Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups  


By MV October 19th 2015

The waiver wire in your league is starting to thin out. Some of my leagues it is beginning to look like a barren wasteland with tumbleweeds rolling by.

Remember not to over spend your FAAB on one player. Again the basic rule of thumb is to keep the cost beneath 20% of your total FAAB for any one player. There are always exceptions to this rule and it is contingent upon a ton of variables; what week we’re in, situation, opportunity, etc.


Blake Bortles JAX – Yet another 300 yard game for Blake Bortles. He is like the poor man’s Ben Roethlisberger. We still love him.

Jay Cutler CHI – Cutler had 353 yards this Sunday and finally got Jeffery back.

Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ – Ryan off the bye, again had a solid 250 yard 2 TD performance while adding 1 rushing TD. Fitzy might be the safest week to week start off the wire.

Colin Kaepernick SF – Now the Niners faced the Ravens who have proven to not be able to stop a marching band from moving down the field, but Kaep put together a 2 TD 340 yard passing game which will boost his confidence, and right now that is what Kaep needs the most of. We don’t like him this Thursday against Seattle, because it is just not the type of game he looks good in.

Running Backs

Christine Michael DAL – Just in case he is still available. The Cowboys figure to make a ton of adjustments during their bye week and one of them is to give Michael first team snaps. He was on everyone’s sleeper radar a couple of years back but could not find the field behind Beast-Mode. He’s a freak talent and could be this year’s CJ Anderson that carries teams through the playoffs.

Darren McFadden DAL – Run DMC figures to get all of the Dunbar check downs in the passing game. A change at the QB position this upcoming bye week to Matt Cassel could help this offense out, doubt it, but it could. Still even if it doesn’t look better Darren will be targeted an awful lot every game.

Cameron Artis-Payne CAR – Fresh off the bye and nobody is thinking about this one. Why? Well it’s not very exciting. Jonathon Stewart will get hurt, be prepared and grab the Artis formerly known as Payne on your roster and you will have a starting RB for a bunch of games down the stretch.

Branden Oliver SD – After Melvin Gordon fumbled twice in the first half Oliver came in and got most of the 2nd half work. He did not excite, but he handled the workload while the team was playing from behind. If Gordon continues to pull a Trent Richardson imitation Oliver may carve out a PPR-Flex role in this offense.

Wide Receiver

Brian Quick STL – Fresh off the bye and he still may be available in your league. Brian was targeted 3 times in his second game back and has the talent to emerge as the best wide receiver on the Rams. I am sure that the staff has designed a couple of big plays to showcase the next couple of weeks. It is especially intriguing as the emergence of Gurley will keep defenses honest.

Dorial Green-Beckham TEN – DGB’s targets are slowly increasing. We like him because of his big play ability. He has difference making talent and could be the guy to own down the stretch if you’re in a deep league and need a homerun.

Brandon LaFell NE – No idea, just a desperate shot in the dark. He is currently eligible to return.

Danny Amendola/Keshawn Martin NE – If LaFell stays out for any amount of time then Danny could give some value to deep leagues troubled in bye weeks. I would also keep an eye on Keshawn Martin’s role in this offense over this next week. Martin played 50 of 59 snaps and caught both of his targets. If his role progresses then you may want to grab him.

Stefon Diggs MIN – We wrote about Diggs a couple of weeks ago and we believe that he has taken over as Bridgewater’s favorite target in this inept passing game. He will be a fine PPR option for the remainder of the year.

Devin Funchess CAR – The team has figured that they would begin to utilize their big rookie WR during the bye week. Devin was given 6 targets and only caught 2 of them, but considering the other WR options in Carolina he could progress into a real target for Cam.

Tight End

Jacob Tamme ATL – Jacob had a mediocre night on Thursday (3 rec. on 5 targets) but we still think he has a chance to be a decent PPR tight end in this high-powered offense for the remainder of the year.

Julius Thomas JAX – Did people forget to pick him up in your league? Well if they did he is still one of the best tight ends in the NFL.

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