Week 7 promises to be a bloodbath for fantasy football managers, as six teams with huge fantasy producers are all scheduled to take their mandatory bye. As such, seeking the best options on the waiver wire has never been as important up to this point of the 2021 season, and we’re here to bring several key names on the waiver wire that are worth a look.
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Top 2021 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Picks
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Tua Tagovailoa – Miami Dolphins
- Pct. Owned: 25.3%
Miami starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa started under center after a three-week absence due to injury, and the 23-year-old Hawaiian gunslinger had a serviceable fantasy afternoon in Week 6. Tagovailoa finished with 21 fantasy points and has averaged 18.5 points in his two full starts this season.
Considering that QBs such as Josh Allen, Justin Herbert, Dak Prescott, and Kirk Cousins are all on byes, expect Tua to be one of the hottest items to immediately fly off the waiver-wire shelves in Week 7. He also has favorable matchups ahead for QB-streaming managers with games against the Falcons, Texans, Jets, and Giants before the Dolphins’ bye on Week 14.
J.D. McKissic – Washington Football Team
- Pct. Owned: 46.1%
Washington’s J.D. McKissic should not be on waiver wires, especially in PPR leagues. McKissic’s value as a pass-catching back for the Football Team’s check-down offense is too valuable, and the former Arkansas State standout’s value spiked even more following the shin injury suffered by Antonio Gibson.
McKissic has three double-digit performances over the last five weeks with an average of 18 points in PPR formats; albeit with dud performances sandwiched in between those three outbursts. Now that Gibson is expected to miss time or be limited due to his injury, McKissic is in line to have another huge day against the Packers in Week 7.
Rhamondre Stevenson – New England Patriots
- Pct. Owned: 12.2%
Many fantasy experts have long touted Patriots backup RB Rhamondre Stevenson as a must-stash despite an injury and lackluster showings in his first two appearances of the season. However, now’s possibly the only time that the fourth-round rookie out of Oklahoma will be owned in less than 20 percent of fantasy leagues.
Stevenson made the most out of his five carries on Sunday, rushing for 23 yards and running in for his first NFL score. Even better is that he was more involved in New England’s passing game, hauling in new season-highs of three catches and 39 receiving yards. The Patriots are currently (-7) favorites at home in Week 7 against the Jets; a team that the Stevenson and the Pats can certainly feast upon.
Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals
- Pct. Owned: 25.2%
Just about every downfield threat in the undefeated Cardinals’ receiving corps is a viable fantasy start. This time around, Christian Kirk throws his name back into the hat of Arizona wideouts who deserve a look on the waivers.
Kirk has five or more catches in four of six games this season. His eight targets on Sunday match his season-high from Week 3, and he finished with five receptions for 75 yards and a TD. The Cards’ offense is a gold mine of fantasy resources that should’ve been mined by now, and Kirk appears to be the only nugget who could be left in the waiver-wire pool.
T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts
- Pct. Owned: 23.1%
Did everybody forget that four-time Pro Bowl selection wideout T.Y. Hilton is still playing in the league? The 31-year-old veteran just came off the IR this past week after a serious neck injury and made the most out of his season debut.
The Colts’ former five-time 1,000-yard receiver hauled in all four of his targets for 80 receiving yards against the Texans. With Indy starved for receiving threats outside of Michael Pittman Jr., Hilton’s return as the team’s signpost downfield threat could be back on the table. At worst, Hilton is a worthy test run of a flex option for Week 7 and beyond when the Colts travel to the Bay Area to take on the (-4) home favorites, the 49ers.
Ricky Seals-Jones – Washington Football Team
- Pct. Owned: 19.1%
Another Washington player warrants consideration as a stash for a very thin fantasy football position in tight end Ricky Seals-Jones. The former Arizona Cardinal has slowly eaten a good number of looks from Logan Thomas, as Seals-Jones has seen a total of 15 targets over the past two games.
Seals-Jones saw six passes from Taylor Heinicke this past week, turning them into 58 receiving yards and his second trip to the end zone this season. With Heinicke’s dink-and-dunk tendencies favoring tight ends, RSJ has a high upside as a streamable TE with a solid floor of about seven points on average in PPR leagues and decent touchdown potential for standard formats.
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