Week 6 of the NFL season is in the books and the injury-bug has reared its ugly head again leaving fantasy owners in a mad dash for the waiver wire. Victor Cruz, Stevan Ridley, and Knowshon Moreno were all lost for the season with injuries, but their respective exits pave the way for newfound opportunities for other players. There are a few homerun potential fantasy options on the waiver wire this week. A key of fantasy football is maintaining fluidity with your roster and not being afraid to constantly upgrade. Here are the waiver wire adds for week 7:
Quarterbacks to Add
1. Joe Flacco, Ravens: Flacco is coming off of his best game a professional QB in which he dismantled the Tampa Bay Bucs defense for 306 yards and 5 TDs. Flacco is averaging 17.2 fantasy points per game and is rated as the #8 fantasy QB. He should be owned in a lot more than the 36.4% he is owned in ESPN leagues. Flacco is a perfect bye-week replacement for Nick Foles owners who are scrambling for the Eagles bye-week. The Ravens have a dream matchup against the Atlanta Falcons who come into week 7 with the 30th ranked pass defense.
2. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins: Tannehill has put together back to back decent fantasy outputs of 20 and 17 fantasy points, and averages 14.8 fantasy points per game. The advantage that Tannehill has to being added is that he has already had his bye week and has higher fantasy ppg averages than Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, and Alex Smith. Tannehill is only owned in 13% of leagues and is worth a stash spot on your bench of you are unhappy with your QB play.
3. Derek Carr, Raiders: Carr actually looked like a competent NFL QB in the Raiders 28-24 loss to the San Diego Chargers. The Raiders have all of the incentive to let Carr loose after firing their head coach Dennis Allen during last week’s bye week, and allowing former Dolphins head coach Tony Sporano to take over the team. The Raiders are not a good football team and will be down and throwing a lot for the rest of the season. Carr’s garbage point potential alone makes him worth a speculative fantasy add for deep/2 QB leagues.
Running Backs to Add
1. Ronnie Hillman, Broncos: Hillman was written about in this space last week, and only saw his ownership percentage rise to 5.3%. Last week there was a lot of uncertainty about whether Hillman would be the lead back in Denver, and Hillman answered all of those questions with a 100 yard performance Sunday against the Jets. Hillman is clearly the best option in Denver and there is no guarantee that he goes back to the bench when Montee Ball returns. Any RB who is going to get 15-20 touches in a Peyton Manning-led offense is a MUST ADD.
2. Jerrick McKinnon, Vikings: McKinnon appears to have supplanted Matt Asiata as the starting RB in the Vikings offense, and this was only a matter of time. McKinnon was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL draft and his talent level far exceed that of the undrafted Asiata. With the Vikings franchise in turmoil over the AP situation, and having a changing of the guard with rookie Teddy Bridgewater starting at QB, I expect for McKinnon to continue to receive more of the workload. McKinnon is only owned in 5.1% of leagues and is worth an add in all league formats.
3. Storm Johnson, Jaguars: Johnson has emerged as the starting RB in the Jacksonville Jaguars offense, and any starting RB in the NFL will have fantasy value. I am not crazy about Johnson’s prospectus for this season seeing as how the Jags offensive line is one of the worst in the leagues, but he will have a chance to score some rushing TDs in the Blake Bortles lead offense.
Wide Receivers to Add
1. Mohamed Sanu, Bengals: Sanu is only owned in 38% of leagues and is ranked as the #12 fantasy WR. As long as AJ Green is out, Sanu is a must start in all formats. Sanu has been responsible for a TD or 2 point conversion in every game this season and will continue to have fantasy value, even when AJ Green returns from his toe injury.
2. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants: Beckham will see his playing time significantly increase with the season ending injury to Victor Cruz. Beckham has only played the last 2 games of the season after sitting out the first 4 with a hamstring injury. The Giants drafted Odell Beckham to be an explosive weapon for them in the passing game, and now it appears that he will get his chance a little sooner than expected. Beckham is owned in 7.8% of leagues and could be a potential game changer for teams in need of WR help.
3. Andre Holmes, Raiders: Holmes is another one of the beneficiaries of changes in Oakland. The last 2 games, Holmes has responded with 2 great fantasy days of 13 and 24 points respectively. The 4 catches for 121 yards and 2 TDs against the Chargers caught a lot of fantasy owners’ attention. Holmes is a 6’4 WR with the ability to fight for the ball in the air, his best comparison would be the poor-man’s Brandon Marshall. Holmes is owned in 8.6% of leagues and will be featured in the Raiders offense going forward.
Tight Ends to Add
1. Jace Amaro, Jets: Amaro might be the lone bright spot in the NY Jets offense, with his latest 10 catch 68 yard performance against the Denver Broncos Sunday. Amaro is the safety valve for Geno Smith and will continue to receive targets in the Jets offense going forward. Amaro is a decent replacement for Jimmy Graham owners who will be looking for TE production while Graham sits with a shoulder injury.
2. Clay Harbor, Jaguars: Harbor is owned in 0% of leagues and is purely a speculative add as he has emerged as the #1 TE option in the Jaguars offense. Blake Bortles found Harbor 3 times Sunday against the Titans for 91 yards and a TD. Harbor should only be your lineup if you are in a very deep league and are desperate for TE production.