Fantasy Waiver Wire Week 7: Can you trust the Browns’ RBs?

With bye weeks starting and injuries piling up, who are the priority Week 7 waiver wire pickups to target for your fantasy football team?

Injuries and bye weeks are hitting managers hard in Week 7, forcing fantasy football managers to dig deep into the waiver wire to put together a competitive lineup. Let’s take a look at the top waiver wire pickups to target for your fantasy football team in Week 7.

Fantasy Waiver Wire Targets | Week 7

With bye weeks ramping up in Week 7 and injuries an ever-present factor in the NFL, the waiver wire will be where championships are won and lost for fantasy managers in 2021. Here are some of our recommendations for Week 7.

Quarterbacks

Here are the quarterbacks to target on the Week 7 fantasy football waiver wire.

Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts

It’s amazing what you can do in life when you have two functioning ankles. Now a few weeks removed from spraining both of his ankles on a single play, Carson Wentz is playing solid football.

Last week, Wentz completed 11 of 20 attempts for 223 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Colts seemed to remember they have this guy named Jonathan Taylor who is good at football and relied on him. But Wentz can put up big numbers, as shown in Week 5 when he put up 402 yards against Baltimore.

The most considerable improvement for Wentz is in the turnover category. Wentz has just 1 interception to 9 touchdowns and hasn’t thrown a pick since Week 2. But I’m sure I just jinxed him.

The Colts get the 49ers on Sunday, which is a favorable matchup. If you’re in a pinch in Week 7, Wentz could be a welcome addition off the waiver wire to plug into your fantasy football lineup.

Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins suffered their fifth loss of the season against the Jaguars on Sunday, but it’s hard to put the blame on Tua, who made his first start since coming off injured reserve (ribs). He completed 33 of 47 pass attempts for 329 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. He also rushed 3 times for an additional 22 yards. That’s not too shabby considering he didn’t have Will Fuller, DeVante Parker, or Preston Williams to target. 

Tua will never light the world on fire. We know that. But if he is going to play football like this as the Dolphins try to keep up with opposing teams, he has my interest. On the upcoming schedule, he has matchups against the Falcons (Week 7) and Texans (Week 9). He will be in streaming territory for those games. 

Running Backs

There are quite a few RBs you should scour the waiver wire for in Week 7.

D’Ernest Johnson, Cleveland Browns

As someone who makes a living talking about fantasy football, I am contractually obligated to mention D’Ernest Johnson in a waiver wire article this week. But that does not mean I want to do it. 

With Kareem Hunt on IR and Nick Chubb out for Thursday Night Football, Johnson is like that last person left at the bar when the lights turn on. You’re making due because there are no other options. Even last week, when Hunt left the game, Johnson had just 1 carry for 2 yards. We did this song and dance last year — fantasy managers got their feet stepped on as Johnson was a waste of FAAB. 

I don’t see his upside. Especially not in a matchup against the Denver Broncos, who are No. 4 in points allowed to RBs at 17.12 per game. Just like at the bar, don’t be surprised if you wake up the following day with a few regrets should you take a chance on Johnson off the waiver wire.

Kenyan Drake, Las Vegas Raiders

In short, I’m intrigued by Kenyan Drake. He started the season off with some decent usage (38 opportunities through Week 3) but saw that fall off a cliff once Josh Jacobs returned from injury.

In Weeks 4-5, Drake saw just 4 combined opportunities. But perhaps there is something positive to hang our hat on. With Jon Gruden out of town, Drake saw touches again and had a highly efficient day, rushing 4 times for 32 yards and a score while catching both of his targets for 39 yards with another TD. 

Still, that’s not a sustainable level of play, nor are there enough touches to go around in the Las Vegas backfield. But perhaps Drake could use this as a springboard for a more prominent role in the offense. He has a pedigree of fantasy-relevant performances and could be closing in on them again. I’d add Drake off the waiver wire in Week 7 should you have the roster space to do so.

Demetric Felton, Cleveland Browns

Same situation as Johnson. The Browns are out of better options, but at least Demetric Felton has shown signs of life. On the season, he has 8 receptions (8 targets) for 90 yards and a score. Yes, a running back that has no rush attempts. 

With Odell Beckham Jr. (shoulder) and Jarvis Landry (MCL-IR) dealing with injuries, Felton could see some passing work. But outside of deeper leagues, I can’t sit here and tell you with any level of confidence that I trust him. 

Week 7 Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups | Wide Receivers

Here are the wide receivers to target on the Week 7 fantasy football waiver wire.

Nico Collins, Houston Texans

Does anyone here play the lottery? Because that’s what Nico Collins is — a lottery ticket. But not the massive jackpot that makes the news. He’s the one that gets your name on the gas station window plus a free 32 oz. refill. 

In his first game back from IR, Collins caught 4 of 6 targets for 44 yards. As I said on PFN’s In the Mood Fantasy Podcast, the only trustworthy player on the Texans is Brandin Cooks. But Houston’s WR2 role is wide open, and Collins could be that guy. He had the hype in the preseason and showed flashes of exceptional play at Michigan. But can he —  or more importantly, Davis Mills — put it together? That remains to be seen.

Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears

At first, I was kind of joking when I said there was a new No. 1 WR in Chicago. But it might not have been so far-fetched after all. Darnell Mooney led the Bears with 8 targets in Week 6 while catching 5 passes for 45 yards and scoring his first TD of the season. On a team with Allen Robinson, Mooney leads the team in targets (39), receptions (25), yards (306), and is tied for the lead in touchdowns (1). 

It’s evident there is a clear connection between Mooney and Justin Fields. And with OC Bill Lazor calling plays again, we could be witnessing the emergence of a new NFL star. Mooney is a WR you can snag off the waiver wire in Week 7 who could turn into a weekly fantasy football starter.

Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens

In his NFL debut, Rashod Bateman tied for the team lead in targets with 6 while catching 4 passes for 29 yards in Week 6. I could care less about the yards. That he was instantly thrust into a significant role in his first game speaks volumes, as does the fact that Lamar Jackson trusted him enough to target him.

In the lead-up to the 2021 NFL Draft, I said Bateman was arguably the most NFL-ready WR in the class. He is not head-and-shoulders above everyone else at any one thing, but he is extremely solid in every facet of the game. He runs solid routes, gets in and out of breaks, has reliable hands, can win contested catches, and has the requisite size and speed needed in the NFL.

Bateman will be a flex-worthy play in Week 7 against the Bengals and could turn into the Ravens’ top WR in just a few weeks.

Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys

Fantasy is a fickle affair. It’s a game of “what have you done for me lately,” and one that requires managers to make difficult decisions. I would not be surprised if the person who drafted Michael Gallup might have dropped them by now. He hasn’t played since Week 1, and if benches aren’t particularly deep, managers might have been forced to cut him and hoped no one noticed.

Well, guess what make-believe fantasy person — we noticed. Dak Prescott is playing fantastic football, and despite the presence of Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, Gallup would be an instant fantasy starter the minute he is activated. The Cowboys have a bye in Week 7, and Gallup is expected to be activated from IR the following week, meaning you need to acquire him now.

Tight Ends

Which tight end should you target on the waiver wire in Week 7?

Ricky Seals-Jones, Washington Football Team

With Washington down Logan Thomas and Curtis Samuel, they needed someone to step up in this offense. That someone has been Ricky Seals-Jones. Over the last two weeks, Seals-Jones has seen 15 targets and has 9 receptions for 91 yards and a score. While that might not sound like a lot, that’s enough to come in as the TE10 over that time (12.5 ppg).

Despite making offseason upgrades, Washington’s defense is not playing anywhere close to where it was last season. As such, WFT needs to throw the ball to keep up. They get Green Bay in Week 7, who we expect to put up points. That means Seals-Jones could be in line for another solid outing. With the waiver wire fairly bare at TE, Seals-Jones is a worthwhile addition in Week 7 for fantasy football managers.

Tommy Garrett is a Fantasy Analyst for Pro Football Network and is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can read all of Tommy’s work here, listen to him on PFN’s Fantasy Football podcast, and check out his contributions in PFN’s free fantasy newsletter. Give him a follow on Twitter: @TommyGarrettPFN.

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