Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 7 (Fantasy Football)

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It seems hard to believe that we are nearly halfway through the regular fantasy season. We have some injuries and shakeups around the NFL as we head into Week 7, including a fresh set of teams on a bye. The Bills, Rams, Vikings, and Eagles all have the week off which means managers will need some major help to fill in for very large fantasy shoes.

Wide Receivers

Team Player Roster % Matchups
NYG Wan’Dale Robinson 20% @JAX / @SEA / BYE
IND Alec Pierce 54% @TEN / WAS / @NE
ARI Rondale Moore 61% NO / @MIN / SEA
DET Jameson Williams 47% @DAL / MIA / GB
GB Christian Watson 21% @WAS / @BUF / @DET
ARI Robbie Anderson 18% NO / @MIN / SEA
NE Tyquan Thornton 4% CHI / @NYJ / IND
SF Brandon Aiyuk 80% KC / @LAR / BYE
KC Mecole Hardman 29% @SF / BYE / TEN
KC JuJu Smith-Schuster 88% @SF / BYE / TEN
PIT Chase Claypool 56% @MIA / @PHI / BYE

Wan’Dale Robinson is finally back on the field after missing several weeks due to injury. Daniel Jones targeted Robinson four times, which he turned into three receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 9.2 yards per target and 12.3 yards per reception. That puts him more in the downfield category to stretch plays for the Giants. He is only 20% rostered and should keep seeing work with Kadarius Toney dealing with injuries and Sterling Shepard out for the season.

Alec Pierce came through for Matt Ryan and the Colts in their victory over Jacksonville in Week 6. He was only able to snag three of his seven targets but turned those into 49 yards and a touchdown. That production even came with Michael Pittman finally having a nice game with 13 receptions for 134 yards. Pierce is available in roughly 46% of leagues and is a must-add if he is available.

If you have room to stash Lions’ rookie Jameson Williams, now is the time to do it. Once he starts getting in reps and sees playing time, the chance to grab him will dwindle significantly.

Running Backs

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Team Player Roster % Matchups
BAL Kenyan Drake 8% CLE / @TB / @NO
ARI Eno Benjamin 78% NO / @MIN / SEA
IND Deon Jackson 51% @TEN / WAS / @NE
DEN Mike Boone 47% NYJ / @JAX / BYE
IND Phillip Lindsay 19% @TEN / WAS / @NE
LAR Malcolm Brown 3% BYE / SF / @TB
TB Rachaad White 48% @CAR / BAL / LAR
LAC Joshua Kelley 19% SEA / BYE / @ATL
DEN Latavius Murray 18% NYJ / @JAX / BYE
PIT Jaylen Warren 20% @MIA / @PHI / BYE

Could it be true? Is Kenyan Drake back? As much as it scares me, Drake has been getting involved in the Ravens’ offense and had his best week yet against the Giants. He rushed 10 times for 119 yards and one touchdown while J.K. Dobbins was mostly held in check. He may be a necessary addition to help fill in for all of the players that are questionable or on a bye. At only 8% rostered, he should be widely available on the waiver wire.

It’s unclear exactly what happened to Melvin Gordon during Monday Night Football, but he sat on the sideline for the majority of the game. Even Mike Boone was noticeably absent with only one carry after posting 85 total yards in Week 5. Latavius Murray, however, had a field day against the Chargers posting 15 rushing attempts for 66 yards. If Gordon continues to be grounded and Boone cannot get going, Murray could continue on this trajectory. However, it’s important to remember how the Broncos use their backs. It’s more likely we will see a committee between (possibly) all three backs. Although, who knows with new head coach Nathaniel Hackett? Still, Murray is widely available at only 18% rostered in Sleeper leagues.

Tight Ends

Team Player Roster % Matchups
GB Robert Tonyan 48% @WAS / @BUF / @DET
BUF Dawson Knox 68% BYE / GB / @NYJ
TB Cade Otton 10% @CAR / BAL / LAR
NYG Daniel Bellinger 7% @JAX / @SEA / BYE
MIA Mike Gesicki 42% PIT / @DET / @CHI
NE Hunter Henry 36% CHI / @NYJ / IND
JAX Evan Engram 37% NYG / DEN / LV

How Robert Tonyan (or, rather, Bob Tonyan) is available in over 50% of leagues is beyond me. The Packers’ offense is anything but sexy or explosive so far this season, but we’re still talking about a two-time MVP in Aaron Rodgers slinging the football. If you need help this week, Tonyan is a good option albeit in a bad matchup.

Mike Gesicki had his best outing in Week 6 with six receptions on seven targets for 69 yards and two touchdowns. That kind of production isn’t repeatable, but it’s enough to turn heads for a spot start against the Steelers. The quarterback situation is still up the in air, but he is worth a start if he is available and you’re desperate.

Giants’ tight end, Daniel Bellinger, found the end zone again in Week 6 against the Ravens. He is touchdown-dependent, but Jones has been looking his way when he needs help and can’t find a running lane. He had a season-high in receptions with five for 38 yards and a score. It’s not a great matchup against the Jaguars, but with Tyler Higbee, Dawson Knox, Irv Smith, and Dallas Goedert on a bye, he may get you through the week.

Team DEF/ST

Team Roster % Matchups
New England Patriots 39% CHI / @NYJ / IND
New York Jets 2% @DEN / NE / BUF
Dallas Cowboys 62% DET / CHI / BYE
Denver Broncos 38% NYJ / @JAX / BYE
Los Angeles Chargers 55% SEA / BYE / @ATL
Miami Dolphins 10% PIT / @DET / @CHI

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Team Player Matchups
SF Jimmy Garoppolo KC / @LAR / BYE
LV Derek Carr HOU / @NO / @JAX
HOU Davis Mills @LV / TEN / PHI

Good luck with your waiver claims!

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