NFL Week 7 – Waiver Wire Essentials Report

Ben Watson

Owners looking for tight end help have to make a play for Ben Watson this week

Benjamin Watson (Ownership: 4.2%)  

The Saints’ tight end finally broke on to the scene last Sunday with a 10-120-1 stat line. Now don’t get ahead of yourself, Watson is no Jimmy Graham. However, Watson now caught a touchdown in two consecutive weeks and Drew Brees is finally looking healthier and up to speed. If the Saints’ offense could ever get on a roll, Watson could see a big uptick in fantasy points. With the Colts on their way to the superdome in a week 7 matchup, Watson will be a sneaky flier option for those tight ends on bye (i.e Tyler Eifert, Martellus Bennett.)

Marvin Jones (Ownership: 29.0%)

I wrote about Marvin Jones in week 3, to which he posted an absolute dud in week 4. Since then, Jones put up 21 fantasy points in two weeks which is respectable considering he was going against the Seahawks and Bills defense respectively. Jones is a legitimate WR 2 in a red-hot offense. Currently, there are no threats to unseat Jones at his position and he should thrive while defenders target A.J. Green. Perhaps the only downside is all the mouths to feed in this offense. With Gio Bernard, Jeremy Hill, Tyler Eifert, and the aforementioned A.J. Green, that’s a lot of targets Dalton needs to spread around to keep people happy. Regardless, if you’re looking for a receiver with some definitive upside, Marvin Jones is your guy.

Theo Riddick (Ownership: 26%)

Slowly but surely, Riddick is carving his role into this Lions offense. He had three catches on Sunday bringing his season total to 33, which leads the league. Riddick also got involved in the ground game carrying the ball seven times for 28 yards. All seven of Riddick’s carries came after Abdullah’s fumble. If the rookie continues to have ball security problems, Riddick would receive added touches. Keep in mind, Bell was able to practice all last week but was scratched before the game making him questionable heading into week 7.

Jay Cutler (Ownership: 23.9%)

Say all you want about Jay Cutler but the man has now put up three consecutive weeks with 19 or more fantasy points. After taking this week off, the Bears should get some much-needed rest to their ailing receiving corps. With some healthy weapons on the outside, Cutler can thrive, as the Bears will most likely have to throw their way out of most games. You may not look at Cutler as your top choice for a weekly starter, but he sure is better than some other choice…looking at you Peyton Manning.

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