A lot of the time we get the new exciting players off the waiver wire and don’t know what to do with them. Do I immediately plug Jacquizz Rodgers into my lineup over Frank Gore? Cameron Meredith or DeAndre Hopkins?
Sometimes these players deserve spots in the starting lineup immediately. Many times those are the players that have jumped into a new role because of an injury, while players that had a “pop” week we want to see it happen again.
Just a few short weeks ago you are probably really happy if you immediately plugged Jordan Howard into your lineup while you probably wished you waited to see it again from Chris Hogan.
Don’t hesitate to start someone straight off the waiver wire just because. If you really believe in a player’s role and ability, start that player.
Good luck in week seven; here’s to hoping we can avoid the injury bug this week.
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Matt Ryan vs. San Diego: My initial run through of picking players had Ryan on it and I was just under the assumption he wasn’t put back into lineups yet after the Seahawks game, but Ryan still isn’t starting in 70 percent of leagues. Ryan is a top-three option this week in a great matchup with what is looking like an awesome potential game script.
What you can expect: 325 yards, three touchdowns
Andy Dalton vs. Browns: This is a really easy pick for me. The Browns have allowed multiple passing touchdowns every week, and three touchdowns in four straight. Sure this might be a blowout and there isn’t a ton of passing in the second half, but the Bengals have to score points for it to get to be a blowout and I think that comes from Dalton.
What you can expect: 300 yards, three touchdowns
Philip Rivers @ Falcons: This game has the highest expected total of the weekend. In the dome with two high scoring offenses – both quarterbacks are awesome starts. The Falcons have played opponents into good game scripts in every game this season except last week against the Seahawks.
What you can expect: 300 yards, two touchdowns, one interception
Kirk Cousins @ Lions: Quarterbacks score almost six points over their average when they play the Lions. They have thrown for at least two touchdowns in every game, and none have scored less than 16 points. I would be happy to start Cousins as a top-10 quarterback this week.
What you can expect: 300 yards, two touchdowns
Russell Wilson @ Cardinals: I didn’t see a ton of the game last week, but reports and what I did see make me think Wilson isn’t 100 percent. He hasn’t been running and a lot of his value comes from his scrambling. As long as his rushing numbers are down I don’t really want to start him.
What you can expect: 250 yards, one touchdown
Eli Manning vs. Rams: Manning got back on track last week against the Ravens, but I don’t love the matchup. It also has to do with the fact that I like a lot of guys typically ranked lower than Manning this week more than him.
What you can expect: 250 yards, two touchdowns, one interception
Colin Kaepernick vs. Buccaneers: Same reasoning as last week for Kaepernick, except this week he has a matchup that is much better. Don’t watch the game. He might make you want to pull your hair out. Just look at the 17 points he is going to get you after the fact and be happy about it.
What you can expect: 225 yards, one touchdown, one interception, 60 yards rushing
Marcus Mariota vs. Colts: The Colts have allowed at least two touchdowns in three straight weeks, and it wasn’t exactly a murderer’s row of quarterbacks. Mariota has been doing more on the ground lately. What is worrisome about Mariota is how sustainable is it, him throwing for three touchdowns per game like the past two weeks? Probably not very, but if you take about 30 rushing yards and a passing touchdown from Mariota the past two weeks he is still averaging 22 points per game.
What you can expect: 250 yards, two touchdowns, 35 yards rushing
Spencer Ware vs. Saints: Until otherwise noted he is the better back to own. I still think Charles takes more of a role from Ware, but as of now Ware is the guy. Also Charles was limited in practice after getting some swelling in his knee. The Saints can be beat in the run or pass game, but the Chiefs should be using a dominant ground game. If Ware gets 15 carries, which he should, he is a borderline top-10 play.
What you can expect: 85 yards rushing, one touchdown, two catches for 15 yards
Tevin Coleman vs. Chargers: Coleman did have a down week, but all running backs that aren’t studs are going to have a few clunkers. The matchup is not as good as a lot of people are going to tell you. The good news for Coleman is the Chargers have given up about 70 yards receiving per game to running backs and a league high 54 receptions. Coleman does damage through the air and has punched in a few touchdowns from inside the 10 already this year.
What you can expect: 30 yards rushing, one touchdown, four catches for 45 yards
Jeremy Hill vs. Browns: It is a bit of a risk because of how Hill’s snaps have been cut recently, but I love the matchup. If the Bengals are nursing a second half lead it should be Hill that should be running.
What you can expect: 60 yards rushing, one touchdown
I am just saying this now. It is nearly impossible to really recommend sits with how bad the running back position is now. So don’t be shocked when I am saying bench some lower end guys. Odds are, for a lot of you, these guys are actually starting options.
Ryan Mathews vs. Vikings: He isn’t playing a full allotment of snaps and he gets a terrible matchup. I would rather go with a pass catching back than start Mathews. You are hoping he falls in the end zone for any value.
What you can expect: 40 yards rushing
Matt Forte vs. Ravens: The Matt Forte experience might be over. The early season workload is gone and he is losing passing downs work to Powell. Forte is a high-end RB2 in name, but in reality all he does is offer RB3 production.
What you can expect: 40 yards rushing, one catch for five yards
Jacquizz Rodgers @ 49ers: I don’t know if this really counts as digging deep because he is a top-18 type back for me this week, but he has a very low start percentage and has come off the waiver wire in a lot of leagues. Rodgers should be in for a big workload again in a pretty nice matchup. The Bucs knew about Martin’s setback prior to the last game and still game Rodgers a crazy workload. Maybe the bye helped them get Peyton Barber more involved, but I would still start Rodgers with confidence.
What you can expect: 85 yards rushing, three catches for 25 yards
Mike Gillislee @ Dolphins: This will depend on McCoy’s status Sunday morning. He did practice Friday and is expected to be a game time decision Sunday. If I had to guess I would lean on the side that he is not playing. For those without McCoy he is a decent desperation play even if McCoy is active.
What you can expect: 80 yards rushing, two catches for 10 yards
Dwayne Washington vs. Redskins: Another guy you need to keep an eye on Sunday morning. The Redskins are a great matchup for running backs. Washington might not get a full workload with it being his first game back from injury, but if you’re considering him it’s probably because you don’t have any good options.
What you can expect: 45 yards rushing, one touchdown, three catches for 30 yards
Julian Edelman @ Steelers: Again? Ya, again. I think the Patriots are going to have the ball a lot in this game because of the Steelers inability to move the ball. He is still getting targeted a decent amount, just not 15 times like he was at times last season. I am going to the well again with Edelman as a top-20 receiver, but if he doesn’t do anything again this might be the last time.
What you can expect: Eight catches for 85 yards, touchdown
DeSean Jackson @ Lions: Even with Darius Slay the Lions have been beat up through the air this year. I think this is one of the weeks where Cousins and Jackson can actually hook up on a deep ball where Jackson is open.
What you can expect: Four catches for 110 yards, one touchdown
Tyrell Williams @ Falcons: I am not sure about the status of Travis Benjamin. This is a great matchup and potential game script like I said earlier. Williams is a nice start as a third receiver.
What you can expect: Five catches for 90 yards
Willie Snead @ Chiefs: The Saints have weird home/road splits and Snead is not at the top of the pecking order for the passing offense anymore.
What you can expect: Four catches for 55 yards
Terrelle Pryor @ Bengals: He has a hurt hamstring and this isn’t a great matchup. I worry that if he plays he is either limited or is at risk for aggravation. I think the hope is that Pryor scores if you’re starting him
What you can expect: Two catches for 30 yards
Emmanuel Sanders vs. Texans: I don’t have a great feeling about anyone in the passing game for the Broncos right now. Outside of the game where Trevor Siemian blew up against the Bengals he hasn’t done much this year.
What you can expect: Four catches for 65 yards
Mike Wallace @ Jets: The deep threat going against the team that has struggled to defend deep threats so far this year.
What you can expect: Three catches for 90 yards and a touchdown
Ricardo Louis @ Bengals: He has been seeing more and more snaps and had a decent day last week. If Pryor is out, even if not, he is an interesting desperation play.
What you can expect: Five catches for 75 yards
Marqise Lee vs. Raiders: A fantastic matchup and Allen Hurns is dinged up and might not play. Lee is in a nice spot to produce off the waiver wire.
What you can expect: Five catches for 70 yards
Gary Barnidge @ Bengals: Pryor or no Pryor, Barnidge has been a nice option at tight end lately that is getting overlooked because he hasn’t scored. Averaging about 65 yards per game in the last four games.
What you can expect: Five catches for 65 yards
C.J. Fiedorowicz @ Broncos: The way to beat the Broncos is not by targeting their elite corners. The past two weeks teams have had success using their running backs and tight ends in the passing game. I still like him as a normal starting option and not just a weekly dart throw.
What you can expect: Five catches for 60 yards and a touchdown
Jack Doyle @ Titans: This is probably more to the point that tight ends are terrible, but playing with Dwayne Allen Doyle has still been a top-10 tight end. With Allen on the sidelines Doyle is a great play as Luck needs to check down a lot with the line problems in Indy.
What you can expect: Five catches for 65 yards and a touchdown
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