18 Oct Week 7: Waiver Wire Mining and Injury Report
The most notable injury obviously taking place in Pittsburgh as Ben Roethlisberger suffered a torn meniscus in Week 6. There are several grades for this type of injury, and luckily for Steeler fans it seems to be a minor one that was successfully surgically repaired on Monday. This is great news for his fantasy owners, and the ancillary parts of this offense that produce at an extremely high level when Ben is on the field. Landry Jones will suit up as Pittsburgh has a Week 7 matchup with the Patriots, but seeing as the Steelers have a bye in Week 8, he may only miss one game. It definitely puts Antonio Brown as a WR2, more so than a sure-fire WR1 with Roethlisberger. Lev Bell still should stay very productive with the offense essentially running through him more than it already had prior to the Big Ben injury.
Other notable injuries to keep an eye on: Dwayne Allen (high-ankle sprain), Phillip Dorsett (hamstring), Eddie Royal (toe), Davante Adams (concussion), Dion Sims (concussion)
Week 7 Waiver Wire Targets
Marcus Mariota (TEN)- Mariota has been red-hot over the past two weeks, totaling 30 and 27 fantasy points. What’s especially encouraging is what he has finally done on the ground displaying some of that explosive athleticism we saw at Oregon by totaling 127 rushing yards on 14 carries (seven in each) over the last two games. Mariota is such a unique talent and his upcoming three-game schedule is far from daunting (vs. Indianapolis, vs. Jacksonville, at San Diego). He’s a streamer for Ben Roethlisberger owners.
Brian Hoyer (CHI)- If he is still out there after throwing for 300 yards in four consecutive starts, go out and take a shot on him especially if you are in a two QB league. Personally do not love the match-up in a short week on Thursday Night Football against the Packers, but with a game-script that should feature the Bears playing from behind a lot bodes well for Hoyer’s passing totals.
James White (NE)- Say it is not so…A guy that I have mentioned in here over the last two or three weeks, in which I stated that when Brady comes back he will surely bring you RB2 type numbers. Now we are looking at the top running back add of the week. The pass-catching back who found the end zone twice for New England in Week 6, has coincided with Tom Brady’s return with the Patriots and getting the backs heavily involved in the passing game. White can be a midrange RB2 in point per reception scoring. He should be added in all leagues.
Jay Ajayi (MIA)- Another back listed here last week, and while I do not think anybody could have predicted how he absolutely ran all over Pittsburgh’s defense, he still remains a RB who should be added. he Dolphins’ backfield has been difficult to size up this season, but Ajayi was outstanding on Sunday, rattling off 204 rushing yards on 25 carries and a pair of scores. Head coach Adam Gase recently suggested the running back rotation would be streamlined. Ajayi has earned more work and should be owned in all leagues.
Notable backs based on injury news: Deandre Washington (waiting on news about Latavius Murray) and Zach Zenner (news on Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington).
Cameron Meredith (CHI)- Really doing my best to avoid redundancy in these articles, but if some of these players are still available to this point, GO AND GET THEM. Especially when it comes to Meredith, who would be the first player I’d pick up this week if I had the top waiver claim, as he has been supremely busy in the two games since Kevin White went down for the Bears; he has 20 catches for 243 yards and a touchdown in those games. He’s seeing a ton of work in the Chicago offense and that doesn’t figure to fade anytime soon. Add him in all-sized leagues.
Cole Beasley (DAL)- Ok seriously though, I do not know how many weeks guys like this are going to be under 50% owned on most sites, it truly baffles me to be honest. Beasley just continues to produce for Dallas. He collected two more touchdowns in Week 6. Yes, the Cowboys go on a bye in Week 7 and yes Dez Bryant is nearing a return, but Beasley has value in a PPR league with his average of 5½ catches per game. His role won’t evaporate once Dez is back.
Kenny Britt (LA)- Britt has had his fair share of flash moments during his career. He’s a former first-round pick with excellent size and good speed for his position. The Rams’ offense isn’t particularly fantasy-friendly, but the numbers bear out that Britt needs to be on the radar: He has caught 75 percent of his 40 targets and is on pace for over 1,300 receiving yards this season. He’s an add in any size league, but not yet a starter in leagues smaller than 12 teams.
Ty Montgomery (GB)- This is more of a speculative add, and one that works better if you have larger benches in your league. The Packers’ offense is in a funk, not showing up on game-day and box-score there on after. The talent is there, but the output is not. All that being said, Montgomery was something of a revelation on Sunday, as he caught 10 passes for 98 yards and added three rushes for six yards. With injuries in the backfield, the Packers need to get creative to sustain the running game. Montgomery was an outlet in the short-range passing game and should be added as a stash in 12-team or larger PPR leagues.
Hunter Henry (SD)- Yet another player featured in week’s past, but we saw something important from Henry in Week 6: his role with a fully healthy Antonio Gates. That role being a steady one, as he played more snaps than Gates and found the end zone for the third straight game. As things stand, both players still have value. Henry is a borderline top-12 tight end for me right now and a smart fill-in for those in need of a player at the position.
Jack Doyle (IND)- Every week when I maybe thought about playing Dwayne Allen in some of the Colts’ soft match-ups, there was not a linebacker or safety that particularly scared me, it was Jack Doyle. The two tight-ends for Indianapolis have been virtually splitting opportunity and production in half on the season. This weekend Allen left the game early against the Texans, and we saw Jack Doyle get heavily involved to the tune of four receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown. Allen was seen leaving the game on crutches and appears to have a high-ankle sprain, which we know from past experiences that this injury could lead to a multi-week absence. In an offense that passes as much as Indianapolis, Doyle is definitely worthy of an add at such a volatile position.
Charles Clay (BUF)- If you know me, have read any of my prior work, or have listened to any of our radio shows at The Sports Crew; you would know that I hate recommending Bills players (especially receiving options). Nevertheless, with Sammy Watkins on the shelf Clay has been another notable part of Buffalo’s passing attack. He has five catches in four of five games. If you are a Jordan Reed or Dwayne Allen owner looking for a possible Week 7 replacement, Clay is firmly on the radar.
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