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Week seven postmortem: Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups

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RB Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos (Owned in 36.3 percent of leagues)

C.J. Anderson is going to be out for the foreseeable future, and is droppable in most leagues (except for dynasty, of course). Anderson had already been splitting carries with Booker, and surprisingly, Booker had been playing better than Anderson himself. Last week, while splitting carries with Anderson, Booker had 17 carries for 83 yards and a TD, adding in a reception for 4 yards. Anderson had 16 carries for 107 yards and a TD, so the volume is certainly there. Especially in PPR, Booker poses a credible pass catching option as a three down back, which is rare in football. He may be owned already, but Booker will be a RB1 heading into an extremely friendly schedule that features the cushy Charger, Saint, and Raider defenses.

 

WR Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins (Owned in 42.1 percent of leagues)

Crowder has basically been a hit or miss, but at least he’s been more hit, both lately and throughout the season. He’s had at least 14 points for the last 2 weeks, and the targets are definitely there. He actually ranks in the top 25 in terms of overall points scored thus far, and has caught a touchdown in almost half of the games he’s played with. However, expect Crowder to get less targets with Jordan Reed back into the lineup. All in all, Crowder is one of the best FLEX plays that a team can have; he’s got a decent floor and a remarkably high ceiling.

 

RB Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings (Owned in 30.0 percent of leagues)

Running backs are a pretty scarce commodity; they are extremely hard to come by. Matt Asiata has been a pretty valuable handcuff in the Vikings running game for years now, but has always been unable to capture the starting role. Once Adrian Peterson went down with an injury, Asiata was supposed to be the next person up, but was supplanted by fellow RB Jerick McKinnon almost instantly. Asiata has still managed around 14 carries a game, often in goal-line situations and has seen his third down usage increase tremendously. His knack for catching passes has turned him into a valuable PPR asset, and in the last two games, Asiata has rushed for 55 yards in both games, and has averaged four catches a game. The good news for Asiata and Asiata owners? McKinnon has not practiced all week, and was seen in a walking boot. Even if McKinnon plays, Asiata should see even more usage. If McKinnon doesn’t start, Asiata is an instant start.

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Week seven postmortem: Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups