2016 Fantasy Football, Week 7 Waiver Wire: Jay Ajayi Is Top Priority
Week six of the National Football League is officially in the books. And with that, fantasy football fans are still looking towards the waiver wire to see if their team can be improved in any way. Some fantasy footballers will continue to react — or, overreact — to their players performances unjustly during this period with panic beginning to set in.
Plenty of buzz and player recommendations will surface in preparation of your league’s waiver period causing owners to make rash decisions and drop players they spent months researching, so let’s make sure to do a full complement of research before making your moves.
Before we get to this week’s potential waiver wire pickups, it’s important to note that I WOULD spend my first waiver priority on a player from the list below. Also, players listed below are in no particular order
Teams on a bye in week four: Dallas, Carolina
Recently Graduated: Cameron Meredith made appearances in this column for a few consecutive weeks but is still only owned in 53% of Y! Leagues at the time of this writing — insert Rodney Dangerfield “no respect” GIF here. He’s only found paydirt once in the past four weeks, but the man’s targets over that time are: 3, 5, 12 and 15 — a nice spike from week-to-week. Over that same time he hauled in 2, 4, 9 and 11 passes respectively while going over the 100-yard receiving mark in each of the past two weeks. Brian Hoyer doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, so take advantage of the chemistry if you can, while you can.
Jay Ajayi | Dolphins
When team’s like the Dolphins appear to have multiple capable running backs in their stable it’s always difficult to determine which back will get the lion’s share of carries from week-to-week. Arian Foster has the track record but has been banged up for some time — he was active for Miami in week five but only carried the rock three times for three total yards. Damien Williams rushed six times for 12 yards, but week five was all about Jay Ajayi. Ajayi earned 25 carries for 205 yards and found the end zone twice in a big victory over Pittsburgh, despite the Steelers being generally welcoming to opposing ball carriers — they’ve allowed the fifth most fantasy points to running backs through six weeks. Depending on your running back situation, I can see spending upwards of 35% of your FAAB budget on the back in Miami that very well could see the bulk of the work going forward, even though there’s a little uncertainty given Adam Gase is at the helm.
Donte Moncrief won’t be back in time for week seven, but now is the time to plan for the stretch run if your team can handle the Colts’ receiver hogging up a roster spot. He’s still owned in 60% of Y! Leagues right now indicating not all owners had to bail, but if by chance he’s available in your league, grab him. There’s no exact time table for his return and the Colts are on a bye in week 10 so consider that when making the add.
In the first six weeks of ‘16, Kenny Britt has seen 40 targets, 30 of which he’s hauled in for 452 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He’s been the Rams best pass catcher, averaging an 11.4 yard average depth of target (PFF$) and 16.4 yards per reception despite earning just the third-most red zone targets on the team behind Todd Gurley and Tavon Austin. The Rams next three opponents — the Giants, Jets and Panthers — are all among the top 11 friendliest teams to opposing wide receivers.
Ty Montgomery played a unique role for the Packers in week six with Eddie Lacy and James Starks suffering from lingering injuries. Playing his usual role, Montgomery hauled in each of his ten targets for 98 yards against the Cowboys, but also lined up in the backfield and carried the rock three times for six yards. There are some ball security concerns, but volume is key for fake footballers as long as the Packers’ brass continues to trust the former Stanford Cardinal standout. The Packers’ next three consist of Chicago, Atlanta and Indianapolis — all of which are a bit stingy to opposing ball hawks, but with Jordy Nelson hogging defenders Montgomery should still make an impact.
Kendall Wright hauled in 8-of-9 targets for 133 yards and a touchdown in week six, his best performance of the season to date. Wright’s 13 targets over the past three weeks only trail Delanie Walker’s 18 among Titans’ pass catchers, so “things” may be heating up between he and Marcus Mariota.
Consider in leagues: 12+ teams
Waiver Priority Worthy: 4 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 5-20%
Players I’d drop for him: Eric Decker, Eddie Royal, Kevin White
Knile Davis | Packers
With Eddie Lacy and James Starks banged up, the Packers brought in Kniles Davis via trade with the Kansas City Chiefs to lend a hand in the running game. Although Davis hasn’t made an impact this season and likely won’t be ready for Thursday’s contest, we know that Davis is a capable back for the depth of Green Bay’s stable. Depending on the state of your running back corps and the impact the upcoming bye weeks will have on your squad, I’m not sure I’d be spending a ton of FAAB on Davis via waivers.
Consider in leagues: 12+ teams
Waiver Priority Worthy: 6 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 5-25%
Players I’d drop for him: Charles Sims, James Starks, Alfred Morris