2018 NFL Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

2018 NFL Fantasy Football Free Agent Finds, Waiver Wire Pickups, and Bye Week Subs

RUNNING BACKS: Marlon Mack, Wendell Smallwood, Latavius Murray, Peyton Barber, Frank Gore, Raheem Mostert

WIDE RECEIVERS: Marquise Goodwin, Chris Godwin, Albert Wilson, Christian Kirk, Geronimo Allison, Chester Rogers, Jermaine Kearse, David Moore

TIGHT ENDS: O.J. Howard, Austin Hooper

QUARTERBACKS: Mitch Trubisky, Dak Prescott

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS: Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Chargers


The following teams have BYE WEEKS and DO NOT play this week:
Green Bay Packers
Oakland Raiders
Pittsburgh Steelers
Seattle Seahawks

RUNNING BACKS

Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 25.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Mack is back and made the Jets look soft. He carried the ball 10 times for 89 yards,ZERO averaging nearly 9 yards per carry and was an excellent compliment in the Colts spread offense.  With Hilton, Grant, and Doyle all sidelined, Indianapolis will look to the ground game and Mack's playmaking ability to generate offense.  Mack showed why he deserves to be lead back and why he deserves to be in fantasy lineups.  

Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 47.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Although Smallwood failed to reach the endzone last week, the volume was there for him to produce.  If this workload split is indicative of how the rest of the season will go, Smallwood as a pretty safe bet and is worth an add in all formats.  Sure, it's a timeshare, but someone has to carry the ball.  He'll be working behind one of the better offensive lines in the league and the passing game is effective enough to keep defenses honest.  

Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 46.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Murray's stat line Walt's always come with two touchdowns.  The Arizona Cardinals field one of the worst run defenses in the league and it showed, given the fact that the Vikings still have a lot of questions on their offense of line.  This may not necessarily be an indication of how good the Vikings Run game is, but more so an indication of how bad of the Cardinals run defense is.  Nevertheless the Handcuff strategy certainly proves useful when it comes to Minnesota's backfield.  At this point Cook has been injured and unreliable.  While it's too early to call him a bust, it certainly proves that all of Cook's owners should also own Murray as a handcuff.  

Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 43.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The Buccaneers have failed to generate much with their ground game but last week was both a gut-check and a glimmer of hope for the worst run offense in the league.  Barber may have gotten a wake-up call after surrendering carries to rookie Ronald Jones late in a blowout loss to the Bears in week 4.  Although Tampa Bay still has to prove themselves with some consistency in the backfield, it's certainly worth stashing Barber and deeper leagues. Heck he even displayed some pass catching chops by snagging four targets for 24 yards and a touchdown.  He's worth a roster spot to wait and see.  

Frank Gore, RB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 11.8% of all ESPN leagues):
The ageless wonder has slowly seen his workload increase as the Dolphins backfield has slowly become more of a timeshare.  Gore has been an effective runner given his limited production and he was the first runner to reach 100 yards against a stout Chicago front this season.  He's certainly worth an add in deeper leagues and his usage should be monitored in the coming weeks.  However, it's worth noting that he has some decent matchups coming up, and a late bye in week 11.

Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Shockingly enough, it was Mostert who split time with Breida on the ground, not Morris.  Mostert took 12 totes for 87 yards, averaging over 7 yards per carry against the Packers on Monday night.  While he didn't find the endzone, the former Purdue Boilermaker and track star was productive with his touches.  This situation will be something to monitor going forward.  While he's nothing more than a deep league dart throw at this point, he could turn into something should he leap ahead of Morris on the depth chart.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 43.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Most owners gave up on Goodwin after Jimmy G went down and after injuries kept him sidelined.  In fact, he was dropped in well over half of all fantasy football leagues.  Most owners also forgot that his ascend to fantasy relevance came with Beathard under center, but he could've been even more productive with Garcon drawing coverage.  That's exactly the case now that the offense is now in it's second year under Kyle Shanahan.  Goodwin reminded fantasy owners what baby force he could be by hauling in 4 catches for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns.  No, not all defenses are as soft as Green Bay's, but Goodwin is worth adding in all leagues.  

Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 39.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Godwin has scored a touchdown and all but one of his games.  His usage hasn't changed with Winston under center, and he caught six passes for 56 yards in a touchdown in Winston's first full game.  If DeSean Jackson gets injured Godwin will surely take on an additional work load.  He's worth adding in all formats, even if Jackson is healthy.

Albert Wilson, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 6.0% of all ESPN leagues):
Wilson seems to have climbed the depth chart and Devante Parker seems to have found the doghouse.  Wilson was targeted 6 times in weeks 4 and 5, and hailed in 6 of 9 targets to shred an elite Bears defense for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Parker had just 1 target last week and dropped his only pass.  Adam Gase's play calling gets Wilson the ball in open space and gives him a chance to work.  Wilson is worth an add, especially in deeper PPR leagues where he has a decent floor with a steady diet of targets, no matter who's under center.

Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 14% all ESPN leagues):
Kirk has become somewhat of a safety blanket for his rookie quarterback.  As a rookie himself, he's proven that he can be a playmaker capable of converting a high-volume workload into productivity.  As the NFL season wears on and injuries to skill players begins Mount, Kirk is surely worth an add and most leagues.  He'll face the Broncos at home next week and then he has some nice matchups coming up.  

Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 48.5% of all ESPN leagues):
******Geronimo Allison and the Green Bay Packers DO NOT PLAY this week******
Allison has fallen to the fantasy wayside recently thanks to injuries, Randall Cobb's return, and the development of other wideouts.  However, history has shown that Cobb has been prone to injury and, at 5'10" 192lbs, Cobb isn't quite the outside threat Allison is.  Allison has caught 19 passes for 289 yards and 2 touchdowns through 4 games this season (he was ruled out in week 5) and has proven to be a viable receiving option when he's been available.  He's an excellent stash and should pay big dividends for his owners when he returns in week 8.

Chester Rogers, WR, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 11.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The Colts are wearing desperately thin at receiving options.  Rogers' stat line was helped by a garbage time touchdown, but he has a good floor in PPR formats as a possession receiver.  If Doyle, Hilton, and Grant all remain sidelined, Rogers will take on a larger workload and would be worth an add in all formats.  They face an underrated Bills defensive unit next week.

Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 0.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The injury to Enunwa put Kearse in the spotlight and in line for a larger workload.  The possession receiver revived his role by catching 9 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown last week against the Colts.  Rookie Sam Darnold should continue to look to the veteran wideout for high percentage completions, making him an add at least in PPR leagues.  

David Moore, WR, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 3.5% of all ESPN leagues):
******David Moore and the Seattle Seahawks DO NOT PLAY this week******
Moore has caught 5 passes for 85 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2 games. The athletic, undrafted rookie has become a reliable target and should be on all fantasy radars in all leagues.  

TIGHT ENDS

O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 34% of all ESPN leagues):
Howard has been more hurt than healthy, but that's such a shallow position it's shocking to see that he's only owned in roughly a third of all ESPN fantasy leagues. If he's available, he is certainly worth picking up as he can easily become a top 10 fantasy tight end, although that's not saying much for the talent of healthy, available tight ends.  Howard caught four passes for 62 yards in a touchdown and this is a glimpse of potential productivity.  

C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 15.4% of ESPN leagues):
Uzomah has been getting more run as the availability Bengals pass catchers has diminished.  He's filled in pretty well for the Tylers.  Last week he caught 6 of his targets for 54 yards, but couldn't find the endzone.  He's a good add in PPR formats with his volume, and a decent add in standard formats as well, given the lack of depth at the position.  The Bengals could end up in shootouts against the Chiefs, Buccaneers, and Saints, which could mean more work for the Bengals tight end if Cincinnati is playing catch up.

Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 55.2% of ESPN leagues):
Hooper could see a sharp Spike Ed volume after Ridley and Sanu both went down with injuries. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan needs to throw the ball to someone and Hooper is one of the more experienced veterans in this offense.  He's definitely worth adding because of his potential volume and the overall lack of depth at the position.  

QUARTERBACKS

Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 32.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Given Chicago's quarterback carrousel at the position through so many years, it's pretty unusual that one of their play callers should make their way into a fantasy football column.  Yet that's exactly what's happening given the second year players performance over the past 2 weeks.  Trubisky has thrown for well over 600 yards, 9 touchdowns and one interception in his last two outings thanks to his new coach's play calling.  Mitch is certainly worth an add, especially in 2 QB formats with bye weeks coming.

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 24.6% of all ESPN leagues):
It's certainly understandable why Dak is owned in just a quarter of all ESPN leagues.  The Cowboys passing game and struggled and they have yet to figure out who their lead playmakers are at the receiver at wideout.  However it looks like they're finally starting to figure things out and how to distribute the ball among the receiving corps.  Dak picked apart one of the best defenses in the league and used his feet and poise to make it happen.  As long as Zeke is healthy, Prescott is worth picking up in a pinch.  

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS

Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 7.1% of all ESPN leagues):
With Josh Allen out, the bills now have one of the most impotent offenses in the league.  Nathan Peterman is a turnover machine, once throwing up five interceptions in the first half of the game. Buffalo's quarterback should help make the Colts defense look like superstars. They are definitely worth streaming this week.  

Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 53.3% of all ESPN leagues):
The Chargers defense is certainly worth streaming against a struggling Titans offense.  Sure, Joey Bosa may still be sidelined, but the Titans' offensive line just can't stay healthy, which makes it difficult for Tennessee to get anything going on offense.  The Bolts are a solid streaming option at defense this week.

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