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2016 Fantasy Football: Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickup Rankings & Injuries

RotoExperts Staff October 17, 2016 12:04AM EDT

2016 Fantasy Football: Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickup Rankings & Injuries

FNTSY Sports Network’s Pat Mayo runs through the NFL Injury report and debates his Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickup Power Rankings for every position with Jake Ciely. The guys chat the top streaming QBs and DSTs for the upcoming week, trade value at RB while reviewing Week 6.

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Week 7 Waiver Wire Debate: Show Index

1:16 RB Pickups
34:07 WR Pickups
47:15 TE Pickups
52:37 DST Streams
53:50 QB Pickups/Streams

Week 7 Waiver Wire Notes

  • All players must be less than 60-percent owned
  • Will Be Updated For Breaking Injuries
  • Bye Weeks: Dallas & Carolina

Week 7 Waiver Wire: Running Backs

  1. Jay Ajayi
  2. James White
  3. Bilal Powell
  4. Chris Ivory
  5. Jacquizz Rodgers
  6. Derrick Henry
  7. Dion Lewis
  8. Devontae Booker
  9. Chris Thompson
  10. Matt Asiata
  11. Bobby Rainey
  12. Kenneth Dixon
  13. Dwayne Washington
  14. Alfred Morris
  15. Cameron Artis-Payne
  16. Mike Gillislee
  17. DeAndre Washington
  18. Knile Davis
  19. Thomas Rawls
  20. Jalen Richard
  21. Andre Ellington
  22. Justin Forsett
  23. Zach Zenner
  24. Fozzy Whittaker
  25. Travaris Cadet
  26. Josh Ferguson
  27. Jeremy Langford
  28. Damien Williams
  29. Robert Kelley
  30. Mike Davis
  31. Dexter McCluster
  32. CJ Spiller
  33. Orleans Darkwa
  34. Don Jackson
  35. Kenjon Barner
  36. Tim Hightower
  37. Shaun Draughn
  38. Wendell Smallwood
  39. Stepfan Taylor
  40. James Starks
  41. Charcandrick West
  42. Kenyan Drake
  43. Lance Dunbar
  44. Paul Perkins
  45. Alex Collins
  46. DJ Foster
  47. Robert Turbin
  48. CJ Prosise
  49. Mike Tolbert
Week 7 Waiver Wire: RB Injuries, News & Notes

Week 6 RB Snap Counts

With Arian Foster (Groin) officially active, Jay Ajayi was expected to resume his role as guy who warms the bench. That’s not quite how it played out. Ajayi went mental on Pittsburgh, picking up 204 yards on the ground and two scores. Foster? He played 11 snaps. Overall, Ajayi saw the most playing time with 48 snaps, Damien Williams 12, Foster 11, and Kenyan Drake got on to the field once. Ajayi is going be THE HOT pickup of Week 7, and he should be owned – no doubt – but this game was clearly an outlier. What does a normal week look like for Ajayi, especially with Foster getting close to full health? I’m not sold on him as a viable long term option. Miami came into the game with far and away the lowest time of possession of any offense in football, I’m not certain they solved all its problems in one week. If you’re desperate, and Ajayi is available, go ahead and use top priority; I’d wait for a clear-cut, injury-induced role change in the field with that priority however.

Carlos Hyde (Shoulder) got banged up for a series but swiftly returned. In his absence, and with the 49ers down by millions against the Bills, it appeared like Mike Davis, not Shaun Draughn is the every down handcuff. With Colin Kaepernick, and his crippling fear of checking down to his RBs, it may not matter anyway.

Doug Martin (Hamstring) is expected to be back on the field next week in San Francisco after missing the last three games. There hasn’t been any official word yet, though. So, it wouldn’t hurt to add Jacquizz Rodgers if you’re speculating for an RB to play Week 7. Rodgers was fed Week 5 with Martin sidelined and Charles Sims on IR. If Martin was to sit again, he’d inherit a pretty soft matchup against the 49ers. We should have news on Martin’s status pretty early in the week, so it may just be a free add and drop situation. But it never hurts to prepare.

LeSean McCoy (Knee) gave everyone a scare mid-way through the 49ers game. He went down, grimacing, and pointing to his knee. It didn’t look good. Fortunately, it was nothing. Shady returned and continued to dominate. Still, if you’re looking for a widely available handcuff, and the very top end guys (DeAngelo Williams, Derrick Henry, Alfred Morris, etc.) are already gone, pick up Mike Gillislee. Since all the Bills do is run, volume definitely wouldn’t be an issue.

Latavius Murray (Toe) missed his second straight game, leaving DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard to split the workload. While I love Richard’s explosiveness, it’s clear Washington is the back Oakland wants to get involved. He out snapped Richard 32:14 against the Chiefs. Murray should be back Week 7 in Jacksonville (29th rushing DVOA), but we thought that this week too. Washington would be a low-end RB2/FLEX play should Murray not be able to suit up.

Theo Riddick (Ankle) didn’t practice all week and sat against the Rams. Dwayne Washington (Ankle) got in some limited practice Friday but was inactive too. That left Zach Zenner and fresh-off-the-street Justin Forsett to man the Lions backfield. Clearly, Forsett was somewhat acclimated with the playbook, even on such short notice. Zenner played 48 snaps to Forsett’s 12. If Washington returns next week, I’d expect him to be more involved than this underwhelming duo. Riddick’s role remains unchanged as long as he’s healthy.

James Starks (Knee) needed a cleanup procedure and is expected to miss a couple weeks. Eddie Lacy (Ankle) didn’t appear to be at full health, and that was reflected in his playing time. Lacy was on the field for just 31 of Green Bay’s 70 plays. Since the Packers didn’t sign an RB or promote one from the practice squad, they were expected to roll with Randall Cobb as the backup, and line him up in the backfield. And they did, but not as much as Ty Montgomery. Montgomery was flanked near Aaron Rodgers for most of the second half, and while he ended up with three carries, he got a team-high 12 targets on short dump offs, resulting in 10 catches for 98 yards. Green Bay has a short turnaround Thursday night against the Bears, if they don’t activate another running back, expect to see more of Monty working as the scat back. Which makes him very startable Week 7, especially in PPR leagues. UPDATE: The Packers have traded for Knile Davis. It’s unclear whether he’ll have time to be integrated into the Green Bay offense by Thursday, so I’d still plan for heavy dose of Montgomery in the backfield to spell Lacy. There’s also rumors they’ll promote Don Jackson form the practice squad if Lacy is unavailable against the Bears. It’s a long shot, but worth an add if you have nothing at RB in a deep league.

Dion Lewis (Knee) is officially allowed to return from the PUP list this week, but likely won’t get in uniform until Week 10, after the Pats’ bye. If you have the bench room, I’d stash him for sure. James White led all RBs in targets (9) Week 6, those are Lewis’ when he comes back.

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Week 7 Waiver Wire: RB Targets

Week 7 Waiver Wire: Wide Receivers

  1. Cameron Meredith
  2. Michael Thomas
  3. Kendall Wright
  4. Chris Hogan
  5. Ty Montgomery
  6. Donte Moncrief
  7. Quincy Enunwa
  8. Eddie Royal
  9. Robert Woods
  10. Cole Beasley
  11. Tyler Lockett
  12. Mohamed Sanu
  13. Brandon LaFell
  14. Adam Humphries
  15. Josh Doctson
  16. Corey Coleman
  17. Kenny Britt
  18. Phillip Dorsett
  19. Anquan Boldin
  20. Brian Quick
  21. Jamison Crowder
  22. Pierre Garcon
  23. Tyler Boyd
  24. Torrey Smith
  25. Nelson Agholor
  26. Jeremy Kerley
  27. Victor Cruz
  28. Adam Thielen
  29. Breshad Perriman
  30. Davante Adams
  31. Dontrelle Inman
  32. Brice Butler
  33. Jermaine Kearse
  34. Andre Johnson
  35. Rishard Matthews
  36. Tajae Sharpe
  37. Cordarrelle Patterson
  38. Robby Anderson
  39. Chris Conley
  40. Eli Rogers
  41. Seth Roberts
  42. Terrance Williams
  43. Kenny Stills
  44. Marquise Goodwin
  45. Dorial Green-Beckham
  46. Justin Hunter
  47. Andrew Hawkins
  48. Danny Amendola
  49. Marquise Lee
  50. Markus Wheaton
  51. Devin Funchess
  52. Jaelen Strong
  53. Quinton Patton
  54. Kamar Aiken
  55. Charles Johnson
  56. Charon Peake
Week 7 Waiver Wire: WR Injuries, News & Notes

Odell Beckham Jr. (Hip) hobbled off the field a few times against the Ravens. I think it was a ruse. He looked perfectly fine on his 222 yards receiving.

Vincent Jackson has a torn ACL and he’s done for 2016. Adam Humphries and Cameron Brate would logically get an uptick in target share, but Jameis may just continue to feed Mike Evans EVEN MORE!!!!!!

After getting some practice in this week, Dez Bryant (Knee) is expected to return, and be close to 100%, when the Cowboys return from bye. Cole Beasley will retain his highly effective role, but Brice Butler and Terrance Williams return to afterthought status. They’ll still contribute from time-to-time, but Dallas runs the ball so much and milks the clock (2nd slowest PACE) that’s it’s tough to generate much upside on such limited opportunities.

Sammie Coates (Finger) “played” against Miami, but, it’s like he didn’t, posting big ZEROSSSSSS on four targets. He’ll be fine moving forward as a WR3. Just know, he’s going to be incredibly boom or bust, if you can stomach Coates’ inconsistency, he’ll win you a week or two.

Adam Schefter reported early Sunday Will Fuller (Hamstring) would likely be inactive against the Colts. He wasn’t, yet performed like he was. Monitor Fuller’s practice status as the week moves along, but he should be able to go against Denver, especially with the extra day of rest. Saturday practice will be the most important day got check in.

Davante Adams (Concussion) was forced out of the Packers game with the Cowboys. No word yet on whether he’ll be able to go Thursday night or not. I suspect, not. More opportunity for Ty Montgomery!!! Monty isn’t a long term option but a viable plug-and-play in Week 7 if you need the WR assistance.

Now’s about the time to start stashing Donte Moncrief (Shoulder) if you have the bench space. It’s clear Andrew Luck needs another legit receiver on the field. Moncrief will be a WR3 when he returns in a few weeks.

Week 7 Waiver Wire: WR Targets

RZ targets

Week 7 Waiver Wire: Streaming Defenses

  1. Bengals vs CLE
  2. Titans vs IND
  3. Buccaneers at 49ers
  4. Giants vs LAR
  5. Dolphins vs BUF
  6. Rams vs NYG
  7. Raiders at JAX
  8. Jets vs BAL
  9. Jaguars vs OAK

Week 7 Waiver Wire: Tight Ends

  1. Cameron Brate
  2. Jack Doyle
  3. Jacob Tamme
  4. Ladarius Green
  5. Charles Clay
  6. Jesse James
  7. Hunter Henry
  8. Vernon Davis
  9. Eric Ebron
  10. Larry Donnell
  11. Virgil Green
  12. Lance Kendricks
  13. Richard Rodgers
  14. CJ Fiedorowicz
  15. Clive Walford
  16. Will Tye
  17. Trey Burton
Week 7 Waiver Wire: TE Injuries, News & Notes

Ladarius Green (Ankle/Concussion) is eligible to return this week against New England. If you’re desperate for a tight end, grab Green and see what happens. You don’t want to play him his first week back, though.

If Jordan Reed (Concussion) can’t play Week 7, Vernon Davis will have a chance to dominate the Lions, like most TEs do.

Dwayne Allen (High Ankle Sprain) left the Sunday nighter and didn’t come back. The ankle looks like it could be a multiple week injury, making Jack Doyle a legit streaming option while Allen is out.

Charles Clay (Ankle) is in question for Week 7. Only deep leaguers need care.

Tyler Eifert (Back) could be out forever at this point. Drop in shallow leagues, and please, don’t use CJ Uzomah.

Eric Ebron (Knee) sat Sunday, and could miss more time too. Anquan Boldin has worked in the Ebron role during his absence. Boldin’s not the most gigantic guy in the world, but when he stands next to Golden Tate and Theo Riddick, you’d think he was 6’7”, 320, so the Lions use him as a TE.

Week 7 Waiver Wire: TE Targets

Week 7 Waiver Wire: Quarterbacks

  1. Jameis Winston at SF
  2. Andy Dalton vs CLE
  3. Marcus Mariota vs IND
  4. Alex Smith vs NO
  5. Ryan Tannehill vs BUF
  6. Brian Hoyer at GB
  7. Colin Kaepernick vs TB
  8. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs BAL
Week 7 Waiver Wire: QB Injuries, News & Notes

Ben Roethlisberger (Knee) left the Miami game for a period, but eventually returned… to miserable results. Turns out, he has a torn meniscus in left knee and will have surgery Monday morning. He’ll miss Week 7 against the Patriots, bye could be back by Week 9, following the Steelers’ bye week.

Many people parted ways with Jameis Winston during the bye. Please, GO GET HIM!!!! The Bucs draw SF/OAK/ATL/CHI the next four weeks, and have the Saints twice in the Fantasy playoffs.

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