Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire: Bye week blues remedied by grabbing Wan’Dale Robinson, Alec Pierce, more






Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire: Bye week blues remedied by grabbing Wan'Dale Robinson, Alec Pierce, more

Talent-heavy byes add to Injuries and surprises to fuel heavy demand

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Week 7 is rather brutal when it comes to the players who are on a bye. It’s not going to be easy to replace the stars from Buffalo, Minnesota, Philadelphia and the Rams.

We don’t have the ability to use Josh Allen, Jalen Hurts, Kirk Cousins or even Matthew Stafford at quarterback. At running back, we’re without Dalvin Cook, Miles Sanders, Devin Singletary and Darrell Henderson.

The receivers who are out include Cooper Kupp, Justin Jefferson, Stefon Diggs, Gabe Davis, A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, Adam Thielen and Allen Robinson. And we don’t have Dallas Goedert or Tyler Higbee at tight end, as well as Dawson Knox and Irv Smith.

Look at those names and, for the most part, the production we’ll be missing. Hopefully, you’ve prepared for this scoring period in advance. But if not, we have plenty of options for you on the waiver wire as replacements.

And you might find that some of the players you could be adding this week — Alec Pierce, Wan’Dale Robinson and Latavius Murray, among others — could have some staying power for the rest of the season. Those are the players we want to put on our roster at this point in the year.

Editor’s note: For this waiver wire column, we are only looking at players rostered in less than 65 percent of CBS Sports leagues.

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Week 7 Waivers
  • On a bye: Josh Allen, Matthew Stafford, Kirk Cousins and Jalen Hurts
  • Injuries: Dak Prescott (thumb), Tua Tagovailoa (concussion), Russell Wilson (hamstring), Carson Wentz (finger), Jameis Winston (back), Justin Fields (shoulder), Kenny Pickett (concussion), Mac Jones (ankle), Baker Mayfield (ankle), Andy Dalton (back), Sklyer Thompson (thumbe) and P.J. Walker (neck).
  • Check to see if available: Tua Tagovailoa (81 percent rostered) and Jared Goff (72 percent). Tagovailoa is expected to play in Week 7 against the Steelers after missing the past two games with a concussion. Prior to getting hurt, Tagovailoa was showing signs of becoming a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in all leagues, and hopefully he’ll return to that level. I don’t want to start Tagovailoa in Week 7, but I do want to stash him on my bench if there are enough roster spots. … Goff comes off his bye with the chance to be a weekly starter in all leagues. We saw that to open the season when he scored at least 18 Fantasy points in three of his first four games, including two outings with at least 34 points. I like him as a low-end starter in Week 7 at Dallas.
  • Drop candidates: Matthew Stafford (94 percent rostered), Russell Wilson (92 percent) and Carson Wentz (58 percent). Stafford isn’t worth stashing on his bye. He has one game with more than 14 Fantasy points on the season and just one outing with multiple touchdowns, which was Week 2. Hopefully, things improve after the bye, but through six weeks, Stafford has been among the biggest busts at quarterback. … Speaking of busts, you don’t need to roster Wilson anymore either in one-quarterback leagues. He has one game with more than 19 Fantasy points on the season, and he hurt his hamstring in Week 6 at the Chargers. Keep an eye on his status heading into Week 7 against the Jets, but even if he’s healthy, he’s just a No. 2 Fantasy option at best in most leagues. … Wentz underwent surgery on his right ring finger Monday, and we’ll see if the Commanders decide to place him on injured reserve, which means he would be out for at least four games. Even if he avoids IR, Wentz isn’t playing for at least 2-3 games, and you won’t trust him even if he does since he’ll be at less than 100 percent.

Week 7 Waiver Priority List

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Running Backs

  • On a bye: Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison, Miles Sanders, Devin Singletary, Darrell Henderson and Cam Akers
  • Injuries: Jonathan Taylor (ankle), D’Andre Swift (shoulder), J.K. Dobbins (knee),  James Conner (ribs), Eno Benjamin (foot), Damien Harris (hamstring), Cordarrelle Patterson (knee), Cam Akers (personal), Nyheim Hines (concussion), Deon Jackson (quad), Elijah Mitchell (knee), Mark Ingram (knee), Joshua Kelley (knee), Darrel Williams (knee), Justice Hill (hamstring), Gus Edwards (knee) and Damien Williams (ribs)
  • Check to see if available: Khalil Herbert (79 percent rostered), Michael Carter (74 percent), Rachaad White (72 percent), Nyheim Hines (67 percent) and Deon Jackson (66 percent). Herbert is worth stashing in all leagues in case something happens to David Montgomery. We already saw two games this season with Montgomery out, and Herbert averaged 20.0 PPR points over that span. … The Jets are dominating on the ground with Breece Hall, and Carter has lottery-ticket appeal in case Hall ever gets hurt. Carter is also getting work in tandem with Hall, and Carter has two games with 17 PPR points in six outings. … White is a lottery ticket as the No. 2 running back in Tampa Bay, and he would be a star if something ever happened to Leonard Fournette. White is also playing in tandem with Fournette and has scored 25 PPR points in his past three games. … We don’t know what’s going to happen with the Colts backfield heading into Week 7 against the Titans, especially with Taylor still hurt. It’s worth adding Hines and Jackson where available to see what happens. Hines has staying power given his role catching passes in Indianapolis, and Jackson just scored 39 PPR points in the past two games with Taylor and Hines injured. Jackson is dealing with a quad injury, so keep that in mind before adding him, but the upside is huge if had the lead role again.
  • Drop candidates: Melvin Gordon (98 percent rostered), Antonio Gibson (88 percent), Cam Akers (84 percent) and Chase Edmonds (72 percent). Gordon might have spent more time on the sidelines Monday at the Chargers because of the neck injury he was dealing with. Or he might have been replaced by Latavius Murray. You don’t have to drop Gordon in the majority of leagues. But if he’s fallen out of favor with the coaching staff in Denver because of Murray and Mike Boone, you don’t need to roster Gordon in most shallow Fantasy leagues. … Gibson actually played well in Week 6 at Chicago with five carries for 35 yards, along with three catches for 18 yards on four targets. But he’s now behind Brian Robinson Jr. as the lead rusher in Washington, and J.D. McKissic will continue to have his role in the passing game. Gibson won’t have much Fantasy value if he’s not in a featured role, and you can move on from him in shallow leagues. … You might want to roster Akers in case he gets traded and lands in a good spot to help his Fantasy value, but he’s not expected to play for the Rams any time soon — if ever again. It might force you to drop him in some shallow Fantasy leagues, which hopefully you won’t regret if his outlook improves on a new team. … Edmonds has five touches in his past two games against the Jets and Vikings, and he’s clearly behind Raheem Mostert right now. That could change, especially if Mostert ever got hurt, but you don’t have to roster Edmonds in most shallow Fantasy leagues.

Week 7 Waiver Priority List

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Wide Receivers

  • On a bye: Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, Stefon Diggs, Gabe Davis and Isaiah McKenzie
  • Injuries: Marquise Brown (foot), Michael Thomas (foot), Keenan Allen (hamstring), Chris Olave (concussion), Rashod Bateman (foot), Jahan Dotson (hamstring), Julio Jones (knee), Jarvis Landry (ankle), Marvin Jones (hamstring), Treylon Burks (toe), Kadarius Toney (hamstring), Christian Watson (hamstring), Randall Cobb (ankle), D.J. Chark (ankle), Kenny Golladay (knee) and Nelson Agholor (hamstring).
  • Check to see if available:  Michael Gallup (77 percent rostered), Tyler Boyd (72 percent) and Robert Woods (71 percent). I’m excited to see what Gallup can do with Dak Prescott, so add Gallup where available. They have not played together this season since Gallup was out in Week 1, and Gallup could play like a top 30 receiver in all leagues for the rest of the year. … Zac Taylor said he wanted to feature Boyd more prior to Week 6, and he did with his second-most targets of the season at New Orleans. He had six targets for six catches and 66 yards. This could continue moving forward, and Boyd should be considered a No. 3 receiver in the majority of leagues, even with Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins healthy. … Woods can be a capable No. 3 receiver in PPR, and he scored at least 12 PPR points in two of his past three games prior to the Titans bye in Week 6. He had 13 PPR points at the Colts in Week 4, and he plays Indianapolis again this week.
  • Drop candidates: Garrett Wilson (83 percent rostered), Corey Davis (63 percent), Isaiah McKenzie (60 percent) and Elijah Moore (55 percent). The Jets wide receiver targets in the past two games against the Dolphins and Packers are a combined 21 for Wilson, Davis and Moore. And the production over that span is nine catches for 136 yards and no touchdowns. The Jets are a running team, and there’s little reason to roster these receivers heading into Week 7 at Denver. … There’s no reason to roster McKenzie on his bye week. He has two games with at least 12 PPR points and three games with nine points or less.

Week 7 Waiver Priority List

  • On a bye: Dallas Goedert, Tyler Higbee, Irv Smith and Dawson Knox
  • Injuries of note: Darren Waller (hamstring), Pat Freiermuth (concussion), Dalton Schultz (knee), Logan Thomas (calf) and Cameron Brate (neck).
  • Check to see if available: Dalton Schultz (76 percent rostered), Pat Freiermuth (76 percent) and Robert Tonyan (69 percent). Schultz is dealing with a knee injury, but he’s worth stashing if you have a bench spot. I’d like to see what Schultz can do, even at less than 100 percent, now that Dak Prescott is healthy. … Freiermuth will hopefully clear the concussion protocol soon, and he has top-10 upside when healthy as we’ve seen this year. He scored at least 12 PPR points in three of his first four games before getting hurt in Week 5 at Buffalo. … Tonyan should be rostered in all leagues, and he should continue to be a go-to option for Aaron Rodgers, especially with Randall Cobb (ankle) hurt. In Week 6 against the Jets, Tonyan had 10 catches for 90 yards on 12 targets, and he’s now scored at least nine PPR points in three of his past four games. He would be the No. 1 tight end to add this week if available.
  • Drop candidates: Dawson Knox (65 percent rostered), Irv Smith (54 percent) and Tyler Conklin (38 percent). Knox scored his first touchdown this season in Week 6 at Kansas City, and it was his first game with more than eight PPR points. He’s not worth holding with Buffalo on a bye in Week 7. … Smith scored his second touchdown of the season in Week 6 at Miami, but he’s not worth holding with Minnesota on a bye in Week 7. Smith has two games with at least 10 PPR points and four games with eight PPR points or less. … In three games with Zach Wilson under center, Conklin has combined for 10 PPR points on eight targets, four catches, 68 yards and no touchdowns. Conklin misses Joe Flacco at quarterback for the Jets.

Week 7 Waiver Priority List

  • Patriots (62 percent rostered) vs. CHI
  • Jets (5 percent rostered) at DEN
  • Titans (21 percent rostered) vs. IND
  • Giants (16 percent rostered) at JAC
  • Broncos (62 percent rostered) vs. NYJ
  • Brett Maher (61 percent rostered) vs. DET
  • Graham Gano (61 percent rostered) at JAC
  • Chase McLaughlin (18 percent rostered) at TEN
  • Greg Zuerlein (9 percent rostered) at DEN

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