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Week 7 Waiver Wire Targets

With injuries continuing around the league and some key players on the verge of returning, it’s time to start digging deep into those player pools. Here are some players to target on the Week 7 waiver wire.

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Odell Beckham, Jr. (WR, New York Giants)

With the loss of Victor Cruz, the Giants are going to need the rookie to step up in a hurry. Many were high on Beckham coming into the season, but injuries kept him sidelined for the first four games. He still has work to do to get on the same page with quarterback Eli Manning, but he should see significantly more targets going forward. He’s available in 92% of ESPN leagues.

Andre Holmes (WR, Oakland Raiders)

Holmes had a very solid Week 6 as he caught 4 of 8 targets for 121 yards and two touchdowns. While teammate James Jones also had a nice game, Holmes is showing that he seems to have good chemistry with rookie QB Derek Carr. He’s available in 99% of ESPN leagues.

Jerick McKinnon (RB, Minnesota Vikings)

McKinnon took over as the starter for Minnesota in Week 6 and proved to be a part of both the run and passing game. His numbers weren’t exactly eye popping this last week, but they were impressive enough against a tough Detroit run defense. Look for him to find success, and he should be a good play moving forward. Surprisingly, he’s still available in 95% of ESPN leagues.

Isaiah Crowell (RB, Cleveland Browns)

Crowell has emerged as the clear #2 running back on a Cleveland team that is finding continued success in the run game. Despite not starting, he piled up 77 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown. He’s a required handcuff for Ben Tate at this point and is a borderline flex play.

Brandon Bolden (RB, New England Patriots)

The loss of Stevan Ridley means more touches for Bolden, Shane Vereen, and James White. Vereen will likely see more touches and continue in the joker role, but Bolden could be the one to see significantly more early down snaps. It’s worth watching and Bolden could be a sneaky pickup going forward.

Jace Amaro (TE, New York Jets)

Amaro had a strong showing in Week 6 and his role in the offense has been steadily growing. 10 receptions for a tight end in a single game is  huge. Many owners will be looking for a bye week option in the next few weeks, and Amaro could be your guy.

Brandon Marshall (LB, Denver Broncos)

Linebacker Danny Trevathan’s return was short lived as he went out again with an injury. His status is unclear, but he’s likely to be sidelined for some time. Brandon Marshall has done an excellent job filling in this season when needed, so it’s time to pick him up again. As long as Trevathan misses time, Marshall is an excellent IDP play.

Jamie Collins (LB, New England Patriots)

With the loss of Jerod Mayo there will be more pressure on Collins to perform. Assuming he can stay healthy, he’s going to be an every down option and will have little tackle competition going forward. Collins becomes a very nice LB2 option.

Tyrann Mathieu (S, Arizona Cardinals)

Mathieu’s snap count is rising and he is a huge part of the Arizona defense. He’s been worked in slowly coming off of injury, but in Week 6 he saw 50 of 65 defensive snaps. Now is the time to snatch up the safety in most IDP leagues if he’s available.


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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...