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Week 7 Waiver Wire Targets

Each week throughout the season PDW will be posting a list of those players worth targeting on your weekly waiver wire. These lists will be made up from PDW contributors as well as fantasy partner content. Please check back weekly for the hot pickups. 

This week’s picks are courtesy of our friends at numberFire.

Here’s a look at players to target on the Week 7 waiver wire…

Cameron Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears

ESPN Ownership: 32.2%
Yahoo Ownership: 51%

For the second week in a row, Cameron Meredith is making an appearance in this article, and for good reason.

After putting up 9 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown in Week 5, Meredith continued his strong play with 11 receptions for 113 yards in Week 6. He has accrued 27 targets over the past two games and has quickly developed chemistry with Brian Hoyer.

His time in the starting lineup is likely to continue after the oft-injured Eddie Royal left Sunday’s game with a toe injury and did not return.

The Chicago Bears will be on short rest facing the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. Green Bay ranks 19th in the league against the pass, per our schedule-adjusted metrics. The Bears opened as nine-point underdogs for their matchup at Lambeau Field and can be expected to pass early and often.

Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins

ESPN Ownership: 42.4%
Yahoo Ownership: 30%

In what turned out to be one of the stranger games of the day, wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey led the Pittsburgh Steelers in rushing yards while Jay Ajayi led the Miami Dolphins in rushing yards.

Not only did Ajayi lead his team in rushing yards on Sunday, but also he set the season-high for all running backs in the NFL with 204 yards — 47 more than the previous league high. To top it off, he added two rushing touchdowns for the best game of his young career.

Back in March, I took a look at Ajayi’s prospects for this season and found his statistics, albeit a small sample size, were comparable to former Dolphins running back Lamar Miller.

The supposed return of Arian Foster is still looming, but even in Sunday’s game where Foster was active for the first time in weeks, head coach Adam Gase chose to give Ajayi 25 carries while Foster only toted the ball 3 times.

Foster’s bell-cow days are far gone, and after Sunday’s monster performance from Ajayi, he could be looked at as an RB2 in his upcoming matchup versus the Buffalo Bills.

Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys

ESPN Ownership: 44.7%
Yahoo Ownership: 45%

Adding to the confusing weekend, the Dallas Cowboys, without the help of Dez Bryant, marched into Lambeau Field and made the Packers look lifeless on the way to a 30-16 victory. Dak Prescott continued his impressive play with the help of Cole Beasley.

“Beas Mode” led the Cowboys with 6 receptions, 58 yards, and 2 touchdowns. According to Fantasy Data, this was Beasley’s second-best fantasy day of his career, as he tallied 23.8 point-per-reception (PPR) points.

Beasley has a lack of upside in an offense that features other weapons such as Ezekiel Elliott and Jason Witten, and his upside may even be lower with the likely return of Bryant in Week 8. But he has also provided a very safe floor, having scored 10 or more PPR points in every game this season.

The Cowboys are on bye in Week 7, but Beasley is worth stashing if you are in need of wide receiver depth, especially in PPR leagues.

Ladarius Green, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

ESPN Ownership: 4.5%
Yahoo Ownership: 9%

If you have been playing fantasy football long enough, you have probably fallen for the Ladarius Green trap. A tight end gifted with the athleticism of a receiver has failed to consistently meet high expectations over his career.

That being said, he is eligible to come off of the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list this week. According to Pro Football Rumors, Green’s return to the field may be very soon.

In a season where the tight end position is a dumpster fire, it really couldn’t hurt to pick up Green as a flyer.

Playing in a pass-heavy Steelers offense, Green could easily become a red zone target in an offense with shorter receivers such as Antonio Brown, Eli Rogers, and Markus Wheaton.

Even if Ben Roethlisberger is expected to miss any time with his knee injury, Green will be worth a stash in deeper leagues.

Kenny Britt, WR, Los Angeles Rams

ESPN Ownership: 13.1%
Yahoo Ownership: 9%

Detroit Lions fans were in a land of confusion watching their team allow Case Keenum to connect with Kenny Britt for two touchdowns on Sunday.

Britt lit up the Lions with 7 receptions for 136 yards, which totaled 32.6 PPR points with those scores, the second-highest among all wideouts on Sunday.

Sunday’s game was a display of Britt’s upside, but he’s also worth owning for his seemingly safe floor. He now has scored 10 or more PPR points in 5 out of 6 games this season.

Playing for a team with a lack of receiving options, Britt should continue his success next week against the New York Giants, who just allowed Mike Wallace to total 97 yards.

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