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Waiver Wire Rankings and FAAB Advice: Week 7 (2020 Fantasy Football)

Oct 19, 2020

Several Eagles options, including Boston Scott, will be popular waiver wire targets.

Week 6 was another exciting and unpredictable week of action in the NFL, and we were treated to some entertaining matchups and forced to deal with another rash of injuries.

As approach the mid-point of the fantasy regular season, it’s as important as ever to utilize the waiver wire in preparation for bye weeks and unexpected postponements. Need a hand in making your waiver wire selections? No problem. We’ve got you covered!

Here are Dan Harris, Mike Tagliere, and Kyle Yates with their waiver wire rankings and FAAB recommendations for Week 7:

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Q1. Who is your top waiver wire option of the week, and why?

If Justin Jackson is available, he’s got to be the No. 1 pickup. Not only does he have a matchup with the Jaguars in Week 7, who allow the second-most weighted opportunity to running backs, but he just might have carved out a big role for the remainder of the season. He outperformed Joshua Kelley on the ground against the Saints, and also dominated the usage in the passing game, seeing six targets to just one for Kelley. It’s possible that we see Jackson in a timeshare with Austin Ekeler once he returns, which would still provide fantasy value at the position with little/no depth. Still, Ekeler is multiple weeks from returning.
– Mike Tagliere (@MikeTagliereNFL)

Boston Scott flopped when he got the chance to sub in for Miles Sanders early in the season, though it was partially because of injury. But that’s irrelevant. The Eagles are decimated right now offensively. The offensive line is shot. Sanders will be out Thursday. Zach Ertz will almost certainly be out Thursday. Maybe Alshon Jeffery will return, but who knows? This should be a game where the Eagles are, for once, not in a negative game script, so even splitting work with Corey Clement, Scott should see plenty of touches. In a landscape where guaranteed running back touches are king, and with the possibility of a bigger long-term role depending on the extent of Sanders’ injury, Scott is a must-add.
– Dan Harris (@danharris80)

Justin Jackson just slides in under the criteria that we use to determine waiver wire pickups. If he’s still sitting there on your waiver wire, which he is in over 50% of leagues, he needs to be added and plugged into your lineup this week against Jacksonville.
– Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL)

Q2. Which high-end waiver wire option for Week 7 was the most difficult to rank?

It’s Dallas Goedert considering we don’t know just how far he is away from playing. The tight end position has been so difficult to project this season, having someone like Goedert can really boost the predictability of your lineup, but can you afford to keep him on your bench if he doesn’t get activated off IR this week?
– Mike Tagliere (@MikeTagliereNFL)

Travis Fulgham. With both DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery out again, Fulgham shined once again, despite a tough matchup against the Ravens. There are reports that his role is locked in regardless of when Jackson and Jeffery return, which would only be fair given how Fulgham has performed and his connection to Wentz. But it’s very difficult to see him, Jackson, and Jeffery all succeeding at the same time, and despite the frustrations with Jeffery’s injury history, he is an outstanding receiver when healthy. Fulgham must be added, without question. But, as I’ve felt the last few weeks, it’s difficult to assess his long-term value.
– Dan Harris (@danharris80)

For the second week in a row, Travis Fulgham was extremely difficult for me to rank. He has been playing insanely well recently and he produced in a tough matchup this Sunday against the Ravens. While I believe that he’s earned more playing time, we simply don’t know what the coaching staff is going to do when they have Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, and Jalen Reagor all on the field and healthy. Fulgham’s worth rostering, but Jeffery and Jackson have to be both declared inactive for you to feel comfortable plugging him into your lineup.
– Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL)

Q3. For managers renting a D/ST in Week 7, what readily available option (under 40%) should they target?

I’ll go with the Eagles, who’ll be at home against the Giants. In standard defense scoring leagues, the Giants have allowed the opposing DST to score at least 8.0 points in 5-of-6 games, which is typically enough to get you inside the top-10 defenses for the week. The offensive line has allowed Daniel Jones to be sacked 17 times through six weeks, and he’s not doing much to help, as they’ve turned the ball over 10 times, including one that went for a touchdown against the Cowboys in Week 5.
– Mike Tagliere (@MikeTagliereNFL)

The Eagles take on the Giants next week, which is one of the best matchups for any D/ST. Philadelphia hasn’t been a dynamo D/ST option, but they’ve had a very difficult schedule. The Giants allow a ton of fantasy points to opposing D/STs, the Eagles can rush the quarterback well, and Daniel Jones is turnover prone. For a widely available D/ST, there isn’t much to debate in my opinion.
– Dan Harris (@danharris80)

The Eagles defense is somehow available in 70% of leagues right now and they get to take on the Giants next week. With how turnover prone Jones is, the Eagles could be a top-tier option in Week 7.
– Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL)

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Notable Week 7 FAAB Recommendations (in %)

POS PLAYER TEAM HARRIS TAGS YATES AVG.
RB Justin Jackson LAC 15 30 25 23.3
WR Mike Williams LAC 15 30 20 21.7
RB Boston Scott PHI 15 25 10 16.7
WR Travis Fulgham PHI 15 25 8 16.0
WR Keelan Cole JAC 8 8 20 12.0
TE Dallas Goedert PHI 8 15 10 11.0
WR Tim Patrick DEN 10 7 8 8.3
WR Alshon Jeffery PHI 8 5 8 7.0
RB J.D. McKissic WAS 3 7 10 6.7
WR Sterling Shepard NYG 3 8 5  5.3
WR Preston Williams MIA 5 5 5 5.0
WR Russell Gage ATL 7 5 4.0
WR Jalen Reagor PHI 5 7 4.0

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Q4. Which Week 7 waiver wire option carries the biggest risk of being a waste of FAAB dollars?

It could be Alshon Jeffery who is now no longer guaranteed to be in the starting lineup, as the Eagles are reportedly moving forward with Travis Fulgham as their starting “X” receiver, which is the role that Jeffery has played throughout his career with them.
– Mike Tagliere (@MikeTagliereNFL)

Although he’s my top pickup, Scott does carry a risk of being a waste of FAAB dollars. He could have as little as one week of utility, with likely a maximum of two, and, although he succeeded over the last four weeks of last year, he isn’t built like a workhorse back in any event. It will likely take significant FAAB dollars to add him, and although the risk is worth it, there’s certainly a chance he’ll be a waste of FAAB dollars given his performance early in the year and the Eagles’ offensive line woes.
– Dan Harris (@danharris80)

At this point, Alshon Jeffery deserves consideration as a top-10 waiver wire addition every single week due to his talent and the impact he can have when he’s on the field. However, we just have no idea when – or even if – he’s going to come back into the lineup.
– Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL)

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