Week 7 is in the books and what an interesting week it was. David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliot put up duds. Melvin Gordon was a scratch one hour before the early a.m. kickoff Sunday morning and was probably stuck in 40-50% of peoples starting lineups.

Sony Michel went down with a knee injury and we don’t know how long he’ll be out for. It’s hard to believe, but Lamar Miller put up over 100 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

What about Patrick Mahomes? Another four-touchdown game, which gives him an NFL-record 22 in his first eight games. This guy will be leading many fantasy teams to championships this year!

Lets get you the help you need as we get another brutal week of bye weeks coming in.

BYE WEEK: Falcons, Cowboys, Chargers and Titans



Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears

Three games in a row he has put up QB1 numbers and he needs to be owned in all leagues going forward. If you have read my last couple of waiver wires, you know the reason why I said to add him.

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns

He put up over 20 points against a bad Tampa Bay defense. He has Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and Atlanta before their week 11 bye. Just like I said last week, he is a great plug-and-play here for those in need of QB help.


Running Backs

Jalen Richard/ Doug Martin, Oakland Raiders

This team has not been good outside of Marshawn Lynch. Lynch has been a viable RB2 for most owners up to the bye, but now he finds himself on the Raiders’ IR. If either of these two running backs are available, I would prefer them based on how I have them listed. Richard has nice value in PPR leagues, while Martin could be the first and second down back along with getting the goal-line work.

Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers

Most of you like me thought that Mostert was nothing and probably left him on waivers last week. This week he led the team with 59 yards rushing and caught four passes for another 19 yards. Matt Breida got injured in the game, but did come back. Don’t let this fool you as Mostert is starting to look like the back you want to own here for the 49ers.

Chris Ivory, Buffalo Bills

LeSean McCoy went down early with a concussion and his timeline is unknown. Ivory filled in well again (remember when McCoy missed week 3?) and finished with 16 rushes for 81 yards along with three receptions on six targets for another 25 yards. If the other three running backs listed above are not available, and we find out that McCoy is out for at least this week, it’s not a bad consolation prize as the only thing that seems to get points in this offense is the running backs.

Kenjon Barner, New England Patriots

After Sony Michel went down with a knee injury, Barner was the next Patriots’ running back in line and did okay with 10 rushes for 36 yards. This is a desperation add if you were using Michel as your RB2 and the players I have listed above are not available. I wouldn’t be rushing out to get Barner as there is a familiar free-agent running back out there by the name of Mike Gillislee who could possibly be signed. Now if that happens, I would rather have Gillislee than Barner. Just warning you guys!


Wide Receivers

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Godwin looks like he has moved into the No. 2 wide receiver slot over DeSean Jackson. He is still available in too many leagues and should be owned in all leagues.

Larry Fitzgerald/Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals

In most 10-team leagues Fitzgerald has been more than likely dropped. He was tied for the team lead in targets this week and also added a touchdown. Kirk on the other hand is making the most of what his BFF rookie quarterback Josh Rosen is throwing him and he is a fantastic add. The reason I am suggesting adding Fitzgerald is because offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was fired and the team promoted quarterbacks coach, Byron Leftwich. Kirk is the one to prioritize, but if you have a burner spot or need a spot start wide receiver, go get Fitzgerald.

Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints

He caught Drew Brees’ record-setting yardage touchdown before the bye and continued to find success after the bye week with Ted Ginn Jr. going to IR, as Smith finished with three receptions for 44 yards. Nothing great. but he out-targeted Cameron Meredith in a tough matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. He is a nice bench stash.

Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos

Sure he had a touchdown reception from Emmanuel Sanders and didn’t really do much after that; but he didn’t have to since the team was in cruise control in a blowout win against the Arizona Cardinals. Rumor has it that Demaryius Thomas or Sanders may be on the trade block, and if that’s true and it does happen, the arrow will be going up on Sutton.

Danny Amendola, Miami Dolphins

With Albert Wilson going down with a hip injury, and Kenny Stills being out at least this week with a groin injury, Amendola is the next man up. He finished with eight receptions for 59 yards – a Jr. Edelman as I like to put him. He’s a potential desperation flex if needed.


Tight End

Ben Watson, New Orleans Saints

The 37 year old had a nice “revenge” game against his former team last week and caught all six of his targets, including a touchdown. Watson has the Viking next on the schedule who just gave up 56 yards and a touchdown to Chris Herndon.

Chris Herndon, New York Jets

This team is losing pass catchers like crazy so he becomes the next man up. He has caught six passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns over the past two weeks. You could do worse at the tight end position, but hopefully he is someone who can help you out, especially this coming week.


Be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as the guys breakdown all of the action from Week 7 in the NFL!

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