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Dynasty Waiver Wire: Week 7

by Ryan McDowell
Updated On: October 16, 2018, 8:16 am ET

In this weekly series, I will highlight players that are speculative adds in deeper dynasty leagues, since the majority of players often covered in typical waiver wire columns have long been rostered.


No matter how deep your league is or how large the rosters, you should always keep a watch list of players you are considering adding, should the opportunity present itself. The group of names below will help you form that list. 


I will note that the data presented is based on all Yahoo leagues, not just those designated as keeper or dynasty. 


First, let’s look back at last week’s waiver wire suggestions that gained value, with current Yahoo ownership percentages and percentage change in parentheses.


Wendell Smallwood, PHI (60%/+53%)

Mike Davis, SEA (35%/+16%)

Kyle Juszczyk, SF (4%/+4%)

Niles Paul, JAX (4%/+4%)

Tre’Quan Smith, NO (5%/+3%)

Geoff Swaim, DAL (12%/+3%)

Sam Darnold, NYJ (9%/+2%)

Alfred Blue, HOU (16%/+2%)

Darren Sproles, PHI (6%/+2%)

Mark Walton, CIN (2%/+2%)

David Moore, SEA (2%/+2%)

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB (11%/+2%)

Curtis Samuel, CAR (1%/+1%)

Martavis Bryant, OAK (5%/+1%)

Josh Reynolds, LAR (1%/+1%)

Trent Taylor, SF (1%/+1%)


Not all recommended players gain dynasty value from week to week. Here are some players mentioned in last week’s article whose ownership percentage took a hit over the past week.


Hayden Hurst, BAL (6%/-2%)

Zach Pascal, IND (0%/-1%)



1)        Sam Darnold, NYJ (9%)

2)        Chad Kelly, DEN (0%)

3)        Derek Anderson, BUF (0%)

4)        Nathan Peterman, BUF (0%)


Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold had another big game, leading his team to a win over the Colts. Darnold threw for 280 yards and a pair of scores, his third multi-touchdown game of the season. This is your weekly reminder that Darnold should not be on dynasty waiver wires…Broncos fans were chanting the name of backup QB Chad Kelly throughout the team’s loss to the Rams on Sunday. Free-agent QB Case Keenum has struggled and the Broncos are now 2-4 on the season. It might not be long before preseason hero Kelly gets his shot…Bills rookie QB Josh Allen suffered an elbow injury that some suggest could keep him out for over a month. If so, the team will turn to either Nathan Peterman, who threw a pair of picks to seal the Bills loss in Week Six or recently signed veteran QB Derek Anderson. Either quarterback is only an option in superflex leagues…


Running Backs


1)        Chris Ivory, BUF (10%)

2)        Jalen Richard, OAK (8%)

3)        Raheem Mostert, SF (0%)

4)        Jamaal Charles, JAX (12%)


Despite the statement from Bills HC Sean McDermott that veteran RB LeSean McCoy would not be traded, rumors persist. While fantasy owners shouldn’t be anxious to use any Bills players in their lineup, consider stashing veteran backup and potential starter in case a Shady deal goes down…The bad news is Raiders RB Jalen Richard is really only a fantasy options when Oakland is trailing, forcing him into a pass-catching role out of the backfield. The good news is they will likely be losing a lot for the remainder of the season, making Richard worthy of a desperation flex play in PPR leagues. He’s averaging over six targets per game…Fantasy players have been choosing between 49ers RBs Alfred Morris and Matt Breida all season but were thrown for a curve on Monday night as Morris played only a single snap and didn’t touch the ball. Instead, it was RB Raheem Mostert who served as Breida’s backup. Considering Breida and his recent injury history, rostering his primary backup is a good choice…Desperate for backfield depth, the Jaguars signed veteran RB Jamaal Charles and he actually played more than most expected. Charles had six touches for 10 yards, playing over 35% of the snaps. 


Wide Receivers


1)        Tre’Quan Smith, NO (5%)

2)        Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB (11%)

3)        Equanimeous St. Brown, GB (0%)

4)        Josh Reynolds, LAR (1%)

5)        David Moore, SEA (2%)

6)        Chester Rogers, IND (16%)

7)        Cole Beasley, DAL (9%)

8)        Tyrell Williams, LAC (9%)

9)        Albert Wilson, MIA (10%)

10)     Terrelle Pryor, NYJ (2%)

11)     Jermaine Kearse, NYJ (1%)


After going wild in Week Five, rookie WR Tre’Quan Smith and the Saints were on bye this past week, leaving some to forget about him. If Smith is still on your waiver wire, even in a smaller league, max bid…The Packers were without WRs Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison again in Week Six and rookie WRs Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown came up huge. MVS caught three balls for 103 while St. Brown made an amazing catch on the sideline on the game-winning drive…The Rams are expected to be without WR Cooper Kupp for some time after suffering an ACL injury. As he’s missed time in the past two games, Kupp was replaced by WR Josh Reynolds. He’s the “next man up” for the Rams…Seattle WR David Moore stayed hot in Week Six with another touchdown, his third in the past two games. Moore has officially replaced WR Brandon Marshall…The Colts continue to play without star WR T.Y. Hilton and WR Chester Rogers has become one of the top options for QB Andrew Luck, averaging seven receptions for 69 yards over the past three weeks…WR Cole Beasley has emerged as the clear top target for QB Dak Prescott and now leads Dallas in receptions (26) and receiving yards (294)…Chargers WR Tyrell Williams popped in Week Six, catching three balls for 118 yards and two scores. Unfortunately, this is not production we can count on every week and these games are difficult to project. Williams is now worthy of a roster spot in dynasty leagues…It is a similar story for Miami WR Albert Wilson, who blew up with a pair of scores and 155 yards…The Jets will be without top WR Quincy Enunwa, who injured his ankle. This gives veteran WRs Terrelle Pryor and Jermaine Kearse a boost in opportunity. Both are worth a look for dynasty contenders, though they carry little long-term value…


Tight Ends


1)        Erik Swoope, IND (0%)

Obviously, this is not a good time to need a tight end and with Jimmy Graham, Jared Cook and Vance McDonald on bye next week, not to mention all the tight end carcasses that have been left along the path this fantasy season, many will need help at the position. Consider Colts TE Erik Swoope. The post-hype sleeper has posted consecutive TE2 fantasy performances playing as the backup to TE Eric Ebron, scoring in each game. The shine could be gone if TE Jack Doyle returns to the lineup but until then…


Players on Injured Reserve worth stashing for 2019 (under 20%) Hunter Henry, D’Onta Foreman, Marqise Lee, Derrius Guice, Deon Cain, Adam Shaheen, Delanie Walker, Tyler Eifert, Jerick McKinnon, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jake Butt, Rex Burkhead