2020 NFL Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football BYE WEEK, waiver wire and injury help is here!

The following teams have BYE WEEKS in week 7 (this week):
Baltimore Ravens
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
Minnesota Vikings

RUNNING BACKS (RB): Justin Jackson, Damien Harris, JD McKissic, Boston Scott

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): Tee Higgins, Travis Fulgham, Tim Patrick, Adam Humphries, 

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Darren Fells, Anthony Firkser. Dallas Goedert, Trey Burton

QUARTERBACKS (QB): Ryan Tannehill, Carson Wentz, Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants


Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 55.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The Chargers are back in action this week and Justin Jackson looks poised to split time in the backfield with rookie Josh Kelley.  Given all of Kelley’s struggles in recent weeks, it looks like this backfield split will be more even than anticipated.  If last year was any indicator, the Chargers’ offense is capable of supporting two fantasy-relevant running backs, even though their start this season hasn’t done that.  Jackson and the Chargers will face the Jets, Jags, and Dolphins who have all struggled against good backs.  Grab him if he’s available.  

Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 58.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Harris struggled last week against the Broncos as the Patriots fell behind and the game script wasn’t friendly for ground pounding running backs.  Bradley Chubb and company were constantly in the Pats offensive backfield harassing and pressuring Cam Newton, which also meant that Harris didn’t have much room to run.  However, Sony Michel is now on the Covid list and the as also on injured reserve due to a quad injury.  Harris has looked like the more explosive back and he had a great training camp so he could be the one to lead the Patriots’ rushing attack moving forward.  He’s seen action in just two games, but he did reach the century mark in one of them.  It’s tough to trust any Patriots running back because there are so many of them and they’re all used differently.  If game script lends itself to rushing the ball early and often, Harris would be a solid start.  However, if the Pats fall behind like they did last week, it could mean Harris might not get much volume at all.  Still, with the lack of starting running backs this season, Harris is worth grabbing and stashing.

JD McKissic, RB, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 23.6% of all ESPN leagues):
McKissic had a season high 14 touches last week including six catches.  He was efficient too, averaging over 6 yards per touch.  McKissic could continue to see an increase in volume given Washington’s inability to move the ball or get a defensive stop.  A lack of preseason games meant that McKissic’s quarterback didn’t have time to get on the same page as his receivers, which means dumping the ball off is usually the most efficient way to move the ball.  Quick, easy completions help build confidence and McKissic can help his quarterback build that confidence.  He and his Football Team will face the Cowboys this week followed by a bye, and then he’ll have the leaky defenses of the Giants, Lions, Bengals, and Cowboys.  He could help running back-starved fantasy teams get into the playoffs, especially those in PPR leagues.

Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles 
(currently owned in 10.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Miles Sanders suffered a knee injury last week against the Ravens and will probably miss at least a couple of weeks.  This week is a quick, Thursday night turnaround against the Giants, followed by a mini-bye week.  Then they’ll face the Cowboys who have been historically bad on defense all season.  Scott is worth streaming for at least a couple of weeks.  He could see additional targets with Ertz And at least a couple of other receivers out. 


Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 43.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Higgins continued to prove he’s a fantasy force by reeling in 6 of his 8 targets for 125 yards against a tough Colts coverage unit.  Although most of his production came on a 67 yards catch and he failed to find the endzone for the third week in a row, he continues to use his size, speed and athleticism to make big plays.  He’ll face some soft secondaries including the Browns, Titans, Washington, Giants, Dolphins, and Cowboys so he should be rostered immediately and in the starting lineup.  He’s already arguably the best receiver of the Bengals receiving corps and could get even more volume if Boyd or Green get hurt.

Travis Fulgham, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 45.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Travis Fulgham continued to to make a name for himself this week against a tough Ravens coverage unit.  He caught 6 of his 10 targets for 75 yards and a score.  Last week was his third week in a row with a touchdown, and he’s brought in 18 of his 26 targets for 284 yards and 3 touchdowns in his last 3 games.  He could see an uptick in usage with the Eagles being thin at all receiving options including wideouts, tight ends, and running backs.  He’ll face the Giants twice and an awful Cowboys coverage unit in the next 4 weeks with a bye in week 9. He should be rostered and started in all leagues.

Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 18.6% of all ESPN leagues):
It was you wideout Tim Patrick who led the Broncos in receptions and receiving yards with 4 and 101.  With Jerry Jeudy drawing most of the attention, the big-bodied wideout was able to get position and reel in catches his defenders couldn’t get to.  He has 18 catches for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns in his last 3 weeks and he’ll need to keep it going to keep up with some high powered divisional matchups against the Chiefs and Chargers.  Then he’ll travel to Atlanta to face one of the worst pass defenses in the league.

Adam Humphries, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 6.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Humphries finally posted a stat line worthy of his big payday with Davis on the Covid list and tight end Jonnu Smith hobbled by an ankle injury.  The possession receiver brought in all 6 of his targets for 64 yards and a touchdown.  If Davis and Smith remain sidelined, Humphries could continue getting more looks since most defenses will attempt to stop Derrick Henry first.  Still, Ryan Tannehill is an efficient quarterback who knows how to get the ball to his targets so look for Humphries to remain involved.  He has some tough matchups coming up against the Steelers, Colts, Bears, Ravens, and Colts again.  


Darren Fells, TE, Houston Texans (currently owned in 3.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The Texans tight ends have gotten a lot more involved in their offense after Bill O’Brien’s departure.  It’s a good thing too since Deshaun Watson can actually throw to his big, athletic targets now and get rid of the ball quickly instead of running for his life.  Fells pulled in 6 of his 7 targets for 85 yards and a touchdown last week.  In the last 2 weeks, Fells has caught 8 of 9 targets for 142 yards and he has a touchdown in both games.  Zach Ertz and Jonnu Smith owners will need help this week, and Fells might be a solid add to their rosters if he can keep up the pace. 

Anthony Firkser, TE, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Tannehill is an efficient QB who loved throwing to his tight end.  Last week was no different, so when Jonnu Smith went down, Firkser stepped up and brought in 8 of his 9 targets for 113 yards and his first touchdown of the season.  Officially, Jonnu Smith is nursing a “minor ankle sprain,” which could allow Firkser to keep getting targeted as his team’s top tight end.  Jonnu Smith owners should grab Firkser as a handcuff just in case.  

Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 28.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Goedert is eligible to come off of injured reserve this week.  The Eagles need all of the help they can get, especially after fellow tight end Zach Ertz suffered a high ankle sprain last week.  He has some friendly divisional matchups coming up against the Giants and Cowboys, and the leaky secondaries of the Browns and Seahawks.  He’s worth adding in all leagues because he could be heavily targeted due to the lack of Eagles pass catchers and his rapport with Carson Wentz.

Trey Burton, TE, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 6.2% of all ESPN leagues):
**PLEASE NOTE: The Indianapolis Colts have a BYE WEEK this week**
Remember that guy who the Bears paid top dollar to and wound up cutting?  Well, he’s back on a Colts team with an NFL caliber quarterback who loves throwing to his tight ends.  He found the endzone twice last week against a soft Bengals defense.  Potential owners should wait until Burton posts more consistent numbers, but he’s worth keeping an eye on and worth stashing in deeper leagues.  The Colts don’t have many pass catchers at the moment so they’ll need all the help they can get.  He’s caught 9 of his 11 targets for 91 yards and a touchdown during his last 2 games and he could help fantasy teams get into the playoffs if he can keep it up. 


Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 45.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The Chargers return from an unexpected bye week last week and Herbert is hoping to keep his hot streak going.  He’s completed nearly 72% of his passes for 931 yards and 5 touchdowns this year and has earned a 102.2 QB rating so far.  Owners should definitely stash him in 2QB leagues, especially after he exploded for 4 passing touchdowns against a good Saints defense.  Herbert has exceptional talent with a full compliment of receiving options and he can help a lot of teams through their bye weeks.  He should also continue to get better as he develops his timing and trust with his wideouts.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 54.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Tannehill has developed somewhat of a reputation as a game manager, but at least he takes care of the ball.  He’s can extend plays with his feet and he he’s thrown 7 touchdowns and added another score on the ground for 8 total touchdowns in his last 2 games.  He’ll need to scramble quite a bit this week against a Steelers defense that’s gotten plenty of pressure on the quarterback, but the Steelers secondary has been surprisingly soft.  He’s only thrown a pair of picks so far this year, but he could be forced into mistakes.  Nevertheless, owners can grab Tannehill and be comfortable starting him with the expectation of a decent box score. 

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 50.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Just about everything that could go wrong for Wentz has gone wrong.  Multiple receiving options and his starting offensive linemen have been out multiple weeks and they’re close to signing guys off the street. Fortunately, the Eagles could get Jalen Reagor and Dallas Goedert back this week and Travis Fulgham has turned out to be a nice surprise.  Wentz threw for a pair of scores last week and added another rushing touchdown to his box score.  He’ll try to keep things rolling this week against a subpar Giants secondary.  He faces the Giants twice and the Cowboys once with a bye week mixed into the next 4 weeks.

Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 49% of all ESPN leagues):
While Burrow is a rookie, he’s managed to throw for more than 300 yards in 4 of his first 6 games.  He aired it out for 316 yards and 3 scores during his first matchup against the Browns.  He‘ll face that same Browns defense again which is allowing nearly 290 yards, 3 touchdowns, and a QB rating of just under 95.  Now he knows what he has with Tee Higgins and that could raise his floor.  He’s at least worth streaming this week.


Kansas City Chiefs (currently owned in 44.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Chiefs held an explosive Bills held an explosive Bills defense to just 17 points on Monday night.  Like last year, they’re coming on strong toward the second half of the season.  They have some relatively subpar offenses coming up including the Broncos, Jets, and Panthers on the schedule.  

New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 40.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Saints are coming off a bye week which means owners probably won’t need to worry about picking up another defense unless a serious injury happens.  They have the Panthers and Bears the next couple of weeks, and both have had trouble moving the ball. The Saints defensive unit is worth picking up. 

New York Giants (currently owned in 47.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The Giants defense has scored touchdowns two weeks in a row now.  The Eagles offensive line and receiving corps has suffered debilitating injuries and they’re now without starting running back Miles Sanders.  These factors add up to give the Giants a potentially big day.  They’ll face the Eagles twice in the next 4 weeks and a Redskins offense that’s struggled to move the ball.  They’re certainly worth adding in the short term.

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