It is six weeks into the fantasy football season and the waiver wire is heating up. Any good champion will need to go to the waiver wire to acquire players to make their team even better. Here are the best players to add for week 7. (All stats and rankings are for standard, non-decimal scoring)
1. Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Mack had only been able to play in one game before this week due to injury. He came back to the lineup this week and was productive with 12 carries for 89 yards. Although he did good work on the ground, he hasn’t done much this year in terms of pass catching with just two receptions for six yards in the two games he has played.
Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines still figure to get some work out of the backfield, but Mack should be the lead back moving forward. Mack had nine more carries than Hines, showing how much they value him. Hines will be used in third-down duties.
He is available in nearly 75% of ESPN leagues and if available, will be highly sought after.
2. Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Although Corey Clement got the touchdown and therefore more points against the Giants, Smallwood had more carries. The Eagles’ leading rusher on the season, Smallwood got 18 carries on Thursday night. He may have only had 51 yards in this game, but the yards will soon follow if the Smallwood gets the most carries out of the Eagles’ backfield.
Clement is definitely still a threat to steal carries and touchdowns, as they will both be used. Clement is already owned in over 50% of ESPN leagues, while Smallwood is owned in fewer than 50% of leagues.
3. Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston has returned to the starting lineup for the Bucs, which changes the offense. The production was in question with the change at quarterback, but Godwin produced again with six receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Godwin will still be a featured part of the offense, as he had nine targets against the Falcons. Atlanta isn’t the greatest defense, but the fact that he tied for the team lead in targets with Desean Jackson makes him still fantasy relevant moving forward. He is available in about 60% of ESPN leagues.
4. Taylor Gabriel, WR, Chicago Bears
The last two games have both been great for Gabriel, as he grows more comfortable with Bear’s quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. This week he had five catches for 110 yards, but failed to reach the end zone. In week 4, the week before the bye, Gabriel put up 23 fantasy points.
He does give some cause for some concern, as he had just five targets this week. He had seven targets in week 4, but has caught all his targets in the last two games. Gabriel has a knack for a big play and can be a solid situational play for fantasy owners. He is owned in just 32.6% of ESPN leagues.
5. Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Any time a player scored 26 fantasy points, they need to be looked at in terms of fantasy. Goodwin had four receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers. He is an extreme boom or bust player, but if he builds up a rapport with C.J. Beathard, he could pay off.
Goodwin has been injured to start the season with both hamstring and quad issues. It’s hard to get a real idea about how productive Goodwin can be given the injuries and quarterback change. Only add him in deep leagues, but he is worth watching in the coming weeks. He is available in over 50% of ESPN leagues.
6. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers
Valdes-Scantling has been productive in Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison’s absence, but the problem is that it is hard to predict when they will be back and how much of an impact it will have on his fantasy value. Against the 49ers, the rookie wide receiver tallied three receptions for 108 yards.
He got six targets which bodes well, but the injury reports of Allison and Cobb need to be watched before counting on Valdes-Scantling. He is available in virtually every ESPN league.