Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 7 Priority Adds Brutal Quartet Of Byes

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 7 Priority Adds Brutal Quartet Of Byes

We’re entering one of the most painful bye weeks of the season on fantasy endings, with the Bills, Rams, Vikings and Eagles all out of the mix. In all likelihood, no one in your league will feel particularly good with their starting receivers in Week 7. Six of the top 20 fantasy WRs of the season so far will be resting. We’re also looking at some of the ugliest waiver son names in recent memory to be completely honest, so it’s not been an easy week. Below is a collection of approved mics, all of which are available in at least 50% of Yahoo leagues.

Wide receivers on the wire

GUYS. Let’s go. What are we waiting for?

We continue to write about Pierce here, but oddly he remains eligible for this feature, sitting there untethered in over 60% of Yahoo leagues. The rookie has delivered 271 receiving yards in his last four games, catching 18 balls on 27 targets. It’s abundantly clear that he’s earned Matt Ryan’s trust. Pierce is a dangerous threat on the field with his size (6-foot-3), speed (4.41) and jumping ability (over 40 inches vertical), and the Colts are definitely using him. He scored his first touchdown in the NFL on Sunday, a game-winning deep shot:

It’s high time to add this man. He deserves at least a spot on the bench in any 12-team league. Please let’s not resume this discussion next week.

Recommended waiver offer, assuming a budget of $100: $14

Robinson may have only played 15 snaps on Sunday, but they were certainly productive. The rookie caught three balls for 37 yards on four targets, with a short touchdown reception included:

Robinson was an absolute terror in Kentucky last year, catching 104 passes while gaining 1,445 scrimmage yards. He’s quick and incredibly competitive, a dynamic weapon for creative trainers like Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka. We shouldn’t need to convince you that the targets and hits are there to counter the Giants’ attack; it won’t be long before Robinson sees a significant increase in usage. New York’s upcoming schedule is very friendly, starting with matchups against the Jaguars and Seahawks before their Week 9 bye.

Offer: $11

Reynolds ranks among the NFL leaders in red zone targets (8) as well as opportunities inside the 10-yard line (6), so he sees high-value chances in offense from Detroit. He’s caught 19 balls on 28 targets in his last three games. Reynolds has contested catching ability, scale and the utter confidence of his veteran quarterback. We’re past Detroit’s bye week, so that’s one less worry attached to Reynolds and various other Lions. He is a fantastic option worthy of WR3 until further notice.

Offer: $7

Anderson was literally kicked off the sideline by his own team’s coaching staff in Week 6, so his fantasy value wasn’t exactly on the rise. Carolina is an absolute fantasy wasteland at the moment; Anderson had no chance of relevance in our game while he remained on the Panthers roster.

On Monday afternoon, Anderson was sent back to Arizona for a pair of late round picks (future sixth and seventh rounders), so it’s now at least possible to imagine the wide veteran making some noise in the second half. Marquise Brown suffered a serious foot injury on Sunday, which created a need for Anderson’s services. It seems unlikely the newcomer could possibly help out in Week 7 as the Cards take on the Saints on Thursday night, but he could enter the flexible conversation in the coming weeks.

Offer: $6

Robbie Anderson won't help Fantasy managers much in Week 7, but a fresh start in Arizona is reason to consider adding him.  (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

Robbie Anderson won’t help Fantasy managers much in Week 7, but a fresh start in Arizona is reason to consider adding him. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

Other receivers to add: Tyquan Thornton (the rookie reached the end zone as a catcher and rusher on Sunday, playing 40 snaps; he’s also a burner who had a 10.6 speed in the 100m in high school), Chase Claypool (he’s a carnival player, but he’s coming off a 7-96-1 performance and he’s seen 16 targets in his last two games), Rondale Moore (He’s caught 13 balls for 117 yards in Arizona’s last two games and Brown’s injury creates a path to continued value).

List-worthy tight wings: Robert Tonyan (Green Bay desperately needs skills to receive threats, especially after Randall Cobb was injured on Sunday; Tonyan just caught 10 balls for 90 yards in the loss to the Jets), Greg Dulcich (he doped on Monday night and, at this point, any tight end that shows signs of life is an add), Mike Gesicki (he just delivered a two touchdown performance, although he remains far behind Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle in the team reception hierarchy), Daniel Bellinger (the rookie caught all five of his targets on Sunday, including a short TD reception), Evan Engram (he has 11 catches for 109 yards over the past two weeks, which is pretty stellar by the shockingly low standards of his position this season).

Quarterbacks to target

Mariota made the most of his 14 pass attempts in Sunday’s win over the Niners, completing 13 for 129 yards and two scores. He’s also rushed for 50 yards and one short score on eight carries, giving him 206 rushing yards and three touchdowns this season. Atlanta’s schedule is set to take an extremely friendly turn – Cin, Car, LAC, Car, Chi, Was, Pit – which should make Mariota a viable streaming option through December. Add as needed if you need a placeholder for the week off.

Offer: $8

Also on the approved QB roster: Matt Ryan (*Admiral Ackbar “It’s a trap!” gif*), Daniel Jones (pass numbers have been mostly rough, but he’s got juice squeezed and his receiving body is healthy), Bailey Zappe (if you desperately need superflex help, he just delivered a 300-yard performance and the Bears are on deck).

Ball carriers to prioritize

On the one hand, it seems like a terrible idea, doomed to failure. We cannot exclude it. But we can’t just ignore the fact that A) Drake rushed for 119 yards and a long score Sunday against the Giants and B) he’s actually passed JK Dobbins in each of the last two games. Dobbins actually treated knee discomfort in week 6, which is obviously worrying for a player coming out of ACL surgery. We have to assume that Drake will play a big role in the team’s game plan next week against Cleveland, one of the most generous defenses in the NFL. In a messy week off, that clearly puts him on the fantasy radar.

Offer: $9

The most memorable image from Monday night’s otherwise unforgettable game was that of Melvin Gordon standing on the Denver sideline, desperate and abandoned, just watching the others run the ball for a still ineffective Broncos offense. Gordon finished his night with just three carries for eight yards while newcomer Murray dominated the sidelines in the second half, eventually rushing 15 times for 66 yards. Obviously, there are no right answers here; Denver’s offense ranks last in the league in points (15.2 PPG) and No. 22 in total yards (329.3 YPG). Murray is a nine-year NFL veteran who isn’t exactly a lock to control the rest of the season from this team’s backline, but he seems to have the best position right now. He may be flexed by desperate managers against the Jets this week, but we won’t make any long-term promises.

Offer: $11

Deon Jackson, Indianapolis Colts (43%)

Jackson was terrific on Sunday, gaining 121 yards on 22 touches, catching all 10 of his targets and scoring a touchdown from close range. He was also a bright spot in Week 5, tallying 91 total yards in the team’s weird and insurmountable win over the Broncos. Jackson was out Sunday with a quad injury, but declared himself in good health after the victory. He has a certain elusiveness to his game and he’s perfectly willing to run through a defender if necessary:

The obvious problem facing Jackson is, of course, the expected return of Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines. Although he’s established himself as a bankable understudy, he’s clearly no threat to a healthy Taylor. This is not a budget hit situation.

Offer: $4

Additional RBs to consider: Caleb Huntley (he was beaten on Sunday by Tyler Allgeier33-20, but actually led the Falcons in rushing, finishing with 16 rush attempts for 59 yards), Rachel White (he’s seen the pitch quite a bit over the past three weeks, managing 23 touches, and, as we’ve mentioned a couple of times, he’s only one injury away from must-have status).

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New York Jets (5%)

The New York defense just clowned the Packers at Lambeau, sacking Aaron Rodgers four times and limiting Green Bay to just 10 points. The Jets are currently tied for fifth in the league in total takeouts (10), so we’re talking about a dashing defense here. They are heading to Denver next week to deal with a summary infraction that takes place in a short week. It’s a D that deserves attention.

Offer: $2

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