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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watchlist for Week 7: Streaming targets, free agent sleepers include Tua Tagovailoa, Marlon Mack, Zach Ertz

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watchlist for Week 7: Streaming targets, free agent sleepers include Tua Tagovailoa, Marlon Mack, Zach Ertz

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watchlist for Week 7: Streaming targets, free agent sleepers include Tua Tagovailoa, Marlon Mack, Zach Ertz

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Bye weeks began in Week 6 with the Saints, Falcons, Jets, and 49ers taking a break, but we have six teams on a bye in Week 7 (Bills, Cowboys, Jaguars, Chargers, Vikings, Steelers). With guys like Justin Herbert, Josh Allen, Najee Harris, Ezekiel Elliott, Justin Jefferson, Mike Williams, Dawson Knox, and Dalton Schultz, among many others, on bye, streaming season has arrived in full force. Using our Week 7 waiver wire watchlist, you can get ahead on potential top streaming targets in fantasy football. We’ll continue to help you identify one-week solutions, but we’re not giving up on finding season-long value either. The waiver wire might be getting thin, but as injuries mount and bye weeks rip away your fantasy studs, we still have to get after it. Tua Tagovailoa, Marlon Mack, Khalil Herbert, and Zach Ertz are some of the top free agent pickups to watch leading up to Week 6.

Not all leagues have enough roster spots to really take advantage of “stashing players,” but for those in deeper leagues (or those who have players on IR or disappointments worth cutting), our week-ahead watchlist will be useful. Stashing a player or two on your bench when they’re still free agents can really pay off if those players have good games. If they don’t, they’re easy drops. Your spot in the waiver order is valuable, and you want to hold it as long as possible. At the very least, it’s good to have a list of names of players to watch on Sunday so you can monitor snap share and targets/touches, and it’s always smart to claim matchup-based streamers at positions like TE or D/ST before there’s competition for them.

WEEK 6 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watchlist

Reminder: This list was put together in the lead-in to Week 6, looking forward to the players who could be popular waiver-wire targets ahead of Week 7. If you have a roster spot to play with, these are free-agent options you could grab early to beat the waiver buzz.

All these players are below 50-percent ownership on Yahoo unless otherwise specified. 

WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Week 7 Waiver Wire Watchlist: QB

Teams on a Week 7 bye: Bills, Cowboys, Jaguars, Chargers, Vikings, Steelers

Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars (51 percent owned in Yahoo leagues)

In Weeks 4 and 5, Lawrence showed flashes of why he was the No. 1 overall pick in the first place. He’s a rookie, so he’s going to have his ups and downs, but he’ll generally improve as the season rolls along. The Jags’ are on a Week 7 bye, then get Seattle in Week 8. We know Seattle’s secondary has struggled, and he’ll be a hot streamer when that time comes. Stash him before it’s too late.

Trey Lance, 49ers (37)

Lance is on a bye this week, so it makes sense his ownership went down. He struggled through the air in his first career start, but the rushing upside was on clear display. He ran for 89 yards and was inches away from scoring on the ground. Had he gotten that last inch, he would’ve been a top-12 QB in Week 5 and people would’ve been all over him. We’ll see how long Jimmy G (calf) is out, but the 49ers get Indianapolis in Week 7, who has surprisingly been an awful defense thus far. If nothing else, Lance is worth stashing for Garoppolo’s next injury or demotion.

Daniel Jones, Giants (36)

Jones suffered a concussion on a brutal hit in an attempt to score a rushing touchdown against Dallas in Week 5. However, he’s been much more good than bad, and although he faces a tough Carolina defense in Week 7, his rushing upside makes him a viable starter, especially with Saquon Barkley (ankle) sidelined for a week or two.

Jameis Winston, Saints (35) @ Seahawks

Winston has been boom or bust this year, but he attempted a season-high 30 passes in Week 5, netting nearly 30 fantasy points. He has the highest passing touchdown per attempt percentage in the NFL and has one of the best matchups possible in Week 7 with a trip to Seattle.

Risky Streamers: Justin Fields, Bears (34); Teddy Bridgewater, Broncos (20); Taylor Heinicke, Washington (20); Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins (16)

These guys all carry risk, but they have upside in solid Week 7 matchups. Fields haven’t been productive in fantasy yet, but maybe a matchup with one of the league’s worst defenses against fantasy QBs (Tampa Bay) will change that. Bridgewater plays the Browns, which is a good matchup on paper. However, the Browns have limited quarterbacks not named Patrick Mahomes or Justin Herbert, so it’s tough to know if their stats are misleading. Heinicke has played well this year with the expectation of Week 5 against New Orleans, but he’s rushed for at least 40 yards in the past two games. He has rushing upside, and while the Packers’ defense has looked improved, they still don’t scare anyone. We’ll see how Tua looks if he plays in Week 6, but a matchup with Atlanta in Week 7 makes him a streaming candidate.

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Week 7 Waiver Wire Watchlist: RB

Teams on a Week 7 bye: Bills, Cowboys, Jaguars, Chargers, Vikings, Steelers

Michael Carter, Jets (53)

We can almost confidently say Carter is the lead back in New York, and he’s scored a touchdown in each of his past two games. His upside is limited in a bad offense, but he’s worth rostering due to volume.

JD McKissic, Washington (41)

McKissic’s usage is actually going down as Antonio Gibson’s goes up, but he still has standalone value and is a top handcuff RB. That said, he can’t be trusted in starting lineups unless he starts to cut into more of Gibson’s opportunities.

Kenneth Gainwell, Eagles (36)

Gainwell only totaled three touches for 24 yards in Week 5, but we can’t give up on him just yet. He takes on Tampa Bay in Week 6, who has given up the most receptions to running backs, so a strong performance could get the fantasy community back on him. He’ll take on the Raiders in Week 7, whose defensive weakness is also the short-yardage passing game. 

Mark Ingram (29); David Johnson (28) Texans

In Week 5, Ingram once again led the Texans’ in carries by a comfortable margin, and David Johnson showed some life in PPR leagues, catching five-of-six targets for 46 yards. He may not be worth grabbing right now, but perhaps the Texans’ will begin to target him moving forward. Neither RB is going to be a weekly stud, but they might contribute in a solid matchup.

Marlon Mack, Colts (27)

Mack got some run in Week 5 and showed solid burst for the first time since he tore his Achilles’, rushing five times for 47 yards. In prime time, RB-needy teams saw him play, so a trade could go down any time now. There have already been rumors Kansas City is looking into acquiring him. Stash him now. At worse, you’ll drop him after the NFL trade deadline if nothing happens here.

Khalil Herbert (23); Tarik Cohen, Bears (10)

Damien Williams is the starter in Chicago while David Montgomery (knee) is out, but Herbert is obviously going to get some work. In Week 5, he totaled 18 carries for 75 yards. That’s a heck of a lot of work for a “backup” running back. That said, he’s going to be a factor alongside Williams. Cohen can return from the PUP list in Week 7 and might become a factor in PPR leagues as we’ve seen in years past. There’s a chance all these guys eat into each other’s touches (and fantasy production), but it’s worth watching to see how it plays out.

Brandon Bolden (8), Rhamondre Stevenson (8), Patriots

Although Damien Harris (ribs) seems to be fine after leaving his Week 5 game early, this backfield is crowded and tough to predict. We know Bolden is the receiving back, but Stevenson could begin to eat into Harris’ touches due to his fumbling issues.

Handcuffs with upside: Alex Collins, Seahawks (32); Samaje Perine, Bengals (21) Jeremy McNichols, Titans (3)

These guys are mostly just handcuff RBs, but each of them has gotten notable work behind their teams’ starters. McNichols leads all Titans in targets and could be used in the flex spot of deep PPR leagues if Julio Jones (leg) and A.J. Brown (hamstring) continue to miss games.

Collins and Perine might have short-lived stints as starters, as Chris Carson (neck) might be back for Week 6 and Joe Mixon will take back opportunities as he gets healthier. That said, we know Carson and Mixon have had injuries issues in the past, so Collins and Perine are still worth a roster spot in some leagues. Both have been somewhat impressive in their short stints of opportunity, so maybe they’ll have some standalone value moving forward. McNichols was quiet against the Jags in Week 5, but with Derrick Henry averaging 31.8 touches per game, he’s worth rostering in deep leagues. We’ve already seen he carries solid PPR upside.

WEEK 6 DFS LINEUPS: DraftKings | FanDuel | Yahoo

Week 7 Waiver Wire Watchlist: WR

Teams on a Week 7 bye: Bills, Cowboys, Jaguars, Chargers, Vikings, Steelers

Sterling Shepard (53)

Shepard’s ownership has fallen criminally low, and it’s time to take advantage if he’s available in your league. He caught 16 passes for over 200 yards and a touchdown when he was healthy during the first two weeks of the season and should return to solid production when he comes back from a hamstring injury. That could be as early as this week, so this will probably be the only chance to grab him. Kenny Golladay (knee) and Saquon Barkley (ankle) will miss a few weeks, so it’s the Shepard and Toney show in New York for now.

A.J. Green (48); Christian Kirk (47); Rondale Moore (42), Cardinals

These three have all had explosive weeks this season, and all warrant consideration to be rostered. If any of the three get injured, expect the other two to be picked up quickly. This is one of the league’s best offenses, so the opportunity is always there. They are all boom-or-bust candidates each week, as they cannibalize each other’s production.

Michael Gallup, Cowboys (45)

Cedrick Wilson has been productive next to Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb. but let’s not forget Gallup (calf) will step back into the No. 3 WR role when he returns from IR. The Cowboys have a Week 7 bye, but he’s expected to be able to go for Week 8. If you wait until then, it will be too late.

Hunter Renfrow, Raiders (45)

Renfrow has caught at least five passes in every game this year and has one of the safest floors among WRs in PPR leagues. That might sound crazy, but his floor has proven to be safer than DeAndre Hopkins, Stefon Diggs, and Tyreek Hill. Of course, his ceiling is also significantly lower than those guys, but he’s a trustworthy flex starter that won’t give you a near goose egg.

Darnell Mooney, Bears (43)

Chicago’s passing offense has been low volume, but surely it will have to pick up at some point. Mooney has a 25.8-percent target share — good for 14th among WRs — so stay patient with him if you have him and take a flier on him if you don’t.

DeVante Parker, Dolphins (41)

Parker (hamstring) was ruled out for Week 5, but it’s not expected to be a serious injury. He gets the Jaguars and Falcons in the next two weeks, and Tua Tagovailoa might return to action, too. Needless to say, he has a real chance to blow up during this two-week stretch.

Josh Gordon, Chiefs (32)

There’s not a ton of new things to say about Gordon, but he did catch his first pass as a Chief in Week 5. Kansas City desperately needs another WR to emerge in this offense. Gordon will get that chance. Kansas City plays Tennessee in Week 7, so perhaps that will be the Gordon coming out party.

Tim Patrick, Broncos (33)

Patrick caught seven-of-nine targets for 89 yards against Pittsburgh in Week 5 and continues to be productive. He’s been more consistent than Courtland Sutton but obviously has a lower ceiling. Jerry Jeudy’s return from an ankle injury could come any week now, but Patrick will remain valuable as at least a low-end flex option.

Marquez Callaway, Saints (33)

Callaway broke out in Week 5, catching four-of-eight targets for 85 yards and two touchdowns. One of those touchdowns was on a Hail Mary at the end of the first half, but it was still nice to see him produce and get a flurry of targets. Michael Thomas (ankle) is eligible to return after the Saints’ Week 7 bye, but Callaway will still have value. This has been a low-volume passing offense so far this season, but maybe the return of Thomas and Tre’Quan Smith (hamstring) will tempt Sean Payton to open the offense up.

Jamison Crowder, Jets (32)

Crowder caught just four passes for 24 yards against Atlanta, but he was targeted six times. Six targets feel like a safe number to expect every week, so he’s an attractive player in deep PPR leagues. That said, his Week 7 matchup with the Patriots might not be the time to play him.

Curtis Samuel, Washington (24); Rashod Bateman, Ravens (24); T.Y Hilton, Colts (21); Tre’Quan Smith, Saints (3)

All these guys are inching closer to playing, although Samuel is now back to “week-to-week” after aggravating his groin injury. Bateman (core) is expected to play in Week 6 vs. the Chargers and takes on the Bengals in Week 7. Lamar Jackson has dramatically improved as a passer, and Baltimore has shown it’s not afraid to go pass-heavy. Hilton (neck) is returning to practice this week, so his time is coming, too. Smith (hamstring) has a chance to return in Week 7, as well.

Amon-Ra St. Brown (14)

This isn’t a sexy offense, but targets are still targets. St. Brown has drawn eight targets in the past two games, and Quintez Cephus is out for the year with a broken collarbone. It takes WRs time to develop, and this might be the sweet spot for St. Brown to round into form. He’ll play Cincinnati in Week 6 before taking on the Rams in Week 7 in the Jared Goff revenge game.

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Week 7 Waiver Wire Watchlist: TE

Teams on a Week 7 bye: Bills, Cowboys, Jaguars, Chargers, Vikings, Steelers

Zach Ertz, Eagles (45) @ LV

Ertz has six more targets than Dallas Goedert this season and has been somewhat fantasy relevant for a “backup” tight end. He has six red-zone targets this year and will likely serve as the primary tight end in Week 6 vs. Tampa Bay with Goedert on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Goedert should be back by Week 7, but both will have starting potential against the Raiders, who are a bottom-12 defense against fantasy tight ends.

Jonnu Smith, Patriots (43) vs. NYJ

Smith has been disappointing this year, but with Dawson Knox, Dalton Schultz, and numerous streamer candidates at tight end on a bye, Smith is one of the most attractive steamers in Week 7. Prior to last week against Houston, he drew five or more targets in every game — enough to keep him in consideration at a scarce position.

Evan Engram, Giants (31) vs. CAR

By default, Engram draws streaming consideration in Week 7. With Kenny Golladay (knee), Saquon Barkley (ankle), Sterling Shepard (hamstring), and Darius Slayton (hamstring) banged up, it’s nearly impossible for him to draw fewer than six targets like he’s done over the past two weeks.

Ricky Seals-Jones, Washington (11) @ GB

Seals-Jones will remain the starter in Week 7, and after drawing eight targets in Week 5, he’s a top streamer for a third straight week. This offense lacks impressive pass-catchers outside of Terry McLaurin, so Seals-Jones will be targeted heavily.

Deep League Streamers: Cole Kmet, Bears (21); Anthony Firkser, Titans (9); Juwan Johnson, Saints (9)

Again, six starting tight ends are on a bye, so we have to explore all options at the position. Kmet plays Tampa Bay, Firkser plays Kansas City, and Johnson plays Seattle. All of those defenses are among the worst in the league in passing defense, so based on pure matchups, these guys are in play.

Week 7 defense streamers and sleepers

Teams on a Week 7 bye: Bills, Cowboys, Jaguars, Chargers, Vikings, Steelers

San Francisco 49ers DST (54) vs. IND

Indianapolis’ offense is showing signs of life, but Joey Bosa and the 49ers’ front seven should dominate a banged-up Colts’ offensive line.

Arizona Cardinals DST (53) vs. HOU

Arizona’s defense has looked impressive in spurts this year, and any defense that plays against Houston will be a top D/ST streamer until Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) comes back. We’re assuming Houston’s success against New England was more fluky than anything. 

New Orleans Saints DST (47) @ SEA

The Saints have been the No. 3 fantasy defense and take on Geno Smith in Week 7. Does anything more need to be said?

Green Bay Packers DST (44) vs. WAS

Washington has struggled on offense against decent defenses, and Green Bay looks much better on that side of the ball since they were torched by Jameis Winston in Week 1.

Miami Dolphins DST (23) vs. ATL

Atlanta’s offense is emerging, but they still don’t scare us too much. Miami has the talent to turn this thing around on defense, and this could be a good place to start. 

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