Fantasy Football Add/Drop – Week 7
Add – Blake Bortles
The second year pro is far from a finished product as a legitimate quarterback in this league due to his erratic play and poor decision making but this is fantasy football we are talking about, and he is now considered a legitimate starter for your fantasy team. Bortles has thrown for over 300 yards in his last two contests to go with 7 touchdowns. Yes, he is prone to throw his share of interceptions but playing with a defense that struggles he will be asked to throw the football at least 40 times per game. Snatch him up if you need a bye week replacement quarterback or if you’re looking for depth at your QB position.
Notables – Josh McCown, Ryan Fitzpatrick
Drop – Marcus Mariota
I guess after that big Week 1 where Marcus Mariota threw for 4 touchdowns he reverted back to who I thought he would be, a young QB that would struggle in his rookie season. Mariota in his last 2 games has only thrown for 406 yards 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions, adding injury to insult, Mariota’s mobility and Week 7 status is up in the air after suffering a trained MCL. Mariota will continue to be inconsistent and is not a reliable fantasy option going forward.
Add – James Starks
I have seen enough of Eddie Lacy so far this season to recommend you find a trade partner who wants to buy low on your number 1 fantasy draft pick. Lacy has been running over weight this season, battling an ankle injury, and worst of all his vision appears to be an issue missing open holes within the Packers’ offense. James Starks was inserted in the lineup in Week 6 and showed the world he has the speed and power to be a number 1 running back in the NFL. Starks out-snapped Lacy 31-20, out-rushed him 11-6, and out-gained him a whopping 117-20. Although he will not jump Lacy on the depth chart, Starks will definitely get his share of carries as the Packers are implementing a hot hand approach. A running back that can get 10-15 carries in an Aaron Rodgers’ led offense is money and should be taken seriously.
Notables – Theo Riddick, Christine Michael, Knile Davis
Drop – Thomas Rawls
It was a nice run for Thomas Rawls as Marshawn Lynch’s fill-in but the jig is over with Beast Mode back in the lineup. With only one carry in last weeks’ game against the Panthers, Rawls is now an after thought unless Lynch goes back down with an injury. The Seahawks have their backs against the wall starting the season 2-4. Therefore, expect to see a lot of Beast Mode going forward as they should get back to the basics.
Add – Stefon Diggs
This weeks top waiver wire add is none other than Vikings rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs. If you want to see his ability just check out the tape against the Broncos when made one of the best cover corners in the league Aqib Talib look foolish on a crisp route. Not only is he a talent but he has now entered the starting lineup with the injury of Charles Johnson and has been the Vikings’ best WR over the last 2 games. Diggs has used his 18 targets over the last 2 games catching 13 of them for 216 yards. I believe this guy will develop into a fantasy and real NFL star down the road but for right now he will serve as a good flex play with the potential to get better as the season goes along.
Notables – Brandon LaFell, Marvin Jones, Dontrelle Inman, Jeff Janis, Lance Moore
Drop – Percy Harvin
A new season, a new team, but it’s the same Percy Harvin we are witnessing. Harvin teased fantasy owners with a big week 1 to open the season but predictably tailed off afterwards and then gets injured. Harvin is battling an hip injury and by all accounts will miss significant time making him a fantasy drop among all formats.
Add – Austin Sefarian-Jenkins
The tight end position is the weakest position in fantasy which leaves the options very thin for waiver wire additions. Look for guys such as Sefarian-Jenkins, Eric Ebron, or Jordan Reed who are coming back from injuries in short order and will be inserted back in their starting lineups. Jenkins is my recommendation as he will be back sooner and he plays in an offense where rookie QB Jameis Winston loves his tight ends. When Jenkins was healthy he was the best receiving option for Jameis and it should continue once he gets back on the field.
Notables – Benjamin Watson, Eric Ebron
Drop – Larry Donnell
Larry Donnell is a very average tight end in this league and that’s me giving him props. Donnell is my starting tight end in my “all weak team” and should not be rostered on your fantasy teams unless you have capacity for a TE that will give you 30 receiving yards. He is the epitome of TD dependent fantasy player and you want to steer clear of those guys.
Add – Vikings D
Falcons, Giants, Steelers, and Redskins all have good matchups also for streaming purposes.
Drop – Ravens D
You still have the Ravens D on your team? Shame on you, they’re really bad.