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4 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Stashes (Week 7)

4 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Stashes (Week 7)

Football is a violent, unpredictable sport where anything can happen. Injuries can derail a player’s season and dash any hopes you had for your fantasy football squad. The best way to protect yourself is always to have a plan B. That can be through acquiring your rostered players’ “handcuff” or backup or having deep stashes on your bench in an emergency.

With six teams, including the Bengals, Cowboys and Texans, on bye, Week 7 presents a new challenge. Here are a few players who could provide relief in a dire situation and have long-term value as handcuffs that could save your fantasy football squad.

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4 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Stashes (Week 7)

Week 7 TE & WR Handcuffs

Quintin Morris (TE -BUF)

While it appears unlikely he will suit up for the Bills in Week 7 due to an ankle injury, Buffalo TE Quintin Morris caught our attention in Week 6, catching the Bills lone receiving touchdown in a narrow win over the New York Giants. It was his first and only target of the season and just the 12th of his career. Given that he sits behind rookie Dalton Kincaid and veteran Dawson Knox on the TE depth chart, that will likely stay the same.

While Morris may need an injury to see fantasy relevance, he’s the type of TE handcuff you want to have if you need him. The Buffalo bookends account for 45 of QB Josh Allen‘s 197 targets this season, with Knox leading the way (25). Should an injury occur to Knox, who has taken 53% of his snaps inline this season, Morris would be the likeliest candidate to take over. Though the sample size is limited, 60 of his 79 offensive snaps have also been inline.

In the world of handcuffs, the potential value of any player is critical. That’s even more true for the TE position. If you are a Knox manager, Morris is a valuable roster addition on the end of your bench, potentially saving you in the coming weeks.

Trey McBride (TE – AZ)

Things are heating up in the desert, and second-year TE Trey McBride could be in for a big boost. News dropped recently that polarizing Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray has been designated to return from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, and the football world is abuzz. It will be a massive boost for a Cardinals offense that has been a pleasant surprise while veteran Josh Dobbs tended to it in Murray’s absence.

While McBride has been mostly quiet in his first 24 games as a pro, drawing 54 targets in that span, things are looking up. Last week, McBride caught four passes for 62 yards in a losing effort to the Rams. He also was on the field for a season-high 44 offensive snaps, 14 of which were from the slot. In contrast, starting TE Zach Ertz, the primary bookend, logged a season-low in snaps (35) and had only four targets.

With Murray on the mend and Arizona looking to get back into the division hunt, McBride is coming on at the right time. Ertz is 32 and has played one full season since 2018. His age and the wear and tear of a long career are starting to show, and McBride has shown he can be a reliable target. While Ertz is still in the fold, McBride is a handcuff with match-up dependent flex value. However, if he continues to outpace Ertz, he could be a solid TE1/flex option as we get closer to the fantasy football playoffs.

Noah Brown (WR – HOU)

One of the biggest surprises of this young NFL season has been the play of the Houston Texans offense. Rookie QB C.J. Stroud has been efficient, and the team is throwing on nearly 60% of plays. WRs Nico Collins and rookie Tank Dell have been better-than-advertised, with Collins currency the PPR WR11 & Dell WR25 before getting hurt and missing Week 6. In Dell’s absence, veteran pass-catcher Noah Brown stepped up in his first game back from injured reserve, logging two catches for 37 yards.

Brown’s 5.7 PPR fantasy points in Week 6 aren’t impressive, but his five targets and 58 percent snap share in his first game back show the team trusts him. With Dell and Collins both on the field, Brown will be relegated to a WR3 role and could have some boom weeks, but won’t be startable in most formats. However, if either Dell or Collins are sidelined again this season, Brown will see an uptick in opportunity in an offense that likes to throw the ball.

While some may pivot towards John Metchie, he was inactive in Week 1 when Brown had four targets and didn’t see a single look upon his return. Brown is unlikely to find standalone value as a startable WR in fantasy football, but if you need a “break in case of emergency” player as the bye weeks roll on, Brown is a solid middle-of-the-road option to get on your roster.

Trey Palmer (WR – TB)

When future Hall of Famer Tom Brady retired, many in the NFL world believed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were heading straight into rebuild mode. However, with veteran QB Baker Mayfield behind center, this team is currently in the lead of the NFC South with a 3-2 record. Mayfield has managed to spread the ball around, and rookie WR Trey Palmer has carved out a role in the Bucs passing attack.

The rookie pass-catcher out of Nebraska was used sparingly for the first three weeks, seeing fewer than 40 snaps in each contest while managing a touchdown catch in Week 1. However, in Week 4, his opportunity skyrocketed to 53 snaps, 20 of which were in the slot. Despite the ballon in snap share, Palmer only saw three targets, one of which went for a touchdown. Coming off the bye week, he saw his snap share come back down but was targeted five times by Mayfield, catching two passes for 47 yards.

Tampa Bay is primed for a playoff run in the weak NFC South. The run game has been inefficient behind RB Rachaad White, who is averaging 3.3 yards per carry, so their aspirations run through Baker Mayfield’s big arm. Palmer is a speedy deep threat that can have boom weeks, and if either Mike Evans or Chris Godwin misses time, Palmer becomes a high-end WR3 with WR2 potential in favorable match-ups.

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