EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14:  Running back Marlon Mack #25 of the Indianapolis Colts runs the ball against defensive end Nathan Shepherd #97 of the New York Jets during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

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Whether you're dealing with injuries, looking to further improve your squad, or are finally willing to admit that you swung and missed on a player like Derrick Henry, the waiver wire can be your best friend. With roster spots to fill, there are plenty of players to plug in heading into Week 7.


Here are 10 waiver wire pickups to help boost your team.

10. Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys

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There were a few wide receivers that went off in Week 6 who are mostly unowned in fantasy circles. The Chargers' Tyrell Williams had a huge game, but only had four targets. Dolphins wideout Albert Wilson also had himself a day, but there are question marks at QB and he's been hit or miss the entire season. Cole Beasley is the best of the bunch as he has the best chance to maintain his production. He gets a tons of targets and is QB Dak Prescott's go-to option. You may not be able to pencil him in for a touchdown every week, but he does have a chance to be a PPR monster.

9. Justin Hardy, WR, Atlanta Falcons

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Justin Hardy isn't even owned in his mother's own fantasy league so he's an easy snag if you're in a pinch this week. Hardy is far from a top weapon in Atlanta, but has a chance to be a perfect plug-and-play option this week. WRs Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley are both banged up, and if either of them are out in Week 7, then Hardy quickly becomes the second option on one of the most prolific passing attacks in football. He's worth a bench stash as he could go boom this week.

8. Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets

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Jermaine Kearse isn't a household name but he has a history of being an underrated fantasy option. The veteran finished as a top-30 wideout last year, so he's no stranger to fantasy football relevance. It didn't look like he'd be much of anything this year, but reintroduced himself in Week 6 with nine catches for 94 yards on 10 targets. What now makes him as an attractive option is the injuries to both Terrelle Pryor and Quincy Enunwa. Without them gobbling up all of Sam Darnold's attention, Kearse becomes a worthy pickup.

7. Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons

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Believe it or not, but Ito Smith has emerged as more than just a vulture. He's been a nightmare for Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman owners, but now is worth owning as a sole entity. Smith registered more carries and the same amount of targets as Coleman in Week 6 and he's officially the team's goal-line back, scoring TDs in three straight weeks. All this makes him worth a spot on your roster.

6. Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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If you like touchdowns, then this is your man. Jameis Winston is back as the QB in Tampa Bay, and Cameron Brate is his boy in the red zone. Plain and simple, he's one of the top red zone targets on the team and is a threat to score each and every week. Brate may not catch a ton of balls, as there are a slew of weapons on this team, but he's still a red-zone juggernaut with TE1 potential.

5. Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings

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It's insane to think that Latavius Murray is still available in the majority of leagues. Truly insane. It seems like people didn't listen when I put him on this list after Week 1, but here we are five weeks later and he's still out there. Murray is fantastic when Dalvin Cook is out, and the Vikings lead back is still dealing with a hamstring injury. Even though he'll be the backup when Cook returns, he should be owned as a handcuff in all formats. 

4. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys

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We've seen the kind of quarterback that Dak Prescott can be if he's on. The potential to be a top-10 quarterback is still there and he proved that while picking apart a very capable Jaguars defense in Week 6. What makes him more intriguing now is the recent inclusion of RPOs in Dallas' game plan. When the Cowboys include that early and often, his threat as a runner gives him the upside of a fantasy stud.

3. Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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It seems like the Buccaneers' bye week was a really good thing for Peyton Barber. Not only did he post a season high in total yards in Week 6, but he found the end zone for the first time all season. This all happened with the Bucs playing from behind the entire game, essentially eliminating the run game. Ronald Jones doesn't look like a threat to take Barber's starting gig, and if the Bucs keep putting up big numbers on offense, Barber is bound to put up a nice chunk of points each week.

2. Taylor Gabriel, WR, Chicago Bears

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If you slept on Taylor Gabriel coming out of the Bears' Week 5 bye, you must be kicking yourself right now. He's now led the team in yards in back-to-back games, eclipsing 100 yards in both contests. Gabriel gets touches on the deep ball, as a possession receiver, and even receives the ball on gadget plays every once in a while. If he's available in your league, grab him as your top wideout pickup this week.

1. Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts

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Look who's finally healthy! After playing just a handful of snaps a few weeks ago, Marlon Mack finally looks like he's back. The Colts' backfield is crowded, but Mack has predictably emerged as the bellcow, now that he's healthy. Mack had a solid game on Sunday, despite having limited action in the second half as the Colts played catch up. Add him now as he has the potential to be an RB2 due to the high volume of carries he'll likely receive in the coming weeks. 

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