With the start of Week 7 we begin the second half of the regular fantasy season. Pulling wins out during these middle bye weeks is paramount for any owner looking to get themselves into the playoffs.
Week 6 gave us more overtimes, more comeback wins and more surprise players stepping up and having great games.
When players produce great games in the meat of the season it is very natural for owners to jump at them on the waiver wire. I urge you to be thoughtful in your approach when it comes to the waivers because often the “flavor of the week” you want to grab is not always the best choice.
Many times there are other players out there, still on the waiver wire, that would be a stronger choice.
In order to keep you from getting too caught up in the “flavor of the week” we will discuss the waiver worthy players for Week 7 and help you figure out the best fit for your line-up. So let’s go ahead and dive in, and as always, let’s start with Quarterbacks.
Dak Prescott is certainly water cooler gossip worthy this week. He is a name most people know as the quarterback for the most polarizing team in the NFL and he just had a great week. Many owners are buzzing about Prescott and many owners are going to grab him after his incredible 29 point standard scoring week. Prescott threw for 183 yards and 2 touchdowns while also rushing for 82 yards and another touchdown. It was the type of game that keeps Cowboys fans believing in their team and the type of game that will see to it that Dak, who is available in 75% of leagues, will be available in less than 50% after the waiver wire deadline.
The problem is that in order to go out on that limb you need to believe that Dak is going to rush for almost 100 yards and a touchdown in most games from here on out. If you look at the passing stats he did not even throw for 200 yards. In other words, if he does not have a big running game then he will not score you a lot of points.
If you were considering Prescott because you have a need at the quarterback position, you should instead consider Jameis Winston.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Prescott better as a quarterback and definitely better as the face of my franchise but I like Winston better to put points on the board for my fantasy team. Winston was back at the helm on Sunday versus the Atlanta Falcons and threw for 395 yards and 4 touchdowns and ran for 31 yards on 5 carries. In standard scoring Winston put up 30 points and there is no reason to believe that those type of outings won’t continue. Winston is still available in 45% of leagues. Next week Winston goes up against Cleveland, and even though Cleveland is improved and more exciting to watch than the Browns of the past, they can still be scored on.
Just ask Philip Rivers whose Chargers put up 38 points against the Browns in a blowout on Sunday. The Browns can be scored on and Winston can do it. Grab him off waivers this week and you will be very happy come Monday. If Winston’s low availability, 45%, makes it difficult for you to get him, how about a guy who is available in 95% of leagues?
Even though the 49ers allowed Rodgers to be Rodgers and mount a crazy last minute comeback, Beathard still had a very nice game. Throwing for 245 yards and 2 touchdowns as well as rushing for 21 yards helped Beathard finish with just under 20 points in standard scoring. That is three weeks in a row of similar type numbers and next week he faces the Rams which, let’s be honest, is going to require him to be throwing the ball a lot as they will most likely be behind in that game.
Beathard is learning the system and seems to be building rapport with the other players on the 49ers. If you have a need at QB he has a fairly high floor with a nice ceiling, there is certainly room on most rosters for a guy like that.
Latavius Murray finished as one of the top running backs in Week 7. Rushing for 155 yards and a touchdown Murray put up 21 standard points. Available in 54% of leagues, a week like that for a running back will have many owners scrambling to sweep him up. I caution you from making such a move. Murray did look great and it looks like he could produce well if given the chance. The problem is he will not be given the chance. Dalvin Cook was supposed to start and became a late scratch on Sunday. When Cook plays Murray does not, for the most part. If Cook was a late scratch the odds are he will definitely be playing this next week. Even if the coaching staff figures that after such a nice game Murray earned more touches he will still be in a time share, at best, with Cook. Either way Murray will not get the touches you need your running back to get to be viable in your fantasy starting line up.
However, Peyton Barber will be getting more than enough touches to help you out if you have a need at the running back position.
Barber ran for 82 yards on Sunday against the Falcons as well as catching 4 passes for 24 yards and a touchdown. He is the starting running back for Tampa Bay and he is available in 57% of leagues. He is also one of two check down options for Jameis Winston. So you will be able to count on 4 to 7 catches per game out of Barber. As mentioned earlier with Winston the Buccaneers will be playing the Browns this next week so you should see some strong production from Barber in Week 7.
Another strong producer in Week 7 is going to be Marlon Mack.
Coming back from a hamstring injury Mack got his first real work in a live game since Week 2; Mack ran for 89 yards on just 12 carries. He showed that he is okay to be out there again and looks to be back as the bell-cow running back in that offense. In Week 7 the Colts take on the Bills so Mack should have plenty of opportunities to put up yardage and even score. If you have a need at running back and Mack is available in your league you need to pick him up, at the very least to help you through the bye weeks.
I seem to be all-in on the Tampa Bay offense with Jameis Winston now at the helm. That was true of Winston and true of one of his check downs, Barber.