Week seven is the time in Fantasy Football to take chances during the waiver period. During this time in the Fantasy Football season, planning ahead and taking some risks are essential in finding players that could be fantasy relevant down the road.
Sam Darnold: owned in 8% of ESPN leagues
Darnold has only played in two games this year, which probably explains why he’s available after ending last year on a high note. Darnold got the Jets offense back on track in week six with a 71% completion percentage, 338 yards passing, and two touchdowns. Darnold has a tough matchup this week with New England, but he is definitely worth picking up and storing on the bench. This is especially true with matchups coming up against Jacksonville, Miami, the New York Giants, and Washington.
Kirk Cousins: Owned in 26.4% of ESPN leagues
Cousins has been on a roll for the last two weeks since the Vikings put a renewed emphasis on the passing game. With a two-TD, 306-yard performance against the Giants followed by a four-TD, 333-yard showing, Cousins is developing a pattern of good fantasy performances. Even if Cousins’s performance regresses, he should prove to be someone who could provide value during bye weeks or tough matchups.
Jamaal Williams: Rostered in 25.8% of ESPN leagues
Williams burst into the limelight on Monday night when he put up 104 yards rushing and 32 yards receiving. He ended up with 23.4 fantasy points in PPR leagues. He has more value in PPR leagues, as he had five targets last week and figures to be a bigger part of the offense going forward. Williams’s PPR value should warrant at the very least a bench spot as he has put up at least ten PPR points in two other games this season.
N’keal Harry: Rostered in 6% of ESPN leagues
Harry cannot return until week nine (November 3rd). Tom Brady is sixth in the NFL in passing yards, which means that there is an opportunity there. With injuries to the Pats receivers, Gordon and Edleman specifically, and their almost non-existent tight end play, a breakout player in the passing game is likely. Since the Patriots uncharacteristically invested a first-round pick in the wideout, it seems probable that he will be that breakout player on offense.
Darren Fells: Owned in 2.4% of ESPN leagues
In week six, Fells was targeted seven times by Watson. He caught six passes for 69 yards. The week before he only had two targets and two receptions, but they both went for touchdowns. Fells might be a boom or bust player, but in a barren tight end market, Fells might be a worthwhile flier.
Luke Willson: Owned in 0.2% of ESPN leagues
This is definitely a flier pickup, but if teams get desperate for tight ends, then Willson might prove to be useful. He could take over the top tight end spot on the Seahawks depth chart now that Will Dissly is out for the season. Dissly, the second-leading receiver on the Seahawks and the player that leads Seattle in receiving TDs, leaves a big gap in the passing game that Willson could help to fill. For teams that are starved for tight end production, Luke Willson could be an intriguing addition.
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