Best fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 7

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Four fewer teams were in action this week, which could be part of the reason the top Week 7 fantasy waiver wire pickups and free agent adds are so lackluster. The other big reason? Only a handful of notable injuries to skill players. Regardless, ahead of a brutal week of byes, fantasy football owners aren’t going to find a lot of excitement on the wire — 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.

Our full Week 7 free agent primer features more players in this vein (Tre’Quan Smith, Rondale Moore, Mike Boone, Robert Tonyan), but our list largely consists of potential QB, WR, TE, and D/ST streamers. Week 7’s depth-depleting set of byes (Rams, Eagles, Bills, Vikings) will force more than a few owners to dig deep for their starters, so we didn’t skimp on the suggestions. All streamer recommendations can be found at the end of the list.

Given the uncertainty surrounding Baltimore’s and Indy’s RB situations (see below), it doesn’t appear as if anyone is worth a high waiver claim this week. Chances are, Drake will fetch a decent claim/FAAB bid if JK Dobbins (knee) is expected to miss Week 7, but he’s the only one. Jackson (if healthy) and Huntley merit low claims — and the young WRs offer various levels of intrigue — but unless you’re in a deep league, you don’t need to bid too high on them.

That said, this should be a busy week on the free agent wire. Plenty of owners will be looking for streamers at QB, WR, TE, and D/ST. Unfortunately, there aren’t many high-ceiling TEs, but there are a host of similar QBs, WRs, and D/STs. You shouldn’t need to use a waiver claim to get someone worthwhile, so unless you’re desperate, be active in free agency and skip the waiver rush.

Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 7

Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues are considered.

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