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Pick ‘Em Up: Week 7 Fantasy Football Waiver Claims

Week 7 Waiver Wire

With fantasy football moving into Week 7, some strategy comes into play with waivers. First off, remember that the Falcons, Jets, Saints, and the 49ers were on a bye last week. Check for players specifically from those teams that may have been dropped out of desperation. This week, the Bills, Cowboys, Jaguars, Chargers, Vikings, and Steelers take a week off. Make sure you pay attention to who is dropped by the rest of your league during this waiver period. Bad decisions will be made. As always, every player listed is available in at least 50% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.

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Jameis Winston (62% Available)
We start with a player coming off of a bye, but that isn’t the only reason Jameis is available. He has been very up and down this season, and that has scared off many managers. Putting it bluntly, the “below 50% rostered QB” group is a mess, and Winston has a month full of defenses that are very beatable coming up.

Tua Tagovailoa (83% Available)
I would not waste FAAB on Tua, but if he clears waivers and you need a QB, he is likely the best choice left. He hasn’t looked awful in his two starts this season, and the Dolphins play the Falcons this week.

Running Backs

Rhamondre Stevenson (89% Available)
There was always a good chance Stevenson would see decent volume this season. His Week 1 fumble delayed that, but he seems to be out of the dog house now. He scored a TD on eight touches in Week 6 and should be more involved with the offense each week.

Michael Carter (50% Available)
Another bye week leftover. Carter is going to take over this backfield, and you want him on your roster. Maybe on your bench for now, but he has RB2 upside for the rest of the season.

JD McKissic (58% Available)
McKissic is an every other week roller coaster right now, but with Antonio Gibson not at 100% and the Green Bay Packers next on the schedule, he should be a solid play yet again.

Mark Ingram (68% Available)
It’s gross, I know, but Ingram has been given 10+ carries in four of six games this season. He’s not close to a lock for an RB2 week, but he sees that volume enough that it could happen.

Wide Receivers

Sterling Shepard (50% Available)
Please stop doubting this man. Kadarius Toney took all the hype, Sterling Shepard took all the targets. That would be 14 targets in Week 6, to be exact. Shepard might be the only healthy WR in New York right now, and this volume will continue.

Darnell Mooney (56% Available)
As long as Justin Fields is the QB, Mooney is the WR1 in Chicago. He is a threat for a long score every week, but that will come with some inherent “bust” risk.

AJ Green, Rondale Moore, Christian Kirk (53% Available)
There are plenty of WRs in Arizona, and they could all go off in any given week. That’s why most of them are available in so many leagues — too many mouths to feed. We saw this week that more than one could pop in a week, and that’s why you should add at least one. Green and Moore are the safest choices, based on TDs and volume.

Henry Ruggs, Hunter Renfrow (50% Available)
While Hunter Renfrow is the WR1 for this team, volume is an issue sometimes, as Darren Waller will always be the first look. Ruggs showed off his big-play ability in Week 6, with 97 yards on just three catches, while also scoring a TD. That type of game always comes with the “Boom or Bust” tag, but he is worth a swing.

Tight Ends

Dan Arnold, Pat Freiermuth, Tyler Conklin (80% Available)
The tight end spot for fantasy is a nightmare, and I’m sorry you’re even looking here. All three of these players have a bye in Week 7 but could help your team in Week 8 and the future. If you’re having tight end issues and have a free roster spot, it may be worth riding out the bye week on one of these guys.