Fantasy Football: Top Waiver-Wire Adds for NFL Week 7

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Aug 25, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) before a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Week 6 is officially in the books. And for fantasy football owners, that means the fantasy regular season is nearly 50% complete. I say it every week, but the season truly flies by. At this point, you should have a solid grasp on the potential of your team moving forward, as well as what positions you need to upgrade.

Week 6 was relatively uneventful in terms of injuries with fantasy implications, which means the waiver-wire list for Week 7 is slimmer than usual. However, there are some players that deserve higher priority than others. Let’s take a look:

1. Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi: 

Ajayi exploded seemingly out of nowhere in Week 6, rushing for 204 yards on 25 carries with two rushing touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6. He got the start over Arian Foster and shredded the Steelers, which doesn’t bode well for Foster’s fantasy stock moving forward. Ajayi should remain the starter next week and for the foreseeable future, which means that he needs to be owned in all leagues. As you know, fantasy is a volume game. And if Ajayi is touching the rock 20+ times per game, he’s squarely in the conversation as an RB2. He’s my top waiver-wire claim this week.

Oct 16, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) leaps over Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ross Cockrell (31) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins won 30-15.
Oct 16, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) leaps over Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ross Cockrell (31) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins won 30-15.

2. Bears WR Cameron Meredith:

Who is this guy? Meredith shredded the Jaguars secondary (and a good one at that) to the tune of 11 receptions for 113 on 15 targets. It’s the second week in a row that Meredith finished with over 110 receiving yards, and has 20 receptions in the last two weeks. Not only do you need to pick up Meredith if he’s available, but you probably need to start him as well. Given the target share he’s demanded since Kevin White got injured, he’s a rock-solid WR2, with a potential for even more than that.

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Sep 25, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Cameron Meredith (81) fumbles the ball after being hit by Dallas Cowboys free safety J.J. Wilcox (27) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

3. Rams WR Kenny Britt:

This is where my confidence starts to slip. Meredith and Ajayi are my clear-cut top two waiver claims for this week, just throwing that out there. But Rams receiver Kenny Britt deserves a mention. He torched the Lions secondary for seven receptions and 136 yards and two touchdowns. Britt has only one game this season with less than 67 receiving yards, and has produced over 75 receiving yards for the last three weeks. Do I trust the Rams offense enough to start Kenny Britt with confidence in Week 7? No. However, if he produces at a WR2 level in Week 7, he’s going to have some juicy match-ups starting in Week 9. Carolina, the Jets, Miami and New Orleans for four consecutive weeks. All of those teams are in the conversation for worst secondary in the NFL.

Sep 25, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brian Quick (83) is congratulated by wide receiver Kenny Britt (18) after he scored a touchdown during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 25, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brian Quick (83) is congratulated by wide receiver Kenny Britt (18) after he scored a touchdown during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

4. Packers WR Ty Montgomery:

Similar to how he produced at Stanford University, Montgomery did a little bit of everything on Sunday for Green Bay. Montgomery finished Week 6 with 10 receptions for 98 yards, while also rushing three times for six yards against Dallas.

Montgomery saw increased volume in Week 6 because James Starks was unavailable as a backup running back, so Montgomery stepped in. If Montgomery continues to see snaps at RB, he needs to be owned and deserves FLEX consideration for Week 7. Eddie Lacy only played 31 snaps (out of 70) so Montgomery will see a lot of snaps.

Fantasy. Volume game. Rinse, wash, repeat.

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