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Through The Wire - Week 7
10/14/19; Updated: 10/15/19

Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs and win the elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster, the waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players who can help your squad and may still be available in your league.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.

Kirk Cousins


Josh Allen, BUF – The Bills were on a bye in Week 6, but Allen should be fully healthy and ready to take on the lowly Dolphins in dream matchup for Week 7. He showed some rapport with rookie Duke Williams in Week 5 and RB Devin Singletary is on track to return, giving the Bills offense another complementary weapon for their passing game. Allen is available in over 50 percent of ESPN leagues and has a stretch of excellent matchups coming in the next five weeks.

Kirk Cousins, MIN – Cousins (still just 25-40 percent owned) has started to show signs of his previous life as a viable NFL fantasy QB, completing 22-of-29 passes for 333 yards and four touchdowns in the Vikings’ Week 6 win over the Eagles. The Vikings are a run-first team and will continue to utilize their strong RBs, but Cousins is once again on the radar and has a decent enough matchup in Week 7 against the Lions.

Sam Darnold, NYJ – In a refreshing turn of events, the Jets offense looked for real again with Darnold at the helm. The second-year QB completed 23-of-32 passes for 338 yards, two touchdowns and one INT in the Jets’ Week 6 upset over the Cowboys. Darnold (7-10 percent owned) ignited a lifeless offense and the Jets’ three first half touchdowns were more than they’d scored in the first four games. The Week 7 matchup against New England’s defense isn’t a great spot, but Darnold is an excellent play in Week 9 against Miami and have a few streaming opportunities moving forward.

Other QBs to consider: Derek Carr, Joe Flacco, Jacoby Brissett, Case Keenum


Gardner Minshew, JAC – The rookie completed just 14-of-29 passes for 163-0-1 while adding two rushes for 1 measly yard Sunday in the Jags’ Week 6 loss to the Saints. He disappointed this week but there will be better spots for the enigmatic young QB – like Week 7 against a winless Bengals team.

Kyle Allen, CAR – There's still a chance Allen remains the starter when Cam Newton returns, and that’s what some fantasy owners are hoping for as Cam’s fill-in completed 20-of-32 passes for 227-2-0 in the Panthers’ Week 6 win over the Bucs. Cam’s at about 50 percent ownership in ESPN leagues, and Allen is at about 10 percent. Stay tuned.

Running Backs

Benny Snell, PIT – With Jaylen Samuels out for the next month or so and James Conner (quad) leaving Sunday’s game early, the door is open for Snell, who rushed 17 times for 75 yards and caught his lone target for 14 yards in the 24-17 Week 6 win over the Chargers. While nearly half of the rookie's carries came in the second half after Conner exited and the Steelers bye week coming up, we have a bit of an uncertain picture. Still, Snell played well Sunday and is worth adding in all formats.

Duke Johnson, HOU – Johnson carried five times for 34 yards while adding 20 yards and a TD on two catches during Sunday’s 31-24 win over the Chiefs. He’s still available in about 20-40 percent of fantasy leagues and is a key role player in the Texans offense.

Jamaal Williams, GB – UPDATE: Aaron Jones dropped a TD pass and also lost a fumble, and Jamaal looked solid with the extra work after the Jones miscues. Williams finished with 104 rushing yards on 14 caries and added 4-32-1 on five targets. He may have been dropped by owners after his scary Week 4 injury but he’s just 25 percent owned in ESPN leagues and is a must-own after a big Week 6 performance.

Other RBs to consider: Mark Walton, Gus Edwards, Latavius Murray, Darrell Henderson


Chase Edmonds, ARI – Edmonds (20-25 percent owned) had only five rushes but tallied 34 yards and caught 2-33-1 in the Cardinals’ Week 6 win over the Falcons. Starter David Johnson managed to play through his back injury and ended with about twice that workload, and if Johnson were to miss time this season, Edmonds would be a viable RB2 with upside in all fantasy formats.

UPDATE: No word on Johnson yet, but even if their star is healthy the Cards will look to Edmonds and his standalone flex value against the Giants – who have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to running backs this season.

Alexander Mattison, MIN – Mattison (15-20 percent owned) had another solid game as the Vikings continue to use both him and Cook to gains chunks of yardage in this awesome running attack. Mattison rushed for 63 yards on 14 carries – just two fewer carries than Cook – and had the standalone value we talked about last week. He’s looking like a viable flex option and appears to be top handcuff to own in fantasy, given the Vikings offensive leanings.

Ito Smith, ATL – Just three carries for 6 yards, while Devonta Freeman went nuts. Not a good showing for Smith, who’s off my radar now.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

TE Hunter Henry, LAC – Expected to be limited in his return following a tibia fracture that kept him out of action the last month, Henry exploded for 8-100-2 on nine targets in the Chargers’ loss to the Steelers on Sunday. He and Philip Rivers connected on an 18-yard pass down the seam on the Chargers’ first offensive play of the game and seemed to have no problems picking apart the Steelers’ secondary at times. He’s a must-add in all formats at a thin position and is owned in fewer than 55 percent of ESPN leagues.

Robby Anderson, NYJ – Anderson looked happy to have Darnold back at QB as he caught five of eight targets for 125 yards and a TD on Sunday. He’s a must-add in all formats and is owned in fewer than 60 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues. The Jets have favorable matchups the next several weeks, and Anderson could be the pickup that drastically alters the rest of your season, so make him a priority if he’s available.

Golden Tate, NYG – Tate didn’t do much in Week 5 but had an excellent game in the TNF loss to New England, catching six of nine targets for 102 yards and a TD in the 35-14 loss. His target total was buoyed by the absence of Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram and any semblance of a running game, but he’s owned ibn just 55-65 percent of fantasy leagues and will be a contributor this season.

Darius Slayton, NYG – Another Giants WR I’m keeping an eye on is Slayton, who has seen at least five targets in three of the first four games he's suited up for. The Round 5 draft pick has above-average speed, decent hands and plenty of upside as a downfield threat – which could be exploited more once Saquon Barkley is healthy.

DeVante Parker, MIA – I shouldn’t have started Preston Williams in DFS Sunday, because he was covered by Josh Norman, allowing Parker to get in on the scoring action. Parker caught 3-of-4 targets for 28 yards and a TD against the Redskins, and regardless of who’s under center in Miami should post decent WR4 numbers.

Duke Williams, BUF – In his first week of NFL action, Williams was targeted four times by Allen and the two connected on a 7-yard score. Not too many folks added the former practice squad WR since the Bills were on their bye, and Williams makes for a great add – with WR3 upside almost immediately.

TE Dawson Knox, BUF – UPDATE: The Bills should look early and often to their rookie TE this week, and he’ll continue to shine as long as Tyler Kroft remains out. Knox is just 5-10 percent owned and provides upside at a position without too many stars.

Zay Jones, OAK –
UPDATE: Jones (0-5 percent owned) came to the Raiders from the Bills and looks to provide Derek Carr with a viable option on the outside – or in the slot in 11 personnel. He’s been an enigmatic character but shows flashes of upside in favorable spots.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: Dante Pettis, Cole Beasley, Tavon Austin, Jakobi Meyers, Marquise Goodwin


Will Fuller, HOU – Oh boy. Fuller caught 5-of-9 targets for 44 yards in Houston's Week 6 win over the Chiefs, but he dropped two TD passes from DeShaun Watson and remains a WR3/4 with upside.

D.J. Chark, JAC – Chark struggled to shed the coverage of Marshon Lattimore and finished Sunday with just 3-43-0, numbers the 2018 second-rounder will improve on in Wek 7 against the Bengals. Chark’s ownership shot up to about 70-85 percent this past week, and he still warrants WR2 usage moving forward.

TE Gerald Everett, LAR – I don’t know what the Rams are doing. Everett caught 2-of-5 targets for 9 yards in the Rams’ Week 6 loss to the 49ers, and those five targets were second only to Cooper Kupp. When Jared Goff and the Rams right this ship, he’ll be more useful – but last season’s NFC Champs look dreadful these days.

Byron Pringle, KC – Tyreek Hill came back and went off, and Pringle settled for 2-24-0 on three targets in Kansas City’s Week 6 loss to the Texans. He’s worth a look only if Sammy Watkins remains out but is safe to drop ion most leagues.

Keke Coutee, HOU – Coutee caught 4-of-6 passes for 39 yards in Houston’s Week 6 win over the Chiefs and remains on the radar as long as Kenny Stills is out.