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Erickson: Fantasy football waiver wire targets ahead of NFL Week 7

October 11, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Another week of NFL action is in the books. As the dust settles, we are left with just three remaining undefeated teams: the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks. Just like we all predicted. 

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Week 6 also gave us more injuries, so with certain players' availability up in the air, we're going to need replacements off the waiver wire ASAP for Raheem Mostert, Mark Ingram II, Zach Ertz, Miles Sanders, Jonnu Smith, Darius Slayton and DeVante Parker.

Week 7 also sees the continuation of the dreaded bye weeks. The Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings are all taking some time off, so fill-ins will be needed for Lamar Jackson, Marquise Brown, Mark Andrews, Jonathan Taylor, Myles Gaskin, Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson.

And for those who are more forward-thinking, this is a great time to plan ahead knowing that the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Football Team are off in Week 8. 

Now on to the top waiver wire targets for Week 7. This list of players includes anyone rostered in approximately 50% of Yahoo leagues or less, with deep league options at every position as well. I’ll also share my thoughts on FAB (Free Agent Budget) bids and how much to spend on each player accordingly.


Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers – 45% ROSTERED, 5% OF FAB

It’s not every day that a quarterback is available on the waiver wire who has a favorable matchup and a revenge game all baked in. Enter Teddy Bridgewater, who gets to take on his former New Orleans Saints team that has struggled on defense to start the season.

They have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks per game in their first five weeks because of a league-high passing touchdown percentage allowed (8.8%).

No quarterback has more positive touchdown regression coming his way than Bridgewater. Entering Monday night football, Teddy B ranks fifth in the league in passing yards (280 yards per game) but ranks 24th in touchdown passes (six). 

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers – 29% ROSTERED, 2% OF FAB

In Jimmy Garoppolo’s two healthy starts with George Kittle this season, he has averaged 25.6 fantasy points per game — I like him in this spot against the New England Patriots. Garoppolo leads the league in passing yards coming after the catch (67.8%), and New England ranks dead last in yards after the catch per completion allowed (6.9) in their past two games. Expect Kyle Shannahan to unleash a YAC-heavy game plan versus the Patriots. 

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