2021 NFL Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

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


Teams ON BYE this week, week 7:

Buffalo Bills
Dallas Cowboys
Jacksonville Jaguars
Minnesota Vikings
Pittsburgh Steelers
Los Angeles Chargers

RUNNING BACKS (RB): JD McKissic, Alex Collins, D’Ernest Johnson, Demetric Felton, Latavius Murray

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): T.Y. Hilton, Donovan Peoples-Jones, AJ Green, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jerry Jeudy, Jamal Agnew

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Ricky Seals-Jones, Zach Ertz, Evan Engram, 

QUARTERBACKS (QB): Carson Wentz, Derek Carr, Tua Tagovailoa, Jameis Winston

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): Green Bay Packers (vs Washington), Cleveland Browns (vs Broncos) Arizona Cardinals (vs Texans) New Orleans Saints (at Seahawks) Miami Dolphins (vs Falcons)

RUNNING BACKS (RB): 

Alex Collins, RB, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 50.5% of all ESPN leagues): 
Collins started off quiet, but he tumbled most of his stats in the second half in Pittsburgh on Sunday night.  He brought his total to 20 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown against a stout Steelers front.  Collins now leads the Seahawks offensive backfield with Chris Carson on injured reserve and out until November 14.   The Saints and Jaguars visit Seattle the next 2 weeks so Collins has a couple of decent matchups.  

D’Ernest Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 2.5% of all ESPN leagues): 
Johnson didn’t get an opportunity to do anything last week even with Chubb out and Hunt eventually leaving the game due to a calf injury.  Nevertheless, he could get the start this week if both Chubb and Hunt are unable to go.  Ernest did log 95 yards on 13 carries against the Cowboys when both Chubb and Hunt were unavailable last year.  Buyer beware: D’Ernest’s ceiling could be capped if he’s forced into a timeshare with fellow pass catching back Demetric Falcon.  

Demetric Felton, RB, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 2.9% of all ESPN leagues): 
Felton could get plenty of work if Chubb is unable to go this week.  Hunt sustained a serious calf injury last week that could cause him to miss multiple weeks. The Cardinals led for much of last week’s game so Felton didn’t get much work.  He’ll have the Broncos and Steelers at home before heading on the road to meet the Bengals and Patriots. The 5’9” 190lb weapon could make a name for himself in the passing game as well with all of the injuries to the Browns’ receiving corps. 

JD McKissic, RB, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 48.7% of all ESPN leagues): 
McKissic saw extensive usage again last week.  He was targeted 10 times in Washington’s effort to keep up with Kansas City’s high powered offense.  He led the team in rushing and receiving, logging 8 carries for 45 yards and 8 catches for 65 yards and a touchdown.  Things don’t get any easier this week as Washington travels to Green Bay to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.  McKissic is a good add especially in PPR formats this week.

Latavius Murray, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 58.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Murray was sidelined with an ankle injury during Sunday’s matchup with the Chargers, but he was clearly the top back before he left the game.  He carried the ball 9 times for 44 yards and a touchdown and snagged both of his targets for 12 yards.  He could be worth a grab and stash even if he misses this week’s bout with the Bengals and a bye the week after.  He’s been the back with the most recent experience and is the most game-ready between him, Lev Bell and Freeman.  Ty’son Williams (owned in 21.3% of all ESPN leagues) and Freeman (owned in 4.1% of all ESPN leagues) would pick up the slack if Murray were forced to miss time though since Lev Bell was sent down to the practice squad on Monday. 

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): 

Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 1.2% of all ESPN leagues):
People’s-Jones was the beneficiary of injuries to Landry, OBJ, & Kareem Hunt last week.  He corralled 4 of his 5 targets for 101 yards and a pair of scores in a loss to the Cardinals.  The big bodied speedster and former Wolverine will have his work cut out for him when he faces a stifling Broncos secondary.  He’ll have the Broncos and Steelers at home before hitting the road to take on the Bengals and Patriots.  

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 23.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Hilton made his season debut against a soft Texans secondary and pulled in all of his targets for 80 yards.  He could get additional work with Parris Campbell potentially out for the year again and few other receiving options other than Michael Pittman.  The Colts offensive line will have their work cut out for them with Bosa and Armstead constantly trying to bring down Wentz, but Hilton could have a big game if his routes have enough time to develop.  He’ll also face the Titans, Jets and Jaguars so his schedule looks good. 

AJ Green, WR, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 32.9% of all ESPN leagues): 
AJ Green has had a steady diet of 6 targets in all but 1 of his games.  He’s also scored touchdowns in 3 of those 6 games.  He brought in 5 of those 6 targets for 79 yards and a touchdown in a win against the Browns last week.  He has a great matchup this week against the Texans and he could be a reliable source of fantasy production if he can stay healthy.  Most secondaries try to stop Hopkins first so Green will draw the DB2 or nickel corner.  He’ll have the Packers, 49ers, Panthers and Seahawks before a week 12 bye.  

Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 12.6% of all ESPN leagues):
St Brown had a tough time producing since he drew the Bengals’ top corner and an underrated pass rush pressured Goff all day long.  He brought in 5 of his 7 targets for just 26 yards.  He’ll have a couple more tough matchups against the Rams and Eagles leading into their week 9 bye.  He’s a high ceiling low floor play because the target share is there, but a decimated Lions offensive line just doesn’t give Goff any time to throw.  Still, he’s worth stashing in deep and dynasty leagues.  

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 74.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Yes, Jeudy remains on injured reserve and he has a shortened week this week because his team faces the Browns on Thursday night football.  However, this is the week to scour the wire and pick him up if he’s available.  He’ll routes at full speed this week and he could be back as soon as week 8 when the Broncos take on the Texans.  He’s the best route runner on the team and he would be the second receiving option behind Courtland Sutton on a receiving corps that’s starved for options.  Teddy Bridgewater likes to drink and dunk so getting Jeudy back would be a big boost.  He’ll have the Cowboys and Eagles before a week 10 bye.  

Jamal Agnew, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 0.6% of all ESPN leagues):
***the Jaguars have a WEEK 7 BYE and DO NOT PLAY this week***
Agnew has been targeted 13 times over his last 2 games.  He’s reeled in 11 of those targets for 119, but he still hasn’t gotten into the endzone.  Agnew’s growing target share appears to be the result of DJ Chark’s injury as well as a growing relationship with his young quarterback.  Prospective owners might need to count on some garbage time stats though since they have the Seahawks, Bills, Colts and 49ers after the bye.  Like St Brown, the target share might be there for Agnew, but Trevor might have to thread it through some tight windows.  

TIGHT ENDS (TE): 

Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 20% of all ESPN leagues): 
Washington might have found themselves a replacement tight end with Logan Thomas on injured reserve.  It took a little bit, but Heinicke may finally be on the same page as the athletic tight end.  Ricky Seals-Jones has brought in 9 of his 15 targets for 99 yards and a touchdown over the last 2 games.  Terry McLaurin was effectively shut down last week which meant Heinicke had to look elsewhere for receiving options.  He’ll have the Packers and Broncos before a week 9 bye.  

Zach Ertz, TE, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 48.3% of all ESPN leagues): 
Ertz played his last game as an Eagle and caught 4 of his 6 targets for 29 yards and a touchdown last Thursday night before being sent to Arizona in a trade with the Cardinals.  He’ll be held out this week while he learns the playbook, but it’s really anyone’s guess what role Ertz will play in the Cardinals’ offense, if any.  Ertz has looked decent in his last 4 games which makes him a boom or bust player with a very low floor.  Still, he’s worth stashing since he plays a position where there’s virtually no depth.  

Evan Engram, New York Giants (currently owned in 27.4% of all ESPN leagues): 
If Engram can stay healthy, he might be able to help his owners get into the fantasy playoffs.  The Giants’ receiving corps is still without Golladay, Slayton and Toney.  Sterling Shepard is an injury waiting to happen.  Somebody has to catch the ball.  He reeled in 3 of his 5 targets for a mere 24 yards in a losing effort against the Rams.  He’ll face a tough Panthers defense this week, but the Giants might try to keep up with the Chiefs and Raiders before their week 10 bye.  

QUARTERBACKS (QB): 

Carson Wentz, QB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 24.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Wentz has been doing some pretty strong work these past few weeks.  He’s thrown at least 2 touchdowns in 4 of his first 6 games as a Colt and he threw for over 400 yards in a shootout against a strong Ravens defense.  He’s also only turned the ball over 3 times so far this season.  Wentz is actually a strong candidate for comeback player of the year and will try to keep the momentum rolling in San Francisco this week.  The only thing that might hold Wentz back is game flow.  The Colts are strong up front and tend to run the ball to try and control time of possession if they get off to an early lead.  Nevertheless, Wentz is a pretty consistent high floor low ceiling option for those who need one.

Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders (currently owned in 55.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Carr bounced back in Denver last week after a rough week 5 against the Bears.  He completed 18 of 27 attempts for 341 yards and a pair of scores against a tough Broncos secondary.  He was the passing leader for the better part of the first 6 weeks this season and it looks like he could make a push to reclaim that title this week against Philly before heading into a week 8 bye. Then he’ll face the Giants, Chiefs, Bengals, and Cowboys after an extra week of rest. 

STREAMING OPTIONS:

Jameis Winston, QB, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 27.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Winston hasn’t thrown for more than 2 touchdowns since week 1.  He threw for 4 touchdowns against a surprisingly soft Washington defense before the Saints week 6 bye.  Prospective owners should also note that he hasn’t thrown for more than 279 yards in a game this season.  However, this week presents a matchup against a struggling Seahawks defense that ranks dead last against in total defense and 27th in pass defense which makes Winston a quality streaming option this week.  

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 27.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Yes Tua is back and he threw for over 300 yards, 2 scores and a pick!  He’s a viable starter this week against the Falcons and Texans coming up with the division rival Buffalo Bills in between.  Buyer beware, he does have some tough matchups mixed in so it might be wise to use him only as a streamer only, but he can produce when given the chance. 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): 

STREAMING OPTIONS:

Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 59.4% of all ESPN leagues): 
The Packers have picked off opposing signal callers in 5 straight games and have also forced fumbles in 3 of those games.  Meanwhile Taylor Heinicke has thrown 6 picks in his last five games.  Let’s just say the Packers could own Washington this week as well.

Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 56.5% of all ESPN leagues):
The Browns defense has seen its stock drop after a pair of disappointing outings against the Chargers and Cardinals.  However, this week they take on game manager Teddy Bridgewater and a shaky Broncos offensive line.  Garrett, Clowney, and that defensive backfield of Denzel Ward and co should be licking their chops. 

Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 60.5% of all ESPN leagues): 
Davis Mills and a struggling Texans team comes to the desert this week. Claim and start the Cardinals defense with confidence.

New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 52.4% of all ESPN leagues): 
The Seahawks top 2 playmakers, Russell Wilson and Chris Carson, both remain sidelined for another week which means Cam Jordan, Marshon Lattimore and company have a chance to feast in Seattle this week. 

Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 24.7% of all ESPN leagues): 
With the exception of the last 2 weeks before the bye, the Falcons have struggled to get anything going on offense.  However, they’ve forced at least one turnover in all but one of their games so far this season.  The Falcons offensive line doesn’t buy Matt Ryan a lot of time so this could be the week the Fins pass rushers break out of their 2 sack per game average.  The Dolphins are a decent streaming option this week.  

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