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Fantasy football Week 7 waiver wire pickups: Tua Tagovailoa fills the void

Tua Tagovailoa, D'Ernest Johnson
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Fantasy football’s Week 7 waiver wire pickups feature Tua Tagovailoa in a spot-start situation.

Navigating the waiver wire is incredibly important to fantasy football success. Each week, Jets X-Factor dives into the waiver wire for the must-adds to your fantasy football team.

Week 7 in the fantasy football world has been frequently referred to as “Byemaggedon.” With six teams on a bye this week, an increased sense of due diligence is required when setting lineups and molding rosters.

There aren’t any New York Jets on the list this week, but there are a bunch of rivals present, including Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

All roster percentages are from Yahoo.

Quarterback

Tua Tagovailoa (18% Rostered)

Despite the loss to Jacksonville in Week 6, Tua Tagovailoa looked good. He missed the last few weeks with a rib injury, but that didn’t seem to stop him in London.

Set to face a porous Atlanta Falcons defense, Tua is in a smash spot as a Week 7 spot-starter.

Derek Carr (53% Rostered)

It’s honestly a little absurd that Derek Carr isn’t rostered in more fantasy football leagues. He’s been a clear-cut QB1 so far this season and is proving to become matchup-proof in the process.

The Las Vegas Raiders have some issues, but Carr is a catalyst for success this season. He should be added in all formats.

Running Back

D’Ernest Johnson (4% Rostered)

The Cleveland Browns are on a short week, playing Thursday. They will be without Kareem Hunt. Plus, Nick Chubb and Baker Mayfield are both extremely questionable.

Demetric Felton isn’t utilized as a RB in the Browns offense, so D’Ernest Johnson is the player to target. He could very easily bust in this matchup, though, so be wary when targeting him on the waiver.

J.D. McKissic (42% Rostered)

Antonio Gibson is getting an MRI on his shin that is already causing him issues. J.D. McKissic is proving to be a PPR king in fantasy football once again as well.

With these two variables colliding into a perfect storm, McKissic could be in line for a serious workload in the next coming weeks.

Even if he isn’t, his usage is enough for consistent FLEX appeal.

Rhamondre Stevenson (11% Rostered)

With Damien Harris getting knicked up in the New England Patriots Week 6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, there’s reason to believe Rhamondre Stevenson could see an expanded role against the Jets in Week 7.

Stevenson scored a touchdown and saw an increased role in the passing game in Week 6. He isn’t a sure bet, but he’s one I’d take a risk on against a Jets defense that has been prone to letting RBs produce in fantasy football.

Deejay Dallas (2% Rostered)

With Alex Collins ruled out for Week 7, many fantasy football managers are targeting Rashaad Penny. But as a Penny truther of the past, I’m avoiding the oft-injured RB and targeting Dallas instead.

Dallas will be the much cheaper option and will assuredly have a role whether Penny ends up the starter or not. I think Dallas will provide solid FLEX appeal this week.

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Wide Receiver

Jaylen Waddle (66% Rostered)

Jaylen Waddle is rostered a bit high to be on this list, but he’s a must-add in all formats. The Dolphins are a wasteland at the WR position, and Waddle has proven to be a reliable target for Tagovailoa.

Waddle tallied two touchdowns in Week 6 and should expand on that in Week 7 against a bad Falcons defense.

Sterling Shepard (52% Rostered)

The New York Giants are another team with a wasteland at the WR position. Sterling Shepard is currently the only true healthy, reliable receiver on the team after Kadarius Toney went down with an injury in Week 6.

The Giants are bad, but Shepard continues to produce when healthy. He should be added everywhere.

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