2017 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

Fliers, Streamers, Adds, and Bye-Week Replacements for NFL Week 7
Detroit Lions
Houston Texans

Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 57% of all ESPN leagues):
DeMarco Murray has struggled throughout the season which may have led to Henry getting more handoffs in Monday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts.  With that said, this backfield may be turning into more of a timeshare moving forward.  Henry was electric, rushing 19 times for 131 yards and a touchdown, while catching a pass to add on 14 yards.  While it's too early to start speculating on the pecking order of the Titans' backfield, Henry is certainly worth an add.  Their schedule eases up a bit starting this week against the Browns in Cleveland.
Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants (currently owned in 4.3% of all ESPN leagues):
The Giants' last-place running game came out of nowhere to run for over 140 yards against the first-place Broncos run defense.  While it's still too early to say that this type of productivity will continue, it looks like the Giants' offensive line is pulling guards, shifting blockers, and effectively opening running lanes for the their offensive backfield.  He rushed for 117 yards on 21 carries and caught a pass for 13 yards.  He scored a touchdown against the Chargers horrid run defense 2 weeks ago as well.  Paul Perkins could regain the starting job after he returns, but it looks like Darkwa is the Giants' main back at the moment.  
Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets (currently owned in 50.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Forte looked good, albeit against a below average Patriots defense.  He'll likely re-enter a timeshare after Bilal Powell returns from injury, but he's heavily involved in the Jets' passing game.  This makes him a serviceable back in PPR leagues.  They'll head south this week to face a struggling Miami Dolphins team.
Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 5.3% of all ESPN leagues):
If Jacksonville does move the ball, it'll be with their running backs.  They're currently trying to hide Blake Bortles and let their offensive backfield and defense win games.  Ivory caught 9 passes for 74 yards, making him a serviceable running back in PPR leagues.  The  fact that the Jaguars' backfield is a timeshare may not even matter due to the large volume of offensive touches given to Ivory and Fournette.  Ivory is worth a grab and stash at this moment, especially by Fournette owners.
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 49.7% of all ESPN leagues):
For those unfamiliar with the Cowboys' backfield situation, lead back Ezekiel Elliot's 6 game suspension is slated to start in week 7, putting him out until fantasy playoffs.  This may have given D-Mac the starting job in Dallas.  For those who have already forgotten, McFadden rushed for over 1000 yards just 2 years ago as the Cowboys suffered multiple injuries at the position.  McFadden is also a proven dual-threat out of the backfield, giving him additional value in PPR formats.  
Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 29% of all ESPN leagues):
While it's still too early to announce Collins as the lead back in the Ravens' backfield, his touches have been trending upward.  Buck Allen will still be used in the passing game, but Collins started with 7 carries 5 weeks ago, and trended upward to 15 carries.  Terrance West had struggled throughout the season, even though he was slated to be the Ravens top runner.  It may be difficult for West to regain the starting job back even after he gets healthy.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 36.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Agholor looks like the real deal, finally getting some consistency by catching 4 passes and a touchdown in each of the last 2 games.  With Jeffery or Ertz drawing most of the coverage, Agholor should find himself with one on one coverage in most instances, giving him more opportunities to make plays.  
John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 47.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Brown scorched Tampa Bay's secondary on 3 catches for 63 yards and a touchdown.  The speedster has now caught a touchdown 2 games in a row and should be added in PPR leagues.  At the moment, he's merely serviceable, but he might be worth the add given the slew of injuries that happened this past week.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 15.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Cutler finally looks like he's connecting with Stills.  In fact, Cutler hit Stills 4 times for 49 yards and a touchdown.  While Stills' starting status depends on the health of Devante Parker, the Dolphins will face a Jets secondary that just surrendered 6 catches for 93 yards to Patriots speedster Brandon Cooks.  Now, while Jay Cutler isn't Tom Brady, Cutler does love to let it fly.  Stills' fantasy floor may have risen a bit with his week 6 performance.
Ted Ginn Jr., WR, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 40.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Ginn has always been a burner with horrible hands.  This classic boom or bust player may still be worth a pickup and start until Snead gets up to speed.  He's a wideout that's part of an elite passing attack, and he has a great matchup against a soft Packers secondary this week.
Benny Fowler III, WR, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 1.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Fowler might be worth a look this week and beyond after injuries decimated the Broncos' receiving corps in week 6.  With Sanders and McKinzie out, and Thomas possibly on the mend, Fowler could suddenly move up into Denver's WR2 spot.  Although he'll go up against the Chargers' 4th-ranked pass defense this week, he's this week's flier because of the volume of targets he could get.  He caught 3 passes for 21 yards and he's worth an add in deep leagues. His performance this week should be monitored.
Tyler Kroft, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 8.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Kroft has stepped in admirably at tight end for the injured Eifert.  He's had 10 catches for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns in the past 2 weeks, and is looking comfortable in Bill Lazor's new look offense.  He's 3rd on the team in receptions behind Green and Lafell, and 3rd in receiving yards behind Green and Bernard.  The target share for the 6'6", 260lb third year player out of Rutgers should increase with Eifert out and Tyler Boyd on the mend with a knee injury.  Kroft is an immediate add in all leagues with Eifert declaring he'll have season-ending surgery and so many tight ends down or out.  
Nick O'Leary, TE, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 0.3% of all ESPN leagues):
There are conflicting reports saying Clay might be out just several weeks.  They also say he's out multiple weeks.  His exact diagnosis is also a mystery.  Either way, the 6'3", 252lb O'Leary is expected to step in and step up.  O'Leary is 4th on the team in receiving yards behind McCoy, Matthews, and Clay.  Since Clay and Matthews are both out with injuries, O'Leary should see a lot more targets, given how much Tyrod Taylor targets his tight ends in the Bills' offense.  He could be picked up based on opportunity alone.
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 25.3% of all ESPN leagues):
While it may be a bit early to start Zach Miller in most fantasy leagues, he might be worth a deep-league stash.  It's worth noting that the Panthers have given up 2 receiving touchdowns to the position in each of the past 2 games.  However, it's also worth noting that the Lions and Eagles have other receiving playmakers that can spread out the secondary whereas the Bears do not.  Still, Miller is one of the Bears' only receiving threats and now he has a QB that can actually throw to him.  
Darren Fells, TE, Detroit Lions (currently owned in % of all ESPN leagues):
***The Detroit Lions DO NOT PLAY this week - they have a BYE WEEK in Week 7***
At 6'7", 270lbs, Fells looks more like a power forward than a tight end.  Either way, he's a massive target that's thrown to mostly in the redzone.  This is what counts, as Fells has 3 touchdowns in 2 games.  While he's more of a boom or bust player, he's worth grabbing and stashing.  Golden Tate could miss multiple weeks and his targets need to go somewhere.  Ebron is still suffering from the drops, so Fells should continue seeing redzone targets.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 30.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Dalton is slinging it again.  He's completed over 60% of his passes and has thrown the ball for 826 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 2 picks.  While he may have a tough matchup this week against Pittsburgh's speedy defense which just defeated the undefeated Chiefs by the way, Dalton has Green, Kroft, and Bernard that he can throw to.  Dalton is an iffy start this week, but it's worth the risk given how efficient he's been in his new offense.  Dalton should be picked up immediately.  
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 59.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The quarterback position has thinned out a bit with Matt Ryan struggling and Aaron Rodgers possibly done for the year with a broken collarbone.  Meanwhile, Palmer reconnected with an old friend, Larry Fitzgerald, to the tune of 10 completed passes for 138 yards and a score.  Palmer has put up arguably better numbers than Matt Ryan in the last 3 weeks, and could continue to do so since the Cardinals' opponents now need to respect the run game.  With the exception of the Jaguars and the Seahawks, Palmer gets some pretty soft secondaries to throw against, making him worth a stash.  
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 72.8% of all ESPN leagues):
If there's any advice that needs to be heeded in fantasy football, it's that there are 13 weeks in the fantasy football season.  It's a long time for someone to stay completely healthy and be successful.  Big Ben is worth a pickup especially in 2 QB leagues.  The Superbowl champion and future Hall Of Famer currently has 2 of the top 5 fantasy playmakers and future Hall Of Famers in Antonio Brown and Le'veon Bell.  If someone saw him lose to the Bears, get picked off 5 times by Jacksonville, then promptly dropped him, he should be added.   The Bengals and Lions do have tough defenses, but the schedule eases up a bit after the Steelers' bye week.  
New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 2.6% of all ESPN leagues):
The Saints' defense has consistently showed up and played in the last 3 weeks, holding the Panthers to just 13 points and picking off Cam 3 times, shutting out Miami, and scoring 3 touchdowns.  12 batted passes, 3 picks, and 3 picks, 5 sacks and 3 defensive touchdowns later, the Saints finally win the game.  With young quarterbacks at Green Bay and Chicago coming up, the Saints defense is definitely worth picking up.
New York Jets (currently owned in 4.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The Jets play the Dolphins in Miami this weekend.  The Jets defense held the Pats to "just" 24 points last week.  The Jets basically shut out the Dolphins in their first meeting this year, save for a Miami touchdown scored as time expired.  Although this could be a risky start, there's plenty of upside here because Jay Cutler is Jay Cutler.  The Dolphins could continue struggling this week.

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