The NFL and fantasy football seasons are over a month into the year and not slowing down anytime soon. Fantasy managers are now adjusting and tweaking their rosters based on what we’ve seen through the league’s first few weeks.
Working the waiver wire is the best way to better your team and find a weekly advantage. To aid in that, here are some of the top Week 7 waiver wire claims fantasy football managers should consider.
Top QB Waiver Wire Pickups in Week 7
Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (26.9% Rostered)
I’d love nothing more than for Justin Fields never to be a streaming option and more of a locked-in starting option for fantasy. But we aren’t there yet, and I’m not sure we will be anytime soon. With that said, the hype train is moving in the right direction.
On Sunday, Fields showed why the Konami Code is king when it comes to quarterbacks. His season-high 88 yards rushing on 12 attempts against the Commanders were the equivalent of over two passing touchdowns. Sure, he only had 190 yards and a TD on 14 of 27 passing, but believe it or not, Fields is ninth in fantasy points per dropback in 2022.
He’s scored 17+ PPR in back-to-back weeks while averaging 62 rushing yards a game. While he did aggravate his shoulder, the time between games should be more than enough for Fields to suit up against the Patriots. While he’s not the safest option, with four top-12 QBs on a bye, Fields is certainly worth consideration off the Week 7 waiver wire.
Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks (56.6% Rostered)
Geno Smith is everything the Broncos thought they were getting, and while he let me down last week, I can’t turn my back that easily. Taking on the Cardinals in Week 6, Smith completed 20 of 31 passes for 197 yards, which tied his lowest yardage total since Week 2.
This is the best we’ve seen from Smith since he was at West Virginia. His 12.6 PPR fantasy points snapped a three-week streak of 20+ and games with multiple touchdowns. Smith is the QB6 (22.1) since Week 3 and sits No. 1 in the NFL in xCOMP at +7.7% and No. 4 in EPA+CPOE (expected points added + completion percentage over expectation). However you want to dice it up, Smith is actually cooking. He is a top-10 option in Week 7.
Other QBs To Consider on the Week 7 Waiver Wire
- Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (67.7%)
- Daniel Jones, New York Giants (27.3%)
- Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (54.5%)
- Marcus Mariota, Atlanta Falcons (14.4%)
Top RB Waiver Wire Pickups in Week 7
Kenyan Drake, Baltimore Ravens (3.2% Rostered)
With J.K. Dobbins needing to leave the game because of his knee tightening up, Kenyan Drake stepped up in a massive way for the team.
Playing on 58% of the snaps, the veteran rushed for 119 yards in a touchdown on 10 carries while catching one of his two targets for eight yards. There is the potential for a Gus Edwards return, but he has yet to make his season debut after tearing his ACL last year. I doubt the Ravens are in any rush to give him a massive workload.
Facing a Cleveland Browns defense that was obliterated by Rhamondre Stevenson and has leaked yardage all season long, if Dobbins cannot suit up, Drake could find himself coming off the Week 7 waiver wire and directly into starting lineups.
Darrell Henderson Jr., Los Angeles Rams (7.3% Rostered)
This is Darrell Henderson Jr.’s backfield, and that’s not my words. Those are coming from head coach Sean McVay, who said it’s time to find Cam Akers a new opportunity. He’s likely to be traded at any moment.
Henderson dominated the snaps over the weekend while rushing 12 times for 43 yards and a touchdown and added nine additional yards on two receptions. As much as I love Kyren Williams, I’m not concerned about him from a fantasy standpoint.
When given the touches, Henderson has proven he can be an RB2 with an RB2 ceiling. He’s not just a bye week filling out the waiver wire in Week 7; he’s a weekly starter.
Brian Robinson, Washington Commanders (50.2% Rostered)
I hope you like starting running backs because Brian Robinson is a starting RB you can add in about 50% of fantasy football leagues. He was a clear lead back in early downs and had a solid game, rushing 17 times for 60 yards with a touchdown.
What will keep Robinson from hitting his ceiling is the lack of targets that will go toward J.D. McKissic and Antonio Gibson. At the same time, this was never his role to begin with. While he doesn’t have the upside of Henderson, Robinson should have a safe floor with touchdown upside.
Other RBs To Consider on the Week 7 Waiver Wire
- Mike Boone, Denver Broncos (34.2%)
- Isiah Pacheco, Kansas City Chiefs (12% Rostered)
- Latavius Murray, Denver Broncos (7.5%)
- Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts (54.4%)
- Rachaad White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (25.8%)
- Jaylen Warren, Pittsburgh Steelers (61.7%)
- Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers (6.7%)
- Caleb Huntley, Atlanta Falcons (5.2%)
Top WR Waiver Wire Pickups in Week 7
Wan’Dale Robinson, New York Giants (6.5% Rostered)
I don’t think there is anyone I would consider a must-add player on the waiver wire in Week 7. This is the universe’s way of balancing out after how stacked it was last week. But there is someone who I definitely want to take a look at as an add: Wan’Dale Robinson.
Making his return from injury, Robinson played only 23% of the snaps but saw 11 of his 13 snaps in 11 personnel, suggesting Brian Daboll feels confident enough to run him as a top-two option. Robinson also made the most of those chances, catching three of his four targets for 37 yards of the touchdown.
Injuries have decimated the Giants’ WR corps once again, and there is every chance in the world that Robinson could become the No. 1 option for Daniel Jones. With upcoming games against the Jaguars, Seahawks, Texans, and Lions, now is the time to add Robinson off the Week 7 waiver wire before you have to fight with your league-mates once he goes off.
Alec Pierce, Indianapolis Colts (25.3% Rostered)
Can someone explain to me why Alec Pierce is only rostered in 25% of leagues? This one makes no sense to me. Pierce has five or more targets in every game since Week 2 and is the WR24 in PPR scoring (12.7 PPR) since Week 3.
I get Parris Campbell had a good game, but Pierce is the No. 2 option for Matt Ryan and the Colts. Leading into Week 6, Pierce had 80+ yards in consecutive games. This past Sunday, he caught three of his seven targets for 49 yards, including the game-winning touchdown to knock off the Jaguars.
He should not be floating around in this many leagues.
Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals (46.5% Rostered)
Rondale Moore is trending up after a slow start to his career. He had set new career highs in offensive snap percentage for three straight weeks and was the focal point of the Cardinals’ offense, recording 13 receptions on 18 targets for 117 yards in the past two games.
Arizona was all over the news on Monday as they lost Marquise Brown for around six weeks and traded for Robbie Anderson from the Carolina Panthers.
With DeAndre Hopkins returning from suspension in Week 7, he will take over No. 1 responsibilities. After recording the lowest aDOT last year, Moore’s 2.8 aDOT over the previous two weeks is the second lowest in the NFL, which does cap his upside. But if Kliff Kingsbury can ever get his act together and use him as an explosive intermediate threat, like he is, Moore could turn into a Flex option.
Van Jefferson, Los Angeles Rams (7.3% Rostered)
Van Jefferson has been on IR after undergoing knee surgery in early August, but we received some good news on Monday. The Rams are planning to activate Jefferson, with him ready to make his return in Week 8 following their bye.
Jefferson was the WR36 last year, despite being the Rams’ third wide receiver, and had probably the quietest 50 receptions and 800 yards season you’ll ever see. Allen Robinson II did give some of us believers a bit of hope, but I have more confidence in Jefferson becoming the No. 2 alongside Cooper Kupp than I do in Robinson maintaining starting caliber usage.
Other WRs To Consider on the Week 7 Waiver Wire
- Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers (60.7%)
- Jahan Dotson, Washington Commanders (52.8%)
- Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers (61.7%)
- Corey Davis, New York Jets (27.4%)
- Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns (4.7%)
- Treylon Burks, Tennessee Titans (32.9%)
- Terrace Marshall Jr., Carolina Panthers (0.2%)
- Jameson Williams, Detroit Lions (22.4%)
Top TE Waiver Wire Pickups in Week 7
Greg Dulcich, Denver Broncos (0.4% Rostered)
Not only does he look like a muscled-up pirate straight from the set of Pirates of the Caribbean, but Greg Dulcich can also play some freaking football.
Apparently, the rumors were true about how much the Broncos liked him during camp as the first opportunity Dulcich had to play after coming off IR, Albert Okwuegbunam was a healthy scratch. All he did was score a touchdown in his first game.
Although the score doesn’t reflect it, there were some positive signs for Denver’s offense on Monday night that hopefully can translate into more consistency down the line. What you do have to love for Dulcich is the upcoming schedule.
Over half of his upcoming games will be against teams ranked 21st or lower in DVOA. He’s more of a stash than a starter, but I would not be shocked if Dulcich became everything we thought Albert O could be before the season started. Albert O walked so Dulcich could fly.
Daniel Bellinger, New York Giants (2.5% Rostered)
Rookie tight ends rarely become fantasy commodities, but Daniel Bellinger is making a case to buck that trend. Playing on 93% of the snaps in Week 6, Bellinger saw an 18.5% target share which led the team, catching all five targets for 38 yards and a score. He was out there on 100% of the Giants’ third downs and now has touchdowns in back-to-back games.
While I’d love more volume, Bellinger is a name to target on the waiver wire in Week 7, especially if you have a TE on a bye. He has a decent upcoming schedule, with his next three matchups all coming against teams 18th or higher in DVOA vs. the position.
Evan Engram, Jacksonville Jaguars (37% Rostered)
By hook or by crook, Evan Engram is putting together a quietly good stretch of football. After catching six of 10 targets for 69 yards last week, Engram was more efficient against Indy, catching five of six for 40 yards. While 9.0 PPR isn’t a ton for tight ends, that was enough to finish inside the top 15 on the week.
It’s hard to turn down a 27.5% target share, especially from a player we know can be dangerous in open space and is playing in an offense that loves its TEs and has some injury issues at WR. Engram also has a cake-walk couple of upcoming games against the Giants and Raiders, who sit 25th and 23rd in DVOA, respectively.
Other TEs To Consider on the Week 7 Waiver Wire
- Hayden Hurst, Cincinnati Bengals (51.8%)
- Hunter Henry, New England Patriots (36.8%)
- Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers (27.6%)
- Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (40.0%)
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