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Waiver Wire Rankings for week 7 are here. We escaped with only one big injury. Ben Roethlisberger suffered a meniscus injury and will miss at least the next few weeks.

Good news for Big Ben and Antonio Brown owners is that he may only miss one week because week 8 is their bye week.

Odell Beckham finally went off for 222 yards and two touchdowns and whoever makes the kicking nets for the Giants needs to give OBJ an endorsement deal quickly.

Holy running backs, Lamar Miller, LeSean McCoy, Christine Michael, David Johnson, and Ezekiel Elliot all put up huge performances, while receivers Antonio Brown, Allen Robinson, AJ Green, and Jordy Nelson all struggled. If we are being honest, it’s been a running back resurgence. Each week we haven’t seen many weeks with viable running back adds. I mean outside of Jordan Howard, who else has there been? Most of that can be attributed to healthy running backs and dominant performances.

We talked over the offseason that the Robust RB strategy could be a league winner and so far it’s proving to be true.

With that being said, let’s get into this week’s waiver adds. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @FantasyWrath13.

Color Coding:

Green = Top Waiver Option

Red = Must Add but on PUP list or injured.

Gold = Streaming target

Blue = Bench stash

Purple = Deep league stash

Quarterbacks

Jameis Winston

  1. Jameis Winston
  2. Alex Smith
  3. Brian Hoyer
  4. Marcus Mariota
  5. Ryan Tannehill
  6. Colin Kaepernick
  7. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  8. Brock Osweiler

Jameis Winston – If he’s available in your league, then rush out to grab him. Winston has been up and down this season, however, his schedule is about to open up. The Buccaneers face the 49ers, Raiders, Falcons, and Bears the next four weeks. You can start him with confidence and should be a viable QB1. Oh, he also gets the Saints twice in the fantasy playoffs.

Alex Smith – Last week I loved him as a streamer, but the weather didn’t cooperate. It was a muddy mess, which made it perfect for the Chiefs and their rushing attack. This week the Chiefs take on a Saints defense that has struggled to stop anyone. It’s a home game for the Chiefs, so I wouldn’t expect the same type of production you would in the Coors Field of the NFL (SuperDome). Either way, Alex Smith deserves to be one of the top streaming options in week 7.

Brian Hoyer – He has been pure gold the last four weeks and thrown for over 300 yards in four straight games. This week the Bears take on a Packers defense that has been a complete funnel defense. They have allowed the 11th-most points to opposing QBs. With Alshon Jeffery, Zach Miller, and Cameron Meredith as his disposal, Hoyer once again makes for a nice streaming option.

Running Backs

Jay Ajayi

  1. Jay Ajayi
  2. James White
  3. Devontae Booker
  4. Jacquizz Rogers
  5. Chris Ivory
  6. Bilal Powell
  7. Knile Davis
  8. Dion Lewis
  9. Kenneth Dixon
  10. Derrick Henry
  11. Bobby Rainey
  12. Matt Asiata
  13. Chris Thompson
  14. Mike Gillislee
  15. Alfred Morris
  16. Thomas Rawls
  17. Andre Ellington
  18. Cameron Artis-Payne
  19. Kenneth Farrow
  20. Zach Zenner
  21. Fozzy Whittaker
  22. Robert Turbin
  23. CJ Spiller
  24. Damien Williams
  25. Wendell Smallwood
  26. Travaris Cadet
  27. Kenyan Drake
  28. CJ Prosise
  29. Alex Collins
  30. Charcandrick West
  31. Paul Perkins
  32. Tim Hightower

Jay Ajayi – It’s about time the Dolphins unleashed Ajayi. He rewarded them with 204 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. With this explosion, he’s going to be the number one add in most leagues (31% Yahoo and 42% ESPN ownership), but he’s going to be a risky RB2 with so many mouths to feed. With that being said, he still deserves the top waiver add in every format and hopefully this performance locked up the starting job.

James White – He’s likely on borrowed time if/when Dion Lewis returns. White’s best game of the year came in week 6 after he hauled in eight passes (on nine targets) for 47 yards and two touchdowns. He’s now received 16 targets the last two weeks and continues to make LeGarrette Blount touchdown-dependent. With White now finding the end zone, he makes for an interesting standard league add.

Devontae Booker – How much longer can the Broncos roll with an underperforming CJ Anderson? Last week Booker out-rushed Anderson 46-37 despite getting half the carries. Anderson also out-snapped him 57-15. You have to figure the Broncos will start giving the rookie more opportunities to supplant the veteran back. Booker makes for a fine stash in 12 team leagues.

Chris Ivory – The only thing that salvaged his week 6 performance was his lone carry on the goal-line where he punched it in for the score. Other than that, he carried the ball 13 times for 32 yards. One encouraging aspect is that he out-touched T.J. Yeldon 13-7. This week the Jaguars take on a Raiders defense that has been torched all season. He will be a plug-and-play RB3 against a Raiders defense that allows the 4th-most points to running backs.

Dion Lewis – He can return to practice this week. Still no word on a timetable, but he’s worth an add now.

Kenneth Dixon – His standalone value is nonexistent with Terrance West playing so well. It’s worth a stash in the event West goes down.

Derrick Henry – Same story as Dixon. We thought Henry could hold some standalone value, but DeMarco Murray has been an absolute beast. He’s essentially getting Murray’s scraps and that won’t change. He’s droppable, but makes for another stash if your bench can handle it.

Mike Gillislee – As we saw last week, if McCoy goes down, Gillislee is the man to own. LeSean McCoy exited the game briefly with what looked like a knee injury, however, he was able to return to the game. Gillislee has had some usable weeks and is worth an add in all 12 team leagues as the handcuff to McCoy.

Wide Receivers

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  1. Donte Moncrief
  2. Cameron Meredith
  3. Corey Coleman
  4. Kenny Britt
  5. Chris Hogan
  6. Quincy Enunwa
  7. Cole Beasley
  8. Tyler Lockett
  9. Torrey Smith
  10. Jamison Crowder
  11. Ty Montgomery
  12. Robert Woods
  13. Brandon LaFell
  14. Cordarrelle Patterson
  15. Dorial Green-Beckham
  16. Justin Hunter
  17. Mohamed Sanu
  18. Anquan Boldin
  19. Chris Conley
  20. Josh Doctson
  21. Chester Rodgers
  22. Tyler Boyd
  23. Adam Humphries
  24. Pierre Garcon
  25. Nelson Agholor
  26. Adam Thielen
  27. Breshad Perriman
  28. Jaelen Strong
  29. Marquise Goodwin
  30. Eli Rogers
  31. Robby Anderson
  32. Andrew Hawkins
  33. Tyreek Hill
  34. Cobi Hamilton

Donte Moncrief – He’s making progress and could return within a few weeks. If someone in your league dropped him, then rush out to scoop him up. He’s a nice buy-low candidate too. He could be the piece that pushes you over the top in the playoffs.

Cameron Meredith – If you didn’t believe it last week, Cameron Meredith once again saw an obscene amount of targets (15) and turned it into 12 receptions for 113 yards. If he somehow is still available, then he’s worth every bit of a top two or three waiver priority.

Corey Coleman – He’s still probably a few weeks away from returning, but now is a great time to stash him on your bench.

Kenny Britt – He’s probably the most undervalued WR in fantasy football. He’s been putting up the yardage and he finally exploded against the Lions. He hauled in 7 of 8 targets for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Currently on pace for over 1,000 yards, if Britt starts finding the end zone a little more frequently, then he will be a solid WR3 moving forward.

Chris Hogan – Coming off a big performance in week 5, he laid a dud in week 6 after hauling his only target for 39 yards. He’s going to be completely boom-or-bust but makes for a weekly option as a flex in 12 team leagues.

Cole Beasley – Reports point to Dez Bryant returning which essentially kills Terrance Williams and Brice Butler’s value, but Cole Beasley should remain locked into his role as the highly efficient pass catcher. He’s also found the end zone three times over the last two weeks, but that’s not something I would expect on a weekly basis.

Torrey Smith – Once the 49ers made the move to start Colin Kaepernick, you had to believe that it would help Torrey Smith become relevant again. Well, he finished with three receptions (on seven targets) for 76 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown came on an underthrown ball by Kaepernick that forced him to adjust. He then cut by a defender to run to the end zone. Smith has more upside with Kaepernick as his QB, but he’s still nothing more than a boom-or-bust Wr4 or 5.

Ty Montgomery – With the Packers short on running back depth and Eddie Lacy nursing an ankle injury, the Packers lined up Ty Montgomery in the backfield and essentially allowed him to run routes. He hauled in 10 passes (on twelve targets) for 98 yards and also rushed three times for six yards. With Davante Adams in the concussion protocol and a quick turnaround, Montgomery should once again fill-in as the WR3 and should see more work out of the backfield. He should be added in 12 team formats as a viable WR4.

Tight End

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  1. Hunter Henry
  2. Cameron Brate
  3. Jack Doyle
  4. Ladarius Green
  5. Charles Clay
  6. Eric Ebron
  7. Vernon Davis
  8. CJ Fiedorowicz
  9. Lance Kendricks
  10. Virgil Green
  11. Clive Walford

Hunter Henry – He’s turned into a weekly TE1 and that’s with Antonio Gates in the mix. With a lack of consistent options in the passing game, Henry will continue to see a nice target share. It’s insane how productive he’s been as a rookie TE. We usually don’t see this kind of production out of rookies. He’s scored double-digit fantasy points the last three weeks in a row and now gets a Falcons defense that gives up 12.6 FP per week (third-most) to tight ends.

Cameron Brate – See Jameis Winston.

Jack Doyle – Once Dwayne Allen went down with an ankle injury, Jack “The Lumberjack” Doyle hauled in all four of his targets for 53 yards and a touchdown. If Allen is forced to miss some time, then Doyle is a solid streaming option against the Titans.

Ladarius Green – Here’s another guy who should be back sometime over the next few weeks. Once he returns, he’s going to have to battle Jesse James for snaps, but his upside makes him worthy of a bench spot.

Goodluck on those waivers! As always, check out all our great content at TFA and use #AskTFA for advice!

Hello, my name is Kevin Steele. I enjoy long walks on the beach and cuddling up with a good glass of scotch and The Fantasy Life book by Matthew Berry.

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