The week 7 waiver landscape is as barren as the Gobi desert. No major injuries opened up prime starting spots for fantasy teams. There are some rookies begging to be added on merit alone, however. And this is the best type of add, because these are players earning their volume. Guys like Higgins and Patrick should see their roles increase and can be real assets down the line. Conversely, players who get a bump simply due to injury may not capitalize on their touches (see: Mattison, Alexander)

I group the adds by position and then within the position, rank them in order of preference. The sherpa will only advise players who are rostered in less than 50% of ESPN leagues.

NEW FEATURES – I have made the FAAB suggestion a percentage of whatever your budget is instead of raw dollars. I also separated the quarterback section into suggestions for single and multi-QB formats. 

This went to press before both the Kansas City/Buffalo and Arizona/Dallas games.

Single QB – As bye weeks approach, there are some useful adds on the wire

Justin Herbert (5%) – If he’s still on your wire, I’m sure you can pick him up on the cheap although perhaps some other managers were also waiting until after the Chargers’ bye. His schedule is dynamite coming up, and he now has 10 TDs in his firs 4 NFL games.  

Superflex / 2QB – No injuries opened up new starters for multi-QB leagues

RBReally bleak week if you need RB help

Boston Scott (15%) – Workhorse Miles Sanders was ruled out during week 6 with a knee injury, making Scott the lead back. He has flashed before and can be a threat both running and receiving. The Eagles offense is struggling mightily and gets another difficult opponent in the New York Giants next week. It should go without saying that we’ll need to watch the news on Sanders closely. Depending on how badly you need a running back, Scott could be a plug and play although I wouldn’t expect a huge return in week 7. It appears Sanders will only miss 1-2 games, so Scott is just a filler for that time. 

Gus Edwards (10-15%) – Everyone (including me) wants the Ravens to give the ball to J.K. Dobbins 20 times a game. However, this staff has not seemed willing to do that yet. Edwards continues to be utilized on a weekly basis, logging between 3-10 carries. if Ingram misses time, I think Edwards will see 10-15 carries and probably most goal line work. Losing one man in this backfield does help clear up the usage but Edwards is probably a FLEX play where you’re hoping he falls in the end zone. The Ravens have a bye next week so Ingram has some time to heal up. 

Frank Gore, La’Mical Perine (1%) – I don’t know. Just being thorough here, but if the Jets couldn’t even get on the board against Miami I don’t see how anyone on this team is startable, especially out of the backfield. Their next 3 opponents are much tougher on defense than the Dolphins, but if you’re absolutely desperate there are some RB touches on the Jets available on your wire. 

WR – You people have got to start adding these great rookie receivers

Tee Higgins (25%) – I am begging you to add Higgins. Over the last 3 weeks he leads all Bengals WRs in yards from scrimmage. Even with A.J. Green showing up in week 6 catching 8 passes for 96 yards, Higgins outshined him with a career high 125 yards. Whether the Bengals ship Green off or not, Higgins is becoming the featured playmaker in this high volume passing attack.

Jalen Reagor (10-15%) – The Eagles’ first round pick is set to come off the IR this week. Follow the news to see if he is activated, but Reagor will jump right into a role with this struggling offense. He is an exciting receiver who should be able to handle touches in a variety of ways. The Eagles simply have no choice but to try and inject some spark into this team. Their season is not over given the state of the NFC East, so they have plenty left to play for despite being 1-4-1.

Tim Patrick (10-15%) – In his first game without Sutton, Fant or Hamler, Patrick led the Broncos in targets, receptions and yards. By going over the century mark, Patrick put himself on the fantasy map and won’t go overlooked during this waiver run. The third year pro is set up to break out with only Jerry Jeudy a threat to his targets. Over the next 5 weeks, all the Broncos’ matchups have solid fantasy potential: KC, LAC, @ATL, @LV, MIA.  I think he can be a fine bench piece or FLEX option as the bye weeks come up. 

Travis Fulgham (10%) – This is now back to back weeks of leading the Eagles in targets and yards with a score. DeSean Jackson and Jalen Reagor are ready to return in week 7, and Alshon Jeffery lingers on the depth chart. Fulgham will likely be involved some but I think his best weeks may have just happened. 

Laviska Shenault (5%) – After 2 straight weeks building momentum, he had a dud in week 6, so if Shenault is still on your wire I’m sure you can slip him onto your roster without much trouble. I still like his potential going forward.  

Russell Gage (1-5%) – The WR3 in Atlanta operates better when the WR room is healthy, as he found he groove again against Minnesota going 4-65. Gage can’t beat teams’ better corners, but if he is an afterthought to the defense he can thrive. I think he’s a nice bench piece and bye week filler. 

Denzel Mims (1-5%) – The Jets offense is an abomination in all phases but Mims was a second round pick and New York needs to know what they have. Don’t fool yourself into thinking he will be any sort of league winner, but he may be able to do something for the Jets and your fantasy team. 

TE – a stud TE goes down, but is his replacement worthwhile?

Anthony Firkser (1-5%) – Jonnu Smith took a shot and was ruled out with an ankle injury in week 6. Firkser, his agile understudy filled in admirably. The third year tight end completely dominated the Harvard receiving ranks. He’s an intriguing add if Smith is going to miss time. The Titans has a history of utilizing their tight ends and I don’t think the role changes dramatically with Smith out. 

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  1. scoboticus says:
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    Tannehill or Justin Herbert?

    • scoboticus says:
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      For context, I need a backup QB for Week 8. Right now I have Cam Newton @ BUF that week.

      Justin Hebert @ Den that week, Ryan Tannehill @Cin that week.

      • al_FF_red

        al_FF_red says:
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        Both are great options… Denver isn’t too giving on defense, and their offense doesn’t challenge teams to open it up too much anyway

        I think I’d go Tannehill

  2. William Hung says:
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    I was about to ask about Justin Jackson cause as of last night he was at 45% owned, but now I see he’s at 50% exactly – would he be the #1 RB add?

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      I think so, I discussed him last week and maybe didn’t go back to check his %, assuming he was already over 50% given we’ve known about Ekeler for a while now

      • al_FF_red

        al_FF_red says:
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        Discussed him week 5 actually… certainly thought he’d be over 50% by now

    • The Harrow says:
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      he was the top waiver add according to the rankings from the FP guys. but i’d assume he’s also owned in standard bench sized 12’ers already.

  3. hitzone says:
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    10 team ppr

    Trade my Jacobs/keenan Allen/swift for Davante/McKinnon/Evans

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      I think your trio have a better chance at production

      McKinnon will fade once Mostert gets back/isn’t going to be used as a workhorse where Swift could be

      JJ is a rare workhourse, hard to replace

      Keenan is fine with Herbert

      Adams is great but Evans’ has concerning volume imo and with Godwin healthy unless hes gets in the Zone I think he can be fairly disappointing

  4. Another Dan says:
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    al_FF_red,

    Thanks for the info. I am not sure any of those RB/WR are of great use to me with my roster.

    WR :- Golladay, Godwin, DK, Diggs
    RB :- CMC, MIxon, David Johnson, Gibson, Gaskin

    I guess dropping Gibson(bye next week) for Higgins might be the move ?

    My main question is about Defense. Colts are on a bye. Who do I target to stream Eagles ? Browns ?

    I can drop Tonyan for one of those with Waller back this week and hold the Colts. I could drop the Colts/Gibson and target a second QB with my QB Murray being on a bye next week.

    Thoughts ?

    Best wishes,

    Another Dan

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      Id keep Gibson just because if he pops post-bye (as rookies seem to do) youre going to want him… even tho I love HIggins. Id drop tonyan for higgins tho

      Drop Colts D, i mean I dont necessarily value holding 2 Ds unless you have absolutely no one else worth rostering. Also seems unlikely someone else is going to roster 2 Ds and if they do, they’re probably dropping someone they shouldnt.

      Havent looked at the Ds this week but Browns decent option vs CIN. I dont want anything to do with the Eagles. Are Chargers out there off their bye?

      I dont think Id worry about being 2 weeks ahead of youre QB bye

  5. Donkey Teeth

    Donkey Teeth says:
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    Yo Boof!
    No love for JaMycal Hasty??

    • scoboticus says:
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      Don’t be Hasty. Harroomph!

      • al_FF_red

        al_FF_red says:
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        I left him off because Jeff Wilson is back this week… but frankly I shoulda put them both on at about 1-5%… I actually missed the fact that Mostert was headed to IR until this morning

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Gotcha

  6. Beastman says:
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    Hey Mr Fred, accidentally posted a question on one of your columns from last week, so reposting here:

    Who do you like more both ROS and as a keeper, ignoring roster construct?

    $11 CeeDee Lamb or $8 Antonio Gibson.

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      Thats tough… I think lamb just because he seems like potentially an elite WR for the next 5+ years… Gibson is exciting but still waiting on him to really show us what he is. I hope WFT continues to make him into a bellcow but thats no guarentee

  7. Eddie says:
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    Tua stating after the bye week. Sherpa whats his projections for the season worth a pick up over nick foles in a 2 qb league? i have ryan and goff already

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      Certainly has a ton of upside… Id rather have Tua over Foles yes.

      The other two are your starters until proven otherwise tho. im shocked hes available in a 2qb! Absolutely pick him up

  8. Eddie says:
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    2 qb league drop files for tua? have goff and ryan

    • Eddie says:
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      ***FOles

      • al_FF_red

        al_FF_red says:
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        one thousand percent

  9. Russowl says:
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    10 team half-point PPR

    I was offered Lamar Jackson and Jonathan Taylor for Kamara
    I have big Ben and Matt Ryan at quarterback

    My Other running back‘s include Kareem hunt, Kenyan Drake, David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell, Justin Jackson.Im one and five in last place

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      Do you have Kamara?

      If youre 1-5 I wouldnt take on 2 bye weeks…

  10. Hamtime says:
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    Great write up! 14m league:

    1. Who is an ideal target for David johnson? Already have Jacobs, freeman, dobbins, perine, and the expiring mike Davis.

    2. don’t think i can drop Blankenship even w his bye week. Was planning on dropping gronk stream a kicker (below). Would you rather drop Preston Williams, mike Williams, or perine over gronk? Have Waller as my main TE.

    3. Which kicker are you leaning towards this week – Carson, bullock, or McManus

    4. Is Irvin the next TE to breakout or you still like gronk over him

    • 25XP says:
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      Drop Perine, play Bullock

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      1. What do you mean an ideal target for DJ? Like a guy you could offer to get DJ?

      2. I think you can ALWAYS drop a kicker.
      3. Carlson is a solid choice
      4. I think Gronk for now… I dont see how Cousins is gonna support 2 WRs, Cook & a TE regularly

  11. Shopgurrrl says:
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    I assume that if Justin Jackson is still available in my 12-team, half PPR league, I should be ready to spend pretty big to get him this week with McCaffrey, Gaskin, and Jonathan Taylor all out of commission for me?

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      Yea hes a great add if available. I assumed he’d be rostered most leagues after his big game and Ekeler not around

  12. Marc says:
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    Who would you target if trading R Woods for a running back? Trying to make a fair trade to benefit both teams…

    • Marc says:
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      Looking at Montgomery and Gordon, but there are some other options.

      • al_FF_red

        al_FF_red says:
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        I think those are probably about right in value although pretty meh. Woods is actually showing a nice floor but no ceiling so far

        Could try and swing for the fences and acquire Swift or something? Wouldnt be possible in dynasty but in redraft maybe…

        Id rather try for like Carson, RoJo over Dmont… he is just not a difference maker at all so far. DMont only 50% of his games are over 10 halfPPR points

        MGIII is fine, that would be about right in terms of value imo

        • Marc says:
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          Thx. I’ll reach, see how it goes!

  13. mj486092 says:
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    Would you drop ruggs for Higgins?

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:
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      Yep

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