Top 14 waiver wire targets for Week 7 of fantasy football: Deon Jackson and Caleb Huntley can help you through the coming bye weeks
With Week 7 on the horizon, it's time to work the waiver wire in your fantasy football league.
We go position by position in the NFL, with the top 14 targets heading into next weekend.
Deon Jackson, Caleb Huntley, and Alec Pierce are all solid targets to pick up going into next week.
Deon Jackson, RB, Indianapolis Colts
ESPN fantasy % rostered: 23%
Week 6 stats: 42 rushing yards, 10 receptions, 79 receiving yards, 1 touchdown — 28.1 fantasy points
One thing to know: Deon Jackson stepped up after injuries left Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines unable to suit up on Sunday, and didn't miss a beat. While he will undoubtedly lose touches once Taylor returns, he played well enough that he should still be a part of the Colts attack moving forward.
Kenyan Drake, RB, Baltimore Ravens
ESPN fantasy % rostered: 3.3%
Week 6 stats: 119 rushing yards, 1 reception, 8 receiving yards, 1 touchdown — 19.7 fantasy points
One thing to know: The Baltimore Ravens have been waiting for someone to step up in the running game after J.K. Dobbins' slow start. After averaging 11.9 yards per carry on Sunday against the Giants, look for Kenyan Drake to earn a bit of a bigger workload for the team moving forward.
Brian Robinson, RB, Washington Commanders
ESPN fantasy % rostered: 50.3%
Week 6 stats: 60 rushing yards, 1 touchdown — 12 fantasy points
One thing to know: The start of Brian Robinson's career was delayed after he was shot twice in the leg before the start of the season. But after making his debut last week, he appeared to take over the primary spot in the Commanders backfield on Thursday night against the Bears.
Caleb Huntley, RB, Atlanta Falcons
ESPN fantasy % rostered: 5.5%
Week 6 stats: 59 rushing yards — 5.9 fantasy points
One thing to know: Cordarrelle Patterson is on the IR, leaving pretty big shoes to fill in the Falcons offense. Right now, Atlanta appears to be trusting Caleb Huntley in that role, as he led the team with 16 carries on Sunday. With favorable matchups against the Panthers and Chargers on the horizon, it might be best to add Huntly sooner rather than later.
Tyquan Thornton, WR, New England Patriots
ESPN fantasy % rostered: 0.6%
Week 6 stats: 4 receptions, 37 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns — 21.3 fantasy points
One thing to know: Rookie receiver Tyquan Thornton missed the start of the season due to a collarbone injury, but he has increased his role in the Patriots offense the past two games. Thornton found the end zone both as a receiver and a rusher against the Browns on Sunday, showing New England is prepared to use him in a variety of ways to find success.
Alec Pierce, WR, Indianapolis Colts
ESPN fantasy % rostered: 24.2%
Week 6 stats: 3 receptions, 49 receiving yards, 1 touchdown — 13.9 fantasy points
One thing to know: Alec Pierce has put up double-digit fantasy points in three straight games, appearing to establish himself as the clear second option in the Colts passing attack. With bye weeks starting to cause problems for fantasy players, Pierce is the perfect fill-in receiver if your roster is in need.
Tre'Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints
ESPN fantasy % rostered: 0.4%
Week 6 stats: 3 receptions, 43 receiving yards, 1 touchdown — 13.3 fantasy points
One thing to know: Tre'Quan Smith hasn't had a great start to the season, but with Jameis Winston likely retaking the starting role in New Orleans some time soon, and favorable matchups against the Cardinals, Raiders, and Ravens next on the schedule, it could be a good time to stash him for future use.
Wan'Dale Robinson, WR, New York Giants
ESPN fantasy % rostered: 6.3%
Week 6 stats: 3 receptions, 37 receiving yards, 1 touchdown — 12.7 fantasy points
One thing to know: The Giants' receiving corps has been shuffled nearly every week due to injury, but Wan'Dale Robinson finally is looking healthy and could soon prove to be quite a weapon.
Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers
ESPN fantasy % rostered: 75.4%
Week 6 stats: 8 receptions, 83 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns — 28.3 fantasy points
One thing to know: Brandon Aiyuk is hardly an unknown for fantasy players, but it's surprising to see that he's available in nearly one out of every four fantasy leagues. Check if he's available in yours — if he is, he's the highest-priority waiver claim you should make this week.
Robert Tonyan, TE, Green Bay Packers
ESPN fantasy % rostered: 27.4%
Week 6 stats: 10 receptions, 90 receiving yards — 19 fantasy points
One thing to know: We are a third of the way through the season and Aaron Rodgers still doesn't seem to trust any of his wide receivers. Making matters worse, Randall Cobb, the one receiver Rodgers had appeared to favor the most, left Sunday's game on a cart due to injury. With so many pass attempts to go around, tight end Robert Tonyan wound up with 12 targets on the day. That's a lot of opportunity for a tight end.
Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots
ESPN fantasy % rostered: 37.3%
Week 6 stats: 4 receptions, 61 receiving yards, 1 touchdown — 16.1 fantasy points
One thing to know: The Patriots are good at finding ways to use their tight ends, and this past week, Hunter Henry was the beneficiary. With tight ends Dallas Goedert and Dawson Know on bye next week, Henry is a suitable replacement that should be pretty widely available.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Atlanta Falcons
ESPN fantasy % rostered: 14.6%
Week 6 stats: 129 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 50 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown — 24.2 fantasy points
One thing to know: Marcus Mariota's numbers don't jump off the page, but given his ability as both a passer and a rusher, his fantasy value is greater than you might think.
Streaming defense: New England Patriots
ESPN fantasy % rostered: 22.2%
Week 6 stats: 2 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 sacks, 15 points against — 13 fantasy points
One thing to know: Just six fantasy defenses have scored more points through six weeks than the New England Patriots, but they're available to be picked up in nearly four out of every five leagues. With a great matchup against the Chicago Bears next week, don't expect them to be available on the waiver wire much longer.
Streaming defense: New York Jets
ESPN fantasy % rostered: 1.8%
Week 6 stats: 1 touchdown, 1 fumble recovery, 4 sacks, 2 blocked kicks, 10 points against — 21 fantasy points
One thing to know: There's no fantasy defense hotter than the New York Jets, who led all defenses in Week 6 with 21 fantasy points. They've hit double-digits in three straight weeks, which is more than you can expect out of most fantasy defenses.
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