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Waiver Wire Targets 2018 Week 7
By Armando Marsal
The waiver wire is key to surviving this long season filled with injuries and other factors that could change a player’s role on their offense. Each week I will provide you with a list of players you should be looking to add off of waivers. Let’s take a look at some of those players below.
Teams on bye this week: Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle
QuarterbackC.J. Beathard – 49ers: From a fantasy standpoint, Beathard has done a really good job and has become a reliable option on a weekly basis. He has scored over 20 fantasy points in each of his last three games and should continue to strive under this Kyle Shanahan offense. He can be considered a must-start in two quarterback formats and is a strong streaming play for those that need help at quarterback.
Others to consider: Baker Mayfield – Browns, Mitchell Trubisky - Bears
Running BackIto Smith – Falcons: Smith played in 46 percent of the snaps against the Bucs in Week 6 and had more touches than Tevin Coleman. In addition, he found the pay dirt for the third consecutive game and should continue to see the field with Devonta Freeman sidelined. Smith is owned in just 14 percent of ESPN leagues and could be of help to fantasy owners. This week, the Falcons take on the Giants who have surrendered 800 total yards and seven total touchdowns to opposing backs this season.
Marlon Mack – Colts: Frustrated fantasy owners could have cut ties with Mack, making him available in over 70 percent of ESPN leagues. Mack was efficient in Week 6, rushing for 89 yards on 12 carries and playing in 35 percent of the offensive snaps. While this backfield remains a committee, Mack should continue to see 12-15 touches per game, with upside for me. The Colts face off against Buffalo this week, a defense allowing over 20 fantasy points per game to running backs.
Others to consider: Frank Gore – Dolphins, Mike Davis – Seahawks, Ronald Jones – Buccaneers
Wide ReceiverAlbert Wilson – Dolphins: The Dolphins are doing a nice job getting Wilson involved and using him in multiple ways to get the speedy receiver the ball. So far, he has already scored more touchdowns this season than in any season of his NFL career and is coming off of his second 100-yard game of his career. His weekly production may not be reliable, but he does offer upside and can be considered in favorable game environments as a flex option and/or for those dealing with injuries at the position, as well as the bye weeks.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Packers: Valdes-Scantling is owned in just 6.7 percent of ESPN leagues at this time and that is way too low. Granted when Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison return, Valdes-Scantling’s role will be reduced, but the rookie has done a solid job filling in on their behalf. Cobb has battled injuries in each of the last two seasons, so there a chance that Valdes-Scantling could see another opportunity at some point this season.
Others to consider: Taylor Gabriel – Bears, Chester Rodgers – Colts, Chris Godwin – Buccaneers, Christian Kirk – Cardinals
Tight EndC.J. Uzomah - Bengals: Uzomah was peppered with seven targets last week and appears to be a focal point in the passing game for the Bengals with Tyler Eifert on the injured reserve and Tyler Kroft also injured. The Bengals have some appealing matchups up ahead, against the Chiefs, Bucs, and Saints, all of which Uzomah can be considered a strong steaming option against.
Others to consider: Ricky Seals-Jones - Cardinals
For any questions, feel free to reach out to me on the Twitter machine @Armando_Marsal. Best of luck to all.