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2023 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Picks

By Jeff Stinger

With a whopping six teams going on bye in Week 7 (Bengals, Cowboys, Jets, Panthers, Texans, Titans), fantasy football owners will be scrounging for waiver wire scraps for sure. There are still a decent amount of hidden gems just waiting to be mined from the waivers, and we’re back at highlighting those players in fantasy football’s key positions.

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Top Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets in 2023 NFL Week 7


Sam Howell – Commanders

  • Pct. Owned: 19.1%

Given the right matchup, Washington quarterback Sam Howell has been a serviceable fantasy QB that about a fifth of fantasy managers have already caught up on. The former fifth-round draft pick out of UNC finished with 18 fantasy points in Week 6 against a decent Falcons defense.

Save for his terrible showing against the Bills in Week 3, Howell’s had at least 15 fantasy points in five starts thus far. With the Commanders being (-2.0) road favorites in a favorable divisional showdown against the Giants, Howell will be one of the most sought-after QB streaming options of Week 7 who’s capable of providing a decent floor of production, albeit without a running game for added boom potential.

Running Back

Kareem Hunt – Browns

  • Pct. Owned: 26.8%

Although Jerome Ford still owns the larger share of the reps in Cleveland’s backfield, Kareem Hunt has made his presence felt as a noteworthy player in fantasy. The 28-year-old back out of Ohio vulture-d a rushing TD off of Ford as it was Hunt who was the only Browns player to find the end zone against a formidable 49ers defense this past Sunday.

In PPR leagues, Hunt is definitely a worthy pickup this week, as his pass-catching skills going bay back since his debut season with the Chiefs gives him a huge edge above the other RB options in around three-fourths of waiver wire pools. For standard leagues, however, perhaps taking a shot at an RB handcuff would be more optimal, which leads us to…

Jordan Mason – 49ers

  • Pct. Owned: 1.4%

During that aforementioned 49ers-Browns game, the Niners’ superstar running back Christian McCaffrey suffered an oblique injury in the first half, which paved the way for the duo of Elijah Mitchell and Jordan Mason to replace CMC in the backfield. Between the two, the latter has the highest upside and is owned in virtually all fantasy leagues right now.

Mason scored a rushing touchdown on Sunday and the undrafted talent out of Georgia Tech finished with five carries for 37 rushing yards. Meanwhile, Mitchell, who is coming off a knee injury and has missed action the past couple of weeks, got just two totes that resulted in negative yardage. That said, Mason is the more attractive waiver pickup for those in need of McCaffrey’s handcuff, or a decent flex start given how well the Niners have run the ball all season long.

Wide Receiver

Jameson Williams – Lions

  • Pct. Owned: 34.2%

In his second start of the season following a four-game suspension, young wideout Jameson Williams finally proved why the Lions spent their 12th-overall pick at the 2022 NFL Draft on him. The former first-team All-American had three catches for 53 receiving yards and his first receiving TD of the campaign, adding another weapon to an already stacked Detroit receiving corps.

Although Amon-Ra St. Brown is still Jared Goff’s top receiving option, the sky’s the limit for Williams, who’s in line to overtake the likes of Marvin Jones Jr. and Josh Reynolds in Detroit’s pecking order at wide receiver. There are still several fantasy leagues who’ve forgotten about the 22-year-old talent, but that will certainly not be the case once this week’s first wave of waiver wire transactions is processed.

Josh Downs – Colts

  • Pct. Owned: 32.7%

Over in Indy, meanwhile, another budding wideout in Josh Downs has quietly been a steady source of fantasy points. Sam Howell’s former teammate in UNC has been consistently involved in the Colts’ passing attack, as Downs hauled in eight targets for five catches, 21 receiving yards, and his first-ever NFL TD.

In his first six games as a pro, Downs has seen no fewer than five targets in five of those starts. With double-digit PPR production in three of the last four weeks, the Suwanee, Georgia native could end up being the best WR3/FLEX pickup of the season, especially if Colts rookie QB Anthony Richardson returns from injury sooner than later. Although Indianapolis is currently a slim (+1.5) home underdog in Week 7 against a stout Browns defense, Downs’ reliability as the Colts’ top slot receiver is still enough of an upside to take a flyer on him on the Week 7 waiver wire.

Tight End

Michael Mayer – Raiders

  • Pct. Owned: 1.4%

Halloween came a couple of weeks early in Sin City this past weekend, as there was a Michael Mayer (not Myers) sighting during the Raiders’ win over the Patriots. The second-round rookie is hot off his most impactful performance in the pros, setting new season-highs of six targets, five receptions, and 75 receiving yards.

Considering that veteran tight end Austin Hooper and third-stringer Jesper Horsted have been virtually non-existent in Las Vegas’ offensive schemes, Mayer remains the team’s undoubted starting TE for the remainder of the season. For as long as the Raiders stay relatively competitive on offense, Mayer is a high-upside TE pickup that could pay dividends later down the season for fantasy managers who have room on their bench to stash the 6-foot-4 beast out of Notre Dame.

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