Injuries and byes are the theme as we enter Week 7 of the NFL season. Six teams take a seat, including some heavy-hitters, with the Bills, Cowboys, Vikings, Steelers, Chargers, and Jaguars all getting the bye this week.
Here are a few widely available waiver wire possibilities that can hopefully help lead you to victory this weekend. As always, get your fantasy football questions to me on Twitter using #AskAndy.
Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Yahoo! Ownership: 9%
Draft Kings salary: N/A
The Seattle offence is a mess of injuries, yet there may be a boost on the way. 2018 first-round draft pick Rashaad Penny is set to return from injured reserve and could be available for the Seahawks' Monday Night Football showdown versus New Orleans.
A variety of never-ending ailments has kept Penny from ever reaching his full potential. However, with Chris Carson on IR and backup Alex Collins banged up as well, Penny could play the role of fantasy saviour for managers willing to put in a waiver claim. The unhealthy state of running backs across the NFL makes taking a shot on adding the 25-year old necessary. At worst he’s a bench depth stash, and at best he could solidify your RB2 position.
Track the Seattle backfield situation closely heading into the weekend.
Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos
Yahoo! Ownership: 35%
Draft Kings salary: $7,600
Both the Broncos and Browns are walking wounded into Thursday Night. Denver wide receiver Tim Patrick is one of the more under-appreciated, high-floor, steady fantasy producers of 2021 and can step in to help your team right away.
Patrick scored three touchdowns this season and has secured at least 11.20 or more FPTs in all but one game. That makes him a solid WR3 overall in PPR formats, and during the last two weeks he’s done even better as the 22nd best wideout. Combining Week 5 and 6 totals gives Patrick better fantasy output than Christian Kirk, Chase Claypool and Henry Ruggs, and one slot behind Stefon Diggs.
He clearly possesses chemistry with Teddy Bridgewater, averaging a steady 5.67 targets per contest. Patrick faces a Cleveland secondary that’s allowed the fifth most fantasy points to wide receivers.
He’s a great looking option with six teams on bye.
D’Ernest Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns
Yahoo! Ownership: 6%
Draft Kings salary: $4,600
The Browns had a staggering 20 players listed on Tuesday's injury report, which most notably included both star rushers. No Nick Chubb or Kareem Hunt Thursday night leaves D’Ernest Johnson as the workhorse back, while tweener Demetric Felton likely slides in on some third-down passing schemes.
Johnson flashed a 95-yard effort in relief of a sidelined Chubb last October. With Baker Mayfield also out with a partially torn labrum on his non-throwing shoulder and Case Keenum getting the start, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski will likely look to establish the run early and often. Even though Denver’s stingy run defence has given up the fifth fewest FTPs to RBs, a high-volume dose of the physical Johnson should pay off.
Top Defences to stream for Week 7:
● Arizona Cardinals (vs. Houston Texans)
● New Orleans Saints (at Seattle Seahawks)
● Carolina Panthers (at New York Giants)
● New England Patriots (at New York Jets)