2016 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot, and Jonathan Stewart Replacements here!

These teams DO NOT play week 7 (bye week):
Carolina Panthers
Dallas Cowboys
Running Backs (RB)
James White, RB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 49% of all ESPN leagues):
White proved he's more than just a ppr commodity this week by scoring 2 touchdowns.  With Tom Brady on his revenge tour, White looks to be an integral part of this offense.  He'll look to continue his success against a Steelers defense that allowed scores to the Dolphins' Jay Ajayi and Damien Williams.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 29.9% of all ESPN leagues):
This is purely an injury pick up.  As of Monday, Martin still has not returned to practice due to his lingering hamstring injury.  With Sims on IR, Rodgers could be the Bucs' starting back for the near future.  With that, he also gets a couple of really great matchups against San Francisco and Oakland.  Doug Martin's injury will certainly be something to monitor moving forward. 
Wide Receivers (WR)
Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 68.3% of all ESPN leagues):
So if he's owned in so many leagues, why is he in my column?  Well, a few fantasy faithful may have dropped him in your league.  Tate has been one of the biggest disappointments at the position this year.  If he was dropped in your league, grab him now.  Yes, the Rams do have one of the softer secondaries in the league, but the bigger picture may be that other teams need to respect Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin, creating space in the defense for Tate.  He'll look to keep things rolling against the Redskins next week. 
Cameron Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 31.2% of all ESPN leagues):
At this point, an argument could be made that Meredith is the Bears' new WR1.  He took snaps with the second team with Brian Hoyer during training camp so there's a rapport.  Meredith has also caught 20 passes for 243 yards and a score in the last 2 weeks, making him a prime ppr commodity and one of Hoyer's top targets.  At 6'3", 207 lbs, he's a natural replacement for Kevin White, who's been placed on IR. 
Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 59.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Even after a bye week and Willie Snead's return, Thomas managed to catch 5 targets for 78 yards and a score.  It doesn't matter if this receiving corps is a bit of a timeshare.  There's enough snaps to go around.  You bet Brees will let it fly against the Chiefs this week because the Saints will be chasing points again.  Thomas has a touchdown in each of yhe last 3 games.  He should continue Colston's old role as the big endzone target and should see plenty of looks.

Ty Montgomery, WR, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 0.2% of all ESPN leagues):
It truly is the next man up in Green Bay.  Cobb went down week 5 and Devante Adams stepped in.  In week 6, Adams took a vicious hit that and Eddie Lacy was hobbled by an ankle injury.  It was Ty Montgomery who had a huge day on the ground and through the air.    He could see more targets in the Packers' pass-happy offense if Adams is out, and Cobb and Nelson keep struggling.  He could turn in another big game when the Bears come to down on a short week.
Tight End (TE)
Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers (currently owned in 49.6% of all ESPN leagues):
So, the initial concern question was this: will Hunter Henry still be a part of the offense even when Antonio Gates returns?  Henry answered by catching 9 targets for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns since Gates came back.  Now, this may have just been the result of a game plan to get the ball out of Rivers' hands more quickly against a potent Denver pass rush.  The fact is, Henry has scored in each of the last 3 contests.  We could be witnessing a bit of the changing of the guards here.  It's clear that Rivers loves his tight ends.  With all of that said, Henry should be picked up in all deep leagues, and deserves at least flex consideration in all leagues.  He could be valuable commodity if you own injury-prone tight ends like Charles Clay or Eric Ebron, or you currently have speculative options like Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, or Zach Ertz. 
Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 6.9% of all ESPN leagues):
This is purely an injury pick up.  Dwayne Allen injured his ankle on Sunday night and Doyle filled in admirably.  He'll have some good matchups coming up (TEN, KC, GB).  With the Colts' suspect secondary, they'll likely be chasing points.  The Colts have allowed the most sacks in the league, which means they'll need to dump it off to safety valves like Doyle.  He should see targets early and often. 
Quarterback (QB)
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 41% of all ESPN leagues):
Mariota has emerged as a top streaming option in the last 2 weeks, and is making a strong case to be added in all leagues.  This dynamic playmaker has thrown for 6 touchdowns with only one interception in the last 2 weeks, but he's also rushed for 124 yards and another touchdown, for 7 total scores in the the last 2 weeks.  He'll look to continue his success against a shaky Colts secondary this week. Grab Mariota now!

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