I compiled a top-5 list of the most surprising fantasy finishes that were successful but may not continue down that path. The list should be used as a guideline for the waiver wire.
For the following, the quarterbacks I list should not continue to fall within the top 12; running backs and wide receivers are flex options or below. For the week, all players have fallen within the top 24 (QBs are within the top 12).
Without further ado, here are my guys for Week 7.
Gardner Minshew– He finished third among quarterbacks with his highest output of the season (38.2). He is coming off a top 10 performance against Jacksonville. His only other start was Week 3 against Baltimore (15.4 points), but before that, he was just a backup to Anthony Richardson.
Worth Mentioning: Tyrod Taylor, Mac Jones
D’Onta Foreman– Foreman took the starting reigns and exploded with 89 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught three balls for 31 yards and another score. His effort was good for the top spot among running backs (33 points). He also received a nominee for FedEx Ground Player of the Week. Foreman started two weeks ago and didn’t do much against Minnesota (7.7 points).
Najee Harris– Harris finished 13th with just 53 yards rushing on 13 carries. He did score a touchdown and caught three balls for 15 yards (15.8 points). Harris has been underachieving the last two seasons and is currently the RB36. His output versus the Rams was his highest, which beat his efforts against Houston (11.3). In Harris’ four other contests, he scored 22 points total.
Worth Mentioning: Gus Edwards, Javonte Williams
Josh Downs– The rookie was impressive against the rugged Cleveland Browns defense. Downs finished as the WR4 by bringing in five catches, 125 yards, and a touchdown (23.5 points). It was his highest output of the season; however, he has three straight weeks of double-digit production. Unfortunately, Minshew is the quarterback and Michael Pittman is the primary receiver on the team.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling– Valdes-Scantling finally busted out by catching three balls for 84 yards and a touchdown. His 17.4 points was his most this season. In fact, he only scored 18.6 points up until now. Valdes-Scantling will always be a receiver who explodes a few times a year and disappears for most of the season.
Jake Bobo– Bobo made the most out of his five targets by catching four passes for 61 yards and a score. The rookie had only four catches until his Week 7 contest against Arizona. Bobo took advantage of the absence of DK Metcalf and a lackluster defense in the Cardinals.
Worth Mentioning: Josh Palmer, Rashee Rice