This week was a record-setter as Tom Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 600 touchdowns in his blowout victory over the Chicago Bears. This was the week of the blowout as there were 9 instances where a team won by 10 or more points and 6 instances where a team won by 20 or more points. The one good game of the week was an outstanding matchup between the Dolphins and Falcons that resulted in a game-winning field goal for Younghoe Koo for the Falcons.
Stud of the week: Cooper Kupp 37.6 fantasy points
Dud of the week: Patrick Mahomes 7.74 fantasy points
Notable injuries: Patrick Mahomes (concussion), Miles Sanders (ankle), Zach Wilson (knee), Josh Jacobs (chest)
Top Waiver Adds:
- Kenneth Gainwell RB PHI (26.3% owned)
This one should seem pretty obvious as Gainwell is the immediate benefactor to Miles Sanders’s ankle injury. Even if the injury is not serious enough to keep Sanders out for week 8 against the Lions, it was enough to take him out of his week 7 game. Without Sanders, Gainwell had 5 carries, 8 targets, 4 receptions, 61 total yards, and a touchdown. Even if Miles Sanders does come back, he will split more time with Kenneth Gainwell, and if he doesn’t play, then Gainwell becomes an absolute must-add in the 73.7% of leagues that he is available in.
- Kadarius Toney (43.9% owned)
Kadarius Toney is likely not available in your league, but if anyone dropped him, he should be at the top of your claim list. Toney had a fantastic game against the Cowboys (the game before the ankle injury), where he scored almost 30 fantasy points. However, his injury against the Rams caused him to be dropped in over 16% of leagues. Make the one owner in your league dumb enough to drop him, look silly as Kadarius Toney is the guy in the New York Giants offense until Kenny Golladay’s hamstring heals.
- Rashod Bateman WR BAL (19% owned)
Rashod Bateman is on bye this week, so do not add him expecting to give him a start. However, after the bye, he gets Minnesota, Miami, and Chicago which are three games where Bateman could break out. In his first two games back from core surgery (keep in mind, they are “ramping him up”) he has had a combined 7 receptions on 12 targets for 109 yards. Add Bateman before the breakout because it is imminent with a soft upcoming schedule. Ja’Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith, and Kadarius Toney have all had breakout games already, and Bateman’s shot is coming soon.
- Christian Kirk (31.2% owned)
Another player who likely isn’t on your waiver wire, but could be, is Christian Kirk, who is providing solid flex value at the moment. There should never be someone on your wire who could start on teams, which is why it amazes me that Christian Kirk is available in over 68% of leagues. Even if you can’t start him, he is certainly worth a spot on your bench as he is currently averaging a very respectable 13.7 fantasy points per game.
- Foster Moreau (5.7% owned)
In deep leagues, you try to look for value in any possible way, and Foster Moreau could be that value. The whole timing of Darren Waller’s ankle injury just seems a bit off to me and, with a bye week coming he will get a chance to rest it. The first similar instance that comes to mind is Christian McCaffrey a couple of weeks ago when it looked like he was going to play and then got put on IR. If this happens to Waller, Moreau becomes a massive value as he caught all 6 of his targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in Waller’s absence.
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