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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Sleepers for Week 7

Jason Schandl
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It's important to stay on top of the best waiver wire pickups in fantasy football every week. But sometimes you're stuck with a low waiver priority and miss out on the top options. Or maybe you find yourself in a deeper league with sharp players, which can leave the options on the waiver wire a lot less appealing than we tend see in standard leagues.

That's where these top fantasy football waiver wire sleepers for Week 7, owned in less than 30 percent of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues, come into play.

1. Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings (22% Owned)

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Despite playing behind one of the NFL's most productive rushers in Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison notched a season high 14 carries in Week 6, making that the second time in his last four games that the rookie has at least 12. With an inconsistent workload he's tough to rely on as a fantasy starter most weeks, but when he gets the right matchup he could be a viable FLEX option if you're in a pinch. He's also one of the top handcuffs around, already seeing big volume in an offense that has leaned heavily on the running game.

2. Dante Pettis, WR, San Francisco 49ers (16% Owned)

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Dante Pettis looked well on his way to being a fantasy football bust at the start of the season, but he's starting to see his value pick up again. The wideout played a season-high 72 percent of the San Francisco 49ers' offensive snaps in Week 6, topping the next-best mark (63 percent) that he set in Week 5. He's seen at least five targets twice in his last three games, and he brings this increased workload into a great stretch of fantasy matchups. His next three games are against the Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals, all of whom are giving up top-12 fantasy numbers to the position.

3. Cedrick Wilson, WR, Dallas Cowboys (0% Owned)

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The same quad injury that forced Amari Cooper to make an early exit in Week 6 is apparently putting his availability for Week 7 into question. With Cooper limited to three snaps against the New York Jets, Cedrick Wilson stepped in and played 61 percent of the Dallas Cowboys' offensive snaps. He saw some heavy usage, with six targets, and his 10.5 yard average depth of target makes him a much better fit to replace Cooper than slot receiver Tavon Austin (7.8 yards). Wilson also draws a favorable matchup for Week 7, taking on a banged up Philadelphia Eagles' secondary, which has allowed the NFL's most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts.

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