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Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Latavius Murray (28) carries the ball as Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) defends during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The waiver period ahead of NFL Week 7 has come and gone in most fantasy football leagues, but there's still time to improve your fantasy roster for this week and the rest of the season.

Here are 25 potential free agents to consider adding to your fantasy football teams. For skill players, I’m looking at the best options to pick up to help for the rest of the year. For kickers and team defenses, I’m looking at those who can be picked up to help for this week. The players are grouped based on the percentage of leagues in which they are available at ESPN.

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QB Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers

Despite his relatively rough starting debut two weeks ago, Lance's 0.74 fantasy points per dropback still ranks first among quarterbacks this season.

The No. 3 overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft ran the ball 17 times in Week 5, 12 by design and five from scrambles out of the pocket. It was a debut remarkably similar to Jalen Hurts‘ in 2020, which featured 14 designed rushes and four scrambles — and Hurts has been a mainstay in fantasy lineups since becoming the Eagles' QB1.

Jimmy Garoppolo returns from injury to take back the starting job in Week 7. So, while Lance may not be the quarterback to help a fantasy manager through the next few bye weeks, he’s the one with the best chances to help a team to a championship because of his tried and true rushing floor.

RB Latavius Murray, Baltimore Ravens

Murray’s been the top running back option in this article before and, if anything, the Ravens backfield has become even harder to trust.  With all of the bye weeks and injuries at the position, fantasy managers needed to get a running back earlier in the week if they needed one.

Baltimore has gone back and forth between Le’Veon Bell and Ty’Son Williams. Williams was inactive in Week 6 despite having the best receiving and pass-blocking grade of the team's four backs.

The three RBs and Lamar Jackson all handled between eight and nine carries each. This was a reduced role for Murray after playing roughly 50% of offensive snaps the last two weeks. We hoped one or two backs would pull away from the group. Instead, they are closer together.

Murray is still the starter in the group, and starting running backs should still be on fantasy rosters.

WR Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens

The first-round rookie missed the first five weeks of the season but returned as the No. 2 option on the wide receiver depth chart. He caught four passes for 29 yards, all for first downs. There is some concern about playing time, as Sammy Watkins could return next week. Ideally, Bateman can continue to play most snaps while Watkins replaces Devin Duvernay in the slot. He is no guarantee to work out, but he has a high upside. His future looks even brighter after his first NFL game.

TE Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars

Arnold has spent three weeks with the Jaguars and has put up decent numbers in the last two. He ranks in the top-10 among tight ends in targets and has been in the top half of tight ends in routes run, receptions and yards. He should only get better with more time with Trevor Lawrence, making him a potential starting fantasy tight end over the rest of the season.

K Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers

The Packers face the Washington Football Team in Week 7, a team that has given up the most points this season (186). There should be plenty of opportunities for the Packers to score, meaning plenty of chances for Crosby.

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