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Waiver Wire Week 7: Wan'Dale Robinson, Alec Pierce, Kyren Williams

Alec Pierce is stating his case as a solid WR3 for fantasy purposes.

The bye weeks are officially upon us. Fantasy managers were without players from four different teams in Week 6 and Week 7 also has four teams on bye. However, these four teams may have more fantasy-relevant players: Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and Los Angeles Rams.

Week 6 also was not without injuries to some key fantasy players. Marquise Brown looks to be out for a few weeks (if not the rest of the season) and that's the same for Randall Cobb. Cameron Brate suffered a neck injury and might miss time as well and there are more quarterback injuries to digest (Carson Wentz the main one). Take a look at your lineups and check the waiver wire for guys to fill in for Week 7.

Teams on bye: Buffalo, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, Philadelphia


Jameis Winston, QB, New Orleans Saints (28 percent rostered)

It’s going to be hard to trust Winston, coming off a back injury, with the Saints playing on "Thursday Night Football," and with most of his receivers injured. However, when he does play, he does well for fantasy managers. At this point, there also is no guarantee Winston will be active for Week 7. Since they do play on Thursday, fantasy managers missing Josh Allen or Jalen Hurts can wait until Thursday to see if Winston is available and active.

Matt Ryan, QB, Indianapolis Colts (28 percent rostered)

Ryan threw the ball an eye-popping 58 times in Week 6. He completed 42 of those passes for 385 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan faces the Tennessee Titans in Week 7 and that is a great matchup. Without Jonathan Taylor, Ryan had to utilize not only his wide receivers, but also Deon Jackson. He targeted Jackson 10 times, all of which helped his stats. Ryan is a solid bye-week fill-in.

Running Backs

Kenyan Drake, RB, Baltimore Ravens (5 percent rostered)

Drake was likely not started in most leagues, so his 119 rushing yards and a touchdown went to waiver wires everywhere. J.K. Dobbins was the starting running back, but he had tightness in his knee, which paved the way for Drake. While it is a small sample size, it seems that the Ravens will use Drake as Dobbins’ backup. Keep an eye on the practice reports this week to see if Dobbins will play in Week 7 (or perhaps be limited). If Dobbins is out, Drake is an RB2.

Deon Jackson, RB, Indianapolis Colts (43 percent rostered)

Keep an eye on the practice reports for this one. Jackson was a sneaky free agent pick-up at the end of last week when Taylor’s status was looking questionable. Nyheim Hines was ruled out and then Taylor was ruled out, leaving Jackson as the starting running back for the Colts. He delivered, with 10 receptions (on 10 targets!) for 79 yards and an additional 42 rushing yards and a touchdown. He was one of the top running backs for fantasy for Week 6. However, he did leave the game with a quad injury. If either Taylor or Hines remain out for Week 7, Jackson is a solid flex play (assuming he’s active).

Kyren Williams, RB, Los Angeles Rams (8 percent rostered)

Williams is currently still on IR but he could have his window reactivated soon. He injured his ankle in the first game of the season and has been sidelined since. He had surgery and also keep in mind he missed time over the summer with a broken foot. Injuries are certainly a concern, but if he can stay healthy, he will likely be given the opportunity to be the running back for the Rams. They are reportedly looking to trade Cam Akers (healthy scratch in Week 6) and they do not trust Darrell Henderson Jr. to be their primary back. Williams is a dart throw that could pay off but it will require patience (Rams are on bye in Week 7, so the earliest he could return is Week 8 but that's not guaranteed).

Wide Receivers

Amari Rodgers, WR, Green Bay Packers (0 percent rostered)

For those in deeper leagues, look at Rodgers, who should fill Randall Cobb's roster spot, and maybe his role. In Week 6, Cobb suffered an ankle injury and initially there were concerns that he would be done for the season. While it appears he dodged the worst-case scenario, Cobb will be out multiple weeks. The Packers are going to need someone to play the slot, and the next man up is Rodgers. The Packers also need a spark on offense, and Aaron Rodgers loves his slot guy. Amari Rodgers isn't Cobb but if gets the chance maybe he can be a serviceable fill-in.

Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, New York Giants (8 percent rostered)

Robinson was featured in the "Beat the Waiver Wire" column ahead of Week 6 and he came through. He hasn’t played since injuring his knee in Week 1, but he was active in Week 6. The Giants needed him, and he was able to reel in three of his four targets for 37 yards and a touchdown. The Jacksonville Jaguars are a good matchup for opposing wide receivers, and Robinson’s role should continue to increase.

Alec Pierce, WR, Indianapolis Colts (39 percent rostered)

Week 6 was actually not one of Pierce’s best, except for the fact that he scored his first NFL touchdown. He still had seven targets, which bodes well for his role in the Colts' offense. After his solid Week 5 (8/81/0), fantasy managers’ days were saved by the touchdown. The Colts face the Tennessee Titans in Week 6, which is a good matchup for opposing wide receivers.

Tight Ends

Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots (36 percent rostered)

Henry has been splitting tight end duties with Jonnu Smith. However, in Week 6, Smith was active and Henry’s target share continued to rise. He’s had four, five and seven targets in the past three weeks. In those three weeks, he had 13, 54 and 61 yards. He found the end zone for the first time in Week 6. Fantasy managers need to keep in mind, however, that those yards and targets were with Bailey Zappe and Mac Jones (ankle) could return in Week 7.

Robert Tonyan, TE, Green Bay Packers (42 percent rostered)

The 12 targets that Tonyan saw in Week 6 may be a season high, but it does show that Aaron Rodgers is looking for him. He didn’t have a lot of time to throw and instead of looking to his running backs, he wanted his tight end involved. Tonyan hadn’t had more than 37 yards in a game prior to Week 6, where he had 10 receptions for 90 yards. He only has one touchdown on the season, so fantasy managers shouldn’t expect amazing things from the tight end, but that is the nature of the position (unless you are Travis Kelce).

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

New Orleans Saints (42 percent rostered)

The Saints face the Arizona Cardinals on "Thursday Night Football." If the past two weeks have been any indication, Thursday night games are low-scoring. This bodes well for both DSTs (Arizona is rostered in only 3 percent of leagues and is another streaming option). The Cardinals lost Marquise Brown (potentially for the season) but they do get DeAndre Hopkins back. They also just acquired Robbie Anderson, but that shouldn’t impact the offense. Either way, both defenses should be considered.

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.