Week 7 Waiver Pickups You Can’t Snooze On

Every Monday morning when I sit down to write this article, the first thing I do is check the major injury updates. After all, injuries lead to opportunities for other players, and opportunity is the most important factor in fantasy production. The good news is that many of the impact players with injuries like Leonard Fournette and Jameis Winston seem to be on track to play.

If you’re an Aaron Rodgers owner, however, there is no good news. Not only is the big cheese himself questionable to return this season, but three starters on the Pack’s offensive line suffered injuries as well, hardly making Brett Hundley a reliable replacement. This is trouble for all of Green Bay. I’ll wrap up the article with some QB solutions for Rodgers owners, but first let’s dive into the few options that actually are on the wire this week.

Orleans Darkwa, RB NYG (9% owned)

I’ll bite the bullet here. I was way off last week assessing the situation in New York, but I’ll take comfort knowing I was in good company after watching their dance with Denver. I went as far as thinking Shane Vereen, with a depleted receiver corps, would be the most productive back. Darkwa shut up Gallman owners and the league’s best run defense alike. He didn’t do it alone though; the Giants have been reshuffling their struggling offensive line all season, and have finally found something that works. It’s a huge improvement for the entire offense, and after this performance (and Gallman nearly losing a fumble) Darkwa will own the backfield for the near future.

Marvin Jones, WR DET (55% owned)

I know Marvin Jones has frustrated owners going back to last season. Jones is a good receiver, but not good enough to go up against the top corners in the league. The likes of Patrick Peterson, Janoris Jenkins and Xavier Rhodes have stunted his production so far this season, but the matchup with the Saints was exactly what he needed to break out. If Golden Tate remains sidelined after the bye, Jones will be in for a bigger role. With T.J. Jones struggling, it could also make a healthy Kenny Golladay a sneaky pickup in that same situation.

George Kittle, TE SF (8%)

He wasn’t able to match his 7/83/1 line from last week, but Kittle is seeing an increased role in San Fransisco. With the tight end situation being what it is, that alone is worth a look. He’s drawn 17 targets in two weeks, many from new starter C.J. Beathard. Most importantly, he has seven targets from inside the 20 in the last two games, an extremely important detail for a position that is largely touchdown-dependent. He would be flying off the wire if he hadn’t been stopped at the 1-yard line just before halftime. If you’ve resulted to crap-shoots at TE, Kittle is worth a roll.

Quarterbacks Under 50% Owned

I’ll give it to you straight, Rodgers owners — it doesn’t look good. Unless you’re one of those psychos that rosters two startable quarterbacks all season, you’re going to have to dig deep to find someone to fill the void at the top of your team. Two quarterbacks are coming off bye this week and are likely available:

Tyrod Taylor (37%) isn’t the most talented, but he faces a lineup of soft defenses the next four weeks in Tampa, Oakland, New York Jets and New Orleans. His ability to run provides upside, and it sounds like Jordan Matthews could return meaning the offense is slightly less crippled.

Andy Dalton (46%) is a bit of a risk. The offense has rebounded since the first two weeks, but he faces a tough schedule that includes Pittsburgh, Jacksonville and Denver over the next six weeks. I doubt any other QB available has the ceiling of Dalton, it’s just a matter of which Dalton you get. Combing these two quarterbacks in a plug-and-play duo could yield good results.

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