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Guide to Week 7 Fantasy Football Betting (2021) – Waiver Wire, Start/Sit and Sleepers

| October 20, 2021 8:20 am PDT

Week 7 is going to be tough for a lot of fantasy owners. The Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Chargers, and Pittsburgh Steelers all have a bye week.

From that list alone, you’re missing five RB1s. Not to mention, all the players who aren’t playing because of injury.

More than ever, it’s important to play the waiver wire and use your bench to find some quality options. Maybe even find some deep sleepers.

Let’s check out my fantasy football guide for Week 7.

Top Week 7 Waiver Wire Adds

With bye weeks here, it’s imperative to be active on the waiver wire.

Let’s check out a pair of strong pickups this week.

Alex Collins, RB, Seattle Seahawks (66% Owned)

Following Chris Carson’s neck injury, Alex Collins took over as the starting running back for the Seattle Seahawks.

In a tough matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers run defense, Collins had his way thanks to a stellar performance from the Seahawks offensive line.

This is what Collins did in the third quarter alone.

  • 13 carries
  • 79 yards
  • 1 touchdown

With Russell Wilson out, it would be smart for the Seahawks to lean on their ground game.

Late in the game, Collins did leave after taking a few big hits. Head coach Pete Carroll is calling it a glute injury, but it doesn’t sound serious. Plus, the Seahawks play on Monday night, so he’ll have an extra day to rest.

Collins has a bit of a tough matchup with the New Orleans Saints, but his volume should help him overcome any inefficiency.

Add Collins to your lineup and fire him up as an RB2.

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (27% Owned)

After missing three games with a hip injury, Tua Tagovailoa returned in Week 6. While the Miami Dolphins fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tagovailoa put together a 20+ point performance in fantasy.

Outside of an ugly interception, I’d say it was an overall good performance. Going into Week 7, things should get better.

DeVante Parker should return after missing the last two weeks with a shoulder/hamstring injury. He’ll give Tagovailoa another quality pass-catching option.

Miami will return from London to host the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta’s pass defense has been pretty bad to say the least.

Jalen Hurts, Daniel Jones, and Taylor Heinicke all passed for over 250 yards against them. Hurts and Heinicke also added in three touchdowns.

The Dolphins don’t have much of a ground game, so we’ll likely see a lot of Tagovailoa in the red zone.

If you’re looking for a streamer at QB, Tagovailoa is the way to go. He can also work as a sleeper in DFS lineups.

Week 7 Start Calls

I hope you have a good bench because you’ll need to call on some of those players this week.

Here are the borderline players I’d start in Week 7.

Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

Early in the season, it looked like Matt Ryan’s days as a fantasy starter were behind him. After all, he scored a combined 23 points across the first two games.

Things got a little better in Week 3, but still not starter worthy.

Over his last two games, we’ve seen Ryan take advantage of plus matchups and put up these numbers.

Week 4 Week 5
Yards 283 342
Touchdowns 4 2

He also didn’t throw an interception in either game.

Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons will head south to take on the Miami Dolphins. Miami’s pass defense has allowed the fourth-most yards. Right now, their top two cornerbacks are dealing with injuries.

The Falcons top pass catcher, Calvin Ridley, is back after missing Week 5 for personal reasons. He and Kyle Pitts will make life a lot easier for Ryan.

This game has sneaky high-scoring potential. I expect Ryan to be right in the middle of it.

Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers

Chuba Hubbard isn’t receiving a Christian McCaffrey like workload, but he has taken advantage of his opportunity.

We’ve seen him clear 70 scrimmage yards four times this season. Perhaps his only issue is his lack of touchdowns. However, his first of the season came last week.

The Carolina Panthers will look to get back in the win column as they take on the New York Giants. James Bradberry and Adoree’ Jackson lead a respectable Giants secondary. On the other side, they have the fourth-worst run defense.

Which unit are you attacking?

It wouldn’t hurt the Panthers to take some pressure off Sam Darnold. Following a 3-0 start, these are his numbers over the last three games.

  • 55.0 completion percentage
  • 228 yards per game
  • 4 touchdowns
  • 6 interceptions

With Darnold’s struggles and a bad Giants run defense, there’s no reason for the Panthers not to lean on their run game.

Start Hubbard with confidence.

A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans

It’s been a rough start to the 2021 season for A.J. Brown. He suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out of action in Week 4.

Just when it looked the hamstring wouldn’t be an issue, Brown had to deal with food poisoning ahead of Week 6. Still, Brown went up against an elite Bills secondary and put up these numbers.

  • 7 receptions
  • 91 yards

Brown is still looking for his first touchdown since Week 1 but you have to be happy with the usage.

This week, the Tennessee Titans will battle with the Kansas City Chiefs.

I know the Titans want to rely on Derrick Henry, but they’ll need their passing game to keep up with the Chiefs offense. It appeared Julio Jones reinjured his hamstring in Week 6, so Brown should see the majority of the targets.

We’ll likely see a high-scoring affair in Tennessee. It might not be a bad idea to include the over on the point total in your parlay.

It’s been tough but don’t give up on Brown. A plus matchup could make him a WR1 this week.

Week 7 Sit Calls

With bye weeks killing a lot of lineups, you may have no choice but to start these guys.

For those who have a choice, I would recommend fading the following players.

Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants

Not long ago, Daniel Jones was a top-five quarterback in fantasy football. After all, he scored over 20 points in three of his first four games.

He suffered a concussion early in Week 5 but I don’t have any excuses for his terrible Week 6 performance.

  • 242 passing yards
  • 3 interceptions
  • 1 fumble
  • 4 rushing yards

It was a brutal performance against the Los Angeles Rams. Things won’t get much easier against the Carolina Panthers.

Kirk Cousins tagged the Panthers for 373 yards and four touchdowns. However, that was the first time since Week 1 a quarterback passed for over 200 yards against this defense. By the way, Jones isn’t Kirk Cousins.

Also, just about the whole Giants offense is out with some kind of injury. Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay are likely out. That list could grow if Saquon Barkley and Darius Slayton aren’t ready to return.

If you can, leave Jones on the bench.

Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos backfield is hard to solve right now. Everyone is waiting for Javonte Williams to take over, but the Broncos remain committed to employing a 50/50 split.

Look at his numbers compared to Melvin Gordon.

Melvin Gordon Javonte Williams
Carries 70 65
Rushing Yards 332 300
Touchdowns 2 1

If this backfield belonged to one player, we’d probably have an RB1 on our hands. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

This week, Denver will battle the Cleveland Browns.

Cleveland is dealing with a ton of injuries on both sides of the ball. With this game being on Thursday night, there’s a decent chance a lot of those guys don’t come back.

Still, the Browns have allowed the fifth-fewest rushing yards this season. Unless Williams has volume, I can’t see him excelling in this matchup.

It seems like Gordon is the goal line back. The lack of touchdowns is another reason to avoid Williams.

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Last season, Tyler Lockett was a very frustrating player to deal with in fantasy. Every few weeks, he’d put up 30 points. Then, he’d have three straight games under seven points.

Following a pair of 20+ point games to start the season, Lockett hasn’t cleared six points in non-PPR formats. Now, it’s going to be tougher with Russell Wilson out.

In his first game with Geno Smith, Lockett only had two receptions for 35 yards.

As the game went along, we saw the Seattle Seahawks ground game control the game. Why go away from that this week?

Seattle will take on the New Orleans Saints this week. The Saints pass defense hasn’t been as good as expected, but they’re still good enough to shut down Smith and the Seahawks passing game.

I expect the Seahawks to use their ground game to control the pace. When they do pass, it’ll likely go DK Metcalf’s way.

Best Fantasy Sleepers for Week 7

Sometimes, you have to look deep for those quality options.

Let’s check out some fantasy sleepers for Week 7.

D’Ernest Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns (3% Owned)

Through six weeks, the Cleveland Browns have the best rushing offense in the NFL. However, that backfield could look a lot different in Week 7.

Last week, Kareem Hunt went down with a calf injury that will leave him out of action for a few weeks.

Nick Chubb didn’t play in last week’s game because of a calf injury. There’s a chance he returns but with the Browns playing on Thursday night, it’s very unlikely.

Both injuries open the door for D’Ernest Johnson.

We haven’t seen much of Johnson this season, but he did receive game action last season.

Here are his numbers.

  • 33 carries
  • 166 yards
  • 5.0 yards per carry

I’ll be honest, Johnson does have a tough matchup with the Denver Broncos defense. However, I think he’ll have enough volume to overcome that.

Baker Mayfield is dealing with an injury of his own. Therefore, I expect the Browns to lean on their ground game.

Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions (18% Owned)

Amon-Ra St. Brown was a popular sleeper coming into the season. He didn’t have a big role early, but we’re starting to see him make a bigger impact on the Detroit Lions offense.

Quintez Cephus is out of the season and Tyrell Williams continues to deal with a concussion.

Over the last three weeks, St. Brown has emerged as a top option.

  • 23 targets
  • 18 receptions
  • 161 yards (53.7 per game)

The only downside is he hasn’t caught a touchdown. Perhaps that’ll change this week as the Lions take on the Los Angeles Rams.

The early betting lines show the Rams are (-14.5) point favorites. Because of that, Detroit will have to pass in order to keep up. They’ll also have some opportunities in garbage time.

It doesn’t have to be pretty, but St. Brown could walk away from Sunday’s game with six receptions and 70 yards.

Not bad for a deep sleeper.

Week 7 Fantasy Football Advice

Every year, we deal with bye weeks. It might just be me, but I can’t remember a bye week that affected so many of the top players.

Dak Prescott, Justin Herbert, Dalvin Cook, James Robinson, Stefon Diggs, and Keenan Allen are just a small sample of the players who won’t be available this week.

It’s important to use the waiver wire to find replacements. If you miss out on the top options, our fantasy sleepers could provide you with some unexpected value.

And make sure you check our start/sit section before making the final on a few borderline starters.

With bye weeks killing fantasy, you might want to try out betting. Be sure to check out our NFL betting guide.

Nicholas Sterling

Nicholas has been a Sports Writer with GamblingSites.com since May 2021. He has a rich sports background, writing about NASCAR, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, etc. Nick is always ready for a new challenge.

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