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NFL Week 7 fantasy football waiver wire targets

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Alec Pierce (14) celebrates his winning touchdown in the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Rondale Moore is a target machine: Moore’s 17 targets over the last two weeks are the 11th among wide receivers, with only several of the league’s top pass-catchers ahead of him.

Trevor Lawrence‘s three-touchdown day: Lawrence threw one touchdown in the air and ran for two more scores, keeping him as a weekly borderline fantasy starter.

Daniel Bellinger emerges in New York: The rookie tight end went from part-time player to full-time starter while leading the Giants in receiving yards and scoring a touchdown.

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Quarterback

Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (Rostered in 55.0% of leagues on ESPN)

Lawrence was QB13 heading into Week 6 and likely pushed himself into the top 12 with a three-touchdown performance.

  • Lawrence completed 20-of-22 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown and ran six times for 23 yards and two touchdowns in the Jaguars' loss to the Colts.
  • His nine passing touchdowns rank eighth among quarterbacks this season.
  • He is one of nine quarterbacks with multiple rushing touchdowns on the year.
  • His receivers have dropped a league-leading 14 passes this season, something that is unlikely to continue.
  • Ideally, the 23-year-old quarterback improves over time as he continues to learn in a new offense.
  • He can definitely fill in for a fantasy team during bye weeks, but he could also be started in the right matchups over the rest of the season.

Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (27.0%)

Fields threw for 190 yards and a touchdown and added 88 yards on the ground on Thursday Night Football.

  • His PFF grade has improved as the season progressed. He had a PFF overall grade of 43.0 over the first three weeks compared to 69.0 over the last three weeks.
  • He’s run for at least 47 yards in each of his last four games.
  • His last two games have been his best two in terms of completions and passing yards.
  • Chicago has a few favorable matchups over the next month, making him a solid option during bye weeks.

Daniel Jones, New York Giants (26.4%)

Jones completed 19-of-27 passes for 173 yards and two touchdown passes as the Giants advanced to 5-1.

  • Jones remains a top-six quarterback in rushing yards despite a quiet day rushing in Week 6.
  • He was QB15 heading into the week due to his high rushing floor.
  • Injuries have taken a heavy toll on the team this season, but they are slowly but surely getting healthy.
  • Rookie receivers Wan’Dale Robinson and Daniel Bellinger finished first and second in receiving yards this week after playing in expanded roles.
  • Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney could also return sooner rather than later, which would give the passing game a boost.
  • The Giants have the easiest schedule for quarterbacks over the rest of the season.

Matt Ryan, Indianapolis Colts (12.7%)

Ryan completed a ridiculous 42-of-58 passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns in the Colts' win over the Jaguars.

  • His huge game moved him to second in passing yards on the season with 1,768.
  • A big reason for his recent passing production has been the injuries to the Colts' top running backs.
  • Ryan has two big-time throws this season compared to 12 turnover-worthy plays.
  • He offers nothing in the run game at this point in his career, with more yards lost due to kneel-downs than yards gained rushing over the last five weeks.
  • He is unlikely to be a long-term solution for any fantasy manager, but he has a series of solid matchups these next few weeks, making him an option for when your quarterback has a bye week. 

Andy Dalton, New Orleans Saints (1.7%)

The Saints are choosing not to name a starting quarterback for this upcoming week. Dalton has a chance to be the starter going forward.

  • Jameis Winston was the starter at the beginning of the season, but he has missed time with back and ankle injuries.
  • He was limited in practice all week and was active as the backup against the Bengals.
  • Dalton completed 17-of-32 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown — pretty good, considering the lack of depth at wide receiver.
  • He’s graded notably better than Winston this season, although part of Winston’s poor play could have been due to injury.
  • Dalton could be worth a waiver wire target in deep leagues.
  • Assuming he keeps the job, his stats should improve once the wide receivers are healthy.

Running Back

Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams (65.5%)

Cam Akers was inactive in Week 6, and there are reports that he will not play for the team again. This makes Henderson the clear starter in Los Angeles.

  • Henderson dominated playing time in every kind of situation.
  • He ran 12 times for 43 yards and a touchdown while catching two passes for 9 yards.
  • The Rams ran seven plays where wide receivers ran the football. Los Angeles will continue to sprinkle these plays in, but Henderson should run more in winning situations as we advance.
  • The situation will change once Kyren Williams is healthy again, but Henderson is a relatively safe starter between now and then.

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