Waiver Wire Targets 2016 Week 7

By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal The waiver wire can be your best friend in fantasy football. Especially in times like these where injuries are piling up and teams are on bye. That being said, let’s waste no more time and take a look at some players you may want to target on waivers.


Colin Kaepernick – 49ers: Kaepernick got his first start of the season in Week 6 and will continue to get the signal caller duties for the 49ers this week against the Bucs. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging 271 passing yards per game and have tossed nine touchdown passes against the Bucs. In his first start, Kaepernick threw for 187 yards and a touchdown, as well as, rushing for 66 yards. He looked a bit rusty and had a tough matchup on the road, but this week he is at home in a much more favorable situation and can be considered a streaming option for those in desperate need.

Others to consider: Alex Smith – Chiefs, Brian Hoyer - Bears

Running Back

Dion Lewis – Patriots: I consider myself to be proactive, so while this may seem like a premature move to some, I think it is better to be early than late in situations like these. Lewis is eligible to return to practice this week despite not expected to play until at some point in November, but he should have a prominent role once he returns to action and could be a big factor for your fantasy teams down the stretch. He was one of the top running backs in PPR formats when healthy last season.

Jay Ajayi– Dolphins: It is very likely that after last week’s performance, Ajayi has solidified his role as the starting running back for the Dolphins. He rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries despite Arian Foster being active. Coach Adam Gase said a couple weeks back that he would like to give one running back the bulk of the work and that appears to be Ajayi. He should continue to be the featured back for Miami in the foreseeable future.

Others to consider: Bobby Rainey – Giants, James White – Patriots, Jacquizz Rodgers - Bucs

Wide Receiver

Cameron Meredith – Bears: He is still available in some leagues and should be claimed off of waiver right away. Meredith has received 27 targets in the last two games and has caught 20 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown in that span. The majority of his routes are ran on the right side where Hoyer likes to throw the ball to, so Meredith should continue to see plenty of looks. He will be able to make an immediate impact on your fantasy team.

Torrey Smith– 49ers: Smith’s best game came in Colin Kaepernick first start. He caught three of his seven targets for 76 yards and a touchdown. Smith’s ability to stretch the field goes hand-in-hand with Kaepernick liking to take shots down field. This combo could connect often in the upcoming games. Smith has a great matchup against the Bucs this week.
Kenny Britt – Rams: Britt has been a consistent contributor this season as he is averaging 15.5 fantasy points per game in PPR formats. He is averaging 6.7 targets per game and leads the team in receiving yards and receptions. Last week, Britt exploded for seven catches, 136 yards, and two touchdowns. He has now scored double-digit fantasy points in all but one game this season (PPR formats). Get him while you can.

Others to consider: Robert Woods – Bills, Kendall Wright – Titans, Cole Beasley – Cowboys, Ty Montgomery - Packers

Tight End

Charles Clay – Bills: In his last three games, Clay is averaging 6.3 targets, five receptions, and 57.3 receiving yards per game. He has become a solid contributor for the Bills, which is translating into fantasy points. He may not offer the most upside, but has developed a steady floor. With Sammy Watkins on the shelf, Clay should continue to see a decent amount of targets.

Others to consider: Hunter Henry – Chargers, Ladarius Green – Steelers, Vernon Davis – Redskins
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