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Through The Wire - Week 7

By Mike Krueger | Updated: 10/18/22

Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive for that elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp.

The waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players that might be available in 12-team PPR leagues. I’ll also provide a brief update on the players I covered the previous week.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.

Week 7 Byes: Buffalo, LA Rams, Minnesota, Philadelphia


Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan, IND @ Tennessee – Ryan has three 300-yard games to his credit this season including one against this same Titans team back in Week 4. With Jonathan Taylor still nursing his ankle injury, the Colts could lean on Ryan a bit more in Week 7. Tennessee has given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks.

Davis Mills, HOU @ Las Vegas – Mills hasn’t been great this season. His best fantasy finish was QB13 in Week 4 against the Chargers. The Raiders offers some glimmer of hope, giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to quarterbacks making Mills a decent option in two-QB leagues.

Other QBs to consider (Week 7 opponents in parentheses): Jimmy Garoppolo, SF (KC); Taylor Heinicke, WAS (GB)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Geno Smith, SEA – After three-straight weeks in the top 10, Geno (197-0-0; 6-48-0) fell back to earth as the QB17 heading into Monday night. He’ll be a viable option next week against the Chargers.

Jimmy Garoppolo, SF – Jimmy G (296-2-2; 3-11-0) had a modest day against the Falcons as the 49ers we’re unexpectedly trailing most of this game. He’s the QB10 heading into Monday night.

Justin Fields, CHI – Not too shabby for Fields (197-1-1; 12-88-0) who was close to having a top 5 performance if he could’ve found a way to get Chicago into the endzone on their final drive. You’ll need to pick your spots if you plan on using Fields this season.

Running Backs

Priority if available: Brian Robinson Jr., WAS; Darrell Henderson, LAR

Deon Jackson, IND @ Tennessee –Jackson operated as the lead back over Phillip Lindsay for the Colts with Jonathan Taylor (ankle) out. If Taylor plays in Week 7, the Jackson can likely stay on your bench, especially if Nyheim Hines (concussion) returns.

Kenyan Drake, BAL vs. Cleveland – There aren’t many waiver wire options this week, especially at the running back and quarterback positions. There is always going to be volume concerns for the Baltimore running backs with Lamar Jackson taking 10 or so rushing attempts per week. Drake (10-119-1) was the better performer this past week over J.K. Dobbins (7-15-0) so there’s some appeal, but this isn’t a plug and play situation.

Update: Latavius Murray, DEN vs. N.Y. Jets – Melvin Gordon got benched Monday night in favor of 32-year-old Murray who rushed for 66 yards on 15 carries. Russell Wilson suffered a hamstring injury which may have prompted more running calls. Murray is worth a look if this move is permanent.

Other RBs to consider (Week 7 opponents in parentheses): Gus Edwards, BAL (CLE); D’Onta Foreman, CAR (TB); DeeJay Dallas, SEA (@LAC)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Kenneth Walker, SEA – Walker (RB7) got the bulk of the work with Rashaad Penny out for the season and turned in a 21-97-1; 2-13-0 line against the Cardinals. He’s a high-end RB2 with RB1 upside moving forward.

Eno Benjamin, ARI – Eno (15-37-0; 3-28-0) got 18 touches with the bulk of the Cardinals running back room out for their game against the Seahawks, but couldn’t do much with them. This Arizona offense is searching for answers.

Update: Joshua Kelley, LAC – Kelley left early in the Monday night game with a knee injury. Sony Michel replaced him and looks to be the current backup to Austin Ekeler for right now.

Jaylen Warren, PIT – The two Steelers’ running backs only had 18 touches between them with Warren posting two yards on two carries. Bust.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Wan'Dale Robinson, NYG @ Jacksonville – I recommended Robinson last week but if he’s still floating around your waiver wire, he’s worth a look in PPR leagues. The Giants are struggling for options at the receiver position and it’s possible he could be a spark. Expect his snaps to increase as the weeks move on.

Alec Pierce, IND @ Tennessee – Pierce was in the “Others to Consider” section last week. He’s seen 16 targets the last two weeks and the matchup looks good against the Titans.

TE Robert Tonyan, GB @ Washington – The Packers’ tight end is coming off his best game of the season (10-90-0) on 12 targets, a sign that he might be ready to demand a bigger target share as the offense struggles to find options in the passing game.

Robbie Anderson, ARI vs. New Orleans – We shouldn’t expect the newly acquired Anderson to have a big role Thursday night but he could become noteworthy later this season as it appears Marquise Brown has suffered a significant foot injury and will miss at least six weeks.

Other WRs/TEs to consider (Week 7 opponents in parentheses): TE Greg Dulcich, DEN (NYJ); TE Daniel Bellinger, NYG (@JAX); Tre'Quan Smith / Marquez Callaway, NO (@ARI); Tyquan Thornton, NE (CHI); Tyler Boyd, CIN (ATL)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Devin Duvernay, BAL – Duvernay was a solid contrarian option in DFS circles but turned in a dud (1-14-0) against the Giants on five targets.

Khalil Shakir, BUF – Shakir (1-14-0) took a back seat to Isaiah McKenzie playing on only 21% of the snaps. The rookie won’t be much of an option unless McKenzie is on the sidelines.

TE Cade Otton, TB – Cameron Brate (2-14-0) returned to action making Otton (2-23-0) a non-consideration in Week 6. Brate did suffer a neck injury and his status is uncertain so Otton could be a factor moving forward.

Wan’Dale Robinson, NYG – Robinson (3-37-1) led the Giants receivers in fantasy scoring this week on four targets but we know this position is a wasteland for this team. He’s currently the WR28 heading into Monday night.

Defense / Special Teams

  • Cincinnati vs. ATL
  • Miami vs. PIT
  • Las Vegas vs. HOU
  • Denver vs. NYJ
  • N.Y. Giants @ JAX