Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups for Week 7 of the NFL season. Many of these players are still available in a majority of leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster. Others might be worth stashing on your bench or are simply just players to add to your watch list.

Quarterbacks

Carson Palmer ARI | QB

On the heels of acquiring Adrian Peterson, Carson Palmer and the rest of the Arizona offense immediately kicked it up a notch. The Buccaneers defense did its best to honor the Arizona running game on Sunday, which opened up a number of passing lanes for Palmer to exploit all over the field. The veteran Cardinals quarterback connected with fellow vet Larry Fitzgerald an eye-popping ten times – for 138 yards and a touchdown. The presence of Peterson combined with the re-established health of Arizona receivers alongside Fitz will bump up Palmer’s week-to-week floor and he should creep closer to the top ten for the rest of the year. Palmer gets the division-rival Rams this weekend in Los Angeles. (about 75% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Running Backs

Derrick Henry TEN | RB

Entering the season as possibly the No. 1 handcuff, Derrick Henry’s sophomore campaign has been a mixed bag. Totaling just 16 yards on 10 carries over the previous two games, Henry busted out of his slump in a big way during Monday Night’s win over the Colts. Henry put the exclamation point on the victory with a late 72-yard touchdown run that bumped him up to 131 yards on the evening. Titans Head Coach Mike Mularkey has vowed to get more reps for Henry, but it has been an inconsistent promise on a week-to-week basis. After Monday Night’s big performance, I expect the Titans to continue to install a smash mouth running game where Henry will have a prominent role. Despite the Browns sporting somewhat of a “stingy” run-defense, that shouldn’t deter fantasy owners from deploying Henry as a solid flex play for Week 7. (about 67% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Orleans Darkwa NYG | RB

The Giants running back situation has been a revolving door all season and it wasn’t until this past Sunday Night that it yielded anything fruitful. Orleans Darkwa proved Head Coach Ben McAdoo’s sentiment about riding the hot hand after compiling 117 yards on 21 carries. It was the first time the Tulane product received double digit carries this season and he delivered in a big way, at the hands of the Broncos No. 1 ranked run defense. McAdoo and the Giants will surely stick with what’s working and that means fantasy owners can expect Darkwa to lead the pack in the Giants backfield. Despite some tough sledding on tap against the Seahawks, Darkwa will be a legit waiver wire addition this week. (about 12% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Dion Lewis NE | RB

One of fantasy’s golden rules is to err on the side of caution when it comes to the New England Patriots’ running backs. This season is as crowded as ever at the position, but veteran Dion Lewis is starting to see his stock rise. After two-down thumper Mike Gillislee found himself in Bill Belichick’s doghouse for losing a fumble early against the Jets, Lewis answered the bell as the team’s featured replacement in the running game. Lewis toted the rock 11 times en route to 52 yards and a score and projects to be in the mix for carries in the New England backfield moving forward, despite Rex Burkhead expecting to return to the lineup soon. With the Patriots featuring game plans dependent of the opponent and game flow, Lewis’ chances of having consistent fantasy value are slim to none. That said, he’ll be a solid pickup for fantasy owners who are thin at the running back position. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

Marvin Jones Jr. DET | WR

Other than Laquon Treadwell’s absurd one-handed grab on the sidelines for the Vikings, fantasy owners would be hard-pressed to find a more impressive catch than Marvin Jones Jr.’s from last week’s action in the NFL. For Jones, the catch came on a 22-yard touchdown and was also of the one-hand variety. It was the first time since Week 2 that Jones found the end zone, giving him three for the season, to go along with 280 yards and 20 receptions. Jones has proven his fantasy worth in Detroit’s pass-happy offense and has settled in as Matthew Stafford’s No. 2 receiver. That said, the health of the Lions No. 1 receiver, Golden Tate, is the biggest factor to consider when reviewing Jones’ rest of the year outlook. Detroit announced they expect Tate to miss multiple weeks after suffering a shoulder injury in the loss to the Saints. This should easily catapult Jones to double-digit targets until Tate returns to full health. Jones is a sneaky, elite addition for fantasy owners this week – especially given the Lions are on their Bye week. (about 55% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Eric Decker TEN | WR

Despite a slow start to the season for Eric Decker and the Titans offense, Monday Night was a step in the right direction for the entire offensive unit. Decker has looked out of sync with quarterback Marcus Mariota in his first season in Tennessee, but temporarily erased criticism after turning in the best game to his young Titans career. The veteran receiver hauled in seven of his nine targets for 88 yards and demonstrated a rapport with Mariota that fantasy owners have been waiting for. Despite the many mouths to feed in the Titans’ offense, Decker projects to improve as the season wears on and should re-discover his red zone pedigree at some point soon. His stock is trending up and will be on the cusp of WR3 status for this week’s match up with the lowly Cleveland Browns. (about 44% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Tight Ends

Austin Hooper ATL | TE

Austin Hooper began the season scorching-hot after leading the tight end position in fantasy points after Week 1. In that performance, the second-year tight end dropped 128 yards and a score on the the Bears and was looking like a sleeper at a thin position. Yet, what followed was a combined two catches for 16 yards in Weeks 2 and 3, as Hooper appeared to be an afterthought in the Atlanta offense. However, the former Stanford standout has rebounded over the last two weeks, reeling in 12 passes for 98 yards over that timeframe. With the Falcons offense desperate for some kind of consistency with Julio Jones still yet to find the end zone, Hooper could see consistent looks going forward. He’ll be a low-end TE1 this week in a Super Bowl re-match against the Patriots. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Defenses

Buffalo Bills BUF | DEF

With a week to rest, the Bills will be coming off the Bye potentially licking their chops against who will be under center for the opposing Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There’s a very good possibility it will be former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Jameis Winston was forced out of Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with what has been determined to be a sprained AC joint and remains highly questionable for this week’s tilt in Buffalo. Despite Fitzpatrick’s admirable relief efforts against the Cardinals, his gunslinger mentality has always created a turnover-prone mantra to follow. Fantasy owners in need of a streaming option this week should be closely monitoring Winston’s health entering Week 7. (about 26% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added as Week 7 streamer option