There were four fewer teams in action this week, which could clarify why the top fantasy Week 7 f waiver pickups and free agent adds are so mediocre.
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Week 7 fantasy football waiver pickups
There have only been a few notable injuries to skill players. Regardless, fantasy football owners won’t find much excitement on the wire ahead of a brutal week of byes unless handcuff RBs like Kenyan Drake, Deon Jackson, and Caleb Huntley or boom-or-bust rookie WRs like Wan’Dale Robinson, Tyquan Thornton, and Alec Pierce get you excited.
Waiver wire pickups for Week 7 fantasy football
- Kenyan Drake, RB, Ravens
- Deon Jackson, RB, Colts
- Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Giants
- Caleb Huntley, RB, Falcons
- Tyquan Thornton, WR, Patriots
1. Kenyan Drake, RB, Ravens
We’re nervous to include Drake on this list because Gus Edwards (knee) and Justice Hill (hamstring) are both expected to return soon and should be ahead of him on the depth chart, but JK Dobbins was also ahead of him on the depth chart and played second fiddle to the well-traveled veteran in Week 6.
Drake finished with 119 yards and a touchdown on ten carries, easily outperforming Dobbins (15 yards on seven carries), who reportedly aggravated his knee injury.
This could be a one-week blip, but if Dobbins misses time and Drake can establish himself as a legitimate option in Baltimore’s run-heavy offense, he’ll retain flex value. This is especially true in a favorable matchup against Cleveland’s porous run defense next week.
2. Deon Jackson, RB, Colts
With Jonathan Taylor (ankle) and Nyheim Hines (concussion) both out, Jackson took over as the Colts’ lead back in Week 7.
He gained 121 yards on 22 touches (12 carries, 10 receptions) and appeared to be a solid, versatile back for the second game in a row.
Hines is expected to return against the Titans in Week 7, but Taylor could miss another game. If he is, it is reasonable to expect Jackson to handle the majority of the carries and receive a decent amount of targets if he is healthy.
He’s worth stashing in case Taylor continues to miss time, but Jackson’s quad injury, which forced him to leave early on Sunday, will need to be monitored.
3. Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Giants
Robinson (knee) made his presence felt in his first game since Week 1, catching three-of-four targets for 37 yards and a touchdown.
Given the state of New York’s receiving corps, Robinson has a legitimate shot at becoming the team’s No. 1 or 2 receiver.
He experiences a below-average matchup against Jacksonville next week, but his versatile skill set provides him with upside every week.
4. Caleb Huntley, RB, Falcons
Huntley was the Falcons’ lead back for the majority of Week 6, gaining 59 yards on 16 carries.
The average isn’t great, but if Huntley continues to outpace Tyler Allgeier (15 carries, 51 yards), who tacked on several touches late when Atlanta was trying to run out the clock, then he’ll be valuable as long as Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) is out.
Consider Huntley a volume-based flex in a tough matchup against Cincinnati next week.
5. Tyquan Thornton, WR, Patriots
Thornton made an impression in only his second career game, catching four of five targets for 37 yards and a touchdown and adding 16 yards and a score on three carries.
.With so many similar receivers on the Patriots, it’s difficult to expect Thornton to be consistent, but the versatile, rookie speedster has big-play potential every week.
You won’t start him against Chicago next week, but he’s worth stashing on deep-league rosters.