Top anticipation football free-agent finds for Week 7

Oct 17, 2017

On Friday we perceived some-more news in a ongoing Ezekiel Elliott cessation situation, and as of Tuesday morning, a Cowboys RB is dangling by a NFL and won’t underline for 6 games.

Will Peterson and McKinnon continue to broach anticipation value?

Blocking matters in anticipation football, and in Week 6 we saw a span of regulating backs mount out with large anticipation indicate totals. Are their performances sustainable? KC Joyner explores that and some-more in his examination of a matchups along a line of scrimmage.

But let’s start here: This box is distant from over. It can change on a moment’s notice — Friday was justification of that. For now, here’s where we are: Elliott is now set to lay a subsequent 6 games, definition he’ll lapse on Week 13. Could that change? Yes. But let’s — for now — understanding with a information we now have.

Naturally, a dual haven regulating backs of note in Dallas tip this waiver column, yet concede me to contend this: We don’t know for certain that one will be a starter or if it’ll even be a unaccompanied starter. Maybe Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris will share tip duties. In an ideal world, we can supplement both players and register them for as prolonged as it takes to arrange this out. That’s an doubtful oppulance to have, yet for unsentimental purposes, that’s a best-case scenario.

And possibly you’re looking to reinstate Zeke or a recently harmed Aaron Rodgers, we’ve got we lonesome in this week’s free-agent finds.

Note: Players accessible in reduction than 50 percent of leagues on ESPN.com do not validate for this list.

Remaining bye weeks are as follows:

Week 7 (two teams): Detroit, Houston
Week 8 (six teams): Arizona, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Tennessee
Week 9 (six teams): Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England, Pittsburgh
Week 10 (four teams): Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland, Philadelphia
Week 11 (four teams): Carolina, Indianapolis, New York Jets, San Francisco

Alfred Morris, RB, Dallas Cowboys (rostered in 44.2 percent of ESPN leagues)

Here’s a box for Morris over McFadden as a full-time starter in Dallas: He’s been personification this season. While McFadden has been a healthy scratch, Morris has rubbed backup duties so far, despite a tiny effort (just 8 carries). He was a extensive rookie behind in 2012, rising as an doubtful standout after being drafted in a sixth round. He should be picked adult in all leagues.

Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys (49.5 percent)

Here’s a box for McFadden over Morris as a full-time starter in Dallas: He spent a preseason — when Elliott was approaching to be dangling — as a starter. He also rushed for over 1,000 yards during a 2015 deteriorate when he was final a full-time starter. For those seeking because Run DMC has been a healthy blemish all year? One reason is that he’s too identical in character to Elliott. Morris adds a bit some-more of versatility. McFadden apparently now has an open window to personification time. He should be rostered in all leagues.

Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (36.3 percent)

A outrageous credit to Agholor, as many suspicion he was unfailing to be a nonfactor after dual still seasons. The former first-round collect has incited his diversion around and is apropos a informed aim for Carson Wentz. He’s a true hazard who is glorious after a catch. He should be total in 12-team or incomparable leagues.

Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots (6.4 percent)

It’s tough to foresee how a Patriots will discharge their backfield work week-to-week, yet Lewis’ new formula are unfit to ignore. He has 18 rushes for 105 yards and a touchdown during his past dual games, carrying a heavier bucket in Week 6 after Mike Gillislee was radically benched following a fumble. Gillislee has been only normal so distant this season, opening a doorway for Lewis to acquire some-more work. He’s a savvy supplement in 12-team or incomparable leagues.

Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants (4.3 percent)

The Giants got on lane underneath doubtful resources Sunday night, winning a Broncos in Denver. Darkwa was phenomenal, rushing 21 times for 117 yards. For context, a Broncos had formerly authorised 50 carries for 95 yards total by Melvin Gordon, LeSean McCoy, Elliott and Marshawn Lynch. Darkwa ran tough and if he maintains this lead pursuit going forward, he has value in all forms of leagues. He should be added, for now, in 12-team or incomparable leagues.

Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens (29.2 percent)

With Terrance West out, Collins continues to locate a healthy effort for a Ravens and is regulating effectively in those opportunities. He battered 15 carries for 74 yards on Sunday and while he’s nonetheless to find a finish section and has 0 catches this season, he’s a actor whose value is towering in non-PPR scoring as a equivocal flex play in 12-team or incomparable leagues.

Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons (37.7 percent)

With Mohamed Sanu out, Hooper saw an boost in targets and effort for a Falcons. He netted 7 catches, giving him 12 during his past dual games. If Sanu is out in Week 7, demeanour for Hooper to stay concerned in this Falcons flitting diversion — he’s an supplement for any parsimonious end-needy manager.

Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins (44.9 percent)

With Rob Kelley out in Week 6, Perine separate backfield duties with a electric Chris Thompson. It was a bit surprising, as Perine had formerly been a bigger cause when stepping in for Kelley, yet his Week 6 tour was aided by a touchdown catch. If Kelley sits subsequent week, Perine would boyant onto a flex radar.

Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (5.2 percent)

Leonard Fournette left a Jaguars’ Week 6 diversion with an ankle injury, and yet he was privileged medically to return, a value of Ivory was highlighted. He’s a more-than-capable backup in a eventuality that Fournette were to go down and should be picked adult by all of Fournette’s managers and is indeed concerned adequate (9.33 touches per diversion this year) that he’s an supplement in 16-team leagues for someone who competence need a long-shot flex play.

George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers (9.2 percent)

As a C.J. Beathard epoch starts in San Francisco, another rookie is on a radar for a 49ers. Kittle is a superb contestant and healthy pass-catcher. There’s copiousness of guarantee in his game. During his past dual contests, he has 11 catches on 17 targets for 129 yards and a touchdown. He’s another care for a parsimonious end-needy manager.

Bennie Fowler III, WR, Denver Broncos (1.7 percent)

We’ll find out some-more about Emmanuel Sanders‘ damage standing as a week goes on, yet if he misses time, Fowler is due to see an increasing workload. Denver doesn’t wish to chuck 50 times in a diversion like it had to in Week 6, yet Fowler’s 8 targets showed that he could be in line to be a second wideout behind Demaryius Thomas if Sanders has to skip games. He’s a deeper joining consideration.


Quarterbacks accessible on a waiver wire

Arguably a game’s best player, Aaron Rodgers, suffered a damaged collarbone and could skip a rest of a season. Many are operative to reinstate Rodgers, a nearby unfit charge given his luminosity as a player. While a waiver handle is one entrance to explore, do not disremember options by a trade.

Most of a quarterbacks who moment a tip 15 in a accord ranks any week on ESPN.com are not accessible in adequate leagues to make this column. We’ll note some here, yet we would inspire we to try trade options, as we competence find one accessible from a associate manager who rosters mixed signal-callers. Some other anticipation players might reason mixed QBs possibly to get by a bye week, to make a preference formed off of matchups any week, or to have a trade chip. Scan a associate rosters in your joining for a intensity quarterback trade possibility.

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills (39.9 percent)

Again, it’s value observant that a best trail to anticipating a starter for your lineup is expected around a trade, as a list of quarterbacks who are accessible in over 50 percent of leagues is comparatively slim. However, while Taylor has a razor-thin organisation of arguable pass-catchers right now and has struggled of late, he has a auspicious Week 7 matchup opposite a Buccaneers and a lane record of success from a anticipation perspective.

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (30.9 percent)

Like Taylor, Dalton has constructed during a high turn in anticipation football before. Cincinnati earnings from a bye in Week 7, yet a emanate confronting Dalton right now is his schedule. Over his subsequent 5 weeks, he faces 3 of a toughest defensive tests in football: a Steelers, Jaguars and Broncos (all games on a road). That boundary his upside.

Brett Hundley, QB, Green Bay Packers (0.1 percent)

The Packers have grown Hundley for 3 offseasons now given regulating a 2015 fifth-round collect on him. He played his initial snaps of effect when stuffing in for Rodgers in Week 6, throwing one touchdown and 3 picks. This is a outrageous projection, yet Hundley has as good of a ancillary expel in terms of receivers and regulating backs as any other quarterback who is widely available. Is he a protected bet? Nope, yet he’s a name to consider.

Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos (31.9 percent)

One some-more choice to cruise here is Siemian, who had a good opening to a deteriorate with 6 touchdown passes in his initial dual games. But he’s slim off since, throwing only dual touchdown passes and 4 interceptions in his past 3 games. The Broncos now transport for 3 true games, starting with a Chargers this Sunday.

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