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FANTASY FOOTBALL – Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups


Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickup Power Rankings

*Week 7 Waiver Wire Power Rankings  | All Players less than 60-percent owned*

FNTSY Sports Network’s Pat Mayo runs through the NFL Injury report and deabtes his Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickup Power Rankings for every position with Jake Ciely. Plus, the streaming QBs and DSTs of the week…

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Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups: Running Back

  1. Theo Riddick
  2. Christine Michael
  3. Darren McFadden
  4. Charles Sims
  5. Knile Davis
  6. Chris Thompson
  7. David Johnson
  8. James Starks
  9. Khiry Robinson
  10. Andre Williams
  11. Jeremy Langford
  12. Javorius “Buck” Allen
  13. Thomas Rawls
  14. Ahmad Bradshaw
  15. Mike Davis
  16. Joique Bell
  17. Antonio Andrews
  18. Dan Herron
  19. Dexter McCluster
  20. Bilal Powell
  21. Fozzy Whittaker
  22. Robert Turbin
  23. Marcel Reece
  24. Anthony Dixon
  25. DeAngelo Williams
  26. Matt Jones
  27. Josh Robinson
  28. Fred Jackson
  29. Chris Polk
  30. Alfred Blue
  31. Roy Helu
  32. Mike Tolbert
  33. Benny Cunningham

With Ameer Abdullah’s chronic fumblitis (and potential stinger), Joique Bell’s addiction to the trainer’s table and Zach Zenner’s general ineffectiveness (and chest injury), Theo Riddick is the last man standing in the Lions’ backfield. Well, he’s never really standing, he’s far too shifty for that. Obviously, the pass catching specialist has far more value in PPR formats, but if he can start picking up 7+ carries a game, along with his gaudy receiving totals, Riddick’s averaging 6.2 catches and 38.2 receiving yards since Week 2, you’re looking at high floor, low-end RB2 even in standard formats.

Oh boy, we get to play to the stash Christine Michael game again!!! This is becoming an every six week tradition. Although there may not be a more hyped player in Fantasy history that’s done less, when Cowboys RB coach Gary Brown says things like “I think we’re going to give him an opportunity to go out and do some more snaps,” you have to think 1) What sort of college teaches anyone to put words in that order? 2) Any opportunity in the Dallas backfield is worth owning. Michael’s still floating on most league’s waiver wires and is definitely worth an add, even if it’s only for expectation purposes. I wouldn’t be starting him Week 7 against the Giants, but if he has has a solid game, he’ll become a player that you can cash out on immediately. Think of Michael as a penny stock. Buy him today for nothing, sell him next week for 10x his cost. And if he sucks, and continues doing nothing, it only really took up a roster spot for one week. No big deal.

Robert Turbin claimed he’s aiming for 1000 yards this season. And he took the first step towards that goal by actually getting on the field for the first time this year against the Broncos. Only 973 yards to go! Turbin finds himself in an unholy troika in the Cleveland backfield with Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson, which severely capps his upside, even if he ends up being the “lead back.” Avoid in anything outside of the deepest of leagues. THE DUKE is the RB you want in THE CLEVE. In snap count distribution, Johnson ended up with 36, Crowell 29, and Turbin 19.

You can keep asking me what’s going on with Eddie Lacy and I’ll keep responding with a very firm, “I DON’T KNOW?, OKKKKK???” With the Packers heading into a bye week, I’m hoping it allows Fat Eddie to heal his ankle for good and return to Fantasy dominance. Maybe he doesn’t, but I don’t think he’s lost his job to James Starks either way. You’re going to have the urge to sell Lacy for peanuts (Or even drop him, if only the damn system would let you.), don’t do these things. Yes, it’s the worst watching your first round pick act like he’s polonium-210 to your team’s Alexander Litvinenko, corroding it from its core, but, i assure you, Fantasy championships are not won on the back of selling, what should be, your best player for nothing. Conversely, you have 13 days to see who can trade the shittiest player for Lacy. Tweet me a picture of it, and we can all laugh together. Maybe I’ll give out a prize too, we’ll see.

Another week, another bushel of catches for Chris Thompson. That’s now six or more receptions in three of four games for the Washington scat back. With Matt Jones missing time ,and Alfred Morris averaging 3.16 ypc since Week 1, Thompson has morphed into the most consistent of the Skins RBs. Weird. After out snapping Morris and Jones in an unfavorable game script last week in Atlanta, Thompson bordered on doubling Morris’ total trailing most of the way against the Jets – 41 to 24.

Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups: Wide Receiver

  1. Michael Crabtree
  2. Stefon Diggs
  3. Marvin Jones
  4. Rueben Randle
  5. Malcom Floyd
  6. Rishard Matthews
  7. Jamison Crowder
  8. Kamar Aiken
  9. Tavon Austin
  10. Cecil Shorts III
  11. Terrance Williams
  12. Ted Ginn Jr.
  13. Leonard Hankerson
  14. Dwayne Harris
  15. Michael Floyd
  16. Dorial Green-Beckham
  17. Eddie Royal
  18. Albert Wilson
  19. Lance Moore
  20. Ty Montgomery
  21. Bryan Walters
  22. Devin Funchess
  23. Marquess Wilson
  24. Josh Huff
  25. Dontrelle Inman
  26. Nelson Agholor
  27. Devante Parker
  28. Jermaine Kearse
  29. Doug Baldwin
  30. Keshawn Martin
  31. Kenny Stills
  32. Ricardo Lockett
  33. Cole Beasley
  34. Jeff Janis
  35. Jaelen Strong
  36. Keith Mumphery

If you’re looking for a wildly unowned receiver, look no further, Fantasy Football’s hottest pick up is DIGGS!!! (Assuming Michael Crabtree is already gone). Stefon Diggs: Two games, 19 targets, 13 catches, and over 200 yards. Legit. Too legit, potentially. But what happens when Charles Johnson returns from his rib injury? No clue. All I know is Diggs has been a far superior option on the outside than Johnson was when healthy, so my expectation is that he’ll remain starting opposite Mike Wallace. However, logic like that doesn’t always apply to NFL coaches. Regardless of the potential loss of looks upon Johnson’s return, I’m still taking a shot on Diggs. He’s been the only WR Teddy Bridgewater has shown any sort of rapport with this year, and the elite target totals Diggs is generating is a rarity on the waiver wire. I’m not going to break the FAAB bank, but I’m going to make a big enough bid to ensure I get him. I’m thinking, $16 (of $100). And now I’ll have to bid more since my league mates read this and use the info against me.

A quick glance at the top target leaders for Week 6 reveals the usual suspects: Demayius Thomas, DeAndre Hopkins, Keenan Allen, Bryan Walters… wait. HUHHHHHHH????? Doubt many saw that one coming. Walters squirmed his way on to the field replacing the perpetually banged up Marqise Lee, but saw a bump in his numbers when Allen Robinson limped off the field with a knee injury. Early reports have Robinson suffering from a deep bone bruise that has his availability next week in question. If Robinson misses the game, Walters has stream value in deeper leagues if you’re hurting at WR. Beyond that, pass on the receiver that hadn’t seen more than four targets in any game before this week.

Keenan Allen left with a hip injury, briefly returned, only to exit for good against the Packers. No timetable on the severity yet, but if Allen is going to miss time, Malcom Floyd appears to be the biggest beneficiary at WR. That’s contingent on the health of Stevie Johnson, though, who hasn’t played since suffering a hamstring injury Week 4. The Chargers have shown an aversion to running the ball, so a stretch receiver (18.0 aDOT) like Floyd will have the opportunity to pile up yardage in bulk with increased looks. In deeper leagues, Dontrelle Inman should be on your radar if Allen and Johnson remained sidelined.

More from the injury front. Jeremy Maclin dropped a third down pass, got up with case of the dizzies, went to the sidelines, and never came back. This opened up Travis Kelce to finally start piling up yardage, but it’s Albert Wilson that seems to be the man on the outside that will see an uptick in targets sans Maclin. Wilson finished with three grabs for 57 yards and score (on 6 targets) against the Vikings, but beware. Maclin is able to overcome is horrid QB situation on talent alone, don’t expect Wilson to simply step in and replicate his numbers. If Maclin is still all Lucille 2 next Sunday, toss Wilson into the Bryan Walters pile as a deep plug-and-play at the position in a plus matchup. Nothing more.

The stats didn’t match the usage, but Jamison Crowder led Washington in receiving for the third straight game. The problem: It was only 40 yards. Still, that’s now 29 targets (19 receptions) over this three-game stretch, and if DeSean Jackson can’t make it back for Week 7, Crowder persists as a Top 35 WR in a soft matchup against the Bucs. If Jackson’s back in uniform, delete Crowder’s name from your contacts.

Ty Montgomery’s ankle took a turn the wrong way, but x-rays came back negative, and it appears like he’ll be fine. This close Jeff Janis truthers. It probably didn’t matter either way. With the Packers heading into their bye week, DaVante Adams will likely be back from his ankle injury in Week 8, thus rendering any Green Bay WR pick up discussion inert. If Adams still can’t go in two weeks, you don’t want to start Montgomery to Janis in Denver anyway.

Worried about Emmanuel Sanders playing hooky on overtime? DON’T!!!!!! Sanders sprained the AC joint in his shoulder, which isn’t expected to keep him out too long. The general timetable is 1-3 weeks, and with the Broncos getting a week of rest Week 7, Sanders could potentially be fine for Week 8. His practice regimen that week will tell the tale.

Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups: Tight End

  1. Charles Clay
  2. Ben Watson
  3. Crockett Gillmore
  4. Richard Rodgers
  5. Zach Ertz
  6. Ladarius Green
  7. Austin Seferian Jenkins
  8. Kyle Rudolph
  9. Derek Carrier
  10. Heath Miller
  11. Larry Donnell
  12. Eric Ebron
  13. Dwayne Allen
  14. Mychal Rivera
  15. Jacob Tamme

Not much happening in the tight end pick up department on the Week 7 waiver wire, but there’s a chance Charles Clay is still lurking about. Clay recovered swimmingly from his cramping issues a week ago, leading the Bills in receptions, yardage, and targets…  There’s going to be the urge to overreact to Ben Watson’s giant game and shell out all your remaining FAAB dollars for him, but remember, Big Watty hadn’t hauled in more than four catches or 42 yards before exploding against the Falcons… If you’re looking for a one-week filler at TE, don’t over look Ladarius Green. Clearly, Antonio Gates is the Chargers big man to own, however, Green hasn’t been absent of value since Gates’ return. He’s playing fewer snaps, but has seen at least four targets each of the past two weeks, and draws a gravy match up against the Raiders. He’s worth a look if you’re stuck.

Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups: Quarterback

  1. Ryan Tannehill vs HOU
  2. Blake Bortles vs BUF
  3. Sam Bradford at CAR
  4. Brian Hoyer at MIA
  5. Ryan FitzMAGIC at NE
  6. Landry Jones at KC
  7. Josh McCown at STL
  8. Kirk Cousins vs TB

This is THEE big week for QB byes, so make sure to grab the right fill in.

Ryan Tannehill was send out to pasture by many owners after bringing great dishonor to their roster after Week 4. That probably wasn’t wise. The Dolphins offense looked WAYYYYYYY better coming off the bye, and the Texans have just given up five passing scores to Matt Hasselbeck and Blake Bortles the last two weeks… Speaking of Blake Bortles, he has multiple TD passes in four of five games (including 7 in the last two), and squares off with a Buffalo D, in London, that is a lot better in our minds than reality… If Big Ben and Michael Vick are both too banged up to play, Landry Jones is an interesting option against the Chiefs. Kansas City has ceded at least 17 points to the position in all but one week, and it’s not like he’s devoid of weaponsBrian Hoyer gets to throw to DeAndre Hopkins, that, in itself, is good for 12 Fantasy points a week. Everything else is just a bonus.

Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups: Streaming Defenses

  1. SF vs SEA
  2. CLE at STL
  3. NYG vs DAL
  4. WSH vs TB
  5. MIA vs HOU

When in doubt, gambling on a Thursday night home defenses is a risky, but calculated move to stream some cheap points from a widely available DST. While there have been absolute abominations (NE & HOU; Zero Points), some other underachieving units have put up solid totals on the short week: KC, 12; NYG, 8; PIT, 8; NO, 16. And against the second worst pass blocking O-line in football, the 49ers should at least provide enough of a sack base to finish in the top half of DSTs this week…If picking on bad QB play is your bag, baby; then know the Giants face that awful Matt Cassel and the Browns pass through the Gateway to pester Pick Foles… I’d recommend the Saints if you guaranteed me the Colts would keep running this play. Unfortunately for our funny bones, I doubt that we see that ever again.

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