Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire: Devonta Freeman, D’Ernest Johnson among key targets with big bye losses


This might be the most challenging week of the Fantasy season. Week 7 features six teams on a bye, and the injuries at every position have been awful. The depth of your Fantasy rosters are really being tested.

Now, there are some players who have emerged and are expected to step up this week, and we’ll highlight those below. We’ve been relying on backups in big spots for several weeks now, and thankfully many of them have delivered, including Darrel Williams and Khalil Herbert in Week 6, among others.

We need more guys like that to step up and become quality Fantasy options this week. So let’s find out who you should be targeting off the waiver wire in Week 7.

Editor’s note: For this waiver wire column, we are only looking at players rostered in less than 65 percent of CBS Sports leagues.

Week 7 Waivers


Running Backs

  • Injuries: Saquon Barkley (ankle), Antonio Gibson (calf), Nick Chubb (calf), Kareem Hunt (calf), Christian McCaffrey (hamstring), Chris Carson (neck), Alex Collins (hip), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee), David Montgomery (knee), Melvin Gordon (hip), Damien Williams (illness), Latavius Murray (ankle), Sony Michel (shoulder), Samaje Perine (illness), Tony Jones (ankle), JaMycal Hasty (ankle) and Rashaad Penny (calf).
  • On a bye: Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard, James Robinson, Austin Ekeler, Dalvin Cook, Najee Harris, Zack Moss and Devin Singletary.
  • Drop candidates: Devin Singletary (85 percent rostered), Kenneth Gainwell (70 percent), Nyheim Hines (68 percent), Trey Sermon (64 percent) and Ronald Jones (52 percent). Singletary isn’t someone you definitely have to stash during his bye, and he’s scored eight PPR points or less in four games in a row. … Gainwell still has lottery-ticket appeal if Miles Sanders gets hurt, but he’s not a guaranteed stash candidate. His playing time has decreased of late, and he’s scored six PPR points or less in four of his past five games. … Hines isn’t worth stashing in non-PPR leagues. And even in PPR leagues, he’s scored two points or less in four of his past five games. … Sermon could get more company in San Francisco’s backfield if Hasty is able to play in Week 7. And it’s clear Sermon is behind Elijah Mitchell for now as well. … Jones will need Leonard Fournette to miss time to get any extended action, and even then he would still be in a timeshare with Giovani Bernard.
  • Check to see if available: Michael Carter (79 percent rostered), J.D. McKissic (74 percent) and Sony Michel (66 percent). Carter comes off his bye in Week 6 with a touchdown in each of his two previous games. Hopefully he continues to be the lead running back for the Jets and can build toward a strong finish. … McKissic could be the lead running back in Washington in Week 7 at Green Bay with Gibson banged up. And even if Gibson plays you can see a path where McKissic does well against the Packers if Washington is chasing points. McKissic just had 18 PPR points in Week 6 against Kansas City and has scored at least 16 PPR points in three of his past five games. … Michel has 20 carries in the past two games and should be stashed in all leagues as a handcuff for Darrell Henderson.


Wide Receivers

  • Injuries: Julio Jones (hamstring), Michael Thomas (ankle), Odell Beckham (shoulder), Jerry Jeudy (ankle), Kadarius Toney (ankle), Kenny Golladay (knee), Sammy Watkins (hamstring), Jarvis Landry (knee), DeVante Parker (shoulder), Will Fuller (finger), Curtis Samuel (groin), Michael Gallup (calf), Quintez Cephus (collarbone), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hamstring), Russell Gage (ankle), Terrace Marshall (concussion), Preston Williams (groin) and Darius Slayton (hamstring).
  • On a bye: Stefon Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders, Cole Beasley, CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper, Marvin Jones, Laviska Shenault, Mike Williams, Keenan Allen, Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool.
  • Check to see if available: Jerry Jeudy (81 percent rostered), Tim Patrick (77 percent), Toney (76 percent), Jarvis Landry (70 percent), Henry Ruggs III (69 percent), Christian Kirk (67 percent) and Hunter Renfrow (66 percent). Jeudy is close to a return, and it’s worth stashing him now where available. While he’s out, you can still rely on Patrick, who has scored at least 12 PPR points in every game Bridgewater has finished this year. And Patrick should remain useful in deeper leagues even when Jeudy is healthy. … Hopefully, Toney is healthy after leaving Week 6 against the Rams. Unless this ankle injury lingers, he should still have a prominent role for the Giants and Fantasy managers. … Landry is close to returning for the Browns, and they might need him in a big way with the run game in trouble due to injuries. … Ruggs has scored at least 11 PPR points in three of his past five games, including 18 PPR points in Week 6 at Denver. I’m hopeful bigger games like that are ahead in the second half of the season. As for Renfrow, he just had his worst game of the season in Week 6 at Denver with six PPR points, but he’s scored 11 PPR points or more in four of the first five games this year and has plenty of PPR appeal. … Kirk is going to be inconsistent with his production, but he does have at least 17 PPR points in three of six games this year. He should be considered a boom-or-bust No. 3 starter in deeper leagues for the rest of the season.
  • Drop candidates: Allen Robinson (95 percent rostered), Tyler Boyd (93 percent), Shenault (75 percent), Golladay (76 percent) and Robby Anderson (69 percent). Better days are ahead for Robinson, right? I’m still hopeful. But in 10-team leagues you might have to drop him, and he’s yet to top 10 PPR points in a game this year. … Boyd is someone to drop in 10-team non-PPR leagues. He’s been above 36 receiving yards just twice and has only one touchdown on the season. … Shenault isn’t someone you have to stash during his bye week, especially in non-PPR leagues. He’s been above 60 receiving yards just once and has no touchdowns this season. … Golladay might return in Week 7 after sitting out in Week 6, and hopefully better days are ahead. But he’s not someone you have to hold in 10-team leagues. He hasn’t scored yet this season and has only one game with more than 64 yards. …  Anderson has two touchdowns on the season but has still scored just 43 PPR points in six games. It’s hard to justify still keeping him on your roster in most leagues, especially 10-team formats or less.

Add in this order: 

  • Injuries: George Kittle (calf), Rob Gronkowski (ribs), Dawson Knox (hand), Noah Fant (foot), Dallas Goedert (illness), Logan Thomas (hamstring) and David Njoku (knee).
  • On a bye: Dalton Schultz, Knox, Dan Arnold, Jared Cook, Tyler Conklin and Pat Freiermuth.
  • Check to see if available: Zach Ertz (76 percent rostered), Goedert (73 percent) and Jared Cook (71 percent). The Eagles traded Ertz to Arizona, which is great for him and Goedert. Now we get to see what Goedert can do as the solo act in Philadelphia, and he’s worth trusting as a top-10 Fantasy tight end in all leagues. Ertz is more of a top-15 Fantasy option, but he should be added in all formats and definitely started in Week 7 against Houston. … Cook is on a bye in Week 7, but he’s worth stashing in deeper leagues. He’s scored a touchdown in two of his past three games.
  • Drop candidates: Thomas (56 percent rostered), Robert Tonyan (43 percent), Evan Engram (42 percent), Jonnu Smith (37 percent) and Arnold (36 percent). Thomas isn’t worth stashing while he’s hurt if you don’t have an IR spot, and he could be out through Washington’s bye in Week 9. … Tonyan still has just one touchdown on the season, which came in Week 2 against Detroit when he scored 14 PPR points. In his other five games, Tonyan has scored a combined nine PPR points. … Engram might benefit with all the injuries in New York, but he’s combined for just 23 PPR points on the season and doesn’t appear to offer much upside heading into Week 7 against Carolina. … Smith only has one touchdown on the season and has combined for just four targets in his past two games against Houston and Dallas. Hunter Henry is the featured tight end for the Patriots. … Arnold isn’t worth stashing on his bye, even though he has 13 targets in his past two games against Tennessee and Miami.

Add in this order:

  • Saints (58 percent rostered) at SEA

    49ers (42 percent rostered) vs. IND

    Browns (62 percent rostered) vs. DEN

    Raiders (18 percent rostered) vs. PHI

    Falcons (7 percent rostered) at MIA

  • Younghoe Koo (45 percent rostered) at MIA

    Daniel Carlson (64 percent rostered) vs. PHI

    Nick Folk (33 percent rostered) vs. NYJ

    Wil Lutz (6 percent rostered) at SEA

    Michael Badgley (10 percent rostered) at SF

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