Welcome to Wavier Wire Tuesday, week seven edition.

The 2018 season is nearing the midway point and there are still many questions that you need answers to when it comes to your lineup. This week we continue with the dreaded bye weeks in the NFL, unfortunately, there are four teams on a bye this week: Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, and Seattle Seahawks.

These four teams on a bye week will test your fantasy teams depth, your savvy of the waiver wire and your foresight to the weeks ahead. There is plenty of talent within these four teams that you're going to have to replace in your lineup.

Now, it's time to see which players I'm targetting this week on your waiver wires, as we've talked about, the waiver wire when used correctly, can be a deadly weapon to the success of your season.

The choice is yours and yours alone. Choose wisely, my friends.

Running Backs:

Ito Smith (ATL, Owned in 14% of ESPN Leagues)

The Atlanta Falcons got some more unfortunate injury news as it pertains to their running game, Devonta Freeman will be heading to IR due to a groin injury that he will have a procedure on. The door has been open for Tevin Coleman all season but I know you're already own him but you may not own the understudy in Ito Smith. The rookie has been productive in his reserve role behind Coleman, over the last five games he's compiled 168 yards from scrimmage on 42 touches and has scored three rushing touchdowns. He could be considered a decent flex option this week with all of the players on byes and the Falcons welcoming in the dysfunctional New York Giants.

Frank Gore (MIA, Owned in 12% of ESPN Leagues)

The ageless wonder that is Frank Gore showed that he's still got some left in the tank after gaining 101 yards on a tough Chicago Bears defense and his first such game as a Dolphin. He basically split the touches with youngster Kenyan Drake, he received 15 carries to Drake's 13. Head Coach Adam Gase was quoted as saying, "Frank does a really good job of, 'We're second-and-five, third-and-two.' Or it's we're first down, second down, first down," to me this means he's going to continue to get opportunities. Now, at this stage of his career at 35, he's not a big play guy, you're hoping he'll get enough run and make enough plays to make using him worthwhile. Plus, they've got the Detriot Lions defense coming up and they haven't been great stopping the run this season.

Peyton Barber (TB, Owned in 43% of ESPN Leagues)

Holy cow, we've been waiting for this guy to have a breakout game all season! Coming into the year you heard Peyton Barber was going to be the starter for the Bucs but then Ryan Fitzpatrick took over slinging the ball all over the yard, Barber was the forgotten man. However, it's the Jameis Winston show now and that might change things as we saw last week when he had his best game of the season. He carried the ball 13 times for 82 yards and added a five-yard touchdown catch to catapult his point total last week. Maybe this is the start of something better and beautiful for the forgotten man in Barber, Tampa Bay faces a Cleveland Browns team that's solid against the pass but the middle of the road against the run.

Wide Receivers:

Cole Beasley (DAL, Owned in 8% of ESPN Leagues)

Before last week the Dallas Cowboys offense was widely considered a joke but last week they exploded for 40 points on a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that's supposed to be one of the best. Cole Beasley was an integral part of that offensive explosion, he scored two touchdowns and caught nine of 11 targets for 101 yards. After a poor offensively performance against the Houston Texans two weeks ago he voiced his displeasure and was rewarded as Dak Prescott's trusty "slot machine". He's clearly the Cowboys best receiving option at this point and his play in the slot could help avoid Josh Norman as Dallas travels to Washington to play the Redskins.

Tre'Quan Smith (NO, Owned in 3.5% of ESPN Leagues)

The lasting image you have in your mind of Tre'Quan Smith is him scoring on Drew Brees' record-breaking touchdown catch. The Saints are coming off of a bye which would have given this rookie some additional time to get comfortable with the playbook. He got the opportunity to play more with Ted Ginn Jr. out and he showed why so many people were talking about him this off-season. He's got the talent just has to get comfortable within this offense and I think he's starting to integrate himself nicely. The Saints will face a solid Baltimore Ravens defense this weekend on the road but while the Ravens secondary will be cueing in on Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram that might allow Tre'Quan to shine once again.

Tight End:

O.J. Howard (TB, Owned in 36.5% of ESPN Leagues)

Just when you thought Cameron Brate was going to be getting back into the mix in the Tampa Bay offense with O.J. Howard slowed by a knee issue, he's able to get himself back quicker than we could have anticipated. He was inserted back into the starting lineup and took advantage of a banged-up Falcons secondary with four catches for 62 yards and a score. Now, I'm saying you've got to get back on the waiver wire and grab Howard again! We know the tight end position hasn't been great and if an athletic Howard is going to get looks from Winston you've got to give him a look in your lineup.

Best of luck in week seven!

 

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