Fantasy Football: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 7

Jamison Crowder and Auden Tate are two players to pursue this week.

Jack Thomason
October 14, 2019 - 10:13 pm
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(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member fantasy leagues for Week 7 of the NFL season.

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1. Jamison Crowder (WR, New York Jets) – I was surprised to see Crowder available in 58 percent of Yahoo leagues, but it’s also understandable given he had little value while Sam Darnold was out. With Darnold back in action Sunday, the entire Jets offense saw a boost. Just like in Week 1, Crowder led the team in targets (nine) and receptions (six) while finishing second in yards (98) to Robby Anderson’s 142. Chris Herndon’s return will have to wait at least another week, and it’ll be interesting to see how his return impacts Crowder. But for now, Crowder is a legitimate WR3 in PPR leagues and the Jets are past their bye week.  

1. Jamison Crowder (WR, New York Jets) – I was surprised to see Crowder available in 58 percent of Yahoo leagues, but it’s also understandable given he had little value while Sam Darnold was out. With Darnold back in action Sunday, the entire Jets offense saw a boost. Just like in Week 1, Crowder led the team in targets (nine) and receptions (six) while finishing second in yards (98) to Robby Anderson’s 142. Chris Herndon’s return will have to wait at least another week, and it’ll be interesting to see how his return impacts Crowder. But for now, Crowder is a legitimate WR3 in PPR leagues and the Jets are past their bye week.  

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2. Auden Tate (WR, Cincinnati Bengals) – Tate continues to shine on an otherwise poor Bengals offense. Since Week 3, he has played 93 percent of the snaps and is second on the team with 34 targets. On Sunday, he had a team-high 12 targets, catching five for 91 yards. The Bengals defense isn’t getting better any time soon, which means Andy Dalton will continue to throw the ball plenty. It remains to be seen when A.J. Green will return, so reap the benefits now with Tate and deal with the return of Green when it happens. Even when Green returns, Tate should continue to start as an outside receiver

3. Latavius Murray (RB, New Orleans Saints) – Much like with Crowder, I was surprised to see Murray owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, but without Drew Brees leading the offense, opportunities were limited. Murray has seen an average of 10 touches over the last two games, and his snap share increased with Alvin Kamara battling an ankle injury Sunday. Murray piled up 79 total yards, and he could’ve had a much bigger day given that he had a 42-yard receiving touchdown that was called back by a holding penalty. Murray isn’t the Mark Ingram in the Saints offense in the way many thought he would be, but the team is rolling, Kamara is banged up and Brees should be returning in the near future. Those are all signs that Murray’s arrow is pointing up.

4. Jakobi Meyers/N’Keal Harry (WR, New England Patriots) – Josh Gordon’s knee injury is believed to be minor, but with him and Phillip Dorsett banged up, Meyers is the immediate add. He caught all four of his targets for 54 yards against the Giants last Thursday, and a porous Jets secondary is on the slate next. Also keep an eye on Harry -- I’d consider adding him now if you have an injured reserve spot to stash him on. His first availability could be Week 9. The Patriots offense needs help, and he was their first-round pick in April.

5. Chase Edmonds (RB, Arizona Cardinals) – David Johnson still played 75 percent of he snaps Sunday after dealing with a back injury, but Edmonds once again scored a touchdown and contributed, tallying 67 yards on seven touches. He was one of the elite handcuffs in fantasy football, and now he’s beginning to show some standalone value by playing 32 percent of the snaps over the last two weeks. With bye weeks in action and with as many plays as the Cardinals run, Edmonds will be a factor going forward.

6. Mark Walton (RB, Miami Dolphins) – Walton and Kenyan Drake on Sunday put together the best day the Dolphins' run game has had this season. That’s not saying much, but it was productive for fantasy owners. Walton saw 42 percent of the snaps and played over Kalen Ballage. Walton also led the running backs in both rushing and receiving yards, tallying 75 total yards on 11 touches compared to Drake’s 70 yards. Walton continues to impress the Dolphins and will be involved going forward. We know Miami is a dumpster fire, but if Walton is going to get double-digit touches and be targeted in the passing game, he’s worth adding. We all know running back is extremely thin.

7. Alexander Mattison (RB, Minnesota Vikings) – Much like Edmonds, Mattison is an elite handcuff who's showing that he has standalone value as the Vikings punish teams with their ground game. None of us know who will get injured or when it will be, but Dalvin Cook has one of the league’s heaviest workloads, ranking fifth in the NFL with 21.8 touches per game. Even in a game Sunday in which Cousins’ threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns, he only attempted 29 passes while the team had 35 rushing attempts. 

8. Darrell Henderson (RB, Los Angeles Rams) – Early indications are that Todd Gurley has a chance to play this week, but without knowing for sure, Henderson is worth an add if your waivers run early. Henderson had seven touches compared to Malcolm Brown’s 11 on Sunday, but it was Henderson who produced more yardage  (48 to 40) and saw two targets in the passing game. Henderson was all the rave in dynasty leagues this past offseason, so we’ll see if his role continues to grow or if he can usurp Brown. In the meantime, until we know that Gurley is healthy, Henderson belongs on a roster. 

9. Benny Snell (RB, Pittsburgh Steelers) – Jaylen Samuels won’t be out forever, but Snell is the direct backup to James Conner right now and with Mason Rudolph and/or Devlin Hodges at the helm of the offense, it’s going to be a run-heavy approach. On Sunday, Conner got banged up again, nursing a thigh injury after he had already done significant damage in tallying 23 touches and scoring twice. Snell had 18 touches of his own, racking up 89 yards from scrimmage. The Steelers have a bye this week, but the Dolphins are next on their schedule. You might be able to sneak Snell in as an inexpensive waiver option due to the bye.

10. Randall Cobb (WR, Dallas Cowboys) – There’s some positive early news on Amari Cooper and his quad injury, so this may be irrelevant in a couple days -- but Cobb would be worth adding if Cooper sits this Sunday. At the beginning of last week, there wasn’t any concern about Gurley sitting due to his quad, so just be wary.  The Cowboys will face the Eagles, and the way to beat them is through the air. Cobb should see his fair share of targets.

Just missed: Sam Darnold, Tony Pollard, Justice Hill, Javorius Allen, Cole Beasley, Corey Davis, Demaryius Thomas, Phillip Dorsett, Jaron Brown, Darius Slayton, Ricky Seals-Jones, Ben Watson, and Chris Herndon.

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​​