Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups 2021: Fantasy Football Players You Need to Add

Week 7 waiver wire pickups 2021: fantasy football players you need to add.
Week 7 waiver wire pickups 2021: fantasy football players you need to add. / Nick Cammett/GettyImages

Even if you're staring down the barrel of an 0-6 or 1-5 start, it's never too late to turn around your season. Making savvy additions on the waiver wire is one of the best ways to do just that.

Here are the top waiver wire pickups heading into Week 7 (pending Monday night's game).

Week 7 Waiver Wire

Note: Only players rostered in fewer than 50% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues are eligible for this list.

5. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (39% Rostered)

T.Y. Hilton finally made his debut in Week 6, catching all 4 of his targets for 80 yards. He looked as explosive as ever, hauling in a 52-yard bomb from Carson Wentz. The Colts' QB looks to be getting back to full strength, averaging 284.3 passing yards per game with 6 touchdowns to 0 interceptions over his last three outings. If he keeps playing like this, Hilton will have a chance to offer some solid WR3 value the rest of the way.

4. Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, New England Patriots (11% Rostered)

Rhamondre Stevenson was our No. 1 waiver wire sleeper last week, and he's done enough to warrant a mention in this column. Incumbent starter Damien Harris was in and out of the lineup last week with an injury, and Stevenson saw 8 touches for 62 yards and a touchdown. If Harris' injury and fumbling issues continue, Stevenson could work his way into a much larger role for this offense.

3. Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (50% Rostered)

We've been waiting for the Mecole Hardman breakout for years, but it could finally be coming. The Kansas City Chiefs' wideout has turned 17 targets into 13 receptions for 138 yards over the last two weeks. That's some pretty sizable volume. The Chiefs are leaning on Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce more than ever this season, and both have gotten banged up. They need someone to step up, especially with Clyde Edwards-Helaire sidelined, and Hardman is the most likely candidate.

2. Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens (28% Rostered)

The Baltimore Ravens wasted no time getting Rashod Bateman involved in his NFL debut. The wideout finished tied for the team high with 6 targets. He only turned that into 4 receptions for 29 yards, but Baltimore didn't need to pass much as this game was never in doubt. And the usage Bateman saw is extremely encouraging. With Lamar Jackson looking deadlier than ever in the passing game, Bateman's potential to be Baltimore's WR1 makes him a very compelling add.

1. D'Ernest Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns (2% Rostered)

D'Ernest Johnson's value is completely tied to the health of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Chubb missed Week 6 with a calf issue, and he looks to be in danger of missing Week 7 as well. Hunt, meanwhile, left the game on Sunday with a calf injury that did not look good. He's reportedly looking at an absence of at least three weeks, giving Johnson some RB2 and FLEX appeal. And if both Chubb and Hunt are out, Johnson could sneak into the low-end RB1 conversation. Just be sure you're monitoring Hunt and Chubb's status before blowing your FAAB on the 25-year-old.

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