2021 Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire

by Jonathan Chan
2021 Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire.

Six teams (BUF, DAL, JAC, MIN, PIT, LAC) will be on bye this week. It will be the only time this year with this many teams on bye.

Everyone is talking about Aaron Rodgers taunting the Chicago Bears fans after scoring a late touchdown on Sunday.

What no one is talking about, is how Rodgers found a way around the NFL’s new taunting rules.

Hopefully, fans get taunted way more moving forward. It’s just fun.

The 2021 Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire will focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire

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Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (17% rostered)

Tagovailoa returned from a rib injury on Sunday, but he was unable to stop the Dolphins’ losing streak, which hit five following a 23-20 loss to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars.

Fortunately for Tagovailoa, his stat line looked good, as he completed 33-of-47 passes for 329 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. His return also brought Jaylen Waddle back to relevance and he targeted his former Alabama teammate 13 times.

The Dolphins certainly look like one of the worst teams in the league but Tua could post useful fantasy lines if he is forced to air it out more often.

Managers dealing with BYE weeks to Josh Allen, Dak Prescott, or Justin Herbert could do worse than Tagovailoa, who has a nice matchup with the Atlanta Falcons in Week 7.

Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos (20% rostered)

Bridgewater continues to put up respectable numbers, as he finished Week 6 with 334 yards and three touchdowns. It wasn’t all good, as he also tossed three picks in the 34-24 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Picks or not, Bridgewater reached the 20-point threshold for the third time this season and has now scored 19 or more points in four of the five games he has finished. His average of 18.87 points would make him the QB15 based on average production.

He does have a tough matchup coming up against the Browns but managers in Superflex or 2QB leagues should be able to count on decent production from the eight-year veteran.

Other Options: Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers (31% rostered)

Running Backs

D’Ernest Johnson, Cleveland Browns (3% rostered)

Johnson could be the Browns’ starting running back in Thursday’s matchup with the Denver Broncos. Kareem Hunt will reportedly miss ‘several weeks’ with his calf injury, while Nick Chubb missed Week 6 with a calf injury of his own.

Chubb’s status is still up in the air and it’s unknown whether he could return on a short week after missing practice all of last week.

Johnson would be the Browns’ early-down back and would likely see a ton of work, as Baker Mayfield continues to deal with a shoulder injury. He is likely this week’s top waiver pickup and should be added in all leagues.

DeeJay Dallas, Seattle Seahawks (2% rostered)

Dallas has gotten work as the Seahawks’ third-down running back over the past two weeks. With Chris Carson on IR and Alex Collins dealing with hip and glute injuries, Dallas’ role could grow even further.

He would likely split work with Travis Homer and Rashad Penny, but Dallas seems to have a safer floor, having been targeted five times in Week 6 by Seahawks QB Geno Smith.

Pete Carroll has said that Collins is not out of next week and the team is waiting to see how he handles the injury. Is Collins plays, Dallas is probably not worth the pickup, but he is worth an add while Collins’ status remains uncertain.

Wide Receivers

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Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens (27% rostered)

The rookie got a ton of work in his first NFL game, drawing six targets in a blowout win over the Los Angeles Chargers. While his final line (4-29) doesn’t jump off the page, it’s a good sign that the Ravens were willing to give him so much work right away.

He tied Mark Andrews for the team lead in targets and tied Marquise Brown for second in receptions. Right away, it appears that Bateman in the No. 3 option in the Ravens’ passing game, and he should only improve as he continues to get NFL experience.

The 27th overall pick in this past draft has a chance to carve out a solid role for the remainder of the season. For now, he’s worth an add as a bench stash or a FLEX for managers struggling with BYE weeks.

Marquez Callaway, New Orleans Saints (35% rostered)

Callaway is starting to pay off some of the sleeper hype given to him at the start of the season.

Over his past three games, the 23-year-old has racked up 200 yards and three touchdowns. He also saw a season-high eight targets against Washington in Week 5. Michael Thomas is eligible to come off injured reserve in Week 7 . His presence would obviously be a detriment to Callaway’s targets.

However, Thomas is reportedly still “a couple of weeks away” and Callaway should be rostered at least until Thomas returns.

Tight Ends

Ricky Seals-Jones, Washington Football Team (29% rostered)

Seals-Jones has done an admiral job filling for the injured Logan Thomas.

Seals-Jones was the second option in the passing game for the second-straight week, as he caught 4-of-6 targets for 58 yards and a touchdown. In two starts, the former Arizona Cardinal has been targeted 15 times and has racked up 99 yards.

Washington takes on the Green Bay Packers next week and will likely be forced to throw to keep up with Aaron Rodgers. Any manager who needs a tight end should roster Seals-JOnes while Thomas remains out.

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1% rostered)

Howard was heavily targeted in the Buccaneers’ Week 6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles and looked like the player that showed so much potential prior to tearing his achilles tendon last season.

He caught six passes for 49 yards and a touchdown in the victory. While it's only been one week, Howard could be establishing himself Tom Brady’s go-to tight end while Rob Gronkowski is out. Cameron Brate has caught just six passes over his past three games and is a non-factor for fantasy purposes.

While Howard’s targets could be inconsistent, he is worth a stash to see if his usage increases this week.

Deep League Special

Quez Watkins, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (2% rostered)

Watkins has replaced Greg Ward as the Eagles’ starting slot receiver and has been posting consistent stat lines. The speedy receiver has three catches in each of his past three games for a total of 125 yards.

Jalen Reagor has not been effective this season and finished Week 6 with no catches on three targets. Watkins’ role could continue to grow as the season moves along and could provide value in deeper leagues.

Managers with the bench space should stash Watkins to see if he becomes the No.2 receiver behind Devonta Smith.

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