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Fantasy Football Insider: Top Waiver-Wire Pickups For Week 7

Scott Engel is in his eighth season of providing Fantasy Football coverage for Seahawks.com. An inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s Hall of Fame, he is in his 23rd year as a Fantasy analyst and professional. You can now find more of his work and weekly rankings on RotoBaller.comand hear him every Saturday night on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio.

Fantasy players can learn a lot from the Seahawks’ impressive Week 6 victory at Cleveland. Most notably, as the cliché goes, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. Many Fantasy players get impatient and anxious on Sundays when they watch games or the Red Zone channel. If their players are not producing as expected or hoped by the second quarter or halftime, they start worrying and complaining. Remember that an NFL game is four quarters, and let the matchups fully play out before you start getting pessimistic. In Week 3, Russell Wilson threw three TD passes in the fourth quarter. Be patient when waiting for results to roll in. Don’t assume defeat until the games and week fully play out. This is especially true after Thursday night games. Being ahead or behind after one NFL game of stats is no true reflection of the eventual outcome.

In the full season picture, the results are far from determined as well. Unless your Fantasy team has zero or one win to this point, you still have a chance to make the playoffs, where everything really starts over. There are four more teams on byes in Week 7 as we help you make it through the challenges of not having certain options from the Carolina, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Cleveland rosters.

Week 7 Waiver Wire Adds

Running Backs

Devin Singletary, Bills (50.8 percent owned in NFL.com leagues): He has not played since Week 2 because of a hamstring problem, but he was able to get in limited practice sessions before Buffalo’s Week 6 bye and may be on the verge of returning. Singletary looked like an efficient and versatile rookie in the first two games, totaling 98 yards from scrimmage in the season opener and scoring his first NFL TD in Week 2. Some owners cut him while he was out and now is the time to scoop him up.

Adrian Peterson, Redskins (50.6): Interim head coach Bill Callahan has made it clear he wants to focus on the running game more since taking over. Peterson is still capable of coming through with occasional quality Fantasy outings, as evidenced by his 118 yards on 23 carries at Miami Sunday. The future Hall of Famer has tough matchups vs. the 49ers and Vikings ahead, but he will be highly motivated to perform well in the latter matchup for obvious reasons. You have to add a RB that could be in line for a lot of featured work going forward, even if the schedule looks tough.

Mark Walton, Dolphins (0.0): The former Bengal totaled 75 yards from scrimmage in Week 6 and could conceivably see more of an expanded role going forward. The Dolphins have been searching for a lot of answers, and have not been able to find a stable option at RB. Walton could be a respectable producer if the coaching staff determines they should depend on him more. He seemingly earned the opportunity to see even more playing time with a quality 11-touch day against Washington.

Wide Receivers

Robby Anderson, Jets (46.5): The New York offense was revived with the return of starting QB Sam Darnold, as the two connected for a 92-yard TD against Dallas, the second-longest play from scrimmage in franchise history. Anderson finished with five catches for 125 yards and is firmly back on the Fantasy WR3 radar now that New York has regained respectability in the passing game. He has the most upside of any available WR this week but his teammate and WR partner we mention next should be even steadier.

Jamison Crowder, Jets (20.5): Anderson is the big play guy for the Jets, but Crowder is the reliable PPR producer with Darnold running the offense. The two developed an instant rapport in the preseason and Crowder caught 14 passes from Darnold in the season opener. He caught six passes for 98 yards from Darnold in Week 6. Crowder may be the most dependable guy you can add at WR this week.

Golden Tate, Giants (44.3): The former Seahawk and member of the Super Bowl XLVIII championship squad, Tate still has the tremendous yardage after the catch abilities he developed in Seattle earlier in his career. In his Giants debut, he caught six passes for 102 yards, including a 64-yard TD against the stingy New England pass defense. He should rank a close second to Crowder in terms of safe pickups at WR for Week 7.

Tight Ends

Hunter Henry, Chargers (47.7): Many people cut him as a knee fracture may have set expectations for him to be out much longer. But Henry returned to catch eight passes for 100 yards and two TDs on Sunday night. If you need any TE help at all, he should be your No. 1 waiver priority this week at the thinnest position in Fantasy Football. You could also use him as a flex option, as the better TEs are now more suited to being utilized in that regard.

Darren Fells, Texans (4.7): Houston has started to incorporate their TEs more into the passing game, and Fells is emerging as a viable TE2. He caught six passes for 69 yards in Week 7, and scored twice in his previous outing. He is worth a look for bye week usage.

Quarterbacks

Jacoby Brissett, Colts (27.6): Some cut him during the Colts’ bye. Brissett has been an quality Fantasy option this season, with at least two TD passes in four of five starts. He’s certainly worth a start against Houston in Week 7.

Sam Darnold, Jets (2.2): We will keep with the New York flavor here, as you have to consider Darnold as an add after he threw for 336 yards and two TDs against a sturdy Dallas pass defense. The Jets have improved the supporting cast around the QB this year so he is worth an add at least as a Fantasy QB2.

Seahawks Fantasy Update

Russell Wilson was the fourth highest scoring QB of Week 6 and remains at No. 1 overall. … Chris Carson was the sixth highest scoring RB of Week 6. …. Tyler Lockett is WR10 after six weeks, ahead of Julian Edelman and DeAndre Hopkins. … DK Metcalf has double figure PPR points in four of six games.

Seahawks Fantasy Mailbag

Dr. Martin Van Nostrand asks: Should I trade Ezekiel Elliott for Tom Brady and Tyreek Hill? My other RBs are Chris Carson, Kerryon Johnson and Devin Singletary. My QBs are Jameis Winston and Drew Brees. I’m 2-4. My receivers are Cooper Kupp, Tyler Boyd and Terry McLaurin.

Engel: The deal is fair in terms of value and I certainly understand you needing to upgrade at QB and feeling the lure of getting Hill on the verge of a must-win week. But Hill is a luxury for you as your WRs are very good without him. Kupp should bounce back quickly in a prime matchup with Atlanta. You should keep Eliiott, as an elite RB gives you a better chance to win. You should not give up your best player to upgrade at QB. Lower the stakes in your discussions and say you don’t need Hill and then see what it will take to get Brady only. Do your best to keep that pairing of Elliott and Carson together. Otherwise, acquiring a respectable QB who is not a superstar can help you pull through. Guys like Jacoby Brissett and Kyler Murray have good matchups in Week 7 (Texans, Giants) and may cost less to acquire. As we indicated, Brissett may be a free agent in your league.

Jason Hebbert asks: I received a trade offer. I get Joe Mixon and Sterling Shepard for Hunter Henry and Chris Godwin in a 14-team non PPR league.

Engel: That kind of offer brightens your day with a good laugh. Mixon has one TD and Shepard is still recovering from another concussion, and you are being asked to consider sending back a Fantasy WR1 and TE1 in return. This type of potential trade partner likely won’t be able to complete a deal with you unless they can get the deal heavily weighed in their favor. Hit reject and move on. Fantasy players reading this can also learn a lesson. If you really want to have another owner take you seriously in trade talks, be prepared to give up something of significance to receive a quality return.

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Game action photos from the Seattle Seahawks' Week 6 matchup against the Cleveland Browns.

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