We are approaching the midway point of the season for fantasy football managers, and it’s not too late to round out rosters and add needed depth for your playoff push. 2020 has shown that a strong contingency plan might be in your best interest! Injuries continue to pile up across the NFL landscape, with players like Raheem Mostert, Jonnu Smith, and Miles Sanders having varying degrees of recovery to deal with. Let’s take a look at the top pickups on the Week 7 waiver wire.
Waiver Wire Week 7 Pickups: Quarterbacks
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (vs New York Giants)
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (vs Pittsburgh Steelers)
Tannehill has been sensational the past two games, and I expect more of the same in Week 7. I like the over to hit this week against the Steelers, therefore lots of fantasy points to be had here!
Other quarterbacks to consider adding in Week 7
- Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at Atlanta Falcons)
- Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (vs Jacksonville Jaguars)
- Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers (at New Orleans Saints)
- Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
- Kyle Allen, Washington Football Team (vs Dallas Cowboys)
- Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (at New England Patriots)
- Tua Tagovailoa – BYE
Waiver Wire Week 7 Pickups: Running Backs
D’Andre Swift, Lions (at Falcons)
Swift has finally arrived, posting 116 rushing yards and receiving a few targets in the passing game. This week has a juicy matchup against the Falcons. #RunDontWalk Swift should be on the top of your add/ drop requests, especially if you are facing the potential loss of Joe Mixon this week.
J.D. McKissic, Washington (vs Cowboys)
McKissic is getting more volume than Antonio Gibson, especially in the passing game, and has a favorable matchup against the Cowboys in Week 7.
Other running backs to consider adding in Week 7
- Zack Moss, Buffalo Bills (at New York Jets)
- Justin Jackson, Chargers (vs Jaguars)
- La’Michal Perine, Jets (vs Bills)
- JaMycal Hasty, 49ers (at Patriots)
- Nyheim Hines – BYE
Waiver Wire Week 7 Pickups: Wide Receivers
Mike Williams, Chargers (vs Jaguars)
Williams is touchdown-dependent, but considering Keenan Allen is dealing with a back injury, Williams could emerge as the main go-to target for Justin Herbert.
Chase Claypool, Steelers (at Titans)
If Claypool is still available on your waiver wire…shame on you! And what league do you play in!? Room for any more?
Keelan Cole, Jaguars (at Chargers)
There are a plethora of mouths to feed in that Jaguars wide receiving corps, but I like the chemistry we’ve seen between Cole and Gardner Minshew. Cole is receiving at least five targets a game.
Travis Fulgham, Eagles (vs Giants)
Just in case you thought Week 5 was a mirage — well, it wasn’t! Fulgham was Wentz’s go-to target again in Week 6, leading the team in targets, and posting six catches for 75 yards and a score. Go grab this guy!
Other wide receivers to consider adding in Week 7
- Henry Ruggs, Raiders (vs Buccaneers)
- Laviska Shenault, Jaguars (at Chargers)
- Tee Higgins, Bengals (vs Browns)
- Tim Patrick, Broncos (vs Chiefs)
- James Washington, Steelers (at Titans)
- Darnell Mooney, Bears (at Rams)
- Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson (expected to come off of injured reserve), Eagles (vs Giants)
- Tyler Johnson, Buccaneers (at Raiders)
- Marcus Johnson – BYE
Week 7 Pickups: Tight Ends
Anthony Firkser, Titans (vs Steelers)
Jonnu Smith is dealing with an ankle injury, which has opened the door for Firkser, posting 113 yards and a touchdown in Week 6. Ryan Tannehill loves him some tight ends, so get Firsker on your roster, especially if you have Mark Andrews on a bye.
Dallas Goedert, Eagles (vs Giants)
Goedert is expected back in action Thursday night against the Giants, and it comes at the perfect time, considering Zach Ertz is dealing with an ankle injury.
Other tight ends to consider adding in Week 7
- Trey Burton, Colts – BYE
- Irv Smith Jr., Vikings – BYE
- Austin Hooper, Browns (at Bengals)
- Darren Fells, Texans (vs Packers)
When do waivers clear in Week 7 — when can I add and drop?
Let’s quickly review when waiver wires clear and how the process works. You may put in claims on players that are currently free agents, but you will not officially add any players until the waiver process concludes in the early hours of Wednesday morning (in most leagues).
For most leagues, if multiple people put in a waiver claim for the same player, the fantasy manager with the worst record will be awarded the player. In some leagues, waivers are decided by free agency money allotted to each fantasy manager, and thus you must be careful how much and how early you are spending those dollars.
Any dropped player must be on waivers for 24 hours, and at that point, the waiver wire order will decide who is awarded the player, or if no one bid on the player, the player becomes an “undisputed” free agent.
Always check your league settings to understand all of your unique waiver wire details.
Anita Marks is the Chief Fantasy Analyst at Pro Football Network. Marks is also a gambling analyst for ESPN and appears on Daily Wager, which airs from 6-7 PM ET on ESPN 2. Her radio show – Weekend Wager – airs on ESPN New York (98.7) FM every Friday at 10 PM ET. Follow her on Twitter: @AnitaMarks.