We finally had a normal weekend of football, as no teams were forced to postpone their games due to COVID-19 worries. But, it’s likely your fantasy week went the same way, with some of your studs putting up a low-point. With more injuries and bye weeks coming up, nailing your Week 7 fantasy waiver wire pickups could be vital.

In order to keep your fantasy playoff chances in reach, you have to be active on the waiver wire each week and grab those low-cost, high-upside players.

Here are my top waiver wire pickups heading into Week 7 that are worth adding to your roster as a potential starter or stash to see how their situation plays out. 

Also included are a few players from each position that are certainly worth a drop, due to their production and usage, but by no means are must-drops. 

Players must be owned in less than 60 percent of ESPN leagues to be included in the fantasy football Week 7 waiver wire pickups column. All ownerships for waiver wire players will be provided and will reflect that of Monday evening.

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Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups 

Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (59.0%)

Coming off his strong four-touchdown performance last Monday night against the Saints, Herbert gets a juicy matchup against the Jaguars in Week 7. The Jaguars rank the seventh-worst team in passing yards allowed per game, with 270.67 yards. They also are the league-worst for completion percentage allowed, at 73.4 percent of their passes thus far. Herbert has impressed everyone, to say the least, and he needs to be rostered in every format. At just under 60 percent ownership, it isn’t likely he’ll be available in 10-team leagues, but grab him in any league you can. 

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (51.3%) 

Despite early season struggles, Carson Wentz has stayed fantasy relevant due to his scrambling ability and mostly garbage time points. Last week against Baltimore, he put up 29.42 fantasy points, with 213 yards passing and two touchdowns along with a rushing touchdown. Wentz has ran for a touchdown in four games thus far, and with Ertz and Sanders both missing time, it’ll be all Wentz. He plays the Giants and Cowboys in his next two matchups, which are both ideal for fantasy production. Roster him for these next two games. 

Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (29.1%)

Coming off a bye week, Derek Carr faces the Bucs in a Week 7 matchup that will likely be a good one with a lot of scoring from both sides. In Week 5 against the Chiefs, Carr threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns while completing 71 percent of his passes. The Buccaneers defense has been one of the stingiest in the league this season, allowing only 3.9 fantasy points to Aaron Rodgers last week, but I expect the Raiders to come out firing like they did against the Chiefs. After the Bucs, he faces the Browns, who just got routed by the Steelers. He’s only rostered in less than 30 percent of leagues, so it’s likely he’s available for waiver wire pickups.  

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Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups 

Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles (11.7%)

As if the Eagles needed any more injuries, they lost Miles Sanders to an injury and he’s already been ruled out for the Thursday night game, so Scott is in line for RB1 workload. With his chances this year, he hasn’t done much, averaging only 3.3 yards per carry, but he’s worth the start if you’re hurting badly with injuries. He plays the Giants and Cowboys in his next two matchups, and it’s a possibility Sanders misses two games, so you could have a potential starter on your team. He’ll likely be one of the top waiver wire pickups this week, so go grab him.

Jeremy McNichols, Tennessee Titans (0.8%)

This is more of a stash option, especially in deeper leagues. When given the opportunities, he’s made the most of it. Now, he is Derrick Henry’s backup, so he will never get more than 10 carries per game, but Darryton Evans has been placed on IR, so he’s moved to the RB2 spot as of now. In Week 6 against the Texans, he had five carries for 51 yards and two catches for 11 yards, so it seems like the coaching staff will utilize him in key situations, but don’t expect him to split carries with Henry. At just under one percent ownership, it’s almost guaranteed he’s available in your league. Stash him for now and just see how his usage plays out with Evans on IR. 

Damien Harris, New England Patriots (58.3%)

Coming off a strong performance in Week 4 against the Chiefs, Harris certainly disappointed his fantasy owners, putting up only 4.3 fantasy points in Week 7 against the Broncos. But, the Patriots were down the entire game and struggled mightily on offense, so don’t let this steer you away from the Harris hype. James White was utilized much more in Week 7, but that’s because he’s efficient in the passing game and the Pats needed to move the ball. His next few matchups are against the Niners, Bills and Jets. The Niners are banged up on defense, but are still a good run defense, allowing 108.33 yards rushing per game. Both the Bills and Jets are in the bottom half of run defenses this season. His ownership shot up after Week 5, but he should be available in deeper leagues and is certainly worth the look. 

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Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups 

Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals (58.5%)

Every receiver on the Bengals is seeing consistent targets because of how much Burrow throws the ball, and it seems like Higgins is the favorite. He’s been targeted seven-plus times in three straight games, reeling in 14 receptions for 264 yards. He hasn’t caught a touchdown since Week 3 where he caught two, but his usage is there and I don’t see it slowing down much. Higgins plays the Browns and Titans in his next two matchups, two bottom five teams this season against wide receivers. The Bengals were blowing out the Colts in the first half last week so their offense has shown that they can put up points and do some damage. He’s rostered in almost 60 percent of leagues, so he’s worth the look in deeper leagues most likely. His usage is there and Burrow loves targeting Higgins in big plays. 

Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills (39.1%)

Cole Beasley is as consistent as you’re going to get from a WR3. He has seen at least six targets in all but one game this season. Beasley seems to be Josh Allen’s security blanket on short yardage and third down situations, despite Diggs being the main target in the offense. The Bills play the Jets, Patriots and Seattle in their next three matchups, so Buffalo will throw the ball a bunch. The Bills have struggled offensively the past two games, but they have the firepower to bounce back and put up big numbers like they did in the first four weeks. The Jets are allowing 22.5 fantasy points per game to wide receivers thus far, and if the Bills are driving down the field, Beasley will be one of Allen’s go-to targets.

Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos (27.3%)

With Courtland Sutton out for the season and Noah Fant returning soon, the Broncos leading receivers look a bit different. Tim Patrick has caught ten balls for 214 yards and a touchdown in his last two games. With Drew Lock back, his numbers will likely stay consistent. The Broncos play the Chiefs next week, who have been stingy in pass defense, allowing 208 yards passing per game. It’s a divisional game and Patrick is their main source of yards in the passing game, until Fant returns, so he’s worth the look at only 27 percent ownership. 

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Tight End Waiver Wire Pickups 

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (28.3%)

Although it isn’t certain if he’ll play in the Thursday night game against the Giants, now is the time to start grabbing him off waivers. He’ll likely miss this next game, but there’s a strong chance he returns for their Week 8 matchup against the Cowboys, and without Ertz, he’ll be the main source of offense. This could have been Dallas Goedert’s breakout season, with his Week 1 performance of eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown, and that was with Ertz on the field. It’s more than worth it to grab Goedert this week and stash him on your bench so no one else can roster him. The Eagles have their bye in Week 9, so there’s a chance they take Goedert slow and hold him off until after then, but roster him this week before anyone else does. 

Darren Fells, Houston Texans (5.0%)

With Jordan Akins injured, Fells has filled his spot nicely, pulling in a touchdown in back-to-back games. The Texans offense looks rejuvenated, after firing Bill O’Brien, so it’s worth the look to get some of Watson’s targets on your fantasy team. The Texans play the Packers, Jaguars and Browns in their next few matchups, which are all ideal, with the exception of Green Bay. The Packers struggled last week on both sides of the ball, so it could be a good game, but both the Jaguars and Browns rank in the bottom half of the league against tight ends, allowing ten or more fantasy points per game. Until Akins comes back, Fells is a great backup option and a streaming option moving forward. 

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RB: Malcolm Brown, Nyheim Hines, D’Ernest Johnson

WR: Curtis Samuel, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Anthony Miller 

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