Early Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 7 (2021 Fantasy Football)
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Note: Most players are less than 30% rostered in Yahoo leagues.
Kenneth Gainwell (RB – PHI): 28% rostered
The rookie’s role has decreased in recent weeks. Miles Sanders handled 83% of the Eagle’s offensive snaps against the Bucs this past Thursday night. However, that could be due to Philadelphia playing on a short week. Gainwell’s skill set should keep him involved in the passing game moving forward, and he has RB2 upside if something happens to Sanders. At minimum, he needs to be rostered in all PPR formats.
Rhamondre Stevenson (RB – NE): 11% rostered
We’ve been close to “Rhamondre szn” several times this year, but the rookie continues to entice me. Stevenson ran hard against the Cowboys in Week 6, rushing five times for 23 yards and a score while adding three receptions for an additional 39 yards. Damien Harris has been dealing with an ankle issue lately. Should he go down, Stevenson could provide RB2 production for fantasy managers.
Demetric Felton (RB/WR – CLE): 9% rostered
D’Ernest Johnson (RB – CLE): 2% rostered
As of this writing we don’t yet know if Nick Chubb (calf) will return in Week 7. Kareem Hunt was set up for a huge role on Sunday against the Cardinals, but was eventually ruled out with his own calf injury. His injury came in the second half with Cleveland trailing, so there wasn’t much time for the Browns to deploy Felton and Johnson. Felton caught 2-of-2 targets for 14 yards. Johnson ran once for a gain of two and caught one pass for a gain of seven. This entire situation is suddenly worth monitoring.
Jaret Patterson (RB – WFT): 1% rostered
Antonio Gibson was in an out of the game with his shin injury this weekend. Should he miss time, J.D. McKissic would likely see some extra early-down opportunities. However, the rookie Patterson could be a factor on early downs too. He had some impressive highlights during the preseason and could be worth stashing in deeper leagues this week.
Rashod Bateman (WR – BAL): 28% rostered
The first-round rookie made his NFL debut in Week 6 against the Chargers, catching 4-of-6 targets for 29 scoreless yards. So why should fantasy managers be interested in picking him up? For starters, Bateman is talented, and his ability to win over the middle of the field meshes well with Lamar Jackson‘s strengths. Additionally, Bateman’s six targets combined for the team lead. This game eventually became uncompetitive, so the Ravens simply didn’t need to continue throwing. This helped quiet the box score results. The rookie’s role should only grow moving forward.
Amon-Ra St. Brown (WR – DET): 24% rostered
Another rookie here as this is the time of year first-year players typically start to produce better results for fantasy purposes. In fact, it was reported earlier this week that Jared Goff wanted to get St. Brown more involved in the offense moving forward. Week 6 was another tough one for Detroit as a whole, but the rookie caught 5-of-7 targets for 26 scoreless yards. He now has 23 targets in his past three games. St. Brown isn’t worth starting just yet, but he’s a decent bench stash in deeper PPR formats.
Ricky Seals-Jones (TE – WFT): 29% rostered
“RSJ” was a popular tight end streamer this week and he produced for fantasy managers who employed him. Seals-Jones hauled in 4-of-6 targets for 58 yards and a score in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs. More importantly, the utilization was fantastic. RSJ was in on 100% of Washington’s offensive snaps while running a route on 95% of the team’s dropbacks and receiving an 18% target share. He faces the Packers in Week 7 and will once again be on the streaming radar with Logan Thomas sidelined.
Tua Tagovailoa (QB – MIA): 16% rostered
It’s tempting to go with one of Justin Fields (32%) or Daniel Jones (34%) for this position, but I’ll use it as an opportunity to highlight Tua’s Week 6 performance. The sophomore QB completed 33-of-47 passes for 329 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception against the Jaguars. Miami lost the game, but it was a productive day for fantasy purposes. Tagovailoa gets another strong matchup next week against the Atlanta Falcons. Meanwhile, Josh Allen, Dak Prescott, and Justin Herbert all have byes in Week 7.