Redraft Waiver Wire – Week 7

In this weekly article Michael Stephenson (@DFF_Mste) and Andrew Mendoza (@DFF_LeGrand) focus on identifying players who are out there on at least 50% of redraft waiver wires, who are going to help your team win this week and every week to come! We will identify the guys you should be able to plug into your starting lineup without hesitation, as well as some bench stashes who could become starters in the coming weeks.

There will be no recommended FAAB spends in this article as those decisions always depend on your team’s needs.


These guys have a chance to contend for your starting lineup this week


Chester Rodgers, WR, IND

Ownership – ESPN 13%, Yahoo 16%

Week 7 vs BUF, Week 8 @ OAK

Chester Rodgers was a feature of this article last week, and the few of you who picked him up were not left disappointed after he saw double-digit targets for the third game running, catching 4 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. Rogers has now seen 32 targets over the last 3 weeks, catching 20 passes, averaging 16.2 PPR points per game. While T.Y Hilton has been injured for the last 2 weeks, he played in week 4 where Rogers saw 11 targets. Rogers should be a startable flex option for the foreseeable future, with WR2 upside if Hilton continues to miss time.

Marlon Mack, RB, IND

Ownership – ESPN 26%, Yahoo 26%

Week 7 vs BUF, Week 8 @ OAK

Anyone out there remember the 90’s R&B classic, “Return of the Mack”? Even if you don’t, I’m pretty sure you can figure out where I’m going with this. Despite starting the season as a Marlon Mack truther, my confidence waned with the emergence Nyheim Hines and nagging injuries that kept Mack sidelined until week 6 despite minimal playing time in week 2. Finally healthy enough to show what he can do when given the opportunity, Mack put his massive potential on display this week with 89 yards on just 12 touches against a Jets defense allowing 108.6 yards per game, just below the league average. Although Hines tallied the higher snap percentage at 43%, Mack was right behind him at 35%, proving a clear threat to regain control of the RB1 spot.


Ito Smith, RB, ATL

Ownership – ESPN 14%, Yahoo 9%

Week 7 vs NYG, Week 8 Bye

Rookie Ito Smith has now scored a touchdown in each of the last 3 games, and with Devonta Freeman already ruled out for week 7, should see a lot of work again against the Giants. Smith has become a go-to in the Red Zone, one of his three touchdowns this season coming when both Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman were healthy. Smith saw a season-high 11 carries this past week, leading the Falcons with Coleman only carrying the ball 10 times. With Freeman’s outlook for the season not looking great as it stands, Smith is a must add in all formats.


Taylor Gabriel, WR, CHI

Ownership – ESPN 33%, Yahoo 33%

Week 7 vs NE, Week 8 vs NYJ

Taylor Gabriel has been a feature of this article for the past 2 weeks and this will undoubtedly be the last time he’ll qualify. Gabriel is at the epicentre of the Mitchell Trubisky breaking out tour, he followed up his week 4 breakout by catching all 5 of his targets for 110 yards. The Bears face a couple of defenses giving up a tonne of points to WRs in the next few weeks, with a potential shootout on the cards next week against the Patriots. Gabriel has averaged 6.8 targets per game and leads the Bears in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Do not leave him on the wire this week.


Mitchell Trubisky, QB, CHI

Ownership – ESPN 33%, Yahoo 29%

Week 7 vs NE, Week 8 vs NYJ

It is possible that we may have to start taking Mitchell Trubisky seriously. Through his last two games, “The Pretty Boy Assassin” has thrown for 670 yards to go with 9 TDs and 1 INT. Call me crazy, but that is what I call production, even if it was against the league’s worst pass defense in Tampa Bay and the Dolphins in OT. Next to Jameis Winston (owned in 57% of ESPN and 59% of Yahoo leagues), Trubisky looks to be the best waiver wire pick up among QBs and a strong streaming option in weeks to come. With upcoming home games against the Patriots and the Jets, Trubisky has a strong shot at continued success against less than stellar defenses before two tough matchups against Buffalo and Detroit.


Peyton Barber, RB, TB

Ownership – ESPN 43%, Yahoo 33%

Week 7 vs CLE, Week 8 @ CIN

Seriously, somebody has to tote the rock down in Tampa, and it is looking more and more like Barber will continue to be that man. Let’s face it, their running game stinks, however it is hard to pass up on starting running backs still hanging around the waiver wire at this time of year. Maybe it has to do with Jameis Winston back at the helm in Tampa, but last Sunday in a shootout against Atlanta, Barber gashed the Falcons for 82 yards on 13 carries in addition to 4 catches for 24 yards and a TD. It is possible that he continues to be a risky play due to the team’s poor defensive output, but even if the Bucs find themselves in high flying shootouts requiring a heavy dose of the passing game, defenses still have to respect the run to some degree. Given that Barber is receiving the bulk of the carries, he will remain the back to own in Tampa until further notice.


Worth a shot

If these guys don’t go into your lineup this week, they have a chance to work their way in very soon.


Jermaine Kearse, WR, NYJ

Ownership – ESPN 1%, Yahoo 1%

Week 7 vs MIN, Week 8 @ CHI

Flashback to week 6 of 2017 and in the absence of Quincy Enunwa, Jermaine Kearse was the WR22, averaging 12.3 PPR points per game. Enunwa is slated to miss 3-4 weeks with an ankle injury, and fellow wideout Terrelle Pryor is carrying a groin injury. This led to Kearse seeing 10 targets in week 6 vs the Colts, catching 9 passes for 94 yards. The Jets have a tough couple of matchups coming up, they are 3 point underdogs at home vs Minnesota this week, these games will be competitive throughout and Sam Darnold will need to pass the ball a tonne. Darnold is growing in confidence and if Kearse is going to lead this team in targets he is going to be productive.

Terrelle Pryor, WR, NYJ

Ownership – ESPN 1%, Yahoo 2%

Week 7 vs MIN, Week 8 @ CHI

I’ll admit it, Terrelle Pryor isn’t exactly a sexy pick, but the former QB turned WR just might be in prime position to fill in for players on bye weeks if you’re in a pinch, or if you currently have Quincy Enunwa on your roster. Three words that you never want to hear of an NFL skill player: high ankle sprain. Proven to be a nagging injury from which players can take an extended time to recover, Enunwa is currently expected to miss 3-4 weeks, leaving the door open for Terrelle Pryor to make some noise. With two TDs in his last two games, Pryor reeled in 5 of 6 targets against the Colts on Sunday for 57 yards and an aforementioned TD. Although upcoming games against the Vikings and Bears may seem less than favorable, don’t be surprised if Sam Darnold can make these defenses pay through the air, with both Minnesota and Chicago giving up more than the league average of 256.3 passing yards per game.


Brett Maher, K, DAL

Ownership – ESPN 4%, Yahoo 6%

Week 7 @ WAS, Week 8 BYE

As I’ve stated before, I am a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan, but don’t let that fool you into believing that’s the only reason I have for listing Brett Maher as a sneaky waiver pick up. After missing his first career kick in week 1, Maher has connected on his last 15 field goal attempts and has been perfect with 10 extra points, but wait, there’s more! Now that we are getting into the meat and potatoes of the season, October and November mark that special time of the year when the weather turns and kicking the ball in outdoor games becomes increasingly difficult. Of the Cowboys final 10 games, 7 will be indoors, which is something to keep an eye on when considering any fantasy kicker. Furthermore, Dallas’ offense struggles just enough to ensure that Maher is an active participant in weeks to come.


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