Week 7 Waiver Wire: Best pickups and targets for fantasy football include Demetric Felton and Rashod Bateman

After a great Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season, who are the priority Week 7 waiver wire pickups to target for your fantasy football team?

Following a bit of an underwhelming Week 6, it’s time to improve our rosters for Week 7 by using the waiver wire. Let’s take a look at the top waiver wire pickups to target for your fantasy football team. Please note that all roster percentages are from FleaFlicker.

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Week 7 Waiver Wire Targets | Quarterbacks

Which players can help your roster in advance of Week 7? Let’s start at the quarterback position, where we are looking at one player above all – Tua Tagovailoa.

Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (60% rostered)

Although Tua Tagovailoa is heavily rostered in Fleaflicker, he’s just 16% rostered in Yahoo leagues. Tua is a solid streamer this week against the Falcons, but what makes him really appealing is his upcoming schedule. The Dolphins get the Falcons, Bills, Texans, Ravens, and Jets in their next five games. Tagovailoa is usable in at least three of them, if not all five. He’s worth 1-5% of your FAAB if you need a quarterback.

Running Backs

There’s not much on the Week 7 waiver wire at running back, but we give you a few reasons why you should consider J.D. McKissic, Devonta Freeman, Demetric Felton, and D’Ernest Johnson

J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team (66% rostered)

Antonio Gibson was in and out of the Football Team’s loss to the Chiefs on Sunday, which led to a solid game from J.D. McKissic. Even if Gibson doesn’t miss any time, McKissic could be more involved. He’s 42% rostered in Yahoo leagues and is worth a 10-15% FAAB bid.

Devonta Freeman, Baltimore Ravens (15% rostered)

Disclaimer: Freeman is only for the desperate. The Ravens absolutely dominated the Chargers on Sunday and were able to run the ball no matter who was out there. Devonta Freeman, to my eyes, looked far superior to Le’Veon Bell. If Latavius Murray’s ankle injury keeps him out of action next week, my guess is Freeman would be the primary back. He’s worth no more than a few bucks of your FAAB.

Demetric Felton and D’Ernest Johnson, Cleveland Browns (22%/7% rostered)

The Browns play Thursday night in Week 7, which makes it unlikely Nick Chubb is ready to go. In addition, Kareem Hunt, who was already banged up heading into Week 6, was carried off the field after sustaining a calf injury. I can’t imagine he plays Thursday either.

That leaves rookie Demetric Felton and career third-stringer D’Ernest Johnson in control of the Browns’ backfield. It’s impossible to know how the touches will be distributed, so both players are worth a pickup. If I had to choose one of them, I would lean towards Felton because he’s more involved in the passing game. Both are worth 10-20% of your FAAB if you need a starting RB.

Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups | Wide Receivers

Several wide receivers to target on the Week 7 fantasy football waiver wire include Rashod Bateman, Kalif Raymond, Jamal Agnew, Nico Collins, T.Y. Hilton, and Michael Gallup.

Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens (49% rostered)

In his first game back from injury, Rashod Bateman played 65% of the Ravens’ offensive snaps (behind only Marquise Brown). Bateman looked good outside of a brutal drop that led to a Lamar Jackson pick. His usage and involvement in the passing game should only increase going forward.

Bateman is rostered in just 28% of Yahoo leagues. If he’s out there in your league, make sure he isn’t as of Wednesday morning. Anywhere from a 3-10% FAAB bid should get it done.

Kalif Raymond, Detroit Lions (20% rostered)

This is for deep leagues/those dealing with a slew of injuries/bye weeks only. Jared Goff targeted Kalif Raymond 7 times on Sunday. He was extremely inefficient, managing just 37 yards on 6 receptions, but that’s 9.7 PPR points. He’s worth a couple of FAAB bucks for needy managers.

Jamal Agnew, Jacksonville Jaguars (4% rostered)

Marvin Jones was the clear WR1 for the Jaguars in Week 6, but Jamal Agnew was actually second on the team in receiving with 78 yards on 5 receptions. It marked his second consecutive game with double-digit PPR fantasy points. He’s worth a 3-5% FAAB wager in the event this is the start of something real.

Nico Collins, Houston Texans (24% rostered)

Nico Collins returned from IR in Week 6 and immediately became the Texans’ WR3. Given that he’s a rookie and already playing this much, his role will likely only increase. This move may be a week early, but it could save you some FAAB next week or the week after. 1-3% should get it done.

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (55% rostered)

T.Y. Hilton is still out there in 39% of Yahoo leagues. He returned from IR against the Texans and caught all 4 of his targets for 80 yards. He did pick up a quad injury in the game so be sure to monitor that. Hilton is worth adding as long as we don’t get any bad news between now and Tuesday night. 5-10% of your FAAB should be enough.

Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys (69% rostered)

Michael Gallup is included here because he’s only 43% rostered in Yahoo leagues. The Cowboys are on bye next week, which may keep Gallup out of sight, out of mind. He was expected to miss 3-5 weeks with his calf injury, and it’s been five weeks. He should return following the bye. You shouldn’t need to bid more than a few dollars of FAAB to get him.

Week 7 Waiver Wire Targets | Tight Ends

Which tight ends should you pick up on the waiver wire in Week 7? We give you two to consider – Ricky Seals-Jones and Cole Kmet.

Ricky Seals-Jones, Washington Football Team (31% rostered)

Ricky Seals-Jones finds himself here for a second consecutive week. Not enough of you listened! RSJ trailed only J.D. McKissic in receiving yards this week. He’s an every-down player and a locked-in weekly TE1 until Logan Thomas returns. This time, it will probably take 8-12% of your FAAB to get him. If you need a TE, he’s worth it.

Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears (45% rostered)

I was very close to not having any tight ends here. There’s just nothing out there. Cole Kmet is the best of the bunch that is readily available, rostered in just 19% of Yahoo leagues. He played over 75% of the Bears’ offensive snaps and was targeted 5 times, finishing with 4 receptions for a season-high 49 receiving yards. Justin Fields is improving. You can likely add Kmet for free.

Jason Katz is a Fantasy Analyst at Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter: @jasonkatz13 and find more of his work here.


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