Waiver Wire Gems - Week 7 (2018)

By Joe Orlofski, October 16, 2018
Marlon Mack Indianapolis Colts

Week 6 is all but done and we are now about halfway to fantasy playoffs. At this point you may still be in the hunt and scrambling for a win, or maybe you will be 6-0 and just want to beef up your bench a bit. There were few injuries of note in Week 6, so let’s take a look at some players that have been fantasy relevant enough in recent weeks and deserve to be picked up.

Marlon Mack – RB Indianapolis Colts (26% owned)

Marlon Mack returned from injury in Week 6 and seemed to not miss a beat. Mack rushed 12 times for 89 yards and caught 1 pass for 4 yards. Mack is definitely not the pass catching back, but it seems like he might provide a spark for a running game that has been absent thus far. With RB Robert Turbin going down with a shoulder injury, Mack should be favored to lead the Colts in carries. RB Nyheim Hines should get the passing downs. Mack is a solid 3rd or 4th running back to own, so pick him up in 12-14 team leagues.

Frank Gore – RB Miami Dolphins (10% owned)

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Frank Gore is a solid fantasy option in 2018 yet again. In Week 6 against a stout Chicago defense, Gore rushed 15 times for 101 yards and caught 1 pass for 18 yards. Much to the disdain of Kenyan Drake fans, Coach Adam Gase just seems to love the 35 year old running back much more than the youngster. Gore is a consistent, rarely injured RB that should be rostered in 12 team leagues. With Drake almost fumbling the game away, Gore might see even more carries.

Chester Rogers – WR Indianapolis Colts (16% owned)

Sticking with our Colts’ theme, WR Chester Rogers saw double digit targets for the third week in a row. He caught 4 of 10 targets for 55 yards and 1 touchdown. In the two weeks prior, Rogers caught 8 passes in each game. With WR T.Y. Hilton and Ryan Grant injured, as well as TE Jack Doyle, Rogers will get plenty of targets until the receiving options for QB Andrew Luck start coming back. Till then, Rogers can be added in 12 team leagues.

Taylor Gabriel – WR Chicago Bears (22% owned)

Taylor Gabriel is a thing. I’ve had him on this list for weeks now but somehow he is only 22% owned. QB Mitch Trubisky is looking like a solid QB option, and there are plenty of touchdowns to go around. In Week 6 against a strong Miami defense, Gabriel caught all 5 of his targets for 110 yards. He now has 18 catches for 244 yards and 2 touchdowns over the last 3 games he played. The Bears have a pretty soft schedule coming up, so pick up Gabriel in 12 team leagues.

O.J. Howard – TE Tampa Bay Buccaneers (54% owned)

Another TE to go look for on the waiver wire, O.J. Howard surprised everyone by returning early from a knee injury. Howard caught all 4 of his targets for 62 yards and 1 touchdown in a shootout loss to Atlanta. Howard was constantly open for QB Jameis Winston, and did the most with what he was given, even with a bad knee. TE Cameron Brate still caught a touchdown, but was only targeted 1 time. That’s a good sign for Howard. He is more owned than the next TE we will discuss, but he’d be the first one to go look for.

C.J. Uzomah – TE Cincinnati Bengals (33% owned)

C.J. Uzomah showed why he is a good TE to nab if you are needy, catching 6 of 7 targets for 54 yards in the Bengals’ Week 6 loss to Pittsburgh. Uzomah has shown how athletic and trustworthy he can be. Uzomah is a top TE pickup for the next few weeks. He faces Kansas City and Tampa Bay before his Bye in Week 9. In Week 10 he gets New Orleans, another easy defense.

Jameis Winston – QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers (59% owned)

QB Jameis Winston may be rough around the edges and may throw a lot of interceptions, but his yardage and touchdowns are just too big to ignore. Winston threw 41 times and completed 30 for 395 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Winston also rushed 5 times for 31 yards.  Winston is a mobile QB who isn’t afraid to bomb one deep to his speedy WRs. The nice thing about Winston is that the Buccaneers’ defense is terrible, so they will often have to abandon the run in order to keep up with the opposing offense. Winston may frustrate at times, but he will put up huge fantasy numbers.

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