Week 6 was close to handing us some injuries with serious fantasy implications. Odell Beckham Jr., LeSean McCoy and Carlos Hyde all went down with what appeared to be major injuries, but came back to have big games.
Ben Roethlisberger underwent knee surgery on Monday and will miss at least a week (we think). However, that’s only going to hurt everyone’s fantasy value in Pittsburgh.
Without many injury replacements to recommend, here are 10 potential waiver adds entering Week 7.
10. Brandon LaFell — WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Although he had just 13 yards in Week 6, LaFell has now caught touchdowns in back-to-back games for the Bengals. With Tyler Eifert’s return continuously delayed and rookie Tyler Boyd unable to separate himself as Cincy’s second option, the veteran WR has come to life. LaFell’s now seen 16 targets in the last two weeks, bringing in 10 for 81 yards and three total touchdowns. He may not always produce, but it’s worth at least monitoring LaFell’s involvement playing opposite A.J. Green.
9. Kendall Wright — WR, Tennessee Titans
After seeing just four total targets in his first two games of the season (catching three for 23 yards), Wright finally broke out in his third game Sunday. Marcus Mariota was locked in on Wright against the Browns, targeting him nine times. The duo connected on eight occasions for 133 yards, including a beautiful 48-yard touchdown. With Tajae Sharpe turning out to be a huge bust, a door is open for Wright to become a major weapon for the Titans.
8. Torrey Smith — WR, San Francisco 49ers
Last week I recommended you add Jeremy Kerley due to his improving chemistry with Blaine Gabbert. Of course, Colin Kaepernick is now the starter for San Francisco, and his favorite target looks like Smith. After gaining three yards in his last two games with Gabbert, the switch to Kaepernick has Smith looking like his old self. Despite catching just three of seven targets, Smith racked up 76 yards and a touchdown (and missed another easy 60-yard touchdown due to an overthrow by Kaepernick).
7. C.J. Fiedorowicz — TE, Houston Texans
The Texans TE situation has been a mystery all season long. With virtually no No. 1, Ryan Griffin was atop the depth charts, but nobody had emerged. It looks like Fiedorowicz is finding a little bit of a groove with Brock-star over the past few weeks. C.J. has seen 20 targets in his last three games, bringing in 14 for 194 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It’s a weak year for tight ends, so we need to find all the value we can.
6. Devontae Booker — RB, Denver Broncos
The Broncos will tell you C.J. Anderson hasn’t been slipping, but the numbers suggest otherwise. Despite their denials, Denver has no problem praising the play of Devontae Booker lately. He’s worked his way onto the field more in the past month and is making his case for a time-share with Anderson. He’s worth a speculative add now before he has his breakout game. Booker is a fantastic handcuff to Anderson, but I think he also has a chance to win the starting job by the end of the season regardless of Anderson’s health.
5. Cole Beasley — WR, Dallas Cowboys
Beasley has been really solid all season, yet is available in many leagues. His season-low in yardage is 53, and it came in a week he found his way into the end zone. With or without Dez, Beasley’s been reliable — he caught a season high eight passes in the season opener (in which the WR core was at full strength). But with Bryant out, Beasley has been even better. Dak Prescott has connected on 20-of-21 targets over the last four weeks, including three touchdowns in the last two weeks. Maybe some of this chemistry continues once Dez is back.
4. Kenny Britt — WR, Los Angeles Rams
Britt is in a very similar situation to Beasley this season. Obviously the Rams’ offense isn’t what the Cowboys is, but Britt’s been producing at a steady pace. With 67+ yards in all but one game, Britt has consistently been LA’s top option — Tavon Austin isn’t even close. Britt broke out this past week with seven snags for 136 and two trips to the end zone. That will probably stand as his best game of the season, but considering he’s gone over 75 yards in three straight, there’s plenty of reason to invest.
3. James White — RB, New England Patriots
White has arguably benefited from Brady’s return as much as anyone on the Pats’ offense. With 12 carries for 45 yards in his two games with Brady, White’s even been getting unusual work as a RB (he only had 22 total carries last season). But his real damage comes within the passing game where he has 12 catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns from Brady. With Dion Lewis’ health constantly in question, White should remain a strong play in the coming weeks.
2. Spencer Ware — RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles was expected to handle his first real workload of the season in Week 6, but the RB distribution took an interesting twist. Charles did see nine carries for 33 yards and a touchdown (along with two catches); however, Ware was the workhorse. Ware handled 24 carries of his own, churning out 131 yards and a touchdown (and another pair of catches). This could be a legit RBBC … and I think Ware could be the more valuable of the two.
1. Jay Ajayi — RB, Miami Dolphins
Where did this come from? Ajayi had multiple weeks with Arian Foster inactive to have a breakout game and claim the starting RB job. He didn’t. So when Foster returned on Sunday, there was no reason to believe he wouldn’t take back his starting job. Well, Ajayi saw 25 carries, which he turned into 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Considering Foster gained three yards on three carries, it’s safe to assume the starting RB job belongs to Ajayi for now.
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