We’re approaching the midway point of the 2020 NFL season, and to celebrate, the league gave us an early Halloween treat in the form of Week 7. What a week! Amidst the plethora of pretty plays, jaw-dropping jukes, fantastic finishes, and other applicable alliterations, most fantasy leagues have also reached their halfway point. This makes finding the right guys on the waiver wire that much more important.
If you need a wide receiver, you’re in luck because there’s seemingly no end to the number of wideouts available on the waiver wire. However, if you need a running back, may I direct you to 2021? All kidding aside, you’re basically scouring for scraps at the running back position, so don’t get your hopes up too high in finding a gem on the waivers. Speaking of thin positions…
Tua Tagovailoa (QB - MIA) | Available in 80% of leagues
I was tempted to include “Dan Marino’s Reincarnation” again, but instead, I’ll choose Tagovailoa (although, some Dolphins’ fans would argue they are one and the same). This is less about my confidence in the rookie quarterback and more about how few quarterbacks are available on waivers. There’s also a lot we don’t know about Tagovailoa. If you add him, it’s because you’re either desperate for a quarterback or you have a spot to spare for a player with immense upside.
La’Mical Perine (RB - NYJ) | Available in 89% of leagues
Owning any player on a New York team is risky, but good running backs on the waiver wire are so rare that you may have to make an exception. The Jets’ rookie running back showed some promise against Buffalo. He had 11 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown, which is encouraging. Frank Gore also had 11 carries, though Perine led New York running backs in carries. With Le’Veon Bell gone, I’d expect more of Perine going forward. Anytime you can find a running back who sees double-digit carries, you should consider adding him.
Wayne Gallman (RB - NYG) | Available in 99% of leagues
Two New York players? And they’re both running backs? Now you’re really playing with fire. You might say Gallman only performed well because Devonta Freeman got hurt. To that, I’d say Gallman was clearly the Giants’ best running back in their strange loss to the Eagles. He led New York in carries and would have led the team in rushing yards if it weren’t for Daniel Jones’ infamous 80-yard run. As the cherry on top, Gallman caught all five passes from Jones. If Freeman misses time with his ankle injury, Gallman could be a nice addition to fantasy rosters. Keep an eye on his status.
Damien Harris (RB - NE) | Available in 70% of leagues
New England running backs are a tricky bunch to project, so be cautious with Harris. A team-high 10 carries are nice, even if he wasn’t involved in the passing game. It looks like Harris has become the main option in running situations, which is valuable enough to make him fantasy-relevant. He only scored eight points, but like I keep saying, the options are thin so don’t be afraid to scoop Harris up if you need the depth.
Carlos Hyde (RB - SEA) | Available in 95% of leagues
Hyde’s inclusion is contingent on Chris Carson’s health status. Once Carson exited the game, Hyde became Seattle’s primary running back. He also made some dents in the passing game, too. Even if Carson can suit up next week against San Francisco, I’d recommend that you look into adding Hyde. Suddenly, he’s become a very valuable handcuff.
Nelson Agholor (WR - LV) | Available in 98% of leagues
Agholor has been on a tear lately. (Yes, that Nelson Agholor.) He’s gone three straight games with a score while averaging nearly 17 fantasy points. In Sunday’s game, he posted 107 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. With Bryan Edwards still dealing with an injury, Agholor has become the de facto boundary receiver in Las Vegas. And next week, the Raiders have a juicy matchup against a suspect Cleveland secondary. I like Agholor’s chances.
Rashard Higgins (WR - CLE) | Available in 99% of leagues
After Odell Beckham Jr. went down with what could be a major injury, Higgins promptly stepped in and stepped up. He racked in 110 yards on six targets en route to a 17-point performance. He also had some impressive plays, so there’s no doubt that Higgins can get the job done if Beckham is to miss a few games (or longer). Higgins is yet another wide receiver to capitalize on the flurry of injuries this season, and he should be in roster consideration for most leagues.
Brandon Aiyuk (WR - SF) | Available in 79% of leagues
There’s a reason the 49ers selected Aiyuk in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and he’s quickly been showing why. The versatile receiver posted 115 yards on seven targets for 17.5 fantasy points. Kyle Shanahan has been treating Aiyuk similarly to Deebo Samuel, who left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. If Samuel misses time, that gives Aiyuk even more opportunities to shine. But even if Samuel returns next week fully healthy, Aiyuk is playing like a rosterable fantasy player. He’s averaging a hefty 10.3 points over five games and looks to be in line for more action.
Randall Cobb (WR - HOU) | Available in 86% of leagues
Cobb hasn’t been great, but he has produced a solid string of fantasy performances this season. He’s failed to reach double-digit points just twice this season. I guess he saw Aiyuk’s 17.5-point performance and felt he needed to prove himself because the 30-year-old also scored 17.5 points. That tends to happen when you see 10 targets. Health is normally a risk for Cobb, though he has yet to miss a game this season—if he keeps it up, it’d be his first full season since 2015. I’d prefer a younger guy with more upside, but Cobb certainly has some intrigue.
Denzel Mims (WR - NYJ) | Available in 99% of leagues
In his first NFL game, Mims tied Braxton Berrios in receptions (4) and targets (7). It’s not a high bar to set, although Mims still could be a decent waiver addition in some leagues. Jamison Crowder was also out, which opened Mims up to some more opportunities. I wouldn’t add Mims just yet; this is more of a “Player to Watch.” Mims is a talented player on an untalented team. That’s not a great bet when it comes to fantasy football. I’d monitor Mims over the next couple of weeks and see if he can provide any production down the line.
Harrison Bryant (TE - CLE) | Available in 99% of leagues
A week after a disappointing performance to the red-hot Steelers, the Browns turned out an epic game against the Bengals. And you know what that means: Points! One of the benefactors was rookie tight end Harrison Bryant. The former John Mackey Award winner—given to the nation’s best collegiate tight end—posted 21.6 points, which included two touchdowns. While he only saw five targets, Bryant made the most of his production and he should have a prominent role in Cleveland’s offense until Austin Hooper recovers from his appendectomy. But heading into Week 7, the Browns targeted their tight ends 54 times, which was the sixth-most in the league. Bryant could have value beyond Hooper’s return.
Richard Rodgers (TE - PHI) | Available in 96% of leagues
Someone has to catch the ball, right? With almost the entire Eagles’ offense on the injury report, Rodgers filled in nicely for Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. He was second on the team with eight targets, which he converted into 85 receiving yards. Tight end is also a tough position to find on waivers, but as long as Ertz and Goedert are out, Rodgers is a borderline starter at the position.
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