2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football waiver wire, injury, and bye-week help is here!

The following teams have bye weeks and WILL NOT be playing this week:

Carolina Panthers
Cleveland Browns
Pittsburgh Steelers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers



RUNNING BACK (RB)

Malcolm Brown, RB, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 58.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Brown logged just 40 yards on 11 carries in place of the injured Todd Gurley against a tough 49ers front.  This is more about the 49ers dominant defense than Brown's inability to produce.  The Rams travel east to Atlanta this week to face a much more generous Falcons defense.  Potential owners should monitor Gurley's status going into the game.  Even if Gurley is good to go, Brown could end up with a decent workload if the Rams are trying to manage Gurley's touches.

STREAMING OPTIONS

Frank Gore, RB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 56% of all ESPN leagues):
Gore could get extra touches this week regardless of Singletary's status.  The Bills should have a pretty easy home matchup against the Dolphins, who are clearly in the tank.  Gore still has it and should be able to lead the Bills ground game if they build a big lead early and just need to kill clock.

Ryquell Armstead, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 2.1% of all ESPN leagues)
"Rock" Armstead is the next streaming option behind Leonard Fournette.  The Bengals surrendered a career rushing day to Lamar Jackson last week who reached the fantasy rushing bonus even before halftime in most leagues.  Minshew isn't quite as mobile so Armstead could be used to drain the clock.

WIDE RECEIVER (WR)

Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 58.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Anderson has seen his stock drop drastically in the first few weeks of the season.  Tough matchups, poor quarterback play, and an early bye week we're probably all contributing factors for Anderson getting dropped and a lot of leagues.  However, Sam darnold is now back and Anderson only has the Jaguars and Patriots go before the start of a decent schedule that continues well into the fantasy playoffs.

Auden Tate, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 21.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Tate was as busy as ever this past week against the Ravens. He saw his highest target total of the season with 12. He caught five of those 12 targets for 91 yards.  Although he failed to reach the end zone, he did manage to post 14 fantasy points in PPR leagues. He has become an integral part of the Bengals offense with John Ross and AJ Green both injured.  Buyer beware: AJ Green is on the verge of returning and could drastically cut into Tate's workload.  However, Green has had issues staying healthy in the past so take is certainly worth stashing on fantasy benches even with the reduced workload. If Green happens to go down again, Tate would need to step up again.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 3.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Thomas has been targeted 14 times in 2 games and was on the field for 81% of the team's offensive plays last week.  He's caught 8 of those 14 targets for 109 yards but he still hasn't found the endzone yet.  Thomas could see a bump in his fantasy numbers with Darnold back under center and if Herndon is forced to miss another week due to a Hamstring injury.  He'll face the Pats defense this week at the Meadowlands.

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 7.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Okay, so Parker is on a team that's in the tank.  There are a couple of things working in Parker's advantage here.  First, the Dolphins defense is so horrible that they'll need to sling it because they're constantly playing catch-up.  Also, there's this thing called garbage time.  Even though Parker faces some tough opponents, he could face a decent amount of second stringers moving forward if the opponents' leads are big enough and they want to rest their starters.  Parker has been targeted 14 times in his last 3 games.  He's snagged ten of those targets for 154 yards and two touchdowns.  It's not great, but it's serviceable.  Buyer beware: he has one of the most difficult matchups this week against a tough Bills defense, so it might be smart to sit him this week.

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 44.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Davis has been a bit boom or bust the past few weeks.  The Titans are content running the football and allowing Mariota to manage the game.  Sure, they got shut out by the Broncos last week, but they'll face a much softer Chargers defense this week.  In addition, teams have been pretty consistent trying to stop Delanie Walker first, so Davis could get more than his usual four to six targets per game.

STREAMING OPTION

Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants (currently owned in 5.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Slayton has been a beneficiary of the injuries that have hit the Giants hard.  He's been targeted 13 times in the last 2 games, and he's caught 7 of those targets for 94 yards and a touchdown.  Bear in mind that Slayton made those catches against the tough defenses of the Vikings and Patriots.  The Cardinals defense has been generous to opposing wideouts, allowing an average of 160 yards and over one touchdown per game.  Only the Giants and Buccaneers have allowed more passing yards per game.

TIGHT END (TE)

Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 48.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Henry returned from a knee injury and had a heck of a first game back.  He snagged eight of his targets for 100 yards and a touchdown and was one of the lone bright spots on an otherwise depressing night for the Chargers.  Look for him to stay involved with the Bolts offense.  Rivers was constantly under siege buy a potent Steelers pass rush thanks to a completed offensive line.  He needs a big reliable Target he can dump it off too and that guy will probably be Hunter Henry if he can stay healthy. 

Darren Fells, TE, Houston Texans (currently owned in 1.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Fells saw another jump in targets this week.  He snagged six of his seven targets for 69 yards.  He failed to find the endzone this week but he does have tree touchdowns in his last four games.  He's a bit of a boom or bust lottery ticket but he's a decent dart throw considering his recent production.  The Colts are a pretty tough challenge defensively.  They just shut down the Chiefs offense during the second half in week 5.  Fells could get more looks if Watson has to dump the ball off quickly.

STREAMING OPTIONS

Rhett Ellison, TE, New York Giants (currently owned in 2.3% of all ESPN leagues)
Ellison is an intreaguing option this week.  The Cardinals struggle against tight ends and have allowed 599 yards and seven touchdowns to the position through six games so far this season.  If Engram can't go, Ellison would be the next man up for this very favorable matchup.

QUARTERBACK (QB)

Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets (currently owned in 7.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Darnold looked good in his first week back after missing four weeks.  He completed 23 of 32 attempts for 338 yards, 2 touchdowns and a pick.  The Patriots and their historic defense come to town this week, but Darnold is worth picking up now with the bye week and some of his toughest matchups behind him.  He has a couple more tough games, but the schedule opens up starting week 9.  With all of the injuries to other quarterbacks, Darnold could help his owner make a playoff push.

Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 55% of all ESPN leagues):
Minshew mania hit a bump in the road last week against a tough Saints defense.  He'll look to bounce back this week against one of the weakest defenses this league in a road matchup against the Bengals. 

STREAMING OPTION

Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants (currently owned in 40.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Okay, so Daniel Jones hasn't exactly lived up to the hype and that has dragged his fantasy value down.  He suffered an ugly loss last Thursday night against a tough Patriots defense.  Fortunately for him, the Cardinals are a much easier matchup.  The Giants' running back position has been banged up which means the offense will run through Jones' arm.  Golden Tate was the lone bright spot last Thursday and should be in line for another great performance if none of the other Giants pass catchers are able to go again.

DEFENSE SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)

San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 58.5% of all ESPN leagues):
The 49ers defense is owned in just over half of all ESPN leagues and is worth picking up especially this week.  They play a struggling Redskins offense that's in transition without a head coach and probably in the tank.  The niners defense has held all but one of their opponents to 17 points or less, and limited the Rams and Brown's to just ten points combined.  The Redskins are no match for them.

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