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Week 7 Waiver Wire: Top Adds and Drops

Brad Coustan is back from hiatus to help you find the diamond in the rough that leads you to your fantasy Super Bowl this year. Come look into the week 7 waiver wire!

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Week seven in the NFL didn't bring us any emerging superstars.  Chances are the Brandon Olivers of the world are already gone so we will have to dig a little bit deeper for an edge over our opponents.  So here are my top waiver wire adds that are available in 50% of Yahoo! leagues or more.


Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos (owned in 46% of Yahoo! leagues)

How is Ronnie Hillman owned in only 46% of Yahoo! leagues?  He is the lead dog until Montee Ball comes back and proved he belongs in the mix even afterwards with a 24/100 line.  He dominated the Broncos touches 24-8-1 over Juwan Thompson and C.J. Anderson.  And hee did it against one of the leagues toughest rushing defenses in the New York Jets.  Next week he gets the equally tough San Francisco 49ers but his volume and the fact that he is Peyton Manning's RB make him a low RB1 option in week seven.

Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings (owned in 38% of Yahoo! leagues)

McKinnon played 48 snaps to Matt Asiata's 15 in Sunday's game against Detroit signaling a clear changing of the RB guard in Minnesota during Adrian Peterson's absence.  He totaled 82 yards against a solid Detroit Lions defense.  He draws an equally difficult matchup in week seven against the Buffalo Bills but should have a much easier schedule down the road against the NFC North.

Antone Smith, Atlanta Falcons (owned in 29% of Yahoo! leagues)

Although he only touched the ball six times, he caught four passes for 64 yards and a TD.  That is 16 PPR league points for the speedster RB.  He has scored a TD in four straight games.  If Mike Smith ever follows through on his commitment to get him more touches, Antone could be the waiver wire pick up of the year.

OTHERS TO WATCH:  Isaiah Crowell (20%), Branden Bolden (2%), James White (3%)


Andre Holmes, Oakland Raiders (owned in 9% of Yahoo! leagues)

There are no moral victories in the NFL but if there were consider how the Oakland Raiders took the San Diego Chargers to the task on Sunday afternoon.  Playing inspired football under new head coach Tony Sparano, Derek Carr was a much more confident QB.  This is good news for Holmes who put up a 5-74-1 two weeks ago and a 4-121-2 last week.  He is the Raider WR to own going forward and a solid waiver wire pick up.

Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots (owned in 8% of Yahoo! leagues)

The answer to the question which Patriot WR should I own Aaron Dobson or Kenbrell Thompkins (since released) is of course... Brandon LaFell!  Although many are predicting a boom or bust kind of season for LaFell, if he can prove himself worthy of the Patriot way there is plenty of love to go around.  He still sits below Gronkowski, Edelman and Vereen on the target list but he gives them an outside threat.  I am a little more high on him than some of my counterparts but I must admit you will have to guess which weeks he will be productive.  Example:  His last three outings?  6-119-1, 1-20-0 and last week's 4-97-2.  My guess is this is a good week for LaFell against the tasty Jets secondary.

Odell Beckham, Jr. (38%) and Rueben Randle (74%)

I include both New York Giants WRs here even though Randle is 74% owned.  If you can snap him up do so without hesitation.  He has 39 targets in the last four weeks and it is only a matter of time before he starts making the most of them.  The Giants are determined to make him a major part of their offense this year.  Beckham has shown enormous potential in his first two starts and is now slated for a much bigger workload with Victor Cruz out for the year.  The Giants don't have a receiver that goes after the ball with the aggression that Odell does.  He will quickly become a favorite target for Eli Manning.  He needs to be owned across the board.

OTHERS TO WATCH:  Jarvis Landry (2%), Davante Adams (7%), Allen Robinson (12%)


QB - Carson Palmer (38%) - HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?, Brian Hoyer (11%), Austin Davis (14%)

TE - Clay Harbor (3%) - I believe the only one worthy of an add.

So there you have my top waiver wire adds for week 7.  If you have questions or comments, please hit me in the comment section of the site below or you can find me on Twitter @iambradstrong.  Also can be reached via email at  Good luck in your week 7 match ups.  Hope you crush it.