It’s that time of the week where you can get very sneaky and pick up waiver wire players before Week 7 starts to get your team on better footing moving ahead.
Well, we can start with the obvious two Waiver Wire players that likely aren’t going to be out there for you. I’m not going to write them up, but Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson for Cleveland are must own. Some leagues let waivers run only twice a week or maybe someone got impatient and didn’t hold onto these backs. I wouldn’t blame them for dropping these two backs so just double check. It’s likely far too late but make sure. As of this writing, both backs are 70 percent of lower on Yahoo. Now, let’s dive into some of the players that are a little less known for the following week.
Tre’Quan Smith – New Orleans Saints, WR – The Saints have put Ted Ginn on the IR and will now be turning to the combo of Smith and Cameron Meredith to share the load as the receivers after Michael Thomas in the offense. Smith showed up on Monday Night Football, catching the record breaking ball for Drew Brees on a long touchdown. He also saw his snaps increase sharply to over 60 percent and has big play ability. I’m probably not going to start him in Baltimore after seeing just three targets, but the Saints are too good not to take a shot at a receiver with Smith’s ceiling.
D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers, WR – The points haven’t started flowing yet for Moore but what was great to hear is coach Ron Rivera not punish the rookie for fumbling twice last week. Moore flashes talent and he could be a second half force. Not only is Greg Olsen a very high re-injury risk, but the second half of the schedule is very soft for Moore. He gets his own division in five of the remaining 10 games and also draws the Steelers in that mix. His playoff schedule is at Cleveland and home against New Orleans and Atlanta. If he’s playing big role in those games, he could help you win a championship.
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Latavius Murray – Minnesota Vikings, RB – I said it in the waiver wire column and it proved to be true. Dalvin Cook still isn’t ready to go with his hamstring injury and was ruled out early this week. He may have suffered a setback in the middle of the week and the situation is murky at best. Until Cook proves he’s healthy, Murray is locked and loaded with 15 touches every week. Now, the Minnesota offensive line isn’t great and they have their own issues. I might not even start him against the Jets this week if I didn’t have to. He’s a running back that has to be owned everywhere since running back is so thin through the league right now.
Raheem Mostert – San Francisco 49ers, RB – I won’t pretend to know what happened this past Monday when Alfred Morris was basically banished from the offense. However, it was hard to ignore how good Mostert looked with his touches. He rolled up 87 yards on 12 touches and could be a factor moving forward. Coach Kyle Shanahan said it’s not something that’s a permanent move, but if Mostert and Breida are the new 1-2 punch in this backfield, Mostert will see his ownership take off this upcoming week.
Vance McDonald – Pittsburgh Steelers, TE – The talented tight end for the Steelers has dropped under 50 percent on Yahoo and that’s surely due to his bye week. Times can be tough when trying to hold onto two tight ends if you have someone like McDonald, who is a bit fringey. Still, he should be much higher owned and he will be a popular option coming into Week 8. If you have that bench spot that you can spend, McDonald needs to be owned. He’s seen at least five targets in four of his five games so far this year and that’s a fair amount in a good offense. McDonald has the speed to shred defenses on any reception and is a back end TE1 the rest of the way.
Other Names to Consider – C.J. Uzomah, Cameron Brate(if you’re desperate), Chris Godwin, Willie Snead, Cameron Meredith, Jermaine Kearse, Peyton Barber, Ito Smith, Marlon Mack and Philadelphia Backfield of Corey Clement/Wendell Smallwood