Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups: Boston Scott, Deebo Samuel, More Week 7 Targets
Getty Images. Pictured: Boston Scott, Deebo Samuel
Sean Koerner — the No. 1 in-season fantasy football ranker in three of the past five seasons, as awarded by FantasyPros — highlights eight players to target on the waiver wire heading into Week 7.
Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Dolphins
It’s Tua time!
Tagovailoa is worth an add in 2QB/Superflex leagues as he should be the Dolphins’ starting QB for the rest of the season, when healthy.
It made sense for Miami to plan on handing the offense over to Tua after the Week 7 bye, not only will it give him an extra week to prepare, but to allow the entire offense to shift to a left-handed quarterback. The last southpaw to start an NFL game was Kellen Moore back in 2015.
Boston Scott, RB, Eagles
Miles Sanders is expected to miss one to two games with a knee injury. Considering Week 9 is the Eagles’ bye, it’s likely he doesn’t return until Week 10 when he’s closer to 100% health, so Scott should provide low-end RB2/Flex value for the next two weeks.
If you’re in a pinch at RB and desperately need a win, you should be fairly aggressive in targeting Scott on the waiver wire. Considering his lackluster Week 1 performance in place of Sanders, a 15% Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB) bid may be enough to lock Scott in.
The Eagles have yet to rule out Sanders for Week 7 formally, so Scott does carry some risk.
Philip Lindsay, RB, Broncos
Lindsay went off for a 23/101/0 rushing line against the Patriots. It’s easy to get excited about the 100-yard game, but the lack of any passing work is concerning.
Melvin Gordon should return from his week-long hangover this week, and it’s not a given a potential suspension will have to be served this season (it could be delayed until 2021).
I’m likely going to pass spending the amount of FAAB needed to snag Lindsay. If you do target him, think of it as a gamble on MG3 facing a suspension this season. But if that doesn’t happen, you could be overpaying for a 50/50 timeshare situation with limited upside.
Jerick McKinnon/JaMycal Hasty, RBs, 49ers
McKinnon was likely dropped in a few leagues as Raheem Mostert returned to lead back duties. However, a Week 6 high-ankle sprain has sent Mostert to the IR.
McKinnon needs to be rostered in all leagues, and I would bid 20-40% to land him. He’s undoubtedly the favorite to lead the 49ers backfield for the next several weeks.
However, my rule to “always target the cheapest 49ers RB” applies to Hasty this week. He’ll likely go for peanuts, and a 5-10% bid may be enough to land him.
We’re mostly investing in the 49ers running scheme under Kyle Shanahan by investing in Hasty. There’s a chance (maybe 15%?) that he could be the “2019 Raheem Mostert” — let’s not forget that this time last season, Mostert was available in 99% of leagues before he became the RB7 over Weeks 12-17.
I would only target Hasty if you have the bench space to afford a flier.
J.K. Dobbins/Gus Edwards, RBs, Ravens
Mark Ingram suffered an ankle injury in Week 6 that may force him to miss time. At the time of writing, it appears the injury isn’t believed to be serious. The Ravens have a bye this week, which only increases the chances Ingram will be ready for their next game. However, you may want to take a flier on either Dobbins or Edwards just in case Ingram is not.
Edwards would be the most likely back to provide short-term RB2 value, with Dobbins offering the most long term upside.
It’s a situation that serves as a reminder that we can’t trust any of these backs as long as all three are healthy. However, if one of them is sidelined with an injury, it would vault the remaining two into fantasy relevance.
Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers
If Samuel is available in your league(s), he needs to be added immediately.
Teams hurting at WR should be aggressive with their FAAB to obtain Samuel, but I wouldn’t do more than 40-50%. The 49ers drew up a jet sweep play on which Jimmy Garoppolo would pitch Samuel the ball out of the backfield. He was able to rack up a 35-yard gain and a 6-yard touchdown on the designed “pass” play. It’s a development that only raises his floor/ceiling based on his after-the-catch ability.
We may see this play return near the goal-line, which would also boost his touchdown potential.