Waiver Wire Targets Week 7 2017

By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal This is that moment in the season where fantasy owners start feeling the pressure of dealing with injuries and bye weeks all at once. For the second consecutive week, some big named players suffered injuries. In fact, it has been almost every week where at least one super star goes down with an injury. This leaves fantasy owners digging in the waiver wires to look for reliable players that they can count on each week. Below are some players who can help fantasy owners get through the bye weeks and also deal with some of these injuries.


Brett Hundley – Packers: Hundley will start for the Packers this week in place of the injured Aaron Rodgers. Hundley did not look good against the Vikings, but he will now have a week to prepare and faces a less imposing defense. The Saints are no walk in the park by any means, but they are much more vulnerable than the Vikings. Hundley has plenty of weapons on this offense and has a solid matchup, making him a very appealing streaming play this week.
Others to consider: Tyrod Taylor - Bills

Running Back

Orleans Darkwa – Giants: Darkwa played in 50 percent of the snaps in Week 6 and received 22 touches. He eclipsed 100 rushing yards against a defense that hadn’t allowed opposing backs rush over 64 yards in a single game this season. The matchup is not all that great this week, but the Giants appear to have big plans for him and if he continues to get this type of volume, he becomes an asset to fantasy owners.

Darren McFadden - Cowboys: With the news that Ezekiel Elliott will finally face suspension, McFadden is expected to see an increased role. Alfred Morris will also be involved in the run game and at this time there is not much clarity on who will receive the bulk of the carries. However, they both should be considered viable targets off of waiver this week.

Others to consider: Marlon Mack – Colts; Chris Ivory – Jaguars; Samaje Perine - Redskins

Wide Receiver

Marvin Jones – Lions: Jones is still available in 36 percent of ESPN leagues and will serve as the Lions No. 1 wide receiver with Golden Tate on the sidelines. Jones was peppered with 14 targets last week, catching six of them for 96 yards and a touchdown. The Lions have a bye in Week 7, so Jones will not be serviceable this week, but Tate is expected to miss multiple weeks with his shoulder injury.

Nelson Agholor - Eagles: Agholor has scored a touchdown in all but two games this season and is currently tied in first amongst all of the Eagles pass catchers with four touchdowns. He is third with 30 targets and has played in 70 percent of the snaps. Lastly, he accounts for 19.2 percent of the red zone targets in Philadelphia. He has established a solidified role on this offense and has been very productive this season. He could be of big help to those dealing with injuries and byes at the wide receiver position.

Bennie Fowler – Broncos: Fowler could see an increased role in the passing game as Emmanuel Sanders is dealing with an ankle injury and has already been ruled out for Week 7. The Broncos have some favorable matchups up ahead, so if Sanders misses multiple weeks, Fowler could be in for some productive outings. He led all receivers in snaps in Week 6 and was targeted eight times.

Others to consider: Taylor Gabriel – Falcons; Cole Beasley – Cowboys

Tight End

Austin Hooper – Falcons: Hooper led the Falcons with nine targets in Week 6 and could continue to see an increased workload with Mohamed Sanu battling a hamstring injury. The Falcons face the Patriots in Week 7 who have been extremely generous to opposing tight ends, allowing the fourth most fantasy points per game to the position and a touchdown in all but one game. He makes for a fine streaming play this week and is still available in over 60 percent of ESPN leagues.

Others to consider: Zach Miller - Bears

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