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Waiver Wire Wonders – Week 7

There was plenty of scoring across the NFL this past week, and many players that had been dormant broke out with some big fantasy performances. Even with six weeks of the NFL season in the books, several players continue to emerge as candidates for selection from the waiver wire. We have a couple of hot selections this week, and a trio backing them up as solid selections. All of these players are ready to make an immediate and long-lasting fantasy impact. As usual, we dig deeper, noting a few players for the deep leagues as we look ahead to players that are primed to make a future fantasy impact. Something for everyone in this week’s edition. On to the wonders!


Smokin’ Hot


WR Stefon Diggs, Minnesota

The Vikings have not been getting much production from the starter opposite Mike Wallace, and this week they may have found someone that can get open and catch the ball. Diggs has moved past Charles Johnson on the depth chart, and looks to be the starter going forward for Minnesota. He caught seven passes for 129 yards against the Chiefs, this after hauling in six balls for 87 yards against the Broncos. In only two games, he’s proven that he can get the job done, look for him to be a consistent fantasy contributor this week and into the future.


TE Ben Watson, New Orleans

New Orleans TE Ben Watson.

Sometimes it’s hard to properly put into perspective a great performance in a prime time game. After catching 2-4 passes in the first five games, Watson put together a beast performance last Thursday night against Atlanta, getting open for ten catches good for 127 yards and a touchdown. After the game, Drew Brees could not say enough about Watson’s performance, so while we are not ready to tab him as a top-flight tight end, this might be the last opportunity for fantasy owners to grab him and get him on their roster. Ten catches in a single game is probably a high-end number for Watson, but given the trust that Brees now has in him, 5-6 catches per week is not out of the question.


Solid Pickups


RB James Starks, Green Bay

Lying in the weeds of the Packers’ depth chart, Starks has been biding his time behind Eddie Lacy. Against the Chargers, it was his time to shine as he got an extremely hot hand and ran for over 100 yards and a score, then caught a pass for another touchdown. Lacy may be battling an injury, and the bye week for the Packers comes at a bad time for Starks, as he will not be able to carry this momentum into next week. For now, we certainly liked what we saw out of Starks and feel that he is moving into a situation in Green Bay where he has earned some regular touches.


TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay

The starting tight end for the Bucs is close to returning to the playing field, after having not played in a game since September the 20th. Quarterback Jameis Winston has not had a viable check-down receiver since that time, so when he returns he will be productive right away. Many fantasy owners cut ties with Seferian-Jenkins after the injury, so check the waiver wire to see if he is available. He went for over 100 yards and two scores in the opening game, so the potential is there for him to produce like a top-10 tight end.


WR Lance Moore, Detroit

Matthew Stafford shook off last week’s benching with a top-shelf 400+ yard effort against the Bears last week. Even with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate getting their share, Lance Moore got a good piece of the action as well. He caught five passes for 106 yards and a score, this a week after catching six passes for 55 yards and a score. Some consistency in the Lions’ passing game would be a welcome sight, but for now, we’ll add Moore to the radar as a potential player to have a weekly fantasy impact.

About Doug Coutts

Doug has been with since the very beginning. He is a Senior Fantasy Football Staff Writer and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Way back when, there was the Dynasty Den, Just Thinking Out Loud, and the Weekly Wrap-up. Along the way were television appearances on the local cable affiliate, and various other contributions. His weekly "Waiver Wire Wonders" column appears on Tuesdays.