Another fantasy football week is in the books, and I hope this article finds your team relatively unscathed by the numerous injuries to big name players and the ever present Covid-19.
For the rest of us, time is running out to get our team set up for a playoff run. Add to that the fact that bye weeks have started, making it even tougher to field a fantasy football roster capable of competing from week to week.
And by this point in the season the waiver wire has been scraped over with a fine-tooth comb, leaving crumbs and leftovers for you to choose from.
That being said, if you get the right player at the right time (now) then it might save your season and propel you to fantasy football glory!
Here is the top waiver wire pick-ups for week 7! (Rostered percentage in parenthesis %)
Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers (59%)
The Chargers had a bye last week, so hopefully you jumped on the chance to add Herbert last week when nobody else was looking at him.
He has had over 20 fantasy points in 3 of the 4 games he has started, and doesn’t face too many tough defenses the remainder of the year. If you have been streaming quarterbacks all year you may want to add Herbert who can be put in just about any week.
Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles (59%)
Yes, the Eagles are not playing well, and yes, everybody is hurt. But Carson Wentz, even though he has thrown for multiple interceptions in every game except for 2 this year, has put up good numbers the last 4 games, with his lowest fantasy output 19.42 points in traditional scoring.
Add that to the fact that they are facing the New York Giants on Thursday night, and Wentz should be able to have another solid fantasy week even if his team struggles to get wins this year.
Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers (45%)
Bridgewater had a couple of nice games before running into the Chicago Bears defense this past week. There’s no shame in having a bad game against them, even Tom Brady did the week before.
The Panthers face the New Orleans Saints next, and then the Falcons after that, so if you stream quarterbacks from week to week, Teddy Bridgewater is a good option for the next two weeks.
BONUS*** Tua Tagovailoa – Miami Dolphins (6%)
The Dolphins are on a bye week this week, but Tua Tagovailoa has been named the starter for the team in week 8. It remains to be seen how he will react to the professional level, but Ryan Fitzpatrick has put up good numbers running this offense.
Jerick McKinnon – San Francisco 49ers (67%)
Here we go again, Raheem Mostert is out with an injury, so McKinnon can step in and tease us with a good game or two before Mostert comes back to take it all away.
If you are in a pinch for this week, grab McKinnon, but do not have the delusion that he is a long term solution at running back for your fantasy team.
Boston Scott – Philadelphia Eagles (16%)
Miles Sanders is out for at least week 7, so Scott will jump in as the lead back against the New York Giants on Thursday night.
Beware, however, that there will be Corey Clement getting carries as well, possibly tempering Boston Scott’s fantasy numbers this week.
J.D. McKissic – Washington Football Team (14%)
McKissic has slowly taken over the lead back position for the Washington Football Team, getting one fewer carry than Antonio Gibson but had one more catch.
McKissic will not be a RB1 anytime soon, but he could be plugged in as a RB2 or flex play as he continues to get more usage.
Travis Fulgham – Philadelphia Eagles (46%)
As I mentioned earlier, the Eagles have been decimated with injuries this season, especially at the skill positions. This week Miles Sanders and Zach Ertz both went down, Sanders possibly only for one week and Ertz for about a month.
I picked up Fulgham last week, and he helped me get a win. Targeted 10 times, catching 6 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.
That gives him 23 targets in the last two week, and since he is one of the few healthy receivers on the team there’s no reason to see that dropping anytime soon.
DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles (23%)
One Philadelphia receiver that is set to come back from injury this week is DeSean Jackson. After leaving the game in Week 3, Jackson has been out since then, and will provide a much-needed deep threat for Carson Wentz.
They face the Giants this week, and will probably be a boom/bust option, so if you have to choose between the two Eagles receivers on waivers go with Fulgham, he will get more targets.
Adam Humphries – Tennessee Titans (9%)
Humphries caught 6 passes from 6 targets in his first game since week 3 due to being placed on the Covid list, scoring a touchdown and getting 64 yards receiving.
Even if Corey Davis comes back, Humphries will still have targets with Jonnu Smith going out with an ankle injury. If Davis does not come back Humphries value goes up even more.
Logan Thomas – Washington Football Team (14%)
Thomas is the epitome of a touchdown dependent tight end, scoring over 10 fantasy points only twice, last week and week 1 when he scored a touchdown.
That being said, the Washington Football Team faces the Dallas Cowboys, who are flirting with have one of the worst defenses in the history of the NFL this year.
If you had Zach Ertz or Jonnu Smith, Thomas will be a good streaming option for you this week.
Jimmy Graham – Chicago Bears (58%)
Graham is another tight end that seems to be touchdown dependent, but he does get a good amount of targets on a weekly basis.
In fact, he has seen at least 5 targets in every game except one this year, and every game since Nick Foles has taken over as starting quarterback.
Keep an eye on rookie tight end Cole Kmet, who caught his first touchdown as a pro last week, but for now Jimmy Graham is the big target from the tight end position in Chicago.
Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (62%)
Gronk scored his first touchdown with the Buccaneers on Sunday, and without fellow tight end OJ Howard it looks like he might start getting the opportunities he did in New England.
He caught 5 of 8 targets for 78 yards and the touchdown, with the Las Vegas Raiders up next.
Philadelphia Eagles (32%)
Unless you have one of the few defenses that you can start every week, you are looking at match ups when choosing a defense to play each week.
So the Eagles facing the New York Giants is a good reason to play them this week, since the Giants do not score many points and have a quarterback in Daniel Jones who is turnover prone.
Los Angeles Chargers (28%)
Another team that hasn’t put up a lot of defensive fantasy points is the Chargers, but the face the Jacksonville Jaguars, who also have a young quarterback.
The Jaguars will not put up a lot of points and have a young quarterback as well, who will take sacks and make bad decisions with the ball even if he does make plays from time to time.
Buffalo Bills (69%)
A lot of people are jumping off of the Bills bandwagon, at least in the case of fantasy football. But even though they have had two bad games in a row, they faced two of the best offenses in the league in Tennessee and Kansas City.
This week they play the New York Jets, who may be the worst team in the entire NFL. They were shut out by the Miami Dolphins (yes, the Dolphins) 24-0 last week, and the Bills are coming off of 2 straight losses so will undoubtedly be pressed to get a win this week to stay ahead in the AFC East.
The waiver wire is always important, but for some reason it seems even more important this year because of the Covid situation. How is your fantasy team looking so far this year? Are you able to stay above the injuries and surprise bye weeks?
Tell us how your team is doing in the comments below!