Best Fantasy Week 7 exemption pickups: handcuffs JD McKissic and Rhamondre Stevenson appear as week off sleepers


Fantasy Football owners were on top of their games until this week, grabbing a group of key free agents (Zach Ertz, Khalil Herbert) ahead of this week’s waiver period. Yet our week 7 best fantastic waiver feed pickups and free agent additions has several players (JD McKissic, TY Hilton, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Ricky Seals-Jones, Rhamondre Stevenson, By Ernest Johnson) that could make an impact with an upcoming six-team pass. Thankfully, there haven’t been many notable injuries outside of Kadarius Toney, Kareem Hunt, and Antonio Gibson (and the latter two might not be too severe), but that means there aren’t many priority claims, so we must make due with what is available.

Our full list of free agents features more potential depth players, including multiple players coming out of byes (Michael carter, Mark Callaway) you may have forgotten and eligible players to exit IR soon who are definitely out of sight, out of mind (Michael gallup, Tarik cohen, Rashaad Penny, JaMycal Hasty / Jeff Wilson Jr.), just like Hilton and Rashod bateman maybe before this week. We also have plenty of suggested streamers for Week 7 at QB, WR, TE, and D / ST, which you can find on the site. end of this list.

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There have been at least a few players worth high waiver claims over the past few weeks, but unless Gibson, Hunt or Damien Harris are running out of time, there may be no one who deserves a high claim this week. (Update: Hunt will be missing four to six weeks.) Carter probably has the most long-term benefit if he’s on your waiver thread, but if he is always available, so your league probably doesn’t care too much about him, so take that into account. Ultimately, there could be as many as four RBs worth high claims or as little as zero. We’ll have to wait for the injury updates. (Update: With Alex Collins struggling with a sore hip, Rashaad Penny can be added to this list of potential starting RBs.)

With a major week off on the line, you might be desperate for a player in a certain position, so maybe you feel the need to spend a high to medium claim on Seals-Jones or McKissic. This is fine, but just make sure you consider all of the options. If there are multiple players at this position that you can live with this week, register your claim. The byes are over and we know the wounds will never end.

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Best Fantasy Football Waiver Cable Pickups for Week 7

Unless otherwise specified, only players belonging to less than 50% of Yahoo leagues are considered.

JD McKissic, RB, Washington. Antonio Gibson (shin) was ineffective and in and out of Sunday’s game, allowing McKissic to score 110 total yards on 16 touches (eight catches) against the Chiefs. Some of that production arrived in garbage time, but with Gibson bothered by his nagging injury, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Washington give him a week off very soon. Either way, McKissic is a must have handcuff that can have standalone PPR value during the off weeks. If Gibson is short on time, McKissic would be an RB2 in all formats. Next week he will face Green Bay.

Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Browns. The Browns have an unreliable receiving body, so it’s hard to feel good around anyone, but Peoples-Jones have stepped up their efforts in the last two games. He caught four passes (five targets) for 101 yards and two touchdowns in Week 6, but it’s worth noting that a 57-yard Hail Mary at the end of the first half was a good chunk of this production. Either way, with Odell Beckham Jr. (shoulder) hit and Jarvis Landry (knee) unlikely to be a target hog when he returns, DPJ has the potential to be a pretty consistent producer. He will face Denver in Week 7.

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TY Hilton, WR, Colts. Hilton missed the first five games of the year as he treated a neck injury, but he looked good on his return, catching all four targets for 80 yards against Houston. Hilton actually led the Colts in targets, which maybe says more about his relatively low cap than anything else, but we know he’s capable of big plays in any game, so that’s is a nice guy to have on the weeks off. He’s on the line next week against San Francisco and will be a particularly good game in Week 8 against Tennessee.

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Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Patriots. Damien Harris came in and out of Sunday’s game in the fourth quarter, but even before that Stevenson was getting consistent playing time, especially when passing. The bruised rookie finished with eight touches (three catches), 62 total yards and one touchdown. Harris is unlikely to run out of time, but Stevenson believes he has a role anyway. With a very favorable clash against the Jets in Week 7, Stevenson will be worth at least a flexible spot.

By Ernest Johnson, RB, Browns. Johnson’s ultimate waiver value depends on the health of Kareem Hunt (calf) and Nick Chubb (calf). Chubb didn’t play in last week’s game, while Hunt came out early. With the Browns playing Thursday night in Week 7, Johnson could end up in a primary or secondary RB role. Either way, he’ll be valuable in the Browns’ heavy offense. While he didn’t do much last week, part of it was because of the game’s script. We’ve seen him shine in the past when one of Cleveland’s best RBs came out, and he can also do it against the Broncos.

For additional waiver / free agent suggestions, including more streaming options at each position, check out our full week 7 list.

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