Waiver Worthy: Week 7 (2018): Several Running Backs To Target & More

by Will Overton

We’ve got a bit of everything to cover in the waiver wire report. There were breakout performers from Week 7, injury news to breakdown and fallout from trades that have taken place. The wire is quite possibly going to be buzzing this week and you want to know who to grab and who to leave, so let’s get to work breaking it down:

 

Raheem Mostert, RB – San Francisco 49ers
The return of Matt Breida was supposed to spell the end of Mostert, but that was short lived as Breida hit the sidelines shortly into Sunday’s game and Mostert had another solid performance (he ran the ball seven times for 59 yards while catching four passes for 19 yards). In the last two games he has 19 carries for 146 yards. The Niners seem to be wise to the fact that Alfred Morris just isn’t very good so if Breida misses another game I think Mostert could see a nice chunk of the snaps against a bad run defense in Arizona.
Verdict: A solid stream this week if Matt Breida is out

 

Jalen Richard, RB – Oakland Raiders
I’ve mentioned Jalen Richard before and recommended him as a pickup in PPR leagues, but his stock is rising even further after we learned that Marshawn Lynch would be sidelined for several weeks now. Richard has primarily been a pass catching back only this season so some are looking to Doug Martin as the fill in, but I’d much rather have Richard. For starters I think he’s the more explosive and talented player. I also think that just because he hasn’t run the ball much this season doesn’t mean he won’t now that Lynch is out.

The Raiders also traded away Amari Cooper yesterday and so there are more receiving targets to go around as well making Richard the top add if he’s available.
Verdict: Richard is the Raiders running back to add

 

Kenjon Barner, RB – New England Patriots
The Patriots keep taking hits in the backfield and this past week it was Sony Michel who went down with Barner coming out of nowhere to play a role in the offense. Barner carried the ball 10 times on Sunday for 36 yards. Despite the system he’s in I still don’t think you should use much of your FAAB to add him. It sounds like Michel isn’t as seriously injured as it looked. If he does end up missing more time than expected I could see the Patriots signing someone, and if they don’t sign anyone Barner still just isn’t that good and will be behind James White in the pecking order.
Verdict: I don’t see the value

 

 

Trenton Cannon, RB – New York Jets
Injuries are riddling the Jets backfield and potentially opening a door for Cannon. Isaiah Crowell is playing, but he’s banged up, and Bilal Powell left Sunday’s game with a neck injury and will probably be touch and go all week. Cannon came in on Sunday and played a real role as a pass catching back, hauling in four catches for 69 yards. If Powell is out Cannon could be interesting with the Jets potentially playing from behind against the Bears.
Verdict: If Powell sits Cannon is a deep league PPR option and may be worth a dynasty league flier

 

Tajae Sharpe, WR – Tennessee Titans
The number two receiving option in Tennessee keeps on changing, and it now appears that Sharpe may be the next man up in the role after Taywan Taylor was filling the job for a while. Sharpe was the leading receiver against the Chargers with seven catches on nine targets for 101 yards. It’s really hard for me to get behind anyone at WR for the Titans outside of Corey Davis. Did the Chargers just shut down Taylor in the slot? Can we really expect more than one guy to get consistent production in this offense? These kinds of questions make me think twice about adding Sharpe.
Verdict: Not enough here to trust week to week

 

Martavis Bryant, WR – Oakland Raiders
We mentioned the trade of Amari Cooper earlier in this article and it comes back up here. Someone is set to step up in Cooper’s absence and I’m going in on the guy with the big play potential. The Raiders throw a lot, partly based on game plan and partly based on game flow. As we also mention Marshawn Lynch is out for a while which likely means even more passing. Bryant may not be the most consistent guy, but he has such big play potential that he’s worth a flier in most leagues.
Verdict: A flier that could pay big dividends

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 8 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
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11 comments

  1. reggie says:

    Hi professor

    your opinion on Tre’Quan Smith please?

    and where would you rank him compared to those you mention above (Sharpe & Bryant)?

    big thanks!

  2. Patriots says:

    Hello Professor,
    1/2 point ppr. 12 team. Looking for waiver wire help. My rbs are zeke/rod smith, Conner, clement, duke, and Hines.
    Dion Lewis, jalon Richard, are on the wire and I am thinking about getting both. Who would you drop? I am good at wr so my 4th receiver is Corey Davis who I could drop also .
    Thank You

  3. d says:

    hey professor, who would you drop for jalen richard in a 1/2ppr league duke johnson or keke coutee

  4. Jim Barton says:

    i need to pick up a qb this week. Do I drop Corey Clement or Peyton Barber?

  5. Ryan says:

    I have Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson. My roster is:

    Goff
    Gurley
    Latavius Murray
    Keenan Allen
    Nelson Agholor
    Jordan Reed
    Alvin Kamara
    Jets DEF
    Fairbairn

    Bench: Derrick Henry, Baker, Lamar, Christian Kirk, Jamison Crowder, and Kelvin Bejamin

    IR: Jay Ajayi

    For my IR, should I have Jay Ajayi there or Chris Warren III?
    I just added Ajayi but have some regret cause I really like Chris Warren III.

    And, should I trade:
    Goff and Murray
    for
    Flacco and Clement
    ?

    In 2-3 weeks Clement could be the Eagles workhorse, where as in 2-3 weeks Murray will be on the bench with Cook healthy.

    I’m 4-3 and set to make the playoffs. I think Clement is better for my playoff run, and baker has an excellent remaining schedule (flacco and jackson just give me the bench depth I’d need).

    Please, help me RotoProfessor. Thanks

    • For me I’d rather stash Ajayi

      As for the trade, I’m not sure I’d be eager to count on Mayfield as my QB and would think Goff should net you a more dependable RB f you did want to depend on him

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