NFL Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups
The waiver wire in most fantasy football leagues is probably getting pretty thin and picked over at this part of the season. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t find any impact players who can help you fill out your team’s depth, or even step in and play as a starter if your team is in a pinch.
Here are some of our favorite gets heading into Week 7:
Mitchell Trubisky, Quarterback, Chicago Bears – After back-to-back weeks of throwing for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns in a game, Mitchell Trubisky might be worth a pickup in your league, especially if you need a backup quarterback. He has a couple of favorable matchups coming up in the next few weeks, starting with the New England Patriots. It’s probably not safe to rely on him as a full-time starter yet, but he’s clearly starting to show some comfort in Matt Nagy’s offense.
Ito Smith, Running Back, Atlanta Falcons – The Atlanta Falcons just placed running back Devonta Freeman on injured reserve, meaning Ito Smith’s workload will likely increase more than the six carries per game he’s gotten over the last five games. He already leads the Falcons with three rushing touchdowns this year, and he figures to remain the Falcons goal-line back while Tevin Coleman handles more of the “20 to 20” work.
Raheem Mostert, Running Back, San Francisco 49ers — San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanhan screwed over a lot of fantasy football players on Monday Night when he decided to start little-known journeyman Raheem Mostert over incumbent Alfred Morris on Monday evening. While Shanahan said after the game that the move wasn’t permanent and that Morris is still very much a part of the rotation, you’d be remiss to not kick the tires on someone good enough to be deemed a starting running back (even if it is just in a rotation). He’s averaged 5.4 yards per carry on 18 carries over the last two weeks, so there’s potential for him to continue to get work.
Tre’Quan Smith, Wide Receiver, New Orleans Saints – Rookie wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith, the third-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in the 2018 NFL Draft, had his coming out party two Monday’s ago against the Washington Redskins, catching three passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns. While most would point out that his stats might be an outlier, especially given just how thoroughly the Saints obliterated the Redskins, but with the season-ending jury to Ted Ginn, Smith now figures to be the deep threat for Drew Brees in this offense. But at 6’2, Smith is more than just a deep threat; he has the arm length and ability to stop-and-start, making him an effective receiver underneath as well. He has the upside to actually develop into New Orleans’ #2 receiver, opposite of Michael Thomas.
Willie Snead, Wide Receiver, Baltimore Ravens – As crazy as this might sound, the passing game of the Baltimore Ravens is really clicking, so any of their pass-catching options are becoming good players to target. But Willie Snead in particular, as a savvy veteran playing out of the slot, is a sneaky pickup to make if he’s still available in your league. Snead has been averaging eight targets in his direction over the past three games, and has at least 50 yards receiving in each of those games. In deeper leagues, he’s a solid get.