5 essential players to grab
A slew of top-star injuries in week 6 made it essential for fantasy football team owners to pick the best options available on the waiver thread to connect to their roster for week 7.
The waiver thread is especially crucial this week for another reason. The Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers all have passes and won’t play in Week 7.
The Bills, Cowboys, Chargers, and Vikings are some of the most valuable fantasy players. Fantasy football team owners must choose players on the waiver thread to replace team stars during their week off.
Five best options on the NFL Waiver Wire Week 7
# 1 – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins
After a three-game absence due to injury, Tua Tagovailoa returned to the field in Week 6. As his side suffered a shock loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tua filled in the statistics sheet. He had 329 passing yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 22 yards on three attempts.
The potential return of wide receiver Devante Parker could see the young caller post even better numbers against a struggling Atlanta Falcons secondary. Tagovailoa will be a good addition to the quarterback with Josh Allen, Dak Prescott and Justin Herbert farewell.
# 2 – D’Ernest Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns are now without their top two running backs, Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb. Hunt will miss at least four weeks with a calf injury and Chubb’s playing status is questionable going into Week 7.
D’Ernest Johnson hasn’t played much this season, but he’s proven in the past that he’s a capable back-back. He replaced Chubb last year in Week 4 and ran 95 yards on 13 carries.
For owners of fantasy football teams looking for players to replace Ezekiel Elliott, James Robinson and Austin Ekeler, Johnson should be a priority addition on waiver.
# 3 – Kenyan Drake, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
Back home, the Kenyan Drake has had an eventful season so far. He had a good outing in the Las Vegas Raiders’ Week 6 win over the Denver Broncos, rushing for 34 yards and a touchdown in just four carries. He also had two receptions for 39 yards.
After the sudden departure of head coach Jon Gruden, Drake could be in line for more work under the new regime. Drake is a solid waiver thread pickup for Week 7 and beyond, especially if Josh Jacobs is running out of time or the coaching staff decide to use Drake more in the passing game.
# 4 – Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens
No team has had more injury issues in the running hall than the Baltimore Ravens. Their offense was forced to rely heavily on passing play, which helped tight end Mark Andrews and wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown increase their fantastic point totals.
The Ravens’ defense isn’t as strong as it has been in seasons past, and Jackson is attempting more passes than he’s ever made. Rookie wide receiver Rashod Bateman’s debut wasn’t spectacular, but Jackson has targeted him six times.
As week 7 approaches, there are other potential wide receiver options from the waiver thread. Still, Bateman could be a great waiver addition for the remainder of the season.
# 5 – Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears offense lacks punch and consistency, but it’s not all about a lack of talent. Training and injuries also contributed to their inconsistency. The team will be hoping the offense improves as the season goes on and rookie quarterback Justin Fields adjusts to the speed of the NFL.
Wide receiver Darnell Mooney is the only bright spot on offense. Mooney received a draft mid-to-end draft buzz, but fantasy owners likely bailed out the receiver, knowing how weak the Bears offense would be.
But now is the chance to get Mooney off waivers before Fields and the Bears find some consistency in their offense in the weeks to come.