The last few weeks have been largely devoid of major injury news to our fantasy football studs, which is terrific from a lineup perspective, but greatly limits the options available off the weekly waiver wire. While there were a few noteworthy performances around the league from up and coming players, the only must add comes in the form of Cameron Meredith (Chicago Bears). Grab your coffee, although this week’s waiver wire article will be a bit shorter than normal.
Suggested FAAB bids appear in green. This article will be updated regularly through Monday night.
Cameron Meredith – WR – Bears | 11% FAAB
I typically keep my waiver wire article to guys owned in 50% or fewer of leagues, but Cameron Meredith (51% ownership) is a special exception. Coming off last week’s 12 target game against the Colts I figured Cameron Meredith ‘s ownership would skyrocket over 70%, but it seems there were more than a few skeptics out there.
Cameron Meredith followed up his week 5 performance with an astonishing 15 targets in week 6. He converted those targets into 11 receptions for 103 yards bringing his 2 week total to 27 targets, 20 receptions, 243 yards and a TD. As if those gaudy numbers weren’t enough, Eddie Royal departed once again with another injury, which should further cement Cameron Meredith’s ability to see 8+ targets per game.
If he is somehow still available, Cameron Meredith should be added in all leagues, even in 8 team formats. The suggested FAAB bid can be greatly increased if you desperately need a WR. Go submit your waiver claim and then come back to read the rest of the article.
Jacquizz Rodgers – RB – Bucs (22% owned) | 6% FAAB
Things are getting interesting in Tampa Bay, as Doug Martin didn’t practice Monday, and the Bucs signed RB Antone Smith (you may remember him as the home run hitter for the Falcons). Signing a RB is an interesting move, as it seems to indicate Doug Martin may not yet be ready to return, which means we could get another solid week of production out of Jacquizz Rodgers who posted 30 carries for 101 yards against the Carolina Panthers in week 5. This week? Jacquizz gets to take on a 49ers team that just allowed 312 yards rushing and 4 TDs to the Bills! This add is purely based on speculation that Doug Martin remains out another week, but if he does, Jacquizz is a guy who can win you this week’s matchup.
Hunter Henry – TE – Chargers (34% owned) | 5% FAAB
With Antonio Gates out weeks 3 and 4, Hunter Henry was in for over 95% of the offensive snaps for the Chargers. When Gates returned, we assumed Henry’s snap counts would decline, and they did, however he has remained extremely relevant for fantasy purposes. Hunter has now racked up a touchdown in 3 consecutive weeks while remaining on the field for over 65% of the snaps even with a healthy Antonio Gates. While the TD’s won’t be there on a weekly basis, Henry has formed a solid rapport with Rivers on an offense that needs reliable pass catchers. If you continue to struggle at TE and Henry is available, he appears to be the best option this week.
Jay Ajayi – RB – Dolphins (29% owned) | 3% FAAB
Surprising events unfolded in Miami this past Sunday. The biggest shock was the Dolphins trouncing the Steelers 30-15. The second biggest shock was Jay Ajayi out touching Arian Foster (25-6), as Foster was the presumed starter in his return. We will have to wait and see what the news is from Dolphins coaches, but for now the safe assumption is that Foster was being brought along slowly as he works his way back from a hamstring injury. Ajayi finished with 25 carries for 204 yards and 2 TD’s, which will surely land him on most “must add” lists, but its more likely that this is a one game outburst for a guy locked in to a RBBC.
Ty Montgomery – WR – Packers (1% owned) | 3% FAAB
It would perhaps be more accurate to list Montgomery as a RB here, as most of his looks actually came out of the backfield this past Sunday. With only Eddie Lacy at RB, Montgomery operated as the receiving back for the Packers, and finished with an amazing 12 targets (admittedly in a game they were playing catchup). His final line of 10 receptions, 98 yards, 3 carries, 6 yards is certainly worth consideration, and it looks like the Packers have no plans to add another RB behind Lacy, meaning Montgomery is the guy to own. With Davante Adams suffering a possible concussion as well, it looks like Ty’s role may be solidifying for the next few weeks, so the time to grab him is now.
Kenny Britt – WR – Rams (9% owned) | 2% FAAB
If you’re like most fantasy football afficionados your eyes will glaze over when you read the name Kenny Britt. Finding him on the Rams probably makes you want to ignore him even more, but there are a few enticing numbers you need to pay attention to. Through LA’s first 6 games, Britt has 40 targets (6.6 per game). While he hadn’t found the end zone until week 6, Kenny has cleared 65 yards receiving in all but one week.
If those numbers aren’t enough to convince you to consider Britt… look at his upcoming schedule. NYG, BYE, CAR, @NYJ, MIA, NO. Those 4 teams coming out of the bye are some of the worst pass defenses in the NFL this season. While passing game volume is always a concern for any Rams player, Britt has shown consistency and has a juicy schedule to boot. If you need WR help, add Britt as a low-end WR3 in 12+ team leagues.
Corey Coleman – WR – Browns (39% owned) | 1% FAAB
There have been no updates on Coleman’s status since he went down to injury in week 2, and it looks like his targeted return date will remain between week 7-9. When Coleman does return, he should find himself thrust directly into the WR1 role with Josh Gordon no longer being a threat to come back and still targets. If Coleman is on the wire in your league now is the time to add him as a bench stash who could help down the homestretch leading up to the fantasy football playoffs.
C.J. Fiedorowicz – TE – Texans (1% owned) | 1% FAAB
With a name pronounced Fedora-witz this guy should be the darling of /r/fantasyfootball. After his first 3 weeks which saw C.J. catch just 2 passes for 7 yards, he has put up 14 receptions for 194 yards and 2 TDs the past 3 weeks. Operating as Brock Lobster’s safety blanket has its advantages, and with his goal line looks as well C.J. is worth considering in 12+ team formats. The targets have been trending upwards (5, 8, 7 the last three weeks), and while the week 7 matchup with Denver leaves something to be desired, the schedule does soften up considerably after that (DET, BYE, JAX, OAK, SD)
Ladarius Green – TE – Steelers (9% owned) | 1% FAAB
Ladarius Green, the 6’6″ TE for the Steelers, plans to return week 7 making him a hot commodity off the waiver wire. While it remains to be seen what impact he will have, the Steelers typically feature one of the more electric offenses in the NFL, and Green should make for an enticing red zone target for Big Ben. If you’re streaming TE and are looking for a reliable week to week play, pick up Ladarius as a speculative add and see what he can do for his new team.
Jack Doyle – TE – Colts (11% owned) | 1% FAAB
Sunday night football had barely begun before Dwayne Allen went down with an ankle injury. After receiving the mother of all ankle wraps, Allen was ruled out, and Doyle stepped in as the primary pass catching TE for the Colts. Jack Doyle showed athleticism and awareness en route to a final line of 4 receptions for 53 yards and a TD. As long as Allen remains out, Doyle will have high end TE2 value, making him worth a look in 12+ team leagues.
Adds from previous week’s articles that are still worth a look (assuming Cameron Meredith is gone):
- WR – Robert Woods, Jamison Crowder, Chris Hogan, Jeremy Kerley, Anquan Boldin, Pierre Garcon
- RB – Deandre Washington, Chris Ivory, Jacquizz Rodgers (PPR)
- TE – Charles Clay, Cameron Brate
- Get your Week 7 Defense and Special Teams Pickups
Deep League Waiver Wire Pickups and Quarterbacks
Chester Rogers – WR – Colts (0% owned) | 0% FAAB
Colts receivers continue to drop like flies, as both Quan Bray and Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) exited with injuries on Sunday night football. Rookie UDFA Chester Rogers has been operating as the WR3 for the Colts, and if Dorsett misses any time Chester could actually have some value in 12+ team leagues. For now it is strictly a speculative add, but Rogers did have 6 targets in week 5 (with a healthy Dorsett), followed by 4 targets in week 6. If all other WR options have been exhausted, give Chester Rogers a look.
Mike Gillislee – RB – Bills (4% owned) | 0% FAAB
Gillislee is now the handcuff of choice for Lesean McCoy owners. While his current workload is limited (6 carries in week 5), if McCoy were to go down to injury Gillislee would be the top waiver wire add of the week. Forward thinking McCoy owners, or those in deep leagues with no running backs available will want to make the move now to scoop up another talented handcuff ahead of week 7. Gillislee finished this past Sunday’s matchup against the 49ers with 6 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown.
C.J. Spiller – RB – Seahawks (6% owned) | 0% FAAB
Spiller was included in last week’s writeup as well, so I’ll keep it more concise here. It appears that Spiller has gained the pass catching role in the Seahawks offense. Rawls and Prosise remain injured, so if something were to happen to Christine Michael, Spiller would suddenly become a feature back which is rare in the NFL these days. He currently only has low end flex value in 14+ team PPR leagues, but Spiller does make for an intriguing speculative deep league add if you’re looking to stay ahead of the game.
Ka’Deem Carey – RB – Bears (0% owned) | 0% FAAB
Carey returned in week 6 from a hamstring injury, and showed some explosiveness carrying the ball 9 times for 50 yards. Deep league owners may want to make a speculative add here, as John Fox has a history of not trusting rookies (Jordan Howard – 14 carries). Ka’Deem is a 3rd year back who has averaged just over 4.0 YPC for his career. While Howard did operate as the RB1 this past Sunday, it isn’t out of the question that Carey will carve out a role in the Bears offense.
Vernon Davis – TE – Redskins (4% owned) | 0% FAAB
Vernon Davis was in for a surprising 72 out of 74 offensive snaps for the Redskins this past week. While his stats didn’t jump off the page, he did manage 2 receptions for 50 yards and a TD. As long as Jordan Reed remains out it appears Davis is the TE to own in Washington. Deep league owners can take a chance and hope the veteran continues to find the end zone while Reed works his way back from concussion.
If you are looking to for temporary relief off the waiver wire at QB (perhaps to fill in for Big Ben?) These are the guys under 50% ownership I would consider:
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – Upcoming schedule: vs BAL, @CLE, @MIA
- Alex Smith – Upcoming schedule: vs NO, @IND, vs JAX
- Sam Bradford – Upcoming schedule: @PHI, @CHI, vs DET
- Tony Romo – Return unknown. On BYE week 7
- Colin Kaepernick – Upcoming schedule: vs TB, BYE, vs NO
Thanks for reading. If you have any questions about Cameron Meredith or any other player listed in my weekly waiver wire article, feel free to post them below. Good luck in your week 7 matchups!
Keep an eye on Cameron Meredith and the rest of the players listed in our week 7 fantasy football projections which are updated daily throughout the week to account for the latest injury news.