming matchup against the vaunted 49ers defense.

Ryan Tannehill – The Titans passing attack immediately looked better under the guidance of Ryan Tannehill. They will now get a tasty matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in what could quickly turn into a shootout. I can’t project Tannehill for the rest of the season, as I’m not sure the team’s truly given up on Marcus Mariota, but for this game, Tannehill will be an excellent option.

Derek Carr – The Raiders offense is definitely predicated on the run, but Derek Carr still finished with just under 300 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. The Raiders will now go on the road again to Houston, in a game where I could see Carr having to play from behind again. If that happens, Carr should be a fine play for quarterback needy teams.

RB 

Ronald Jones – The waiver wire for running backs absolutely reeks of desperation and the hot adds are going to be the Lions’ running backs. However, Ronald Jones is likely to be overlooked and you could probably get him for cheap. He’s still splitting carries with Peyton Barber, but he’s clearly more talented and so you’re hoping talent wins out if you pick him up.

JD McKissic – I’m leaning towards JD McKissic as the hot waiver add in the wake of the Kerryon Johnson injury. McKissic had a better yard per carry average than Ty Johnson and is the better pass catcher. I think in PPR leagues, you have to prioritize McKissic over Johnson squared.

Mark Walton – The Miami Dolphins have found a new starting running back. I understand that the prospect of playing any Miami players in your lineup is terrifying, but if you really don’t have an option, at least Walton is seeing the volume. You can’t ignore a starting running back no matter which team he’s on.

WR

Zach Pascal – Emerging as the true number two wide receiver for Indianapolis, Zach Pascal had a breakout game in a big win over the Houston Texans. Pascal has been up and down this year, but hopefully, this game means he will cement his role going forward. He’ll have a half-decent matchup against a sagging Denver Broncos team next week.

Corey Davis – A competent quarterback has been the one thing holding Corey Davis back from being a legitimate fantasy football asset. Davis will be one of the hottest adds off the waiver wire and given the matchup, I can’t say I blame fantasy owners for chasing the points here. The Buccaneers are giving it up to wide receivers and Tannehill makes him a much safer play.

Kenny Stills – After returning from injury, Kenny Stills caught four passes for 105 yards. With Will Fuller exiting with an injury early in the game, Stills logged 61 of 65 snaps and was productive when he was on the field. With an excellent matchup against Tampa Bay up next, Stills is one of the best streaming options available this week.

TE

Josh Hill – With Jared Cook out for this game, Josh Hill capitalized and caught all 3 of his targets for 43 yards and a touchdown. If Jared Cook misses one more game, that means Hill will be a potential start of the week against, you guessed it, the Arizona Cardinals. If you’re hurting at tight end, Hill should be your priority pickup.

Kyle Rudolph – After Adam Thielen exited, Kyle Rudolph stepped up and caught 5 of 6 targets for 58 yards and his first touchdown of the year. It’s incredibly difficult to trust Kyle Rudolph these days, but with Adam Thielen set to miss time, Rudolph’s been upgraded in this passing attack and you should, in turn, upgrade him in your target list.

Second Run

QB

Ryan Fitzpatrick – If you started Ryan Fitzpatrick over names like Dak Prescott, Deshaun Watson, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan or Carson Wentz, especially against a solid Bills defense, you likely would have been laughed and pointed at. However, you’d have been right, as Fitzmagic scored more than all of those other quarterbacks. He’s a desperation streaming option that’s a little more fun than some of the other available options.

Matt Moore – The Patrick Mahomes injury is devastating, but Matt Moore is a solid backup quarterback. The entire Chiefs offense will be downgraded for fantasy football purposes, however, Matt Moore is the sum of those parts should still be a fine streaming option. If you need a quarterback, you could do worse than Matt Moore.

Mason Rudolph – I wouldn’t normally advocate picking up and starting Mason Rudolph right now, however, he’s facing the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have made almost every quarterback they’ve faced fantasy relevant. This might be the best chance to start Mason Rudolph all year.

RB

Ty Johnson – The other option for Detroit’s backfield is Ty Johnson who saw the larger volume of carries against the Vikings. He’s about to have an excellent matchup against the New York Giants who just gave it up to Chase Redmonds in a big way. Ty Johnson is still an excellent option and would be the priority in standard scoring leagues.

Adrian Peterson – It’s just about the grossest player to own right now, however, you cannot ignore the volume that Adrian Peterson is seeing right now. Unless he’s facing an elite defense like the 49ers, Peterson is a startable option because 20 carries are 20 carries.

Darrell Henderson – The hyped rookie running back finally is getting work due to the injury to fellow backup Malcolm Brown. It was a great matchup against the Falcons, but ultimately he just wasn’t needed in this game. He should definitely be owned and stashed, especially by the Todd Gurley owners out there.

WR

Alex Erickson – I would have prioritized Alex Erickson higher if not for the emergence of the other rookie wide receiver for the Bengals, Auden Tate. On any given week, I think Tate and Erickson are interchangeable, but given that the Bengals can’t run on anyone and have to pass 40 times just to stay in games, you can take your chances on Erickson.

Bisi Johnson – Benefitting from the Adam Thielen injury, Bisi Johnson immediately got an increase in volume when Thielen left the game. Johnson is the truest slot receiver on this team and with Thielen out, he’s likely to live in the slot against the Washington Redskins in their next matchup. He’s a sneaky streaming option.

Chris Conley – It’s more of a dart throw, but Chris Conley is seeing a lot of targets for the Jaguars with Garnder Minshew under center. The opportunities have been there for Conley, however, he has yet to capitalize on them since week one. If he can just be a little more consistent, he’ll be a nice WR3 or flex option.

TE

Vance McDonald – It’s entirely possible Vance McDonald is on your waiver wire given how he looked before the bye week. The bye likely forced teams to drop him unwillingly, so make sure you check if McDonald is available. If he is, he’s a must-add for two reasons; Mason Rudolph is likely to return and the Steelers will be facing Miami this week.

Foster Moreau – You know the tight end position is rough this year when a backup tight end is a second wave priority target. However, given Derek Carr’s proclivity for throwing to tight ends, Foster Moreau is a hit or miss streaming option. You could even weirdly handcuff him to Darren Waller if you have the room on your bench.

Deep Stash

QB

Matt Schaub – This is really, last-ditch, desperation, you have no other options in a 32 team league or something crazy. Matt Schaub is old and when last seen was a pick-six machine who was more of a target for streaming defenses than as a streaming quarterback. Even if I had no quarterback, I’d have to actually consider leaving the spot open over starting Matt Schaub.

Andy Dalton – The Red Rifle has some mud in the barrel because he is not firing on all cylinders right now. The offense seemed like it was going to be good this year under Zac Taylor, but the offense has devolved due to the offensive line injuries. This team cannot be trusted, but Andy Dalton is still working and is a better option than the aforementioned Matt Schaub.

RB

Deandre Washington – Given the volume for the running attack in Oakland, Deandre Washington is a nice stash, especially for the Josh Jacobs owner. God forbid anything happens to Jacobs, Washington is likely to take over as the primary running back over pass-catching specialist Jalen Richard.

Benny Snell – The Steelers have used multiple running backs in several of their games since the Ben Roethlisberger injury. With a prime matchup against the Miami Dolphins, you could do worse than taking a dart throw and hoping Benny Snell sees some added work in what should be an easy matchup for the Steelers.

WR

Danny Amendola – For the first time since week one, Danny Amendola is fantasy relevant again. Amendola caught 8 passes on 11 targets for 105 yards. The targets were second-most on the team, however, Amendola’s target share has been anything but consistent. Against the Giants though, he’s a nice streaming option this week.

Devante Parker – It’s been years that fantasy football owners have waited for the Devante Parker breakout and it might finally happen in the worst season ever. Parker now has three straight games with a touchdown and as long as Ryan Fitzpatrick is slinging the ball, Parker will have some low level value.

Jake Kumerow – I and many fantasy experts were pumping up Allen Lazard given the wide receiver injuries in Green Bay, but it was Jake Kumerow who caught one of the long touchdowns from Rodgers. Kumerow’s picture is in the dictionary next to “dart throw” so I’m not wasting a waiver priority or FAB dollars on him, but if I can get him for free as a stash, especially in dynasty, I’m ok with that.

TE

Cameron Brate – If you’re picking up and playing Cameron Brate in what looks like it could turn into a shootout between Tampa Bay and Tennessee, it’s touchdown or bust.

Dawson Knox – At this point, Dawson Knox has not been a thing in fantasy football. However, he is starting and seeing most of the tight end snaps for Buffalo, so he’s still worth a bench stash unless you have a decent tight end option already.

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