We’ve now made it through Week 6 and fantasy football in 2020 continues to present its fair share of challenges. Once again we saw some injuries with some of the more notable ones being Miles Sanders, Raheem Mostert, Mark Ingram, and Zach Ertz all leaving their games on Sunday. We also had some players who may have let you down and if you owned anyone on the Green Bay Packers you did not have a good Sunday afternoon.
Either way, we’re on to Week 7 and the first step is exploring the waiver wire to see if there is someone who can help out your team. Hopefully, you’ve been following along as we’ve been able to identify some waiver wire pickups who should be helping your team. If you haven’t there still is time to turn things around or to continue to build on a strong team.
One thing I will continue to bring up, and still recommend, is to pay attention to who the other teams in your league have been dropping. With injuries and COVID causing some chaos so far this season many teams may have been scrambling to field a team. There may be some players not identified on this list who could help your team instantly.
As always though I am here to try to identify some of the more popular waiver wire adds, some deeper league options, and some to keep an eye on up until your waivers run. Now every league may be a little different, but I will be looking at players who are on 50% or less of teams across Yahoo and ESPN platforms. I will also include some players who might be above 50%, but are worth the look to see if they’re available in your league.
Bye Weeks: Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings
Week 7 Waiver Wire: Possibly taken, but worth a look
Chase Claypool (WR, PIT)
Claypool is on around 84% of teams on ESPN, but just under 50% of teams on Yahoo. He had another good Sunday this week after hauling in 4 receptions for 74 yards and 2 rushing attempts for 7 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers appear to want to get him the ball any way they can as he has 5 rushing attempts and 2 rushing touchdowns to pair with his 184 receiving yards.
Week 7 Waiver Wire: On less than 50% of teams
Justin Herbert (QB, LAR)
Herbert is just barely on over 50% of teams on Yahoo, but under 50% on ESPN. He was on a bye in Week 6, but gets a favorable schedule moving forward with Jacksonville, Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, and the New York Jets. He’s worth an add if your streaming or just looking for a replacement player as he should be a viable starter for several weeks.
Teddy Bridgewater (QB, CAR)
Bridgewater struggled against a tough Bears defense but gets New Orleans in Week 7, which should be a more forgiving matchup for Bridgewater. He’s on the streaming radar in Week 7 and also gets Atlanta in Week 8.
Tee Higgins (WR, CIN)
Higgins sits on just 52% of Yahoo teams and is under 50% on ESPN. He had another quality day after catching 6 receptions for 125 yards. Higgins now has 28 targets over the last four weeks and has had at least 4 receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown. As mentioned before, the Bengals will face negative game script quite often and need to throw the ball. Higgins should be rostered and can be played as a flex.
Tim Patrick (WR, DEN)
Patrick topped 100 yards once again this week on 4 receptions. He now has 15 targets in the last two games for the Broncos. Denver hasn’t been the most explosive on offense but faces off against the Chiefs in Week 7. They will most likely playing from behind and need to throw.
Travis Fulgham (WR, PHI)
Fulgham stuck around once again and saw 10 targets from Carson Wentz on Sunday. He managed to pull in 6 receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles cannot stay healthy and may now be without Zach Ertz and Miles Sanders. Fulgham now has 26 targets in the last three weeks and the Eagles will continue to need to throw the ball. We still want to keep an eye on DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffrey’s status, but Fulghum should be rostered.
Boston Scott (RB, PHI)
Miles Sanders went down with a knee injury and left the game. Sanders is expected to miss time, Scott should see an increase in usage. In Week 1 without Sanders, Scott saw 9 rushing attempts and 2 receptions. They do get the Giants who are beatable on the ground however, Corey Clement will most likely be involved and Scott isn’t a sure-fire start unless you’re in desperation mode.
Justin Jackson (RB, LAC)
Jackson was highlighted in this article last week but was on bye in Week 6. During the Week 5 game, Jackson out-touched Kelley 20-12 and out-snapped him 42-25. Jackson rushed 15 times for 71 yards (Kelley 11 for 29). Jackson caught 5 receptions for 29 yards (Kelley 1 for 9). Jackson appears to be the lead back of the committee moving forward and should hold some value until Ekelar is back to full strength.
Anthony Firkser (TE, TEN)
Tight end is a wasteland and Jonnu Smith left the game in Week 6 with an injury. Firsker stepped in and caught 8 receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. You will need to monitor Smith’s injury status as Firsker is not an option should Smith return next week. However, with opposing teams needing to focus their attention on Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown, Firsker may be the one to slip under the radar of defensive coordinators.