We’re back with an edition of the waiver wire pick ups that will help bring you a championship. By now, many of the players that will look to be this year’s breakout stars are currently on rosters. This doesn’t mean however that you can’t find flex worthy or spot startable players for your roster. As bye weeks and injuries begin to pile up, fill in players will be in high demand!
This week, the teams that are on their bye week include the Steelers, Bills, Chargers, Jaguars, Vikings, and Cowboys. The bad news is that is a ton of fantasy-relevant players. The good news is that hopefully takes a player or two to even the playing field from your opponent as well. With that, let’s find out who the players are that you need to be targeting before week 7!
If you’re asking yourself “who?” that would be completely understandable. However, D’Ernest Johnson could be in line for a huge opportunity with both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt out this week, a running back that could see 15+ touches on the waiver wire is not that common. The matchup is not great for Johnson, going up against the Broncos defense who give up an average of 17.12 fantasy points a game. The opportunity however is just too great to ignore.
He is not a must-start if not necessary, however, he could be picked up for other reasons as well. If you want to keep him away from your league mates or getting a potential trade chip is more than enough to target him this week. He has 33 rushing attempts this year for 166 yards which are good for 5 yards per carry He has also caught 10 of his 12 targets for 92 yards this year. Even if he is not incredibly efficient this game, his volume should help make up for that.
Rashod Bateman had a hamstring injury earlier in training camp that has held him out for 5 weeks of the NFL season. He made his season debut against the Los Angeles Chargers and caught all four of his targets for 29 yards. This may not scream waiver wire target, Lamar Jackson is averaging a career 281 passing yards per game and is always a threat to score. Bateman is a very talented wide receiver that will only gain more trust with Jackson
Bateman can at least be a bye week fill-in for any of the fantasy juggernauts that are out this week and may also be worthy of stashing on your bench to see how many targets will go his way moving forward. There is a good argument that there may not be any wide receiver as talented as Bateman is on the waiver wire and while Hollywood is running deep, Bateman can be a safety blanket across the middle for Jackson.
Nobody has ever questioned the athleticism, Ricky Seals-Jones has never shown enough consistency to be a reliable fantasy asset. With starting tight end Logan Thomas still on the IR, Seals-Jones will have an opportunity to continue his stretch of fantasy relevance. There were 9 passes thrown in his direction in week 5. He caught 5 of them for 41 yards. In week 6 he caught 4 for 58 and a touchdown. When you consider the other depth at the position, I will put my trust in players who are showing the ability to be consistent, which Seals-Jones has in his limited opportunity.
While he is not a long-term solution for your tight end woes, if you’re a streamer at the position, then Seals-Jones is the guy for you. Expectations should be set somewhat low if you’re sitting him for recent options such as Dalton Schultz and Dawson Knox, he will produce more than likely a tier below that. The rapport with his quarterback however is real and can help you win on Sundays.
While Tua Tagovailoa may not be as exciting as his 2020 counterparts at the quarterback position, he produced his best game of the 2021 season against the Jaguars. He had a whopping 47 pass attempts for 329 yards two touchdowns and an interception. Considering how ineffective their run game has been, 40 or more pass attempts may be in the cards for Tua against the Falcons in week 7.
The falcons give up the 5th most amount of points to quarterbacks at 22.1 points per game. They have allowed 11 passing touchdowns through 5 games. Tua becomes a strong streaming option and will only get better if any of his receivers can get back on the field. While he may not be a great long-term solution, he will be a reliable fill-in for any of your starting quarterbacks currently on a bye week.
While J.D. McKissic has been annoying for Antonio Gibson managers, he may be their savior this week with an injury to Gibson that could hold him out for Week 7. He had 16 touches and accumulated 110 total yards against the chiefs. He should see this type of volume again this week against Greenbay. If the Washington Football Team were to fall behind against the packers that will give McKissic his greatest opportunity to shine, and that is in the passing game.
While it may be tough to see more than 16 touches again this week, it is not out of the question due to Washington’s current running back situation. His season-high in carries is 8, but he also saw 10 targets last week for 65 yards. You get to play a wide receiver in your running back spot which will be more than worthy of a weekly fill-in.