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The Waiver Wire 10/26

Woof!

That was one ugly week. I won games I had no business winning and lost one that I thought I had in the bag. I bet a lot of you all had similar craziness.  It was a topsy turvy kind of Week 7—largely due to the byes and injuries. 

The big story this week is the Eagles backfield. With Miles Sanders looking very shaky to play and potentially out multiple weeks, both Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott are projected to have flex appeal in Week 8.

Just like last week, we have a lot of bouncing balls to follow as we get ready for Week 8. The Giants, Packers and Dolphins all have receiver situations to watch this week.  The backfields in both Seattle and Baltimore are muddy as we move forward, though the Ravens are off this week.

I’m going to grab some dinner but I’ll be back around 9pm with a few more ideas.

Good luck to all this week!

Stash Options (in no particular order)

  • DeShaun Watson
  • Trey Lance
  • Michael Gallup
  • Michael Thomas
  • Marlon Mack
  • Jeff Wilson

Injuries

  • Davante Adams (Covid, very questionable for Thursday.)
  • Zach Wilson (knee, multiple weeks)
  • Miles Sanders (ankle, week to week)
  • Josh Jacobs (chest, tbd, on bye.)
  • Malcolm Brown (quad, IR)
  • Darren Waller (ankle, week-to-week)
  • Jonnu Smith (shoulder, tbd)

 

Week 8 Byes: BAL, LV

 

QUARTERBACKS

Deshaun Watson (stash)

  • Trevor Lawrence
  • Daniel Jones 
  • Carson Wentz
  • Jameis Winston
  • Tua Tagovailoa
  • Trey Lance
  • Mac Jones
  • Cae Keenum (depending on Mayfield)
  • Tyrod Taylor 
  • Joe Flacco & Mike White (Jets waffling on Week 8)
  • Cooper Rush (Just in case Dak sits)

Regarding Watson, if it’s true that he will be able to play right away, and he gets a favorable landing spot, he’s a potentially elite option down the stretch. While it boggles my mind how any NFL Team would assume Watson’s baggage, he’s obviously a huge talent. If he could be a difference-maker in your format, he could worth adding above all others.

RUNNING BACKS

  • Kenneth Gainwell 
  • Kenyan Drake 
  • Boston Scott
  • Latavius Murray (stash, bye)
  • Brandon Bolden (Seems to have a role now)
  • Samaje Perine
  • Rashad Penny 
  • JaMycal Hasty
  • Salvon Ahmed (Malcolm Brown on IR)
  • David Johnson 
  • Devonta Freeman
  • Marlon Mack (stash)
  • Jaret Patterson

Going Deep

  • Jeff Wilson (late November)
  • Jordan Howard (promoted by Eagles)
  • Duke Johnson (signed by Miami to PS)

Drake’s off this week but he seems to be getting a better shake with Gruden gone and Josh Jacobs’ injury is another potential plus for The Drake.

Gainwell and Scott should both have bigger roles for a week or so while sanders is out.

Brandon Bolden looks good in his new role and I can’t fathom why they would go away from him as a role player because he blocks better than the rest and has always been underrated as a back.

Rashad Penny looked pretty spry to my yes and he could end up being a thing when Russ Wilson returns. 

WIDE RECEIVER

  • Michael Thomas (stash)
  • Kadarius Toney (stash)
  • Rashod Bateman 
  • Michael Gallup (stash)
  • Russell Gage 
  • Darius Slayton
  • Elijah Moore
  • Dolphins Receivers 

Deeper Leagues

  • Khalif Raymond
  • Van Jefferson
  • Kendrick Bourne
  • Nico Collins
  • KJ Osborn
  • Giants Receivers
  • Packers Receivers (whoever they end up being)
  • Keke Coutee (added by Colts)

I’d be picking Toney if he was dropped. I have been really impressed with him. Thomas should be a big deal when he returns in Week 9 or thereabouts.  I thought Bateman looked good in both games considering he’s a rookie coming off fo injury. Now he could start dropping some bigger stats days, but he’s on his bye this week. Gage is back and has looked good and very much in the role he needs to be in for weekly production. He’s the third option behind two guys who both draw doubles.

TIGHT ENDS

  • Pat Freiermuth
  • Ricky Seals-Jones
  • Evan Engram 
  • Mo Alie-Cox 
  • C.J. Uzomah
  • Dan Arnold 
  • Cole Kmet 
  • Foster Moreau 

Nothing too sext here but most of these guys are decent options right now. Moreau is a really good player and he will continue to produce if Waller remains out. He’s a great add for Waller teams so they are well covered.