Week 7 In the Scope Targets
“In the Scope” is a unique weekly article that won’t solely focus on giving readers the mainstream fantasy football waiver wire pickups. Instead, we aim to recommend the top free agents to acquire after waivers run. These players may be the top pickups next week, saving you Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB) and waiver priority. So whether you’re trying to grab the leftover mainstream fantasy football waiver wire Week 7 pickups or the longer-ranged free agents, below are some options to consider.
Rostership percentages are based on ESPN Points Per Reception (PPR) redraft fantasy football leagues as of Wednesday, Oct. 19.
Check Your Waivers: Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 7 Pickups
• Daniel Jones (QB, New York Giants) | 27.2 percent
• Latavius Murray (RB, Denver Broncos) | 19.4 percent
• Kenyan Drake (RB, Baltimore Ravens) | 14.5 percent
• Alec Pierce (WR, Indianapolis Colts) | 10.2 percent
• Rondale Moore (WR, Arizona Cardinals) | 52 percent
• Tyquan Thornton (WR, New England Patriots) | 2.9 percent
In the Scope Targets: Top Fantasy Football Free Agent Week 7 Finds
Greg Dulcich (TE, Denver Broncos) | 3.1 percent
If anything good came out of a bad Denver Broncos’ divisional loss this past Monday night, it was the season premiere of rookie tight end Greg Dulcich. The talented bookend out the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was selected by the Broncos in the third round of this most recent draft. This signaled the team didn’t necessarily have faith in incumbent tight end Albert Okwuegbunam. Okwuegbunam was inactive for the primetime contest this week, giving the starting nod to Dulcich.
What we saw from Dulcich wasn’t flashy. He had three targets; two caught for 44 yards and a dramatic first-quarter touchdown. However, his most impressive stat was a 71 percent snap share in his NFL debut.
The Denver offense is a mess, and they’re having a hard time getting anything going on the ground or in the passing game. However bad they may be, Dulcich appears to now be the TE1 for the Broncos. He’s fully capable of handling first-team volume. In his senior season, he had 42 catches for 724 yards and five touchdowns for the Bruins. This team will need him if they want to crawl out of the AFC West basement. in a season where consistent tight end play seems like a myth, he’s worth a look on your teams. – Nate Polvogt
Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR, Cleveland Browns) | 6.2 percent
A fair amount of our “In the Scope” candidates are usually longer-term stashes. However, Donovan Peoples-Jones can be had for free and started this week. It hasn’t been flashy, but he’s scored at least nine PPR points in four of six games. Additionally, amongst WRs he’s top 36 in target share, top 25 in snap share and top 12 in contested catch rate.
What’s particularly intriguing heading into Week 7 is that Peoples-Jones is performing 2.7 PPR points under his expected fantasy points per game – meaning positive regression could come his way. It could come as soon as this week if he can hit paydirt for the first time this season. He plays a Baltimore defense that allows the fourth most PPR points to opposing WRs. – Seth Woolcock
Wan’Dale Robinson (WR, New York Giants) | 10.9 percent
Seeing his first action since his Week 1 injury, Wan’Dale Robinson caught three of four targets for 37 yards and a TD. Robinson’s 24 percent snap share should climb from here as he attempts to build a rapport with QB Daniel Jones.
He has enticing matchups before and after his Week 9 bye, including trips to Jacksonville and Seattle and a homestand against Houston and Detroit. The Giants are 5-0, but they desperately need to find reliable pass-catchers. Sterling Shepard remains out for the season. Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney also continue not to practice. Robinson’s agility and lateral quickness displayed last week should keep him involved and moving up the Giants’ receiving core. Stash him following the run of the waiver wire here in Week 7. – Scott Rinear