Quick Little Injury Report and Waiver Strategies: Week 7

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The big news coming out of week 6 was the injury to Aaron Rodgers, and just like that, the Ezekiel Elliot thing gets put on the backburner.  Rodgers has a broken collarbone and there’s a good chance he’ll miss the rest of the season

Other key Injuries include:

  • Jameis Winston (shoulder)
  • Emmanuel Sanders (ankle)
  • Trevor Siemian (shoulder
  • Leonard Fornette (ankle)
  • Golden Tate (shoulder)
  • Tyreek Hill (concussion)
  • Patrick Peterson (quad)

At this point, the only players who are likely to miss playing time are Emmanuel Sanders Jameis Winston and Tyreek Hill, but obviously, things can change between now and game-time.

 

Waiver Worthy:

  • Moving on to mid-week roster moves, Adrian Peterson (134 yards, 2 tds) is back and should certainly have a spot on most fantasy rosters. Just make sure you use him as a flex at this point, and let’s see what he does next week before he is promoted.  Unfortunately, he’s taken in 81% of fantasy leagues.
  • Orleans Darkwa seems to have established himself as the premier back in the Giants backfield, having put up at least 13 fantasy point during the last two weeks.
  • Over the past two weeks, Will Fuller is the top WR in fantasy and Nelson Agholor third best. I’d take Will Fuller via waivers, but probably wait on Agholor

 

Free Agent Finds

  • Chris Ivory is interesting.  It’s an obvious handcuff situation, and he may even be startable as a flex if Fournette’s ankle injury becomes a serious matter.
  • Matt Forte is up there age-wise, but considering his past production, he may have a spot at the bottom of your RB depth chart. It might be difficult to procure him; he’s owned in 63% of NFL.com leagues.
  • John Brown is another guy to pick up as a free agent.  If you are desperate for a WR2 or WR3, it’s worth gambling on his health risks because this guy is really good.
  • Is it possible the Saints actually do have a good defense? Double-digit production over the past 3 games as well as a matchup against the Rodgers-less Packers bodes well for a defense that we all incorrectly assume is terrible.
  • Alfred Morris is always worth a look. His numbers have declined since the first three years of his career, but he’s worth stashing deep in your lineup because of his high ceiling.  Darren McFadden is widely-available too.
  • Detroit’s defense has scored 12+ points in every game this season except one.

 

Don’t Bother

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick- posted 22.6 fantasy points, but it’s hard to justify adding has he is clearly a backup to Jameis Winston
  • Josh McCown– you will do quite nicely if you have no Jets on your roster.
  • Dion Lewis– he only had 11 carries this week, and if not for his touchdown, he’d have five points.
  • Samaje Perine– it’s the good ol’ “Do It Twice” rule. He had a good week, let’s see him doing it again as he will probably split time with Chris Johnson and company.
  • Devontae Booker–  Truly a “don’t bother”.  He cracked the top 25 RB in fantasy scoring this week, but only because he scored a touchdown. he only has 8 touches this year.
  • Aldrick Robinson- huge game was mostly attributed to Washington poor pass defense.
  • Tedd Ginn, Jeremy Kerley, De’Anthony Thomas, Tyreek Hill (but keep an eye on the Tyreek Hill injury), Kenny Stills, Marqise Lee, Marlon Mack are not worth your time just yet.
  • D’Onte Foreman- I loved this guy in preseason, totally passing the eyeball test.  While he averages 4.1 yards/carry, he’s such a definitive RB2 for the Texans that his potential will be very limited unless things change in their backfield.
  • Dion Lewis only has one double-digit game this year.  Let’s see him do it again.

Ok, fantasy football winners, be sure to check back here tomorrow, as I should have posted my first projections for week 7.  Cheers!