We’ve reached Week 7 of the fantasy football season, and byes and injuries continue to play a big role in the weekly waiver wire pickups.
And well, there are several players available that could provide enough production to earn a starting spot in your fantasy football lineup.
Here are the top waiver wire pickups for Week 7.
10. Phillip Dorsett (WR, New England Patriots, 27.3 percent owned)
Dorsett didn’t play in Week 6 due to injury, which means that a lot of fantasy owners probably sent him to the waiver wire. It seems like he could be ready to return to the field against the Jets, and if so, the potential is there for solid production. Even with Jakobi Meyers and the returning N’Keal Harry likely factoring into the mix, Dorsett is the best receiving option after Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon. If Dorsett is sidelined again, Meyers becomes the better option.
9. Kirk Cousins (QB, Minnesota Vikings, 26.4 percent owned)
No one had much trust in Cousins several weeks ago, but he’s coming off two excellent performances against the Giants and Eagles. And while you shouldn’t expect the same numbers against the Lions in Week 7, this one is more about the upcoming schedule. The Vikings get the Redskins, Chiefs, and Cowboys after the trip to Detroit, and those are all good matchups for Cousins.
8. Daniel Jones (QB, New York Giants, 42.5 percent owned)
The Cousins addition is more about next week, but the Jones addition is for those who may need a quarterback this week. That’s because the Giants host the Cardinals in what should be one of the highest scoring games of the week. Patrick Peterson is set to return in the Arizona secondary, but this is still a defense that figures to give up a lot of points.
7. Chris Herndon (TE, New York Jets, 17.8 percent owned)
With Will Dissly likely out for the season, there are likely many fantasy football owners scrambling to find a replacement. If you’re looking for someone to plug in this week, Herndon is not the best option since he may not even play against the Patriots (Texans tight end Darren Fells is worth a look in that scenario). But if you’re looking for the best long-term replacement, Herndon is the guy.
6. Alexander Mattison (RB, Minnesota Vikings, 16.7 percent owned)
Mattison isn’t going to provide much PPR value since he has only one reception on the season. However, he nearly split carries with Dalvin Cook in the win over the Eagles, and there’s tremendous upside in the Vikings’ rushing attack. You may only use him in a flex role with other players on a bye, but Mattison is a great addition.
5. Auden Tate (WR, Cincinnati Bengals, 18.8 percent owned)
It’s clear that the Bengals are going to be playing from behind the majority of their games, and Tate has been a target machine since John Ross was sidelined due to injury. Yes, AJ Green should be back soon, but Tate should still be heavily involved in moving forward. He has three double-digit fantasy performances in the past four weeks, and that makes him a solid pickup.
4. Chase Edmonds (RB, Arizona Cardinals, 22.6 percent owned)
Edmonds is carving out a nice role in the Cardinals offense, which is one that offers value for pretty much everyone given the amount of plays that they run. And because he’s involved in both the running and passing game, there is opportunity to rack up a lot of points. With back-to-back double-digit performances against the Bengals and Falcons, there’s clearly the potential for Edmonds to do it again this week against the Giants defense.
3. Cole Beasley (WR, Buffalo Bills, 27.4 percent owned)
The Bills’ upcoming schedule is simply too good to ignore when it comes to the passing game. Here are the next five opponents: vs. Dolphins, vs. Eagles, vs. Redskins, at Browns, at Dolphins. Beasley has been targeted at least nine times in three of five games this season, so buy all the stock in him that you can get.
2. Josh Allen (QB, Buffalo Bills, 47.6 percent owned)
The No. 1 rule of fantasy this season is to attack the Dolphins in every way possible. If the Bills defense were to be available in your fantasy football league, snag them before you do anything else. If not, the next best option is Allen, who should be able to do what he wants in this matchup.
1. Latavius Murray (RB, New Orleans Saints, 46.9 percent owned)
This one is pretty obvious due to Alvin Kamara’s injury situation. Kamara entered the matchup against the Jaguars with an ankle injury, and then suffered a knee injury during the game. At this point, the expectation is that Kamara will play against the Bears. Even if he does, picking up Murray just makes too much sense considering his increased workload.