Put simply, the Week 7 waiver wire is the lowest quality of the year so far. However, there is still value to be had and some players that may not be great in Week 7 but have significant upside down the line. As always, the players are listed in order of priority and are all under 40 percent owned in ESPN leagues.
Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Jackson is a high end flex in the remaining games that Austin Ekeler is out; he looks more explosive than backfield teammate Josh Kelley. He has a terrific matchup this week against the Jaguars and should be an RB2 due to all the injuries and bye weeks. This is undoubtedly the last week Jackson will be on waivers until Ekeler is back, so scoop him up while you can.
Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
If Miles Sanders misses any time — he is likely out in Week 7 — Boston Scott is definitely startable. The game script against the Giants should be positive or neutral, meaning Scott is a safe play with some touchdown upside. He is not going to get all the RB touches in this offense, but Miles Sanders owners and anyone who needs a running back this week should add Scott and play him with cautious optimism.
Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders
This is not a Week 7 add as Carr has a tough matchup against the Buccaneers. But if we look at his schedule after this game, he gets the Chargers, Broncos, Chiefs, Falcons, and Jets. Carr is likely going to be a QB1 in most of those games and is worth adding if you can afford the bench space.
La’Mical Perine, RB, New York Jets
The Jets are gross, I know. I also know that Frank Gore has a role in this offense. However, Perine played 58% of the snaps this week to Gore’s 35%. Perine is the young rookie and should see his role increase throughout the season, and he should see an immediate bump after their bye week similar to D’Andre Swift. If you add Perine, you are not starting him anytime soon, but he makes for one of the best stash adds due to his featured role upside.
Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos
Maybe these last few weeks from Patrick have not been a fluke after all as he had another productive day against a great Patriots secondary. Drew Lock is back healthy again and Patrick seems to have carved out a nice role for himself with Courtland Sutton out for the season. His schedule is not great going forward but he does have a juicy matchup against the Falcons coming in Week 9. Don’t start him right away, but stash him and see if his role in the offense is legit.