Fantasy Football: Week 7 FAAB / Blind Bidding Guide

Jim Day

Another week is in the books and there are still a lot of studs that are just not living up to their billing. The only players routinely drafted in the first round who have lived up to those selections are Christian McCaffrey and Michael Thomas. All others have disappointed to different levels. Some have been very disappointing. 

When you add that to the players who have bye weeks, the waiver wire continues to be your strongest ally in trying to get your team right. This week, Carolina, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay are all off the schedule. This will be a tough week for wide receivers and running backs. 

Below are players who are available in more than 50% of Yahoo leagues and can perhaps provide you some relief.

QUARTERBACKS

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

After only throwing three touchdowns in his first four games, and never hitting the 250-yard mark, Cousins has thrown for over 300 yards in each of his last two games and has thrown six touchdowns. Granted, this was against two bottom pass defenses, the Eagles and the Giants, but he is trending upwards. He also has three more plus matchups over the next three games, facing the Lions, Redskins and Chiefs. 

Spend: 7-10% FAAB

Sam Darnold, New York Jets

So just as everyone expected, Darnold came back from missing three games with Mono to throw for 338 yards and two touchdowns. This was against a Dallas defense that had only allowed three passing touchdowns in its first four games. 

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He has two tough matchups up next against New England and Jacksonville, but then the schedule really opens up over the second half of the season, as he gets Miami twice, Washington, the Giants, Oakland and the Bengals. These are all plus matchups and should provide Darnold with a nice floor each week.

Spend: 5-7% FAAB

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Brees’ rehab on his thumb seems to be moving along and many think he could come back after his Week 9 bye. He is the only one on this list that is owned in more than 50% of Yahoo leagues (79%), but if he is available in your league, now is the time to pick him up while others continue to wait until he gets closer to returning.

Spend: 3-5% FAAB

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans

It finally happened; Marcus Mariota got benched in Week 6 after completing only seven-of-18 passes for 63 yards and two interceptions. As of this writing, the team has yet to make a decision on whether it will stick with Tannehill, or if Mariota will be back under center in Week 7. Watch this situation closely over the next couple of days. If you are truly desperate, and I do mean truly desperate, then Tannehill might be an option for you, but he has a very tough matchup against the Chargers in Week 7.

Spend: less than 1% FAAB

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RUNNING BACKS

Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones got off to a bad start on Monday night. He fumbled away an early carry and then dropped a long touchdown pass. After the drop Williams got a lot of work. He carried the ball 14 times for 104 yards and caught four passes for another 32 yards and a touchdown. This sure didn’t help everyone that wants Jones to be a bell cow back. There is a big possibility that Williams will be in a timeshare with Jones going forward and needs to be owned.

Spend: 12-20% FAAB

Latavius Murray, New Orleans Saints

Murray is in play because Alvin Kamara is dealing with an ankle issue and also looked to suffer a slightly sprained knee early in Week 6. Kamara was able to play through the injuries and is expected to play in Week 7, but he is one hit away from missing time and Murray needs to be owned.

Spend: 10-15% FAAB

Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals

Edmonds is coming off back-to-back double-digit scores and he’s only owned in 34% of Yahoo leagues. He has a touchdown in each of the last two as the Cardinals have given him more chances to try and give David Johnson some more breaks because of his back injury. If Johnson were to miss time then Edmonds would be the man, but they do have a tough schedule ahead.

Spend: 8-10% FAAB

Benny Snell Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers

Snell received a lot of work in the fourth quarter after James Conner went down with a quad injury. As of this writing there has been no update on the severity of Conner’s injury, which often indicates the injury is not that severe. Conner didn’t return to the game in Week 6 after it happened, but the team was up by multiple touchdowns, so they were most likely being protective of him. 

With Jaylen Samuels out a few more weeks, he may get another shot, but there are no guarantees. They do have some nice matchups going forward if Conner were to miss any time.

Spend: 2-5% FAAB

Mark Walton, Miami Dolphins

In each of the last two games Walton has played more snaps than Kalen Ballage. Ballage has shown nothing and I am glad that experiment is over. It’s hard to like running backs on bad teams, unless they can catch. That’s what Walton did in Week 6; he caught five passes 43 yards and had another 32 yards on six carries. He had four plays of 10+ yards and had five more total yards than starter Kenyon Drake. 

If he continues to out-snap Ballage and catch passes he should have some value as we get deeper into bye weeks. 

Spend: 2% FAAB

Javorius Allen, New York Giants

The Giants dropped Jonathan Hilliman after his one start. Then they went out and picked up veteran Javorius Allen. Now don’t go rushing out to get him as Saquon Barkley is expected to be back in Week 7, but backup Wayne Gallman is listed as questionable, still dealing with a bad concussion. 

If Gallman continues to miss time, then Allen may see some as the backup until Gallman is back.

Spend: 1% FAAB

WIDE RECEIVERS

Auden Tate, Cincinnati Bengals

There is talk that AJ Green may be back soon, but there just as much talk that he may be traded, until we know more Auden Tate needs to be owned. Over the last four weeks he has averaged over eight targets a game He actually had 12 targets in Week 6. He needs to be owned.

Spend: 10-12% FAAB

Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills

Beasley is not a game winner, but he is an excellent floor WR through the bye weeks. He is averaging just under eight targets and 11 fantasy points a game. His next three games are Dolphins, Eagles and Redskins and he would be a solid fill in.

Spend: 5-8% of your FAAB

Dante Pettis, San Francisco 49ers

Pettis had a terrible offseason and was even called out by his coach, but over the last few weeks he is seeing more snaps and targets. Coach Kyle Shanahan said that he is working hard and getting better each week. He is an excellent route runner but was never one to fight for the ball over the middle, He showed that he could do that in Week 6 on a pass he went up and grabbed and landed just outside the goal line. A couple plays later he fought and won another ball at the back of the end zone, unfortunately he was just out of bounds.

San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis

San Francisco is still looking for their number one receiver and Pettis is starting to play into that role. Grab him now. 

Spend: 4-5% FAAB

Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers needed some WR help and he asked to have Allen Lazard on the field. Lazard only had one NFL catch before this game but came in and right away Rodgers tried to hit him on a deep pass that was incomplete. Rodgers came right back to him and Lazard came up with a 35-yard touchdown. 

Lazard finished the night with four receptions for 65 yards and that touchdown. Rodgers seemed to look for Lazard on every pass play down the stretch when they were trying to come from behind. 

With Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison both looking like they miss Week 7 and maybe more, Lazard could be a big surprise. Fortunately not many are talking about him today so you should be able to get him cheaply.

Spend: 2-4% of your FAAB

Jaron Brown, Seattle Seahawks

Brown is coming off a big week with two touchdowns in Week 6, but he only caught three passes for 29 yards. He did get five targets, but unless he scores in any given week, he will be hard to start. Luckily for him they just lost a solid red zone threat when TE Will Dissly was lost for the season.

Spend: 1% of your FAAB

Tavon Austin, Dallas Cowboys

With Randall Cobb already injured and Amari Cooper leaving the game early in Week 6, Austin finally got into the game. He caught five passes for 64 yards on six targets.

If Cooper and Cobb miss more time Austin could continue to be used, but he has always been very tough to count on.

Spend: 1% of your FAAB

TIGHT ENDS

Darren Fells, Houston Texans

Darren Fells has started to become a bigger part of the offense in Houston, having scored double-digit fantasy points in three of the last four weeks. Just like that he is the 13-ranked TE on the season. 

Spend: 3-5% FAAB

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles

Goedert finally saw a decent number of targets in Week 6 with eight. He did catch five of them for 48 yards, which was enough to make him the number 12 TE of the week.As long as he is playing behind Zach Ertz he will be hard to trust, but the kid is so talented that hopefully they continue to use him.

Spend: 2-3% FAAB

Chris Herndon, New York Jets

All indications we have so far indicate that Herndon may be able to return in Week 8 from his hamstring strain. Grab him one week early and hope that Darnold’s magic continues when Herndon is ready.

Spend: 2-3% FAAB

Ben Watson, New England Patriots

The Pats have re-signed Watson this week and while there are not a lot of reasons to endorse him as a waiver pickup, there are two: he plays for the Patriots AND with Tom Brady. Pick him up for the “what if” affect.

Spend: 1-2% FAAB

Ricky Seals-Jones, Cleveland Browns

This is only for the strong of heart. Seals-Jones has scored in two out of the last three games and even saw six targets against the Seahawks in Week 6. But it is so hard to trust this offense right now and they have three very tough games coming up next. They go on the road against the Patriots, then the Broncos and finally go home against the tough Bills. Only for the truly desperate.

Spend: 1% FAAB

Good luck in Week 7 and we will see you again next week.

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