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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 7

Week 6 of the 2020 Fantasy Football season either really went well for you or was a complete face-plant. That’s just how it goes. See below and hit the waiver wire to build on your existing momentum or pull yourself into contention.

These are players that are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues.

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Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

Those of you riding the Fitzmagic Carpet will need to pivot to rookie Tua Tagovailoa. After a brief debut on the heels of a poor half of football from Ryan Fitzpatrick; the Dolphins are turning over the franchise to Tua as they are in the division hunt. Miami seemingly is ahead of the curve and could catch lightning in a bottle by injecting Tua into the lineup. Your fantasy football team could very well benefit from this change as well.

Teddy Bridgewater,Carolina Panthers

Teddy Bridgewater’s 6:5 TD/INT ratio hasn’t exactly turned heads but he’s played much better than those number suggest. Thru Week 6, Bridgewater is 7th in NFL in passing yards and is entering a favorable six-week stretch. The only matchup I wouldn’t consider starting Bridgewater during that span, would be against the stingy Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense.

Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders

I’ve been burned by Derek Carr in the past. However, he has a sterling 11:1 TD/INT ratio. He’s very much a streaming/matchup based play; but the reality is that over the next 11 contests there are only two games (TB, IND) that I wouldn’t consider starting Carr in fantasy leagues.

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield has had a rough go of it over the first six weeks of the 2020 NFL season. Mayfield has become the punchline in many a joke/meme; it appears Mayfield has been exposed by opposing defenses. However, there is a silver lining and an opportunity to score some cheap top 12 QB finishes over the balance of the season. Six of the final 10 games are quarterback friendly matchups Mayfield and his host of weapons should be able to take full advantage of.

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Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles

Miles Sanders is hurt once more. Sanders’ injury isn’t expected to keep him out of the lineup for more than a week. However, you never know with knee injuries. If you’re a Miles Sanders owner you are compelled to add Boston Scott. If you’re not a Miles Sanders owner and you’re desparate for backfield touches Scott can provide some short term relief. Just be sure to temper expectations.

Jerick McKinnon / Jeff Wilson Jr. / JaMychal Hasty / Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers

You see all these names above? That’s not exactly a good thing. Raheem Mostert is on the mend again; a huge blow for his fantasy owners but it does re-kindle Jerick McKinnon’s fantasy vaule. Jeff Wilson I’m sure will serve as the short yardage back TD vulture. Hasty (in limited action) will get a couple of carries and flash his explosiveness and in the following week Tevin Coleman will return to the lineup and throw a wrench into everything. The point is, consider McKinnon a short term solution and it may be time to stash Tevin Coleman.

Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens

Mark Ingram doesn’t look right. However, Gus Edwards has looked like the best ball-carrier in Baltimore. Edwards clearly has the coaching staff’s trust over that off rookie J.K. Dobbins. The Ravens have yet to truly commit to the run this season, calling into question OC’s Greg Roman’s motivation; but I believe as the weather changes the Ravens will begin to lean on their rushing attack much more and Edwards will be the main beneficiary.

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Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars

Keelan Cole is back! After a coach induced cyro-sleep of a 2019 season; Cole, thru six weeks has already eclipsed his total number of: targets, receptions and yards last season. Cole has tied his touchdown mark (3) from a season ago as well. Bottom line, he’s once again a signficiant part of the passing offense; the Jags are going to trail more often than not and he’s currently a WR2. Act accordingly.

Travis Fulgham, Philadelphia Eagles

CPGM Headley recommended Fulgham a week ago and I’m not sure why he’s still under 50% ownership. Fulgham has managed the one thing none of the other Eagles’ receivers can do; which is remain healthy. Philly is down Zach Ertz now as well and Fulgham has caught a touchdown in three straight contests. Carson Wentz certainly appears to trust the young wideout, it’s time you do as well.

Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos

A touchdown grab in two of the Broncos last three games. Back-to-back 100-yard receiving performances; and he just got his starting quarterback, Drew Lock back. Again, set aside the name and take a close look at the situation and corresponding production. Set aside your bias and make your team better.

Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals passing attack hasn’t looked crips in recent weeks. However, it was good to see Kirk reach pay dirt not once, but twice on just three receptions Monday night. As explosive as Andy Isabella is, he struggles to track the deep ball. Kirk is Arizona’s best option to stretch the field not name DeAndre Hopkins.

Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins

Many were really on high on Williams entering the season. He struggled thru the first month coming off of a season-ending injury in 2019; but he’s found his way in recent weeks. Williams has caught a touchdown in back-to-back games. It’ll be interesting to see if Williams shares the same chemistry he’s demonstrated with Ryan Fitzpatrick also with Tua. For now a speculative add is appropriate considering both Williams’ and Tua’s respective talent.

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Irv Smith Jr., Minnesota Vikings

Is it happening? Are we finally starting to truly see the transition from Kyle Rudolph to Irv Smith Jr.? I hope so, but I’m not sure. Those snap rates look awfully similar. However, I believe adding/stashing Smith a week or two early could ultimately pay dividends down the stretch. Smith represents a dynamic passin ggame option in the middle of the field flanked by Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. In a wasteland of a position, Smith Jr. could be an unlikely league-winner.

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