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NFL waiver wire pickups: Top targets for Week 7 fantasy action

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With six teams on their byes in Week 7 (Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, and Pittsburgh Steelers) and the latest NFL injuries, here are some top Week 7 waiver wire pickups that may help enhance your fantasy football rosters.

These waiver wire targets are based on their Week 7 matchups as well as their potential to assume larger roles as the season progresses.

Top Waiver Wire Pickups: Fantasy Football Week 7

Tua Tagovailoa, quarterback, Miami Dolphins

NFL: London Games-Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars
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For those who missed the boat or were hesitant in snagging Tagovailoa last week, he makes a top waiver wire quarterback pickup for Week 7. Coming fresh from a big fantasy performance consisting of 351 total yards and two touchdowns, Tagovailoa makes for a great fill-in if your current QB is injured, or underperforming.

Cam Newton, quarterback, Free Agent

A super-deep waiver wire target for Week 7 is Newton. The Seahawks have reportedly spoken to him with Russell Wilson currently on IR and Geno Smith filling in. If your quarterback roster is as desperate as the Seahawks' roster is, Newton might be worth a stash as we wait for further information.

DeeJay Dallas, running back, Seattle Seahawks

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers
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While Chris Carson (neck) remains out, Dallas is a waiver wire pickup who should see some touches in Week 7. Playing alongside Alex Collins in his last game, Dallas combined for a total of 50 yards. Should Collins (dealing with a hip issue) become sidelined, Dallas would receive an increased role.

Rashaad Penny, running back, Seattle Seahawks

If Penny comes off of IR for Week 7, he is a top waiver wire target at running back to aid in filling in for a depleted RB roster for Seattle. At the end of the day, it could be Penny and the aforementioned Dallas headlining the Seahawks run game, if Collins misses Week 7.

Demetric Felton and D’Ernest Johnson, running backs, Cleveland Browns

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns
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The Browns are currently hurting at running back with Nick Chubb sidelined and Kareem Hunt now dinged up with a calf injury. With both ruled out for Week 7, Felton and Johnson make good waiver wire pickups to stash to see how the RB situation plays out for the Browns’ upcoming game against Denver.

Rhamondre Stevenson, running back, New England Patriots

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots
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For those looking for a flex play in PPR leagues, Stevenson should be available on the Week 7 waiver wire. After combining for 62 yards and scoring his first NFL touchdown, Stevenson may see an increased role playing behind Damien Harris, moving forward.

Jaret Patterson, running back, Washington Football Team

Head to your Week 7 waiver wire and pick up Patterson if you currently roster Antonio Gibson. Or snipe Patterson away from that person with Gibson. Patterson will look to take on the early downs while Gibson likely sits out with a shin injury.

Michael Thomas, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
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Thomas is a top WR waiver wire pickup in Week 7 should he still be available in some leagues. He is eligible to return from the PUP list and will have an immediate impact on his offense once he steps onto the field. This is provided Thomas can stay healthy.

Henry Ruggs, wide receiver, Las Vegas Raiders

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders
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Scoop Ruggs off of your Week 7 waiver wire while the going is hot! Ruggs just had his biggest fantasy performance since Week 2 after ripping off 97 yards and one touchdown in a big win against Denver in Week 6. Perhaps the trend continues when the Raiders host the Eagles in Week 7.

Donovan Peoples-Jones, wide receiver, Cleveland Browns

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns
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Peoples-Jones is a top fantasy waiver wire target for Week 7 if he’s still available for the taking. DPJ has had two solid weeks of performances, turning 11 targets into 171 yards and two touchdowns. Baker Mayfield seems to be very locked into him as of late and this might just keep happening as the season plays out.

K.J. Osborn, wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers
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Outside of Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, Osborn drew the third-most targets (seven) and tallied 78 yards and one touchdown in a sweet fantasy performance against the Panthers. With the Vikings headed to a bye next week, Osborn might slip under the radar, making him an ideal waiver wire pickup to stash in Week 7.

Mo Alie-Cox, tight end, Indianapolis Colts

NFL: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
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Alie-Cox has either recorded 50 yards or has scored in his last three games. With the TE position a headache to fill each week, Alie-Cox is a fantasy waiver wire pickup for Week 7 as Carson Wentz continues to look a ton better under center in his last few games.

C.J. Uzomah, tight end, Cincinnati Bengals

If Uzomah is available, pick him up from your waiver wire and stream him in a good matchup against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7. The Ravens love giving up the farm to tight ends and have surrendered the second-most fantasy points to the position in six games.

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