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Working the Wire: Week 7

By Josh Tinelli | 10/17/23 |

Each week I’ll provide you with a rundown by position of key waiver wire adds. We’ll evaluate not just breakouts based on past performance, but also who could deliver this week based on a soft matchup. Stats will be provided based on a 12-team PPR league, with players less than 75% (preferably less than 50%) ownership being considered.

Week 7 Byes: Carolina, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, N.Y. Jets, Tennessee


Daniel Jones, NYG vs WAS

Jones was out Week 6 against the Bills with a neck injury, but there are reports he may play in Week 7. If he suits up, he would face the Commanders’ 2nd-worst defense against QBs, who have allowed the 3rd-most TDs and 6th-most yards through the air while also allowing the 3rd-most QB rushes. If he is forced to sit again, Tyrod Taylor would be a legitimate streamer in a week with six teams on byes.

Jordan Love, GB @ DEN

Love was on a bye in Week 6, which should help him in his preparation after struggling against the Raiders in Week 5. Up next is a Broncos defense that is 3rd-worst against QBs, allowing the most yards and TDs to the position through six weeks.

Other QBs to consider: Geno Smith SEA (vs ARI), Derek Carr NO (vs JAX)

Last week’s waiver adds:

Matthew Stafford, LAR vs ARI: Stafford threw for 15-24, 226-1-0 against the Cardinals, ending up with an efficient day but not quite the high TD/yardage day expected given the opponent. Several dropped TDs and a comfortable win resulted in the ho-hum fantasy performance.

Gardner Minshew, IND @ JAX: Minshew started with Anthony Richardson (shoulder) on IR. We expected him to chuck it around, which he did, but he also threw 3 INTs, going 33-55, 329-1-3 passing against the Jaguars. Up next will be a stingy Browns defense where Minshew won’t be a recommended start.

Running Backs

Jordan Mason

Jordan Mason and Elijah Mitchell, SF @ MIN

Christian McCaffrey suffered rib and oblique injuries in the Week 6 loss to the Browns, and his availability for Week 7 is in question. If he is forced to sit, Mason and Mitchell would be the biggest beneficiaries in a potent 49er rushing attack, even though it would come against a surprisingly tough Vikings defense against RBs. Mason was the RB2 against the Browns, going 5-27-1 on the ground. Mitchell has been the RB2 to McCaffrey since 2022, but after returning from a two-game absence, he may have been passed by Mason on the depth chart.

UPDATE: Zach Evans and Royce Freeman, LAR vs PIT: With bellcow starter Kyren Williams hobbled with an ankle injury and most likely missing in Week 7 (and backup Ronnie Rivers doubtful with a knee injury), Evans looks to be the primary RB to own. Evans went 4-10-0 in relief of Williams Week 6 while Freeman was on the practice squad. Freeman will get called up but it looks to be Evans’s job to lose at this point.

Craig Reynolds, DET @ BAL

Reynolds came in for an injured David Montgomery (ribs) to go 10-15-0 rushing and 2-2-28-0 receiving against a middling Buccaneers defense against RBs. X-rays were negative, but it’s unclear if Montgomery will be able to go against the Ravens. If Jahmyr Gibbs (hamstring) sits again, Reynolds would be the clear lead back.

Other RBs to consider: AJ Dillon GB (vs DEN), Jaleel McLaughlin DEN (vs GB)

Last week’s waiver adds:

Roschon Johnson and D’Onta Foreman, CHI vs MIN: With all of Khalil Herbert, Roschon Johnson, and Travis Homer out, Foreman led the way against the Vikings and put up a solid 15-65-0 rushing to go with 1-1-2-0 receiving against a top-10 (against RBs) defense. Look for Roschon to be the snap/touch leader in Week 7 as he should return from a concussion suffered in Week 5.

Emari Demercado, ARI @ LAR: Demercado (2 carries, 1 reception) didn’t get a lot of opportunities with Keaontay Ingram coming back off of injured reserve. In fact, Damien Williams was the RB2 against the Rams, so Demercado can safely be dropped if you picked him up.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Michael Wilson, ARI @ SEA

Wilson went 4-3-62-0 against the stingy Rams secondary, leading the team in receiving yards. He has the 2nd-most receiving yards and TDs for the Cardinals and in Week 7, faces the Seahawks defense which is league-worst against WRs. With the Cardinals continuously playing from behind, Wilson should be in line for a solid day.

Rashee Rice, KC vs LAC

Rice is the Chiefs’ WR1 as he leads the team in all receiving categories among the WR group. Rice went 4-4-72-0 against the Broncos in Week 6, and this week he’ll face the Chargers, who rank 3rd-worst against the position.

Wan’Dale Robinson, NYG vs WAS

Robinson has amassed 22 catches over his last four games, including a 8-8-62-0 line last week against the Bills. Next up is a game against the Commanders, who have allowed the most receiving TDs to WRs in the NFL.

Jauan Jennings, SF @ MIN

Jennings saw his most work of the season in Week 6 after Deebo Samuel left the game with a shoulder injury, going 4-2-26-0. If Samuels sits Week 7, the primary beneficiaries will be George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk, but there could still be a role for Jennings against the Vikings, who are 4th-worst against WRs.

TE Luke Musgrave, GB @ DEN

Musgrave was on a bye in Week 6, but in Week 5 he delivered a nice 7-6-34-0 stat line against the Raiders. This week he’ll face the league-worst Broncos defense that has allowed the most yards and 5th most receptions to TEs.

Michael Mayer, LV @ CHI

Mayer has seen an uptick in usage, as his 6-5-75-0 day against the Patriots in Week 6 surpassed his season totals in all receiving categories for the year. The rookie TD gets a favorable matchup in Week 7 against the Bears, who are in the bottom-10 against TEs and have allowed the 2nd-most receptions to the position.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: Jaxon Smith-Njigba SEA (vs ARI), Curtis Samuel WAS (@ NYG), TE Cade Otton TB (vs ATL), Pat Freiermuth PIT (@ LAR), if he can suit up from hamstring injury in Week 4.

Last week’s waiver adds:

Tyler Boyd, CIN vs SEA: Boyd had a nice 7-7-38-1 line against the Seahawks as Tee Higgins was slowed by a rib injury. Boyd actually led the team in receptions (since Ja’Marr Chase only caught 6 of 13 targets)

K.J. Osborn, MIN @ CHI: Osborn grabbed 4-5-48-0 against the Bears, leading the Vikings WRs in receptions and yards while Justin Jefferson is on IR. Jordan Addison was the one to score a TD, but there should be enough volume in this passing attack to keep the WR2 busy.

Josh Palmer, LAC @ DAL: Palmer was on a bye in week 5, but he’s still available in nearly 50% of Yahoo leagues. Week 6 is a tough test against the Cowboys, but Palmer’s season is just getting started after Mike Williams was lost for the year. This may be the last time he’ll be on this list as the clear No.2 option in the potent Chargers passing attack.

TE Logan Thomas, WAS @ ATL: Thomas crashed and burned against an atrocious Falcons defense (2nd-worst against TEs), going 1-1-2-0 a week after getting 11 targets. Hopefully this is just an anomaly as he’s had 2 TDs and 25 targets in his previous four games.

TE Cade Otton, TB vs DET: Otton (like Thomas) came up small against a weak Lions defense, stumbling to a 2-1-15-0 line. With Chris Godwin and Mike Evans vacuuming up targets and even Trey Palmer seeing 7 looks, there wasn’t a lot left over for Otton even though they played catch-up for a good portion of the game.

Defense/ Special Teams

Raiders @ CHI

Las Vegas has put together back-to-back solid games, generating 4 turnovers while averaging 15 points allowed in the last two weeks. In Week 7 they face a Bears offense that is top-5 worst against, tied for 2nd-most INTs, most defensive TDs, and 3rd-most sacks while scoring the 2nd-fewest points. With Justin Fields (dislocated thumb) potentially out, the Raiders should have a nice day especially if Tyson Bagent is forced to start (fumble and INT in relief of Fields against the Vikings).

Commanders @ NYG

Washington had a nice day against the Falcons, getting 3 sacks and 3 turnovers while only allowing 16 points. Up next is the Giants, the league’s worst scoring offense and who have allowed the 2nd most sacks to opposing defenses. QB Daniel Jones may return after a Week 5 neck injury but his mobility may be limited.

Lions @ BAL

Detroit has strung together four solid defensive showings in a row (totaling 14 sacks, 7 turnovers), allowing only 6 points to Tampa Bay in Week 6. Up next is the Ravens who have struggled to score points this year while allowing 9 turnovers in six games.

Last week’s waiver adds:

Chiefs vs DEN: KC generated 3 turnovers and 4 sacks while holding the struggling Broncos to only 8 points for a solid defensive day.

Falcons vs WAS: Atlanta doubled their season sack total (5 sacks), but unfortunately, that didn’t translate into turnovers or a win, losing 24-16 to the Commanders.