Top Waiver Wire Pickups
We come to that time of the week where managers look to improve their rosters with the top waiver wire pickups for week 7. Looking at the NFL fantasy stars over the weekend, I’d say you’re looking for some wide receivers or quarterbacks. Those managers hoping to rid themselves of the curse of Baker Mayfield look no further. There are plenty of options. Those looking for a replacement running back, good luck. As explained thoroughly in the drafting strategy’s main statement, acquiring consistently high achieving running backs on the waiver wire becomes more challenging.
Up to Date NFL Injuries
First, let’s take a look at the latest injury update from the NFL this weekend. Devante Parker suffered a groin injury. Mark Ingram went out with an ankle injury. A pair of eagles sat out the second half of the game with Zach Ertz having ankle issues and Miles Sanders with knee problems. Finally, Raheem Mostert left the second half with an ankle injury. The silver lining…no canceled games due to COVID this week! “Knock on wood.”
*All players in this article are available in over 50% of ESPN leagues.
WAIVER WIRE QUARTERBACKS
Justin Herbert | Los Angeles Chargers | Rostered 45%
This week’s top waiver wire pickups at quarterback belongs to Justin Herbert. People cooled on him due to his bye week, but now it’s time to roster the dynamic signal-caller. Since taking over week 2, Herbert ranks as QB7 according to Fantasy Pros Leaders. He needs to avoid sacks, but he more than makes up for it with his arm and ability to find the endzone.
Joe Burrow | Cincinnati Bengals | Rostered 50%
This weekend’s performance lacked touchdowns from Joe Burrow, a trend that continues to stack week to week. However, even though finding the endzone continues to be a problem, the young Bengals QB manages to add yet another game of 300 or more yards to his resume. Look for Joe Burrow to find the endzone this weekend against the Cleveland Browns who allow the 9th most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Andy Dalton | Dallas Cowboys | Rostered 24%
First, week 5 marked the first sighting of Andy Dalton calling the shots, when he abruptly subbed for Dak Prescott mid-game. With that being said, Andy Dalton starts tonight’s game knowing he’s in charge. An orchestra of talent surrounds the red rifle. I expect him to perform admirably with possible waiver wire potential.
WAIVER WIRE RUNNING BACKS
LaMichael Perine | New York Jets | Rostered 12%
Running backs for the waiver wire belong on the side of a milk carton. Where are all the running backs! I’m left with Perine and Gore for crying out loud as the top waiver wire pickups for week 7 pickup. Normally, I stay clear of running backs on bad teams, but I’m left with limited options. If rebuilding is the goal of the Jets, then LaMichael Perine should start to see more work as the season progress.
Frank Gore | New York Jets | Rostered 27%
The Jets should not start Frank Gore. However, the Jets prove they think on a different level than most. Adam Gase’s continues his employment with no ground to stand on. Some wonder if his employment relates to the growing “Tank for Trevor” movement. The longer Gase remains head coach the more games the Jets lose. Thus, increasing the odds of selecting Trevor Lawrence number one overall. Therefore, playing LaMichael Perine over Frank Gore is the wise move for a rebuilding team. However, I also believe the writing is on the wall, and Gase will lean on experience to keep him afloat until the ship inevitably sinks.
JD McKissic | Washington Football Team | Rostered 22%
Selecting JD McKissic last week resulted in a top 10 running back finish. Not too bad for a waiver wire pickup. Take the gift and don’t ask questions. The top ten finished derived from a season-high point total so I don’t expect the course to continue. However, the Washington Football Team continues to fight from behind. Their receiving core lacks talent, the same as their quarterback. They rank 30th in the Supporting Cast Efficiency metric from Player Profiler. Case and point, the team needs safety valves for the quarterback to utilize.
WAIVER WIRE WIDE RECEIVERS
Travis Fulgham | Philidelphia Eagles | Rostered 45%
I salute Travis Fulgham as he embarks on a journey beyond the waiver wire column. He added another outstanding performance to his resume. Fulgham warrants a roster spot in all league formats. Firstly, he caught 6 of 10 targets for 75 yards and a touchdown, demonstrating that last week’s high of 13 targets was no outlier. Moreover, this weekend marks the third game in which he caught a touchdown pass. If he remains under 50% roster, I’m going to lose my cool.
Tee Higgins | Cincinnati Bengals | Rostered 44%
If Tee Higgins wasn’t your waiver wire pickup last week, he certainly is this week. Though chances of you successfully claiming him off waivers is slim, since only the bottom teams will reach the standout receiver. Breaking out with six receptions for 125 yards, the young go-to target is now only lacking touchdowns. Expect Burrow and Higgins to connect in the endzone to end the dry spell.
Tim Patrick | Denver Broncos | Rostered 18%
The impromptu bye week worked well for Tim Patrick who came out strong. He started in 91% of the snaps against the Patriots – a season-high. The Broncos made it a point to focus on him. Not only are Patrick’s snaps increasing, but he’s also garnering an 18% target share. For this reason, I recommend him as your waiver wire pickup for week 7.
Keelan Cole | Jacksonville Jaguars | Rostered 14%
Keelan Cole continues to play his role as a thorn in DJ Chark’s side. He also continues to be a solid flex option, especially during bye weeks. This weekend marked a season-high in fantasy points for the Jaguars receiver. He caught 6 of 9 targets for 143 yards. As a result, you could do worse than Keelan Cole this week.
Laviska Shenault | Jacksonville Jaguars | Rostered 45%
In light of Kelan Cole’s successful weekend, I’d say don’t worry about Laviska Shenault. He continues his performance all over the field and possesses the skill to break off big plays. In addition, he continues to see a steady flow of targets. It’s unfortunate that none of the targets this week resulted in any big fantasy points.
WAIVER WIRE: TIGHT ENDS
Trey Burton | Indianapolis Colts | Rostered 5%
The dust has settled in Indianapolis as Trey Burton emerges. In the last two weeks combine, Burton earned nine receptions on 11 targets. They like him in Indianapolis a lot and the evidence is showing. Those managers looking to get a head for week 8 should look to Trey Burton.
Dalton Shultz | Dallas Cowboys | Rostered 42%
Apply what was said about Andy Dalton to Dalton Shultz. The mystery surrounding the Dallas offense is still murky, but answers will come tonight. Dalton Shultz still proved early this season that he is worth a waiver wire pickup week 7.
Darren Fells | Houston Texans | Rostered 3%
The firing of Bill O’Brien did wonders for the Texans organization and Deshaun Watson. Makes you wonder what would happen to Sam Darnold if the Jets rid themselves of Adam Gase’s influence. Nevertheless, the passing game lacks that WR1 presence that DeAndre Hopkins provided, which means Watson moved the ball around the field to many players. Darren Fells is a beneficiary of this effect. A touchdown in each of the last two weeks, and adding 6 of 8 targets for 85 yards, Darren Fells should be a waiver wire addition for anyone streaming tight end this weekend.
LAST THOUGHTS ON THE WAIVER WIRE WEEK 7
We are nearing the halfway point. Many fantasy managers are feeling down and out. Maybe you are in the bottom half. Maybe a string of bad injuries has derailed you. Don’t give up. Win your championship through waiver wire pickups. Good luck.
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