The Waiver Wire Roundup
Week 7 of the NFL season just wrapped up, and if you're a Fantasy Football player that means you're scanning the waiver wire for players to help take your team to the next level. Fortunately, I've already done that for you. Each week I will be listing players owned in less than 50% of Fantasy Football leagues that can help turn your team into a Championship contender.
Derek Carr (29% owned)
Carr has been one of the more underrated Fantasy Quarterbacks so far this year, having 20+ FFP in 4 out of 6 games so far this season. Playing a Cleveland team that has surrendered 30 points in 4 out of 6 games, Carr and the Raiders have an opportunity to have an offensive onslaught. With multiple players providing big-play ability, Carr could be a shrewd start for Fantasy owners this week.
DeeJay Dallas (1% owned)
With Carlos Hyde's availability up in the air for Week 8, Chris Carson banged up, and Travis Homer dealing with a knee contusion, DeeJay Dallas is the only healthy RB in Seattle. With Pete Carroll presumably playing on the side of caution, it could open up the door for Dallas having a big day for the Seahawks. While he won't be a weekly contributor in FF, he has some FLEX appeal going into his Week 8 matchup against the 49ers.
Wayne Gallman Jr. (2% owned)
Devonta Freeman left last week's game with an ankle injury and Gallman came in and did a respectable job replacing him; powering his way into a score. Gallman and the Giants offense won't wow you, but he's a tough runner who will be given the opportunity to produce in crucial positions. If Freeman can't go Gallman will be a low-end FLEX play against a tough matchup with the Bucs.
La'Mical Perine (17% owned)
After a Week 6 that contradicted what HC Adam Gase said regarding Perine's usage, the latter came back and played on 70% of the snaps against the Buffalo Bills in Week 7. Perine scored a TD on 11 carries, and was able to get involved in the passing game as well. The Jets may be a horrible team, but with a check-down option in Perine available, he may be able to provide a much-needed spark to an inept offense.
Rashard Higgins (4% owned)
Since coming back from injury, Higgins has been a consistent FF producer. He reached the EZ in Weeks 5+6, and netted over 100 yards last week against the Bengals. With Odell Beckham Jr out for the season and Jarvis Landry dealing with a broken rib, it opens the door for Higgins to be a relevant FF producer for the rest of the season. Austin Hooper being out will also drive targets Higgins way, and his ability to open the field up will provide a better spark for the Browns offense.
Sterling Shepard (29% owned)
After being injured for most of the start of the season, Shepard came back in Week 7 in a big way. He was 2nd on the team in targets, and scored a great TD in the RZ over Darius Slay in coverage. The #2 WR on the team, he will have a tough match-up against the Bucs, but should able to draw lighter coverage in comparison to Darius Slayton. If the Giants defense can get anything going, Shepard can be a respectable WR3/4 play.
Darnell Mooney (2% owned)
Mooney has consistently drawn at least 5 targets per game for the last 5 games. His ability to stretch the field has already shown itself, as he's managed to show separation on multiple accounts; he just hasn't been able to connect with Nick Foles as of yet. With Allen Robinson going down late in the game yesterday, an opportunity can present itself for Mooney to see an even greater target share going forward. He's a great stash in Dynasty leagues and could expose a susceptible Saints' secondary this week.
Harrison Bryant (1% owned)
With Hooper out with appendicitis, Bryant got the start over Njoku for Cleveland. He delivered, scoring 2 TDs and catching 4 of 5 targets from Baker Mayfield. With so many skill players dealing with injuries on the Browns roster, Bryant can carve himself out a nice role as a big body in the RZ as long as Hooper is sidelined. With how sparse the field is for TE's in FF this year, Bryant will find himself as a TE2 with borderline TE1 potential with Hooper out.
Gerald Everett (8% owned)
Tyler Higbee may be the starting TE, but Everett has been the more consistent player so far this season. With Higbee missing yesterday's game, Everett got the start and hauled in 4 catches and a score against the Bears. Even when not being targeted in the passing game, the Rams have shown a willingness to get him the ball (as seen by his rushing score a few weeks ago). Everett can be a solid plug-in for Fantasy owners dealing with a bye week as the Rams face the Dolphins this week.
* Players to keep an eye on going forward: Brian Hill, Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway, Denzel Mims, Marcus Johnson, Kendrick Bourne, Travis Homer, Jalen Guyton, Josh Reynolds, Jalen Reagor, Damien Harris, Gus Edwards, Dez Bryant.
Each week I'll be here to give you the who's who for waiver wire pickups to help lead your Fantasy team to the ultimate goal: To bring home a championship. Hopefully some of the names on this list find their way onto your team, and may the odds forever be in your favor.