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2019 Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire: Nickel to a Dime


Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope everyone north of the border had a great time stuffing their faces with turkey while trying to watch the football game out of the corner of your eye and pretending to listen to whatever your uncle has been saying for the last 20 minutes.

What? Just me?

Just like last week the waiver market is pretty bare going into the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire. There (thankfully) haven’t been a ton of injuries to key players that necessitated a big run on waivers thus far. For the impact of all Week 6 injuries, check out Tyler Mulligan’s Injury Report.

Regardless, we’ll truck forward and try to find diamonds in the rough to keep your season going strong.

The 2019 Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players owned in under 35% of Yahoo leagues. Players listed in the “other options” section are between 35 and 50 percent owned.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire


Daniel Jones, New York Giants (29% owned)

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Jones was the latest victim of the cheat code known as the New England defense on Thursday night and most of the shine of his debut has come off thanks to his recent performances. However, Danny Dimes was the first QB to throw a TD pass against the Patriots this season and the Giants’ poor defense often puts him in spots where he needs to be throwing.

That should be the case this week, as New York will face off against the Cardinals. After a rough start, Arizona’s air raid offense is moving well and should be able to score often against a New York secondary ranked last in the league against receivers by Pro Football Focus.

For reference, the Giants coverage grade is 38.7 through six weeks, while the Falcons, who Kyler Murray just eviscerated for 340 yards and three touchdowns, is graded at 39.7. The Cardinals rank 24th in WR coverage.

In conclusion, Jones will need to throw to keep this game competitive. With Saquon Barkley looking like he could play, expect the rookie QB to stat pad with plenty of dump-offs to his all-world running back as well.

Sam Darnold, New York Jets (16% owned)

It feels like the third straight week Darnold has been on the list, but this time he actually played a game and earned his spot. After missing three games with mono, the third-overall pick returned and picked apart the Cowboys defense. His 338 passing yards and two touchdowns were good enough to make him QB10 in his return.

Granted, he has the Patriots defense in Week 7 and will likely struggle this week. But his schedule through Week 14 looks extra juicy, with matchups against Washington, Oakland, Miami (x2), and Cincinnati.

Owners looking to get the jump for the remainder of the season should add Darnold at his worst matchup and get ahead of the competition.

Other Options: Kyle Allen (10% owned), Kirk Cousins (47% owned)

Running Backs

Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals (34% owned)

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David Johnson played through his back injury, but Edmonds was also involved in the Cards’ Week 6 win over the Falcons. The fourth-round pick out of Fordham rushed five times for 34 yards and caught two additional passes for 33 yards and a touchdown.

He was out-touched by Johnson 18-7, but his efficiency on the ground and involvement in the red zone bode well for his value. It will be tough to count on a short-yardage touchdown catch every week, but Edmonds showed he carries some stand-alone value.

If Johnson were to go down, Edmonds would immediately become the number one waiver add and owners looking to invest early should do so before a possible rush begins.

Mark Walton, Miami Dolphins (4% owned)

The fourth-round pick had flashed some potential in the Bengals organization before he was released earlier this year after being arrested three times in three months.

Now with another winless team, Walton performed admirably in what was dubbed the BUTT Bowl.

Walton gained 75 all-purpose yards on 11 touches against the Redskins, outgaining starter Kenyan Drake. There’s not a ton of room for upside with Walton, as the Dolphins will consistently be playing from behind. However, he was targeted six times in the passing game and could be used as a complement to Drake out of the backfield.

Next week’s matchup against the Bills will be difficult, but owners in deep PPR leagues should take a flier on Walton.

Other Options: Latavius Murray (47% owned), Darrell Henderson Jr. (28% owned), Alexander Mattison (22% owned)

Wide Receivers

Auden Tate, Cincinnatti Bengals (23% owned)

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Tate is here for the second straight week thanks to a big jump in his usage. Targeted just six times in Week 5, Andy Dalton doubled down and gave Tate 12 targets in Week 6.

Tate was decent with the increased volume, catching five passes for 91 yards in the loss. He was the Bengals’ leading receiver, as Tyler Boyd was held to just 10-yards.

Cincinnati will likely play every game from behind, giving Tate plenty of opportunity produce. As long as A.J. Green and John Ross are out, Tate is a decent bye weel FLEX option.

Jaron Brown, Seattle Seahawks, (0% owned)

Will Dissly suffered another unfortunate injury on Sunday and it sounds like he will be out for an extended period of time.

With the tight end out, Brown stepped up and became the Seahawks main red-zone weapon. The seven-year veteran caught 3-of-5 passes for 29 yards and two touchdowns in Seattle’s Week 6 win over the Browns.

Brown will probably be as inconsistent as any Seattle player not named Wilson or Carson but has the potential to see 6-8 targets per game without Dissly in the lineup.

With previous waiver targets like A.J. Brown, Deebo Samuel, and Demarcus Robinson struggling, Brown is one of the most intriguing options left in a difficult waiver week.

Other Options: Phillip Dorsett (38% owned), Preston Williams (19% owned), Keke Coutee (16% owned), Darius Slayton (3% owned)

Tight Ends

Darren Fells, Houston Texans (4% owned)

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Another day, another “flavor of the month” tight end pickup. Fells caught two touchdowns in Week 5 and no one batted an eye. This week, Fells caught 6-of-7 passes for 69 yards and now owners need to pay attention.

In leagues where Hunter Henry was scooped prior to his two-touchdown outburst, Fells is likely the best and most widely-available option.

There will definitely be some inconsistency here as the Houston passing-attack has so many options. But seven targets in a good offense are nothing to sneeze at.

And if you pick him up you get the added bonus of hearing broadcasters talk about his basketball career like he’s Jimmy Graham or Antonio Gates.

Ricky Seals-Jones, Cleveland Browns (3% owned)

Seals-Jones has now had two good games in his last three. Back in Week 4, the former Cardinal caught all three of his targets for 81 yards and a touchdown. Following the massacre that was the Monday Nighter against the 49ers, the Browns’ offense rebounded and Seals-Jones caught 3-of-6 passes for 47 yards and a TD.

The Cleveland offense is looking for answers everywhere and Seals-Jones can contribute to the solution.

The Browns have a bye coming up so there won’t be a rush to acquire him. However, he should continue to be useful as long as David Njoku is out.

Deep League Special

Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots (1% owned)

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Remember when Meyers was everyone’s favorite sleeper? Of course, he did earn it in the preseason by catching 20 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns.

Unfortunately, Meyers was pushed too far down the Patriots’ depth chart to provide regular-season value. But injuries to Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett have changed that.

If both Gordon and Dorsett miss Week 7 against the Jets, Meyers will become the WR2 behind Julian Edelman. He performed well in that role against the Giants, catching four passes for 54 yards.

The rookie out of North Carolina State will be a one-week rental at best but could provide dividends this Monday night.

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Winning fantasy leagues since 2004. Losing them for much longer. Follow Jonathan on twitter @jchan_811 and he'll be ready for all your questions!

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