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Through The Wire - Week 7

By Antonio D'Arcangelis | 10/19/21 |

Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs, and win the elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster, the waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players who can help your squad and may still be available in your league. I’ll also provide a brief update on the players I covered the previous week.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.

Matt Ryan


Matt Ryan, ATL – The first two QBs I’m highlighting square off against each other in Week 7, and Ryan is probably the slightly safer of the two options. Ryan is only about 30% owned in fantasy leagues and could be a fine QB2 to fill in if you need him.

Tua Tagovailoa, MIA – Tua might have more upside because of what he can do with his legs, but the matchup is favorable for both QBs. He’s 25% owned and coming off his best fantasy performance of the season (329-2-1, 22 rushing yards) despite the loss in London.

Jameis Winston, NO – The Seahawks pass defense is trash right now. Winston and the Saints head into Seattle with a week of rest under their belt and should be able to pile up a few extra fantasy points in this favorable matchup.

Other QBs to consider: Derek Carr (45-50%), Kirk Cousins (45-50%; BYE)


Baker Mayfield, CLE – His arm is in a sling after a putrid Week 6 performance (234-2-1, two lost fumbles) but he plans on playing in Week 7. We’ll see.

Carson Wentz, IND – Wentz has been solid and had a serviceable Week 6 with 223-2-0, but the RBs are doing enough to prevent him from having monster games. That may change.

Davis Mills, HOU – Mills was back to normal in Week 6 with 243-0-2. He’s only an option in desperation mode.

Running Backs

Rhamondre Stevenson, NE – Stevenson (10-15%) carried the ball five times for 23 yards and a TD and caught all three of his targets for 39 yards in the overtime loss to the Cowboys. The rookie had some snafus in pass protection but saw his biggest usage yet as a receiver. Damien Harris remains the top option in the Pats’ backfield, but Stevenson is ramping up his role heading into a Week 7 matchup against the Jets.

Demetric Felton, CLE – Kareem Hunt’s calf injury came later in the game, so Felton (3% owned) only caught two of two targets for 14 yards and returned two punts for 29 yards in the 37-14 loss to Arizona. But, he played a season-high 12 snaps on offense and moved up the depth chart with Hunt out and Nick Chubb (also sporting a calf injury) inactive. D'Ernest Johnson and Felton could serve as their top backs next week on a quick TNF turnaround against the Broncos if Chubb and Hunt can’t go.

Other RBs to consider: Mark Ingram (20-25%), Salvon Ahmed (1-2%), D’Ernest Johnson (1-2%)


Devontae Booker, NYG – Booker had 41 rushing yards and 4-28-0 receiving. He’ll get another start in Week 7 against a tough Panthers defense if Saquon Barkley (ankle) sits out again.

Darrel Williams, KC – Williams had a huge workload Sunday with 21 rushes for 62 yards and two TDs in Sunday’s 31-13 win over Washington. He added three receptions for 27 yards in the absence of Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee), who will be out at least two more contests. Williams needs to be owned in all formats.

Giovani Bernard, TB – Bernard brought in both targets for four yards and did not log a carry during the Buccaneers' 28-22 win over the Eagles on Thursday night, as he remains a receiving-only RB without much upside.

Ty Johnson, NYJ – The Jets continue to give more work to Michael Carter and Johnson and away from veteran Tevin Coleman, which should continue after the team's bye in Week 7 against New England.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Cole Beasley, BUF – UPDATE: Beasley (60-65% owned) had been relatively quiet since Week 3 but broke out in a big way on Monday night with 7-88-1. It’s a reminder that he can be a huge part of the Bills game plan when called upon to do what he does best out of the slot in this juggernaut offense. He’s on a bye in Week 7, but if he’s languishing on the wire in your league, he’s a great pickup if you have the roster space.

Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE – He had a monster game so we have to talk about him, even if he’ll have a tough time repeating. Peoples-Jones caught four of five targets for 101 yards and two TDs in Sunday's 37-14 loss to the Cardinals, taking advantage of catching a big hail-mary just before halftime. The second-year WR had just four catches through the first four games of the season, but has posted 9-171-2 line on 11 targets over the last two contests. The Mayfield injury could hurt him, too.

TE Hunter Henry, NE – Henry (55-60% owned) caught both his targets for 25 yards and a TD in the overtime loss to the Cowboys, but he’s really emerging as a popular red zone target of Mac Jones heading into a Week 7 clash with the Jets.

Kendrick Bourne, NE – Bourne only caught one pass on Sunday but it was a big one. I really like this guy and used him in one DFS lineup, which was rewarded when he hauled in a 75-yard touchdown. Bourne’s inconsistent usage makes him tough to roster in most formats heading into Week 7, but I do think he’ll carve out a larger role as the season wears on.

A.J. Green, ARI – The veteran WR, owned in about 30-35% of fantasy leagues, caught five of six targets for 79 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 37-14 win over the Browns. He continues to put together an impressive comeback heading into a potential Week 7 mismatch against the struggling Texans.

Rashod Bateman, BAL – UPDATE: The Ravens offense is damn potent and Bateman, in his NFL debut after missing the first five weeks with a groin injury, tied for the team lead in targets and hauled in 4-29-0. Primarily a run-first offense, the Ravens will still look for ways to get their rookie first-round pick plenty of targets in addition to TE Mark Andrews and deep threat Marquise Brown.

TE Ricky Seals-Jones, WAS – Seals-Jones (20% owned) hauled in four receptions on six targets for 58 yards and a TD in Sunday’s 31-13 loss to the Chiefs. He’s a fine fill-in TE as along as Logan Thomas is out.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: Laviska Shenault (70-75%), Sterling Shepard (65-70%), Michael Gallup (55%, IR/BYE), TE Zach Ertz (45-50%), T.Y. Hilton (20-25%), Amon-Ra St. Brown (10-15%), TE Pat Freiermuth (3-5%), Allen Lazard (2-3%)


Kadarius Toney, NYG – Toney had 3-36-0 before exiting with an ankle injury. He’s not an option next week but is a talented WR and should be held if you grabbed him.

TE David Njoku, CLE – Njoku caught one of two targets for six yards in Sunday’s 37-14 loss to Arizona. This is what he does – disappear after big performances.

Chris Moore, HOU – Moore was involved but disappointed one week after his breakout with 4-14-0 on five targets in the loss to the Colts.