We head into Week Seven without the help of Dallas and Carolina, who are both on bye. We also lost Ben Roethlisberger for an indefinite amount of time, along with a string of other injured players. As always, we turn to the waiver wire for help. These are some of the best options to target for Week Seven, all of whom are available in over 50% of leagues.
Dion Lewis (RB—NE): The potential is there for a big reunion between Lewis and Tom Brady. The question is, do you have the room on your bench, along with the patience? Lewis is certainly worth a stash if you can wait it out, as he will likely return as a huge part of New England’s offense.
(ESPN: 22% owned, Yahoo: 26% owned)
Jay Ajayi (RB—MIA): The rollercoaster ride that is owning Ajayi in fantasy football took a major upturn last week, as Miami’s lead rusher compiled 204 yards and two touchdowns. It is unclear what role Arian Foster will have in the Dolphins’ backfield as he returns from injury, but at least for now, Ajayi looks to be the workhorse back in Miami.
(ESPN: 43% owned, Yahoo: 33% owned)
Corey Coleman (WR—CLE): Coleman is set to return from a hand injury in the next few weeks, and the first-round draft selection is in line for a significant number of targets. Fellow WR Terrelle Pryor has done well under rookie QB Cody Kessler, and Coleman should be capable of some serious fantasy points as well.
(ESPN: 34% owned, Yahoo: 39% owned)
Hunter Henry (TE—SD): The rookie TE has done a solid job in San Diego, hauling in a TD in each of his last three games (and going for 61, 74, and 83 yards over that span). How he is still only owned in less than half of leagues is beyond me, especially at a position with so little reliable talent.
(ESPN: 49% owned, Yahoo: 36% owned)
Kenny Britt (WR—LA): Britt broke free for 132 yards and two TDs this past weekend against Detroit, but has actually been having a decent season outside of that performance as well. While Britt has not found the end zone often, he has at least 67 yards in all but one game this season. If he can be on the receiving end of TDs a little more often, Britt could be a solid flex play moving forward.
(ESPN: 13% owned, Yahoo: 13% owned)
Marcus Mariota (QB—TEN): Mariota has thrown for three TDs in each of his last two games and has over 200 passing yards in all but one game this season. Mariota is a fine streaming option at this point in the season, especially if you’re without a QB due to a bye week or waiting on Roethlisberger’s return.
(ESPN: 41% owned, Yahoo: 61% owned, which fudged our ‘under 50%’ a bit)
**Trade Relevance: Knile Davis’ move to Green Bay begs the question of whether he is a viable option at RB now. Fantasy owners are desperate for a healthy RB that isn’t part of a committee backfield, but Eddie Lacy is still the lead back for the Packers. Even with James Starks sidelined due to injury, Davis has little potential to contribute in a fantasy aspect (unless further injuries propel him up the depth chart).
Who else do you like on the waiver wire right now, fantasy owners? Do you have a top target, or a prospect that you have concerns about? The comments section is yours to debate, ask questions and discuss anything fantasy football.
May the waive wire err in your favor this week.