Waiver Wire Wizardry: Pickups for Week 7


Derek Carr (4% Y!): Going into this game, San Diego had given up the 4th fewest points to opposing quarterbacks. However, Derek Carr threw for over 280 yards and 4 touchdowns. A fluke or the ability to perform even in a bad matchup? For owners who are going to be without Nick Foles (or Mike Glennon) this week due to the bye, Carr could be worth a look. Oakland has a very nice matchup against the Cardinals in week 7. Carr has shown that he can make the tough throws, set up long plays and break down even the toughest of defenses. I expect that again on Sunday.

Carson Palmer (30% Y!): He finally returned after missing over a month with a nerve condition in his throwing shoulder. Not only did Arizona’s offense improve, but every weapon in Arizona got a boost fantasy wise as well. Andre Ellington continues to put up points while Michael Floyd put up a line that we all are expecting him to have on a weekly basis (4/47/1). Even Larry Fitzgerald got in on the action with almost 100 yards and a score! When Carson Palmer is on the field the entire Cardinal offense gets a boost. Over the next month, Palmer has a favorable schedule with facing Oakland, Philadelphia, Dallas and St. Louis. With the bulk of the bye weeks ahead, Palmer is a nice option to consider. Palmer should be owned as a QB2 in the majority of leagues.

Running Back:

Jerick McKinnon (37% Y!): Talent prevails! McKinnon finally got the start over Matt Asiata and was on the field for 48 snaps as opposed to Asiata’s 15. Against a very strong Lions run defense, McKinnon ran for 40 yards on 11 carries, catching 6 passes for another 42 yards as well. McKinnon is by far the best tailback in Minnesota and should continue to see his usage increase. He didn’t have the flashiest of weeks, but he is the Viking you want to own for the remainder of the season.

Isaiah Crowell (19% Y!): Crowell is just so darn good. He’s blown past Terrance West on the depth chart. In fact, West was a healthy inactive on Sunday. Ben Tate is the unquestioned bell cow in this offense, but the Browns run the ball so much that Crowell is worth owning. He finished Sunday’s game with 11 carries for 77 (6 YPC) yards with a touchdown. Between Crowell and Tate, the Browns ran the ball 36 times. This was also against a rather stingy Pittsburgh run defense as well. Given Tate’s injury-plagued past, Crowell is a must-own in a clicking Cleveland offense. Grab him now.

You want the running back who takes the ball from Peyton Manning. Ronnie Hillman impressed on Sunday and is the tailback to own in Denver.

Ronnie Hillman (45% Y!): After the injury to Montee Ball, there were many questions surrounding the status of the Broncos backfield moving ahead. In the end, Ronnie Hillman was given 24 touches. He rushed for 100 yards while hauling in 3 catches for 16 yards. Hillman is the man to own in Denver in the immediate future. He thrived against a stout Jets defense and should be trusted again in week 7 to produce. With Ball out for a few more weeks, Hillman should continue to carry the mail and has RB2 upside. Denver gets the tough 49ers defense this week though. A considerable FAAB bid is warranted on Hillman, as it is entirely possible he keeps the job for the remainder of the season if he continues to play well. Add away!

Wide Receiver:

Andre Holmes (6% Y!): Derek Carr’s favorite target is suddenly an appealing fantasy option. Over the last two games, Holmes has 20 targets and 9 catches for 195 yards and 3 touchdowns. He is the deep threat that the Raiders needed to expand their offense. He out-snapped every other Oakland pass-catcher and you can expect this to continue moving forward. With Jeremy Maclin and Vincent Jackson byes this week, Holmes is a great plug-and-play option as he faces a weak Arizona secondary.

Allen Robinson (12% Y!): Another favorite target of a rookie signal-caller, this one in Jacksonville. Over the past 4 weeks, Allen Robinson has no fewer than 7 targets and 5 catches per contest. He continues to be looked at heavily in the passing game, considering how often they are behind. He has not scored a touchdown this season, but considering the looks he is getting, that should change soon. Facing a very beatable Cleveland secondary, Robinson is another great plug-and-play wideout who should provide a solid point total.

Odell Beckham Jr. (37% Y!): After having a 4/44/1 line in his NFL debut, Beckham took a step back on Sunday night with only 2 catches for 28 yards. The big news here though is that Victor Cruz will miss the remainder of the season and Beckham should step right in and take his spot in the lineup. The Giants offense as a whole sputtered on Sunday, but should rebound against Dallas in week 6. With his new gig, Beckham is an immediate add in all formats and should see an increased workload in the coming weeks. He’s a very athletic and electric player with the chance to provide big time numbers.

Tight End:

Jordan Reed (59% Y!): The very talented tight end was projected to be a top 10 option coming into this season but another injury derailed that as he missed 4 games with a hammy. Returning on Sunday and playing in a just over 50% of the snaps, Reed had 11 targets, 8 catches and 92 yards. No matter who the quarterback is, Reed is going to be targeted heavily in the Redskins’ offense because of his play-making ability and matchup advantage. Reed needs to be owned in every fantasy league while healthy. Pounce on him if he was dumped in your league.

Clay Harbor (3% Y!): A Jaguars’ tight end? Say it ain’t so. Clay Harbor is worth an add after recording 14 catches (16 targets) for 183 yards and 3 scores since taking over for the injured Mercedes Lewis. Harbor showed off his athleticism, catching a 59-yard pass and touchdown on the same drive. Blake Bortles isn’t afraid to toss the rock his way and Harbor is an option to consider if you are losing your starter to the bye in the coming weeks. As long as Lewis remains sidelined, Harbor is going to be a threat to put up a score every week. You could do a lot worse at the position.

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Doug Moore is a fantasy football contributor at The Sports Script. Follow him on Twitter @DMM0822!


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