The bye week apocalypse is upon us as week 7 is the fantasy killer where we are losing a lot of our studs such as Ezekiel Elliott, Mike Williams, Josh Allen and all those players we need and use from the Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, LA Chargers and the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s a rough week but that’s why you come to the Loaded Box to help get you prepared every week.
All my waiver-wire targets are taken from CBS and are owned in 60% or less of leagues.
Jameis Winston, QB, New Orleans Saints (50% Owned)
He’s been more meh than boom but his first week and his week before his bye have been booms and that was with Michael Thomas on the PUP. Could Thomas be back for week 7? Maybe, the funny thing is we haven’t heard much about it so I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing. If Thomas is back and Tua Tagovailoa and Daniel Jones are unavailable, I wouldn’t mind going in with Winston as he gets the Seattle Seahawks.
Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants (49% Owned)
You could do worse than Daniel Jones in week 7 for a bye week replacement against the Carolina Panthers, but you should look at the bright side with him – the rushing aspect. Sure there’s no Saquon Barkley right now, but at least Sterling Shepard is back. Jones is the perfect replacement for those bye-week quarterbacks.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (32% Owned)
Even though the Miami Dolphins gave the Jacksonville Jaguars their first win of the season, Tagovailoa looked better than I expected going 33/47 for 329 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. It was Tua’s best game of the season as he is trying to do what he can to keep his job for the future. It’s a good start and he would be a high recommendation for week 7 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Check to see if available: Carson Wentz (73%, my top QB priority), Trevor Lawrence (63%)
Kenyan Drake, RB, Las Vegas Raiders (52% Owned)
After the majority of managers have dropped Drake, it’s now time to add him back as maybe Jon Gruden simply didn’t like what Drake brought to the table. Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia looks like he found a way to use that investment as Drake was able to get six touches totaling 73 yards and two touchdowns. The bye weeks are here and Drake can be used as an RB2 this week.
Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, New England Patriots (35% Owned)
Getting eight total touches is nothing to brag about, but Stevenson was in the game more than the stats say. Damien Harris was in and out, but it was Stevenson who punched in a goal line touchdown. Stevenson won’t be the lead back in this backfield as long as Harris is healthy, but he has earned some touches in this offense going forward and can be used as a desperation flex in week 7 against the Jets.
Demetric Felton, RB, Cleveland Browns (12% Owned), D’Ernest Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns (2% Owned)
As of this writing we don’t know the status of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt is out an estimated 4-6 weeks. Johnson would be the one to pick up in standard leagues while Felton would be the add in PPR leagues.
Chris Evans, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (4% Owned)
With Samaje Perine on the covid list we got to see the sixth-round rookie out of Michigan play as the team’s pass-catching back. Evans finished with 67 total yards and caught a touchdown pass early in the game. He is worth adding in deep PPR leagues.
Check to see if available: Michael Carter (79%), J.D. McKissic (74%, top priority if Antonio Gibson is OUT)
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (45% Owned)
It’s going to be a wait and see to get an idea of how bad Hilton’s quad injury is, but he’s worth taking a flier on leading up to week 7 against the 49ers. Before the injury, Hilton looked like his old self. Explosive, fast and caught all four of his targets for 80 yards.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions (41% Owned)
The Detroit Lions are to me a no surprise 0-6. Early in the week Lions quarterback Jared Goff said he wanted to get St. Brown more involved in the offense, and in week 6 he did just that. Even though St. Brown finished with a pedestrian 5 catches for 26 yards, he was targeted 7 times and caught a 2-point conversion. Don’t think it’s bad because this Lions offense struggled to put up anything against the Cincinnati Bengals, but his situation is looking bright and he could be used as a bye-week replacement.
Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens (31% Owned)
The rookie finally got to make his regular-season debut against the Chargers catching four of six targets for 29 yards. The 6 targets were also tied for the team lead. Lamar Jackson needs another receiver who can run the slot and Bateman looks like the answer. This chemistry should continue to grow and Bateman should be added in all leagues moving forward.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Cleveland Browns (3% Owned)
Donovan Peoples-Jones was the WR2 for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday catching four of five targets for 101 yards and two touchdowns. The stats are a little pumped up as Baker Mayfield threw a 57-yard hail-Mary to the end zone at halftime and DPJ was there to catch it. Pure luck. With Kareem Hunt going on IR, the passing game could pump up and Peoples-Jones could be on the up and up.
Check to see if available: Tim Patrick (77%), Sterling Shepard (64%, my top priority if he’s available.
Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Washington Football Team (25% Owned)
This could be the final week of RSJ as Logan Thomas has a chance to return from IR in week 8. Seals-Jones has seen 15 targets over the last two weeks putting up 99 yards and a touchdown. With tight end being so bad this year, I don’t see how you can’t have Ricky Seals-Jones in your lineup for week 7.
Check to see if available: Zach Ertz (76%), Dallas Goedert (73%)
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