Finding success on the waiver wire is one thing. There are long-term plays and stashes for miles. But you need a guy to fill a key hole this week. After this week you don’t really care, because guys like Aaron Rodgers or A.J. Green will be cemented in your starting lineup every week, regardless. But this week, you need some help.
This week you need a bye week savior.
That’s what we do here at Breaking Football’ we scour the waiver wire and point out some stellar options that may or may not be strong adds for the rest of the year but, in our opinion, will help you out this week. We enjoyed another successful run with our week six bye week savior picks, as Jay Cutler, Blake Bortles, Marvin Jones, Kamar Aiken, Robbie Gould, Mike Nugent and the Minnesota Vikings were all good to great plays.
Antonio Andrews, Charcandrick West, Crockett Gillmore, the Redskins defense and Derek Carrier were awful or meh, but overall our bye week advice should have helped you fill some holes. Let’s see who you can count on in week seven:
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets (Available in 84% of Yahoo fantasy football leagues)
Need a lock at fantasy quarterback for this week? If you own Tom Brady or Andy Dalton, I’m guessing so. Fitzmagic should be able to do the trick. Not only is he coming off a huge 3-TD outing, but he’s also been super stable all year long. With Brandon Marshall, Chris Ivory and Eric Decker around him, Fitzpatrick has the best weapons arguably ever in his career. That, and the Patriots are just 26th in the league in points allowed to the quarterback position. Bad for the Pats, but good for you.
Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions (75)
Christine Michael (44% owned) could also do the trick, but I almost prefer Riddick, who we know for sure is getting the ball one way or another. He just started getting carries last week due to Zach Zenner’s injury (he’s now out for the year) and with Ameer Abdullah fumbling and Joique Bell banged up, his role should be as concrete as ever. Ideally you only need him as a Flex, but he could potentially get the job done as a RB2. He’s best fit for a role in PPR formats, otherwise try to get Michael to help out in week seven.
Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens (71%)
I’m all for guys like Stefon Diggs and Jamison Crowder. Heck, they’re available in more leagues than Aiken! However, they haven’t been quite as consistent throughout the year, as Aiken has two scores in the past three week and has now gone over 77 yards three times. With Arizona all over Steve Smith and likely shutting down Justin Forsett, I like Aiken to be pretty involved this week. Diggs and Crowder are also fine options who I’m totally fine with this week.
Ben Watson, TE, New Orleans Saints (80%)
The hell? Watson was a total spare for most of the year and then last week he went completely nuts, catching 10 of 12 targets for 127 yards and a touchdown. That’s a big bowl of whatever and it’s not at all sustainable, but it’s obvious Drew Brees wants to utilize the tight end position better. Indy does a solid job against tight ends, but most of the options I’d say are better (Eric Ebron, Austin Seferian-Jenkins) are either hurt or simply aren’t reliable. Try Watson this week and cross your fingers last week wasn’t a complete fluke.
Josh Lambo, K, San Diego Chargers (78%)
San Diego has a strong offense and Lambo is a very solid kicker. He’s also been producing at a consistent rate, as he has put up at least 8 fantasy points in each of the last three games and has just one game below 7 fantasy points on the year. He’s a solid option to pick up and keep as your weekly starter for the rest of the season, plus this week he’s got a favorable matchup with the Raiders.
Washington Redskins Team Defense (83%)
The Redskins have been gashed on the ground the past two weeks, so I am mildly concerned that Doug Martin goes nuts on them. That being said, their defense is pretty tough on paper and Jameis Winston is, by definition, a walking turnover machine. If the Redskins fail across the board here, I’d be shocked. If you can’t bring yourself to trust them – and I’d get that – you can see if the Atlanta Falcons are available. They get the Titans, who will probably be forcing Zach Mettenberger out there this week.