Published: Oct. 18, 2015 at 11:57 p.m.
Updated: Oct. 19, 2015 at 11:37 a.m.

Week 7 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire

The waiver wire is one of the most important keys to finding success in the world of fantasy football. I'll do my best to help you manage the waiver wire to scoop up the players who can help bring you fantasy glory each and every week. If you play in a deeper, more competitive league, and all 14  of these players are already owned, be sure to check out my weekly deep dive waiver wire column (published Mondays), for some high-upside players to aim for heading into Week 7. With the Packers, Broncos, Bengals and Bears on their bye week, there are plenty of owners who will be looking for spot starts this week. Some of the players below will certainly fit that bill. For more specific FAAB questions, hit me up on Twitter.

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  • Hillman and C.J. Anderson split the offensive snaps on Sunday right down the middle, 42 to 42, but Hillman turned in the more effective day, rushing for 111 yards on 20 carries. Hillman is owned in almost half of the NFL.com leagues and is heading into his bye week, but I wanted to bring him into this space as a reminder that he's worth a bench stash. We're not buying in completely on Hillman as anything more than a potential flex starter for now (we've seen him flash like this before), but in terms of volume he is starting to pull away in the Denver backfield. <em>FAAB suggestion: 5-10 percent</em> 13

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    Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos (52.7 percent owned)

    Hillman and C.J. Anderson split the offensive snaps on Sunday right down the middle, 42 to 42, but Hillman turned in the more effective day, rushing for 111 yards on 20 carries. Hillman is owned in almost half of the NFL.com leagues and is heading into his bye week, but I wanted to bring him into this space as a reminder that he's worth a bench stash. We're not buying in completely on Hillman as anything more than a potential flex starter for now (we've seen him flash like this before), but in terms of volume he is starting to pull away in the Denver backfield. FAAB suggestion: 5-10 percent

  • Diggs, a rookie fifth-round pick out of Maryland, has been the best wide receiver on the Vikings the last two weeks. He's been able to get open all over the field on a variety of routes, and has turned his 19 targets over the last two week into 13 catches for 216 yards. For comparison's sake, Mike Wallace's 19 targets over the same span have netted him 10 catches for 106 yards. With Diggs seeing this kind of volume, and a matchup against the Lions next on the slate, he'll be on the WR3 or flex radar for Week 7. <em>FAAB suggestion: 5-10 percent</em> 12

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    Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings (0.9 percent owned)

    Diggs, a rookie fifth-round pick out of Maryland, has been the best wide receiver on the Vikings the last two weeks. He's been able to get open all over the field on a variety of routes, and has turned his 19 targets over the last two week into 13 catches for 216 yards. For comparison's sake, Mike Wallace's 19 targets over the same span have netted him 10 catches for 106 yards. With Diggs seeing this kind of volume, and a matchup against the Lions next on the slate, he'll be on the WR3 or flex radar for Week 7. FAAB suggestion: 5-10 percent

  • Riddick has been a stud in PPR formats (he was the RB13 prior to Week 6), but he could start having more value in standard formats as well. The combination of Joique Bell's injuries and Ameer Abdullah's fumbles have put Riddick into the fantasy spotlight. Abdullah fumbling again on Sunday will not do a lot to help his chances of seeing an increased workload. Riddick had 10 touches on Sunday, managing 78 total yards on those. Riddick played through a groin injury on Sunday, but should be able to heal up before the Lions next game against the Vikings. Don't break the bank or spend a top waiver priority on Riddick, but if you're in need of some running back help this is a good week to stash him -- especially in PPR formats. <em>FAAB suggestion: 0-5 percent</em> 11

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    Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions (2.3 percent owned)

    Riddick has been a stud in PPR formats (he was the RB13 prior to Week 6), but he could start having more value in standard formats as well. The combination of Joique Bell's injuries and Ameer Abdullah's fumbles have put Riddick into the fantasy spotlight. Abdullah fumbling again on Sunday will not do a lot to help his chances of seeing an increased workload. Riddick had 10 touches on Sunday, managing 78 total yards on those. Riddick played through a groin injury on Sunday, but should be able to heal up before the Lions next game against the Vikings. Don't break the bank or spend a top waiver priority on Riddick, but if you're in need of some running back help this is a good week to stash him -- especially in PPR formats. FAAB suggestion: 0-5 percent

  • What in the world is going on with Eddie Lacy? That's the biggest question in fantasy coming out of Week 6, despite having a solid matchup against the Chargers, Lacy was barely used and barely made an impact. Instead, it was Starks who took advantage of his touches (and some defensive gaffes by the Bolts) to post a 23.7-point fantasy day. Starks is certainly the more explosive runner, but he isn't as decisive as Lacy and lacks the big guy's vision. Starks and Lacy have their bye next week, but Starks' performance means he needs to be added in all leagues. Lacy owners would be wise to scoop him up, as would those who are in need of some upside at the RB position. <em>FAAB suggestion: 15-20 percent</em> 10

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    James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers (5 percent owned)

    What in the world is going on with Eddie Lacy? That's the biggest question in fantasy coming out of Week 6, despite having a solid matchup against the Chargers, Lacy was barely used and barely made an impact. Instead, it was Starks who took advantage of his touches (and some defensive gaffes by the Bolts) to post a 23.7-point fantasy day. Starks is certainly the more explosive runner, but he isn't as decisive as Lacy and lacks the big guy's vision. Starks and Lacy have their bye next week, but Starks' performance means he needs to be added in all leagues. Lacy owners would be wise to scoop him up, as would those who are in need of some upside at the RB position. FAAB suggestion: 15-20 percent

  • You're chasing the points a bit if you stream Watson as a tight end this week, but given the volatility at the position, there are worse ways to go. Brees has had eyes for Watson over the last two weeks, showering him with 17 targets. Three of those came in the red zone, and Watson converted two into touchdowns. The Colts, Watson's Week 7 opponent, have been pretty efficient when it comes to shutting down opposing tight ends, allowing a meager .73 fantasy points per target to the position (fifth-lowest in the league). Perhaps his Week 6 performance was the beginning of a run with Brees and Watson gaining a rapport (a la Josh McCown and Gary Barnidge), or it was a one-week mirage. Either way, Watson isn't a terrible add if you're looking to stream the position this week and he's available in practically every league. <em>FAAB suggestion: 0-5 percent</em> 9

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    Benjamin Watson, TE, New Orleans Saints (0.5 percent owned)

    You're chasing the points a bit if you stream Watson as a tight end this week, but given the volatility at the position, there are worse ways to go. Brees has had eyes for Watson over the last two weeks, showering him with 17 targets. Three of those came in the red zone, and Watson converted two into touchdowns. The Colts, Watson's Week 7 opponent, have been pretty efficient when it comes to shutting down opposing tight ends, allowing a meager .73 fantasy points per target to the position (fifth-lowest in the league). Perhaps his Week 6 performance was the beginning of a run with Brees and Watson gaining a rapport (a la Josh McCown and Gary Barnidge), or it was a one-week mirage. Either way, Watson isn't a terrible add if you're looking to stream the position this week and he's available in practically every league. FAAB suggestion: 0-5 percent

  • The Cowboys pulled the plug on the Brandon Weeden experiment to go with the more "aggressive" Matt Cassel (I know, it's a crazy thing to read but it is the truth in 2015). They also hinted that Cassel wouldn't be the only change, and then gave Christine Michael first team reps in practice last week. Does this mean Michael is destined to take over the lead back role? Absolutely not. However, it is a sign that the team might not be convinced Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden are not the answer. Michael could start working his way more heavily into this committee rotation, and potentially take over a sizable amount of the touches if he produces. Michael is worth a speculative add this week in all formats. <em>FAAB suggestion: 10-15 percent</em> 8

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    Christine Michael, RB, Dallas Cowboys (6.4 percent owned)

    The Cowboys pulled the plug on the Brandon Weeden experiment to go with the more "aggressive" Matt Cassel (I know, it's a crazy thing to read but it is the truth in 2015). They also hinted that Cassel wouldn't be the only change, and then gave Christine Michael first team reps in practice last week. Does this mean Michael is destined to take over the lead back role? Absolutely not. However, it is a sign that the team might not be convinced Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden are not the answer. Michael could start working his way more heavily into this committee rotation, and potentially take over a sizable amount of the touches if he produces. Michael is worth a speculative add this week in all formats. FAAB suggestion: 10-15 percent

  • After playing on just 40 percent of the team's snaps over the first three weeks, Floyd has played on 71 percent the last two weeks. That's likely because the team was bringing him back slowly, as he suffered a semi-serious hand injury in the offseason. Well, Floyd turned all of those snaps into some production this week, catching five of his eight targets for 50 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals passing offense has been humming (despite only managing the one touchdown in Week 6), and gets to face a Ravens secondary next week that gives away fantasy points to wide receivers like candy on Halloween. If you're in need of a bye-week fill-in with several big offenses on the shelf this week, give Floyd a look. <em>FAAB suggestion: 5-10 percent</em> 7

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    Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals (22.1 percent owned)

    After playing on just 40 percent of the team's snaps over the first three weeks, Floyd has played on 71 percent the last two weeks. That's likely because the team was bringing him back slowly, as he suffered a semi-serious hand injury in the offseason. Well, Floyd turned all of those snaps into some production this week, catching five of his eight targets for 50 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals passing offense has been humming (despite only managing the one touchdown in Week 6), and gets to face a Ravens secondary next week that gives away fantasy points to wide receivers like candy on Halloween. If you're in need of a bye-week fill-in with several big offenses on the shelf this week, give Floyd a look. FAAB suggestion: 5-10 percent

  • Wilson makes the list as Jeremy Maclin left Sunday's game against the Vikings with a concussion. Four of Wilson's six targets came after Maclin left the game, including his 42-yard touchdown. If Maclin is unable to clear the concussion protocol before Week 7's matchup against the Steelers, Wilson will become the de facto No. 1 wide receiver for the Chiefs. Even if Maclin does clear the protocol (fingers crossed), Wilson makes for a nice streaming pickup given the number of wide receivers on byes this week. The Steelers are bleeding points to opposing wide receivers, allowing an average of 23.7 fantasy points to the position through the first six weeks. <em>FAAB suggestion: 0-5 percent</em> 6

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    Albert Wilson, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (0.1 percent owned)

    Wilson makes the list as Jeremy Maclin left Sunday's game against the Vikings with a concussion. Four of Wilson's six targets came after Maclin left the game, including his 42-yard touchdown. If Maclin is unable to clear the concussion protocol before Week 7's matchup against the Steelers, Wilson will become the de facto No. 1 wide receiver for the Chiefs. Even if Maclin does clear the protocol (fingers crossed), Wilson makes for a nice streaming pickup given the number of wide receivers on byes this week. The Steelers are bleeding points to opposing wide receivers, allowing an average of 23.7 fantasy points to the position through the first six weeks. FAAB suggestion: 0-5 percent

  • Aiken has seen at least seven targets in four of the last five games, averaging 9.15 fantasy points per outing in those games. That's not week-winning production, but when you're looking for a WR3 or flex play on a tough bye week, nearly 10 fantasy points will do. Aiken's target volume stayed flat even though Steve Smith and Crockett Gillmore returned to the lineup, too. He draws a tough matchup against the Cardinals next week, but their secondary has allowed an average of 31.1 fantasy points per week to opposing wide receivers over the last three weeks. <em>FAAB suggestion: 0-5 percent</em> 5

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    Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens (4 percent owned)

    Aiken has seen at least seven targets in four of the last five games, averaging 9.15 fantasy points per outing in those games. That's not week-winning production, but when you're looking for a WR3 or flex play on a tough bye week, nearly 10 fantasy points will do. Aiken's target volume stayed flat even though Steve Smith and Crockett Gillmore returned to the lineup, too. He draws a tough matchup against the Cardinals next week, but their secondary has allowed an average of 31.1 fantasy points per week to opposing wide receivers over the last three weeks. FAAB suggestion: 0-5 percent

  • Crowder has been a quiet PPR stud over the last three weeks, catching 19 passes on 29 targets. While DeSean Jackson could return this week, the team is designing plays to put the ball in Crowder's hands. He also gets a nice matchup against the Buccaneers defense in Week 7. Trusting a Kirk Cousins passing game target can be a frustrating endeavor, but for PPR formats Crowder has WR3 upside this week. <em>FAAB suggestion: 0-5 percent</em> 4

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    Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins (0.6 percent owned)

    Crowder has been a quiet PPR stud over the last three weeks, catching 19 passes on 29 targets. While DeSean Jackson could return this week, the team is designing plays to put the ball in Crowder's hands. He also gets a nice matchup against the Buccaneers defense in Week 7. Trusting a Kirk Cousins passing game target can be a frustrating endeavor, but for PPR formats Crowder has WR3 upside this week. FAAB suggestion: 0-5 percent

  • Even though he's only started one of the last three games, Hoyer has averaged over 20 fantasy points per game during that span. He's proven adept at getting the ball in the hands of his playmakers -- DeAndre Hopkins, Arian Foster -- and letting them to all of the dirty work. Hoyer doesn't have a dream matchup against the Dolphins, but he represents a nice streaming option for Week 7 considering he's owned in just over 1 percent of NFL.com leagues. <em>FAAB suggestion: 5-10 percent</em> 3

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    Brian Hoyer, QB, Houston Texans (1.1 percent owned)

    Even though he's only started one of the last three games, Hoyer has averaged over 20 fantasy points per game during that span. He's proven adept at getting the ball in the hands of his playmakers -- DeAndre Hopkins, Arian Foster -- and letting them to all of the dirty work. Hoyer doesn't have a dream matchup against the Dolphins, but he represents a nice streaming option for Week 7 considering he's owned in just over 1 percent of NFL.com leagues. FAAB suggestion: 5-10 percent

  • His record in real life is irrelevant: Bortles has been on fire in fantasy for the last month-plus. After a single-digit stinker in Week 1, Bortles has averaged 21.63 fantasy points per week since. He'll play a Buffalo pass defense that can be had through the air next week, on a neutral field in London (you can stream the game for free on Yahoo!, don't forget!). At this point, I think Bortles needs to be owned in more leagues and is verging on every-week starter status. However, if you need to stream the position or are looking for a bye-week fill-in, Bortles is a great option. He has two talented young pass-catchers (Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns) and just got back talented tight end Julius Thomas as well. Bortles' arrow in fantasy is pointing up. <em>FAAB suggestion: 10-15 percent</em> 2

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    Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (26 percent owned)

    His record in real life is irrelevant: Bortles has been on fire in fantasy for the last month-plus. After a single-digit stinker in Week 1, Bortles has averaged 21.63 fantasy points per week since. He'll play a Buffalo pass defense that can be had through the air next week, on a neutral field in London (you can stream the game for free on Yahoo!, don't forget!). At this point, I think Bortles needs to be owned in more leagues and is verging on every-week starter status. However, if you need to stream the position or are looking for a bye-week fill-in, Bortles is a great option. He has two talented young pass-catchers (Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns) and just got back talented tight end Julius Thomas as well. Bortles' arrow in fantasy is pointing up. FAAB suggestion: 10-15 percent

  • It looks like plenty of owners still have these two stashed, but I wanted to just remind you that if either is on the waiver wire in your league, they're worth grabbing and stashing. LaFell was on the PUP and is eligible to return to action next week. He and Brady had a good rapport last season, and he offers the team an outside threat that they're lacking currently. Adams was the most targeted wide receiver and played the most snaps for the team in Week 1, but he's been a non-factor since suffering an ankle sprain in Week 2. He was limited this week at practice, and with the bye to heal up there's a chance he could return in Week 8 as well. The Packers are in desperate need of some wide receiver help, and Adams could be the spark that offense is missing. <em>FAAB suggestions: 10 percent for each</em> 1

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    Davante Adams/Brandon LaFell, WRs, Packers/Patriots (58.1/56.5 percent owned)

    It looks like plenty of owners still have these two stashed, but I wanted to just remind you that if either is on the waiver wire in your league, they're worth grabbing and stashing. LaFell was on the PUP and is eligible to return to action next week. He and Brady had a good rapport last season, and he offers the team an outside threat that they're lacking currently. Adams was the most targeted wide receiver and played the most snaps for the team in Week 1, but he's been a non-factor since suffering an ankle sprain in Week 2. He was limited this week at practice, and with the bye to heal up there's a chance he could return in Week 8 as well. The Packers are in desperate need of some wide receiver help, and Adams could be the spark that offense is missing. FAAB suggestions: 10 percent for each