Fantasy football owners were at the top of their games before this week, hiring a group of key free agents (Zach Ertz, Khalil Herbert) before this week’s exemption period. Still our Top Week 7 Fantasy Waiver Transfer Pickups and Free Agent Additions features multiple players (JD McKissic, TY Hilton, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Ricky Seals-Jones, Rhamondre Stevenson, D’Ernest Johnson) that could have an impact with a six-team bye week. Fortunately, there weren’t many notable injuries outside of Kadarius Toney, Kareem Hunt, and Antonio Gibson (and the latter two may not be too serious), but that means there aren’t a lot of high-priority claims, so we have to do because of what that is available.
Our full list of free agents features more potential depth players, including multiple players coming out of byes (Michael carter, Marquez callaway) you may have forgotten and eligible players to leave IR soon who are definitely out of sight, out of mind (Michael Gallup, Tarik cohen, Rashaad Penny, JaMycal Hasty / Jeff Wilson Jr.), as well as Hilton and Bateman consumption it could have been before this week. We also have many week 7 transmitter suggestions on QB, WR, TE and D / ST, which can be found in the end of this list.
PLUS WEEK 7: Complete list of exemptions
There have been at least a couple of players worth claiming a high level of exemption in recent weeks, but unless Gibson, Hunt or Damien Harris are expected to waste time, there may be no one worth a big claim. this week. Carter probably has the longest-term advantage if he’s on his waiver wire, but if it is still available, then your league probably doesn’t care too much about it, so keep that in mind. Ultimately, there could be as many as four RBs worth high claims or just zero. We will have to wait for the injury updates.
With a significant bye week available, you may be desperate to find a player in a certain position, so you may feel the need to spend a high-to-medium claim on Seals-Jones or McKissic. Okay, but be sure to consider all the options. If there are multiple players in that position you can live with this week, save your claim. Goodbye is over and we know that injuries will never end.
Best Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 7
Unless otherwise noted, only players owned less than 50 percent of the Yahoo leagues considered.
JD McKissic, RB, Washington. Antonio Gibson (shin) was ineffective in and out of Sunday’s game, allowing McKissic to score 110 total yards on 16 touches (eight receptions) against the Chiefs. Some of that production came in garbage time, but with Gibson upset over his lingering injury, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Washington give him a week off soon. Either way, McKissic is a must-have wife who can have independent PPR value during off weeks. If Gibson wastes time, McKissic would be an RB2 in all formats. Next week, he will face Green Bay.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Browns. The Browns have an unreliable receiving corps, so it’s hard to feel good about someone, but Peoples-Jones has improved the last two games. He caught four passes (five goals) for 101 yards and two TDs in Week 6, though it should be noted that a 57-yard Hail Mary late in the first half accounted for a fair amount of that production. Either way, with Odell Beckham Jr. (shoulder) hit and Jarvis Landry (knee) not expected to be a target pig when he returns, DPJ has the potential to be a pretty consistent producer. He will face Denver in Week 7.
PLUS WEEK 7: Complete list of exemptions
TY Hilton, WR, Colts. Hilton missed the first five games of the year while recovering from a neck injury, but he looked good on his return, catching all four of his goals for 80 yards against Houston. Hilton actually led the Colts in goals, which perhaps says more about his relatively low ceiling than anything else, but we know he’s capable of big plays in any matchup, so he’s a good guy to have during the weeks of break. It’s up for grabs next week against San Francisco and it will be an especially good play in Week 8 against Tennessee.
Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Patriots. Damien Harris limped in and out of Sunday’s game in the fourth quarter, but even before that Stevenson had regular playing time, especially on passing. The bruised rookie finished with eight touches (three receptions), 62 total yards and a TD. Harris is unlikely to waste time, but Stevenson believes he will have a role anyway. With a very favorable matchup against the Jets in Week 7, Stevenson will be worth at least one flexible spot.
D’Ernest Johnson, RB, Browns. The final value of Johnson’s exemption depends on the health of Kareem Hunt (calf) and Nick Chubb (calf). Chubb didn’t play in last week’s game, while Hunt left early. With the Browns playing Thursday night in Week 7, Johnson could find himself in a primary or secondary running back role. Either way, he will have value on the Browns’ offense. While he didn’t do much last week, that was partly due to the game’s script. We’ve seen him shine in the past when one of Cleveland’s best RBs is out, and he can do it against the Broncos too.
For additional waiver / free agent suggestions, including more streaming options at each position, see our full list from week 7.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.