It’s Week 7 already in the NFL, and with it comes the usual injuries, COVID-19 scares and bye-week maneuvering for fantasy football owners. Any Vikings, Ravens, Dolphins or Colts players will all be taking a seat on your bench.
Below are my top five waiver wire pickups owned in 50 per cent or less of leagues. As always, ask me any fantasy questions on Twitter @AndyMc81 using #AskAndy.
Boston Scott, RB, Eagles
Yahoo! League Ownership: 15%
Eagles starting running back Miles Sanders is expected to miss this Thursday’s showdown versus the rival Giants and possibly the following Sunday against Dallas as well. Handcuff Boston Scott will assuredly be one of the most added players, but I wouldn’t set the expectations too high.
In Week 1, fantasy managers were spending top waiver priority and auction dollars to land Scott with Sanders on the sideline. The result? A disheartening 35 rushing yards and two receptions in a loss to Washington as part of a low volume committee with Corey Clement. That could happen again, and this time there’s the possibility of rookie Jason Huntley being thrown into the mix.
Philadelphia faces a Giants club that’s in the middle of the pack when it comes to fantasy points allowed to RBs. If you decide to scoop up Scott, do it with the mindset of him being a boom-or-bust flex.
Keelan Cole, WR, Jaguars
Yahoo! League Ownership: 29%
You might be in need of a quality wide receiver with the likes of Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson, DeVante Parker and Marquise Brown all on bye. Jacksonville’s Keelan Cole is an excellent fill-in candidate — even if he is taking on a tricky Chargers defence.
Cole impressed in a loss to Detroit over the weekend by hauling in six catches for 143 yards. It’s worth noting that this effort was with No. 1 wideout DJ Chark in the lineup. He also scored the week before, and on the season has three touchdowns and four double-digit FPTs performances in PPR format. The undrafted 27-year-old is averaging a solid 6.3 targets per game in 2020, and should keep getting opportunities with Chark attracting top coverage.
Anthony Firkser, TE, Titans
Yahoo! League Ownership: 1%
Well, the tight end position is once again wreaking havoc on fantasy owners. Tennessee’s Jonnu Smith is questionable, Philly’s Zach Ertz is headed to the IR, and there are the byes to contend with.
Anthony Firkser exploded after Smith’s injury on Sunday for 113 yards on eight receptions and a TD. Problem is that we likely won’t know Jonnu’s status until later in the week. However, it appears that Smith is trending towards sitting.
Another issue is that the Titans are facing a nasty Steelers front seven, which leads the NFL in sacks. A positive for Tennessee is their tremendous running attack, which should open up windows for Tannehill to distribute the ball.
Other tight ends that may be sitting on your waiver wire with plus matchups are Cleveland’s Austin Hooper and Tampa Bay’s Rob Gronkowski. If those two are gone, then Firkser’s situation is worth tracking.
J.D. McKissic, RB, Washington
Yahoo! League Ownership: 14%
Washington’s offence is generally one to steer clear from, but J.D. McKissic has quietly carved out a useful role in this backfield committee. While Antonio Gibson is the flashy new name, McKissic’s put together consecutive games of 14.40 and 10.90 FPTs in PPR. He’s also almost equally sharing touches with Gibson, and that’s made Peyton Barber a non-factor.
The veteran journeyman is a high-floor, low-ceiling option for bye or injury trouble no matter who the quarterback is. He’s caught six or more passes in three straight weeks, and hopefully the increase in handoffs from last Sunday becomes more of the norm. The Cowboys’ Swiss cheese defence is next on the menu, and that gives McKissic the chance at a terrific afternoon.
Tim Patrick, WR, Broncos
Yahoo! League Ownership: 18%
Tim Patrick has hit 14.10 or more fantasy points for three straight games, which include a pair of 100-plus yard performances and two touchdowns. Yet he’s still available in 82 per cent of leagues! It’s clear that Patrick is no fluke, having balled out with multiple quarterbacks chucking him the rock. Yes, he’s benefited from injuries to KJ Hamler and Noah Fant, but his 6’4” frame will always make him an appealing red zone or jump ball target.
Denver hosts a sneaky good Chiefs defence that’s giving up the eighth fewest FPTs to wide receivers. I’d still roll the dice on the third-year pro considering the consistent target share he’s been getting all season. Patrick’s a nice DFS value play on Draft Kings as well at a $4,600 salary.